Title: Cake My Day
Author: Karen Tack and Alan Richardson
Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Pages: 304 pages
About the Book:
The New York Times bestselling authors of Hello, Cupcake! take geniusity to the next level, with bigger, bolder, better creations for every occasion
Those cupcaking geniuses, Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, are back, this time with bigger canvases and bolder creations. Everything that can be done with a cupcake can be done better with a cake—with a twelfth of the effort and loads more wow power, using everyday pans, bowls, and even measuring cups.
Turn a round cake into Swiss cheese and Brie, and it’s April Fool’s! Simply press candy into frosting for an argyle pattern or use one of the easy new decorating techniques to produce wood grain for a guitar cake. Whether you’re a kitchen klutz or a master decorator, you can transform a loaf cake into a retro vacuum cleaner for Mom or bake a cake in a bowl for a rag doll. Need a piñata for a birthday party? Bake the batter in a measuring cup. Or skip the baking altogether, buy a pound cake, and fashion it into a work boot for Dad or a high-top sneaker.
You won’t believe these creations aren’t the real thing—and they’re so stunning you’ll have to make them!
Pre-order at hellocupcakebook.com/contest and enter for the chance to win a $250 Giveaway for the book and Sweetworks candy, along with other goodies.
First, let me say that the photos in Cake My Day are simply stunning!! I could flip through it over and over again just to see all the clever cake ideas the authors present. In addition, there are really helpful tips on making a good foundation cake, including how to ensure an even surface, how to reduce crumbs, etc. There are even some cakes that can be made with store-bought pound cake, in case you’re not too confident in your own baking skills.
Many of the cakes throughout the book feature Sweetworks candy. Sweetworks is recognized worldwide as a leader in premium confections with five premier brands including Sixlets, Celebration by Sweetworks, Niagara Chocolates, Ovation and Oak Leaf.
Inspired by the Polynesian Flower Cake, I decided to try my hand at decorating a beautiful cake. Here’s my inspiration:
First, I started with the tips on how to dress up a cake mix. I don’t want to give anything away, so let me just say that it made the fluffiest, yummiest yellow cake I have ever tasted!!
I made my own frosting, as it is much less expensive than canned frosting and so easy to make!! But the authors have tips on dressing up canned frosting, also.
Next, I wrapped the cake tight and put it in the freezer for 3o minutes. While the cake was firming up, I started tinting the frosting. Willow and I had planned to do green frosting, for a “meadow” theme which we would then dot with candy flowers (from Sweetworks, of course). However, we didn’t have enough green coloring to make the amount of frosting we needed. So we added in a little bit of aqua. The color we achieved was gorgeous, but funky. We had to change our decorating strategy.
I surrounded the bottom of the cake in Shimmer Lime Green and White Sixlets. Willow freehand sketched the giant flower with a toothpick. She filled in the center with orange and white Sixlets, then used the Spring Mix Sixlets to line the petals. Finally we sprinkled on some Pastel Flowers Sweet Shapes to finish the effect.
Now you can enter for the chance to win a hard copy of Cake My Day plus $35 worth of Sweetworks candy to help you achieve your perfect cake (a $50 value). I am one of 25 blogs participating in this blog hop, so after you enter this giveaway, scroll down to the linky, check out the cakes, and enter the other blogger’s giveaways also. 25 blogs means 25 winners!!