Interesting Cake Links

Here are some great cake links that I’ve been collecting &  just wanted to share:

Mike’s Amazing Cakes Structures Class

I recently was blessed with the opportunity to attend Mike’s Amazing Cakes Structures Class.  This was a two-day cake structure class, held right in Mike McCarey’s bakery located in Redmond, Washington (just outside of Seattle). And what an incredible, memorable learning experience it was!

This was one of my favourite masterpieces that he has on display:

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

As I’ve said many times before – the older I get, the more I realize there is so much to learn!

And I learned so much about internal cake structure over the two days. On the first day, Mike went over all the tools materials you could possible use in cake structures as well as their application and best use. He also went over numerous stands and internal structures of many of the cakes he has created in the past. Then Mike (& his assistant Michael) showed us how to get our stands together.

Day two began with carving, then decorating.

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class
Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

I realized right from the beginning of his class, Mike is a very humble person who simply loves what he does.  I believe that he is a true master of his art. While observing his demonstrations, I wondered in my mind if renaissance artists are now re-incarcerated as cake decorators. While explaining some of the more complicated structures, he stated simply that his job is to figure out the “cake puzzle.”

Here is a photo of Mike’s completed cake:

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

It was apparent that he has consistently delivered successful, guaranteed results with even the most difficult of cakes. He has also won multiple Food Network Cake Challenges. Although he might not admit to it due to his humble personality, I believe he is quietly shaping and contributing to the cake culture in all of North America and all over the world.

He went well above and beyond in sharing his techniques with us and was very open to answering all of our questions. Mike even gave us some great insight on the exciting world of televised cake competitions. He calls himself a “chronic planner,” and it showed through the organization and preparation of the class. Mike’s great quality of instruction made the class fun and the results easily attainable for us. The class was a pleasure overall, and  just what I needed to inspire me further in own personal career.

Here is my completed cake:

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

And here is a photo of all of them lined up. Don’t they look similar?

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

By the end of the two days, we went back to our hotels with our large 3-D cakes. Little Jesse was quite happy to pose with the cake!

I am happy to say that it was delicious for both the belly and mind.

To learn more:

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

The World’s Largest Opera House Cake Finished!

They got it done!!!!  And it took 8 days,  22 volunteers, 10 staff, $40 000 to make, and weighed 1.5 tonnes in the end.

Kudos to Planet Cake for a job very well executed. Paris Cutler is absolutely amazing.

World’s Largest Opera House Cake by Planet Cake

The ever amazing Planet Cake, located in Australia, is tackling the worlds largest Opera House Cake! I have been following the story for the last few days, and I am in awe.

The sense of teamwork and enthusiasm for the project really shines though. They are applying for a Guinness World Record, and I am confident (especially with Paris Cutler!) that they will make it.

What’s also interesting is that they use a chocolate mud cake and a chocolate ganache to fill and ice the cake – great for Australia’s humid climate.

To get the updates, join Planet Cake on Facebook.

The Amazing Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

I just had to share these videos and quotes from one of my greatest inspirations – Ron Ben-Israel.

He has been dubbed by Modern Bride magazine as the “King of Cakes.”

Ron Ben-Israel is known for making amazing luxury wedding cakes. His style includes fondant-covered wedding cakes that are decorated with sugar gumpaste flowers.

He also specializes in using elements of the wedding dress in the cake. To do this, he makes food-grade silicone molds from pieces of lace and beading from the actual dress.

And he ooozes passion.

Check the 2:40 mark to see his special locked drawers of fashion molds from Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang:

Quote Ron: “People think that I’ll be heartbroken to see the cake being cut. However it’s the most joyous occasion for me that actually the bride and groom hold hands together and  cut the cake. It’s the first task they are doing as a married couple.”

And here’s a great video on what it takes to recreate the look of jewels and bling on a wedding cake:

Quote: “Once the cake is baked and frosted and stacked it’s like a blank canvas. I have all the elements –  sugar flowers and decorations. Once my hands get on the cake, it’s like a performance. You don’t stop, there is no going back, and the result always surprises me.”

Check out Ron Ben-Israel’s YouTube Channel for many more great videos

Fondant How To Videos from Satin Ice

How to Use Fondant Videos from Satin Ice

I just had the chance to watch some great videos on the Satin Ice website. (Satin Ice a premium brand of rolled fondant).

If you are looking for some helpful videos on how to use fondant and videos on fondant decoration techniques, check out the Satin Ice website here.

Buddy’s sheeter makes me jealous. 😀 Talk about fast & efficient!

Ace of Cakes Last Season

Read the message from Duff himself here.

Ace of Cakes is airing it’s last season in January.

It’s one of my favourite cake shows of all time –  I consider it the pioneer of the many cake TV programs that we have today. I was sad the hear the news, but I know that all good things but come to an end – and Ace of Cakes has been around for many years now. In my opinion, Ace of Cakes was one of the things that was essential to skyrocketing the huge cake culture that we have growing today.

If you haven’t seen Ace of Cakes, you can still catch it on the Food Network. The show follows Duff Goldman(the “Ace”), and his bakery & team, Charm City Cakes, through the making of many spectacular cakes. You’ll like the show if you enjoy detailed cakes, mellow/cool vibes, dry humor, and the occasional cake pun.

To me, it feels a lot less scripted than many other shows, and it’s much more about the special story behind each cake.

Ace of Cakes airs on Thursdays 10:00 pm EST in Canada. Check out the Food Network Listings for additional times.