Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Foray into 3D cakes with Lauren Kitchens

Today was one of the most fun days I've had in a while. I managed to get a day off work and sneak out to take Lauren Kitchens' class on making a 3D muppet. The class was held at 'Do it with Icing' in Clairemont, San Diego.

Lauren and Ashley were just the most lovely people, and I'm starting to think that the more people I meet who do great cakes, the more I love the cake community.

She gave us all the basic setup, the supports which would be holding up our cakes, which consisted of a masonite board with some sprinkler parts screwed into it, copper piping and a dowel to hold up the head.

We then set apart carving the little body, which turned out to be the only cake. This was covered in white chocolate to make it smooth.

A head was fashioned out of rice krispy treats, which was covered in modelling chocolate (a mixture of seized chocolate and corn syrup). This is great to work with as you can just keep smoothing it. It is a little difficult to work with when warm.

We carved a mouth out of the head, then put it in the fridge as we finished our bodies and arms, and covered the legs with modelling chocolate.

People did some lovely details here, frilly dresses, labcoats with pens in the pockets!

We then stuck the heads on the bodies and went to work on the faces. This is when things started getting fun, the characters really came to life! The most amazing character was this Gene Symonds, what a hoot! He still retained his muppet features, but was so original!

Everyones characters came out absolutely fantastic, they were all super pleased with them and Lauren and Ashley were very clever at coming around and tweaking our characters, and jumping in whenever we had a problem. I'd highly recommend this class to anyone.

We're also hoping that Linda gets lots more of these types of classes at 'Do it with Icing', definitely call and lobby if there is anyone you're interested in learning from. I'm hoping that James Roselle will be next!

I based my character on my husband, I think he was pretty happy with the results!


faithy, the baker said...

Thanks for sharing! Love reading on this and see all the wonderful photos! And your muppet looks just like your husband! awesome work! wish i could attend her class too!

Jacqueline Butler said...

Love this post Jenny! Thank you so much for looks like it was an amazing class! How fun!! And your husband muppet turned out great!

SweetThingsTO said...

What a fun day! And I love how you chose your husband - which gives me an idea, as my significant other does this hilarious muppet impression. :-)

Louise said...

Hi Jenny

Was it not just the most fun class, I just found your page on FB, lets keep in touch. Hope to see you at some more classes soon.

PS other half loved his muppet too :-)


Jessica Rodgers said...

Fabulous post! I would love to learn to make a muppet cake. I have had a difficult time making any attempts at such artistic that I've seen the steps of it...I've got a little more motivation! that would be a fun skill to have for parties--definitely :)

Linda said...

Incredible! Amazing work, Jenny!

Linda said...

Incredible! Amazing job, Jenny!

The Cilantropist said...

This looks like it was so much fun and so entertaining!!! I was actually thinking about taking a beginning cake decorating class at Do it With Icing, I will have to ask your opinion. :)

Jennywenny said...

Thanks for the kind words, Lauren was really the best teacher!

Definitely give me a shout if you're planning on taking classes, some are better than others!!

adozeneggs said...

Jeez, that is an incredible cake Jenny!! Wish we had classes like that around here. I miss living in the city....

Cheryl said...

Hi Jenny, just letting you know that your name was selected for the free copy of "Hothouse Flowers" on my recent review post!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Anonymous said...

Love your standing muppet! I was lucky enough to take a class with Luaren earlier this year - she's great! We did a sitting muppet vs standing but i'm sure the technique is exactly the same. Ours had no cake in it - does yours? Doesnt' look like it.

Do you mind sharing how long the pipes were for your version? or how wide the center circle is? if so please email me at