Thursday, March 8, 2012

How to Make a Whimsical Smash Cake


If you missed the Fall Issue of Urban Infant, we got featured on how to make your own Whimsical Smash Cake. Ken photographed me step by step as we created this fun little article!

Enjoy!

No Birthday should be celebrated without cake…and a 1st Birthday deserves two cakes: a main cake for serving your guests and a SMASH cake for the 1 year old to, well…smash! If you’re up to the challenge (trust us, it’s more fun than a challenge) of making a cake for your little celebrant, just follow these easy steps and the results will be sweet.

Tools for decorating: cake board for displaying your cake, gel food colouring, small angled spatula for icing, serrated bread knife for cutting your cake, couple of icing bags, icing tips# 5, 18 & 67, lollipop stick, some coloured fondant or fruit rollups, coloured chocolate wafers (smarties or skittles are fun too), turn table (not pictured).


Making a Whimsical Candle:
You can use 2 to 3 colours of pre-made or home-made fondant, fruit rollups or thin liquorice, etc.
Step 1. Snake out 2 colours of fondant double the length of your lollipop stick. Step 2. Wrap one piece around the stick, and then intertwine the second piece. Pinch the ends together so they stick. Step 3. For the “flame”, form a tear drop shape with a smaller piece of fondant and stick on the top of the lollipop stick.


Making the Cake
A smash cake is simply filled and covered with your favourite frosting or buttercream, so you can use any kind of cake you want, but from scratch is always best. For a taller cake, bake your cake in a 3” tall pan.

You will need to cut your cake two times: one simply straight across, and another layer at a sharp angle if you want a wonky shaped cake. Once all the layers are sliced, be sure to flip the top layer over to get a crooked effect.

Place a dollop of buttercream on your cake board to secure the first layer of cake. Fill a piping bag with your choice of buttercream, frosting, pudding, custard, etc. and fill each layer of cake. Once all your layers are filled, ice a thin layer of buttercream to mask your cake. This will seal in any crumbs and give you a smoother surface. Place the cake in the fridge and let it set for about 15 minutes. Once the mask coat is set, you can start adding more buttercream or frosting to the top and sides of your cake until your icing is smooth and you feel there is enough icing.


Fill 3 piping bags with different colours of icing. Using tip#18 (star tip), pipe swags around the cake making an “e” motion” with your wrist as you pipe the buttercream. 


 Use tip #67 (leaf tip) for the base border and pipe a ruffle around the base in a back and forth motion.

 With tip #5 (round tip) pipe a squiggly top border making an “s” motion as you squeeze the icing out.

Finally, add your candies (we used merkens coloured wafers) and the candle you made earlier…be sure to place it in at a slant for an extra Whimsical effect!

To see the published article, visit: http://www.urbaninfant.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/UI-Fall-2011-WebMag.pdf

We can't wait to share more fun and BIGGER projects with you in the near future.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Congratulations to the winners of our 2012 Wedding Giveaways!


I want to thank all the couples who took advantage of our Awesome 2012 Wedding Specials and Giveaways. We had the most amazing vendors take part in our giveaway. The following lucky brides and grooms will be winning prizes from the following vendors. Watch your email for more information if you are a winner!








Winner: Ron & Kim








Winner: Dominique & Shaun








Winner: Heidi & Blair

Prize: Annabelle necklace ($79 value)





Prize: 2 hr wedding planning consultation




Prize: Hanky Panky "Bride" garment and 3 "Bridesmaids" ($120.00 value)










Winner: Alexis & Dustin; Angela & Wayde



Flowers by Jenna


Winner: Miriah & Mason




Winner: Stella & Alex

Prize: 2 draws of $250 gift certificate towards rental d├ęcor (services such as delivery, set up and strike are not included)







Prize: Essentials Wedding Package: Brides bouquet, one bridesmaid, groom, one groomsmen, 2 sets of parents,and one medium arrangement for ceremony or reception. Done in seasonal flowers** and your wedding colors ($595 value)






Prize: 2 Hour Wedding Design and Decor Consultation ($225 value)












Winner:Tina & John




Winner: Susan Austin




Winner: Cyrena & Mike

Prize: A design consultation ($400 value)






Prize: Wine Decanter by Spiegelau






Prize: 1 hour Custom Candy Bar Consultation along with a $100 voucher towards any Candy Bar.














Winner:Leana & Armando




Winner:Cheri & Rob




Winner:Cherie & Jeff

Prize: $80 gift certificate can be used towards anything in the store. No purchase required.



Prize: $75 credit for a purchase of $500




Prize: $200 credit to use towards a photo package of your choice: engagement, couples, boudoir or wedding.










Winner: Amanda & Jesse





Winner: Not yet announced

Prize: $200 credit to use towards product or services





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