Roast Pig Cake

So anyone that know me, knows that I love me some roast pig.

And I’m quite grateful to know that I’m not the only one! For Tara’s 30th birthday, I had the very fun opportunity to make her a roast pig for her Hawaiian Luau themed party.

Happy Birthday Tara!!! I hope you had an awesome time!

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And below was my inspiration – a roast pig cake originally done by the amazing Michelle Wibowo from Michelle Sugar Art. She is in my opinion, one of the finest cake decorators in Britain.

I give a lot of credit to Michelle for creating this fantastic video because it really helped me in making the above roast pig cake. (Although I must say, mine turned out a little wider than anticipated! :D)

“…There was a pig, and he was big. He liked to dig, and wear a wig. He did a jig, and ate a fig. He was a big, big pig!”

Michelle has even actually won gold at the International Culinary Olympics for her work! I highly suggest you check out her website to see more of her fantastic, and whimsical cakes.

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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

How to Cover a Cake in Fondant

Check out the 6:03 mark to learn one of the secrets to getting a sharp corner! The above video is an excellent explanation on how to professionally cover a cake in fondant, by one of my favourite cake decorating bakeries, Planet Cake, located in Sydney, Australia.

I love to watch how she moves her hands and body, from how she:

  • uses her forearms to flatten the fondant
  • uses her hands to smooth the top edge
  • stretches the fondant in the front of the cake to get the ripples out
  • sways her body back and forth to cut the fondant and shape the edge

I also really like how they use a 2:1  ratio of ganache to crumb coat their cakes. Not only does this provide sharper c0rners, it is also more stable and room-temperature friendly.

Check out the awesomeness that is Planet Cake here. (By the way, best name ever!)

Fabulous Cakes TV Show on TLC Review

If you want to learn more about cake decorating, you have to watch the new show Fabulous Cakes on TLC! I think this is one of my favourite cake shows I have seen so far!

Fabulous Cakes is about educating the viewer on how fabulous cakes are created. They explain, in detail, the technical aspects of making cakes.

Each show goes to a different city and follows different professional cake decorators though the entire process. They definitely share some great cake secrets and innovative cake techniques.

They follow the professional cake decorators – in depth – through every step of the cake:

  • the customer consultation
  • planning and structure
  • baking
  • carving and crumb-coating
  • covering in fondant
  • decoration
  • delivery
  • set up

They even sometimes catch the painful “cake disasters,” and what the decorators do to fix them! I love carefully watching the expressions on the decorator’s faces – you can almost read their minds when they know something is wrong.

And this is one of the few cake shows that reveals the prices of the cakes! I really appreciate this as it gives a greater understanding of what people are paying for these amazing works-of-art.

This show is definitely not nearly as scripted as some of the others. It really is more about explaining and education people about what a cake goes through from start to finish.

For anyone that is interested in learning how amazing cakes are made, I highly suggest checking it out.

For listing information, please check out TLC’s TV Listings.

Update: I just saw the New York episode and it was awesome…  It featured one of my favourite cake designers,  Kate Sullivan. There are some really great cakes that come out of that city!  And the guys from City Cakes NY??? – they’re ripped! I am sure they have no problems lifting cakes around!

How to Prevent a Cake Disaster – Tips & Tricks

“Caketastropies” from Ace of Cakes.

His expression at about the 1:22 mark is priceless!

Quote Ben: “This is like driving a glass car.”

For me, the fear of a cake disaster is a common one. Have you every seen a cake fall over or had a cake disaster happen yourself? For more examples, just check out the painful Cake Disasters photo album and comments at CakeCentral.com for not-so-sweet images of mishap cakes…

In this article I will share some tips I have learned about preventing cake disasters:

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