Saturday, August 3, 2013

New Miniature Cakes, Including Disasters

I've made a few more miniature cakes since I made my first one. After making the chocolate cake with white frosting, I wanted to make the yellow cake mentioned in the tutorial I was using. Oops! I got so excited about making the cake that I forgot to add translucent clay to my yellow clay. The tutorial author said that without the translucent clay, the cake would look "chalky."


What do you think? I think she was right! :-D Oh well! I still love the bright yellow against the creamy white. I'll try this one again with the translucent clay when I have a chance.

Next up, I wanted to make a solid, uncut cake with aqua and pink frosting--the main colors in my cake shop. I added tiny no-hole beads to the pink frosting as an experiment. Actually, it's all an experiment with my lack of experience making miniature polymer clay cakes. :-)

Bowl of frosting by Beverly of CuteinMiniature on Etsy.

I like how this one turned out, but I tried painting the finished cake with Sculpey Satin Glaze after baking, and I was surprised at how shiny it made the cake. I had a learning experience!

Next, I wanted to make my own bowl (mug, actually!) of frosting and to add frosting to a spatula. I made the frosting thinner than before by adding Translucent Liquid Sculpey.


This time I added the translucent polymer clay to my yellow cake "batter," and the cake looks tastier than my first yellow cake. I like the thicker frosting better, though, so this cake was another learning experience! ;-D

Finally, I wanted to make a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. Mmm, yummy! This is my favorite cake so far, the one that makes my mouth water (heavily!).


I'm still experimenting (and having learning experiences). I recently put several cake layers in my dedicated polymer clay toaster oven. Unfortunately, some of the clay was directly under the heating element, and it got lightly burnt.


I'm thinking of turning some of this into "browned" cornbread, "fresh from the oven." It's fun when I can turn disasters into surprises. If that doesn't work, I'll try something else. ;-) Until next time, keep it fun! xoxo Jennifer

  

53 comments:

  1. Oh good you have a great idea of using lightly burned pieces! I just wanted to write : don't throw it away as it may be Very useful in mini kitchen! :):)
    Your cakes are so yummy, Jennifer! I love thicker frostings so I am really hungry watching your photos.:):)
    Hugs

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  2. to my mind..all look as from expert's hands!!!! Yummy cakes!!!! It shows that you are having lots of fun!!!! :)

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  3. The cakes look super delicious, especially the chocolate one! They made me crave for something sweet to eat. I love your cake preparation table. Great work!
    Hugs, Drora

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  4. Your cakes look deli! Even the "chalky" yellow one, which doesn't look chalky at all. Love all the frosting experiments. These all look expertly made cakes to me, so cute! Hugs Sanne

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  5. Ah, Jennifer, ever the perfectionist! Don't be too harsh on yourself, I think the 'disasters' turned out very well! They all look pretty much perfect to me. Kind regards, Brian.

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  6. Your cakes are delicious! I love cakes and this post make me hungry......for sweets.
    Hug, Faby

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  7. Hi Jennifer! You are so right. Many times disasters and failures are giving us great surprises.
    I love your cakes! They look delicious.<3 In the moments like this I feel lucky I have work in the chocofactory.:-)

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  8. Hello Jennifer, what beautiful cakes you have made! I must say l quite like the top one with the icing as it is. It reminds me of american icing. That chockolate cake! Oh yum!!! Happy weekend, Pam xx

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  9. A mi tambien me encanta el de chocolate !! estan todos deliciosos!! Seguiré ansiosa tus avances .besos

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  10. Hi Jennifer...I am getting so hungry with your Yummy cakes, they look so gorgeous! I do Love the one with chocolate buttercream frosting :) !
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  11. Wow Jennifer your cakes are ALL fantastic. I wouldn't mind being able to make such perfect Disastrous cakes lol they look perfect and yummy to me :))) I love your chocolate cake yum yum and the thicker icing on the first cake makes me want to dip my finger in it :D Gorgeous pictures.
    Hugs Maria

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  12. Amazing cakes! Lovely scenes!

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  13. Hello from Spain: I like your mini cakes. Very appetizing. Great job! . Keep in touch

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  14. Ciao Jennifer,le tue torte sono molto invitanti e mi piaccionp tutte pure quella gessosa che non sembra assolutamente!
    Un caro saluto, Manu

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  15. It's true that with translucent polymer clay it's better, however I find that your cake on the 1st photo doesn't look that bad. My favourite one is the chocolate cake, it looks yummy.
    Geneviève

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  16. Hi Jennifer, its fun to read how you experiment in working with poylmer clay and the things you learn meanwhile. I think all your cakes look yummy and you place them in beautiful scenes. Thanks for posting,
    Hugs, liduina

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  17. Jennifer, your cakes are beautiful and they look so scrumptious. Why don't you just put icing on the ones that are burned and nobody will know the difference!

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  18. Your mini cakes are marvellous!!! Very yummy!!! And they are perfect!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  19. Listen, Jen - that's not fair! No way!!! It's one hour before midnight at my place now and you make me sit her in front of my computer drooling and desperately needing a cake with thick frosting... Your cakes look so yummy, great work. Hard to believe these are your first attempts. And as for the so-called chalky one - I really can't see what should be wrong with it. Nevertheless you know my good old credo - you also need something for the background... *grin* But yours are absolutely suitable for spotlight!

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  20. Jennifer! Major cuteness going on here!! Love your gorgeous work. :)

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  21. Chalky or not, I'd eat it! Then scrolling further down and the photos had me thinking I need to bake :) Mmmhmmmm, you certainly bake a wonderful miniature cake!!

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  22. You are incredible! Does your talent have a limit? I don't think so! I love all the cakes. They all have that gorgeous vintage dessert look that I adore. I usually look at those cooking books from Anthropologie... your cakes are just as awesome. You do impressive stuff!
    hugs♥,
    Caroline

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  23. Even your mistakes look good! Seriously, the cakes look awesome no matter the error! You are learning so fast! Can't wait to see what else you will create!

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  24. EStás hecha toda una pastelera, para mí son todas apetitosas.
    La de chocolate expectacular.
    Feliz domingo Jennifer,
    Mil besos...Julia.

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  25. Realmente de los errores se aprende, se ven muy apetitosos tus pasteles,a mi el chocolate no me gusta mucho, por eso me quedo con el pastel amarillo con merengue rosa, tiene una pinta deliciosa, estás hecha toda una pastelera.

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  26. Ji Jennifer! Those cakes look delicious and they are beautifully made!
    Never throw away failures, I always learn from them and often I even use them in an other way ;)!
    Hugs, Ilona

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  27. Ummmm!!!!! se ven unas tartas riquísimas, sobre todo la de chocolate que me encanta.

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  28. I always feel that "disasters" or mistakes are what make that particular piece unique. I think your cakes look exactly like the real thing. They are not chalky or shiny, too thick or too thin. They make my mouth water too :)

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  29. I want chocolatecake NOW!!! :) It looks so good, they all do - but the chocolate cake and the pink one with the mug - they are my favorites.
    Mona

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  30. Hi Jennifer! your cakes look delicious, I like them more and more. And " unsuccessful" pieces maybe to convert for a cheese? :)
    good luck!!
    Magda

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  31. Hi Jennifer, I love aqua and pink colors, but your yellow and chocolate cake look so real. Brava!!

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  32. Hi Jennifer! I am totally sold on all your cakes! I love the look of homemade and like Caroline mentioned, they have that vintage 1950's look to them that remind me of growing up and what my mom used to make! They all look scrumptious and the one with the thin pink frosting looks like a supper rich glaze frosting and the chocolate cake ..... WOW! I love mini cakes and yours are just Wonderful and your bakery will do a Booming Business with cakes like these for sale!
    I might add that your photos of your work tables are all very very pretty and the Pink Mixer is Fab!

    elizabeth

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  33. I don't see any issues, solid color cakes look dense and luscious to me.

    I would run inside your little shop and be smeared with frosting after I left.. I would have parts stuffed in my pockets and strawberries stuck to my chin.

    ....er I mean.... I would taste... all of them ;)

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  34. Dearest sweet Jennifer, your cakes are amazing and love them! I don't see anything wrong with them and they are all so beautiful!! I need to find time to do some miniatures baking myself. Looking at yours are so inspiring and makes me want to really set a goal and time for miniature making! Have a beautiful day and lots of love to you!

    jacqueline
    http://jqlinesocuteithurts.typepad.com/

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  35. yo lo veo todo ..riquisimo ¡¡¡¡¡....un besin

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  36. The cakes look super yummy! Especially the chocolate one <3

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  37. Es ist spannend Deine Test-Ergebnisse zu lesen. Aber ich finde Deine Kuchen trotzdem sehr gelungen und Sie sehen lecker aus.

    Schicke liebe Sommergrüße an Dich mit

    PuNo / Monika

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  38. Hi Jennifer,
    its great to hear the results of your experiments, they have been very helpful. I must say that chocolate is cruel....I want to reach in and taste it!

    ML Fi xx

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  39. Que buena pinta tiene todo Jennifer, me las comia todas XD. Besos

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  40. making your own food is a lot of fun, there are a lot of tutorials on youtube..this is one of my fav's http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzY_zHmIwL-EDU3mAv8PlUw

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    1. Thanks, Marisa! I added a bunch of these tutorials to my Pinterest board on mini polymer clay food tutorials. They look yummy! xo Jennifer

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  41. Oh yes!! A (generous) slice of that chocolate cake please!! As for the 'disasters' what you need now is a little outdoor scene with a small flock of chickens, toss your disasters to them and they'll turn them into mini eggs for your next baking session ;)

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  42. Hello Jennfier,
    Absolutely terrific! your skills are developing very fast...your cakes keep on getting better and better. Bravo!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  43. Appetizing, frothy, chocolate, lemon and crumbly! In short, eatables!!!
    hugs

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  44. Such cute cakes! You should see how I decorate mine...those are REAL disasters! I definitely am not a cake decorator, but my cakes taste real good:)

    www.saucysiciliana.blogspot.com

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  45. For me, polimer clay and the like, are all a mystery, so I find your lack of experience has already borne fruit miraculous!
    I must say that I too am inclined to the chocolate cake (I do not know if hormonal or purely aesthetic reasons!), and as for the "opaque" cake: I find it the most realistic of all :-)
    Lovely hugs,
    Flora

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  46. The yellow cake doesn't appear chalky at all and in fact, looks lovely! Beautiful color coordination with the strawberry and yellow cakes playing off each other against shabby blue accents. So pretty!
    P.S.-The chocolate cake looks absolutely dee-lish! Wiping drool off now...

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  47. These all look amazing! You are so talented. And I bet they are fun to make too. Also I want to say that I just LOVE Bluebelle. She is so adorable.

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  48. wow! all them look great! soo real!! love them! congratulations for your work!
    xxx

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  49. Please make a tutorial..pleaseeee

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  50. Please make a tutorial pleasee....email me if u do one

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