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Topic: Croquembouche, Girls Soccer Cake, Christmas Candle Cake
whoknew? 12/12/2011 11:23 PM
Here's my latest creations:

Croquembouche~~Purchased a box of 110 yummy little cream puffs from Costco. Wrapped a Michael's styrofoam cone with freezer paper (shiny side out). Dipped half of each frozen puff in dark chocolate, set aside. Once each puff has been dipped, you apply a dot of melted chocolate and stick it to the wrapped cone. (If you just dip and attach, the puffs will stick to the cone as if they were welded there and will be impossible to remove. Found this out the hard way........) Drizzled with white chocolate. White chocolate 3D star. I made tiny dark chocolate molded candies to put around the base. The tower held 66 cream puffs.

Girls Soccer Cake~~My 8 year old niece is on a team with hot pink colors called Bubblicious. They made it to 3rd place in their league after 2 weekends of play-off games! Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah! I used a Sharpie to make ponytails on the Wilton plastic figures, then used a #1 tip to make black buttercream "bows" on each ponytail. The cake, 9x13x4, is made with a new doctored recipe that turned out very well: Buttermilk Dark Chocolate. Filling--chocolate buttercream (made by her 11 year old brother!!!). Frosting--buttercream.
I don't have an airbrush, so I used a can of Wilton's green spray.

[I was just telling SunshineHobbyist that I was very unhappy with my lines and borders and roses and sides and so on, but that's because I wanted it to be perfect. No one except me noticed any flaws.]

Candle Cake~~Saw this on CakeCentral by VaBelle: http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2222388
I LOVED the idea so I made this for a cake-friend's birthday on December 10th. Three stacked red velvet cakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese filling/frosting. LED tea lights. Loooooong ugly story behind the cake, but I can tell you that "frosting REALLY does fix anything!"
berry good 12/12/2011 11:58 PM
All the cakes are very pretty, love the candle cake.
sweetgrandma 12/13/2011 7:07 AM
Your croquembouche turned out nice.....tall and stately!! I'll bet it was a big hit.

I love the candle cake! You're right about the frosting! It's a miracle cure for broken cake!!
Dianee 12/13/2011 11:44 AM
They all look great! Love the candle cake !
gmoakes01 12/13/2011 4:45 PM
Great job, neat candle!
lexysexy 12/13/2011 5:52 PM
Looks like you been very busy. You did a great job on all the cakes.
cakedujour 12/13/2011 5:58 PM
They look great on the outside, I don't care what they look like inside, lol. I think the candle is fabulous!
whoknew? 12/13/2011 6:31 PM
Hey! I just realized that this is the first time I've ever posted pictures of 3 DIFFERENT cakes all at one time!

lexysexy~~thanks for noticing--I HAVE been busy.
ginnyl 12/13/2011 11:01 PM
Great looking cakes..just love that candle. wish I could learn to post cake pictures..that is my New Year's resolution to download all my cake photos and post them here...
ginny
whoknew? 12/13/2011 11:29 PM
Thank you everyone.
marym. 12/14/2011 5:17 AM
Great job!! Looks yummy!
bassettscreek2 12/14/2011 11:39 AM
Thought I posted comment on this yesterday ... Fantastic Cakes !!! Beautiful Croquembouche ... I would have purchased the creme puffs too ... looks sooo yummy and beautiful presentation.

The soccer cake is terrific! The Candle outstanding!!! Love it ... at first thought you made the candle lights from blown sugar ^_^

Making 9" red velvet today for delivery on Friday ... am torn between your candle cake and another one I saw yesterday with 3 piped candles ... both are soo pretty ... know that the latter will fit in my box with the lid closed.

Again, great job .. thanks for sharing ^_^
preetscake 12/14/2011 2:00 PM
Nice !
keanmu 12/14/2011 2:39 PM
I LOVE profiteroles................enough said

Kam
whoknew? 12/14/2011 4:37 PM
Thank you again, everyone.

bassettscreek2~~I saw the piped buttercream candles on CC as well and loved the design. I have a 10" chocolate in the freezer that I'll probably do with that design
sunshinehobbyist 12/15/2011 11:08 AM
All of them look great! Your borders and lines are excellent Lol. I will go ahead and post the cake I was extremely unhappy with that made me upset with my own borders
berry good 12/14/2014 12:28 AM
I know this is an older post, but I am going to try my best to replicate this cake. In your post you said it was 3 layers. What was the size of your tiers? Did you put a cake board between each tier? Thanks for any help you can give me.
dietcokenoice 12/14/2014 10:54 AM
Just noticed that this post is from 2011 .... how did I miss this!!! Whoknew, your cakes are all so beautiful. AND I love the croquembouche. I've never tried those at Costco. How many boxes did you have to buy? Also, do you remember what size styro cone you used? I think I have one of those at home. You just gave me an idea for Christmas!!!
Lyn221 12/14/2014 8:39 PM
I just noticed the post is from 2011 also...but, just wanted to comment that I loved the croquembouche !It is quite impressive...just to be sure...you just attached the cream puff with a dot of chocolate?
whoknew? 12/14/2014 11:22 PM
BERRY GOOD: "I am going to try my best to replicate this cake. In your post you said it was 3 layers. What was the size of your tiers? Did you put a cake board between each tier? Thanks for any help you can give me. "

Candle Cake~~Three 8" round red velvet cakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese filling/frosting. Fondant decorations and LED tea lights. Each of the 8" rounds was about 2" tall with about 1/8" - 1/4" inch of filling. I ended up putting a ton of frosting on the outside because my cakes stuck to the pans. If I'd known THEN what I know NOW, I would have decorated a very cold or frozen cake instead of a fresh, cooled cake. Duh...

I wrapped the bottom of each LED tea light (purchased at Michaels) with Glad Press n' Seal plastic wrap so the lights could be lifted out of each "hole" and turned on when the cake was ready for presentation. I just cut out little tea light depressions in the cake and did a "crumb coat" in each depression before placing the LED tea lights.

For the texture, just put on your coat of frosting and tap a spatula on the fresh, UN-crusted, buttercream. I did not put any cake boards between the layers because the finished cake is pretty stable and is only about 6-1/2" tall.