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Title: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 06, 2008, 07:29:06 AM
This week, I made these:

Lemon tuile, filled with fresh fruit, and raspberry sauce:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/5/05606b7319509698989614fd01234b1b_content_large.jpg)

Almond cake, with sour cherries&mixed berries&lemon cream:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/0/304cbc206c7ab9af414fa8d67bd76ab4_content_large.jpg)

Pancakes/crepes (one with chestnut flour, others with added green tea powder), filled with raspberry jam and chestnut cream with Baileys, decorated with pulled sugar and candy:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/6/c6ceb4be6e5efb1daf9fb0951eecd5ec_content_large.jpg)

If anyone is interested in recipes, let me know. Cake is a bit more complicated, the rest is rather simple.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on December 06, 2008, 07:36:11 AM
Oh Alek, thanks a million, I had just lost 4 lbs and gained it all back just looking at these pics!   ;D  Heck with the recipe, I could never accomplish such grandieur, cant you just mail me one of those cherry cakes?   ;D  Your cake looks like a elegant castle, mine would come out looking like a country shack.   :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: karvskitties on December 06, 2008, 10:56:12 AM
Wow, quite impressive.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on December 06, 2008, 01:46:41 PM
Alek0, your creations as usual are remarkable.  You are so talented.  Don't take this the wrong way, but I'm glad I don't live in your house.  I would be as BIG as a HOUSE if I did with all your scrumptious food choices. ;D ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: straybaby on December 06, 2008, 02:20:26 PM
Ohhhhhhh, I'd like the Lemon tuile recipe!!! 

I have a shipment of organic citrus arriving on Tuesday including Myer Lemons  ;D I also have berries frozen from my CSA. And some canned as chunky berry sauce I made. I love finding new things to do with them  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: purringfur on December 06, 2008, 04:59:56 PM
What works of art!  Masterpieces!  I, too, would love to have the lemon tuile w/ fruit recipe!  Now, I'm hungry!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: trudy1 on December 06, 2008, 05:29:04 PM
This food is driving Me crazy. I want one of everything. And it's so beautiful.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: August on December 06, 2008, 07:05:52 PM
Ah man, I knew I shouldn't have opened this thread LOL.  (http://mysmileyz.com/s/drooler.gif)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JustMe on December 06, 2008, 07:17:15 PM
Your latest creations are magnificent, too!  When do you find the time?  Amazing! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on December 06, 2008, 10:10:56 PM
It's like edible sculpture. Did you ever think of a career in art?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 06, 2008, 10:20:09 PM
They all look good,but I would love to have the lemon tuile with fruit recipe. Its a good thing you don't live near me,I'm already overweight !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 06, 2008, 11:23:01 PM
Thank you!

Here is the recipe for tuiles, I'll type in original (from Advanced Professional Pastry chef book) and then list modifications for different colours and flavors.

I normally make 1/4 of this quantity, which is quite enough. The paste itself can be stored in the fridge for a week, baked tuiles are best eaten fresh when they are still crispy.

Basic vanilla tuile

Ingredients:
8 ounces (225 g) unsalted butter
8 ounces (225 g) powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup (240 ml) egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces (225 g) sifted cake flour

Cream butter with powdered sugar, slowly incorporate egg whites, then vanilla and in the end the flour, mix just enough to get a smooth paste.

Spread thinly in a desired shape on a silpat mat (if you don;t have it, non-stick baking paper may work, but if you bake things regularly, silpat is a good investment), and bake at ~390-400 F (around 200C) until you see some golden spots or edges start to turn golden. Since they are very thin, baking time is quite short, typically under 5 min.

For getting different shapes, you can either spread it by hand, or make stencils out of cardboard (cake boxes work well for this purpose).

Green tea tuile
Replace some of the flour with green tea powder (no more than 1/3).

Chocolate tuile:
Replace up to about a 1/3 of the flour with cocoa powder.

Lemon tuile
Replace vanilla extract with natural lemon flavouring and add a teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest.

Making patterned tuiles
Use chocolate or green tea tuile and a decorating bag or cake comb to make desired pattern. Put silpat mat in the fridge for a few minutes to set. Then spread vanilla or lemon tuile paste over the pattern and bake.

Making tuile cones
Prepare the molds for cream horns. If you don't have any, wrap ice cream cones with aluminum foil, that can do as a replacement.
Make thin tuile paste circles, bake them, and when they are one switch off the heater of the oven but leave silpat with tuiles in warm oven and take them out with a spatula one by one and while they are warm roll them around the mold or ice-cream cone covered with aluminum wrap. In a similar maner, you can make tuile baskets, just put one circle in a small bowl or brioche mold, and press with another bowl or mold on the top. Tuiles are very flexible when they are hot. When they are cold, carefully remove from the mold.

For tuile cones with fruit, use fresh fruit not frozen, wash it and dry it, berries work best or anything that won;t release much fruit juice. You want the cones to stay dry an crispy, so they should be filled wth fruit right before serving.

Serve with raspberry or other fruit sauce, and the sauce should be spread in front of the tuile cones so they don't get wet, i.e. stay crispy.

Straybaby, since this requires only lemon zest, you need any other recipes? I got one really nice and simple lemon cream, very strong lemon taste, from book Dessert University by Roland Mesnier, he was white house pastry chef. Got that lemon cream in this cake, one of early works with quite a few mistakes in decorating, but it was tasty:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/4/541c04089a642c5dfe7afaf7a65933e1_content_medium.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 06, 2008, 11:47:16 PM
Do you think of these designs before you make them or do you have a sort of guideline that you elaborate on and change up? You are so talented and everything is so unique. You need to have an art career or go into the wedding design bakery end of things. I can just imagine how really mind boggling your wedding cakes would be - ummmmm can taste them now, so delish!!!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 10, 2008, 06:17:48 PM
Thank you again! Here is another one, just finished last night, not much decoration since I didn;t have time. Normally I make cakes on weekends only but this time previous cake disappeared by Tuesday, so...

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/5/6520a5aa4dd5753e374a43c66cfe7e84_content_large.jpg)

Close-up of the finished gumpaste rose:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/2/723686befcf78d5fa2fb46e6e6b2636b_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JustMe on December 10, 2008, 06:39:52 PM
Okay, alek0.  Enough is enough!  You have to stop torturing us with your beautiful edible creations.   :P :P   ;D ;D

Yummy.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 10, 2008, 06:40:59 PM
I honestly thought that rose was real when I first saw the picture!

You have an amazing gift, alek.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 10, 2008, 06:50:15 PM
I think I gain weight every time I look at this thread !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Katie on December 10, 2008, 07:13:04 PM
Alek0, like Catbird, I thought that rose was real! what an awesome gift you have.

I'm glad these are only "cyber pounds"!!! being added to my waistline.

Katie


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: jg2008 on December 10, 2008, 07:19:09 PM
Amazing, you're so very talented!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 10, 2008, 08:37:45 PM
I want to come and live next door to you. Then I could enjoy your cakes instead of just looking at the pics and dreaming of how delish they are - your so very, very talented.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 12, 2008, 08:04:23 AM
Thank you everyone!

I just finished gumpaste topper for the next one, gumpaste base, flowers, ivy, blossoms on wire, gypsophila is real:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/b/cb9c39e164ae5c8edff28c2198e3aca6_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/e/ceda3b457ef42c730a7352266272a722_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 12, 2008, 08:57:30 AM
It is hard to believe that these flowers are not real!  Wow.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on December 12, 2008, 01:07:18 PM
I agree with you Catbird, they DO look so real.  Absolutely fabulous.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 12, 2008, 10:46:05 PM
Thanks again!

Here is how they look like on finished dessert:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/3/93000a963714d3817e5c957c0f898dd3_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on December 13, 2008, 12:36:12 AM
Your work is absolutely amazing, Alek!  I have never seen such real looking flowers on a cake!  You really could go into business doing this. 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catmom5 on December 13, 2008, 04:38:35 AM
Should be on a diet, but I'm not ~ but these wouldn't even be tempting to eat. WAY TOO BEAUTIFUL!!  What a talent, actually gift. Thanks for sharing your creations with us. I am in awe of you . . .

catmom5


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Katie on December 13, 2008, 07:36:56 PM
alek0, those flowers are masterpieces! they look so real! I too am in awe of your talent.

Katie


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 14, 2008, 02:26:21 AM
alek0 your just so talented you really could have a awesome wedding cake business if you just made wedding cakes and nothing else. Then you would still have time to create those wonderful creations for your boyfriend to enjoy and us the pictures.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: trudy1 on December 14, 2008, 05:55:22 PM
Those are just so beautiful. Why don't you open a bakery? I sure wish you lived closer. Yum ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 20, 2008, 08:22:37 AM
Thank you!

This weekend it is tiramisu time.

Charlotte version, decorated with white chocolate:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/b/3b79db2ca9d5a6b3930ea021c208d217_content_large.jpg)

Cake version, cake is the bottom part of a vase (Wilton ball cake pan), top part is gumpaste, with real dry gypsophila and gumpaste roses:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/3/53342befdf088d626ab4a3187c2e5611_content_large.jpg)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/e/3e761b90aeeff7e848e8ec40a616174a_content_large.jpg)

I don;t think I could open a bakery for this sort of stuff. I started making roses on Monday, little by little in the evenings after work.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on December 20, 2008, 04:26:35 PM
Alek,
     The roses in the vase is absolutely unbelievable!!  Just perfection!  I could never destroy one of these marvelous creations to eat it.  Do you actually eat these beautiful works of art?   :o


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on December 20, 2008, 05:32:16 PM
I envy your ability to make such beautiful works of art!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 20, 2008, 06:23:47 PM
alek0 should you ever decide to open a bakery you would be able to charge according to the amount of time in making something. Like one of a kind items that no one else has ever seen. A lot of money to be made for your creations - people like unique and different things and lots are willing to pay for that uniqueness.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 21, 2008, 05:05:15 PM
Thank you!

I keep the gumpaste toppers (gumpaste dries too hard anyway), but the rest gets eaten, of course. I am running out of storage space though, I'll have to buy another dry box.

I'll post the tiramisu recipe later, have to rush, I've overslept again, Sophie's fault for waking me up too early and my fault for going back to bed. She is now sleeping, and I have to go to work. Lucky cat.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: trudy1 on December 21, 2008, 05:36:24 PM
Wow, so beautiful. Can these cakes be sent? hint, hint.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on December 21, 2008, 06:41:21 PM
alek0..........I am in awe of your talent and creations.
Do you do this as a form of relaxation?
Your eye for detail is just spectacular.

I shall eagerly await your tiramisu recipe.
That is DH's all time favorite dessert   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 21, 2008, 06:49:50 PM
I love tiramisu ! I agree with Trudy,these cakes would make wonderful holiday greetings  ;).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 22, 2008, 05:18:04 PM
Thanks again! I wish they could be sent, but alas... If you are ever in HK, let me know, it would be good to have an excuse to make some more cakes...

Tiramisu cake recipe:

Part one, optional, you can skip and justuse ladyfingers biscuits for a no-bake version
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
4 egg whites
85 g sugar
55 g flour
natural vanilla flavour

Whip up the egg whites, separately mix egg yolks, one whole egg, vanilla and sugar until the mix becomes pale yellow colour, then add flour, and 2-3 spoons of egg white foam, mix together and then fold egg yolk part into the egg whites, spread on a silpat mat or baking paper and bake at 190C (374 F) for a few minutes, baking time is quite short.

Other ingredients
100 g ladyfingers biscuits (increase to 200 g if not using baked sponge above)
One cup of strong black coffee
Bailey's (I like the taste, you can replace with rum or kahlua if you prefer those)
3 bananas
dark chocolate sauce
caramel sauce
(if you want home made chocolate sauce and caramel sauce, I can post recipes for that too, but there are acceptable store-bought versions of those)

Tiramisu cream
750 g mascarpone
750 ml whipping cream
3-4 table spoons of sugar (adjust, depends how sweet you like it)
natural vanilla flavour
2 whipping cream stabilizer (you have it http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Oetker-Whip-0-35-Ounce-Package/dp/B000GZYBCW (http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Oetker-Whip-0-35-Ounce-Package/dp/B000GZYBCW)), if you are not vegetarian, you can stabilize the whipping cream with gelatin

Mix mascarpone with 1 spoon sugar and vanilla, whip up whipping cream with sugar and whipping cream stabilizer (if using gelatin, recipe is a bit more complicated you can find instructions for that online, as a vegetarian I rarely use gelatin since if I put it in I can't try if it is sweet enough), then combine.

Line up the mold (you can use any bowl or cake pan) with plastic wrap. Put the sponge cut to fit the size, soak with coffee and Bailey's mixture (if using bowl, rotate so that the sides are evenly soaked), spread chocolate sauce over it, put cut bananas, cover with tiramisu cream, then place ladyfingers, soak with coffe+bailey's, spread caramel sauce over it, then banana slices and then cover with tiraisu cream, repeat until you use up all the ingredients and alternate the use of chocolate and caramel sauces.

I have some recipes for more conventional tiramisu, using raw eggs and no stabilizers, but that one is not firm enough to be served as a cake, though it is quite tasty. Whichever version of tiramisu you make, bananas, chocolate and caramel are always good additions to it :)

For those who don't like coffee, you can try strawberry version, soak the sponge/ladyfingers with strawberry juice, put fresh strawberries on top, then tiramisu cream and so on, for this one adding dark chocolate sauce works well too.










Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 22, 2008, 05:28:24 PM
I am afraid that I am going to short out my laptop by slobbering all over it. :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Cato on December 22, 2008, 09:18:51 PM
Oh my Goodness!  Alek0! you have such talent!  Such beautiful creations that I just know taste exquisite too!  Thank you for sharing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 26, 2008, 11:13:13 PM
Here is the christmas one:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/9/a9070555d9a93988bdce713e69ed19f5_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/9/4908f35816931e4e7ebf4203fa1bfed7_content_large.jpg)




Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on December 27, 2008, 03:21:09 AM
Now I wonder what spectacular New Years creation you will be making Aleko.  Absolutely mouth-watering.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 27, 2008, 04:16:36 PM
Such a splendid christmas cake. Your just so great at this.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: petslave on December 27, 2008, 04:51:12 PM
Gorgeous!!  The detail is amazing.  I love the faint leaves on the side too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on December 27, 2008, 04:54:07 PM
Just exquisite!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 31, 2008, 03:08:15 AM
Thank you!

Happy New Year everyone, here is the New Year's eve cake (little one, since bf has a fitness test in less than 3 weeks time):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/a/3a22b696634a6e2445fa1be0fea3773f_content_large.jpg)

Served with sugar decorations:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/2/d245fc89758be1a1f0fe11f7940479ff_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catmom5 on December 31, 2008, 05:31:58 AM
And a very happy new year to you, too, alek. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations with us all year . . . it is truly a gift.

catmom5


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 31, 2008, 07:30:00 AM
I knew there had to be a New Year one!

Happy New Year to you, too, alek.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on December 31, 2008, 11:58:09 AM
Happy New Year, Alek. And thanks for sharing another pretty cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 31, 2008, 02:50:03 PM
Happy New Year ! That cake looks delicious.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 31, 2008, 06:27:08 PM
Happy New Year to one of the most creative, talented women I've ever had the pleasure to get to know a lil about.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: trudy1 on December 31, 2008, 06:51:58 PM
That is beautiful, as usual. I can just taste it now, heaven. ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on December 31, 2008, 07:13:47 PM
alek,
     Another superb creation!  Happy New Year!  Enjoy that cake!!   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 05, 2009, 07:04:20 PM
Thank you!

This was a dummy cake, just for practice, finally dry weather, great for royal icing:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/8/3873edc86b70f39ad6b32f30ca4170e5_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/c/fcb4c17faa9aaeaecc505875b38a2552_content_large.jpg)

Close-up of stringwork and extensions, has some mistakes but doesn't look too bad, I think:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/9/29578477041b3fa2d84673dece567da2_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 05, 2009, 07:25:47 PM
Mistakes - sorry didn't see any in another beautiful creation you have made and shared with us. YUMMY!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 11, 2009, 02:16:56 AM
Here is another one, I was a bit depressed so I made someting nice & colorful  :)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/c/9c585808169c3b64b855123a15274f0a_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/4/e422e9e2f64fe9725680aee02f3eb083_content_large.jpg)

The hollow sphere was done on a balloon, when it dries and after applying luster dust just slowly deflate the balloon, and there it is, I'm happy that experiment succeeded :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on January 11, 2009, 06:13:24 AM
Thats beautiful ! Definitely a mood elevator.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 11, 2009, 08:18:56 PM
Even in a down mood your talent shines thru!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on January 11, 2009, 10:02:42 PM
Beautiful and uplifting!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 12, 2009, 11:22:46 AM
alek0 - went to the website you have on your pics when you post them. Had no idea you have 112 pages posted with pics of not only your cakes but your kitties too. Clicked on Slike and all the pages with pics comes up. You are very talented, very talented. Plan to go back and look at more of your creations.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 14, 2009, 05:00:14 PM
Thank you!

"Slike" means photos, I keep most of my photo there since it is convenient, so lots of kitty photos in addition to cakes :)

"Recepti" means recipes, if you see anything you like I can translate :) Some are actually more simple then they look, this one for example:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/c/6c1fca8f7366346fd598f21301623138_content_large.jpg)

All you need is filo pastry, brown sugar, pumpkin and then optional things to add (cinnamon, raisins, dry cranberries, candied ginger). Basically you put on the work surface 3 sheets of filo pastry, cover one third with grated pumpkin (or apple, that is also quite nice, or any other filling of your choice), and roll it up. Brush with eggwash and bake in heated oven at ~180C (~350 F), when done cover with kitchen towel or aluminum foil to keep the steam in so that filo pastry softens a bit, sprinkle with icing sugar and that's that. For fancy serving like in the photo, decorations are just puff pastry, baked in such curved shape.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on January 14, 2009, 05:07:27 PM
That is amazingly beautiful.  What a creation!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 14, 2009, 08:51:05 PM
Thank you! Grated fresh pumpkin works really well for filo pastry, if needed brown sugar can be added (depends on the pumpkin variety, some are OK with no sugar), can be plain or with candied ginger or with cinnamon and raisins. That's one of the few desserts that I actually like to eat, not only to make :) I love pumpkin, except for the pumpkin puree from the can, yuck! I don't know why it tastes so different from home-made pureed pumpkin, but it does :(


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 17, 2009, 01:05:30 AM
I finally finished gumpaste topper for this weekend' cake, and this time I really like the result although I am still not perfectly happy with it. Here it is:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/c/9c5521963c4d25ba4ecdca14698f75e6_content_large.jpg)

Close up:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/7/470db796c29cbacc60b101eea995f48d_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on January 17, 2009, 06:00:41 AM
How can you not be happy with that ? It's gorgeous & a welcome breath of sunshine amid the frigid temps most of us are having ![Just wish I could eat some of it].


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: petslave on January 17, 2009, 06:12:25 PM
OMG, that one is absolutely beautiful!  A breath of sun & spring is right!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on January 17, 2009, 09:41:27 PM
Alek,
     That is absolutely magnificent!  Gives such a lift to the spirits on this very cold winter night.  Do you keep all of these toppers?  If so, you are eventually going to have to open a "cake museum"!!    :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on January 17, 2009, 11:37:32 PM
That is beautiful! And now I'm ready for spring.....


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: purringfur on January 18, 2009, 08:13:44 AM
I am in complete awe of these creations!  I've never seen such works of edible art!  My goodness.  You are talented beyond belief.  I love to look at your photos, and thanks for sharing recipes.  What talent!  What talent!  What talent!  A feast for the eyes (and tummy, of course)!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on January 18, 2009, 01:42:47 PM
Alek, I don't know how you do it.  Your artistry is amazing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 18, 2009, 02:56:02 PM
Aleko have to say it again - YOU are so very, very talented. Do these creations just come to mind or do you see something that inspires your creations? They are so outstanding. You could really have a going business selling your creations as all of us find them so enchanting and they are edible too!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on January 18, 2009, 04:40:30 PM
Talking about remarkable.  Alek0, you are so gifted, thank you so much for sharing it with us.  Outstanding!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 18, 2009, 05:02:20 PM
Thank you very much!

JJ, sometimes they just come to my mind, sometimes I see something that triggers an idea. This particular one was inspired by a sphere of pink artificial flowers which was hanging from a ceiling in a shopping mall, so I thought of a way to get the "hanging sphere" and went with the combination of pastels rather than just pink. I get more inspiration from flower arrangement books and arrangements of real flowers rather than sugarcraft books. And for a bit more complicated 3D things like this, knowledge of physics actually helps, since it needs to be balanced not only to please the eye, but also physically balanced so that it can stand without toppling over :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on January 18, 2009, 06:07:54 PM
You really should think about entering some contests ! Your cakes are much better than some that win.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 18, 2009, 06:53:08 PM
Thx for letting us know where your inspiration comes from. Just so very creative all of them are.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 21, 2009, 05:56:43 PM
I had to make another one since last weekend's cake was already gone by Tuesday. Sometimes I really envy him his metabolism, I don;t understand how can he eat one cake per week (at least one, sometimes more) and not get fat  ???

This is very simple, ladyfingers soaked with rum+raspberry juice, raspberry jam, fresh raspberries+yogurt cream, whipped cream on the outside, candied pansy on gumpaste base for decoration. Didn't have time to decorate it properly :( I just started decorations for cake planned for weekend, since I work 10-12 hours I usually have to start making decorations little by little 4-5 days before. Hmph. It turned out tasty even though it isn;t much to look at, so hree it is:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/f/9fe2d8cab503acbe30d56723753cff70_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on January 21, 2009, 08:20:39 PM
Looks and sounds delicious !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on January 21, 2009, 11:23:48 PM
Exquisite alek
Your eye for detail makes these truly edible works of art................ :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 24, 2009, 11:49:23 PM
Poco, I bought crystallized pansy, I think it was from Fancy Flours, I always keep some on hand for cases when I don;t have time to decorate properly. When I find some edible flowers here, I make my own but they are not often available.

Here are some new ones.

First the most simple decoration, abstract tuile shapes and fried pasta (you just fry some interesting pasta shapes, drain them on paper towel and sprinkle with cinnamon and icing sugar):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/8/d82ccb97c222f28dfac89e45861db5c4_content_large.jpg)

A bit more tricky decoration, since skirt is very thin and it is difficult to transfer straight from the oven on crumpled aluminum foil to cool down in bent shape:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/a/eae176b282de71b2f35c4522244d9df0_content_large.jpg)

And finally the main one, orchid pot cake, the cake is lemon sponge with orange-milk chocolate cream, decorated with gumpaste slipper orchids:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/5/85fe19b81b8a670d0998355816137e1d_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on January 25, 2009, 07:03:54 AM
Alek, those orchids look completely real.  You are very gifted.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on January 25, 2009, 02:03:30 PM
Fantastic, Alek! Your cakes are becoming more and more elaborate.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Steve on January 25, 2009, 02:11:08 PM
I had to make another one since last weekend's cake was already gone by Tuesday. Sometimes I really envy him his metabolism, I don;t understand how can he eat one cake per week (at least one, sometimes more) and not get fat  ???

I could eat one of those a day and still not gain weight. Been that way my entire life.

I envy people who can put on weight.

It does look delicious.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on January 25, 2009, 04:24:34 PM
True works of Art alek......... :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: trudy1 on January 25, 2009, 04:42:28 PM
Just wonderful- And I still want tone ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on January 25, 2009, 05:19:41 PM
I want one too ! Love the trapped lady.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 25, 2009, 09:00:59 PM
Thank you!

The trouble with making them more elaborate is that you have to keep coming up with more and more ideas what to make next time, it is Monday already and I still haven't decided what to do for the next one. maybe I should keep it simple for a change :)

Btw, "trapped lady" is very easy, apart from skirt being a bit tricky to transfer in one piece. If anyone wants a recipe for tuile paste, let me know, it is perfect for that sort of decorations and it actually tastes good (basic vanilla recipe is just butter, sugar, egg whites, flour and vanilla, simple but good).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 26, 2009, 11:23:17 AM
Perhaps for additional ideas look at exotic plants along with the flowers and that may bring more creative things to try for you.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 19, 2009, 02:38:53 AM
Well, to continue now that we are back. Its been a long time, as you can see b y the number of cakes  ;D

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/d/fdbedb72fb9eba79a3da462218f196e8_content_medium.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/1/c1ab2e8cf944ea2710d68f837a979922_content_medium.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/5/b58965b719280e2a45012f0ce6d75c6f_content_medium.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/5/c538325e0552eeec2a6b24278c250324_content_medium.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/d/9dc1c9bcef6d8281b986d12c59abc61d_content_medium.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/b/1b2dae64d51394c70784beba3625e3a2_content_medium.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/5/e5cbef09ad8249ad5501abdfd82ff575_content_medium.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/4/744c9b01395a2c51245bdc6daa5837bc_content_medium.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/9/997bcc84e52bf5eeb30a56371fe2ae2d_content_medium.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JustMe on February 19, 2009, 04:44:58 AM
 ;D  ;D  ;D

Beautiful, as always alek0


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on February 19, 2009, 12:39:32 PM
What a wonderful imagination you have.  I would have never thought of something so amazing as the fish in water.  Unbelieveable, I know I've said it a hundred times, but I can't help myself from saying it again, you have such an incredible talent.  Just Amazing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 19, 2009, 12:48:05 PM
Stunning cakes, Alec. Seeing them all together that way is like a visit to an art gallery.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 19, 2009, 10:54:07 PM
So missed seeing your wonderful and talented creations - like magic to lift you up with a bright spot for your day.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 21, 2009, 01:41:26 AM
Thank you!

Here is a simple one for this weekend, weather is still not cooperating, too humid for fancy decoration, and not hot enough for a/c :(

Pistachio sponge and cream, pear filling, decorated with poached pear, whipped cream, and crushed toasted pistachios:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/5/a54f7eda334461c90ae4e4822de07767_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 21, 2009, 09:29:00 PM
One more, I had some leftovers from the cake, so I put them in a bowl, next day turned it over on a serving board of the same diameter, covered everything with whipped cream and put a caramel cage over it and placed it on a single cake pillar. I was aiming for art nauveau lamp look:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/f/8f9519443ea32df34472e200edc99f44_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on February 21, 2009, 10:02:26 PM
Yummy!   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 21, 2009, 10:53:04 PM
Very inventive. And they look delicious!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 22, 2009, 05:21:14 PM
Thank you! One more, you can do this with ice cream and fruit as well (this is with white chocolate-lemon-almond-pistachio thingies which are the body of the butterfly)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/f/4fb8c7d422155a4edf4d587d3ab53f3c_content_large.jpg)


Served with raspberry, mango, caramel, yogurt and rose sauces (wings of the butterfly).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 22, 2009, 09:50:05 PM
alek0 you should make up a portfolio of all your creations and publish it - it would make a great book to have.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on February 25, 2009, 11:50:06 AM
Wow, the art of these cakes is just awesome, let alone they look totally scrumptious!  Aleko, does your family eat these or do you dole some out to lucky friends?   ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 25, 2009, 12:01:45 PM
Wow! That one is stunning!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on February 25, 2009, 03:27:56 PM
Remarkable!

Another brilliant creation by our own very talented, Alek0.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: trudy1 on February 25, 2009, 04:10:52 PM
Every time I see these, I am just so amazed. The most beautiful creations.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on February 25, 2009, 04:12:02 PM
I'm in awe, too.  How you think up these designs, alek0, is pretty amazing.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 25, 2009, 06:53:48 PM
Thank you very much! My boyfriend eats most of these, he is used to having at least one cake all for himself since I am not interested in sweet stuff. And I envy him his metabolism, after all this stuff he is still skinny  :o

Unfortunately these days weather is not cooperating (very humid, and not hot enough for a/c), I keep getting all these ideas what to make but until weather improves I am restricted to gelatine, chocolate and tuile paste as decorations, and that's that. A bit of caramel can do if it is immediately before serving, but that also can't survive humidity for long :(


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on February 25, 2009, 08:32:27 PM
Alek, more often than not when I am reading through Itchmo, DH will wander on in and read over my shoulder.
He now asks on a regular basis to see "What alek0 has created".
DH is a huge dessert/cake person and as skinny as a rail by the way.

Today, I decided to bake a cake after having done a big grocery shopping trip.  I was so delighted that I had all organic ingredients and a wonderfully simple recipe.  The cake was chocolate a favorite for DH but inedible for me as I am allergic to chocolate.  The frosting was a creamcheese frosting which I did lick off of the mixer blades ::)

I thought it looked quite nice and was so proud to present this after dinner.

He did say thank you, but he also said "It doesn't look anything like an "alek cake".   :-[
My temporary Martha Stewart moment is over ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 26, 2009, 04:48:35 PM
You should nicely explain to him that this is not the best thing to say if he wants to continue to have nice home baked stuff :) I should dig out some photos from few years back when I just started, they tasted good but certainly didn't look great!

Men always find something wrong to say, don't they? When I finish decorating and am so happy how it turned out, and he just says "It looks OK. Can I eat it now?"


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 27, 2009, 03:26:44 PM
This week's desserts, simple charlottes since my workload has been crazy, no time for any fancy baking:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/2/b235e599d9aed1ce9165e8bde04174da_content_large.jpg)

And one a bit more complicated, I had to decorate "properly", though at this humidity I could only use modeling chocolate (flowers) and tuile (leaves), charlotte with raspberries and sour cherries and chestnuts is inside each hydrangea flower bunch:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/e/fe0c5a20294e10d4492a6ece57312026_content_large.jpg)




Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 27, 2009, 05:09:50 PM
They are both beautiful & look delicious ! DH's & BF's are a pain sometimes aren't they ?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on February 27, 2009, 08:35:04 PM
No time for any "fancy" baking?  I just spewed water all over my keyboard. LOL  Aleko, anything you do is considered "fancy" compared to what Ive done and what Ive seen....lol  Your BF is one lucky guy!   I love the one with the fruit, its so colorful!  Is that real fruit? 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 28, 2009, 03:35:55 AM
Yes, that's all real fruit, "red" and normal dragon fruit, red and gold raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi berries, candied cherries, and "leaves" are green tea tuile cookies.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 01, 2009, 10:08:02 PM
Thanks for the spring time creations - with our winter dragging on in a lot of places it is a welcome respite.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 01, 2009, 10:24:16 PM
Really gorgeous cakes!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 02, 2009, 06:44:29 PM
Thank you!

And yes, hydrangea took many hours, started around 10 pm, finished at 3 am :)

Here is one simple way to present some leftovers, palm trees are made of florist tape and wire since humidity is still very high and sugar-based modelling medium is just not drying:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/7/4729bf1e6c9896757d53adac49f971ce_content_large.jpg)

Water is elderberry flower jelly, moss/grass is shredded coconut with green tea powder.
 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 02, 2009, 10:24:12 PM
That cake is a nice reminder that there are warm climates somewhere, as I sit freezing here.....


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 03, 2009, 05:00:44 AM
Wish I was on that island right now,its 11 here !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 06, 2009, 09:04:53 AM
Some new ones, couple of quick plated desserts, cakes are still in preparation  :D
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/0/d021edc7a8a81a1ee9b0864d24c94424_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/3/431399ce1d066423e5464237ba663866_content_large.jpg)




Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on March 06, 2009, 07:21:01 PM
Sign me up for that dessert charter!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 06, 2009, 11:26:51 PM
Quote
The latest creations are wonderful to look at!  Soon we'll have the Itchmo dessert charter in the air. We'll bring the coffee and tea.  :D

:))
Well then, good that I made some more:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/5/f5f9b23dba41e97ec10edde4bea8d9fd_content_large.jpg)

Close-up of the sugar rose:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/0/20d2d3ff7d534baf79df264c25f82c6d_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on March 07, 2009, 06:05:12 PM
I am so darn hungry!!!!!   :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 07, 2009, 10:35:46 PM
Let me know who's going on the charter - would like to place a request for one of those delish creations - what a feast for the eyes!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 07, 2009, 10:54:03 PM
Those are all just gorgeous! Almost too pretty to be eaten.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 08, 2009, 06:32:04 AM
One more, and then I am done until the next weekend:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/0/70ffed0c3ab47d6486a6394035b64b2c_content_large.jpg)

I just realized that bf is actually eating at least one and a half cakes per week since we have guests on Sunday so I make two cakes, but once they are gone there is still more than half of "visitors' cake" left in addition to the one which was just for him. How can he do that and not put on any weight, I'd really like to know.



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on March 08, 2009, 07:32:16 AM
I'm really enjoying this thread. Your creativity is so astonishing, aleko.

Where do you get all of your ideas from? And how on earth did you learn how to do all of this in the first place?
I wish I had even half of your talent.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on March 11, 2009, 03:04:00 PM
LOL Poco, can I have a first class seat?  I never get to fly first class......look out Aleko, we are on our way! Lock the doors and barricade the windows!   :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on March 12, 2009, 04:07:08 AM
Wow, I can't wait until the plane gets here to pick me up!  I've never been in first class either, I'm usually in the farthest seat smashed in like a sardine.

Aleko, you better run or start stocking up!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 12, 2009, 09:10:25 PM
Thank you all, and I really wish you could come! Sometimes when it comes to desserts, after I spent hours decorating it I would really appreciate a bit more than "Looks OK. Can I eat it now?" which is what I usually get from my bf.

As for ideas, I don't know, they just sort of happen. I guess it is a job related habit, although job has nothing to do with baking and decorating, but food preparation is after all chemistry, physics, and materials science :) I learnt the techniques from books, once you can manage the basics then it is easy to apply it to new things. Now if I want inspiration, I look at floristry books for different kinds of flowers and arrangements rather than sugarcraft, since most sugar books are same old, same old when it comes to flowers, with very few exceptions like Alan Dunn.

Btw, one of the best books on desserts if anyone is interested is Professional Pastry Chef/Advanced Professional Pastry Chef by Bo Friberg (there is quite a bit of overlap between the two, Professional has more recipes, Advanced has more focus on decoration and presentation). The only drawback is that he is usually giving recipes in quite large quantities, but often he has a small batch recipe as well on how to scale it down (in some cases simple arithmetics doesn't work all that well).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 13, 2009, 07:50:32 AM
First one for the weekend, almond and lemon sponge, kumquat jam, bananas, vanila cream, chocolate+orange cream. Decorations (snow, bird, snowdrops) are all gumpaste.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/7/173310006b9e70111a362fb7d7d786a5_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/5/05d7248c5fbf80b7e32c3eb0264d9c04_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Steve on March 13, 2009, 08:13:55 AM
That's really "out there"  LOL  ;D

I don't what know what guests would think if I brought that out and put it on the table and started handing out desert plates.



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 14, 2009, 12:17:11 AM
Well, this one is a more conventional looking cake :) Flower and butterfly are made from boiled sugar.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/f/2f374be4feacd02063d2efad897096b2_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Steve on March 14, 2009, 05:58:20 AM
I think your guests would be very impressed, Steve!  Especially if you could say that you designed and created that cake.

As Avant-garde as that desert is . . I would probably have to say,

"Everyone ready for desert? Wait till you see this."

Still, I'm not sure if they would "get it".   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on March 14, 2009, 07:14:39 AM
OMG, I havent had breakfast yet and I am starving!  Cut me a BIG piece of either one of those cakes.....or how bout a piece of both pweedy pweese?   :o ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 14, 2009, 07:46:17 AM
alek0- You are blowing my diet ! I get hungry every time I look at this thread.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 14, 2009, 10:43:14 PM
Just scrumptious-looking stuff!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 15, 2009, 03:58:44 AM
Thank you!

One more, I was a bit bored today:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/4/a4e5b9f3dbeb2e3493c6716cd694d4ad_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/f/bff84ed1c0219af477261f39cd3dd49c_content_large.jpg)




Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on March 15, 2009, 05:47:51 AM
Wow, a tropical atoll complete with its own dormant volcano!  What will Alek think of next?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 15, 2009, 11:41:12 PM
You never cease to amaze us - wow that log with the bird is so neat. So much detail in the littlest things. Your so good at this, ummmm so makes one want to gobble them up!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 19, 2009, 04:40:18 AM
Thank you!

One quick lemon-almond dessert, decorations (ring and background with stars) are made of rice paper:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/7/b78561edde7141d00daea85898789ac4_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 19, 2009, 11:29:04 AM
They're all so exquisite, Alek, and so imaginative. You really should open some kind of upscale "Dessert Cafe" one day. Or a catering service for art exhibit openings, maybe? But then, no one would look at the paintings, the refreshments would outshine them!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on March 19, 2009, 01:13:15 PM
Your guests and BF are such lucky people, alek!

I think your creations are worthy of an art exhibit in and of themselves. I've been to "edible art" exhibits, and most of the creations don't even come close to yours.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 20, 2009, 07:03:15 AM
Thank you!

One more, again inspired by a painting by JIm Warren, "Sail the world":
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/6/b6f40c4a74f8b78d13f0bf383bbdb759_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 20, 2009, 05:39:58 PM
Now you got me thinking, how to make underwater volcano cake  ;D :D ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 21, 2009, 08:49:44 PM
Looking forward to your underwater volcano cake - I know your thinking of a way to do it - I'm sure it will be fantastic as all your creations are!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 22, 2009, 02:54:05 AM
Another new cake, I just finished it. And my back hurts... Making all those roses stops being fun after first 30 or so...
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/f/dfeb22d89087bb4e3d628d7a8f122197_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/6/c63a1ebc098dd8f9052118bbbfe40d9f_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 22, 2009, 05:51:34 AM
They were worth the backache,its gorgeous !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on March 22, 2009, 08:40:16 AM
Those roses are so beautiful, Alek. I sure wish I had your talent. Your BF sure is lucky to have found someone who is willing to spend the hours you do just so he can enjoy eating lots of cake!

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: 5CatMom on March 22, 2009, 10:15:29 AM
Alex,

WOW!  That's just beautiful.  What talent you have  ;D.

5CatMom
=^..^=


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Cato on March 22, 2009, 11:11:07 AM
OK, these last two incredible creations did it.  The plane is ready:

(http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n476/spiritsfly/jet-1.jpg)

And we are on the way in the appropriate high style:

(http://www.concierge.com/images/ideas/first_class_airlines/ideas_firstclass_012p.jpg)

ha ha ha ha ha

Thats' a great idea, Poco!

Alec - I can't look at this thread without salivating seriously


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 31, 2009, 04:33:53 PM
Here is one tart (linzer dough shell, that is hazelnuts, lemon zest, cinnamon and cloves), bananas, raspberry filling, whipped cream, decorated with isomalt (sugar replacement for pulled sugar work, less humidity sensitive) flower:

 (http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/f/8fbaa9bc428496c958e10b3873f8a979_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on March 31, 2009, 06:58:35 PM
That is simple elegance, Alek.  That flower just looks so delicate!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 31, 2009, 07:17:55 PM
How in the world did you have time after your trip ? That is beautiful and very elegant !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 01, 2009, 08:27:13 AM
Thank you, this one is indeed simple, but what can I do when I had no time to decorate "properly" :)

Lesliek, I just made this quickly on Monday evening after coming back from work, tarts are quick and boiled sugar/isomalt decorations don;t take that much time either, I always do those when I am in a hurry :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on April 01, 2009, 01:08:51 PM
You always amaze me, Alek0.  Your range of imagination is so remarkable.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on April 01, 2009, 06:25:21 PM
Alek, your eye for detail and the ability to translate that into something edible and amazing is what truly blows my mind............. :o


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on April 01, 2009, 10:04:39 PM
It just looks sparkling and delicious.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 02, 2009, 08:32:11 AM
Thank you! I've been experimenting a bit again, some chocolate fish:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/f/ef7c67137c8db87ab4233a64918461d5_content_medium.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/e/9ef366bead0e09776ce3e3fdbdadee2b_content_medium.jpg)





Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 02, 2009, 11:45:01 PM
Clown fish - wow. Had those in a tank many years ago when still married. Your eye for detail is amazing. How about the pink shrimp with the real long legs and those feelers - antennae - that they have. Those would be so neat to see you create.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Cato on April 03, 2009, 03:56:42 PM
You are an artist, Alek0.  Those fish look so real!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on April 03, 2009, 04:02:17 PM
They DO look so amazingly real!  WOW! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 03, 2009, 04:50:34 PM
They are great !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on April 03, 2009, 04:51:26 PM
Shades of "Finding Nemo"... ;D

Fantastic!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on April 03, 2009, 06:05:57 PM
Wow! Please tell us how you got the 'water' to look so real!
Please?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on April 03, 2009, 10:36:35 PM
Amazing detail on those fish, Alek!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 03, 2009, 10:49:58 PM
Thank you! Unfortunately butterfly fish was too big, so I cold use only the clown fish. Second version of aquarium cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/5/f5823af2f40b2539be51853d775b9112_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Cato on April 04, 2009, 10:53:23 AM
 :o :o OMG!!!  That is AWESOME!!!!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on April 04, 2009, 04:20:23 PM
Wow!! (again) ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on April 04, 2009, 10:06:52 PM
That one is one of my favorites, I just love that watery look.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 05, 2009, 02:32:56 PM
Alek - cooli loaches (phonetically spelled) too - wow you are amazing. I was going to ask about them and voila! you beat me to it as that is what the clown fish hide in and bring food to since this is the only fish that they won't sting and poison. Your talent is unique and so glad you share it with us.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on April 05, 2009, 05:35:04 PM
alek, your abilities are amazing!  This one is even beyond the beautiful cakes you've made before.  You are a fantastic artist, in an unusual art form.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 05, 2009, 05:51:43 PM
Thank you!

I had some leftovers from this cake, so I made a hat, the rim is orange-favored tuile cookie, the body of the hat is the same hazelnut-baileys-white chocolate combination as in the aquarium cake. Roses are chocolate. It can be more effective when covered in fondant since colours can be better, but this way is a lot tastier:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/5/751b821edd109f0608326321e3bda05f_content_medium.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Cato on April 05, 2009, 05:53:18 PM
can we come live with you, Alek0?  We'll buy te ingredients  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 05, 2009, 06:29:31 PM
I want to come too ! Of course I have 6 attached at the heel furries[or shellies].


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 06, 2009, 12:05:36 AM
I want to be there too-I love to bake and make watermelon baskets, watermelon whales - will even help you by mixing the ingredients.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: trudy1 on April 06, 2009, 01:14:11 PM
I haven't been on this site for a while. these just blow Me away. I have never in My life seen anything as wonderful as these.
I'm jumping on that plane, and i hate flying, but for this I will.  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 08, 2009, 06:34:35 PM
Thank you so much!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 08, 2009, 08:40:05 PM
alek thanks for at least looking into the small butterfly shrimps. They are so delicate but like you said, lil too big. Maybe make a smaller version if it would resemble the salt water shrimp people have in the home fish aquariums.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 09, 2009, 07:48:07 PM
Sugar decoration, not entirely successful because of the bubbles (too hot when I poured it into the mold):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/2/026d3a3d098841f1416d79fc131ddb2a_content_large.jpg)

Pine nits-lemon+orange- cranberry+mulberry tart
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/3/73bf6f6c6fde35f37b96c2a35f8e7ad6_content_large.jpg)

Gumpaste orchid topper, lets hope it will survive the humid weather until the cake is finished:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/5/d5c687eeb485fe69cbf7f3de38cdbbd2_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on April 09, 2009, 08:07:07 PM
The bubbles make it interesting. Kinda like rain or dew droplets! Very pretty!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on April 09, 2009, 08:15:58 PM
I agree with caylee.  I never would have thought it was messed up if you didn't say so.  The orchids are absolutely gorgeous!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 09, 2009, 10:17:57 PM
Are those 'cat perches' in the pine-nits picture on your wall? At first I thought they might be seats to save floor space for guests but look too small for a hooman to sit on.  :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 10, 2009, 01:06:13 AM
Yes, those are the cat perches, I got 5 in the living room, and 3+wall mounted inclined scratcher (with replacable cardboard insert) in the bedroom.

I am happy to report that the topper survived the weather until the cake was finished, so this is the result:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/9/59777f92cb9c736d2e59aafe096a3666_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Carol on April 10, 2009, 03:36:49 AM
Unbelievable!!!!   :o Boy I hope my DH does not come to this thread.....he won't be happy with those boxed brownies...


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on April 10, 2009, 04:24:48 AM
Beautiful! I really need to find a way to cross the big pond to your house. ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 10, 2009, 05:22:12 AM
I agree the bubbles look like rain, the orchid topped cake is perfect for Easter !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on April 10, 2009, 10:31:09 AM
So beautiful! Just great for spring.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on April 10, 2009, 10:04:55 PM
Too beautiful to eat!   ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on April 16, 2009, 04:41:36 AM
Simply gorgeous!  So hard to believe this is something to eat!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on April 16, 2009, 06:34:19 AM
Alek,

I just got up the nerve to open this thread and I tried to read through all the text, but the pictures really took over my mind (and tummy). These creations are off the hook. A few questions, and please forgive me if you've answered them and I've missed them:

1. Why is this not your career, because it certainly looks like a calling to me?
2. How on earth can you have a job and do all of this on a weekly basis (I can barely get my cats and myself fed on any given day)?
3. Are you sure you don't want to move to North America and open a custom cakes shop or at the very least a cake decorations shop?
4. Have you tried transitioning your cats to eat cake because that looked like an awful lot of Almo Nature in the background of one of those shots (thanks for the comments on that food in another thread!).

This is definitely a thread worth reading, can't wait 'till the next cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 16, 2009, 08:25:19 AM
Thank you all very much!

Bug, this is a consequence of the career, way of dealing with stress at work :) After a tough day at work, nothing like 1-2 hours of making cake decorations to nicely relax :) And yes, lots of Almo Nature, Aixia, and Applaws in the background, lol.

I just finished decoration for the next one:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/1/a1d6f1298dc9735bdf906237b18bc76a_content_large.jpg)

Now to start working on a cake tomorrow...


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on April 16, 2009, 01:38:33 PM
That cyclamen looks like the real thing.  Just beautiful!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 16, 2009, 05:38:27 PM
That cyclamen is gorgeous ! I agree with bug though,you need to move closer so we can all taste them too !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on April 16, 2009, 06:51:27 PM
WOW! Such beautiful flowers. I agree, you need to open up a shop.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 17, 2009, 06:45:32 AM
I just finished the smaller cake, now to work on a bigger one (but that one will not have too involved decoration, no time :( ). This can look a lot more effective if covered in fondant, but since bf hates fondant and buttercream, I could just use white chocolate with mint ganache, tastes a lot better but doesn;t look as good:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/c/6c2e5a63a505fd24e095c9ca0eb85294_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on April 17, 2009, 08:16:56 AM
That is one lucky BF. Hope he's as generous as you are  ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 17, 2009, 08:27:21 AM
You are so good to your BF. Hope he really appreciates what you do for him. We just love your creations.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 17, 2009, 09:23:16 AM
Actually I think he appreciated them more when I was making worse and less. Now he is used to it, and expects omething special and different every weekend :(

Main cake for the weekend, simple decoration since I didn't have time (cyclamen took longer than expected since weather is humid and it was drying too slowly):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/0/9033abee15b3c18443e7bea557b0e9d4_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on April 17, 2009, 09:47:35 AM
Absolutely beautiful. Why don't you sell your creations instead of making them for BF. That way, he'll be more appreciative (like he used to be) when he does get one. I'm sure there are a lot of people you know that would love to have one for a special occasion.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on April 17, 2009, 11:56:56 AM
The newest cakes are just heavenly, I love the bright purple in the last one, and the elegant patterning on the top.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 17, 2009, 08:17:34 PM
They are both great ! Sounds like its time to give away or sell a few,then BF will be a little more appreciative ! ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 24, 2009, 10:20:16 PM
Another one, this one has maple meringue layer, pecans and pear filling. Covered with toasted pistachios, and decorated with gumpaste pear blossoms.


(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/7/e762234b4c7814880cdf9c42044a5ecd_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 25, 2009, 04:11:25 AM
It is yummy, I really wish you guys could try some of these.

This is what I've done with the leftovers from making that last cake, I usually make a bit more than needed, just in case, better to have excess than not to have enough :)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/a/eae147b29dab57b1eabea70b75844ef1_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 25, 2009, 06:16:46 AM
Oh how pretty ! I love the green & the pears on top of the extra. My DH is now demanding weekly cakes as well,but you won't be seeing any pix.They don't look like these ! ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on April 25, 2009, 08:09:38 AM
Oh wow! Alek, your gumpaste work is impeccable. I have worked with the stuff and found out I can do some nice rudimentary things (basic leaves and petals), but man -- you could open up a gumpaste creations shop even without the cakes.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 25, 2009, 05:49:19 PM
More beautiful creations. Your talent knows no bounds which is great for us. We do so like to drool over them.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 01, 2009, 07:59:57 AM
Thanks a lot. Here is another one for this weekend, I've been working on gumpaste flowers for most of the week, so wasn't posting much, I guess you can see why:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/e/de480a74e4235bcc2ed2ba155e583f9a_content_large.jpg)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/3/633b3cbbca6eee6e07f428a34c808fda_content_large.jpg)

Fortunately I had some bought skeleton leaves and dry gypsophila, otherwise I don't think I would have finished until next weekend :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Cato on May 01, 2009, 08:01:50 AM
Beautiful!  Your creations are just breath-taking, Alek!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 01, 2009, 08:52:32 AM
I can't even believe those are gumpaste. I hope your current career is your "calling" and that it pays very well, because you are missing out on a lot of cash by not going into business with that amount of talent.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Cato on May 01, 2009, 08:56:36 AM
Alek - if you open your own business of "eatables" I think you'll be a HUGE success.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 01, 2009, 08:58:55 AM
Alek- You've outdone yourself with this 1 !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 01, 2009, 11:10:30 AM
Oh my - what a super creation. You have definetly outdone yourself. Congrats!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on May 01, 2009, 03:59:17 PM
Very appropriate for May, alek--a May basket!  And absolutely gorgeous.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JustMe on May 01, 2009, 06:03:37 PM
Magnificent and amazingly delicate looking, like real flowers, alek0.  WOW!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 01, 2009, 08:01:25 PM
I sure hope your BF likes this one! Wow - is all I can say. They are so charming.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on May 01, 2009, 09:36:18 PM
Just amazing, Alek!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 02, 2009, 12:35:16 AM
Thank you very much! From bf I just got the usual "looks nice, can I eat now"  :(


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 02, 2009, 02:12:06 PM
Is BF one of those that can eat and eat and eat and not put on a pound? Because I think if my DH was getting cakes every weekend, I'd have to drag him out for a run every night  :D. Alek, if you start shipping overseas, I guarantee you, we'd all send you better comments than a "looks nice, let's eat."


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 02, 2009, 03:31:37 PM
Thank you very much! From bf I just got the usual "looks nice, can I eat now"  :(

How about this idea, Alek - next week-end, just whip up a "Plain Jane" cake for him to eat. You know, one with absolutely NO decorations at all. See if he says anything is missing. ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 02, 2009, 03:40:41 PM
Oh, and you can send the fancy cake over to the 'Itchmo Party' that we'll have next week-end. Everyone is invited! It's party time! ;D  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 04, 2009, 09:19:13 PM
caylee let's call it the Alek wunnerful, wunnerful, beautiful cake celebration party -


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 09, 2009, 03:25:27 AM
Thank you everyone, I wish I could send a cake.

This one is not entirely successful, thanks to my genius turning on the aircon in an inappropriate moment so pattern on the top got partly blown off. Argh. Well, at least it is tasty, even if it doesn't look that good.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/a/6a2304d9c5f27d533405577a86df504f_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 09, 2009, 03:58:33 AM
But the flower on the top looks OK, even if the AC was turned on at a bad time. I just love your photos.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 09, 2009, 05:17:31 AM
Looks lovely and tasty from where I sit. Alek, what flavours are the cakes inside and are they layered with buttercream?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 09, 2009, 05:42:44 AM
Looks pretty good to me for a mistake !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 09, 2009, 05:55:31 AM
Bug, I don;t use buttercream since bf thinks it doesn't taste good. For same reason, he doesn't like fondant, and most other things which are good for decorating. There are so many lovely ways to decorate a cake (I love royal icing on white fondant and gumpaste flowers, it is so elegant), but I can do this just when I do a dummy cake for fun, for real cakes I have to stick to his very strict definitions of "edible". So I usually just use whipping cream+whipping cream fix for the outside, or chocolate ganache. In this case, the sponge layers are almond+orange (no flour, just almonds), apricot jam, pomegranate filling, white chocolate ganache with orange flavor.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 09, 2009, 06:32:24 AM
Oh man, I can just taste it now. That sounds absolutely fabulous. I'm not a fan of fondant, either except for looks -- too sweet, but I do like a nice buttercream filling and sponge cakes are just the best.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on May 09, 2009, 05:52:59 PM
Looks good to me alek.

I'll be happy to take it off your hands..................... ;D

Okay.....I need a drooling all over the monitor icon


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 10, 2009, 12:07:44 AM
At least this one was a success in the end, although it is totally different from what I originally intended. See, I had a "planet" all done, but Enterprise was not drying, tried gumpaste, tried pastillage, no luck ($%^$%!!! hong kong weather). So instead of a Star Trek cake,I got Dahlia cake:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/a/6ad83c440b05109f40cf82fd2e900bc3_content_large.jpg)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/e/1e58ea25861f4b9e177fc8643b89ebcd_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 10, 2009, 06:36:33 AM
Oh how pretty that is !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 10, 2009, 08:39:39 AM
Well, it like you'll just have to save 'planet and Enterprise' cake for next week. But I love the one you did for this week in the end.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 10, 2009, 08:04:39 PM
Whip cream in your cakes - YUM! That ranks first to me then buttercream next in line. Your latest creation is just gorgeous!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 15, 2009, 05:14:00 PM
Enterprise will definitely have to wait, it is still way too humid. So I have to stick with simple decorations. Here is one for this week, just love-in-a-mist flower :
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/8/e8d40d56050e8d76766e1ce70b18184a_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 15, 2009, 05:36:24 PM
That doesn't look like a "just" anything ! Its beautiful ! BTW saw the new Star Trek movie Wednesday & it was great !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on May 15, 2009, 05:58:44 PM
I am amazed at what you continue to create each week, alek0!

How did you do that lavender design around the outer edge of the cake? 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 15, 2009, 06:51:50 PM
Catbird, the sides are just lemon sponge cake (any recipe for a roll can do, since it needs to be flexible to line the cake ring). The pattern is made with tuile paste (45 g sugar, 45 g flour, 45 g butter, 1 egg white, lemon or vanilla or whichever flavor and food coloring if needed). this is quite simple to do, you put a stencil on a silpat or baking paper, spread the tuile paste, carefully lift, put it in the fridge to harden for a few minutes and then spread sponge batter over it and bake, and that's it. When it is baked, cut the ribbons to line up the cake ring.

Lesliek, I watched it also, I loved the new design for the ship, the characters were good but the story was not that great (some parts just don't make sense) so I sort of have mixed feelings about it. I still wish to do the new ship design in sugar, but I guess it will have to wait for better weather, this humidity is definitely not good for sugar :(


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 15, 2009, 07:03:24 PM
Beautiful! Looks like a Celtic knot of sorts. Tulie paste, eh? I'll have to look into that. Cool stuff!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on May 15, 2009, 10:35:33 PM
Ummmm, these last several cakes look very elegant!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 16, 2009, 04:46:28 AM
Yum! I love lemony foods. It is just beautiful even if the humidity is too high.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 16, 2009, 06:27:21 AM
Alec- You are right about the story line. I thought Bones and Scottie stole the show as far as characters. And Uhura.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 16, 2009, 11:41:47 PM
Lesliek, I definitely agree about the characters. I also liked how many times Kirk got beaten up  ;D


One more cake, same flavor as the other one, decorated differently using modeling chocolate and marzipan:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/0/60246558cdf413089d3811fc2ea37733_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 17, 2009, 05:01:54 AM
That's a cool cake, too!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 18, 2009, 04:41:16 AM
I still can't believe there's someone out there who does this as a hobby every weekend. I'm just in awe.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 18, 2009, 07:22:47 AM
alek is this also relaxation for you when your creating these scrumptious cakes? Mine is gardening - the sunshine while planting flowers or bulbs, etc. so therapeutic.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 21, 2009, 07:22:01 AM
Yup, that's my method of relaxation :) One simple dessert, since bf has already eaten all the cakes and it isn;t weekend yet:

Lemon &almond sponge, raspberry jam, fresh raspberries and strawberries, mascarpone &whipped cream with lemon flavor filling:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/9/a93df3e4e753d41cc2ae11da719cd295_content_large.jpg)

Haven't even started on the main cake for the weekend, just finished the decoration:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/8/c86cdb81336440ef141bf86df3f273ae_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on May 21, 2009, 03:26:33 PM
HHHHHMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm........ooops, sorry, trying to control the drooling.

As always, your skills are simply amazing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 21, 2009, 03:34:18 PM
Ohhh, How do I get a piece of that yummy cake??


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 21, 2009, 04:18:48 PM
Alek, I've seen cakes with that checkerboard pattern and I've always wondered how it was done. Care to share the secret? It looks so fabulous.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 21, 2009, 05:08:46 PM
Thank you!

Bug, for such patterns, you typically use tuile paste (small batch 45 g sugar, 45 g butter, 45 g flour, 48 ml egg white, flavor and colour as desired, for chocolate flavor just substitute 15 g flour with 15 g cocoa powder), and apply it through a stencil (if you want stripes, you can just make stripes using a cake comb) on a silicon baking mat. Then you put the whole thing in the fridge so tuile would harden, like this:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/f/bfc4b099a7d4178f800745817bf9d7e8_content_medium.jpg)

Then you spread sponge batter (there are several kinds that will do, you need it to be flexible enough to wrap around inside cake ring or to roll up), and bake it according to recipe for the sponge, then you take it out, peel off the silpat and that's it:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/e/4e93b66bde36b4c3cbb6d837723b69e1_content_medium.jpg)

For this pattern:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/1/013063c45c70169f09cee102812ceed1_content_medium.jpg)

it is a bit more complicated since you need to do the repeats, i.e. stencil is only one part of it and then you have to move it to create pattern and to do that, you need to put whole thing in the fridge after each application of the stencil.

Hope this helps. You can buy lovely stencils for cake decorating at www.globalsugarart.com , and in principle you don't need to limit yourself to those, any stencil made of food safe material can do :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 21, 2009, 05:20:41 PM
Wow, that checkered one looks really complex. I'm a really good cook, but baking is not my forté. I can, however, make a nice sponge cake and have made jelly rolls with success, so next time I have a special occasion, I will try the tuile paste stenciling. Thanks a lot!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 21, 2009, 06:20:03 PM
That looks and sounds delicious ! And this weekends topper is spectacular !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 21, 2009, 11:25:05 PM
alek thanks for listing that site. Nice cake pans on there that are unique in shape, also couple of other items to use in decorating. Bookmarked it for future ordering.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 22, 2009, 11:33:55 PM
JJ, they have lots of nice stuff :) Check out those laser cut cupcake wrappers, they have really amazing ones.

A cake for this weekend, a simple one with poached apricots and pastry cream:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/4/541ab7ce7217e37b170c1347c6adb79f_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 23, 2009, 04:05:16 AM
Very pretty - sounds yummy too!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on May 24, 2009, 03:24:09 PM
The cake may be "simple", but the topping is absolutely fantastic, alek!   :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 24, 2009, 06:19:30 PM
I think this weeks cake is very elegant !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 27, 2009, 11:45:05 PM
Thank you! This is a tiramisu variation (with bananas, coffee-chocolate ganache, and coconut mascarpone cream), decorated in a simple way with marzipan since I had to take it in the morning to work for an afternoon party (i.e. decoration needed to survive transport and sitting in the fridge for hours):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/b/8b6c3d19d391411de71b193694c51da5_content_large.jpg)

It is a holiday here (dragon boat festival), so I  made some muffins (with royal icing butterflies):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/e/ae0a6d91587ec51dff6f4bc22ca373a7_content_large.jpg)

And I have finally tried something I wanted to do long time ago, not the best time of a year for this kind of work due to humidity (hence mistakes and lots of reinforcement on the sides), but I just had to try:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/9/7939dcfb4e1f87b8a9bc95e4b4e86f6d_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JustMe on May 28, 2009, 04:08:10 AM
alek0,

Your creations never cease to amaze.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 28, 2009, 06:30:20 AM
They are gorgeous ! The Eiffel Tower looks great ! Those are very unique cupcake holders too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on May 28, 2009, 08:10:22 AM
Very Cool!  Do you ever enter cake competitions?  I've watched a couple on Food Network.  Quite intensive and interesting.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 28, 2009, 10:51:10 AM
Fizzy just thinking same thought along those lines myself. That being thinking of how many county fairs, etc. alek would take first prize in the baking area. Many would be hard pressed to compete with her creations. They never cease to be spectacular.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on May 28, 2009, 01:02:25 PM
good grief, I can't believe how elaborate those are! Those cakes would make any occasion a festival!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Steve on May 28, 2009, 01:15:24 PM
This thread should be called Do not view if you are trying to strengthen your Will Power instead of your Appetite.

 ;D

I could easily demolish those creations at one sitting.

You should try some pet food creations next. You have three willing taste testers on hand.



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 28, 2009, 07:05:27 PM
Thank you! I never entered any cake competitions, this is just for fun, to relax after work :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Steve on May 29, 2009, 05:28:07 PM
Thank you! I never entered any cake competitions, this is just for fun, to relax after work :)

Okay then. It's the weekend. Time to relax. We eagerly anticipate your next creations.

 8)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 30, 2009, 12:53:52 AM
:)

Since bf said he didn't want a cake, I just made some simple stuff. Roll with walnut and coffee sponge (patterned with tuile paste, but you can barely see the pattern, I run out of white flour and when you use wholewheat flour, tuile is much darker) filled with chestnut+Bailey's filling:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/c/8c21f20001e736bc15433bfd2c53caff_content_large.jpg)

Flower is gumpaste bauhinia blakeana, national flower of Hong Kong :)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/7/c7db548a8d44da82abcc59729da16258_content_large.jpg)

I had some leftovers from the roll, so here they are:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/d/cde0df427cefb8a84a064caec0fbd67f_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 30, 2009, 02:17:44 AM
And some muffins, decorated with boiled sugar:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/a/1a8913420bdfb1cd8331c43f4c4fdea9_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/4/8477d51cc0052471ee7e1507305f84dd_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/d/ed19daa1413bf94f88304ba4fc7c5e7d_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on May 30, 2009, 05:45:58 AM
OMG, you gave muffins a whole new meaning.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 30, 2009, 06:52:14 AM
alek- Your idea of a simple dessert is anything but !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on May 30, 2009, 11:00:15 AM
alek, those muffins are spectacular!  I never would have thought of decorating muffins, but those are quite stunning.  You are so creative.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 30, 2009, 12:23:33 PM
Oh WOW!! Those are so beautiful! And you call those 'simple'? ???


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 31, 2009, 10:10:33 PM
When I first looked at the muffins I thought they had ice sculptures on top of them, especially the really tall one with the red running thru it - like an ice sculpture waterfall. What a neat idea - but your so full of creativity and never cease keep on creating.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 02, 2009, 09:57:33 PM
Thank you! I just finished gumpaste flower arrangement last night, in a bit of a rush before extremely humid weather starts again:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/6/660e694126c68523d70903e0849bfc96_content_large.jpg)

Now I hope it will survive by weekend when I finish the cake :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 03, 2009, 04:40:14 AM
Oh how pretty that is !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 03, 2009, 08:24:53 AM
Thank you!

More muffins, with pistachios, cranberries and pears:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/d/4daf8ecc24527ed1d4bd9cb9297f3c94_content_medium.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/b/3bcee32690dfc626317ecd8117f58fee_content_medium.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/e/6ed4180b59692c8ec8c2dbee133b07f5_content_medium.jpg)

Just the sugar decoration:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/4/c47481e57f6ca919e7e33530fa05da6e_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 08, 2009, 03:18:09 AM
More cakes:
 Almond sponge with lemon&white chocolate ganache:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/e/de4347d1b1bcb6dd7529fc90dab7405d_content_large.jpg)

And one little experiment with chestnut+hazelnut sand castle, not entirely successful for the castle, but I am very happy with the "sea", i.e. elderberry flower jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/6/36997899c8fe6dc74f8afee911a6a6ee_content_medium.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/5/458b00548e9cced11315d41817dad935_content_medium.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 08, 2009, 04:26:49 AM
Oh I love the sea & sand castle ! And the other cake looks just like a table with tablecloth and flower arrangement.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on June 08, 2009, 10:40:04 AM
As lesliek said that flower arrangement/table and cloth - wow! Reminds me of my lil wrought iron chair that I put potted flowers on to show it off on my deck.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on June 08, 2009, 12:21:57 PM
Stunning! I think the ones with the water themes astonish me the most. It's mind-boggling to me to think you can do that with cake ingredients.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 14, 2009, 12:13:25 AM
Thank you!

Dessert for this weekend (left is a tiramisu variation, right is peach-raspberry combination):

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/1/c1853c2787ddf1d4f4ea877b4d67f267_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/4/74e88f9c4c470943ae2d936c9995b0ff_content_large.jpg)

Close up of gumpaste flower arrangement:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/2/c20e2421d1b73c776ad872f22c324fd3_content_large.jpg)

And one gumpaste flower arrangement which is just for fun,result of PMS and reading books of exotic tropical flowers (Amorphophallus paeniifolius, Tacca chantrieri, Sarracenia leucophylla):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/8/e8c2529f8bda3e1b00e3c33706590a57_content_large.jpg)

When I saw Tacca flower (I think this is called Bat lily or Bat flower) I just had to try to make it:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/5/559f7fc23997ebca9e478e6aef8b193a_content_medium.jpg)




Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on June 14, 2009, 12:26:22 AM
The bat flower is outstanding. Just a Sid's nursery and they had a flower you could buy called "bat plant" or "bat flower". It does look just like a tiny bat. Your just so very talented, look forward to your creations.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on June 14, 2009, 05:27:37 AM
Yum . . .I'll be right over for a piece. I love the rose creation! What wonderful talent you have, Alek!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 14, 2009, 07:25:30 AM
They are beautiful ! I really needed to see something like this to perk me up on this rainy weekend full of FDA notices,vol recalls & withdrawels !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 17, 2009, 06:22:33 PM
Would anyone like some muffins (raspberries, lemon, toasted hazelnuts, lavender):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/d/fdf36706066f89f5006abc6a22184b45_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on June 17, 2009, 06:27:33 PM
Yes, please!  :D :D :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on June 17, 2009, 06:39:14 PM
Oh, a definite yes, if only I could!   :D  You should know better than to ask!  Another winner, Alek.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 17, 2009, 08:25:59 PM
Oh, butterflies! How lovely. You should make a cake with a whole bunch of different butterflies on it. Maybe a cake that looks like a shrub. Are you taking challenges from the peanut gallery?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on June 18, 2009, 12:35:07 AM
Butterflies my favorite! Like the idea of a shrub with tons of the butterflies alighting upon them.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 18, 2009, 02:26:21 AM
Thank you! Tricky, but doable. It will have to wait though since bf is going away on a trip for a few weeks in the middle of next week, so no cakes until he comes back.

Forgot to say, thanks for the suggestion. I think it would look nice, lots and lots of butterflies on a shrub. Hmm. what kind of shrub, that is the question. For butterflies I've already decided, all swallowtails in yellow, green and blue. I need suggestions for shrubs with pink or purple flowers :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 18, 2009, 05:39:06 AM
Goldflame or Goldmound spireas have really nice clumps of small, delicate flowers.

http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&um=1&q=spirea+pink+flowers&sa=N&start=20&ndsp=20


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 18, 2009, 07:19:02 AM
Now I'm hungry ! A bush with butterfies sounds beautiful !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 18, 2009, 08:25:35 AM
Thanks, bug, that is a lovely bush but those tiny flowers would take a long, long time to make...

And can you believe it that bf has already eaten all the muffins, so I had to make some again, this time with maple syrup, rose syrup, toasted pecans and pistachios, and raisins, filled with chestnut jam. Didn't have time for "proper" decorations so just made a modelling chocolate rose, and some sugar decorations with rose buds and lavender flowers from tea.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/0/a053379b65b0ef89d67f1accbf52f993_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/b/cbe0ee4398e7eb8904c5d6be9f8b2c3b_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/d/0d7f3bb50beb31ecbd4c3742d2d29a6f_content_large.jpg)

Btw, those lavender flowers for tea are wonderful, the smell when you pour hot sugar over them is amazing.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 18, 2009, 09:42:03 AM
I'd like to see a picture of BFs waistline.

Oh, how about an azalea bush for the butterflies? Maybe with not as many blooms?

http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&um=1&sa=1&q=azalea+bushes&btnG=Search+Images&aq=f&oq=


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 18, 2009, 04:17:28 PM
bug I was thinking the same thing ! Alek how much does BF weigh ? If he's not overweight,he must have excellent metabolism !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 18, 2009, 06:28:06 PM
He is actually skinny, I envy him on his metabolism! And free time to go to the gym regularly.

Thanks for another good suggestion, bug! I love azaleas, though this would take long time to make as well. Anyway, I'll find a way to do it, it is a wonderful idea.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on June 19, 2009, 12:35:16 AM
What about a periwinkle bush? I have one in my yard and when the flowers bloom in the spring they tiny flowers are a pretty periwinkle color.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 21, 2009, 05:41:02 PM
Periwinkle bushes are lovely, too!

More muffins, my genius said "don't make a cake, just make some muffins", so I've been making more muffins and more muffins because he keeps eating them so fast, it would have been easier to just make a cake.

Walnut-coffee-maple syrup-pear muffins, decorated with caramel:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/9/e945ab747e5e23921e2dee6764a41586_content_large.jpg)

Pistachio-cranberry-raspberry muffins decorated with green sugar leaves and butterfly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/6/d6c0029d85c887bdaafd6be5ca504718_content_large.jpg)

Chestnut muffin with raspberry jam filling, decorated with white chocolate+marzipan magnolia:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/c/3cd72876b4f1802be1c14da2318b83e6_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 21, 2009, 07:02:32 PM
Oh, those beat Tim Horton's (popular Canadian donut house) muffins anyday. Just slobbering.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on June 21, 2009, 07:19:34 PM
Packing my bags alek.............I'm moving in with you...........


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 22, 2009, 07:13:20 AM
Peg- I'm coming with you !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Cato on June 22, 2009, 05:09:33 PM
Oh Alek - I'm on a diet now!!!  :( :'(


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on June 23, 2009, 12:19:44 AM
I'm on a diet too but those creations would be the most delish of temptations!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 23, 2009, 06:11:20 AM
Alek, I think you could probably get your own show on Food Network. At the very least, you could win the muffin Food Network Challenge (if they ever have one).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on June 23, 2009, 11:50:32 AM
Those are the most elegant muffins I have ever seen!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 24, 2009, 06:35:49 AM
Thank you!

Now three weeks of no cakes, bf has gone on a trip to Australia :( Hopefully my dummy cakes order will arrive before weekend, so I'll just have fun decorating...

Bug, those Food Network Challenges seem really, really interesting, I saw clips from one on cakewrecks blog, I laughed till I cried...I wish I could see the whole episode of that crazy woman setting the cake on fire. And how it looked afterwards was an improvement compared to how it looked before...


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 24, 2009, 06:41:35 AM
Bug, those Food Network Challenges seem really, really interesting, I saw clips from one on cakewrecks blog, I laughed till I cried...I wish I could see the whole episode of that crazy woman setting the cake on fire. And how it looked afterwards was an improvement compared to how it looked before...

Yeah, some of them are quite the disaster, but there are also some really cool projects. I also like watching Ace of Cakes sometimes. You really have to be a welder, carpenter and baker to crank out some of the cakes people are looking for. Maybe when you have more time, you can also get those trades under your belt  :D.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 24, 2009, 06:55:58 AM
Did you ever watch Heston Blumenthal? In search of perfection, his tools for making Black forrest gateau included a vacuum cleaner  ;D ;D ;D I would love to try some more involved projects, as a physicist I have an advantage anyway :) Some of my decorations I actually did rough calculation how to balance it :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 24, 2009, 12:54:06 PM
Physicist? That's gotta be such a cool career. I have watched Heston Blumenthal -- molecular gastronomy is very interesting and fun to watch. I didn't see that episode, but I like his show.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 24, 2009, 08:15:27 PM
Molecular astronomy is indeed quite interesting, but the gadgets are way overpriced, getting pipettes, balances etc. from any lab supplies store is several times cheaper than buying from any chef supplies website :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 28, 2009, 06:33:01 AM
I've been thinking of doing butterfly bush & butterflies in bass relief rather than 3D, for the top surface of the cake, it woudl still look quite effective.

This weekend just a decoration since bf is in Australia, gumpaste dry flowers arrangement:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/1/81de7321535f23d8f8a2e14d4d9a247c_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on June 28, 2009, 08:05:39 AM
The flowers are so pretty.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 28, 2009, 12:31:21 PM
I love the buds & pods in with the flowers !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 28, 2009, 12:34:04 PM
Just a decoration? What's the bottom part made out of, styrofoam? It looks very pretty and delish.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 28, 2009, 01:45:37 PM
It is styrofoam. I usually use small spacer dummies with some rice paper to cover the bottom of it for making toppers since I rarely cover the cakes in fondant or buttercream (bf finds fondant too sweet and buttercream too fatty), since fondant or gumpaste directly on whipped cream melts quickly.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on June 28, 2009, 03:46:10 PM
Another astonishing creation, alek0!  Reminds me of a dried flower arrangement I used to have.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 29, 2009, 02:41:16 PM
Styrofoam. I would have cut into it and probably eaten it anyways.  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on June 30, 2009, 07:15:23 AM
Oh holy cow!  What a wonderful magnificent piece of art.....that if I was around would be reduced to crumbs!   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on June 30, 2009, 11:13:56 AM
Okay, now I need my stomach stapled........

Maybe I should get my mouth stapled first........... ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 12, 2009, 06:35:51 AM
Lemon sponge with bluberry-cinnamon filling, fresh peaches, and mascarpone+whipped cream on the outside, gumpaste floral topper:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/1/a1916769ddc90c0143655ad0bc99fe61_content_large.jpg)

And some muffins, mint-raspberry-mango-pistachio flavor, decorated with caramel rocks, fondant, and marzipan:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/1/a19a65691e85eb2afcba80dec26f11d6_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on July 12, 2009, 07:22:04 AM
Oh, that is soo sooo pretty. YUM!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on July 12, 2009, 11:28:33 PM
Oh my you have gone and done it - that is fantastic with the blue and the butterflies - my two fave things - the color blue and butterflies. Should I ever get married again I would want you to make my cake for sure.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on July 13, 2009, 05:17:33 AM
Oooh, so pretty! That must have taken quite some time to make. I love the flowers and butterflies, too. And that muffin -- oh, man that looks good!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 13, 2009, 06:43:47 AM
That is beautiful ! It sounds delicious too and the muffins look scrumpious.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on July 13, 2009, 08:29:10 PM
Wow!  Another spectacular creation!   :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on July 13, 2009, 09:01:27 PM
Too pretty to eat!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on July 15, 2009, 12:16:22 AM
Nice pics of the butterfly bush. Almost reminds one of the Astilbe and that is called violet smoke - have one in a big planter on my outside table. You can envision those butterflies alighting on that bush Poco.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 15, 2009, 06:12:41 PM
That is really lovely butterfly bush, great photo. I plan to do it sometimes, when I have a bit more time. Really tiny flowers are quite time consuming :(


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on July 17, 2009, 01:36:58 PM
Between Alek's spectacular cakes, and Poco's stunning photos and links to art sites, this thread is pure joy to visit!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on July 17, 2009, 03:47:01 PM
Another amazing creation, Alek0 :D.  Oh, Poco, such beautiful pictures!  Everything here is brown and burnt to a crisp thanks to the drought and unseasonable 100 degree temps :-[, such a pleasure to see such beauty.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 18, 2009, 05:52:03 AM
More  muffins (one with black swan is pumpkin,cranberry,macademia nuts, ones with white swans are almonds&cherries&amaretto):

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/d/edc28b5853bcc5926eb19b6e85ab8301_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/3/63b8ff56ad92a779b71e0aefb74e493a_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on July 18, 2009, 06:50:23 AM
As always -- WOW! I really look forward to this thread on the weekend because I know you'll be making some other fantastically delicious creation. If I was amenable to flying, I'd take a vacation to Hong Kong just to meet you and get a taste of some of that baking.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on July 18, 2009, 07:44:16 AM
Mega beautiful and Im sure mega-delicious too.  Havent eaten breakfast here yet so now my tum-tum is growling...and I have no muffins and even if I did, they would look nothing like these...sigh.... ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on July 18, 2009, 02:36:23 PM
Yummy! I love your swans, they are so life-like.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 18, 2009, 05:09:48 PM
Those swans are beautiful ! Now I'm hungry again. ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on July 18, 2009, 09:55:39 PM
Wow, those swans are really fine and delicate work.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 19, 2009, 08:38:35 AM
Thank you!

Muffins are already gone, but I didn't want to throw away the swans, so I just decorated a dummy cake (no real one this weekend, bf is on diet  ;D):

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/2/3219a677dbe16aac10ab698be05daf76_content_large.jpg)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/9/891de326bf8f3d06f500995e52024e24_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on July 19, 2009, 09:16:47 AM
(no real one this weekend, bf is on diet  ;D):

Beautiful!

Maybe you could start making decorative salads instead of cakes for BF.  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 19, 2009, 12:15:50 PM
That dummy cake is gorgeous ! With treats like this every weekend its no wonder BF is on a diet ;D.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on July 19, 2009, 03:45:58 PM
I don't blame you for keeping the swans!  They are so lovely.  I agree, maybe there is a way to shape some sort of paste that can be used as a salad topper... ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on July 19, 2009, 11:52:11 PM
Definetly keep the swans. So much detail to make them. Your just so very talented. Look forward to more surprises and awwww moments.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on July 21, 2009, 06:58:45 AM
The swans are simple beautiful, I would keep them, too.  Can't wait to see what you come up with next.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 21, 2009, 05:00:44 PM
Thank you! I've just started making flowers for the next one, so here it is, tillandsia cyanea:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/4/8489ea64c20b1823cec8271cf231990b_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 21, 2009, 05:03:22 PM
My daughters birthday is Thursday & she wants an Alek0 cake. I told her no way,so she wants you to come visit & make her 1. If you prefer I will spring for a 1 way ticket for her & she can be your assistant.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on July 21, 2009, 11:11:14 PM
Is that the fancy name for Bromeliad? The fan shape of the flower looks exactly like the one I have that used to have a flower.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on July 22, 2009, 06:45:20 PM
OMG, Alek0, I think your flowers look better than the picture they are sitting next to.  Can't wait to see the rest of your masterpiece!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 23, 2009, 03:21:47 PM
Thanks a lot!

Lesliek, I wish I was closer, I just love making cakes :(

JJ, I think it is something in that family. Sorry about fancy names, I am not good with real plants, so I just find something I like in Encyclopedia , find more photos of it from different angles on the net and make the thing, so usually I don;t know the common name.

Here is the finished topper:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/c/dcf430cb25218cda87d878fb6b5b1140_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 23, 2009, 04:32:28 PM
Wow that is spectacular ! Daughter got her cake of choice [but it doesn't look like yours !] Chocolate fudge triple layer cake,with whipped cream & cream cheese & peanut butter filling & chocolate ganache topping. No topper.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on July 30, 2009, 06:13:12 AM
Very, very lovely! I really like the colors.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on July 30, 2009, 04:03:12 PM
Wow! Elegant and gorgeous.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 01, 2009, 09:40:58 PM
Thank you! Haven't done much since bf is "on diet" (which means he only eats muffins and jellies, no cakes).

Another topper, disa orchid and anthuriums:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/5/3500f3bc8b2fd1188da73e170609949c_content_large.jpg)

And of course muffins, muffins and more muffins:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/0/20089d2371010a0e47ee60c56d978492_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/e/ded2de598ebad5d2a14f42fd017f5d8d_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/9/197f44bd60ac67449cc94f5ea1724919_content_large.jpg)

The last decoration is a wafer paper butterfly, you can buy those at www.fancyflours.com , just cut them out and bend them and they look pretty good, though I had to add gumpaste body (colored with petal dust to match) and a bit of glitter to the wings for a more 3D effect.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on August 01, 2009, 11:14:44 PM
Like those butterfly holders for the cupcakes. Nice lil site too for ordering things from.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on August 02, 2009, 06:08:46 AM
I look forward to seeing the new creations every weekend.  This time the butterfly gets my vote for the best one.  I think the color goes particularly well with the muffin.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 02, 2009, 06:28:21 AM
They are all beautiful,but I agree my favorite is the butterfly.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on August 02, 2009, 06:10:38 PM
The butterfly looks great on the muffin, but I especially like the glass-like ornaments on the other ones.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on August 02, 2009, 09:21:53 PM
Awfully hard to say which one I like best. There's a muffin for every mood.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on August 03, 2009, 04:23:48 AM
Very pretty - How long is BF going to be on his 'no cake' diet? Maybe you'll just have to take a cake to work every week if BF doesn't want them ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 07, 2009, 02:53:54 AM
Well, while he is on "no-cake but lots of muffins" diet, I can just decorate instead of bake&decorate, like this :)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/c/cc9863238114d701ae407e7df6501e9a_content_large.jpg)


I still need to do the flowers for this one, hopefully I'll finish it over the weekend.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on August 07, 2009, 12:23:37 PM
That's just elegant!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on August 07, 2009, 03:18:24 PM
OMG your muffins look more elegant that most cakes I've seen.  I sure hope your BF REALLY appreciates you!


Title: Q
Post by: catbird on August 07, 2009, 03:54:17 PM
Very elegant indeed!  It looks like something that would be served at the Queen of England's garden party.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 07, 2009, 04:02:16 PM
That is elegant !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 08, 2009, 02:34:26 AM
Thank you so much! I just finished the flowers for it, so this is the final result:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/1/d1e7d3e20f63981c00cf81c072b35798_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/7/a77734608688783bd4067e23a91eeda7_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 08, 2009, 05:49:20 AM
Oh that is beautiful ! Now I'm hungry again.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on August 08, 2009, 11:00:42 AM
You do such wonderful cakes!  Another beauty ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on August 08, 2009, 11:01:03 PM
That is so ornate! The lavender and white flowers look a little like a blooming houseplant we used to have, fushias.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on August 09, 2009, 08:29:00 AM
Such wonderful flowers! Purple was my grandmother's favorite color. Everything she wore had purple in it somewhere!

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 09, 2009, 09:12:20 AM
Caylee- My Grandmother was the same ! Even died her hair a lavender tinted silver .


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: AlishaShatogi on August 09, 2009, 11:22:36 AM
... wow, that's a cake? That is art. Beautiful!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on August 09, 2009, 03:38:58 PM
Just simply gorgeous!!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on August 09, 2009, 07:03:34 PM
Wow, is that ever nice!

Alek, is that typhoon affecting you at all? Been hearing about it on the radio.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 09, 2009, 07:57:10 PM
Hope you & BF & the cats are ok ? Let us know when you can please.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 09, 2009, 08:39:24 PM
Thank you all! We are fine, typhoon is not affecting this area, it is 750 km away. I suppose here we are lucky, we get typhoons but HK has excellent warning system in place, so there are very few injuries and usually no fatalities.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 10, 2009, 08:23:56 AM
Thanks again, I am quite happy how that one turned out. And thanks for the links to those flower photos, those are lovely

Here is a simple one, no time for fancy decorating during weekdays, but it is quite tasty combination (orange flavored sponge+chocolate-orange pattern, orange+tangerine jam+bananas +chestnut+Bailey's filling):

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/3/63d3231f991d4d6758d2a14754d18cfa_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 10, 2009, 08:31:40 AM
That sounds delicious ! I love the pattern too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on August 10, 2009, 01:46:19 PM
Wow! That does sound and look tasty! You are so versatile, whatever type of patterning and composition you work with, it turns out well.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on August 10, 2009, 02:01:56 PM


Here is a simple one, no time for fancy decorating during weekdays, but it is quite tasty combination (orange flavored sponge+chocolate-orange pattern, orange+tangerine jam+bananas +chestnut+Bailey's filling):

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/3/63d3231f991d4d6758d2a14754d18cfa_content_large.jpg)

MMMM!  Looks and sounds like my kind of cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on August 10, 2009, 03:23:36 PM
Oh, because THAT doesn't look fancy at all  ::)  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 10, 2009, 08:26:55 PM
It may look fancy, but takes about 15 minutes more than baking a cake without pattern :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on August 10, 2009, 08:46:23 PM
That butterfly is simply outstanding. Agree with JustMe - it looks like it was ordered by royalty to be made - so regal looking. Great job, love it.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on August 10, 2009, 09:54:52 PM
LOL ALek, it takes 15 minutes longer?   ;D Im afraid it would take about 4 hours longer for me, and once I was done it would be a big pile of what looks like maybe cake, lol  Its very pretty! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 14, 2009, 05:54:29 PM
More desserts, last slice of the chestnut-orange cake and one low calorie chestnut dessert:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/5/75ff80809f32f43e3a21ac4f5f6e0427_content_large.jpg)

Low calorie chestnut dessert with apple glaze with gumpaste fairy as decoration:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/d/4d605073ec74f0b467ba93b2f8099c45_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on August 14, 2009, 06:06:42 PM
Those are really nice, Alek. I absolutely LOVE chestnut puree but I can't seen to find it consistently around here. A cake made with the stuff would be just fabulous.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 14, 2009, 06:17:18 PM
I love chestnut puree, too. The low-calorie chestnut dessert is made with chestnut syrup and Bailey's and agar agar, and that one is almost gone, too. I think I'll need to make another one this weekend :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on August 14, 2009, 06:34:07 PM
Hey, bug and alek, be glad you two don't live in the States.  Chestnut puree is a very rare bird around here.  I like the stuff too, especially as a cake filling, but can never get it at all, except by paying zillions in gourmet food markets, or occasionally at the holidays.  The chesnut puree with Bailey's (one of my favorite flavors in the whole world) sounds heavenly.

Alek, do you have any good recipes for agar agar desserts?  I am a vegetarian, so don't eat gelatin if I can help it, but other than a few pre-packaged things, I'm sadly lacking for desserts like that.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 14, 2009, 07:05:10 PM
For the chestnut dessert in the photo, I just put 4 g agar agar in 500 ml of cold water, brought it to boil, poured it into prepared chestnut syrup+bailey's mixture, mixed it and poured it into a mold. After it has set, I glazed it with orange-flavored apple glaze (apple jelly+some natural orange flavor). Not sure if you can find chestnut syrup over there. Since bf likes agar more than gelatine, I think I'll be making a lot more agar agar desserts in future.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 15, 2009, 05:29:51 AM
One quick dessert, cake will follow:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/0/c082263c1245a59c6f63ee08c8232f01_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JustMe on August 15, 2009, 06:45:30 AM
Your quick dessert looks yummy, alek0.   :P


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on August 15, 2009, 02:36:44 PM
Catbird, if you really want the puree, I can send you a few cans. I can find it in the Italian markets here and they run about $5-6/can (I just can't always find the brand I like). Don't know where you live, but I'm just across the border.

Alek, keep up the good work!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 16, 2009, 07:20:22 AM
One more, lemon cake+fruit and lemon cream, sour cherry jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/7/97c5483ddc8fea8ba0110db14d07a156_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on August 16, 2009, 05:54:50 PM
I am just bewildered that you have time to do this every weekend and each time, you can come up with something completely original! I don't think I've seen two designs that are remotely close. I wish I could do something like this to relax, but it would be just the opposite for me. I made and decorated my own wedding cakes (gum paste flowers) and cupcakes (filled with a fruit cream, decorated with cream cheese and fondant butterflies and flowers) and it darned near drove me to the nut house.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on August 16, 2009, 07:12:49 PM
catbird for gelatin free desserts at Whole Foods they now have cherry and orange jello cups. They taste just like jello but without the gelatin. It is in the dairy section right above the milk.

Back on topic - as always Alek you outdo yourself and original everytime!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 16, 2009, 07:39:51 PM
I love the flowers against the black & white icing ! That simple dessert looks anything but simple & quick too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 20, 2009, 05:31:27 PM
Would anybody like some muffins?

Green tea+banana+tangerine+chestnut filling+apple-orange glaze
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/d/1dc437ba0f4581e50d6ebc94ccef21c1_content_large.jpg)

Pear+maple syrup+roasted hazelnuts+apple-orange glaze
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/1/a1cb2a48cdbab5d3beec21e688f541c5_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/6/66cb1a92ed7705d6f49615242e9b8821_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Steve on August 20, 2009, 05:45:25 PM
Would anybody like some muffins?

You kind of remind me of the Tibetan monks who do those intricate sand paintings. Mandalas (geometric designs symbolic of the universe) constructed from sand transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them. They are believed to affect purification and healing.   When they are done they destroy it and move on to the another creation.

Your BF or guests or friends do the "destroying" with eating utensils wasn't that correct?

Or in our case we can visualize "destroying" it spoonful by spoonful in our imagination.

LOL   ;D



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on August 20, 2009, 08:24:31 PM
Steve love your description of alek0 talents. Alek0 your a physicist, correct?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 20, 2009, 09:16:24 PM
I love the sugar sculpture swirl in the first 1 !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on August 20, 2009, 10:49:21 PM
Amazing and bold designs!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on August 21, 2009, 07:16:48 AM
Just beautiful!  I am soooo hungry now.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 02, 2009, 06:35:27 PM
One really simple&quick cake, since I am still rather jet-lagged and rather busy at work, semester just started:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/e/3e97449d4ef1c691cabb00046f4b72c9_content_large.jpg)

Sour cherry-vanilla combination, rather nice combination of some classic croatian recipes with fluffy vanilla custard (beaten egg whites are folded into a hot custard made with egg yolks, if done right result is firm but at the same time airy and fluffy).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on September 02, 2009, 07:04:41 PM
Alek, your "tired and jet lagged" is far better than my peak performance. :D

And BTW, I am now salivating!  That recipe sounds so, so good!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on September 02, 2009, 07:11:12 PM
Good heavens! Great contrast of smooth surface and delicate, exciting patterns.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on September 02, 2009, 07:11:23 PM
Lovely. From here it looks like chocolate ganache on top. Mmmmm.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 02, 2009, 07:34:30 PM
Very nice. Said semester just started - are you a teacher perhaps?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 02, 2009, 07:41:13 PM
Thank you!

Bug, that is actually sour cherry jelly, since I've been requested to make a low calorie dessert. Whole cake has only 40 g of butter :) Not my fault that my genius thinks that if it is low calorie that he can eat a quarter or a third of it in one evening ;) I had to make something for dessert, otherwise there would be no jam and honey left in the house, lol.

JJ, I work at a university, and the first day of teaching is Sept. 1st. Fortunately my teaching load is not too bad this semester, since I am overloaded with research stuff, ongoing projects, new project applications, etc.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 02, 2009, 09:06:01 PM
That doesn't quite fit my description of quick & easy ! Looks & sounds delicious.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 03, 2009, 04:19:44 AM
I would love to have a piece of that cake to eat for my lunch! It sounds so yummy.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 04, 2009, 09:56:27 PM
Thank you! Since previous one vanished in less than 48 hours, I had to make another one. Hazelnut sponge, tangerine marmelade, chestnut cream, apple roses with grapes & red currant & gold kiwi in apple jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/5/65494de34c233e555b941d3986d35213_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 04, 2009, 09:59:38 PM
That looks like flowers under glass - very nice.

YEAH for Teachers!!!!  ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on September 05, 2009, 06:54:45 AM
I agree with JJ--it does look like roses in one of those water-filled bowls.

I'm sure glad your BF has a sweet tooth, alek0.  We may be too far away to eat these wonderful creations, but we do get to look at them.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on September 05, 2009, 07:00:41 AM
Flowers in a glass ball -- that's exactly what I thought. What a great idea!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 05, 2009, 08:35:56 AM
That is so pretty ! It does look like flowers in a glass ball.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 05, 2009, 09:26:46 AM
Wow, another sweet treat for your BF. Sure wish I had someone who would cook nice things for me to eat. I hate to cook, but love to eat.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Steve on September 05, 2009, 09:32:49 AM
alek0 do you do oil changes and carpentry also?

 :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 09, 2009, 09:38:08 AM
Thank you! Since bf has already eaten one with apple roses, I made another one tonight, another Jim Warren inspired (Ocen Dreams):

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/4/a49c7126c6ec200ab1f98f82a04dea96_content_large.jpg)

I made mint jelly with agar to achieve that "blanket" effect for the waves, and the cake is almond-lemon sponge with apple filling. The girl figurine is not as colourful as in original, sine I was limited to modelling chocolate and marzipan and didn;t have time for more extensive colouring. I started making it at 10 pm and I work tomorrow...


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on September 09, 2009, 11:20:02 AM
That's really cool -- sea and sand. The filling sounds fabulous.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on September 09, 2009, 01:50:32 PM
The sand and waves effect is really great!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 09, 2009, 04:23:09 PM
I love these ocean theme cakes !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 09, 2009, 05:47:26 PM
Wow! I sure wish I had your talent for making food so pretty and temping to eat.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on September 09, 2009, 10:56:39 PM
The cakes that depict water are the most astonishing to me. And the sand looks perfect, too!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 12, 2009, 05:11:38 AM
Thank you! Those ocean cakes are actually quite easy, and ground butter cookies make perfect sand :)

One more, green tea+vanilla+orange:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/5/b584e3da1da84ce0413560ea4411c636_content_large.jpg)

Close-up of the gumpaste calla lilies for ikebana-style gumpaste arrangement:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/e/7ec1c4fc997dc5c3d1f489d6d17c4393_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 12, 2009, 06:35:08 AM
Those calla lillies look real !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 12, 2009, 02:39:36 PM
Those lillies - WOW!!



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 13, 2009, 02:55:47 PM
alek you and everyone else might enjoy looking at this cake that was made for the Ultimate Cake Off. It looks like another of your creations. It is at: usaweekend.com to see photos of the cake at various stages. And this person made this in one weekend too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 14, 2009, 02:53:05 PM
Thank you! I made a quick hazelnut roll last night (hazelnut sponge, orange+tangerine marmalade, bananas, chestnut+Bailey's+hazelnuts filling).
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/0/5015931a1e42dabf4027c746a08188b3_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 14, 2009, 04:38:37 PM
That doesn't look or sound quick !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on September 16, 2009, 06:30:22 AM
Oh, that roll looks and sounds terrific! Boy, if I ever get out to Hong Kong...


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on September 16, 2009, 08:34:38 AM
I WANT A PIECE         I WANT A PIECE


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 18, 2009, 07:06:44 AM
Hey Poco, you wanted underwater volcano? Can an island volcano do instead  ;D I am still overloaded with work, so no time for fancy baking and decorating, volcano is chestnuts+hazelnuts+Bailey's, "lava" is orange-carrot filling, "smoke" is mint whipped jelly, and ocean is apple-mint jelly. I am quite happy with how smoke and ocean turned out, volcano is rather featureless on its own unfortunately.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/5/e5a009c03398238aeefd6bbca95ebbf7_content_large.jpg)

Smoke and water:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/2/323db4c950363f8729416b1cde0dbf74_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/5/d5fcf7dce801d6b945eff3a8cb9a58f6_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 18, 2009, 07:22:23 AM
Oh that is neat ! Love the seafoam in the water too .


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on September 18, 2009, 05:24:51 PM
Wow, that's great, alek!  Your very own Krakatoa! :D  The smoke is great, but so are the lava and the water.  The volcano cone looks rocky to me, too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on September 18, 2009, 05:35:54 PM
Cool!   :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 18, 2009, 06:03:24 PM
Wow - each creation you do seems to out-do the last one!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 18, 2009, 11:03:20 PM
Overloaded with work and still have the time to create - wow. You must be very organized.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on September 19, 2009, 08:25:27 PM
Alek, you have such a wonderful imagination with these cakes!  I couldnt make anything close to resembling one of these let alone figure out what shape/theme to make, totally amazing! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 26, 2009, 07:59:44 AM
Workload is still heavy, and unfortunately there is no time to blow off steam, so I'm still in jelly-agar phase with relatively simple cakes.

Another Jim Warren style:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/e/5ebd36c4c2af421feb1638ee32c49078_content_large.jpg)

And one from my favourite cartoon:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/e/eef18d4df21d97960cfea9b0b78922ab_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/3/43a8791f95e626f342208e24a2b2b71c_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 26, 2009, 09:15:09 AM
They are gorgeous ! I wish my "no time to bake" cakes looked like that ! My plenty of time cakes don't either.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on September 27, 2009, 08:00:25 PM
Wow Alek!  The detailed work  on the ladies face is just amazing!  Uh oh, Im getting hungry again..... ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on September 27, 2009, 09:17:23 PM
Good heavens, those are so pretty! I like them both but I'm especially taken with the ones that have water and sand.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on September 28, 2009, 05:18:19 PM
Incredible!

Relatively simple??????Wow!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 29, 2009, 12:21:20 AM
Thank you! Yes, I did all the figures, horses are modeling chocolate, and Belle and sheep are gumpaste.

Here is the cartoon, I am not entirely satisfied with her expression (Disney characters all have huge eyes and unnatural face proportions anyway), but I think I got the details on the hair and dress right:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IltAsKmVroQ


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 02, 2009, 11:45:47 PM
Some more, one charlotte decorated with chocolate, lavender and marzipan:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/2/22d09b9d5a4a5b7bcf25a55ea403df66_content_large.jpg)

And one cake, crunchy almond base, white chocolate ganache with mint, mixed wild berry filling lemon sponge, glazed with mint-white chocolate glaze and decorated with sugar and red currants.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/7/574bef4e69023016d926e13cc5c3779f_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/a/9aede3e0a39943243ec42f5225f8d5c8_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 03, 2009, 06:19:01 AM
They look and sound delicious ! Now I'm hungry again !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on October 03, 2009, 10:48:21 AM
I'll take several slices of the red currant one, please! :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on October 03, 2009, 04:40:26 PM
Here I am complaining that I am full from dinner.

I come to Alek's beautiful desserts and suddenly have room for dessert!!!

catbird is very polite asking for  "several slices of the red currant one, please!"

I'd like the whole cake......please ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on October 03, 2009, 10:33:04 PM
Just spectacular! I could go for some, too!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on October 04, 2009, 07:23:03 AM
Oh those cakes sound so good! May I have a piece? ?

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 09, 2009, 07:24:45 AM
I wish you guys were closer so that you could stop by for some cakes. This one is sponge with maple syrup and chopped walnuts soaked with milk+walnut liquer, coffee-milk chocolate ganache, orange marmalade, bananas, and whipped cream with cinnamon and cloves. Decorated with gumpaste flower arrangement and red dragon fruit slices.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/1/d1248fc283eef3fd02d8b74630d6cd4b_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/4/f40ef66e30a0118a4ec48872e9fc87ab_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on October 09, 2009, 09:41:17 AM
Wish I were closer too! Will take the most recent creation - it sounds so Yummy-ummmm, ummmm, ummmmm.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on October 09, 2009, 02:52:16 PM
The only reason I'm glad your not closer, is that I'd be as "big as a house" if I had all your tempting creations around.

Besides, you'd NEVER get rid of us then! ;D

Not only do your creations sound delicious, they are absolutely GORGEOUS!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on October 09, 2009, 05:31:18 PM
Yum Yum - I wish I was closer too!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on October 09, 2009, 08:41:31 PM
Alek, I have to forego Thanksgiving dinner this weekend as I've got a cold. I was supposed to host it at my place and I was really looking forward to pumpkin pie (I make a nice 10" deep dish with a pecan crust). Now I have to look at your fabulous creations and I because I know darned well I can't have your cake, now I REALLY want my pumpkin pie. Waahhh!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 13, 2009, 07:35:22 AM
Those are great photos, Poco!

Here is one quick dessert since that cake already disappeared and it is only Tuesday so no time to bake a proper cake. Charlotte with ladies fingers soaked with bailey's+coffee, chestnut filling, chocolate-orange spread, bananas, whipped cream, and white chocolate+orange glaze.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/e/ce2aa98144b5c376670d7e4fb57fb07e_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on October 13, 2009, 12:05:53 PM
So nice to see a beautiful rose now that my flower garden in done for the year. Very elegant, Alek.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 15, 2009, 06:48:34 PM
I just finished the flowers for the next one, tonight I need to bake the cake, and decorate tomorrow. He has already eaten the previous one, argh.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/e/5e0285cf3c4558ba994a28981c8e21d9_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 15, 2009, 07:11:36 PM
Thats beautiful ! I thought he was on a diet ?  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on October 15, 2009, 07:17:18 PM
I hope your BF knows exactly how lucky he is, alek.  This is so gorgeous.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Rob on October 15, 2009, 07:50:37 PM
Those look so good!   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on October 15, 2009, 09:58:05 PM
Beautiful decorations!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: wicked fate on October 16, 2009, 01:31:05 AM
Alek, I wish you were closer so I could bug you to make my wedding cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: wicked fate on October 17, 2009, 05:12:32 AM
Absolutely! Those cakes are 1000 times better than the ones offered by any of the cake makers around here.

Such a talent.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on October 17, 2009, 09:07:46 PM
He has already eaten the previous one, argh.

LOL I dont blame him, those cakes look too good not to eat!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 17, 2009, 09:58:58 PM
Thanks everyone! Bf has also eaten the lemon cream I reserved for decorating the cake, grrrrr, so I had to cover it with coconut flakes, argh. Fortunately it is lemon-based so coconut goes well with it. Cookie-crumbs-orange base, lemon sponge, lemon-mascarpone cream, raspberry marmalade and fresh raspberries:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/a/4a29eba71b74fc469c13c4ae520a60a2_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 18, 2009, 01:53:46 AM
Yes, I've made the base for the arrangement, too. Basically I just covered a small cake dummy spacer with fondant, added fondant pleats all around (for red and purple pattern, I just cut shapes separately, stuck them on white and then after rolling over them with textured pi  it looks like printed cloth). Here is just the base:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/f/7f454e6320932b4e5e5553d80cc4315c_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on October 18, 2009, 07:18:51 AM
I envy your BF diet! Ummm, ummmm good to the last forkful.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 18, 2009, 07:19:50 AM
I like the contrast of the bright colored flowers agaist the white coconut. Guess he is off his diet huh ?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 20, 2009, 08:55:49 AM
Yup, he is no longer on diet, he doesn't really need it but before referee fitness test which is twice a year he suddenly becomes calorie paranoid, though he still doesn't want to give up sweets.

That cake is almost gone already, anybody care for some muffins (hazelnuts, kiwi, strawberries with redcurrant glaze and decorated with caramel):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/f/8fe9684c29d442562a0a6a7aaef90a88_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 20, 2009, 04:04:53 PM
That is not helping my diet at all ! ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on October 20, 2009, 04:08:47 PM
Those are just gorgeous. If I was confronted with such a beautiful cake, it would put me in an awful bind - I'd want to "have my cake and eat it too". ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on October 21, 2009, 10:15:17 PM
We would all weigh a gazillion pounds but every one worth it from your scrumptious creations!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 23, 2009, 08:30:38 AM
One more, a charlotte with chestnut-hazelnut cream, ladyfingers, fruit (bananas, mangoes, pineapple, kiwi), orange marmalade, whipped cream, decorated with isomalt (sugar replacement):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/0/e09a5aaabfee1afc5868d4d6d8eb40a4_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/1/e1a9d78b1f19ed26e4229fcacf25a5d5_content_large.jpg)

I still have a cake to finish tomorrow :(


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on October 23, 2009, 09:44:36 AM
Simple yet so elegant! Nice job.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on October 23, 2009, 11:15:08 AM
Boy, that one looks like glass -- like an ornament covering the cake. Nice job!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 23, 2009, 01:17:30 PM
That is so elegant ! I think this is my new favorite. :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on October 23, 2009, 01:47:41 PM
This is amazing!  The figures remind me of glass sculptures.  I love the clear-ice look with the white cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on October 23, 2009, 04:25:46 PM
Absolutely elegant!  I agree with catbird, it looks like glass.  You never fail to amaze me over and over again, alek0.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 24, 2009, 03:30:02 AM
One more, this one is also rather simple but I didn;t have time, too much work lately:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/e/1e299dd32810913f5d31a44e3aeb227c_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/d/0d653cd91b50b3d060970f4e8bce21f5_content_large.jpg)

The cake is almond-lemon-honey crunchy base, almond-lemon sponge, strawberry+rose petals jam, raspberries, and whipped cream with lemon, cloves and cardamom. Rose is made of gumpaste and this time I'm quite happy how it turned out, though I still need more practice for roses, they can be better.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 24, 2009, 06:54:14 AM
That rose is stunning !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on October 24, 2009, 07:33:55 PM
Alek, do you airbrush the gumpaste or is it hand-painted?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 24, 2009, 08:45:08 PM
It is hand-painted. I don't have an airbursh, since I think something like that might make Sophie's asthma worse.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on October 25, 2009, 05:18:43 PM
Well, that's a fantastic job. It does look airbrushed.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: eclaire1981 on October 27, 2009, 01:28:53 AM
your cakes are really very beautiful. they are nicer than other bakers as you really have passion and heart in making those cakes. If only you live in my country, i definitely buy your cakes. They are so nice to be wedding cakes, nicest than those provided in hotels.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 30, 2009, 07:41:33 AM
Thank you!

One little chestnut-based charlotte, covered with marzipan & modelling chocolate, with gumpaste habenaria medusa and habenaria radiata orchids:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/f/ffeef5737085375cd3b5eac1c6d48c62_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/c/0cbea6250c0b8c567cf4911402cc3770_content_large.jpg)

Habenaria Orchids:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/1/a1defcd1d97d12447e1e74944b523de6_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/f/af23456fd0126351566fc043f8d89de9_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on October 30, 2009, 12:15:33 PM
Oy, that must have taken a long time to make. So detailed -- lovely and yummy.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on October 30, 2009, 01:30:02 PM
Very nice! That would make a nice painting.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on October 30, 2009, 01:37:41 PM
Wow!  The delicacy of your work on these orchids is absolutely incredible!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 30, 2009, 02:43:58 PM
Wow is right ! The vase cake & orchids are beautiful !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on October 30, 2009, 07:40:04 PM
Did you buy that plate to match the exotic creation of yours? Sure fit together nicely.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 01, 2009, 12:33:43 AM
One more for this weekend, lemon charlotte (lemon pastry cream, mandarine marmalade, bananas, lemon+almond crunchy base, lemon glaze, decorated with mango and mandarines and gumpaste rose):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/b/bbba9110158d4ddfa1ff27d3627cbc08_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/9/594612a03a6092caae5b7b044c5e324a_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: caylee on November 01, 2009, 06:48:18 AM
Yum yum! May I have a piece? Very pretty and yummy looking!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 01, 2009, 07:20:04 AM
Very pretty & such nice fall/Halloweeny colors !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 01, 2009, 06:10:36 PM
Thank you! Next weekend I am just decorating a dummy cake, BF made some stupid remark how I do this just for myself since I like decorating so much. So since it is only for myself, I will just decorate, no baking, so there. He is still apologizing, we'll see whether I'll soften till weekend  :P


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 01, 2009, 06:19:25 PM
He should do more than apoligize, sheesh. Did he ever stop to think you might do this as a form of 'relaxation' too? Kinda not a nice thing to say since he had the enjoyment of eating those heavenly creations. I'd make him suffer for a couple of weeks or more. Just decorate, no bake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 02, 2009, 04:36:31 PM
Argh, weather is not cooperating with my "revenge for careless and insensitive remark" plan. Dry weather only for yesterday and today, starting to get very wet from tomorrow  >:( :'(

So I started early on the dummy cake, before my orange rose melts in the humidity, here is the result:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/2/f243193443c8a83861dabf34244e392b_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 02, 2009, 04:43:40 PM
That is so pretty against the leaves ! I hope you make BF suffer a while.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on November 02, 2009, 05:27:33 PM
Why not just set an empty, plain card-board box in front of him next week-end with a note written on top saying that you expect him to 'eat' the box, since that is all you had time to fix for him. ;0



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on November 02, 2009, 11:25:25 PM
Wow, those orange colors really sizzle! Hmmm, maybe you should just not allow BF to eat the next cakes? Place them in front of him, but, he can't have any??? ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on November 03, 2009, 08:32:40 AM
Oh, how gorgeous. Orange is my fave color, so I'll claim those cakes for myself  :D.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 04, 2009, 07:29:42 AM
He he... I am still just decorating dummies, just for fun :)

Another one:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/8/681adcd6151d4396bfe6e1080c2d127b_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 04, 2009, 08:21:43 AM
Oh how pretty with the elegant white & the butterfly ! Bet BF is drooling looking at these !  ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 04, 2009, 09:56:12 AM
Agree also so simple and elegant and tasteful.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 05, 2009, 07:09:22 AM
We had guests tonight, so I had to make something and it had to be quick. Poached pears in sour cherry/condensed milk sauces with spun sugar, anyone?
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/7/67e695d4ac905a523d8d5e75938adfb7_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on November 05, 2009, 03:18:20 PM
We had guests tonight, so I had to make something and it had to be quick. Poached pears in sour cherry/condensed milk sauces with spun sugar, anyone?



Yes, I'll take several.  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on November 05, 2009, 04:15:34 PM
Lucky guests!  ;D  Looks and sounds yummy! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 05, 2009, 04:21:02 PM
I'll take several too ! I love poached pears !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 05, 2009, 08:33:05 PM
Putting my request in for a whole bowl of spun sugar - ummmmmm


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 06, 2009, 05:58:13 PM
Well, I gave in and made a quick and simple dessert, since he apologized. Didn't have time for fancy decoration, and this is a no bake thing. Hazelnut-mandarine base (no bake), apricot marmalade, apple-pear-ginger jelly, green tea+orange tuile, decorated with sugar dragonfly:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/5/c5348441b571372c29de93d6d74e3226_content_large.jpg)


And this is simple, takes about 15 min. for the decoration :) Requires some specialized tools, but just plain sugar or caramel decorations are the quickest since there is no need for drying time and it sets faster than the chocolate :)

And some left over jelly with sugar butterfly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/f/cf616c56b62b686d651d492672b79ad2_content_large.jpg)




Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on November 06, 2009, 06:15:06 PM
alek0, if this is not fancy, I'd like to know what you do define as fancy!  The dragonfly is especially exquisite.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 06, 2009, 08:47:13 PM
That doesn't look simple at all ! The dragonfly & butterfly are just beautiful & I love the leaf !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on November 06, 2009, 11:42:42 PM
the dragonfly on the leaf is just gorgeous! Such textural contrast. The butterfly's nice, too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on November 07, 2009, 03:54:15 PM
Oh, I love dragonflies and butterflies! Thanks Alek, those look fabulous.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 08, 2009, 07:02:23 AM
He has already eaten half of that cake with jelly, argh. So I made a pear tart and this is it, no more until next weekend.
 
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/7/27616127b79c09472dee6972ab5aff28_content_large.jpg)

Wish I could eat that much and not gain weight  :( >:(


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 08, 2009, 02:59:59 PM
That looks good ! I love pears. If I ate 1/4 of what he does I would be a whale !  :(


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on November 08, 2009, 06:12:04 PM
Oh yeah! Cooked pears, my fave.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 08, 2009, 10:17:21 PM
I 2nd that leslie - yes I'd be a beached whale eating all those cakes, but they sure would taste delish going down  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 12, 2009, 03:23:22 PM
That's a very interesting article :)

BF has managed to finish everything already, so I had to make something quick, lemon sponge with green tea tuile, orange and ginger marmalade, fresh fruit (mango, pineapple, bananas) and whipped cream with lemon.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/d/dd07a24c1bf8e7af7b24db04a42dc821_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 12, 2009, 05:29:44 PM
Poco would have liked to read that article but after clicking link got a msg. saying I had cookies disabled which I don't. Just have a pop-up blocker on, strange.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 13, 2009, 11:39:43 AM
Thx for new link, works great. Will go back and read more later.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 14, 2009, 10:17:15 PM
Hazlenut cake (linzer base, orange-dark chocolate ganache, hazelnut sponge, vanilla mousse, chocolate mirror glaze, caramel decorations):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/b/cb85b0d3ab71acca12b6cf37ce65b942_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/5/a51b5cd0418f3d041bec28049a78eaf9_content_large.jpg)

I just love how the glaze turned out :) And since I was doing spun sugar for the caramel decorations, I just spun some more, I love working with sugar:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/0/404979e24e8ba8685875064ae8b43dd6_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 14, 2009, 10:49:34 PM
I can't decide it that looks better than I think it must taste or not ! Is that the 3rd dessert this week ?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on November 15, 2009, 06:24:22 AM
That spun sugar looks like spun gold!  Wow!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on November 15, 2009, 07:13:13 AM
Alek, you could decorate a Christmas tree with that spun sugar. Hey! maybe for Christmas, if you celebrate it, you can actually make a tree cake and sugar decorations.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on November 15, 2009, 12:52:02 PM
Very elegant!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on November 15, 2009, 05:59:55 PM
Beautiful work!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: wicked fate on November 16, 2009, 03:00:24 AM
Now that is somewhere I'd love to be right now.

On Chocolate Pond....


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 16, 2009, 03:24:53 PM
Calling my name - chocolate pond.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 18, 2009, 05:23:04 PM
He has already eaten it, argh. So I made a quick tart, shell is hazlenut&mandarine, orange&mandarine marmalade, chestnut filling, glazed with mandarine&apricot jam (I just love shiny glazes) and decorated with caramel and spun sugar:

Just the tart:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/a/da48835f2f0d9d7998ef0bbe6eff03c7_content_large.jpg)
Whole thing:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/a/da996858a7e25e54e04029f181c6dd7c_content_large.jpg)




Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on November 18, 2009, 05:45:05 PM
Ahhh, lovely. How long does it take you, on average, to make these creations, Alek?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 18, 2009, 06:35:26 PM
A tart like this takes somewhere between one and a half and two hours from start to finish, including time for the dough to warm up to room temperature and time needed for the shell to cool down. I made the dough day before (about 15 mins. work), since it needs to sit in the fridge for at least an hour and then to warm up before making the tart shell. Otherwise I wouldn't have time. I came home from work around 8:45 pm, fed the kitties, had some dinner, and then took the dough out of the fridge to warm up at sometimes past 9 pm, and after it warmed up started making the tart. Everything was finished around 11 pm.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on November 18, 2009, 07:58:52 PM
Now THAT'S dedication!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on November 18, 2009, 09:30:54 PM
Catching up on all the lovely creations!  All I can say is "WOW" and ......"Im hungry!"   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 19, 2009, 02:18:45 AM
The tart with the shiny glaze looks like a large nut cup without the nuts.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: purringfur on November 20, 2009, 07:04:06 AM
Is there a computer application I don't know about, one where you can pass tangible items through the computer screen to those reading this thread?  If so, I'm first in line!! 

AlekO, your creations are out of this world.  You could have an incredible business selling these beauties!  What amazing talent you have!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on November 20, 2009, 04:51:49 PM
Hey purringfur!  Who said you are first in line?  I thought I was!   ;D I guess Alek will just have to make everyone their very own individual cakes! My order is chocolate with cream-filling and raspberries!  ;)

Is there a computer application I don't know about, one where you can pass tangible items through the computer screen to those reading this thread?  If so, I'm first in line!! 

AlekO, your creations are out of this world.  You could have an incredible business selling these beauties!  What amazing talent you have!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 20, 2009, 08:00:42 PM
Hey I want to be 1st in line ! Those desserts are worth fighting for. :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 20, 2009, 10:55:19 PM
I just want to be in line. You folks can draw straws for first and second place, etc.  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 21, 2009, 02:11:39 AM
He he, wouldn't it be nice to pass items through computer screen, it would be nice to make desserts for people who'd appreciate them more :)

Cake for this weekend (lemon shortcrust base, lemon pastry cream and lemon sponge layers, coconut on the side, decorated with gumpaste frangipani):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/d/cdea5315528ace343a938587b694116a_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on November 21, 2009, 04:59:28 AM
Sure do wish that beautiful lemon cake could fit through cyber space! Yum Yum.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 21, 2009, 07:03:15 AM
I love the yellow & white,very cheerful !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on November 21, 2009, 08:42:33 AM
I love lemon pastries!  And the frangipani look so very real.

I don't care where I am in line.  :D  Even the leftovers of these cakes would be wonderful.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 27, 2009, 04:38:39 PM
Another dessert with pears, this time as a cake, with almond base, vanilla pastry cream, poached pears and pear+apple jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/1/81b94845dc4991ceb03dce31df9f1a94_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on November 27, 2009, 04:43:33 PM
Oh that looks so yummy! Your cakes never cease to make my mouth water for a itsy-bitsy taste.

How lucky your BF is, and he doesn't even know it. SAD.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 27, 2009, 06:07:08 PM
Oh that sounds delicious ! Love the pear & fruit swirls too !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 27, 2009, 10:45:04 PM
Very colorful - those swirls with the pears, nice and sunny looking.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 07, 2009, 05:20:38 PM
This week's dessert, charlotte with orange-dark chocolate ganache, decorated with a gumpaste rose:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/3/a3b35e5ae9bd8f68711585d24d866513_content_large.jpg)

Rose:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/1/d1489cae80f01404522b18bd330e28ee_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 07, 2009, 05:38:31 PM
Just back from a trip and making beautiful cakes already!  Wonderful, alek0.  I love the blush on the rose.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 07, 2009, 05:44:17 PM
Sounds and looks delicious ! I can't believe you are making cakes already either !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 07, 2009, 07:56:36 PM
Just back from a trip, tackling work issues and creating more cakes - we should all have your energy.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on December 08, 2009, 04:22:26 PM
Just back from a trip, tackling work issues and creating more cakes - we should all have your energy.

Amen!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 13, 2009, 05:18:30 PM
I have the energy, sure, but weather is not cooperating. I made this little arrangement of gumpaste water hyacinth and rose:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/3/a3c8d506f8553e5f079e4cf8a12c5df2_content_large.jpg)

but then it got so humid I had to put it in ary box before I finished the cake. So I had to resort to a quick and simple caramel decoration:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/4/f4f5255dea2d7ec2ec0f2715c53c4b24_content_large.jpg)

Almond cake: crunchy almond base, almond sponge, orange filling, mandarin jam, and fresh fruit (bananas and mangoes).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on December 13, 2009, 05:56:22 PM
Oooo, they look just luscious!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on December 13, 2009, 07:27:02 PM
Wow and double wow!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 14, 2009, 09:04:29 PM
Humidity has an effect on just about everything - and now your poor cakes are affected. Your still so talented to still create inspite of humid odds.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 15, 2009, 09:08:55 AM
Well, I've managed a proper decoration in spite of humidity, I've been keeping the heater and a/c on together (crazy, I know, and bf was grumbling but it reduces humidity a lot). The cover of the "box" has not dried firmly enough to stand upright, but at least I got something done, Christmas decorations (gumpaste box & cover, fondant/gumpaste decorations, fondant "paper"), carrot cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/e/1e7214de1c2d22b0a08a86e1756983e1_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/1/a106f0d1f1a2bbd5b268a5621a0f571c_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 15, 2009, 09:13:01 AM
Strange, know I see photos, a moment ago there were none. Well, one more:

(http://media.cakecentral.com/gallery/614899/normal_1260896672.JPG)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 15, 2009, 09:16:01 AM
alek now you've gone and made another simply amazing creation - even have the hoops on top for the hooks to hang on the christmas tree! And the velvety blue background you have this creation posed on - wow, sure makes it stand out and love the colors you have used too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 15, 2009, 11:02:46 AM
That's it.  I'm stowing away on a plane and spending Christmas with alek0!  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on December 15, 2009, 12:19:15 PM
All I can say is, WOW!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on December 15, 2009, 02:25:15 PM
Boy oh Boy, you sure out-did yourself on that one! I'm with catbird, I'll be right over - as soon as I can swim across the 'small pond' that separates us that is.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 15, 2009, 09:31:15 PM
Wow ! You have outdone yourself with this one. Is the tree next ?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on December 15, 2009, 10:54:51 PM
I'm speechless, that is so gorgeous and appealing.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 18, 2009, 09:05:23 AM
Thank you! Since carrot cake is already gone (how can he eat all that and not put on weight?!?!?), I made another one. Walnut base, lemon and orange curd, candied figs, mascarpone cheese filling, dark chocolate and orange glaze.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/5/a57dfde503bbc48a7940436ea914ea86_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/7/979d1c53195e5e1a638fdfc59baf73f3_content_large.jpg)

And some leftover decorations:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/d/8d05f17be965d3740f0d79dcf2067d09_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on December 18, 2009, 09:44:30 AM
Oh, that's very festive! I especially like the berries.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 20, 2009, 05:04:46 PM
Happy holidays, everyone!

Chestnut-orange-hazelnut cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/d/0da9c324833b2863d4a7b42dd65f4164_content_large.jpg)

And some pancakes (made with chestnut flour, some green tea powder and a drop of food colouring for green ones for more intense green, filed with chocolate and lingonberry jam):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/c/1c89ae9a56743132a5ee093852090d3e_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 20, 2009, 05:20:48 PM
Oh thats beautiful !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on December 20, 2009, 06:28:10 PM
Wow, thanks! I'd love to have that for breakfast!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on December 20, 2009, 10:20:13 PM
Just gorgeous, Alek!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 21, 2009, 08:25:01 PM
Wow you even make fancy breakfast pancakes! Would be not only a 'taste' treat to have breakfast at your house but an 'eye candy' treat as well.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 24, 2009, 12:45:44 AM
Pancakes are so easy to make fancy :) You can arrange them as a Christmass tree, you can arrange them as sunflower, etc. All quite effective and very simple :)

Carrot cake again, this time different decoration (of course) and covered with ginger meringue and red currants at bottom border (top is made of gumpaste).

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/d/7d66fcf1b6f6e0e4a21bc3cc0391af77_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/1/01bfce686f43994d7193050978236977_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 24, 2009, 07:48:11 AM
Leave it to you to make a gigerbread house cake ! Love the snowflakes !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 27, 2009, 05:16:00 PM
Carrot cake, again (bf finishes it off in 2- days and then begs for another one. This time glazed with wild blueberry jam and covered on the side with toasted pumpkin seeds.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/d/ddbcacb8467c0a2e3e280f80f132f7d3_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 27, 2009, 05:27:00 PM
Look at those swans-your so creative!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 27, 2009, 09:41:24 PM
I love the swans on the dark glaze !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on December 27, 2009, 10:09:24 PM
Oooo, so elegant! Love the variation in color and placement of the pumpkin seeds. They give depth and intricacy to the sides.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 31, 2009, 06:47:37 AM
Now something different, I got a bit tired of snowflakes and winter themes, so for New Year we have a jungle theme cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/8/188e524ee3c0558411fd0a630c3c60f8_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/f/6f741b270b1f41ff6d898f819bd10a92_content_large.jpg)

Walnut sponge, banana filling, chocolate+coffee ganache. Covered with crushed almonds and pumpkin seed, with some cinnamon bark pieces on top, leaves and leopard are marzipan, "log" is covered in chocolate, water is crushed pear jelly.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Spartycats on December 31, 2009, 07:00:10 AM
Oh my, that's amazing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on December 31, 2009, 07:17:03 AM
Very Nice! You are sooo creative!

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 31, 2009, 07:36:05 AM
All I can say is, "Wow!"


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on December 31, 2009, 11:11:06 AM
Alek you never cease to amaze and give us such wonderful 'eye' candy. May you have a most peaceful and Happiest of New Years!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on December 31, 2009, 01:04:43 PM
That is just spectacular. There's a wonderful leafy texture to the frosting!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on December 31, 2009, 04:28:40 PM
Incredible!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 31, 2009, 05:06:41 PM
I have to echo the "WOW" !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 05, 2010, 03:54:24 PM
Thank you! Carrot cake, again  ::) Bf keeps asking for this one, I shouldn;t have told him there is no oil or butter in it, now he thinks it is healthy and wants it again and again:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/1/d16f001074baee4c4aebbb614fa79f8b_content_large.jpg)

If anyone is interested, here is the recipe is quite simple:

1 1/2 cup  grated carrots
1/4 cup dried sour cherries or cranberries (+a bit of orange juice or water)
2 XL eggs
3/4 cup greek style yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
1 table spoon baking soda
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour (can be replaced with cornstarch)
1/4 cup walnuts or toasted hazelnuts
cinnamon, ground cloves
natural orange flavor (oil based, or if you have some nice smelling organic oranges orange zest)
Glaze (optional): sour cherry marmalade, redcurrant jelly, wild blueberry jam, etc.

Put the nuts in the ziplock bag and crush them. Soak dried cherries or cranberries in orange juice for 15 min. Drain and set aside. Measure flour and rice flour (or corn starch), add baking soda, a pinch of cloves and cinnamon, and set aside. Grate the carrots. Whip 2 eggs with yogurt, orange flavor or zest, and sugar until smooth and creamy (looks sort of runny mayonaise), mix in the flour, carrots, nuts and dry berries. Put in a cake mold lined with baking paper and bake at 180C until toothpick inserted in the middle is dry. Take out of the oven, let stand for 15-20 min, then take out of the mold, set on a cooling rack, let it cool down some more and then glaze it. For the glaze, warm up the marmalade/jam/jelly until it melts, strain it and pour warm over the cake. You can press some nuts, coconut shavings etc. on the sides of the cake (also optional).





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Post by: JJ on January 05, 2010, 04:10:43 PM
Thx for the recipe. Now all we need is your decorating skills and we'd be all set.  ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on January 05, 2010, 06:19:58 PM
Recipe sounds delicious,but somehow I don't think it will look the same !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on January 16, 2010, 09:24:17 PM
Hey where are more of Aleko's wonderful creations?  Im hungry and am wanting to chomp into a cake tonight, if there is any left!!!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on January 16, 2010, 09:30:54 PM
I hope everything is okay with Alek.  Miss seeing her wonderful creations and hearing about her beautiful kitties.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on January 16, 2010, 09:43:18 PM
I know Mandy, I hope her kitties are OK....well and everything else too....


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 17, 2010, 12:15:39 AM
Didn't Alek mention a heavy work load and reason for simpler cakes? Maybe work is taking up  more of her time?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 17, 2010, 06:44:25 AM
Eveyrthing is fine, kitties are doing well (I've just posted update on Ziwipeak thread that we've had fewer barfing episodes with chopping it up, thanks everyone for the suggestions, it seems to be helping, so far so good), I've just been overloaded with work. Second semester has just started, and the beginning and the end are the worst times in terms of workload.

More cakes,tiramisu variation decorated with gumpaste magnolia bonsai:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/7/f794ee381d8ad508b127c683ccd21e10_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/a/ba2fc104734b48c3d77a4447e137fd91_content_large.jpg)

Some tiramisu leftovers, decorated with white chocolate leftovers:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/f/0f438643daab509e35acadff3a95f2d2_content_large.jpg)

And a pumpkin cake, with sour cherry glaze and chocolate-rice paper butterflies:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/f/bf47b2edb01a4ab436cfd1f66513fa61_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on January 17, 2010, 07:12:02 AM
They look good !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on January 17, 2010, 07:30:21 AM
These cakes are a breath of spring, alek0, very much needed in the depths of winter.  The magnolia one reminds me of a Japanese watercolor.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on January 17, 2010, 11:36:43 AM
Holy cow, I couldnt create something even close to this in my dreams, let alone in reality!  You are awseome Alek0!!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on January 17, 2010, 01:01:57 PM
Good heavens, they are beautiful! I especially like that last one with the butterflies; the smooth topped cakes with contrasting textured sides are very effective, I think.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on January 17, 2010, 04:09:47 PM
Chocolate rice paper butterflies. Wow, nice! Did you paint those?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on January 17, 2010, 04:22:49 PM
And you do this in your SPARE time? ?

They are so beautiful!!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 17, 2010, 08:32:40 PM
What a great thing to be able to 'create' as a way to relax from the daily grind. Glad you and the kitties are doing great.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 28, 2010, 08:19:35 PM
I still don't have much time for baking and decorating :( So simple cakes, decorated with sugar since that is quick:

Poppy seed-lemon-orange flavor, glazed with cherry+blueberry jam:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/2/52eeaece31e0f714945754a026c6459f_content_large.jpg)

One of sugar decorations (these are rather quick to make):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/0/3084c5f7f36e434db53f4b2d11155e88_content_large.jpg)

Raspberry-peaches-almonds charlotte:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/f/9fc11ec2835ee436784327f669757ed3_content_large.jpg)

Sugar-physalis decoration:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/a/ea31407f564143cb2079ac4d2b155dc9_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 28, 2010, 09:18:32 PM
Ummmmy - gosh I'd weigh two tons cause I wouldn't be able to resist your tasty creations. Your overwhelmed right now with work and still find time to make (according to you) simple, light hearted creations - you rock!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on January 29, 2010, 06:19:37 AM
You may feel they are simple, alek0, but to me they are astonishing!  I like the one on the raspberry-peach cake especially.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on January 29, 2010, 06:55:32 AM
Wow ! These are quick ? They are gorgeous and sound delicious !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on January 29, 2010, 01:09:39 PM
I agree, pretty astonishing if these are the quick, easy ones!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 29, 2010, 02:28:04 PM
Another quick and simple one, again poppyseed-lemon with passionfruit syrup and cinnamon, mango marmalade, bananas, passionfruit jelly on the top, whipped cream with passionfruit syrup on the sides.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/b/fbfc060535b7998fcb0e976af16dccf4_content_large.jpg)

Decoration is physalis (several husks and one fruit) and rice paper butterfly (you can buy those in Fancy flours store, and then just add chocolate body to make it 3D).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 30, 2010, 12:19:22 AM
This must give you a lot of joy while doing the creating from either pictures you see or places you visit.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 05, 2010, 05:35:36 AM
Hazelnut-orange cake with dark chocolate-orange ganache, bananas, and mascarpone cream:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/5/05a98cef524d4f471a3ac7bde9ee9bff_content_large.jpg)

Both workload and humidity are still high, so I have to stick to simpler decorations.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 05, 2010, 05:47:19 AM
That is so elegant !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 05, 2010, 03:13:00 PM
Nice balance of sharp contrasts with delicate details!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on February 05, 2010, 05:48:10 PM
Sounds so good. I wish I had someone making cakes for me every week!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 05, 2010, 10:15:33 PM
Glad I checked here after reading the sentencing - adds a 'shining light' to this day of sad news for us.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on February 06, 2010, 11:04:27 AM
A sort of "black tie" formal elegance--very lovely.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 07, 2010, 05:22:00 AM
Another quick one, two no-bake layers (chestnut-pecan and orange-mango-buttercookie) covered in marzipan and chocolate:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/4/0496af3d1323209872e374a84c8ab935_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/c/dce963f91e09b668baeb8f770bc34eea_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on February 07, 2010, 01:15:07 PM
Very nice. Once upon a time...chomp, chomp. I'll bet it tastes marvelous!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 07, 2010, 01:25:03 PM
That is so 8) !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on February 07, 2010, 05:36:33 PM
"Once upon a time" there was a MOST extraordinary baker..........

I wish I could stop slobbering on the monitor............

"Once upon a time, I was lucky enough to be alek's neighbor".........I can dream can't I?

alek.........elegant is the only word I can think of to describe your creations............sigh


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 09, 2010, 12:27:26 AM
Excuse me while I'm drooling on the screen, oh so mouthwatering!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 11, 2010, 03:48:43 PM
This one is just an example of decoration, dummy cake made just for fun. I used feathers intended for cake decorating for dress with feathers, I didn't pluck them off Sophie's toys, don;t worry ;) Covered with fondant, with gumpaste mannequins. Dresses contain gumpaste, printed edible images, feathers, and sugar pearls.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/5/35eb2edc778cc3212ecf0c0174302716_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/3/436c5b4a3979de89c69e5f24692474b6_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 11, 2010, 09:07:06 PM
Whenever I think you can't outdo yourself Alek, you manage to awe us time and time again. Is there anyplace that you can enter these fantastic creations to win a blue ribbon or lil trophy in recognition of such talent?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 11, 2010, 09:08:47 PM
They are stunning ! The look like like real mannequins in dresses.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on February 11, 2010, 09:31:24 PM
alek needs her own show on the Food Network

I used to like to watch Ace of Cakes but we now have our own Alek of Awesome   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 11, 2010, 10:15:23 PM
Very snazzy!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 13, 2010, 06:50:11 PM
One tropical cake. It is coconut+poppy seeds +lemon zest in the cake, then soaked in pineapple+passionfruit+lemon juice +banana syrup (I have cut the bananas and pineapple, added lemon juice and passion fruit syrup from the can and let it sit for 30 min, resulting syrup is a nice blend of flavors), with bananas and pineapple and mascarpone-vanilla. Coconut on the sides, caramel+rose tea+star fruit chips for decoration.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/a/baf9975532ff6b0fd2f5b0448166b173_content_large.jpg)

One of spare decorations:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/0/c076b723f1f1c40f2ef77af88800274c_content_large.jpg)

Star fruit chip: you can make such fruit chips in a very simple way, they make great decorations and nice crunchy snacks, all you need is a sugar syrup (1:1 sugar and water) heated to 115 C , then you put thin fruit slices in it and let it completely cool down, about an hour or so, and then you take the fruit out and put it on baking paper and bake in the oven at 110C about an hour or so, you can take one out for test, if crispy when it cools they are done. They need turning about half way through so that they would dry well. You can make those out of pears, pineapple, peaches, star fruit. Not all fruit works (dragonfruit for example simply wouldn't dry, I'll wait for drier weather and then try again with different syrup composition and thinner slices)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/8/18abe969600451c28648defdb31ea84c_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 13, 2010, 07:38:19 PM
Very nice.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 13, 2010, 09:32:58 PM
That sounds delicious ! Coconut & fruit are my favorites.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 16, 2010, 03:14:08 PM
Another carrot cake, this one with almonds and pineapple, covered in marzipan:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/4/14a81112d5e02f2d07b6c1ad62203d80_content_large.jpg)



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 16, 2010, 03:43:39 PM
That's just charming! You are so inventive!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on February 16, 2010, 07:21:47 PM
What are the little pillows made of? That is so cool.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 16, 2010, 09:29:20 PM
How did you make the light look like its on ? That is great !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 16, 2010, 11:38:48 PM
Thank you!

Bug, windows are made of fondant and then covered with printed edible image sheets (you can buy those at www.globalsugarart.com).

Leslie_k, the light is a little LED light inside the gumpaste lamp, they are normally used for flower arrangements, I use them sometimes
inside decorations which will not be eaten (gumpaste dries up too hard anyway).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 17, 2010, 12:35:14 AM
Love those white chairs with the rose colored pillows - are they edible?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 17, 2010, 12:46:49 AM
Only theoretically, since they are combination of fondant and gumpaste. In practice, I don't classify fondant/gumpaste as edible (too sweet, and in case of gumpaste dries up hard), marzipan and white modelling chocolate as borderline edible (quite sweet, but can be managed in small quantities and in good contrast with the rest of the cake), and dark modelling chocolate as edible. I rarely work with dark chocolate though, I am too paranoid because of the cats.

On this particular cake, the marzipan for the "wooden floor" is quite edible though, it is a high quality marzipan (how edible it is really strongly depends on quality and that can vary quite a lot) and the color comes from dusting with cinnamon (I got a special collection of makeup brushes used just for cakes, nothing better for even application of color and they are cheaper and better than sugarcraft tools). I just love that combination of nuts and cinnamon. I think next time I'll make coffee flavored cake with apricot filling, cover with marzipan shaded with cinnamon to complete the association of cinnamon danish+big cup of coffee, mmm.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 25, 2010, 04:04:36 PM
One more, no bake cake with chestnut &walnuts, poached pears, and apple-pear jelly. The foam is gelatine and ginger syrup, kind of like ginger marshmallows.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/7/27d6c6aadf3ead75387d55285d7a4fc5_content_large.jpg)
Close up:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/d/4d5a56eeb3dac7a86f22c3db4c52b6b8_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 25, 2010, 04:06:48 PM
I love the water cakes ! That waterfall is spectacular !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 25, 2010, 04:37:45 PM
Wow! The water cakes are some of my favorites, too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on February 25, 2010, 05:38:17 PM
I am always amazed at how you create these cakes with various food materials, alek0.  (And I am now casing my kitchen for sweets...)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 26, 2010, 12:36:51 AM
alek is your latest Niagra Falls? Very nice, the water turned out great.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 01, 2010, 07:13:34 PM
Thank you! This is the latest one, hazelnut cake covered with white chocolate, with gumpaste flower arangement:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/4/44132a86d086754ffd3baa43addfbeca_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/2/426ed3e73c8819f1c0b8a3f61aef02ce_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/c/dce3aa126c8d75ad755892bd18bad2f2_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/a/3a272f5529c9057d0e9413a1ef55703c_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on March 01, 2010, 07:31:45 PM
You really out did yourself with this one, Alek! Those flowers are so beautiful!!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 01, 2010, 07:37:03 PM
What a wonderful way for 'relaxation' for you. My sister can also create, but hers is with material and sewing, free hand drawing and putting it on a pattern, etc.



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on March 01, 2010, 07:54:59 PM
WOW!!! :o :o :o


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 01, 2010, 08:37:59 PM
Thata
s beautiful ! [Oreo is helping here] A little bit of spring for this never ending winter we are all stuck in !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 01, 2010, 10:10:00 PM
Gorgeous!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on March 02, 2010, 06:04:00 AM
Oh my goodness alek0, those flowers look completely real!

How long does it take you to do a decoration like this one?  It's amazing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 06, 2010, 06:37:02 AM
Decoration like this takes about two days at least. It is very good method of dealing with stress though.

Some more desserts, Bailey's charlottes, I had some excess material so I made two.
First one, covered with crushed pistachios and coconut (with green food color) and gumpaste fairy topper:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/8/0821fce560f6efd7ce7947e39f8ba289_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/b/5b0e778abc2c2ad5373c419b9b841ab5_content_large.jpg)

Second one, isomalt (sugar replacement) cage with candied violets, gumpaste butterfly with gelatin wings:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/1/518230146de84a7dad87fb30922960c9_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/0/a03f0f1ca10a6b116f95c53237b6b102_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on March 06, 2010, 08:25:58 AM
These are amazing!  I so love the beautiful colors on all of them!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 06, 2010, 12:32:11 PM
They are both beautiful ! Those colors are stunning.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on March 06, 2010, 02:25:23 PM
Yum! I wish I was that creative.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 06, 2010, 08:29:08 PM
Wow!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 08, 2010, 02:13:01 AM
Just luv these two. The one with the butterfly looks like a magnificent covering over a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream. YUM!

And the fairy - the dress - how elegant in detail, being that blue is my favorite color - wow.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 13, 2010, 08:16:57 AM
Walnut-mocha cake with chocolate mirror glaze and gumpaste hydrangea:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/f/df6936792e35efe6d01abc54c34cc09d_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/0/b059cfe022d5d8df653127c6520f1a0c_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on March 13, 2010, 02:23:50 PM
Yummy . . . when are you going to come over the big pond and bake for us that live in North America and Canada? ;D

Your BF doesn't need to be on the receiving end of all of your talents.  ;D

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 13, 2010, 07:16:57 PM
I love those colors !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 13, 2010, 08:54:36 PM
Alek is the chocolate mirror glaze something new? I had not heard of it before. That is really outstanding!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 13, 2010, 09:50:46 PM
Good heavens, that's a pretty cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 16, 2010, 06:58:57 AM
Thank you! Can you believe that he has already finished it? Arrrghhh, and it is only Tuesday.

So I made some filo pastry/puff pastry (decoration) desserts with carrots and pumpkin:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/1/814e53715c6f40ee34f5bf0ace8b4b1a_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 16, 2010, 10:23:53 AM
Can't really say I blame him for finishing that scrumptious cake - how could he resist?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 20, 2010, 04:16:29 AM
Honey cake, did not have much time for decorating, so I just made a couple of gumpaste bees with gelatin wings and white chocolate honeycomb:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/6/860567155c0d1b59a7d04c69448006ff_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/0/f056bf1e30751c9c225c1a20b4988c57_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 20, 2010, 04:39:43 AM
You are just so creative! Great job on the honeybees.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JustMe on March 20, 2010, 04:51:39 AM
Wow..you are amazing, alek.  I love the wings without the sting.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 20, 2010, 05:19:27 AM
The bees are adorable ! Love the honeycomb too. Its really funny that you consider that something plain to do when you don't have much time though.


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Post by: catbird on March 20, 2010, 07:40:11 AM
The bees and honeycomb are perfect for the honey cake (yum!)


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Post by: tesla on March 20, 2010, 06:50:37 PM
Another amazing creation!  The bees are awesome.


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Post by: Fizzy1 on March 20, 2010, 11:25:55 PM
I love the bees and honeycomb.  And it sounds very tasty :D

Do you ever take requests?


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Post by: alek0 on March 24, 2010, 06:51:26 PM
One quick dessert, since bf has eaten the honey cake in 3 days. As glad as I am that he liked it so much, I don't really like making cakes in teh middle of the week since I don't have time to do a proper job.

This one is a no bake cake, puffed rice-orange base, vanilla pastry cream, mango jelly. Decorated with a gumpaste sunflower.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/0/20af1b799fc1517aea63cd5bc48b8c05_content_large.jpg)



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Post by: lesliek on March 24, 2010, 07:12:54 PM
That sounds delicious ! I love the sunflower against the mango. Its a good thing I do live so far away,or I would weigh a ton !


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Post by: JJ on March 24, 2010, 07:32:42 PM
Nice job on the sunflower. Looks so real.


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Post by: Sandi K on March 24, 2010, 08:23:22 PM
OK that sunflower cake did me in!  Its gorgeous and I love sunflowers and I am just imagining how vanilla pastry cream and mango jelly taste together.....oh I am so hungry now.


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Post by: bug on March 25, 2010, 06:01:34 PM
HO-LY those bees look real! And what a beautiful sunflower -- they always make me smile.


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Post by: alek0 on March 27, 2010, 04:00:36 AM
Since the sunflower cake is already gone (I wish I could eat that much), I had to make another one, this one is roasted hazelnut base, with chestnut-hazelnut-Baileys and green tea white chocolate ganache, covered with toasted crushed pistachios. Decorations are gumpaste, "snow" is fondant with crystal sugar.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/c/6cc9d6ad325cc3dc1fdbdd5c78b3d65a_content_large.jpg)

Just decorations:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/4/249c7f4e2e07afdf216a4e351f7f8c93_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on March 27, 2010, 06:01:15 AM
Thats beautiful ! BF must have a heck of a metabolism to eat all these cakes !


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Post by: catbird on March 27, 2010, 08:15:41 AM
Very nice spring theme, alek0!   Looks very much like what I'm seeing outdoors now.


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Post by: JJ on March 27, 2010, 04:15:32 PM
Also seeing the same thing springing up right in front of my front windows. Very easter and spring is coming  like alek.


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Post by: catwoods on March 27, 2010, 08:47:33 PM
Gorgeous!


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Post by: caylee on March 28, 2010, 08:03:57 AM
Oh, I love this one! Nice Spring theme too!

Hugs


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Post by: bug on March 29, 2010, 06:03:49 AM
Alek, does BF eat all of the decorations, too? Or do you have a big curio cabinet to keep them in after he eats the cake?


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Post by: mainecoonpeg on March 29, 2010, 07:58:53 PM
That's it......in my honest opinion, alek is more deserving of her own TV show on the art of cake baking and decorating than some of the bozos that are on TV now.

Your creations are just dazzling.


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Post by: tesla on April 03, 2010, 03:55:43 PM
Another awesome creation Alek0.   :D

Let me ask, do you have a good fondant icing recipe that you would be willing to share?  I would like to do a cake for my son with fondant, but do not know what would be the best recipe.  I've looked online, but there are so many, I just don't which one would be the best choice.  Thanks!


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Post by: alek0 on April 03, 2010, 10:41:53 PM
I have lots of fondant recipes, but i haven't tried them, I almost never do fondant covered cakes because bf finds it too sweet. And if it is not going to be eaten, then I just use commercial ones for the decorations.

Some people like Marshmallow fondant (here is one easy recipe: http://cakecentral.com/recipes/15498/mmf-easy-peasy-used-kitchenaid ), some prefer chocolate containing varieties (commercial one is Chocopan I think), but to me this is all way too sweet.

Let me know which variety you would prefer and I can type in a recipe from some of my reliable cookbooks (I got a couple from which everything I tried turned out great).

Or do you mean liquid fondant icing, not rolled fondant? I got lots of recipes for that, too :)

One quick chestnut dessert, since I am sick (very bad cold) and couldn;t make a proper cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/3/63b5c15046b67304cdb6b8272e4e19ea_content_large.jpg)




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Post by: catbird on April 04, 2010, 05:31:14 AM
alek, if this is not a proper cake, I don't know what is!  It's lovely enough for a wedding!


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Post by: lesliek on April 04, 2010, 06:05:53 AM
I agree,the white on white is stunning ! Hope you feel better soon.


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Post by: caylee on April 04, 2010, 06:21:40 AM
Very pretty! I agree, that this one should still be considered 'a proper cake'.

Hope you can get that nasty cold under control soon. I just had one that lasted 17 days. I thought that it would never leave.

Hugs


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Post by: JJ on April 04, 2010, 09:16:26 AM
alek what a simple, pleasant cake for easter sunday. Thx!


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Post by: tesla on April 04, 2010, 04:44:58 PM
What a beautiful Easter treat.  I was looking for a good rolled fondant recipe.  I tried a marshmallow recipe once I found online, but I found the particular recipe had a tendency to be stickier than I wanted and was difficult to mold.  I don't know if I was doing something wrong, the recipe or the fact we just had a hot day here in Texas and it wasn't wanting to cooperate.  So I thought I would give it another try and see what happens.  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


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Post by: alek0 on April 04, 2010, 05:29:58 PM
If it is a humid day, any kind of fondant would be sticky, but marshmallow variety would also be heat sensitive as well, since gelatine melts at relatively low temperature. I have never tried marshmallow fondant since it wouldn't be eaten anyway, so I thought I might as well skip the mess and buy it. When I just started decorating, I tried a couple of home-made recipes but it simply wasn't as good in terms of making flowers and figurines as store-bought ones, probably because all those additives make it more elastic and less sticky.

Here is a recipe which is very popular on that Croatian cooking website and it was tried by many people (just click on any red letters in recipe and comments, those are link for photos so you can get some idea what can be done with it):
http://www.coolinarika.com/recept/marshmallow-fondant-nova-masa-za-oblaganje-i-dekorisanje

250 g marshmallows
500 g icing sugar
1 1/2 table spoons water
icing sugar (for dusting the work surface)

Melt the marshmallows with water in the microwave (soften, then should feel warm, not hot, according to comments, this is an important part), then mix in half of the sugar, and then add little by little remaining icing sugar. It is sticky in the beginning, but in the end you should get a ball which is not sticky, iF it is too sticky, add more icing sugar, If it is too hard, soften a bit by heating it.

For ordinary rolled fondant from a reliable book ingredients are:
5 teaspoons gelatine
125 ml liquid glucose
1 tablespoon of glycerine
1 kg icing sugar

Let me know if you are interested in that, and I'll type in the procedure.


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Post by: catwoods on April 04, 2010, 06:38:48 PM
That's an elegant cake, alek. I hope you soon feel better.


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Post by: alek0 on April 05, 2010, 05:53:42 AM
Another cake, this one is carrot-banana-orange with coconut glaze and mascarpone-lemon on the sides, quick sugar decoration. I still have a bad cold, so no flowers, can't stand under the aircon and humidity is too high to do any flowers without it :(
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/1/e1665521161a932f81bcbb41bd911920_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: bug on April 05, 2010, 11:28:58 AM
Nice! Looks like a fish jumping out of the ocean.


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Post by: lesliek on April 05, 2010, 04:30:08 PM
How elegant ! It does look like a fish & waves.


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Post by: mainecoonpeg on April 05, 2010, 04:40:39 PM
Beautiful alek.....

I wish you a speedy recovery.


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Post by: JJ on April 05, 2010, 07:58:45 PM
Sorry to hear your still not feeling good alek. Hoping for a quick recovery for you soon.


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Post by: alek0 on April 10, 2010, 07:34:58 PM
The cake for this weekend is another orange-chestnut-roasted hazelnut combination, the "pond" is apple agar with lemon mirror glaze, daffodils and butterfly and rocks are gumpaste. Cake is covered with roasted crushed pistachios and pumpkin seeds.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/7/6782621fc42ef14b1252ebddeb73a43d_content_large.jpg)

Buttefly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/6/568f6cc5a46e435a7dc34f8db5802443_content_large.jpg)

Daffodils:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/8/58bdd843d1c853d27ff29aa496b7b852_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: bug on April 10, 2010, 07:42:41 PM
Perfect for spring! I love daffodils and I have a butterfly cocoon in my garage that I'm babysitting. Hopefully, soon, it will turn into a swallowtail butterfly.


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Post by: catbird on April 10, 2010, 07:43:34 PM
How can your BF bear to eat these beautiful creations?  It would be like eating a work of art!


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Post by: catwoods on April 10, 2010, 09:24:30 PM
Really pretty cake! The ones with water themes just amaze me. That really does look like a pond, reflecting the plants on the bank.  


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Post by: caylee on April 11, 2010, 03:08:28 PM
Wow, yet another beautiful creation! Yum, yum


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Post by: lesliek on April 11, 2010, 04:47:15 PM
That looks so real ! I too love the water cakes,its amazing how much they look realistic.


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Post by: JJ on April 11, 2010, 10:10:32 PM
That lemon mirror glaze sure works magic in creating the reflection of the daffodils.


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Post by: alek0 on April 14, 2010, 05:47:24 PM
Thank you! Since that one was already eaten, I had to make another one. I intended finally to do butterfly bush in bas relief and butterflies, but there was no time, so just butterflies. Orange-roasted hazelnut-nutella cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/6/164ad37ca5c739dfb48dc3cc78bba6c4_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/6/66f30a5949361db3413f3692a4845ce0_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/1/a1d9fcc50ec18a83fff90a472af5bfc5_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: mainecoonpeg on April 14, 2010, 07:11:50 PM
Just stunning.  8)
As much as I looooove sweets, I would have a really hard time eating such works of art.


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Post by: lesliek on April 14, 2010, 07:54:11 PM
Thats beautiful ! I love all the butterflies & the cake sounds delicious.


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Post by: catwoods on April 14, 2010, 08:28:49 PM
Wow!


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Post by: Fizzy1 on April 14, 2010, 08:39:46 PM
Oh, come on, this just isn't fair that we never get to taste them ;D ;D  In addition to being works of art, your cakes sound so delicious!  You had me at hazelnut  :D


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Post by: JJ on April 15, 2010, 11:11:58 AM
Oh such a delight for my eyes. Just love butterflies! I wouldn't eat this cake until I had taken lots of pics of it with all the butterflies. Thx!


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Post by: alek0 on April 15, 2010, 04:17:03 PM
Thank you! Bf has already eaten 3/4 of it, argh! Well, I don't care. No new cake before Sunday, and that's that.


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Post by: bug on April 17, 2010, 05:26:26 PM
You made all those butterflies??!!!?? Those would take me months to make. Just awesome.


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Post by: alek0 on April 18, 2010, 05:34:58 AM
Butterflies are easy and relatively quick. I made a gumpaste spider chrysanthemum today, it took me almost as much time as all those butterflies. In the end couldn't decide which way it looks better, just with gumpaste spider mum or with chocolate shell or both together.

Almond-lemon-raspberry cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/e/bef6b13f1e1f919b612ffd2317e389bb_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/8/d8020694e2d65b74063ab9740c9161e5_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/d/ad00c91e1dfb6668c43e14092637f20b_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: caylee on April 18, 2010, 06:00:40 AM
Another yummy cake! I like both decorations.

Hugs


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Post by: lesliek on April 18, 2010, 06:19:51 AM
I like both , but think they each show up better alone.


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Post by: Mandycat on April 18, 2010, 05:59:45 PM
That spider mum looks positively real!  I love spider mums - white spider mums is what I chose for my wedding bouquet so many years ago!  The cake sounds (and looks) yummy!


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Post by: JJ on April 18, 2010, 08:46:23 PM
That shell is so amazing! You could add those to any new 'ocean' scene cakes you make so well.


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Post by: catwoods on April 18, 2010, 08:55:24 PM
Such versatile decorating! You always come up with something that looks very hard to make with cake materials.


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Post by: bug on April 19, 2010, 12:23:51 PM
That is sooo weird about the spider mum. Just the other day, I was wondering if they would grow where I live because I like the white ones, so I called a garden center and they had the seeds for a variety of colors (mixed). Strangely, they are not actually called chrysanthemums here, they are actually asters (aster chinensis). So that's really cool that you made one for your cake. What are the odds.

Oh, I also picked up tubers for a couple of cactus dahlias (those would also look stunning on a cake).


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Post by: alek0 on April 21, 2010, 03:24:42 PM
Can you believe he has already eaten the previous one? Argh.

A quick no-bake tofu "cheesecake" with fresh fruit, decorated with spun sugar.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/7/270558d9e89a65e8c9590c941d5a6875_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: catwoods on April 21, 2010, 09:30:59 PM
Wow! The intense red accents against the other colors work very well.


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Post by: lesliek on April 22, 2010, 05:28:49 AM
That looks delicious !


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Post by: tesla on April 23, 2010, 04:35:33 AM
Okay, so I've been searching around the local shops for weeks now trying to find liquid glucose for the last recipe that you gave me for the fondant.  I still haven't found any.  Do you order it or can you find it locally?  I will order it if needed.  I found the marshmallow fondant sticky and often difficult to work with since we have hotter temps and high humidity.  Thanks for any input!

Absolutely love the butterfly cake, but I've always loved butterflies!  I showed DH and my sons and they are just amazed at your creations.  My youngest thought it was plastic since everything looks so real.....just stunning! :D


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Post by: alek0 on April 23, 2010, 05:56:59 AM
Can you find corn syrup? It is a good replacement for liquid glucose.

As for hot and humid weather, I know what that feels like, HK is like that, too. Normally when I decorate I turn on the aircon down to 19C and since it is blowing directly over my working area on kitchen counter it is manageable to work with fondant and gumpaste. More icing sugar also helps. Have you considered trying chocolate clay covering? It is sensitive to temperature, but humidity is no problem. T


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Post by: tesla on April 23, 2010, 08:21:35 AM
Thanks Alek0, corn syrup is something I can easily find!

No, I have never used chocolate clay covering.  I will google it and see if I can find a recipe and try it, too.  Thanks for the ideas, I so appreciate it!


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Post by: alek0 on April 25, 2010, 04:50:57 PM
This weekend's dessert, green tea-lemon-dark chocolate cake, decorated with a gumpaste passion flower.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/d/ddc356b298035de94bd43a7c053adbfe_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: JJ on April 25, 2010, 06:53:51 PM
Very festive the flower and reminds one that spring is just around the corner once the sun shines and the rain stops.  :)


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Post by: catwoods on April 25, 2010, 09:08:25 PM
Spectacular! I love the textural look around the sides.


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Post by: alek0 on April 29, 2010, 09:37:14 PM
ONe quick tropical cake, no time to decorate properly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/5/5573f63b5eda6bb768cea195c9e66c84_content_large.jpg)

Lemon sponge, orange marmalade, vanilla pastry cream, passion fruit jelly (made with agar) with fresh fruit pieces (bananas, mango, pineapple), more passion fruit jelly but without fruit on the top, mirror glaze for better shine, coconut on the sides, gumpaste cosmos in the middle.


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Post by: lesliek on April 30, 2010, 04:16:55 AM
They both look delicious ! Glad we don't live closer , because if we did I would look like a whale.


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Post by: alek0 on May 02, 2010, 04:57:23 AM
No-eggs carrot cake, decorated with fondant, royal icing, pulled sugar for ice, gumpaste Bambi and Thumper.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/5/650e4268d80a845e0ceaebf6565d38dc_content_large.jpg)

"Snow and ice"
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/d/fde7c0562f78ca337b1c510bac53f1fa_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on May 02, 2010, 05:21:57 AM
They look so realistic ! I love the icy pond.


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Post by: catbird on May 02, 2010, 05:24:16 AM
Wow, that snow looks so real!


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Post by: Sandi K on May 02, 2010, 07:49:06 PM
Im still back on this page drooling over this one!  OMG!!!!  Nummy!!!!


ONe quick tropical cake, no time to decorate properly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/5/5573f63b5eda6bb768cea195c9e66c84_content_large.jpg)

Lemon sponge, orange marmalade, vanilla pastry cream, passion fruit jelly (made with agar) with fresh fruit pieces (bananas, mango, pineapple), more passion fruit jelly but without fruit on the top, mirror glaze for better shine, coconut on the sides, gumpaste cosmos in the middle.



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Post by: alek0 on May 06, 2010, 05:27:04 PM
Bailey's cake (Bailey's sponge, filled with chestnut&bailey's cream, apricot jam).Gumpaste passiflora (leftover from last week), sarracenia, and encyclia orchid.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/4/d435c15af8ff2b834114feb6ef892035_content_large.jpg)

Just the orchid:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/9/6984714eebfb30b3baddafdc8af5fb59_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on May 06, 2010, 07:00:57 PM
Its gorgeous ! I would eat that until I got sick.


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Post by: alek0 on May 09, 2010, 02:29:47 AM
Pistachio-quince cake, base with pistachios and almonds, quince meringue layers (made with quince syrup, sprinkled with crushed pistachios), quince marmalade, vanilla pastry cream, white chocolate-quince glaze (also made with quince syrup):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/1/b1ffae10aa5694a66ebf835c5f9e4fd4_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: kittylyda on May 09, 2010, 05:43:54 AM
I have had a lot of tofu cheesecake, but that is the best looking one I have ever seen! 

And that lemon sponge w/orange marmalade looks so good I can almost taste it.


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Post by: bug on May 12, 2010, 07:22:51 PM
Arrrrgh, lemon sponge. My two favorites together. I'm just drooling.


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Post by: JJ on May 12, 2010, 07:51:43 PM
Are pistachios your BF favorite? Must be reasonable priced at your stores. Here they are high, especially for organic.


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Post by: alek0 on May 13, 2010, 02:08:10 AM
They are high here, too, but they are his favourite.


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Post by: alek0 on May 15, 2010, 07:00:53 AM
Banana bread, covered with fondant and with gumpaste african violets:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/e/becd1ce13b7bdf79a9206cdda56deecf_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on May 15, 2010, 08:43:26 AM
OMG alek, when I first looked at this, I thought the violets were real!  I used to raise African violets, so I find this an astonishing replica.  Even the color is so perfectly true to life, and the leaves look fuzzy like the real thing!


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Post by: lesliek on May 15, 2010, 05:16:24 PM
That african violet looks better than my real ones !


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Post by: catwoods on May 15, 2010, 10:14:08 PM
When this first came on the screen I thought the violets were real too! Beautifully done flowers, and Bambi and Thumper are cute too!


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Post by: bug on May 16, 2010, 06:43:02 AM
You're right, Catbird. Look at those leaves. They do look fuzzy -- that's the first thing I thought when I saw it. And that reminds me. I can make banana bread. I can't make it look anywhere near what this cake looks like, but I think I'll bake a loaf just the same. Mmmmmm.


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Post by: alek0 on May 16, 2010, 04:44:34 PM
Thank you! The leaves are not fuzzy (still haven;t figured out how to achieve that, lol), they just look fuzzy because of grey shading. I'm quite happy how they turned out.

If anyone wants banana bread recipe with greek yogurt and no oil or butter, let me know and I'll type it in.
It turned out quite good, and considering how quickly it was disappearing, I made another cake, variation on the banana bread (replaced bananas with mango, and cinnamon with lemon zest), with lemon cream, decorated with dragon fruit and boiled sugar with poppyseeds (no time for proper decorating):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/a/4a62ed214fa3a0048f52770196199a20_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: Sandi K on May 16, 2010, 05:39:57 PM
Alek, you are so talented!  I hope you have a bake shop because if you dont, you should!  Im sure people would love to buy your cakes!  Those violets are superb!


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Post by: JJ on May 17, 2010, 01:15:59 PM
alek a question - from the time you see a photo, picture in a magazine, book or on the internet that captures your fancy - how long does it take for you to form the idea and 'voila' create a cake?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 18, 2010, 10:01:15 AM
Dragonfruit. Never tried it, though it is available here. What's it like? And banana bread recipe would be great. I like variations and I've tried several great recipes, but none without margarine or butter.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 18, 2010, 07:36:35 PM
JJ, ideas are very quick, the realization depends on whether I have all required material at home or not :)

Bug, dragon fruit does not have much of a taste, but it looks quite effective.

Banana bread recipe:

Ingredients:
2   eggs (XL)
6   table spoons of sugar
orange flavor (natural, oil-based) or grated orange zest
cinnamon
1 cup    banana puree
1 cup     plain flour
1/2 cup   greek style yogurt
1 table spoon   baking soda
~50 g   dry sour cherries (or cranberries)

Put 3-4 bananas in the blender, then measure out 1 cup. Whip the eggs, sugar, orange flavor or zest and yogurt until you get uniform mass (looks like runny mayonnaise), then add banana puree and keep mixing, then mix in the flour, baking soda and sour cherries or cranberries. Bake in a mold lined with baking paper at 180C , until toothpick inserted in the middle is dry. Take out of the oven and let rest for 10-15 mins, and then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.

For a bit more exotic version, instead of 3-4 bananas, blend 2 mangos and one banana, separate one cup. Replace cinnamon with lemon zest, replace sugar with 3 full table spoons of apricot marmelade, and 50 g of sour cherries with 1/2 cup of ground toasted hazelnuts.

Btw, most of my recipes are not very sweet, so increase sugar if needed.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 20, 2010, 07:57:58 AM
Another tropical (mango, passion fruit) cake, glazed with marmalade and again decorated with sugar since I had no time (argh, third cake in a week, how can he eat them so fast...):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/4/0432cc5bda3bb4b53dd43096476d75fd_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on May 20, 2010, 08:51:22 AM
Your BF is one lucky guy!  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 20, 2010, 04:13:12 PM
How can he still walk instead of roll ? If I ate 3 cakes in a week I would not be able to move !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 20, 2010, 07:17:31 PM
Does your BF suffer sweet withdrawal if you only make one cake a week, LOL!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 21, 2010, 06:39:11 AM
Thanks so much for that recipe and the variations. I'm going to give it a try this weekend.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 23, 2010, 05:01:29 AM
Dragonfruit cake, covered with fondant "tablecloth", with gumpaste candle and flower arrangement. The flame is made of gelatin.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/b/4b10f74174c76597b3883a75cedc77d6_content_large.jpg)

However, since bf objected to fondant (I think he is becoming spoiled), I redecorated in a simpler way without any objectionable ingredients, just glazed wit strawberry jam with some fresh strawberries and star anise:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/e/8edf29f7de4ebfbf7c29423bd9ff6ec7_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 23, 2010, 05:15:10 AM
They are both beautiful ! Tell BF he's lucky he lives with you, I would have redecorated it by dumping it on his head ! ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on May 24, 2010, 04:09:56 PM
Wow, I wish I could eat all those cakes and not be as big as a house.  I gain 5 pounds just looking at them, what a luck guy!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 27, 2010, 06:34:51 PM
I'm not a fan of fondant, myself, but you just couldn't make some of the great creations without it. They both look great for different reasons but I guess you have to cater to the one that eats them or you'd be a cake lady (with too many cakes) rather than a cat lady who makes cakes.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 27, 2010, 06:45:48 PM
I can understand why he doesn't like it, but no one is forcing him to eat it, it can be easily removed. Anyway, no fondant for a while I guess, weather is too humid, nothing is drying
well, I made a gelatin leaf and buttefly and the butterfly just wouldn;t dry :(

So here is partly decorated cake, another banana bread variation, this time with lemon zest, maple syrup and pecans:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/2/72a427c772309422ae08a02771c95899_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 27, 2010, 07:11:52 PM
That's really nice and you even managed to get three of my favorite ingredients into one cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 30, 2010, 08:00:25 AM
Another quick one, maple syrup-lemon-mint cake:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/b/1b69ccbb5190394f58d07808514d0432_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on May 30, 2010, 10:08:48 AM
Wow, I love the "retro op art" look of this one!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 30, 2010, 10:34:19 AM
Like the shape - a square instead of round - cool.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on May 30, 2010, 02:47:12 PM
Dazzling!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 30, 2010, 06:23:18 PM
That is so striking !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on May 30, 2010, 06:42:16 PM
Alek will you adopt me?   :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 03, 2010, 08:49:47 AM
Another quick dessert (almond-lemon-orange), decorated with chocolate since I didn't have time for
proper decorations:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/f/4f45daa32e49f8d115efb3c4adb1c6d6_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on June 03, 2010, 09:01:27 AM
Ah, my favorite color--yellow.  Almond-lemon-orange sounds yummy!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 03, 2010, 11:07:13 AM
That does sound delicious ! Love the honey comb with the orchid too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 03, 2010, 07:48:37 PM
Oh, so sunny! I really like the honeycomb-looking decoration on top.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 03, 2010, 11:54:42 PM
That honeycomb decoration is really easy to make, all you need is some clean, unused bubble wrap. Melt the chocolate, spread over the bubble wrap, put it in
the fridge to set, peel of the bubble wrap and remove thinner parts  with a toothpick. Really effective, and quick and simple to make.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 06, 2010, 07:44:12 PM
Alek, that's genius! Something so elaborate-looking so simply made.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on June 08, 2010, 11:25:28 AM
alek your just so resourceful and creative. Bubble wrap - who would thunk it?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on June 08, 2010, 11:54:45 AM
Nice and cheerful!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 09, 2010, 07:25:41 AM
Cocoa and mint roll (with mint tuile):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/3/53ec536ed00130abcbefe8a49a5c5713_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on June 09, 2010, 10:11:54 AM
That chocolate and mint looks so cool and delicious.  Yum!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 09, 2010, 01:00:55 PM
Now I'm hungry again !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on June 09, 2010, 08:00:03 PM
Yum, sitting here eating watermelon and that does not compare to mint and chocolate!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 13, 2010, 02:59:23 PM
These have sour cherry jam inside, wrapped in roasted hazelnut-orange part and then dipped into white chocolate wth orange flavor (blue cocoa butter for marbling) with candied violets for decoration:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/0/90500408b4108a4cfb5ab2b7c1dc8273_content_large.jpg)

Roasted hazelnut-orange-cinnamon base, sour cherry jam, same things as above (just without the chocolate) embedded in sour cherry custard, whipped cream, chocolate decorations. Doesn't look like much, since I don;t have much time lately for decorating.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/f/bfab12671c1598ff7ff9e7b6ad015ce5_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 13, 2010, 04:57:42 PM
Your idea of not looking like much differs greatly from mine !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 13, 2010, 06:27:23 PM
Sour cherry. I had never had the stuff until dh and I went out for dinner at a very nice restaurant and we ordered the goat cheese cheesecake with sour cherry compote. It was incredible. They went together so well. It was perfect. So your desserts look and sound just excellent.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on June 13, 2010, 09:01:17 PM
Something about the words "candied violets" sounds so delicious and sensuous! Beautiful cakes, Alek.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 03, 2010, 04:55:30 AM
No cakes for a while, since bf was away. He is coming back on Monday, so...

Banana bread, again, but this time with gumpaste viola flowers:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/b/3b745e0cca69430a58d8ac302c494fda_content_large.jpg)

Flowers:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/e/be9b61893a22b379393507eaf2b12422_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 03, 2010, 05:46:40 AM
That is beautiful !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on July 03, 2010, 05:54:28 PM
Gosh alek those Johnny Jump Ups look so real - (another name they are called) Your just so talented.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 04, 2010, 05:37:40 AM
Thank you! One more, sort of a cheesecake experiment, hazelnut base and sides, fresh peaches inside, cream cheese+white chocolate filling, raspberry jelly, decorated with caramel and red currants.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/1/d14ed6b3bfb1ec8a795cc93f56fc2e9a_content_large.jpg)

Just decorations, I always make spares when working with caramel since it can easily break:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/f/1fb8c1744b9ea6bbc007c503a3ccf920_content_large.jpg)
 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 04, 2010, 06:53:10 AM
That sounds delicious !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on July 04, 2010, 10:25:22 AM
Wow! Those look so good. Yum!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 10, 2010, 04:58:20 PM
One more simple one, still very busy:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/9/99451ff2e93c3523ca93732b6f2229d7_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 10, 2010, 08:32:26 PM
Again, your idea of simple & mine don't line up !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on July 10, 2010, 08:46:12 PM
One more simple one, still very busy:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/9/99451ff2e93c3523ca93732b6f2229d7_content_large.jpg)

Simple she says, sure. Easy for you to say!  ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on July 11, 2010, 01:42:49 PM
Wow! I'd call the one with the currants luscious and the one with the rose, elegant.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 17, 2010, 05:23:35 AM
Another cheesecake, this one also has hazelnut base, then chestnut cream, cheese part wit Bailey's, and mocha jelly. Decorated with caramel.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/9/89bd747c089db5ff03413107da8278aa_content_large.jpg)

Still sticking to simple cakes, since there is quite a bit of work with the flat renovation, should be done by the end of august, and we expect to move in mid-september. I plan to run an air filter for two weeks in the empty place to make sure all VOCs are clear before we move.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on July 17, 2010, 08:08:44 AM
Bailey's and mocha!  Just the thought is bliss!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on July 17, 2010, 09:04:26 AM
Sounds simply wonderful!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: myernieface on July 17, 2010, 09:19:45 AM
Alek, you are my kind of artiste!!

Do instructional videos or diagrams come with your recipes?? lol


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 17, 2010, 04:25:17 PM
That does sound good ! I love the fan on top too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on July 18, 2010, 02:51:41 PM
Ummm - a cake you can 'drink'.

No VOC paint is now sold too but imagine would cost more for you there than it already does here (that is if it is even sold by you).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 24, 2010, 06:14:00 AM
Another quick and simple one, almond-orange-lemon sponge, baked plums with cinnamon, cheese feeling with lemon, vanila pastry cream, whipped cream and sliced almonds. Decorated with raspberry white chocolate and white chocolate orchids.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/a/ca955f8b7ad6e30e27dc085d205b5b3b_content_large.jpg)

Can't wait for finishing the flat renovation and moving in, so many ideas and no time to decorate, argh.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on July 24, 2010, 03:16:11 PM
Oh, those last two sound incredible. And not a cake in sight around here. Rats!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 24, 2010, 05:24:21 PM
Plenty of cupcakes here, but they don't look like that !  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 31, 2010, 04:18:44 PM
I am still just making simple ones, on friday night I just got back from Korea, went to work on Sat. and then just put together this simple cake, base is toasted almonds and lemon, then sliced strawberries and strawberry jam, cheese with lemon zest, and on top strawberries, raspberries and grapes in passionfruit-lemon jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/b/bbf54f67e8d334448fd48aee99b8f20d_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on July 31, 2010, 04:27:31 PM
alek0, your idea of what is "simple" never ceases to amaze me!  (Pardon me while I go get a napkin to wipe the slobber off my chin...this looks absolutely delicious.)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 31, 2010, 05:10:02 PM
That looks and sounds delicious ! My idea of simple is a plain cake with icing  ::).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on July 31, 2010, 05:37:46 PM
This is just simple she says! Golly wish I could make 'simple' look so good.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on August 02, 2010, 09:39:30 PM
Wow, nice color transitions in the red - yellow - orange range.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 08, 2010, 04:19:56 AM
Another simple one, since I just got back from Changchun yesterday late afternoon:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/5/95b5fe412b57ac3a4cea5f1d56676264_content_large.jpg)

Walnut base, plums&prunes jelly with cinnamon, cheese with lemon, lemon glaze, white chocolate rose.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 08, 2010, 06:45:24 AM
That sounds good ! How does BF make it when you are away ?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 12, 2010, 08:31:34 AM
Well, I make one before I go and then another one as soon as I get back :)

Here is another quick one, I made a shell out of orange, white chocolate and roasted hazelnuts in a ball pan and filled it with tiramisu. Covered in marzipan and decorated with sugar jewels.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/1/d11e368f07ac5d2a86dc8197c8a8a014_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 12, 2010, 04:52:36 PM
Wow ! A bag of gems ! I hope he appreciates how much you spoil him !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 15, 2010, 06:38:08 AM
Bf's birthday cake, for that occasion I had to find time to decorate properly:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/6/36e6706adb367ffc0d01481c6a86501f_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/9/e9f547a4ac983cbae75f9d0c0a2960f6_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/d/2d1fd8c7f33784ecf2336fbe7127f748_content_large.jpg)

Hazelnut, chestnut, orange, white chocolate cake with bananas inside, decorated with modeling chocolate flowers and sugar flame.

Flowers:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/b/0b7f739b697887a32e7402c77df0cc47_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/e/eefc10def530441b90b759e097e0a272_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on August 15, 2010, 09:23:48 AM
Very, very pretty! BF better appreciate it, since you are so busy.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on August 15, 2010, 11:11:55 AM
Wow, cake and candle all in one! Yes, BF had better appreciate this cake; it's stunning.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 15, 2010, 01:04:09 PM
That is spectacular ! I hope he looks at it before eating it  ;).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on August 16, 2010, 12:10:36 PM
The flowers even have pollen on them - you didn't miss a detail. Hope your BF notices what effort you took on his b'day cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on August 16, 2010, 01:06:58 PM
That cake should be outlawed, it's so awesome!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on August 16, 2010, 11:20:58 PM
Just exquisite!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 21, 2010, 06:41:51 AM
Thank you, no cake this week, just some flapjack experiments. A little challenge from bf, making flapjacks with no oil and
no butter. So I made two versions, using banana puree and greek yogurt as butter replacement, one version with walnuts, plums, peaches, and cinnamon, and another with lemon, rosemary, rosemary honey and raspberries:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/d/3d806c7d1eb0b661719a11a93be4c75a_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/e/aeaf92a4560eaafa25babfdfd269d45a_content_large.jpg)

Decorated with caramel decorations.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 21, 2010, 05:06:15 PM
Wow ! They look pretty good for no butter or oil. I would have a hard time choosing between them. Oh who am I kidding, I'd eat both ! ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on August 21, 2010, 06:15:01 PM
Those look sooo good!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on August 21, 2010, 06:19:43 PM
Um, maybe it's the american clunk in me, but those don't look like any flapjacks I ever saw.   :o


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 22, 2010, 05:16:37 AM
Do you call something else flapjacks in US? Flapjacks in UK are a sort of baked cereal bar with dried or fresh fruit and nuts.
British do have some peculiar desserts, or at least desserts with a peculiar name, there is this steamed thing called "Spotted dick", lol (some other examples of funny british dishes here: http://open.salon.com/blog/doctorandmama/2010/04/14/spotted_dick_other_curiosities_of_the_english_larder (http://open.salon.com/blog/doctorandmama/2010/04/14/spotted_dick_other_curiosities_of_the_english_larder)
 
My problem was that even in "healthy" recipes like this one: http://www.healthyflapjacks.com/flapjack-recipes/fruit-and-nut-flapjacks.html there is still lots of butter and sugar. I managed to make mine with no butter at all, no oil, and no sugar either, just honey (about 6 full table spoons). The trouble with low calorie desserts though is that bf eats them twice as fast, so he ends up with same or higher amount of calories and I end up with double the work to prepare the stuff, argh.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on August 22, 2010, 05:22:15 AM
In the US, "flapjacks" is a synonym for "pancakes."  What you have pictured looks something like what we would call home-made granola bars, but not quite.  They do look yummy!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 22, 2010, 05:52:32 AM
Thanks for the clarification. Now pancakes, haven't made that for ages. Maybe I should, imagine a pancake "cake" (stack of pancakes with toasted nuts, cinnamon and vanilla custard in between, covered with orange-flavored dark chocolate), served warm so that the chocolate melts, with fresh fruit, ice cream (preferably homemade, in unusual flavor like chestnut) and whipped cream. I must make that, when/if bf stops that "low calorie dessert" nonsense. It restricts my culinary creativity. I should introduce him to the concept of portion control :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 22, 2010, 06:29:35 AM
I'm drooling just thinking about those pancakes !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on August 22, 2010, 06:59:30 AM
Flapfacks, technically speaking, are pancakes made without wheat flour.  Usually they use buckweat or something similar.  But many people use the terms flapjacks and pancakes interchangeably.   :)  Certainly the food industry does.

Alek, your version of pancakes would make me faint from pleasure! LOL  I can't even eat a shortstack with just butter and syrup.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on August 25, 2010, 01:13:58 AM
alek your 'flapjacks' resemble a very fancy Rice Krispies treat, YUM!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 25, 2010, 05:04:10 PM
Parsnip muffins (with maple syrup, banana, cinnamon and cloves, just from the taste it is hard to guess what they are made of, and texture is lovely):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/2/a2662f483828b35d54b37c23cbde4344_content_large.jpg)

Glazed with a mix of orange and apricot marmelade and decorated with sugar butterflies.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 25, 2010, 05:33:50 PM
They are beautiful ! I would never have thought of parsnips in a muffin though.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 25, 2010, 08:55:50 PM
Well, the taste of parsnip sort of blends with spices (lemon & orange zest, cinnamon and cloves) and maple syrup, you can't actually taste the parsnips. Texture is very nice, they are quite soft and light, better than carrot. I've seen a recipe for parsnip&maple syrup cake on BBC good food, and that served as an inspiration for this. Of course, my version is without butter or oil or sugar (maple syrup, banana and greek yogurt are enough)  :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 26, 2010, 08:55:40 AM
A properly decorated version of parsnip muffins (baked in half-ball mold, chestnut jam in between and on the outside and the covered in modeling chocolate):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/f/9f1f5b712aa82e525c6886ef581b72ac_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on August 26, 2010, 02:04:05 PM
Wow, very artfully done!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on August 26, 2010, 02:24:55 PM
Absolutely stunning!  Wow, you never cease to amaze me with your creations.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 26, 2010, 04:33:15 PM
Thats absolutely stunning !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on August 26, 2010, 04:38:00 PM
Personally, I prefer the butterflies  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 29, 2010, 07:07:26 AM
Some more lets call them homemade cereal bars  ;), one version with sour cherries, and another one with prunes and maple syrup:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/1/5132b211980d1455fb1e4def4d207669_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/2/c2841173fa868fff55caa628a5b469c9_content_large.jpg)

Decorated with sugar and dry dragon fruit in sugar.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on August 29, 2010, 08:13:23 AM
dry dragon fruit?  What is this?

Alex, I'm going to kidnap you!

Perhaps that should be chef-nap.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 29, 2010, 06:59:31 PM
Dragon fruit is this fruit:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/c/0c967cd66e9babc1c2fb494e9cf23791_content_large.jpg)

there is a so called red variety (on the left) and the more common white one. The flavor is nothing special, it is nice in fruit salads where it blends
with other fruit and it makes really effective decorations.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 04, 2010, 06:51:58 AM
Carrot cake, covered with fondant and deocrated with gumpaste flowers topper:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/4/2411ea891eb11552f98f5076385ae2ce_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 04, 2010, 03:57:34 PM
Oh that is so pretty ! I love the blueberries on it too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 04, 2010, 04:17:34 PM
Very pretty! I wish I was close enough to get a tiny taste.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 05, 2010, 03:50:32 PM
Thank you! That one was so quickly gone (carrot cake is bf's favorite), so I had to make another one, just didn't have time to decorate it properly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/2/92a57d132fd1c38d6af844493bfae85e_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on September 05, 2010, 04:02:15 PM
Carrot cake is my favorite too alex..............will you adopt me?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 05, 2010, 04:25:53 PM
Yum yum . . .bf better be really, really nice and thoughtful toward you this next week. ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 05, 2010, 04:50:07 PM
Wow ,your idea of improper decoration & mine don't agree ! I also would like to be adopted. Although I would be so fat, you would need to roll me around if I had access to these weekly cakes !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 05, 2010, 07:13:49 PM
I wish that would be possible. At least you guys would appreciate all these cakes...


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 05, 2010, 07:19:53 PM
I wish that would be possible. At least you guys would appreciate all these cakes...

Teach bf a lesson . . .make the cakes and give them away to people who will appreciate receiving them if he doesn't.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 05, 2010, 07:34:38 PM
I am seriously considering that. Also the possibility of repeatedly making the same thing which he doesn't like that much, just to show him what that feels like.
That's because he thought that vet's suggestion of just giving the cats same food, if they don't like it too bad, when they get hungry they will like it, is not that bad suggestion and that kitties are spoiled. Yes, they are spoiled and picky, but so is he. Pot kettle black.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on September 08, 2010, 10:36:13 AM
make him liver for a month.  that'll teach him.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 09, 2010, 09:07:45 PM
I like your idea of making same cake over and over again, forget the decorating, just make the same thing. Appreciation will be learned real quickly.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 11, 2010, 05:10:26 AM
Carrot cake (again) that i made yesterday:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/0/e0433f3a7910dc54b8bf548faf298847_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on September 11, 2010, 12:32:52 PM
Bloody torture for me alex.............LOOOOVE carrot cake.

               Send it to me instead of giving it to BF   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on September 11, 2010, 02:45:43 PM
Gorgeous! Looks tasty, too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 11, 2010, 05:34:15 PM
Thats 1 of my favorites too ! Oh who am I kidding, I love all sweets.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 11, 2010, 07:15:22 PM
If anyone wants the recipe, I can post it. No oil, no butter in the cake and it is nice and moist.

There won't be any cakes for a while due to sorting out the issues for the new flat, and also we broke up last night. I feel a bit sad, but it is better that way I guess. I will be making cakes from time to time for friends and coworkers though, and I'll do dummy cakes when I have time for it. I can't wait to try out some lovely royal icing patterns.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on September 11, 2010, 07:27:30 PM
I will miss seeing your beautiful cakes.  I am so very sorry for your unfortunate domestic situation at this time of stress for you.  Prayers that you will eventually find a measure of peace with your decision. 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on September 11, 2010, 08:03:31 PM
Alek0, Im so sorry to hear this, I hope you are going to be OK.  I will miss seeing your cakes too but I keep wondering if and when things calm down for you, have you ever thought of selling them or opening up a small bakery or something? I know they say when old doors close, new ones are opened.... lots of hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 11, 2010, 08:25:16 PM
There will be more cakes later, after I move and things are sorted out. Not that often though. But then I'll be able to make more complex things, since I'll have more time to work on decorations for one project. Can you imagine, he took "his" cake with him when he left last night. Lol. Whatever.

I am sure I made the right decision and of course I will be OK. OIt may take a while to break the old habits, but it is better to be alone and know you have to do everything on your own than to be with someone who can't be counted on in stressful situations and who is always going to put his own pleasure and convenience above everything else. You still do similar amount of work, you just skip the frustrations. It is not easy to find oneself alone again after over six years, but better now than after 20 years of unhappiness.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on September 11, 2010, 08:39:09 PM
Well said, Alek0 and dont forget, there are other fish in the sea that like cakes too and some of those other fish would actually appreciate you. 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 11, 2010, 09:26:38 PM
Agree w/you Alek - better than 20 or more years of not having happiness.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on September 11, 2010, 10:55:20 PM
alek0, I'm sad that you have had to end to your relationship.   Take some time to heal.   As Sandi says, one door closes, another opens. {{Hugs}}

He took the cake with him??  :o :o  LOL   I won't post what I really think :-X



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: August on September 12, 2010, 12:34:00 AM
I'm sorry to hear the news, Alek0.  Cheers to you for not letting it drag on and on.

 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on September 12, 2010, 04:23:29 AM
I can't wait to see what you do in the future!

And truthfully, after 6 years?...he needs a kick in the butt. 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 12, 2010, 05:09:28 AM
Alek- I'm sorry it ended this way, but now you can move on & be happy . Give yourself time to heal & get settled in the new place & before you know it, you will be interested again in someone new. Someone grown up & wanting an equal relationship ! I also can't believe he took his cake with him  >:(. At least now you can do what you prefer in the new place, & make whatever type of cakes or icings you want to try. Looking forward to the new creations when all settles down. Remember we are here for you as a sounding board whenever you want to vent.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on September 12, 2010, 06:12:33 AM
I wonder if he got home in time for his mom to change his diaper.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 12, 2010, 06:20:35 AM
Alek - best of luck to you in your new home and in the future. Better now, as you said, than years later.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on September 12, 2010, 06:29:32 AM
alek, I'm sorry that you are having to go through this time of stress, but I do agree with others that sometimes relationships have a point when they need to end, and I applaud you for having the strength to end it.  Better days are around the corner, I'm sure.  And if you decide at some point that you want someone in your life again, there are many hard-working, kind, appreciative, adult men out there.

One day soon you can bake and decorate the cake that you want!  In that great new kitchen.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 12, 2010, 08:18:02 AM
Thank you all for your kind words.

I've been feeling rather sad today. He came back this evening to collect some stuff, and we've been talking together with a mutual friend. He is not a bad guy, just very immature. He is now reluctantly agreeing to counseling. I am not sure whether changes are possible at his age, and also not sure whether my frustrations with childish behavior have gone beyond the point of no return. I need to think about it carefully I guess. If there is any continuation of this, counseling is a must. I can accept him being childish or non-essential issues, but he does need to reconsider his priorities when it comes to survival matters (finances, property, work, health issues).

The best thing in his favor - he really loves cats. When I see expression on his face when he picks up Sophie I just melt. He even wipes her after she goes to the toilet "so that she wouldn't need to lick it". I always found that funny and cute. Although we don't necessarily agree about importance of high quality food, he loves them a lot.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on September 12, 2010, 08:32:16 AM
If this doesn't cheer you up, nothing will!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE2r0vjkXK0


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on September 12, 2010, 09:43:04 AM
Alex, I am keeping you both in my thoughts and sending good wishes that a resolution comes that will serve you both well and the kitties too.  {{{{{HUGS}}}}}


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on September 12, 2010, 01:54:08 PM
Alek, adding my best wishes too as you go through this difficult process. Hopefully this shake up will be beneficial in working out the best possible way for everyone to go forward.

(I'm going to miss seeing the cakes, too.)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 12, 2010, 03:56:19 PM
Maybe you asking him to leave was a wake up call ? I hope the counseling goes well, & if it doesn't at least you know you tried. Either way, keep standing up for what you want & think is important.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: August on September 12, 2010, 04:38:19 PM
Anyway, it sounds like a move forward and that's a whole lot better than staying stuck.

I hope things will smooth out and things will be more clear to both of you soon.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 12, 2010, 05:54:16 PM
Thanks again. We are going to go ahead with sorting out the financial side in case the counseling doesn't work, he agreed to take over more of the household duties but in a different way (for example, I provide him with a weekly list of chores and don't ask if it has been done until the end of the week, since he is a procrastrinator and sees a simple question as nagging, this gives him a deadline so it will get done). He agreed to reconsider his Australia trip depending on the outcome of that water leakage issue in the new flat. After heavy rain, it seems that it is more extensive than we thought originally, we'll see about it today. It is amazing how much help a third person can be in sorting out arguments, she didn't allow him to sidetrack issues, since she is not emotionally involved she could calmly repeat important questions before I manage to lose my temper over constant twisting of words and going back to some insignificant little details.

Can you imagine that I was accused of being controlling for refusing to cut his hair to shoulder length. Even though I told him that his hair is his business, he can cut it whichever way he wants, but if I think something will have a bad result he doesn't have a right to make me do it for him, he should go to a hair stylist, I'll pay the bill. I don't see how am I controlling him or preventing him from doing it by not agreeing to cut his hair by myself, there are 3 stylists within 10 min walk from our place and if I pay the bill there are no additional expenses for him.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 12, 2010, 06:05:02 PM
Refusing to cut hair is controlling - HUH? Don't get it. Now you telling him how, when, where and why he is getting a hair cut would be controlling. Your right - he should make the decision on his hair and walk to a stylist.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on September 12, 2010, 06:11:05 PM
Alex, feel free to ignore this.
Why is BF not working?  By choice?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on September 12, 2010, 06:52:52 PM
I'm too polite to say what I'm thinking.  And I"m not very good at relationship stuff to begin with.  Just back me a jewish apple cake instead of him a carrot cake.   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 12, 2010, 10:02:07 PM
Alex, feel free to ignore this.
Why is BF not working?  By choice?

He went back to school to do a PhD, which left him with quite a bit of free time, especially in the last year which was part-time studying. Having a job is not an important issue, I can support both of us, but I need him to take over larger part of various errands/logistics/household chores issues. It is that simple. I don't mind being the breadwinner, as long as I don't have to do most of that arrange for this, arrange for that, take care of the grocery shopping etc. stuff. There is actually no cleaning since we have a part time domestic helper, the issue is that I don't want to have to go out fo work and then work late hours to make up for the lost time because he can't be at home for some repair or installation work because he "has to" go to the gym or whatever. I have gotten a bit tired of explaining that health, finances, property are issues which fall under "have to", leisure activities fall under "want to" category and they cannot be given the same or higher priority for any responsible adult person.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on September 13, 2010, 12:03:24 PM
Alek,

I admire you for giving some aspects of this relationship another shot, but here's what I've learned over the time I've been with a similar dh (whom I'm constantly saying is 14 years old):

1. They need to be financially responsible for something, even if they don't need to work, because otherwise they will turn you into their mother. Something about making money makes them feel more like a man. I think it's something society has bred into men. Even if he doesn't like working, he should get a job. What happens if you get sick for some time and your short or long-term disability runs out? What about unforseen expenses? What about those impromptu trips to wherever? You can't live that way even if you're telling yourself you can. You will get resentful. Trust me.

2. Men are not good at planning for things, running errands, chores, domestic stuff (except the true metrosexual and guys with OCD). No matter what kind of list you make for him, you will still be the b**ch at the end of the week when you check that he has done things (turning you into a mom again).

3. A man-child is not a turn-on and they are often more work than kids -- and that's why you and I have cats.

4. You will always feel like you're being taken for granted unless he contributes on his own. You don't want to be telling him to do things all the time.

If he loves you and the cats, he should be able to remove himself from the environment and the situation and start contributing from his new location. He can babysit the cats, help you with the flat, bring you take-out and coffee and take you places. When he can show you he is serious about working, has money in his bank account set aside for the both of you, can take his own clothes to the drycleaner and can cook you a meal, then, I'd start reconsidering. I find it interesting -- your comments about the cats -- like the beaten-down mom from the '50s staying with her husband because he's "good to the kids." What about you? What's in it for you? Where would you be in 10, 20, 30 years? You work hard for the things you have. Don't let the boy ride for free and regret it later.

I love my dh but there's been a lot of screaming and poking with a sharp stick to get him to do the things I've just talked about. He thought I was taking away his freedom when, actually, I was helping him increase his ability to do more of the things he likes through good time and financial management. At the same time, he understands that he needs to cook a meal now and then, do laundry, put the dishes away, edge the lawn and let me know where he is when he goes hunting. If we weren't married, he would have lived in his own apartment until these things were evened-up, then, I would have taken him back if the changes were sustainable for the long term.

You can't change people. They have to change themselves. He'll do it if he loves you and the cats and he'll do it for the long term if he really means it.

I wish you all the luck in the world. You sound like a strong person and I know you'll be OK.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on September 13, 2010, 04:06:05 PM
You can feel free not to read this:

Studies show that a couple who is not engaged by 5 years will not get married.


I don't know if that is what you guys are aiming for, but it's something to consider.  I read what you have said, and it seems like he is not serious about your relationship. 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 13, 2010, 07:18:34 PM
Lots of good food for thought from bug. Wish you the best in working thru everything Alek.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 15, 2010, 06:49:04 PM
Thanks again everyone. There have been positive changes, he has modified his 1/4 contribution to groceries to include all groceries, not only those occasions when he is doing grocery shopping, and he has taken over more of the weekly grocery shopping. He has also postponed his trip, and made time to be at the new flat when needed (with exceptions related to job seeking, not his hobby). He has postponed his trip for November, hopefully by then this water leakage will be sorted out.
I will however buy out his share of the new flat, so that it would be more straightforward to separate if the changes do not last.

And this was positive reinforcement for good behavior, beetroot cake glazed with sour cherry jam, decorated with some dry red dragon fruit:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/2/52a02ce3cc778a860304e9b381b135b5_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 15, 2010, 07:14:13 PM
Cool!

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 15, 2010, 07:52:12 PM
Baby steps can lead to major changes if thats what truly one wants in their heart.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 16, 2010, 05:01:49 AM
It sounds like you scared him into growing up ! Hopes for more improvement . That red is very striking on the cake !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: tesla on September 16, 2010, 03:28:56 PM
Hope the changes last and that everything continues in a favorable direction for you both.  Sounds like he is truly trying to make amends and that cake looks like a very tasty reward, indeed.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 19, 2010, 05:02:47 PM
Tropical cheesecake (lemon cookie base, orange marmalade, slices of kiwi and pineapple, banana-almond filling, lemon-cheese, orange jelly):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/f/8fd8fcb8f3c43b0ea90d025d9231c5a0_content_large.jpg)

decorated with sugar and candied violets, since I didn't have time for "proper" decoration.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on September 20, 2010, 02:41:54 AM
oh, sounds sinful.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on September 20, 2010, 05:39:54 AM
I want a piece! Yum.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 20, 2010, 05:55:17 AM
That sounds so good ! Hope things are going well at home too ?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 20, 2010, 06:57:24 AM
Mostly. A bit of an argument tonight over balanced cat diet. Back in UK his family had a cat which was fed cooked chicken breast and milk, and he was only given cat food when he was 14 or so, and then he got sick but lived to almost 20. So that's the picture he has in his head, but that was indoor-outdoor cat so I suppose he must have supplemented his diet with birds and rodents. Soooo not the same thing as indoors only cats.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on September 20, 2010, 12:16:51 PM
Do you think that maybe if you found him some papers, online, on cat nutrition, he'd quit being so stubborn? Would he believe the literature? I have a $300 book that was written specifically for the nutrition requirements of cats and dogs. I hate to think I'd been taken and all those research papers were bogus.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 24, 2010, 05:07:49 PM
Usual male behavior - doesn't take seriously what I say, refuses to read by himself, prefers to believe what he wants as long as anyone in position of authority says so. Argh.

This is a birthday cake for his niece, orange-hazelnut with sliced bananas and chestnut filling, covered in capuccino modeling chcoolate. Gumpaste butterflies, mushrooms and violets.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/a/7aa860290ddcb75afe02fd895f656ab6_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/c/3c6852a5b6c1ad0926821f7e1f5b18e6_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/1/916c551282b697eba55b888c6dbcf0dc_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 24, 2010, 07:50:17 PM
Alek that is one special cake for his niece!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on September 24, 2010, 07:59:01 PM
Amazing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on September 24, 2010, 08:23:17 PM
Please,please adopt me !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on September 24, 2010, 10:17:43 PM
That's one of my favorites among your cake designs!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on September 25, 2010, 04:15:00 AM
My mother would love that cake.  You made her favorite butterfly.  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on September 28, 2010, 11:30:45 AM
I'm sure his niece is going to LOVE it! Just beautiful.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: mainecoonpeg on September 28, 2010, 01:12:51 PM
Please adopt me and leslie..................grovel grovel beg beg


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 30, 2010, 06:03:11 PM
Thanks everyone! Back to simple cakes, no time for decorating again, this one is with bananas, walnut&pecans, lemon & dried figs, glazed with apricot marmalade and decorated with sugar:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/7/17f5c2d78bb2393925bce689e84c9f4b_content_large.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on September 30, 2010, 06:55:35 PM
I'll take 10 of them... ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 02, 2010, 02:55:55 PM
I made one savory cake, with pumpkin, sun-dried tomatoes, chilies, pecorino romano cheese, and pesto, covered with cream cheese-greek yogurt-mustard-lemon juice.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/0/e096cbd4b9479c62a130347b5628723b_content_large.jpg)

Since I only like to make not to eat the sweet stuff, this is my birthday cake :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 02, 2010, 06:35:07 PM
Happy Birthday ! That flower of chilies & tomatoes is stunning !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on October 02, 2010, 10:24:25 PM
Happy B'day alek!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on October 04, 2010, 01:34:05 PM
Happy Birthday, Alek!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 04, 2010, 03:22:57 PM
Thank you!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on October 05, 2010, 09:33:38 AM
Oooh, happy belated birthday!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 06, 2010, 05:48:00 PM
Thank you!

Another quick cake, busy with work and preparing for the move, this one is with lemon, toasted pine nuts and dried figs, glazed with raspberry jam:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/7/e792a9c522c124c10ea81440fbd4ba06_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: JJ on October 06, 2010, 11:47:43 PM
alek you still have time to make the simple even look elegant.


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Post by: catwoods on October 07, 2010, 03:22:12 PM
Looks luscious!


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Post by: merrihart on October 07, 2010, 04:00:46 PM
You know, I don't think I've ever had a savory cake.  Yours sounds very interesting indeed.


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Post by: lesliek on October 07, 2010, 04:04:52 PM
I've never had dried figs in a cake, that sounds good !


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Post by: alek0 on October 10, 2010, 12:12:18 AM
Another simple cake, last one before the move:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/3/e367e1577f3378dbc84f79207ed2e171_content_large.jpg)


Hazelnut-orange base, chestnut white chocolate cream, chestnut-Bailey's mouse with pieces of lady's fingers soaked in coffee with Bailey's, coffee+maple syrup glaze, whipped cream on the sides.


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Post by: lesliek on October 10, 2010, 06:22:03 AM
Wow that sounds & looks so rich !


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Post by: catbird on October 10, 2010, 06:30:32 AM
I'll be over for tea!  (I can dream, can't I?)


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Post by: JJ on October 10, 2010, 10:56:22 PM
Gosh that top is so smooth - like an ice skating rink before anyone has used it.


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Post by: alek0 on October 21, 2010, 03:20:06 AM
One simple cake while I am working on decorations for the "properly decorated" weekend cake. This one is roasted hazelnut-orange base, vanila pastry cream, with layers of butter cookies and sour cherries and bananas, with sour cherry jelly on the top, whipped cream and various seeds on the side. Decorated with gumpaste carnations, which are going to be part of the arrangement for the "proper" cake.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/b/ab088e4998b6e75a8de6a7a4ea86a3ff_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: Sandi K on October 21, 2010, 06:16:22 AM
Is this one made in the new kitchen Alek?  Its beautiful and very rustic looking. I could use some cake for breakfast, Im hungry!


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Post by: lesliek on October 21, 2010, 06:35:55 AM
Its beautiful & I can't believe you are baking this soon after moving !


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Post by: merrihart on October 21, 2010, 09:15:52 AM
so scrumptious looking!  I really like the seeds on the sides, what a good idea!


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Post by: Fizzy1 on October 21, 2010, 09:39:14 PM
I thought for sure those were real carnations!  Wow  :o 

I spend so much time in the kitchen, and nothing I make EVER looks 1/4 as good as yours  :D


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Post by: catwoods on October 22, 2010, 02:27:25 PM
Another beautiful cake, a sure sign that you are settling in at your home!


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Post by: alek0 on October 24, 2010, 02:59:50 AM
Pumpkin cake, decorated with gumpaste flower arrangement:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/e/be0faf6b7101168b98988c0f8dfad10d_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/a/baba4ce0af4a015214e59f2c80c3f59a_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/8/e88316637babbd44b88eba469e50d776_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: Sandi K on October 24, 2010, 06:10:07 AM
Oh holy cow Alek0, this is a masterpiece! Im in awe of your ability and talent!  :o


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Post by: catbird on October 24, 2010, 06:23:38 AM
This is completely amazing, alek0!  Just astonishing.  What incredible talent you have.


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Post by: lesliek on October 24, 2010, 06:47:08 AM
I think you've outdone yourself with this one !


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Post by: JJ on October 24, 2010, 05:51:01 PM
WOW - the scarf - WOW. You have such amazing talent. Thx for sharing it with us.


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Post by: bug on October 26, 2010, 06:29:11 PM
Ooooh! Seriously elegant. And all my favorite colors, too.


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Post by: alek0 on October 31, 2010, 06:54:08 AM
TRhank you! This weekend's dessert, orange-apple-poppy seed cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/3/83cfd9a4332502ec9da180592a885c60_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: merrihart on October 31, 2010, 07:01:26 AM
Holy cow!  :o


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Post by: caylee on October 31, 2010, 07:33:18 AM
WOW! That is beautiful, Alek.

Hugs


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Post by: catwoods on October 31, 2010, 01:56:48 PM
Those colors do sizzle!


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Post by: lesliek on October 31, 2010, 06:01:15 PM
Wow ! This might be your best yet !


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Post by: bug on November 01, 2010, 08:54:38 AM
Wow, that draping must have taken some time.


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Post by: alek0 on November 07, 2010, 05:35:58 AM
Sour cherry -hazelnut-chocolate-orange cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/b/3b0c3e8fb594b552a520082c4aad7c19_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on November 07, 2010, 06:54:54 AM
I should know better than to look here in the morning. Now I'm starving !


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Post by: Sandi K on November 08, 2010, 08:17:49 AM
LOL Leslie, I know what you mean, Im starving now too!  I want cake for breakfast, please.


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Post by: tesla on November 09, 2010, 06:21:31 PM
OMG, can anyone say yummy?!


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Post by: bug on November 11, 2010, 06:06:36 AM
Mmmmm. Hazelnut. Mmmmmm. Orange.

How are you finding your new kitchen, Alek? More functional than the old? Just right?


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Post by: alek0 on November 13, 2010, 12:31:24 AM
I am still getting used to the new oven (same brand but different model, optimum position for the cakes is slightly different than before), but overall new kitchen is a lot better. I got space for all my cookbooks within kitchen island and all the decorating tools are easily accessible, bigger workspace is also a plus.

No cake this weekend since bf is going to Australia for two weeks on Tuesday, so I just made some small desserts, this is sour cherry within almond-lemon-orange-green tea-white chocolate, covered with lemon-white-chocolate+green cocoa butter, with candied mint leaves on the top, and in little sugar baskets:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/5/f512ce268de96306a31f1d32b9c5010f_content_large.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/8/a89411096b4a578a33f340ffd6490119_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: merrihart on November 13, 2010, 05:40:35 AM
oh, what an awesome looking treat!

2 weeks without the bf.  planning anything special for yourself?


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Post by: lesliek on November 13, 2010, 06:55:01 AM
They look delicious ! 2 weeks of no cakes will give you plenty of time to get used to the new place & rearrange things. No BF means they can all be where you prefer too ! ;)


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Post by: catbird on November 13, 2010, 09:06:12 AM
Wow, I love the green!  And the flavors sound absolutely scrumptious, too.


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Post by: catwoods on November 15, 2010, 04:12:29 PM
Looks and sounds delicious!


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Post by: Sandi K on November 15, 2010, 06:01:12 PM
Where do you come up with all these wonderful cake ideas?  Your imagination is amazing as well as your talents!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 20, 2010, 11:54:01 PM
Just a decoration this time, since bf is in Australia at the moment, so no cake this weekend.
Everything is gumpaste except "water" which is made of boiled sugar.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/5/d5919ea1c6229b66480970850cb20754_content_large.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/d/8dffd53b5bba1735a8dff5623118567c_content_large.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on November 21, 2010, 07:22:19 AM
Thats beautiful ! I love the water decorations.


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Post by: Sandi K on November 21, 2010, 02:08:26 PM
Fantastic Alek0!   :o


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Post by: catwoods on November 21, 2010, 02:23:30 PM
Incredible! I love the ones with water, too.


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Post by: alek0 on November 28, 2010, 06:17:00 AM
Since bf will be back Tue morning, I made a cake today:
(http://alek.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/d/0d45dddf954403a90778438ba7f3876a_view_l.jpg)

Roasted hazelnut+orange sponge, green tea+lemon sponge, tangerine marmelade+banana slices, chestnut cream. Covered with hazelnuts, with gumpaste gazania flower as decoration.


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Post by: merrihart on November 28, 2010, 07:32:58 AM
*sigh* so beautiful.  I don't know where you find the time to bake, take portraits of your cats, and still work.


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Post by: catbird on November 28, 2010, 10:38:01 AM
Sounds like a super welcome-home cake, very yummy and lovely.  Somehow I missed the pictures of the "fountain" earlier--outstanding and very creative!


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Post by: Fizzy1 on November 28, 2010, 12:32:51 PM
This sounds just too good!  Not to mention how pretty it looks......


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Post by: lesliek on November 28, 2010, 07:09:48 PM
Ooh that sounds good !


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Post by: bug on November 28, 2010, 08:27:13 PM
AAAhhhhhhhhhhh (drooling). I can just taste those flavors. Nice job, lucky BF.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on November 29, 2010, 12:02:54 AM
How can you resist not having a piece of that cake before your bf gets home on tuesday? Absolutely super, especially the decoration one with the gum paste only.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 04, 2010, 11:31:09 PM
A simple and quick dessert, lemon tart (almond-lemon base, lemon & jasmine custard, whipped cream), quick sugar decoration on top:
(http://alek.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/8/28419d504f65ca3c9b64cd3e29555fe4_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on December 05, 2010, 07:33:06 AM
I love the spun sugar decorations, and the lemon sounds delicious !


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Post by: bug on December 05, 2010, 01:02:35 PM
A very delicate looking tart. Probably nice and light-tasting, too.


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Post by: alek0 on December 07, 2010, 07:14:32 PM
This is just a dummy cake for practicing decoration, first dry day of this winter, so I practiced a bit of string work with royal icing, to get my hand back:
(http://alek.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/3/e37bd1d8efeb69b32764375714f4515d_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: JJ on December 07, 2010, 10:24:58 PM
Just love that criss cross design on the clasps holding the ribbon going round the cake!


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Post by: catwoods on December 08, 2010, 04:21:37 PM
Wow, really pleasing and elegant design work!


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Post by: alek0 on December 11, 2010, 09:08:39 PM
Early start of the christmas-y dessert designs, hazelnut-sour cherry cake and since i had some leftovers from carving to make the cake into decorative cushion shape, I made some chestnut buttercream and made the leftover into a log, and added gumpaste robin in snow for decoration.
(http://alek.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/4/14eb1df560afa30f4f61485ca458e8cd_view_l.jpg)
(http://alek.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/1/d145f4641ec5272f379c810b6f98c179_view_l.jpg)

Ornaments are gumpaste, and "tree branches" are rosemary.




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Post by: JJ on December 12, 2010, 03:07:56 AM
That cushion in my favorite color - awesome and hard to believe it is a cake!


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Post by: lesliek on December 12, 2010, 07:15:27 AM
They are both amazing !


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Post by: alek0 on December 18, 2010, 05:29:05 AM
Another roasted hazelnut-sour cherry cake:
(http://alek.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/c/4cba5cad3ef4cf960d3104ba3c487209_view_l.jpg)

And a proper Christmas cake (we had a little party tonight), walnut-maple syrup-pear cake, decorated with gumpaste snowman and deer and royal icing+sugar snow.
(http://alek.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/3/b3d0dfc1126b5eeb14b70cfc76198d4d_view_l.jpg)(http://alek.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/4/9466c77124c618ef4dbdeeafa440fc20_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on December 18, 2010, 07:29:56 AM
They are both beautiful !


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Post by: catbird on December 18, 2010, 09:38:49 AM
The first cake sounds delicious, and the snowman and reindeer one is absolutely adorable!


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Post by: merrihart on December 18, 2010, 04:34:02 PM
*sigh*  Those sound so gooooood.


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Post by: catwoods on December 19, 2010, 01:23:28 PM
OMG, the first cake is absolutely elegant; the reindeer and snowman one is the coolest snow scene decoration ever!

And then I saw the one with ornaments and the log with the robin...just fantastic!


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Post by: JJ on December 19, 2010, 08:27:41 PM
The roasted hazelnut is so simple, yet elegant at same time. Did your guests sample the proper christmas cake at all? Or maybe you sent them home w/a doggy bag?


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Post by: alek0 on December 24, 2010, 09:38:20 PM
Another one since both of those have been eaten already, almond-strawberry-cheese cake, decorated with sugar tree and snowflake :)
(http://alek.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/a/1a0ee64338afaa1f09ca66ef77c08bbe_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: Sandi K on December 27, 2010, 09:02:56 AM
Wow, this is fantastic!   :o


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Post by: catbird on December 27, 2010, 10:09:39 AM
That "crystal cake" is just amazing!


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Post by: lesliek on December 27, 2010, 12:23:18 PM
Thats gorgeous ! But I wish my front yard didn't look like it too !


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Post by: catwoods on December 27, 2010, 03:54:37 PM
So delicate and pretty!


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Post by: merrihart on December 27, 2010, 04:45:04 PM
Thats gorgeous ! But I wish my front yard didn't look like it too !

LOL  yeah, things kind of look like that around here too.  Slightly more snowy that what you have, though, lesliek!

alex0, I am constantly awed by your skill.


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Post by: alek0 on December 31, 2010, 06:17:51 PM
Lemon-almond sponge with wild bluberries layers, mixed berries marmelade +fresh bananas+blueberry filling, white chocolate+mintganache on the outside, decorated with gumpaste ikebana style arrangement.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/b/bb924218776befd15f99ea8fbd6ac91f_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: JJ on January 02, 2011, 05:47:08 PM
WOW!


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Post by: lesliek on January 02, 2011, 06:25:17 PM
It sounds as delicious as it looks ! Now I'm hungry again.


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Post by: alek0 on January 09, 2011, 12:26:49 AM
Base with rolled oats and mixed dry fruit (sour cherry, cranberry, blueberry), sour cherry jam+banana slices, sour cherry custard, vanilla custard, whipped cream.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/1/41dc7cb8dd987228aa06b1601625a697_view_l.jpg)

For decoration I tried to do penguins from Madagascar since bf likes them a lot.


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Post by: Fizzy1 on January 09, 2011, 01:05:54 AM
Awww, that's just too good!  Do you eat what you make?  This sounds sooo yummy :)


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Post by: lesliek on January 09, 2011, 07:00:12 AM
Those penguins are adorable !


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Post by: catbird on January 09, 2011, 07:24:21 AM
OMG those penguins are just the cutest thing ever!  Seeing this cake really brightened my day.  How do you come up with all these great ideas?  It's amazing.


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Post by: alek0 on January 09, 2011, 06:33:25 PM
Thank you! I don't eat what I make, bf does :) As for the ideas, I don't know, my main problem is not having enough time to make all the things I'd like to try, I always have too many ideas and too little time :(


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Post by: JJ on January 09, 2011, 09:09:58 PM
Just think of all the ideas you have that eventually will come out in creations!


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Post by: alek0 on January 11, 2011, 08:38:40 AM
Bf has already eaten almost entire cake and it is only Tuesday, argh. Anyone wants some muffins?

Peanut butter muffins with mixed berries and pieces of banana, glazed with apricot jam and decorated with caramel.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/7/67c6936342cdfb014a5a28ddeeac0d89_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: merrihart on January 11, 2011, 09:23:06 AM
wow, alek0, they sound wonderful *drools*


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Post by: JJ on January 11, 2011, 11:43:16 PM
I'll take a dozen of those muffins, pls!


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Post by: alek0 on January 16, 2011, 05:24:51 PM
Fishtank cake - biscuits base, Bailey's custard, coral is made of purple caerot-strawberry custard with almond and white chocolate ganache with almonds,hazelnuts and green tea, fish are chocolate, water is elderflower jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/0/60726ab08cb1a524d1f411c94432a876_view_l.jpg)

Had some leftovers from the material for corals, so I just made balls, rolled them in roasted hazelnuts, and decorated iwth pieces of candied violets and candied mint leaves.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/e/2ed16e6402808daca9f62ceaec94705a_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: merrihart on January 16, 2011, 05:48:24 PM
That's amazing...I"m not sure I'd be brave enough to bite it.


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Post by: catwoods on January 17, 2011, 04:33:35 PM
Something about your water-themed cakes really grabs me. It's just such an imaginative use of cake materials!


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Post by: lesliek on January 17, 2011, 05:44:36 PM
The water cakes are my favorite too !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on January 18, 2011, 08:14:21 PM
Ummmm, just the thought of roasted hazelnuts - YUM!


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Post by: alek0 on January 19, 2011, 04:31:29 PM
 :) Roasted hazelnut&ras[berry muffins:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/6/f6d5213b5fb7979d1915beea2b789832_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: alek0 on January 27, 2011, 09:54:20 PM
And of course after coming back I had to make a cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/3/33b006ee72b758cce93a31345358b375_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: Fizzy1 on January 27, 2011, 10:05:10 PM
OMG you are back already?  And made a cake??  Are you superwoman  ;D  The cake is gorgeous, as usual.

How was your trip?  How are the kitties?  How's the gas leak?   :P


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Post by: alek0 on January 27, 2011, 11:42:44 PM
Trip was fine, kitties are doing OK, not much sulking from Mitzie afer I got back since it was a short trip. gas leak has been fixed before I left and everything is fine. Well, except the price of the ticket. At least I had a comfortable flight, watched a lot of movies, they were showing lots of my favourites (Avatar, Beauty and the Beast) so I could relax a bit with movie watching (and some Bailey's with warm milk, flight attendants must think I'm nuts but that really helps to make me sleepy). For those of you who like animations, Megamind was pretty good.


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Post by: merrihart on January 28, 2011, 04:19:54 AM
I'm glad your trip was uneventful, alex0, because it's prelude sure wasn't!

BEautiful cake...did it help relax you to make it? or was it one of those things were you walk in the door, loaded for bear and hear "honey...can you make me a cake?" and you want to punt kick him out the nearest window?


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Post by: lesliek on January 28, 2011, 05:54:30 AM
Very glad the rest of the trip went well and everyone was fine at home ! Echoing merriharts question though.


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Post by: catbird on January 28, 2011, 06:38:57 AM
Heavenly Blue morning glories are one of my favorite flowers, and you have portrayed them beautifully!  Sigh, I wish I could work off stress in such creative ways.  (My stress relief activity is more likely to involve eating potato chips...)


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Post by: catwoods on January 28, 2011, 03:35:04 PM
Glad you're back and everything went well. Love the new cake!


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Post by: alek0 on January 28, 2011, 05:54:50 PM
Cake was for his brother's birthday, and it was relaxing to make it :)


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Post by: JJ on January 29, 2011, 04:49:13 AM
Such a great way to 'relax'


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 30, 2011, 06:32:46 AM
Another one, we had guests for dinner tonight, chestnut-tiramisu cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/8/28f2444800bc0f33e7d3ad61e2e7a2cd_view_l.jpg)

Nit that great in terms of decorations, but I didn't have time :( Funny thing is, we still had some leftovers from previous cake, and some chocolate cake from mandarin Oriental hotel (their cake shop is really famous here) and both of my cakes are almost entirely gone while there is more than half left for the professional one which was nothing special. Made me quite happy  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on January 30, 2011, 06:45:26 AM
Thats beautiful too ! Great that yours were preferred, always nice to know they are appreciated  :).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on January 30, 2011, 09:14:20 AM
Holy cow, how on earth did you make that?  It looks soooo good.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on January 30, 2011, 11:46:53 AM
Alek, that cake is astonishing!  It is a work of art!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 04, 2011, 05:44:28 PM
A simple green tea &almond&lemon cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/f/ff384ad591f708e008cc27d024db76e1_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 04, 2011, 06:27:55 PM
Those flowers are so dainty on your new 'simple' green tea, almond and lemon cake. Sounds delish also!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on February 04, 2011, 06:29:59 PM
Ah, it's the weekend, and one of the things I've come to look forward to is "What cake will alek0 have this week?"  Thanks for letting us enjoy it virtually, even if we can't taste it in person.  I love green tea flavor, and this both looks and sounds scrumptious!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 04, 2011, 06:51:40 PM
Both are outstanding cakes!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on February 06, 2011, 07:48:31 AM
Are those white chocolate flowers around the edge? Sooo nice.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on February 06, 2011, 08:06:11 AM
I agree, you've got to be related to Superwoman!  I would probably come home after an international trip like that and take at least a week before considering cooking anything at all, let alone one cake...and you made a gazillion!  Holy frosting, Batman! They are just super-beautiful Alek0.  Im guessing that raspberry-hazelnut combo tastes superb...or course I can only guess....while I drool about it.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 06, 2011, 04:49:22 PM
That green tea/almond/lemon 1 is really getting to me ! I had dental surgery & can only eat mush, but I want an Alek0 cake !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 13, 2011, 06:21:13 AM
Thanks everyone. I am still rather busy at work, hence simple cake decorations and not much time here :(

Cashew nut& pumpkin cake (base is cookie crumbs, roasted cashew nuts, orange and ginger, then mandarine marmalade, banana slices, cream cheese+ginger+roasted cashews filling, pumpkin mousse, apple jelly):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/2/72ca450a2bb79cc201aa1e85c240b6a0_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 13, 2011, 06:24:39 AM
I can't decide if that looks or sounds like it tastes better !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on February 13, 2011, 02:44:07 PM
This is simple?!?!  Looks and sounds like just what I want about now.  Such a spring feel in the color and decoration, too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 13, 2011, 07:44:11 PM
Simple can be so elegant at the same time - wow, and done while your busy w/work!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 19, 2011, 08:20:17 PM
Sour cherry-vanilla cake, with gumpaste decorations:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/a/8a15f24970f0ac8b35a09247dc527c7b_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 19, 2011, 09:50:42 PM
Are those bleeding hearts on the newest addition to your exceptional talent of cake making? This is so detailed, really brings out the actual shape of the flower.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 20, 2011, 07:15:23 AM
Wow ! I thought they were Fuchias though.[sp?]


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 20, 2011, 07:40:11 AM
They are fuchsias. I should do this gain, with a bit more vibrant colors on the hummingbird. Hummingbird was my first work with cold porcelain (fuchsias are gumpaste), it is very lightweight and thus perfect for such uses (gumpaste hummingbird would be too heavy and would be difficult to arrange realistically). Next time I'll try something more complicated :))


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 20, 2011, 02:03:42 PM
wow! Just beautifully done.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 26, 2011, 11:46:37 PM
Tiramisu with a twist - ladies fingers soaked in coffee+chestnut liquer, mascarpone cream, orange-chocolate ganache, chestnut cream, crunchy hazelnut-orange base
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/4/3401cf2277e9a4461953d925f8c02f4b_view_l.jpg)

Apple cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/8/08651756087dfb4fe745b93dbb193b8c_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on February 27, 2011, 12:06:13 AM
It's missing!  Guess it got eaten ;D

eta: oh, there are the pictures!  Wow, that tirimisu cake is soo cool!  and the apple cake looks like it could be for a wedding.  Very nice  :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on February 27, 2011, 12:04:04 PM
Love that hair - so golden.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 27, 2011, 05:32:02 PM
They look & sound great ! I love the golden hair & the wings, & those white roses are beautiful.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 05, 2011, 05:59:43 PM
Cupcakes (orange-fennel seed-figs-walnut):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/6/d647da809baf08281033c237508e0c9d_view_l.jpg)

I just love it that there are so many cute cupcake wrappers nowadays, you can see them better here, and I tried to match flowers on top to those ptinted on teh wrappers:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/4/a42e9197b894b1949a2f39d3c17194b2_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on March 05, 2011, 06:55:32 PM
Too beautiful to eat!  I've never seen those cupcake wrappers! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 05, 2011, 07:10:28 PM
I'd say you did a pretty good match-up going from the wrapper for your model.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on March 05, 2011, 07:30:10 PM
What a festive spring bouquet!  Sigh, I wish I could visit your house for dessert, alek0.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 05, 2011, 08:44:32 PM
How pretty ! The wrappers and tops make me feel very springy, just hope the weather does too !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 05, 2011, 08:47:47 PM
Wow, a feast of colors!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on March 05, 2011, 09:16:25 PM
Those are the most amazing cupcakes I've ever seen! I decorated a cake once, years ago:

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t314/fatmohawk/photo.jpg)
(I did the lettering  ;)  ;D)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on March 08, 2011, 12:26:38 PM
Super-nice cupcakes, Alek. I hate the usual ultra-sweet frosting on them, so yours look really good to me.

Ned, that is so hilarious  :D :D. I wish I had thought of that for dh's birthday.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on March 08, 2011, 02:49:20 PM
Great.  I just finished lunch, a stinkin salad....*stomping feet* Waaaa, I waaaannnt cuuppcakesss!  :D

Alek0, where did you get those cupcake wrappers?  Also, how in the world do you figure out what combinations of things to use, I could never do it! Like how do you know that orange and fennel seed go well together, etc.  I wouldnt be able to figure it all out, your cakes are amazing.

Ned, I love the "title" of your cake! lol I have to say though, I think your lettering is great, I couldnt have done that well, maybe you are a baker in training and you just dont know it yet!  We can start calling you Chef Ned, if it would encourage you to do more baking!  :D

OK off to scrummage through the cupboards to fine something close to a cupcake...I think about all I have is dried bread crumbs..sigh....  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 08, 2011, 08:27:59 PM
Ned, that's a great cake, I love it. I'll need to do something like that next year in October, lol.

Sandi, there is a book called The flavor bible, it is basically a list of ingredients, for each one you have a list of what goes well with it, I often use it for inspiration. It is not that great for beginners since you have no recipes, but if you want to find a flavor base around which to build a recipe it is a great source of inspiration. One of these days I'll have to try fennel-orange-fig-walnut in a cheesecake, maybe the base with fennel, orange and walnuts, then on top of that some candied figs with honey then the no-bake cheese part of the cheesecake, and then on top of that ice wine jelly. I think that would be an excellent combination  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 08, 2011, 09:46:09 PM
alek we could never manage to do all that to build a recipe on - golly what a combo of items but your the expert and we just admire your creations!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on March 09, 2011, 07:47:51 PM
I think I'll leave the baking to Alek!  ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 14, 2011, 06:36:38 AM
More cupcakes, these are roasted almond+sour cherry+orange flavor, turned out very soft and fluffy (and only have 3 Tbs of sugar and 2 Tbs of honey, no oil, no butter, no cheese, only greek style yogurt for 14 pieces). Decorated with gumpaste blossoms.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/e/be5d852d46ae7553e0514214e356b8a2_view_l.jpg)




Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on March 14, 2011, 08:47:31 AM
How delicate and beautiful. Those bring me some hope for a nice spring.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on March 14, 2011, 12:59:31 PM
Oh, those sound so good and of course, the flowers are so beautiful! I just don't know how you can do it.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 14, 2011, 08:37:03 PM
These cupcakes are very festive and look as thought they would 'melt' in your mouth - yummy!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 19, 2011, 07:02:20 PM
Chestnut, orange & prunes cupcakes, covered in chestnut puree and coconut flakes (some with green tea powder and some with cinnamon to get two different colors):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/3/b37881a17327f3c08c13eb4f420dcf9b_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on March 19, 2011, 07:49:20 PM
Oh my gosh, these are too perfect to eat!  Oh never mind, let me tear into one...or two..or three, please!  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 20, 2011, 06:59:20 AM
Raspberry and pistachio cupcakes, with gumpaste hydrangea and butterfly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/0/70b7c64f1212072ec9aacdc91d6b1c1f_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 20, 2011, 01:28:45 PM
alek oh to live near you and enjoy these creations, alas, only vicariously now.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 20, 2011, 02:20:03 PM
Its probably a good thing we don't live closer, we would all weigh a ton !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on March 20, 2011, 04:15:11 PM
Oh, lovely. More spring themes! Yaaay! I can feel the warm weather coming already.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 20, 2011, 06:30:35 PM
Its probably a good thing we don't live closer, we would all weigh a ton !

Not necessarily, many of these are in the calorie range 140-160 kcal per cupcake, which is not really that huge :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 21, 2011, 01:08:58 PM
Beautiful work!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on March 21, 2011, 05:41:05 PM
Low-cal cupcakes. Even better!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 21, 2011, 05:50:43 PM
alek w/your yummy creations no one would be able to eat only one cupcake that is why we would all weigh a ton or more, lol!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on March 23, 2011, 07:29:17 PM
I am particulary loving the cupcakes, they are my faves!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 26, 2011, 04:22:09 PM
Tropical cake (orange sponge, mix of fresh pineapple, mango, bananas in lemon juice&liqueur with a bit of honey, vanilla custard):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/5/e5d59472b162e9982007e5803aa247b1_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Janet on March 26, 2011, 05:20:15 PM
I just love your floral and wildlife cakes!!! You are so creative.  :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on March 28, 2011, 03:47:27 PM
Awww, Bambi. You could sell that one to Disney! It's so cute.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on March 29, 2011, 12:34:54 AM
Too cute!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on April 02, 2011, 02:28:33 PM
Wow! Love the fawn, and the beautiful range of greens in the base!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 05, 2011, 04:41:30 AM
Bonsai cake (cake is lemon &raspberry, with linzer base):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/0/00f7b605234cc1efb3d1c9f2d72ff0f1_view_l.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/1/f1f205509919f5866f1c0f200ec113e6_view_l.jpg)

Today is a holiday, so I left proper cake making for today, and for the weekend there was just some pastry (or sweet bread, not sure how to call it, there is yeast in the dough) with poppy seed and some with sour cherry&vanilla (croatian style, quite traditional except for the use of whole grain spelt flour and yogurt instead of butter or oil):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/2/3223a50fe9b4728c95e6543fb49f41a7_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on April 05, 2011, 05:32:38 AM
alek0, the cake is stunning!  I can almost smell the blossoms!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 05, 2011, 05:41:32 AM
The bonsai cake is gorgeous ! The bread looks delicious too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on April 05, 2011, 08:45:55 AM
I love that bonsai cake. Fantastic. My SIL is Croatian and her mother makes a type of pasqua (easter bread) like yours with the cherries. I really like it because it isn't too sweet. She also makes strudel and palacinke that's to die for. Oh, now I can't wait for Easter.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 05, 2011, 12:17:30 PM
The base of the Bonsai cake - looks like marble - love it!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 16, 2011, 07:13:42 AM
Walnut, figs and lingonberry cake (Linzer base, lingonberry preserve, walnut-lemon sponge, figs in syrup, mascarpone cheese-vanilla filling, lemon white chocolate ganache):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/6/7690689bdba1cabb79558e264f159b17_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on April 16, 2011, 07:49:12 AM
What a glorious and creative spring theme!  I hope whoever you are having over for tea appreciates this!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 16, 2011, 12:28:44 PM
So springlike and with easter just around the corner here fits perfectly into that day. The draping of the table cloth is very pretty and done perfectly.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on April 16, 2011, 01:13:34 PM
Wow! Each new creation gets better and better. Wish I was that creative minded.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on April 17, 2011, 01:41:33 PM
Wow, these are all so festive!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 23, 2011, 10:15:27 PM
Easter cake - base and eggs are made of white choclate ganache with chestnuts and almonds, filled with lingonberry jam and banana slices, in the cake there is also coffee-Bailey's custard. Cake is covered in marzipan, eggs are covered in modeling chocolate, images on eggs are on rice paper (if anyone is interested, you can buy those at www.fancyflours.com, they work wonderfully for cookies as well.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/1/61149e3f163b26155d0db9e05a8bfcd3_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 23, 2011, 11:14:50 PM
alek such a perfect 'easter' basket!  :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on April 24, 2011, 03:54:52 AM
That's beautiful, alex0.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on April 24, 2011, 05:32:29 AM
Great Easter basket cake, alek0!  I am amazed by the woven basket look on the cake (which BTW sounds yummy.)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on April 24, 2011, 06:31:33 AM
Oh wow - what an Easter cake! I wish I could think up things like that!

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 24, 2011, 06:34:36 AM
That is so beautiful ! What an amazing Easter basket.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on April 24, 2011, 11:51:03 AM
Very nice!  Somehow I missed the butterfly/tea table, I really like that one :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on April 24, 2011, 07:57:05 PM
Holy dinah! How much work was that Easter cake? It sounds like there are so many components to just the cake itself. It's just perfect!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on April 25, 2011, 02:50:10 PM
Beautiful cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 30, 2011, 05:33:00 AM
Mini profiteroles with sour cherries and pastry cream, in choux pastry cage.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/4/34161155173a7f304b2eac2770a3b54c_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on April 30, 2011, 05:37:04 AM
How much do I love cream puffs? That makes me want to make some. Mmmmmm.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 30, 2011, 06:04:07 AM
Me too ! They look delicious !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 30, 2011, 06:42:16 AM
Finally the cake is finished as well, the cake is white chocolate-almond base, almond-lemon sponge, sour cherries, pastry cream, and sour cherry glaze. No decoration this time, love the mirror glaze and didn't want to add anything to it.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/8/68fa75296a6f305d71b32a318624ad2f_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/7/07a84340c64180472582fcb14d9d750b_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on April 30, 2011, 12:45:35 PM
I'll be right over ;D Wish you were my neighbor!

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 30, 2011, 05:26:21 PM
I wonder if the airlines would give us a sugar emergency discount ? ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on April 30, 2011, 09:26:01 PM
No need to add to the mirror glaze - perfect! Ummmm like leslie said, maybe airlines would give us a sugar discount........


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 07, 2011, 01:05:33 PM
This weekend's dessert, linzer base, lingonberry jam, orange marmalade, lingonberry-yogurt mousse. Decorated with sugar since I didn't have much time, still need to pack.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/3/13ec637a052571c2c6d2f70c2ffde86a_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on May 07, 2011, 04:09:49 PM
OK, now my computer screen is all messed up from trying to lick that cake!  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 07, 2011, 04:58:50 PM
That's your idea of an easy cake when you need to pack ?!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 15, 2011, 05:56:22 AM
Another easy cake, since I just got back this morning. Almond-speculoos base, almond-coffee-cinnamon sponge, lingonberry jam, mascarpone-whipped cream filling. Covered with sliced almonds and nougatine, with white chocolate magnolia (center is dried mulberry).
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/7/77c8dc1ae15e50cfa81833cad5a5f41f_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on May 15, 2011, 05:57:43 AM
Oh, how gorgeous! A spring cake -- looks deeelish!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on May 15, 2011, 06:04:57 AM
You just got back this morning and you have created this wonderful masterpiece?!  Im afraid I would be sitting on my arse not getting a darn thing done....for days! alek0, you have my total admiration!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 15, 2011, 06:06:46 AM
I can't bellieve you made this the day you got back !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on May 15, 2011, 06:17:39 AM
Sigh, if I'd just gotten back from your trip, I'd be lying down with my feet up, not making something beautiful and creative like this!  I don't know know how you do it!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 15, 2011, 06:29:20 AM
Wow, what a master piece you've created on the day you just got back from a trip. I'm afraid that I'd be busy doing laundry, unpacking, and laying around napping, not making cakes (or doing any sort of other cooking for that matter). My food menu would be anything that I could just pop into the micro. ;D

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 15, 2011, 09:09:34 PM
Not even settled in and alek is doing something she enjoys - creating these (as she calls them) simple cakes. No way would I be doing that on my first day back, like catbird said sitting down with my feet up. Where do you get all that energy from!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 22, 2011, 07:41:29 AM
Tropical charlotte (again simple one, I have a bad cold), almond sponge roulade with apricot jam, almond-speculoos base, white chocolate-lemon ganache with mixed in fresh fruit (bananas, pineapple, mangoes, gold kiwi), covered with whipped cream lemon flavored, a bit of flaked coconut at the base, sugar decoration.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/4/8429c19e6358fc09c58a36b11c69c46d_view_l.jpg)

I've also been baking bread today, chesntut-whole grain rye-white flour mix bread:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/d/bd67f26980bcb02e61f71d980ad65fe1_view_l.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/d/5d5a580740bd76e9ad08d5d0998e6367_view_l.jpg)

 I love chestnut flour in breads and pancakes, it is such a nice rich flavor.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on May 22, 2011, 09:07:33 AM
Oh this looks soo good, my stomach is growling.  I havent eaten breakfast yet so some of that bread would taste real good about now....as well as some of that cake!  Off to eat my sticks and twigs now..sigh


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Post by: catbird on May 22, 2011, 10:51:17 AM
This sounds just perfect!  I mean, whole-grain bread is healthy, right?  And there is really a lot of fruit in the cake.  This is all good for you! :D

(*makes note to invent Star Trek transporter device to be at alek0's house in the blink of an eye*)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on May 22, 2011, 12:16:35 PM
Pretty cake, and that bread looks tasty!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: julia on May 22, 2011, 01:10:43 PM
I don't have much of a sweet tooth but your cake pics made me salivate anyway ;D

The bread looks so delicious! I think I could live on bread, garlic and olive oil alone :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 22, 2011, 03:13:14 PM
It looks so good - I marvel at the creations that you make!

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 22, 2011, 03:40:20 PM
Unfortunately I have a sweet tooth & love all breads ! I wouldn't be able to walk if I lived near you, you would have to roll me out the door ! Hope the cold goes away soon.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 23, 2011, 12:58:49 AM
You have a bad cold, you work, take care of your babies and BF,  who does the shopping for all the ingredients for you to make these ever so tempting creations? Don't tell me you do that too on top of everything else!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 23, 2011, 06:49:25 PM
We share the shopping duties :) And he cooks during the week, so it is not too bad. He is actually becoming quite a good cook, though when he started he couldn't do much beyond cooking the pasta and opening a jar of pasta sauce to go with it. Now he makes muffins, casseroles, pasta with sauce from scratch, curry, spanish tortillas (that one is his specialty and he is quite good with it, I love the one with fennel, leeks and pumpkin instead of conventional potato and onion version). If I leave him the recipe, he can bake simple cakes like carrot cake too. He goes through occasional rebellion phases where he doesn't want to do anything but sit on the sofa or in front of the computer, but they are usually over really quickly, since I developed zero tolerance for that kind of behavior. I've realized that "Get off your lazy butt or I'll come over there and kick it" works much better than "Could you please...", especially since I started working out more seriously  ;).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 23, 2011, 09:35:35 PM
Good to hear alek that BF cooks during the week which lets you have more time for 'creating' fantastic cakes for him, and that you let him know certain things just won't fly with you anymore. You go girl!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on May 23, 2011, 09:42:53 PM
I hope you feel better soon. I don't know how you manage to bake a cake when you're sick. I can barely toast a poptart.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 24, 2011, 06:31:37 AM
Ned -  :D :D ;D ;D I hope you at least open a can of organic chicken soup !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 28, 2011, 05:25:55 PM
This week's dessert, Apple, cinnamon & wine cake, with some walnuts, dry figs and ginger inside, and apricot jam.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/a/1aab3e4539bf2471a6c88f35aef72e0f_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/c/3c03f3475368027bdf03ed1fc1f1ead0_view_l.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/0/d0ae3abea41b48276cd62c9f4941a2c3_view_l.jpg)
 


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Post by: catbird on May 28, 2011, 05:35:40 PM
How bright and spring-like!

You actually let people eat these stunning creations? :o ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 28, 2011, 05:46:26 PM
That is absolutely gorgeous !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on May 28, 2011, 10:07:07 PM
alek thanks for this spot of brightness to light up a most dreary day here.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 06, 2011, 09:08:45 AM
This weekend's desserts, not all for bf, one with painted roses was a gift.

Almond-sour cherry charlotte:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/3/830e4511b49f915a25aea381f7229a62_view_l.jpg)

Poppy-seed orange cake with sour cherries:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/a/cac9ffaa4f21abe9750c373a411257e7_view_l.jpg)

Chestnut-almond cake (chestnut buttercream, chestnut sponge, linzer base, with apricot marmalade and fresh banana slices):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/0/d00ce7853000f08df4bc5be6f5ba9440_view_l.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/8/98eb87f376dd78cba0e1e917e04426e7_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on June 06, 2011, 01:55:43 PM
Wow, you have a knack for always coming up with fresh innovations in your designs.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 06, 2011, 04:10:28 PM
Those checkerboard patterns must have taken forever !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 06, 2011, 04:18:19 PM
as leslies daughter who her entire life has to watch her mother make amazing desserts out of nothing and with no real effort i have to tell you,you should have been a baker, a pastry chef, a wedding cake designer.you are amazing but i havent tasted any yet.hint hint...


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on June 06, 2011, 04:23:10 PM
I agree--those "woven" patterns are astonishing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on June 06, 2011, 07:30:38 PM
WOW - outstanding on the checkerboard pattern!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 06, 2011, 08:39:18 PM
Thanks everyone, I really wish you guys were closer so that you could try the cakes, since I put quite a bit of effort into not only designing the look but also the flavors and textures of a cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 11, 2011, 06:16:27 PM
Did you do all those in one weekend!!? Holy cow! I love the checkerboard one. Looks like a hat from the '20s. I don't know why this isn't what you do for a living. You're sooo good at it. I mean, I'm sure you excel at your work, but it just seems like this is a calling.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 19, 2011, 02:52:09 AM
I am not sure I would like doing it so much if I had to produce certain number of cakes by a certain time. Much nicer this way, I can experiment with different techniques, I don't need to make ugly things just because customer wants it, etc.

Since bf is away, no more real cakes for a while, but I can use dummy cakes to practice things I wanted to try for quite some time. This one I practiced hand painting on a cake, since this is my second attempt it still needs a lot of work, but I guess I just need to practice more:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/8/08e9aa8f322a094b819b64a4203925dc_view_l.jpg)

At the bottom of the cake are gumpaste decorations, and coconut flakes colored with food coloring, I was trying to do autumn theme.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 19, 2011, 05:36:32 AM
I love the autumn colors on the trees !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on June 19, 2011, 06:23:13 AM
Very lovely, Alek.

I know what you mean about the freedom to do as you please with your craft rather than facing time pressure to get something done. That is why I like to study interesting subject matter on my own, rather than taking a class in it and being forced to do assignments.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: julia on June 19, 2011, 11:50:16 AM
Alek,

I just wanted to say that, I think, you are very very talented - without any exaggeration, your creations are truly pieces of art.



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 20, 2011, 09:45:37 AM
Do you have an airbrush, Alek? You can do some really amazing things with one. Handpainting a cake is really ambitious but such a nice reflection of the person doing it. I like original artwork and prefer it to those famous prints one can buy just about anywhere.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 20, 2011, 06:56:40 PM
I don't have airbrush. I'd love to have it, but I think it would make an awful mess in my kitchen and I try to be as careful with my food coloring as possible in order not to get it all over the place. Even though it is all supposedly edible, wouldn;t want cats to get any.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 23, 2011, 01:49:52 PM
A real dessert, since I have some friends coming over tomorrow, made last night since I won't have time today. Choux pastry puffs with peach jam, banana slices in lemon juice, chestnut puree, and whipped cream. Decorated with caramel and dry star fruit.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/5/954ce69d7cb5245c506a53faafc66f62_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 23, 2011, 04:06:37 PM
My mouth is watering !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on June 24, 2011, 03:39:26 PM
I love choux a la creme -- and yours are so elegant. Give me a croque en bouche any day!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 26, 2011, 04:52:08 AM
Another dummy cake, still practicing painting on cakes, I think I am improving :)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/f/5fd1d8c6f26be2ddfc365b71987059d6_view_l.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/6/7693e4114f5d2338834a35528bfd0eeb_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 26, 2011, 05:27:25 AM
Thats beautiful !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on June 26, 2011, 07:01:28 AM
Wow, you really are multi-talented, Alek! That is beautiful.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on June 27, 2011, 09:37:32 PM
Looks great to me!   :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on June 27, 2011, 10:34:17 PM
The flowers on the side are so finely detailed and the braiding around the bottom of this cake - would weigh a ton if you sold these cakes to the public.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on June 30, 2011, 02:40:56 PM
Exquisite! I love the contrast of the soft, painterly depictions against the sharply rendered sculptured look of the top piece.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 30, 2011, 03:45:07 PM
Waiting for the toilet seat with loose screws cake !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 02, 2011, 01:41:34 PM
He he, I might, when he comes back. In the meantime, I am still practicing painting on cakes, here is another one, pulled sugar vase with gumpaste poppies on top, hand painted on the side, I tried either all red poppies or poppies in different colors. I think all red version works better, but there should have been more of them.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/5/d56dd55d77f694f4871228f1e54cedc7_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/e/ae52b001966bae5d4072ee8932e5ae1f_view_l.jpg)


(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/c/5ca78f178881299247e999d8c944df8e_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 02, 2011, 05:01:57 PM
Wow ! My daughter just walked by & says she hates you because your cakes are prettier than hers ! ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on July 04, 2011, 09:37:41 PM
Waiting for the toilet seat with loose screws cake !

I second that!  With all these magnificent creations, a simple toilet seat with screws should be...errrr...a piece of cake!  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on July 05, 2011, 09:33:48 AM
The poppy cake - did you also make the base it is sitting on? What a nice mosiac base for this cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 08, 2011, 01:46:06 PM
Yes, I made the base. I love experimenting with different techniques.

Bf's nieces are coming over for dinner tonight, so here is the dessert, almond-lemon-apple base, white chocolate-lemon cream, apple roses in elderflower jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/1/41431d448f5d418e5ffb416f1003beac_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on July 08, 2011, 04:47:41 PM
Are you sure those roses are not real?  This is astonishing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on July 08, 2011, 10:03:02 PM
Just beautiful.  How can anyone eat those!  Too pretty.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 09, 2011, 06:24:23 AM
They look delicious !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on July 09, 2011, 10:19:28 AM
Oh holy cow!  These are just amazing!  Alek0, how long does it take you to make something like that?  Your dinner guests are very lucky!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 10, 2011, 07:58:39 AM
Takes about 2-3 hours total, counting cooling down times. These are straightforward to make :)

I am still practicing painting on cakes, another dummy cake, sugarveil lace on the sides (that stuff is ridiculously expensive but worth it I guess since there is no other
way to get such nice effects, though I'll be trying to come up with homemade version of the thing now when I have finally tried it), hand-painted on the top.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/1/f1d57fa8c827f4dd89a642c6e46315fb_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on July 10, 2011, 08:09:43 AM
Wow 2 to 3 hours?  Even if I spent 2 to 3 months working on cake, it would never look like that!  Amazing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on July 10, 2011, 10:22:50 AM
What's on the sides is made from sugar?!  It looks like a crocheted lace.  How lovely!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 10, 2011, 04:23:13 PM
I agree that lace is amazing !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on July 10, 2011, 09:47:20 PM
Do you do requests? 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 17, 2011, 07:58:10 AM
I'm still practicing painting on cakes, Thistle is painted, side decoration is gumpaste thistle, butterflies are store-bought printed on rice paper, I just added the body for 3D ones (you can buy them at www.fancyflours.com):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/5/45302f22140043f340168ec9e3d882be_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 17, 2011, 03:58:31 PM
Thats beautiful !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on July 18, 2011, 08:31:58 AM
Agree with leslie - the butterflies on hat are really beautiful.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 22, 2011, 01:20:38 PM
A little experiment in patterned fondant, another dummy cake. Can't wait for beginning of August to make a real one for a change, BF is coming back for Sophie's birthday.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/2/f2bc47f9fd261d06e94e49d911a6af1e_view_l.jpg)




Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on July 22, 2011, 04:12:48 PM
Wow, planets!  Amazing!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 22, 2011, 05:44:02 PM
They are fantastic !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on July 23, 2011, 02:30:29 PM
I like the way your work is so adventurous, you keep doing subjects no one else would ever think could be done with cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on August 05, 2011, 03:49:15 PM
Alek0, so your BF has been traveling?  When is your Sophies' birthday, it must be coming up soon?  Cant wait to see the burfday cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 07, 2011, 07:46:34 AM
Elderflower-lemon-honey cake, not entirely happy with the deocation (had trouble with colors, cake was too cold for working with cocoa butter, and it was too humid for colors dissolved in vodka):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/e/9ec8a4db08df53c8d740e130e12f4c04_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/e/ceefe35b3bdd464e92bc70130abc81ad_view_l.jpg)

Last week bf's nephew and niece came over, didn't have time to decorate, so it was just a simple orange cheesecake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/e/7eea147e1a314d4b4e1c66d418fcc744_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on August 07, 2011, 10:31:37 AM
Even if it didn't work out quite the way you wanted it to, the "tropic atoll" cake is very bright and cute!  A cheerful summer cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on August 09, 2011, 03:15:08 PM
Super neat cakes!  That orange cheesecake is to die for!  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on August 09, 2011, 10:39:04 PM
didn't have time to decorate, so it was just a simple orange cheesecake:

Hmmph, "Simple"?  Guess your dictionary translates differently LOL ;D   

DH loved your planets cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 12, 2011, 08:59:50 AM
Hazelnut-chocolate cake
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/e/2e5b477749e5c1d9bc7b285a0c6d32a1_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on August 12, 2011, 09:07:45 AM
Oh A Kitty Cake!  Awesome! 8)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 12, 2011, 06:06:26 PM
More desserts, lots of baking this weekend, sponge roll with kiwi:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/9/b9c0827cd06667e10bce52996aacb3df_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on August 12, 2011, 06:17:54 PM
Oh, that looks so good.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on August 12, 2011, 07:14:15 PM
Wow, that roll is making my mouth water!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 12, 2011, 11:13:40 PM
I still need to bake one more tonight, the cake with the kitty painting was for a little celebration at work, the sponge roll is for our friends today and I have seven people coming for dinner and cake tomorrow, so there will be lots of cooking and baking tonight and tomorrow.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on August 13, 2011, 08:30:36 AM
Still waiting for that toilet seat cake...I dont suppose that would be the sort of cake you want to make for friends coming over though.   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 13, 2011, 09:10:46 AM
Yup, that would definitely be unsuitable for friends coming over. With time spent decorating the kitty cake, had to go with something simple for the other one:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/f/ef8d27b5102ab19b0977f8d95f31db0b_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on August 13, 2011, 09:47:01 AM
That looks delish!  Some sort of chocolate?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 13, 2011, 05:53:51 PM
That is not simple !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: bug on August 15, 2011, 06:54:53 AM
Oh, wow. That looks like something that would win "Top Chef Just Desserts" TV show. What was in it?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 15, 2011, 07:50:20 AM
It was linzer base (with hazelnuts), sour cherry jam, on the sides is cocoa tuile with orange sponge, then inside pastry cream, orange sponge, sour cherries, dark-chocolate with orange ganache, and chocolate mirror glaze.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: August on August 15, 2011, 08:02:26 AM
Oh geez, I knew I shouldn't have come and looked here.  YUM.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on August 15, 2011, 08:59:05 AM
That does look simple.....NOT!! :o  What a gorgeous cake, I love that design. 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 27, 2011, 07:42:19 AM
I still have to bake a cake tomorrow, but I finished the decorations, and baked some flapjacks (UK style, like a cereal bar) and homemade protein bars, so I played a bit with sugar:

Sugar(isomalt) flower and buttefly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/f/2fd4ec7f0b04d7a8269a3f6d4f7ae7e2_view_l.jpg)

Protein bars (made with 35% protein soy flour, 0% fat cheese, whey protein, rolled oats, cracked rye, roasted buckwheat kernels, passionfruit syrup, lemon zest and prunes)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/b/eb161e817bd023606c0e96438bd271f5_view_l.jpg)

Sour cherry flapjacks (rolled oats, cracked rye, spelt flour, greek style yogurt, sour cherry jam, sour cherry juice, sour cherries, prunes, roasted cashews, orange zest)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/7/07b6f22db4c179ad11f14f917520739e_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on August 27, 2011, 08:11:41 AM
The sugar decorations are amazing!  The snowflake is just unbelievable.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 28, 2011, 05:46:39 AM
Carrot cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/6/f63854edb86e400936a835c26735ebad_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/3/f369895974968264a2fd3257df0e1cbd_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on August 28, 2011, 06:04:44 AM
Wow! All of these decorations are so amazing! I just love those sugar ones.

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 28, 2011, 06:32:22 AM
Those sugar decorations & carrot cake are stunning !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on August 28, 2011, 11:00:15 AM
Just about when I thought you had tried everything, you come up with even more great "designs".  That sugar flower and butterfly are spectacular! 

Those bars look so good except can I order mine without the prunes?  Me no like prunes!  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on August 28, 2011, 03:45:00 PM
Wow! A feast for the eyes!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 01, 2011, 07:42:49 PM
Just a dummy cake, I wanted to save those cyclamen, and to further practice painting on cakes, so I decorated the dummy as a tree stump and painted a spring scene on tthe top:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/0/404c3ac0a2ab9bfff9bdf13c33e04075_view_l.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/d/4dfb4bccbb74295b5ef0c47440020d63_view_l.jpg)

I still need to practice my painting, but I guess it is not too bad :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: JJ on September 01, 2011, 09:15:36 PM
Your idea of simple turns into something quite stunning. Hope your guests coming for dinner appreciate these delicious deserts your creating for them. Yum!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on September 11, 2011, 02:47:38 AM
No desserts this weekend, just a bit of playing with sugar, wanted to get the effect of stained glass lamp using Floralight LED and sugar:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/c/cc99febb29d78f8cad797a4dd761a699_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/3/f36a606623a11bf57ae7a81c548e512d_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: caylee on September 11, 2011, 05:45:11 AM
Oh so lovely!!

Hugs


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Post by: lesliek on September 11, 2011, 06:04:59 AM
I love those colors !


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Post by: catbird on September 11, 2011, 10:39:47 AM
I keep going back to look at these butterflies.  They are works of art.  It's amazing that they are made of sugar!  Do you paint the sugar after making the shape?


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Post by: alek0 on September 18, 2011, 01:49:34 AM
Lemon and walnut sponge, pastry cream, apple roses in apple jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/a/aa64443896438b9dcb001de2ee3fdbf1_view_l.jpg)

More apple roses in apple jelly, I had some leftovers:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/d/dd5cd8e11add4234e6d8a07b102d2928_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on September 18, 2011, 05:49:26 AM
That looks delicious ! Those roses are amazing, can't believe they are apples !


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Post by: julia on September 18, 2011, 06:26:40 AM
Awesome!


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Post by: Sandi K on September 23, 2011, 12:42:23 PM
Scrumptious!  On the butterfly, you give a whole new meaning to "playing with sugar".   :D  My "playing with sugar" sure wouldnt look anything like that.


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Post by: merrihart on September 23, 2011, 12:50:54 PM
Decorating a cake is definitely a whole new level when you do it, alex :)  Simply beautiful.


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Post by: alek0 on September 24, 2011, 08:23:54 AM
I've been experimenting a bit on a smaller scale for a big cake I want to make, and I think I need a different method for glass, I got blisters even from small design, argh:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/b/4b00f003b993a5896943782152b35ccf_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/f/bf6aae4c22938e7cc91af6bfc9f6fe15_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: JJ on September 27, 2011, 08:46:01 PM
You should really enter (at least) pics of your creations in baking contests for the recognition they deserve. Many need to enjoy your creative side as we do here. So much talent........


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Post by: alek0 on October 02, 2011, 05:18:02 AM
Just some gumpaste flowers, no cake this weekend since bf is still away and no guests either.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/a/6a8b68e15971dec0c1e435d8c7e29d74_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on October 02, 2011, 07:20:43 AM
They are beautiful ! I love the last cake too, the grass must have taken ages to do.


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Post by: catbird on October 02, 2011, 10:20:53 AM
Oh my goodness, I hope you have a way to save these for later use, since there is no one to see them now.  The flowers are astonishingly beautiful!


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Post by: alek0 on October 08, 2011, 06:33:21 AM
This weekend's dessert, for bf's nieces: almond sponge, gooseberry jam, pastry cream and elderflower jelly, tried to make it look like a lotus pond, not entirely happy with the result:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/0/60c68cefe8222c0564252157b2f4107c_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on October 08, 2011, 08:34:01 PM
I love the water cakes ! I think it looks great  :).


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Post by: bug on October 11, 2011, 11:35:07 AM
So I'm wondering how you did the grass on that first cake? You don't happen to have a Play Doh Fuzzy Pumper Barber toy set, hmmm?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-syAW6ANOwGI/TXqempmKH5I/AAAAAAAACuQ/6_qRVs_VieQ/s1600/fuzzy%2Bpumper%2Bbarber%2Bplay-doh.jpg



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Post by: alek0 on October 11, 2011, 06:56:22 PM
I used a clay extruder gun, and I got blisters, that grass was hard work. I am planning another cake with grass soon, but I guess for that I'll just use royal icing or buttercream, it is a lot easier.


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Post by: Sandi K on October 11, 2011, 07:45:58 PM
Give me pastry cream or buttercream anytime and I'll eat it all, or at least what I havent smothered my face in!  ;D


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Post by: alek0 on October 15, 2011, 09:57:02 PM
Another dummy cake, still practicing my painting on cakes:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/b/0b3745cebd89cd2635c739df3335b760_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on October 16, 2011, 06:39:23 AM
What beautiful red poppies !


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Post by: merrihart on October 16, 2011, 07:35:11 AM
Gorgeous


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Post by: alek0 on October 31, 2011, 08:14:52 PM
Just made some gumpaste flowers last weekend, very busy time at work, but I got this seed catalogue with so many different varieties of flowers that I simply had to make some :)

The vase is also gumpaste :)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/e/4ed9c27cb9d01fb57de979ac0aea8777_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/1/d11ec8d75b9ce5257952b55e51cd4fda_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on November 01, 2011, 06:58:55 AM
They are beautiful !


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Post by: merrihart on November 01, 2011, 02:14:14 PM
That's just gorgeous!


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Post by: bug on November 03, 2011, 07:53:52 AM
Ooooh, love the gumpaste work.


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Post by: alek0 on November 07, 2011, 07:37:21 AM
More gumpaste work, inspired by Dinner for Schmucks movie (lousy movie, but opening scenes were beautiful), yhis scene:
(http://67.23.46.31/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/DFS_20.jpg)

and the result is this (could be better, but this is the first time I made mice, lol):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/8/6890ca496b26a63f913872e7400739bc_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on November 07, 2011, 09:44:15 AM
How cute and creative!


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Post by: lesliek on November 07, 2011, 05:08:15 PM
That's adorable !


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Post by: Mandycat on November 07, 2011, 08:49:10 PM
How cute!


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Post by: alek0 on November 11, 2011, 04:33:56 PM
This week's dessert, chestnut tiramisu, part one:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/5/45479439ec80790610203ca0c28c19bf_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on November 11, 2011, 04:44:30 PM
I'm drooling ! :D


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Post by: catbird on November 11, 2011, 05:18:24 PM
That's it.  I'm going to go check on prices for a flight to where alek0 lives right now!  I must have that cake! ;D


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Post by: catwoods on November 12, 2011, 03:01:41 PM
I missed a lot of cakes, each one different, and intriguing in its own way! You are so versatile!


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Post by: caylee on November 12, 2011, 08:09:38 PM
Yum! ;D


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Post by: alek0 on November 12, 2011, 09:55:53 PM
I've just finished decorating the second one, it is quite humid this weekend, and sugarveil lace was drying too slowly:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/7/577be7d9c7128d62c8a96204d3efc568_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/e/6e3fd3d0c0d398a45f0326c0d365c690_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on November 13, 2011, 07:19:45 AM
That is stunning !


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Post by: merrihart on November 13, 2011, 05:31:10 PM
It's better than anything I've ever seen on cake boss.


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Post by: alek0 on November 19, 2011, 09:24:47 PM
Chocolate-orange-chestnut cake, tried to do a scene from Avatar:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/7/6743e33ee8d5e1d7f6c0ee2e79d32b90_view_l.jpg)

And a cake decoration, made just for fun:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/e/ded6fd6f2a63d22e318a867ed9d26190_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: JJ on November 19, 2011, 09:40:56 PM
Kinda also resembles a younger Papa Smurf and Smurfette from The Smurfs. Loved those lil blue people!


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Post by: alek0 on November 26, 2011, 07:35:54 AM
This time a bit bigger cake, decorated like a fairy cottage, bottom layer is banana bread with banana and speculoos filling, the top layer is chestnut/vanilla/coffe/walnuts.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/7/87ad490d0ccd281c5c864d21eedfdadd_view_l.jpg)

Close ups of the flowers:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/6/269e8410b757cedf24cae7fe9998050c_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/6/56b74875889c959c42003f24f0d3f42d_view_l.jpg)



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Post by: caylee on November 26, 2011, 08:32:21 AM
WOW . . .That looks so cool !

Hugs


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Post by: lesliek on November 26, 2011, 03:38:23 PM
Thats it, I am flying to HK for dessert !


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Post by: JJ on November 27, 2011, 06:40:57 PM
My sister would so absolutely love this fairy cake - wow!


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Post by: catwoods on November 29, 2011, 03:13:14 PM
Really cute!


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Post by: alek0 on December 24, 2011, 05:28:42 PM
Carrot cake, I wanted soemthing with a winter theme, but different from usual snow, tree, reindeer, ornaments etc. So here it is:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/7/b7ad2f10f65b7d1771cc6566bd04648c_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: Sandi K on December 24, 2011, 06:20:54 PM
Oh my, that little house cake reminds me of the hobbit houses in Lord of The Rings!  Its adorable! 


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Post by: lesliek on December 24, 2011, 06:38:41 PM
A cheerful snow hat ! Beautiful  :).


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Post by: catbird on December 25, 2011, 01:23:50 PM
OMG it's a little knitted winter hat!  How creative you are!


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Post by: catwoods on December 28, 2011, 02:00:56 PM
Such a novel idea for a cake!


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Post by: bug on December 29, 2011, 07:14:52 AM
Super cute tuque and I was surprised to see the hobbit hut -- really nice!


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Post by: alek0 on January 01, 2012, 05:19:22 AM
Buckwheat, apple and pear cake, with a simple and quick decoration (painting on cakes is much quicker than gumpaste decorations):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/d/5daf68a9cfc7080db50a7a8771690891_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on January 01, 2012, 06:27:43 AM
You may consider it "simple" and "quick", but I consider it artistry!  That blue jay is gorgeous!


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Post by: caylee on January 01, 2012, 07:37:07 AM
That is just beautiful, Alek! Have you ever thought of painting on china or some other surface besides cakes? You could sell them online.

Hugs


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Post by: lesliek on January 01, 2012, 08:01:04 AM
That is gorgeous !


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Post by: catwoods on January 02, 2012, 02:15:14 PM
That is beautifully painted and the swirled background works so well with the main figure! It would be hard for me to eat this one...


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Post by: alek0 on January 09, 2012, 07:25:16 PM
Again rather busy at work, so simple desserts only. Walnut sponge with ice wine, passionfruit jam, figs (cooked in sugar syrup with lemon, cardamom, and cinnamon), pastry cream,
dark chocolate-orange ganache, ice wine jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/a/b/ab8ddca7ca97884265eb5b0bfa903379_view_l.jpg)

And one which doesn't look like much but it is soooo delicious: orange flavored dark chocolate lava cake, I managed to make it with no butter and no flour :) :
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/9/e97b3acda203aa272eda712c91580f01_view_l.jpg)

Served with sour cherry sauce, vanilla ice cream and redcurrants.


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Post by: lesliek on January 09, 2012, 07:31:49 PM
That is not simple ! But they look and sound delicious.


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Post by: Sandi K on January 09, 2012, 09:37:04 PM
Nummy!  Anything with pastry cream, ganache and cherry sauce had me at hello! 


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Post by: alek0 on January 14, 2012, 07:13:33 AM
Bottom tier is banana bread, middle tier is sticky passionfurit jam cake, top tier is a dummy. No cakes until I get back from SF, so I had to make a really big one this time :)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/f/1/f18333a143933452affcb983d35e7b76_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/3/b3966bf21892e55786937b44b73d5c21_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: Sandi K on January 14, 2012, 07:50:21 AM
Wow those butterflies are so pretty and so detailed!  Amazing work!


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Post by: lesliek on January 14, 2012, 01:55:03 PM
I love the wood grain in the icing too ! Its freezing here today, so this is a nice splash of Spring !


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Post by: alek0 on January 29, 2012, 06:26:33 AM
A simple one this time, chocolate-almond base, chocolate madelaines in mint custard, covered with mint-white chocolate ganache and decorated with white chocolate roses.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/1/51670850469d63f45fd192c4177b481f_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on January 29, 2012, 07:15:29 AM
I can't believe you made a cake so soon after getting home ! That sounds delicious and doesn't look simple.


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Post by: Sandi K on January 29, 2012, 10:55:59 PM
Simply fantastic!  Im hungry for sweets now.  :D


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Post by: alek0 on February 05, 2012, 08:50:42 PM
Haven't made a proper dessert yet (bf is rather unhappy about it), his brother is getting married today and I had to do flowers for the wedding cake. Spent entire weekend working on it:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/f/ef11f6bdc054b65a635b4a67130e167d_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/b/dbd02f24ce4e9ffb1e92fda43b74bfeb_view_l.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/3/53acf4f0c02bab52192d7ca3e11c6633_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/4/b4fe5ca694021b06317882d658c71247_view_l.jpg)

This is on a dummy 6" cake which will go on the top of their two tier (10" and 8") plain white fondant covered cake from a cake shop, and then I provided them with butterflies and royal icing to do the spiraling butterflies on bottom two tiers.


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Post by: Fizzy1 on February 05, 2012, 11:10:22 PM
Oh alek!  :o   I almost want to go thru another wedding just to have you do my cake!  Just stunning.  I love love love this.  You have true talent :-*


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Post by: catbird on February 06, 2012, 06:43:16 AM
That is so beautiful!  Anyone would be honored to have such a lovely creation for their wedding cake.


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Post by: lesliek on February 06, 2012, 06:46:48 AM
That is amazing ! I hope you got some pix of the whole cake before it was cut.


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Post by: alek0 on February 07, 2012, 08:16:28 AM
Another quick dessert - ladies fingers soaked with sour cherry juice, sour cherries, vanilla pastry cream, whipped cream. Decorated with white chocolate roses, and white chocolate coated cherries.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/d/3ddcde70d0e248bb06135a943dd0e4c5_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catwoods on February 07, 2012, 02:15:50 PM
Both beautiful cakes but that wedding cake...wow!


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Post by: lesliek on February 07, 2012, 04:30:38 PM
I love cherries ! My mouth is watering now .


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Post by: alek0 on February 12, 2012, 04:51:11 PM
Poppyseed cake:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/f/1f7dba7f4656faadf3d1c10334c6acc0_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: caylee on February 12, 2012, 05:46:46 PM
WOW ! Your talents never cease to amaze me. That is too pretty to eat.

Hugs


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Post by: Mandycat on February 12, 2012, 08:10:11 PM
Alek,
That's amazing! Those feathers must have taken forever to do!  You must have the patience of a saint to do what you do.  Thanks for sharing!


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Post by: catbird on February 13, 2012, 06:25:13 AM
This is just magnificent!  You are very talented.


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Post by: lesliek on February 13, 2012, 07:16:53 AM
That is so pretty ! It must have taken forever on the feathers..


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Post by: Sandi K on February 13, 2012, 09:33:23 AM
Wow that wedding cake is simply stunning...not simple to make Im sure though.  And the swan is so beautiful, your work just keeps getting better and better.   


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Post by: alek0 on February 18, 2012, 12:49:52 PM
passionfruit cake, was aiming for an ikebana style vase and arrangement:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/0/1051fc117e5e2102db42e0d01b512f4a_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on February 18, 2012, 05:02:56 PM
That is beautiful ! I wish the hummers were back already !


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Post by: alek0 on February 27, 2012, 09:51:43 PM
Desserts for this weekend, both are walnut+coffee+chestnuts combination, one decorated as ranunculus flower, the other just a quick and simple decoration:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/8/c85d95185663b4a22ff1684222f3add7_view_l.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/9/196a4d6594fc92b4da5aba0f747133c2_view_l.jpg)





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Post by: Sandi K on February 28, 2012, 07:54:33 AM
Ay yi yi, why do I always view these scrumptious looking cakes when Im hungry?  ROFL   Simply superb!  :D


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Post by: lesliek on February 28, 2012, 04:28:14 PM
They are both beautiful ! I'm always hungry when I look at these Sandi ! :-\


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Post by: alek0 on March 04, 2012, 04:27:07 PM
Not much time time to decorate, but the flavors are nice: linzer base, raspberry jam, baked part with orange dark chocolate (not sure how to describe it, definitely not a sponge, more like dense but very cream chocolate cheesecake), raspberry custard, ganache with orange dark+milk chocolate, chocolate mirror glaze:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/4/644b0d86809bb63dee221297a4511c10_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on March 05, 2012, 08:18:57 AM
This is my new favorite! Linzer and chocolate and orange?  Sounds like heaven!


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Post by: JJ on March 05, 2012, 03:53:47 PM
Love your descriptions - just quick and simple decorations! So glad your therapy is to make and decorate these beautiful cakes. What a great talent you have.


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Post by: lesliek on March 05, 2012, 05:03:11 PM
My mouth is watering !


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Post by: alek0 on March 11, 2012, 04:46:01 PM
Still quick and simple, lots of work at this time of a year. Banana bread, with what is supposed tobe ikebana style decoration, but one of the irises broke and I didn't make any spare petals so I had to scale it down.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/9/29c03f1b2455173401647b2b8b1a16b2_view_l.jpg)

And a tart with toasted coconut pastry (puff pastry for top edge just for decoration), passionfruit curd and dark chocolate+orange ganache, decorated with caramelized orange:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/6/366741a613e77b2463492c18e389aedf_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: Sandi K on March 12, 2012, 10:06:54 PM
Oh my gosh, that linzer chocolate cake looks scrumptious...Im sooooooooo hungry! 


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Post by: lesliek on March 13, 2012, 04:46:43 AM
That iris is beautiful !


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Post by: catwoods on March 13, 2012, 02:12:49 PM
Wow! Love the iris, and the way you did the base. The dark chocolate looks delicious!


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Post by: alek0 on March 18, 2012, 07:02:10 AM
Hazelnut&chestnut cake:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/a/1a4af450c2b1a356bcd7a7950bc6abf1_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on March 18, 2012, 05:54:39 PM
I love the story book decoration !


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Post by: alek0 on March 26, 2012, 04:41:33 PM
This weekend's dessert:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/e/bed91e5172e6be193030ffbff5ad25ed_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: alek0 on April 01, 2012, 04:53:05 PM
Apple-walnut cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/9/c9ea4a7cfb21c92ef6af454c6a8f74af_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on April 02, 2012, 04:02:23 AM
That is so delicate & springlike !


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Post by: caylee on April 02, 2012, 04:33:31 AM
Both last weeks and this weeks are so cute and beautiful.

Yum!

Hugs


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Post by: catwoods on April 03, 2012, 02:52:59 PM
I missed three cakes! All are appealing, I love the story book scene, and the little red guy, and the flowers are just so pretty!


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Post by: alek0 on April 07, 2012, 05:36:59 PM
This week's dessert, almonds-peaches-raspberries combination:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/d/0d57f8786699de781d9be486de4ec06d_view_l.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/c/bc82c44d1c29f8eea7fd7f14becee3e6_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: NedF on April 07, 2012, 06:12:54 PM
Your cakes are so bright and cheerful! I need some of that after the awful day I've had.


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Post by: catwoods on April 08, 2012, 02:27:17 PM
Wow, I love how your cake concepts are so wide-ranging. Love the color scheme of this too!


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Post by: lesliek on April 08, 2012, 03:56:28 PM
Ooh ! I missed this 1. I love the fish & aquatic cakes !


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Post by: Sandi K on April 11, 2012, 10:13:56 PM
Wow, these are all just gorgeous!  I dont know how you do it!  Alek, did you have extra storage made when you had your new place built for all your baking supplies? 


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Post by: alek0 on April 12, 2012, 05:30:47 PM
Yes, I needed lots of storage for that :) And all the cookbooks :)


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Post by: lesliek on April 13, 2012, 04:37:09 AM
Are you home Alek ? Hope the trip went well !


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Post by: alek0 on April 13, 2012, 08:42:59 AM
Just got home, the trip was nice, though there was some unexpected excitement with tsunami warning and that crazy water festival thing.

Snorkeling was great though , look at the photo taken from the boat, can't wait to see how underwater ones turned out, it was like swimming in an aquarium:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/b/2b89ea006504587045b22d7e743585fc_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on April 13, 2012, 04:39:53 PM
That picture is beautiful ! Glad you only had warnings & no tsunami too ! Can I pick your artist brain ? My daughter has recently gotten her own log splitter & wants a color scheme that will bug her Dad & the neighborhood men. We were thing maybe black with teal & pink. Any ideas would be welcome.


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Post by: alek0 on April 14, 2012, 02:11:08 AM
How about cyan, apple green and purple (not dark purple), like colors in color scheme of this dress:
http://cdn-i4.farfetch.com/10/15/33/98/10153398_842993_1000.jpg (http://cdn-i4.farfetch.com/10/15/33/98/10153398_842993_1000.jpg)

If primary objective is to annoy the guys and not to have it look really nice, you can always just use plain pink with Hello kitty (ugh! I would find that horrible, I can imagine how would guys react to it).



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Post by: lesliek on April 14, 2012, 05:14:19 AM
I like the colors on the dress ! My 1st thought was pink too, but it would drive her nuts also  :D.


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Post by: alek0 on April 15, 2012, 07:45:32 AM
Today's dessert, chocolate-banana cake. Not too happy with decoration, I was aiming for something resembling Halle Berry's oscar gown for the top part, but not entirely happy with the result.
I was a bit in a hurry and not entirely into it, had to go to the hospital last night, blister from flip-flops I was wearing on the beach in Thailand somehow got infected, my whole foot was red and swollen. Meds are helping and swelling is going down, but I feel quite tired and also can't stand for prolonged periods of time.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/2/22a883cacea121d84787cc6cbaa2ac26_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on April 15, 2012, 09:55:33 AM
Wow, so sorry to hear about your foot!  I'm glad you got on some antibiotics.  Nevertheless, even if you may feel this cake is not one of your better efforts, I think it is a very creative concept.  (And it no doubt tastes awesome--chocolate and banana, mmmm.)


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Post by: lesliek on April 15, 2012, 04:51:30 PM
Alek- can you get some local raw or manuka honey ? Either 1 on the bandage will help clear up the infection. It's a real pain when its on your foot, you can't do anything without it hurting !


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Post by: alek0 on April 22, 2012, 08:42:10 PM
Still have to stick to simple desserts, this one is a tiramisu variation - cookie crumb base, banana slices, chestnut cream, mascarpone+whipping cream, ladyfingers soaked in coffee with Bailey's (Should use rum or kahlua, but I love Bailey's), banana slices, chestnut cream, mascarpone+whipping cream, then dark chocolate ganache, dark chocolate glaze. Decorated with spun sugar in a sugar cage and almond slices.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/3/837d4721fc28baceedf396fd7b158387_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: Sandi K on April 23, 2012, 06:55:15 AM
Mmmmm, I havent eaten breakfast yet and this looks great!  Aleko, how is your foot doing, is it healing up?


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Post by: lesliek on April 23, 2012, 04:48:17 PM
I love the spun sugar decorations ! I too hope the foot is feeling better ?


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Post by: alek0 on April 23, 2012, 07:58:28 PM
Yes, that one is all healed, no problem. However, I just got a new blister this morning $#%#%#^#!!!!, I hope this one will not get infected. I guess I was too enthusiastic about new shoes, got lovely purple wedges from amazon, I was so happy to have shoes which don't feel tight in front (seems practically everything here this season is very narrow), but then I got blister from the back strap. Argh, you just can't win. The shoes are very cute, but fabric is a bit stiff and of course they are made in China :(
(http://resources.shopstyle.com/sim/6d/d9/6dd9b70cf812f74262e00fa065031a52/macys-sandals-cl-by-laundry-shoes-ilena2-slingback-wedges.jpg)


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Post by: NedF on April 23, 2012, 08:15:54 PM
My mouth is watering right now - I love tiramisu! I'm not fond of blisters though. :D


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Post by: alek0 on April 23, 2012, 10:19:34 PM
Contrary to what you may conclude from how often I get them, I am not that fond of blisters either :)


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Post by: lesliek on April 24, 2012, 03:16:15 PM
I love those shoes though !


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Post by: catwoods on April 25, 2012, 01:52:38 PM
Very pretty shoes...but there's a lot to be said for comfort!

Beautiful cake...dark chocolate, yum!


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Post by: Sandi K on April 30, 2012, 11:30:15 AM
Those shoes are adorable!  Do I see a new cake idea coming...in the form of purple shoes?   I hope your blisters are better now.   :-*


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Post by: alek0 on May 06, 2012, 06:17:37 PM
Not purple shoes but purple flowers ;)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/f/efe100d615952fa81970bedb55748684_view_l.jpg)

Walnut cake, with mint-mascarpone-white chocolate cream and redcurrant jelly.

And apple roses in elderflower jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/9/8969e4e5cc82ea5dfa76ebdab25aeabe_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on May 06, 2012, 06:41:08 PM
The buds on those purple flowers are so lifelike that I expect them to burst into bloom at any moment!


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Post by: lesliek on May 06, 2012, 09:04:03 PM
The flowers & butterfly are so realistic !


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Post by: NedF on May 06, 2012, 09:18:14 PM
Very beautiful and the apple rose looks delicious! I love apples.


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Post by: alek0 on May 12, 2012, 04:50:27 AM
I finally got the photo of that wedding cake for which I did flowers and butterflies quite some time ago, here it is:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/2/b/2b196d7f8f943cf5a736e44d69a26fee_view_l.jpg)

This weekend I made something light and fruity, almost 1.5 kg fruit in this thing:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/b/0b8b20da5af86df932218280db542354_view_l.jpg)
hazelnut base, lemon sponge, mint meringue, lots of berries and berry-mint coulis.

I am thinking of just decorating a dummy cake to calm down a bit, stressed out waiting for Stefie's results.


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Post by: lesliek on May 12, 2012, 05:51:03 AM
The wedding cake was gorgeous ! The berry 1 is making my mouth water  :P. Hang in there, the waiting is always the hardest thing to do  :-*.


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Post by: catbird on May 12, 2012, 07:52:33 AM
I'll take one of the fruit cake, please.  :D  Yum!


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Post by: alek0 on May 12, 2012, 05:00:47 PM
Waiting is indeed hard. In the end I didn't have much patience, I intended to make a bigger flower arrangement using that lisianthus from last cake, but in the end I just made a few more buds and experimented a bit with covering that dummy cake. Couldn't concentrate on it.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/e/3ecde08b6cbfc3f8508450c0bd80f7d5_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on May 12, 2012, 06:09:38 PM
Thats the result of not being able to concentrate ? I'm never letting you see anything I bake !


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Post by: alek0 on May 12, 2012, 07:51:41 PM
Well, I already had lisianthus, I just needed to add two buds and tie them together, originally I wanted to make a lot more flowers and a more complicated arrangement, but couldn't push myself to do it. I don;t feel like doing anything else other than curling around Stefie with a good book.


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Post by: alek0 on May 27, 2012, 02:22:43 AM
This weekend's cake, walnut+coffee sponge with chestnut buttercream:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/a/6ae17f1f5c26ebbe5d1b8ab87a83a0a6_view_l.jpg)

And I thought I posted last week's cake, almond+chocolate+white chocolate&mint&mascarpone:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/7/5/751b1448e2db3c2c8f543766621cde0c_view_l.jpg)(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/9/3/939b8b330844497a4d4bf501a7af9712_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on May 27, 2012, 05:10:32 AM
Ooh ! I love them both !


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Post by: catbird on May 27, 2012, 05:18:29 AM
Both are magnificent!


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Post by: caylee on May 27, 2012, 06:21:41 AM
Super job on both cakes, Alek!

Hugs


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Post by: NedF on May 27, 2012, 03:50:43 PM
I really like the gradation of color on the African one. Looks great with the silhouettes!


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Post by: catwoods on May 29, 2012, 02:13:32 PM
So beautiful! Your cake ideas are so inventive!


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Post by: alek0 on June 03, 2012, 03:30:36 PM
Two tiramisu charlottes, on the first one didn't have time to do the royal icing grass properly since the guests called they'll arrive earlier :(

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/8/c/8c9318cd3fbc0de7113e8046a1aec121_view_l.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/e/be4a121069ec254e9c55829de84b7766_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on June 03, 2012, 04:48:02 PM
Wow, the bird and the flowers look so real!


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Post by: Sandi K on June 11, 2012, 06:58:13 PM
Wow, I love the new additions to your cake family!!!  Beautimous!!!


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Post by: alek0 on June 23, 2012, 06:50:19 PM
Another cake, this one is white chocolate+mint, lemon sponge, raspberries:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/7/07aa0c48fbd30ff1e050d79fc8cf7a98_view_l.jpg)

There won't be new cakes for a while, too busy at work.


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Post by: Mandycat on June 23, 2012, 10:33:14 PM
No new cakes??   :o  How will BF survive?   :D

Seriously, Alek, your cakes are just fabulous!  I don't know where you find the time to do it at all! 


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Post by: catbird on June 24, 2012, 05:30:59 AM
The marbled effect with the daisy bouquet is just gorgeous!

Sorry to hear that you are so busy at work.  I hope it lets up soon.


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Post by: lesliek on June 24, 2012, 05:35:55 AM
That is stunning ! Poor BF will starve  ;). Hope work lets up for you soon !


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Post by: alek0 on June 24, 2012, 05:36:51 AM
He'll survive, he is getting muffins and scones and stuff like that which doesn't take much time :)


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Post by: Sandi K on June 24, 2012, 07:52:31 PM
Alek, just stunning!  What are the daisies made out of?


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Post by: alek0 on June 25, 2012, 06:50:13 PM
Daises are gumpaste, I used palenta colored with food coloring for getting the texture at the centers.


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Post by: alek0 on July 13, 2012, 05:05:22 PM
BF is away, so no new cakes. But I've been practicing painting on fondant on a dummy cake, I think I am getting better :)
(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy227/alek0/DSC06696.jpg)(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy227/alek0/DSC06683.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on July 13, 2012, 05:41:15 PM
Those birds are amazing !


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Post by: Mandycat on July 13, 2012, 06:12:52 PM
Just beautiful, Alek!   :)


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Post by: catbird on July 14, 2012, 07:08:11 AM
The birds and foliage are very realistic!  Are you sure you didn't miss your true calling as an artist? :D


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Post by: catwoods on July 16, 2012, 01:08:22 PM
Nicely done!


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Post by: alek0 on July 24, 2012, 05:07:23 PM
Other panels:

(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy227/alek0/DSC06723.jpg)
(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy227/alek0/DSC06717.jpg)

And a raspberry-lemon cake ith white chocolate-mint ganache since bf is coming back tonight (and I am leaving tomorrow for a conference, argh!):
(http://i794.photobucket.com/albums/yy227/alek0/DSC06756.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on July 25, 2012, 04:17:22 AM
They are all beautiful ! At least BF will be back before you have to leave.


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Post by: NedF on July 27, 2012, 07:42:20 PM
Next time you're in the San Francisco area Alek, please come to my house and bake me a cake! Those are so yummy looking!


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Post by: catwoods on July 28, 2012, 02:53:07 PM
Gorgeous! That lavender on the last cake really sets the other colors off!


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Post by: alek0 on August 19, 2012, 01:29:56 AM
Bf's birthday cake:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/c/7/c7ce862e0cde0efd0616b8e3c1e3122d_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: caylee on August 19, 2012, 05:32:18 AM
Wow! I hope he likes it. Is the seal chocolate cake?

Hugs


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Post by: lesliek on August 19, 2012, 06:07:18 AM
Wow ! That seal is so realistic , I hope he loves it ! Tell him Happy Birthday for all at my house please.


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Post by: alek0 on August 25, 2012, 09:02:26 AM
Good thing I was practicing 3D animal cakes for his birthday. This weekend, a cake to celebrate 1 month of age for his new niece:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/e/0/e0286913a44216a9fb67fd41147de733_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on August 25, 2012, 09:32:05 AM
What a perfect celebration cake for a little girl!  It's beautiful.

BTW congratulations to your BF on his new niece and to his sibling on their new daughter!


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Post by: lesliek on August 25, 2012, 04:22:45 PM
It's beautiful ! Congratulations on becoming an Aunt and Uncle !


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Post by: Mandycat on August 25, 2012, 06:29:04 PM
That is a beautiful, and very realistic, bear cake!  Congratulations on the new family member!   :)


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Post by: catwoods on August 27, 2012, 02:22:38 PM
How cute! Congratulations on having a new niece!


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Post by: alek0 on September 02, 2012, 03:37:56 PM
Something more simple this week, tiramisu cake inspired by Carl Warner's foodscape "Yellow Oasis":

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/6/8/685bb6c4c76c7126bf7dc179f1fab2fb_view_l.jpg)

and an eggplant-mushroom tart, decoration again inspired by Carl Warner, this time "Salmon sea":
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/b/b/bbaff2c4ad502804ae999f0051a81053_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on September 02, 2012, 03:41:44 PM
Those are astonishing!


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Post by: lesliek on September 03, 2012, 05:25:23 AM
Those are not simple !


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Post by: Sandi K on September 08, 2012, 07:06:33 PM
Just stunning!  And delicous looking!  Amazing talent you have, Alek0.


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Post by: alek0 on September 12, 2012, 07:59:48 AM
My first Trompe l'oeil attempt, marble pattern and central image are all painted, grouting between "tiles" is royal icing.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/4/1/41014a725775efdc617c40d5260ee3ec_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catwoods on September 12, 2012, 02:37:08 PM
Wow! Very innovative!


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Post by: merrihart on September 12, 2012, 02:41:22 PM
Oh, that is very  cool.


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Post by: catbird on September 12, 2012, 03:55:44 PM
It's Jupiter!


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Post by: lesliek on September 12, 2012, 04:00:14 PM
That is stunning !


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Post by: alek0 on September 22, 2012, 05:44:06 PM
Almond, orange&chestnut cake:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/5/55cf59c27bf0a0ba75b2577d55de2a6d_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: alek0 on September 22, 2012, 06:55:40 PM
And another one, for bf's grandnephew's first birthday, he is crazy about that Pororo character:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/0/a/0a985a80b004d354c40fcc010582bfef_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: Mandycat on September 22, 2012, 09:18:40 PM
The first cake is beautiful!  And the little character is just adorable!  You are just so talented!   :)


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Post by: lesliek on September 23, 2012, 05:50:08 AM
They are both great, but the Pororo is so cute !


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Post by: catwoods on September 24, 2012, 12:56:03 PM
Your work is so versatile and inventive!


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Post by: alek0 on September 30, 2012, 05:42:45 AM
My birthday cake, inspired by Franz ladybug teapot and cup (http://d3vd8b39huo1pd.cloudfront.net/static/uploads/products/images/processed/Franz-Ladybug-Teapot-Product-16x9_jpg_700x394_crop_upscale_q85.jpg (http://d3vd8b39huo1pd.cloudfront.net/static/uploads/products/images/processed/Franz-Ladybug-Teapot-Product-16x9_jpg_700x394_crop_upscale_q85.jpg) and http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mK8gQ6yln1_WuFypLwgXcqw.jpg (http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mK8gQ6yln1_WuFypLwgXcqw.jpg)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/0/50f8c3d97f5fb3a3e7f70dae2fa0de1e_view_l.jpg)

This is how it looks cut, I'm not entirely happy with the cross-section, but it will be better next time.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/d/d/ddde4d5c661422cf9cfe20d77f50ecb3_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on September 30, 2012, 06:27:16 AM
Happy Birthday ! That is absolutely amazing, & I love the lady bugs  :).


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Post by: catbird on September 30, 2012, 09:20:31 AM
Wow!  That teapot cake is astonishing!  And happy birthday!  (Did you by any chance get the teapot as a birthday gift?)


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Post by: merrihart on September 30, 2012, 09:36:05 AM
Holy cow, Alex!  How did you make that cake to get that design on the inside?


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Post by: catwoods on September 30, 2012, 01:44:30 PM
Fantastic! Artfully done!


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Post by: Mandycat on September 30, 2012, 04:16:10 PM
Cool cake!  You are so talented!  Happy Birthday!


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Post by: alek0 on September 30, 2012, 04:35:26 PM
I baked cake pops (with chocolate chips) first, then put them in cake batter and baked again. If anyone is interested, I've seen similar thing on this blog, it has a detailed tutorial:

http://once-upon-a-pedestal.blogspot.hk/2012/05/polka-dot-cake-from-bake-pop-pan.html


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Post by: GKit on September 30, 2012, 05:09:08 PM
Wow! That's amazing.  Happy Birthday!


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Post by: alek0 on October 06, 2012, 07:20:12 AM
Banana bread with dark chocolate+orange ganache, for one little girl's birthday:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/1/11b279c5e621f773c9c1c261eedecebd_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: GKit on October 06, 2012, 10:44:27 AM
Wow! (again).  After scraping my jaw off the floor...hmm, now I'm hungry. Are any of the kitties faked out by the birdie?  :)


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Post by: lesliek on October 06, 2012, 03:46:44 PM
I love the wood grain & the cyclamin !


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Post by: Fizzy1 on October 08, 2012, 09:34:53 AM
How the heck do you do it.  LOL.  Amazing, as usual.  I always show your creations to DH.  We're both so impressed with your talent.  Thanks for sharing with all of us :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on October 11, 2012, 02:57:11 PM
So very cute!


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Post by: alek0 on October 13, 2012, 05:26:55 PM
This weekend's cakes, I am now in surrealist butterfly phase, apparently.

First one, inspired by a painting by Vladimir Kush:
(http://www.beautifullife.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/16/22.jpg)
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/3/9/3942f85654bd0c6b8599b35ee8cb0ae4_view_l.jpg)

second one, proper autumn cake:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/1/3/13e4ef7d2b702a4eae22290ff3ee32d7_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: lesliek on October 14, 2012, 06:03:41 AM
They are both beautiful but the fall colors are especially striking !


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Post by: alek0 on October 21, 2012, 04:38:41 PM
Chestnut cake with elderflower jelly:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/repository/images/_variations/5/f/5fae14b72ef512b5f2b943887fbb86e2_view_l.jpg)

inspired by this painting:
(http://www.linesandcolors.com/images/2007-04/kush_450.jpg)


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Post by: merrihart on October 21, 2012, 05:10:25 PM
Wow, that really looks good, Alex0.  Wish I could try a slice.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 22, 2012, 05:51:10 AM
That's gorgeous ! I love all the sails of butterflies & it sounds delicious.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 23, 2012, 07:14:06 AM
An experiment on  a dummy cake - tried to paint northern lights. Not entirely satisfied with it, but I guess it is not too bad for first attempt.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/eksperiment-aurora-borealis-b0fed291d8986d57a5de5452cfd49e3b_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on October 23, 2012, 01:56:06 PM
I'm always amazed whenever you depict water in your cakes!

I love the aurora idea! The way you've placed the dark trees around the base - perfect!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on October 23, 2012, 02:48:58 PM
You may not think it's successful, but I think it's completely beautiful!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 23, 2012, 03:13:32 PM
I agree, the aurora is spectacular !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 23, 2012, 04:58:49 PM
Stars are not right, I think I diluted the white too much. Btw, stars can be painted very quickly, just using a toothbrush. I learnt that from one book on painting, great tip.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 29, 2012, 07:27:00 AM
My Halloween cake (walnut&chestnuts), I decided to finally try to make Archimboldo's winter in 3D, it is so creepy:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/archimboldo-winter-torta-996dd046c03f9a5eed26c30a79eb8ab3_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on October 29, 2012, 07:53:19 AM
Wow!  Very effective and just right for Halloween!


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Post by: lesliek on October 29, 2012, 02:45:25 PM
Very creepy & spooky for Halloween !


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Post by: catwoods on October 31, 2012, 02:09:02 PM
Perfect for Halloween!


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Post by: Sandi K on November 01, 2012, 02:25:56 PM
Wow, the tree and limbs are so real!  Fantastic job, as usual, Alek0!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 23, 2012, 01:33:25 AM
Long time, no new cakes. Well, this is my Christmas cake (home made linzer cookies, chocolate-almond sponge, chocolate-chestnut buttercream, castle is all edible, sculpted from buttercream mixture with added ground almonds).
(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/moja-bozicna-739abdbd81dd16aae043d21a96bcc4fe_view_l.jpg)

I am not entirely satisfied, would have been better if whole thing was bigger, length of the cake is 8 inch, so it is very tricky to get sculpting done on such small scale.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 23, 2012, 06:41:39 AM
It's a castle in the snow! It's beautiful and I think you should be proud of it.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 23, 2012, 07:02:52 AM
I agree, it's gorgeous ! Maybe bigger would be easier to work on, but smaller makes it look magical.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 30, 2012, 11:22:19 PM
Another one, wanted something funny this time. "Your nose or your life, snowman!" Lol.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/your-nose-or-your-life-torta--7ccb303dd3f09243db0841d93f2d23e1_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on December 31, 2012, 03:55:56 AM
rofl, Alex0!  Wonderful cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 31, 2012, 06:37:00 AM
 :D :D ;D


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Post by: caylee on December 31, 2012, 06:47:20 AM
 So funny and cute!  ;D  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on January 02, 2013, 05:12:47 PM
Oh that makes my day. Rofl. :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on January 08, 2013, 03:32:06 PM
Beautifully done and I got a good laugh out of the second one!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on January 20, 2013, 07:10:26 AM
Walnut and chestnut cake with chocolate-chestnut filling.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/torta-od-oraha-kestena-i-cokolade-varijanta-2-ukrasa-c58d92e8a73353304d1793c007b3ad7b_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on January 20, 2013, 07:36:04 AM
That looks so elegant and sounds delicious !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on January 20, 2013, 10:39:02 AM
That is very beautiful--the top reminds me of ice crystals on a window, or when a lake is just freezing over. And chocolate-chestnut--Yum!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on January 22, 2013, 02:09:40 PM
Beautiful!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 14, 2013, 03:11:50 PM
Tiramisu with chestnut and bananas (very nice combination):

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/kesten-tiramisu-16b737cffa165cf245aa87f9f5c53dc2_view_l.jpg)

Still very simple decorations since I have been rather busy at work.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on February 14, 2013, 03:49:28 PM
Simple is fine by me; it looks and sounds delicious!


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Post by: NedF on February 14, 2013, 04:29:41 PM
Mmmmmm! That looks very tasty!


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Post by: lesliek on February 14, 2013, 04:34:38 PM
Ok now I'm drooling on the keyboard !  :P


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on February 17, 2013, 02:48:36 PM
Elegant!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 03, 2013, 06:41:07 AM
Decorations will have to stay simple for a while, it is way too humid and everything is melting. Grrrrr.

Chocolate cake (with beetroot, makes it moist but you can't taste it), whte chocolate mint ganache, fresh raspberries, dark chocolate-orange ganache and dark chocolate glaze.
(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/torta-od-cokolade-mente-i-malina-b9d70f4c9cf7d6c4ae414fb3bd380c1a_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on March 03, 2013, 11:01:04 AM
Alek), I'll take a little of your heat and humidity (it was 3 degrees F/-16C here this AM)!  And I'll take a slice of cake, too; it sounds yummy.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 03, 2013, 04:40:48 PM
Same here , heat , humidity & ca'ke SOUNGgood ! Sorry ,Oreo is helping me type !












Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catmom5 on March 03, 2013, 04:50:55 PM
Cut me a slice, too . . . ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 05, 2013, 02:16:11 PM
Oh, mmmm, that does look good!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 10, 2013, 08:37:52 PM
At this time of a year when is not hot enough for airconditioning, and it is quite humid, can;t really do much for decorating, so still siple stuff, chocolate cake with apple roses in elderflower jelly:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/cokoladna-torta-sa-jabukama-5d48c0b79f238cad873f7003ddb62111_view_l.jpg)

I've been experimenting a bit how to get very moist chocolate cake but without using butter or oil ;) The previous weeks' one is with beetroot (and it turned out great), this one is with pumpkin puree. So far in terms of "moistness" of cakes, I would say zucchini works best, followed by beetroot, parsnips, carrots and pumpkin (last 3 are similar). You actually can't taste vegetables in the cake, but they make it wonderfully moist.
So if you need to get someone to eat more veggies, you can always put them in a cake, lol.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on March 11, 2013, 12:30:55 AM
Quote
I've been experimenting a bit how to get very moist chocolate cake but without using butter or oil Wink

Have you tried using just plain apple sauce for butter or oil? It really makes a moist cake, too.



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 11, 2013, 01:12:50 AM
Have you tried using just plain apple sauce for butter or oil? It really makes a moist cake, too.

Yes, I tried bananas, apple sauce, pear puree, etc. Zucchini is still number one when it comes to moist cakes :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 11, 2013, 06:47:06 AM
If you mix carrots & zucchini in the puree you can usually cut down a little on the sugar too. I also have a friend who has used pureed , peeled tomatoes in chocolate cake with good results.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on March 11, 2013, 02:31:14 PM
The apple roses are gorgeous! Hmm, that looks so yummy.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 16, 2013, 03:12:42 PM
Gorgeous! And (even healthier, that is ;D) healthy cake with vegetables is a great idea!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 24, 2013, 05:18:21 PM
Zucchini chocolate cake with chestnut buttercream, finally "proper" decoration, took me quite some time to finish gumpaste wisteria bonsai.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/torta-od-tikvica-sa-cokoladom-1fa272f734905c655b37c8d7cec5a2b6_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on March 24, 2013, 05:36:22 PM
Before I even read your caption, I saw the picture and said "A bonsai wisteria"! Fabulous artistry--right down to the blue and white "bowl."


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on March 24, 2013, 07:22:12 PM
Wow.  It took me a second to realize the bowl was cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on March 24, 2013, 09:51:34 PM
Amazing and unique!  I don't think I could even think of eating it! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 25, 2013, 04:14:34 AM
Wow ! I wish there was a way to preserve that !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on March 28, 2013, 07:59:47 PM
Totally awesome Alek0!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: julia on March 29, 2013, 02:49:32 PM
Wow!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on March 29, 2013, 10:10:28 PM
I think I gained a few pounds just looking at that!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 29, 2013, 11:15:02 PM
Happy easter everyone!

Banana bread for bottom half of the cake, chestnut sponge for top half, filled with chestnut buttercream.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/moja-uskrsnja-torta-583024d9bfaf1cb03349ceac276de6c2_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on March 30, 2013, 05:11:04 AM
Alek0, this is gorgeous! It sounds delicious, but it's so pretty I would not want to eat it! Your Easter guests will be very, very lucky people.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 30, 2013, 05:27:38 AM
That is spectacular !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on March 30, 2013, 08:56:13 PM
Sounds yummy and is just gorgeous!  I also couldn't bear cutting that one to eat!  Do these beautiful works of art really get eaten at your house? 

Happy Easter! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on March 30, 2013, 11:05:26 PM
That is just amazing!  I don't think I could bear to cut into it.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on April 04, 2013, 07:55:54 AM
Oh. My.  :o  How do you do it!!!

I feel accomplished if my cake from a box turns out okay :D  You are incredibly talented.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 07, 2013, 07:18:32 PM
Thank you! This weekend I was awfully busy, so I just made some simple banana muffins:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/banana-muffin-2760b11b43a186dc8744515dde5f7d2a_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on April 07, 2013, 09:14:33 PM
Beautiful rose! I have a feeling that the "simple" banana muffins were delicious!   :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 08, 2013, 04:56:45 AM
How pretty ! I love banana muffins  :).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on April 10, 2013, 12:09:52 PM
That rose is exquisite!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on April 17, 2013, 02:12:31 PM
Beautiful!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 27, 2013, 03:17:07 AM
Banana cake with dark chocolate-peabut butter:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/banana-torta-sa-dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-kremom-00be06a1833d130472dc5ceb21a90d74_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 27, 2013, 05:18:29 AM
That is absolutely stunning ! I was just watching goldfinches at the feeder out back too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on April 27, 2013, 08:03:47 AM
How springlike and cheerful!


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Post by: Fizzy1 on April 27, 2013, 12:08:53 PM
It sounds even tastier than it looks, if that's possible LOL!  Another award winner :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on April 27, 2013, 02:22:34 PM
Beautiful! Reminds me of a Faberge egg.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on April 27, 2013, 03:25:14 PM
Alek,
Your cats are absolutely beautiful!  I just can't imagine someone wanting to eat them and destroy that beauty, though! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on May 05, 2013, 03:27:48 PM
Those are so pretty!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 19, 2013, 07:36:20 AM
This week's cake, bottom part is green tea & chestnut, top part is coffee and chestnut.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/cactus-torta-b3ad56fa3421d5a19974ff8970ebd6e6_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on May 19, 2013, 09:37:23 AM
A potted cactus cake! Very original design.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 19, 2013, 04:00:21 PM
Wow ! My fingers hurt just looking at those spines .


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on May 19, 2013, 04:09:56 PM
Amazing!   :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on May 19, 2013, 04:28:20 PM
That one is so beautiful!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on May 19, 2013, 09:03:47 PM
That looks painfully delicious!  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 02, 2013, 08:03:51 PM
Chestnut tiramisu on a dark chocolate base:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/tiramisu-sa-kestenom-4e1b91b3f51c45a6967dcb934e2d7221_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on June 02, 2013, 08:28:29 PM
So beautiful! And, once again, too pretty to eat!   ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on June 03, 2013, 05:06:29 AM
Exquisite! It looks like a wedding cake top.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 03, 2013, 05:23:14 AM
That is absolutely stunning !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on June 03, 2013, 10:11:56 AM
Oh, that's just gorgeous!  And tiramisu!  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on June 04, 2013, 06:02:38 PM
Beautiful! Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on June 05, 2013, 09:17:53 AM
Do people really eat your cakes?!  It just seems so wrong to cut into your works of art.  Although, anything with frosting doesn't stand a chance with me ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 09, 2013, 08:20:31 PM
No dessert this week, I just made some oatmeal-raspberry muffins which I didn;t bother decorating.

I was experimenting a bit with savory stuff, though. This is zucchini-smoked salmon-broccoli quiche, baked in a half-sphere cake pan:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/zapecene-tikvice-i-brokula-sa-dimljenim-lososom-d4f76767e9e37e7dad12e9b5d91683d5_view_l.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on June 09, 2013, 09:27:28 PM
Yummy!  A veggie cake!   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 10, 2013, 04:54:24 AM
That looks delicious !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on June 13, 2013, 09:00:28 PM
That looks yummy and healthy at the same time!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on June 14, 2013, 02:31:25 PM
The chestnut cake is really elegant! Vegetable, cool! A whole new range of textures to work with visually.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 21, 2013, 07:10:57 AM
This was the cake for today's dept. lunch. Too many people, so had to go with something two tier:

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/gotovo-12e48ea8bd51eae13f4cab029f8ea1a0_view_l.jpg)

This was just the bottom tier, I think it looks prety enough on its own, love how the marbling turned out:
(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/donji-sprat-5b3498a90e642018e001ab33453d1e70_view_l.jpg)

Both tiers are chocolate sponge, filled with bananas & mascarpone cream and chestnut-orange buttercream.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on June 21, 2013, 07:13:47 AM
Oh so pretty!  I love the colors and the marbling.  I bet no one wanted to cut into it :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on June 21, 2013, 11:02:49 AM
Oh, I like it! It's very cheerful.  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 21, 2013, 03:58:13 PM
Very upbeat & sounds delicious !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on June 21, 2013, 04:56:37 PM
Very festive indeed! I like poppies. I hope you all had a good party!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on July 08, 2013, 01:57:16 PM
Very pretty!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 28, 2013, 09:43:40 PM
A cake for 1st birthday of ex bf's niece, not that nice looking (they requested 64 Zoo lane cartoon which is ugly) but tasty, as you can see many layers, bottom tier was orange&raspberry, middle tier walnut and top tier tiramisu, filling was sliced bananas and mascarpone (tiramisu cream) in inner part, chestnut buttercream on outside.

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/torta-za-prvi-rodjendan-64-zoo-lane-7eb1ff0ce9438ec4fd555d1dafe66fc2_view_l.jpg)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/torta-za-prvi-rodjendan-64-zoo-lane-f13d631acc9fab6301f73b023e9ddb77_view_l.jpg)


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Post by: catbird on July 29, 2013, 05:27:33 AM
The cake is very cute and well-designed, even if you don't like the characters much. The little girl and her family are very lucky to have such a great cake to celebrate her first birthday.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 29, 2013, 05:46:49 AM
I agree , what appeals to kids isn't always what we like !  I'll bet she loved it  though & it sounds delicious !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on July 30, 2013, 02:27:46 PM
A very special cake, and it looks so tasty!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on October 02, 2013, 01:26:18 PM
What?!  No cake since July?  :o  I'm starving! :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on October 02, 2013, 02:22:21 PM
What?!  No cake since July?  :o  I'm starving! :D

 :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 02, 2013, 04:29:48 PM
I was thinking the same thing !  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 02, 2013, 08:08:11 PM
Just one cake but nothing special. Now that ex is out, there isn;t anyone to eat the cakes.

There will be another next week, promised my students a cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on October 03, 2013, 07:55:31 AM
Well, for our sake I sure hope your next BF loves cake!   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on October 03, 2013, 03:49:59 PM
 :D :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on October 06, 2013, 10:21:24 PM
Alek0, I wonder if you would be able to find a nursing home or a womans shelter or some other sort of group that would appreciate a beautiful homemade cake once a week or something, that way it keeps you making them which I know you enjoy and others would so appreciate your lovely cakes.   


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 10, 2013, 08:20:24 PM
After a long time, another cake I have some friends coming over tonight. It is orange-hazelnut sponge with chestnut buttercream:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-gotovo-3677403167c9bafe790f3bf169fbd7ca_view_l.jpg?v=9)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on November 10, 2013, 09:56:34 PM
Oh my goodness, I think this is one of your best creations yet, its just stunningly real!  What did you use for its nose?  Guess what, one more page and you've hit 100 pages, like August has!  100 pages of scrumptious cakes, I vote for 100 more, please.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on November 11, 2013, 01:44:26 AM
Wow - What a cake! The doggie looks so real!

Hugs


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on November 11, 2013, 08:10:00 AM
Fabulous cake! I have missed them...your friends are lucky.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on November 11, 2013, 09:29:45 AM
Cake!  That is an amazing one. How did you make the ears??


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on November 11, 2013, 03:09:10 PM
Alek, my jaw dropped when I saw this cake!  :o  It is so fantastic! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on November 11, 2013, 08:54:03 PM
Fantastic cake!  I'm afraid, though, if I were a guest in your house, I would starve before wanting it cut!   :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 11, 2013, 09:20:56 PM
Gkit, I intended the ears to be gum paste but it didm;t dry (it has been quite humid here for the past few days), so I just folded aluminium foil into ear shape and covered it in fondant. Head and the front paws are rice krispie treats, the rest is cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 15, 2013, 09:53:52 AM
I love this one !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on November 15, 2013, 08:19:54 PM
Another masterpiece Alek!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on November 24, 2013, 04:12:40 PM
Wow! The fur is beautifully textured!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on November 27, 2013, 12:53:24 PM
Do we get to see any Thanksgiving cakes, Aleko?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 01, 2013, 07:30:37 PM
Didn't make any. Haen't been baking much since ex moved out. You guys need to move closer :) Just think about the fact that it never snows here. And all the cakes ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Meowli on December 02, 2013, 01:55:30 PM
We've already had a little snow..and some frigid temperatures...I'm certainly ready for better weather and lots of cake!

PS That dog cake looks wonderful - bet it was delicious!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 19, 2013, 04:38:01 PM
Tiramisu variation (with sour cherries and chocolate inside, on roasted hazelnut base), decorations are fresh redcurrants, mint leaves, and modeling chocolate snowflakes.

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/tiramisu-zimska-varijacija-9cc8d49976a7b219cc21a4cc56f4b09d_view_l.jpg?v=9)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 19, 2013, 04:40:29 PM
I can't decide if that cake looks prettier or sounds more delicious ! :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 19, 2013, 05:20:42 PM
That cake is very seasonal, and quite beautiful. But it would not last long around me--you had me at "sour cherries and chocolate".  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on December 21, 2013, 03:21:04 PM
That looks yummy. It wouldn't last long around me either!   ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 24, 2013, 07:53:57 AM
This one is not sweet, savory cake with spinach, toasted pine nuts and smoked salmon, some zucchini slices and parmesan on the top, grilled eggplant slices at the bottom. Used al dente canoli as the border on teh sides (filled with the same filling as the rest of the cake).

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/slana-torta-a593be8ab6647a29a372a4fe43ba94ab_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Spartycats on December 24, 2013, 08:04:30 AM
That cake looks so realistic!  It looks just like a kitten.   :D ;D


This one is not sweet, savory cake with spinach, toasted pine nuts and smoked salmon, some zucchini slices and parmesan on the top, grilled eggplant slices at the bottom. Used al dente canoli as the border on teh sides (filled with the same filling as the rest of the cake).

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/fee-0a1721c6e96961427f90137cafcb34dc_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 24, 2013, 08:11:45 AM
That cake looks so realistic!  It looks just like a kitten.   :D ;D


LOL! Sorry, wrong link :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on December 24, 2013, 08:26:15 AM
 :D  LOL!



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on December 24, 2013, 12:18:13 PM
 :D. The cake looks awesome. It's making me crave pasta now. And cheese.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on December 24, 2013, 04:11:03 PM
Yummy tasty kitty!  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 24, 2013, 05:42:32 PM
Both look good , but I'd rather eat the cake !  ;D The kitten would probably prefer a cuddle too !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 27, 2013, 05:17:40 PM
Cake for a friend who loves minions and who is doing a PhD on the effect of silver nanoparticles on fish:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-sa-rolatima-2de82264dc8ae33022251f321f9822b7_view_l.jpg?v=0)

She loved it, especially the fish running away from Ag nanoparticles, and the process of PhD turning a minion into evil minion ;) I'll try to get a photo of cross section when we cut it at the party this afternoon, this should look good also :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 27, 2013, 05:28:03 PM
How incredibly cute and creative! I wish I could see the look on the friend's face when the cake is presented!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 28, 2013, 07:42:49 AM
Really good idea ! Love the minion  ;D.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on December 28, 2013, 05:47:43 PM
Neat looking cake!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on December 28, 2013, 06:26:36 PM
Very cool cake. Love the minions and the coral!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 29, 2013, 07:43:05 AM
This is how it looks like inside:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-presek-c807a7546dc7c2601efa35462e82ea86_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on December 29, 2013, 10:55:51 AM
Drooling here :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on December 29, 2013, 06:11:25 PM
Ooooo. Is that coral made of frosting? Yum.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 30, 2013, 08:56:29 AM
And tiramisu:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/tiramisu-zimska-varijacija-4041fd20c1aa80372c2279304ec3238c_view_l.jpg?v=0)
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/tiramisu-zimska-varijacija-fe7caaa6e76a0c78ee26b47362bffe3c_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on December 30, 2013, 09:02:32 AM
Gorgeous! Looks like a winter sunset.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on December 30, 2013, 11:19:04 PM
The snow effect is cool! It looks 3D.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on December 31, 2013, 08:59:39 AM
That's beautiful.  It makes me think of a snow globe :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on December 31, 2013, 08:46:19 PM
It does look like a snow globe!  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on January 01, 2014, 07:01:22 AM
I love the contrast of colors !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 10, 2014, 07:31:39 PM
Zucchini cupcakes:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/muffins-sa-tikvicama-aabee3581c599a3f9ba55213379dca97_view_l.jpg?v=0)

These are quick and easy, and reasonably healthy treat - no butter, no oil. Made with greek style yogurt and whole grain spelt flour.If you use wholegrain wheat in desserts, things turn out tough and dry, but with spelt there is no such problem. Decorated with modelling chocolate roses and rose print cupcake wrappers.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on March 10, 2014, 07:43:34 PM
They look delicious! I love zucchini! It's one of the few vegetables I'll eat!  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on March 10, 2014, 08:12:35 PM
 :P    You had me at cupcakes :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 10, 2014, 08:58:49 PM
Vegetables in cakes and cupcakes are a great thing. You can have much lower fat content and the cakes are still wonderfully tender and moist.

And in most cases you can't really tell there is a vegetable inside. I've made cakes with parsnips, zucchini, beetroot, etc. they were all great. Beetroot in chocolate cakes is great, you get a really nice dark chocolate colour, and the cakes always turn out wonderfully moist (some chocolate cake recipes tend to be dry, but with veggies inside, you can't go wrong).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on March 10, 2014, 10:31:48 PM
They look too beautiful to eat! 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on March 11, 2014, 05:42:09 AM
How beautiful! The cupcakes sound like something I would love to eat, but I'd be hesitant to spoil the perfection of those roses.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on March 11, 2014, 01:30:41 PM
Beautiful cupcakes! 

I love carrot cake too, with carrots, raisins, pineapple, etc and then add cream cheese frosting, you get your dairy as well!   :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 11, 2014, 03:41:11 PM
I love zucchini bread & the decorations are beautiful !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on March 13, 2014, 05:24:57 PM
The shading on the roses is beautiful. They look just yummy.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on March 18, 2014, 02:13:38 PM
Almost too pretty to eat!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 13, 2014, 04:18:55 PM
Apple&cinnamon version:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/muffins-sa-jabukama-fc51996bfae6df76b2b6c8c8d4ded8af_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 14, 2014, 06:38:46 AM
How pretty and springlike !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on April 15, 2014, 09:27:35 AM
Oh, I like this one! The leaves are look very realistic, and the flowers are just right. Plus, it looks yummy! :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on April 16, 2014, 06:17:47 AM
Apples and cinnamon cake, the breakfast of champions!  Nummy!  Its gorgeous.  Alek, you need to own a cake shop, have you ever thought about maybe doing that at some point in your life?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on April 17, 2014, 02:01:16 PM
Very nice work, all are fun to look at, and they sound really tasty, too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 18, 2014, 06:10:05 AM
Pure chocolate decadence (about 400 g dark chocolate):

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/cokoladna-torta-caa8a68f7f0690cbd14648796e906823_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 18, 2014, 06:25:19 AM
That is adorable ! I needed that cake last night  ;) I had a serious chocolate craving .


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 18, 2014, 09:46:06 AM
And another apple cake, with apple roses in apple jelly:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-jabuka-000dfba18c8261cae0c05d0cd88b9fee_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on April 18, 2014, 10:50:48 AM
Wow! I love the pure chocolate decadence cake. So, soooo cute!!

And now another cake? What's the occasion?



Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on April 18, 2014, 10:54:31 AM
The chocolate decadence is the cutest cake ever!  The details on the mousie and strawberries are fantastic! 

And now I have a bad craving for apple desserts.  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: merrihart on April 19, 2014, 04:27:14 AM
I love them both!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on April 21, 2014, 08:18:52 AM
Yay Cake!  LOL!  Love the chocolate one.  Too Cute!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 27, 2014, 08:14:38 PM
No cakes at the moment, just muffins, tropical version (with pineapple, banana and coconut) and almond-apricot:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/badem-muffins-4c1a1fd1c8fc00efdd327adddf8a675f_view_l.jpg?v=0)
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/ananas-muffin-5ab8dea27a8cfef83572190ce81c341e_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on April 28, 2014, 06:05:34 AM
How pretty  :) !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on April 28, 2014, 07:41:27 AM
Those muffins look yummy!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 01, 2014, 04:39:23 PM
More muffins (ginger-lemon this time):
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/ginger-muffins-3d5668ce3e8887d366ce89ca37786709_view_l.jpg?v=0)

And I've been quite busy baking this week:, chocolate roasted hazelnut cake:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-lesnika-i-cokolade-0825e402fad7beb865f9acd38dd061ce_view_l.jpg?v=0)

And a minion cake (walnut coffee sponge, zucchini-lemon cake, chestnut buttercream on the outside and white chocolate mascarpone filling:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/minion-cake-5039173dd24c97d66b5b4a858f807d1c_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on May 01, 2014, 09:10:58 PM
They all look so delicious! I really like the muffins - they're just the right size. I could yum one up and not turn into Jabba the Hut!  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on May 01, 2014, 11:07:32 PM
The Minion Cake is cute!  And sounds decadently yummy.  But the zucchini and lemon make it healthy, right?  ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 02, 2014, 04:30:09 AM
I love the minion cake ! Are you taking it to work ?


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 12, 2014, 01:15:40 AM
Minion cake was for a friend who just finished her PhD, so we had a party at work :)

This one is a quite tasty combination, not too happy with decoration (needs longer-shaped pears such as conference pears, and I could only find short stumpy ones like d'anjou). Orange sponge (with green tea tuile), maple-walnut dacquoise, vanilla party cream, apricot jam, poached pears (poached in muscovado sugar, lemon juice, cloves and cardamom pods syrup):

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-sa-kruskama-8a25abedbffc3d0dce5a712fe88a2808_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 12, 2014, 04:45:31 AM
I'm drooling on the keyboard !  ;)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 12, 2014, 08:27:15 AM
Had some leftovers from the cake (happens when inventing recipes, better to make more than to make less), so there is also a charlotte, same thing but covered in mascarpone-whipping cream-vanilla, decorated with some flaked coconut and white chocolate rose.

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/sarlotica-sa-kruskama-5bcd81dffd9f7b2e73dde81a4f23a05c_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on May 13, 2014, 01:52:28 PM
The look delicious, and beautiful. That chocolate one looks like such temptation!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on May 13, 2014, 05:50:19 PM
The white one sounds absolutely heavenly. I think you had me at mascarpone!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 28, 2014, 03:48:51 PM
Carrot cupcakes and roasted hazelnut-raspberry cupcakes:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/cupcakes-od-mrkve-i-od-ljesnjaka-i-malina-9c535bc8010debd51e8bc0f5b752766d_view_l.jpg?v=0)

Two chocolate cakes:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-cokolade-7d2d68b1462d34ebf651692a4c9e6460_view_l.jpg?v=0)
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-cokolade-fe449283c9ca8d16af6bc939af3adbc5_view_l.jpg?v=0)

Also some pumpkin bread rolls filled with jam:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/kiflice-od-bundeve-by-milicza-buhtle-verzija-9a1ee831c0ce75e5fa2e3061240a27b7_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 29, 2014, 06:13:08 AM
They are all beautiful & sound delicious ! The minion is my favorite though  :).


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on June 29, 2014, 07:17:11 AM
The cupcakes look lovely, but the coral reef is my favorite; very creative! How did you get the "sandy" effect? I'd think sugar would dissolve; is it ground-up nuts or something like that?

Your guests are sooo lucky!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 29, 2014, 05:09:24 PM
The sand is ground-up butter cookies, and for to make whole thing look like a rock I used cookie crumb base for cheesecake and just pressed that onto a well-chilled cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on June 30, 2014, 12:53:56 PM
Did someone say cupcake?!  I'll be right over!   ;D  Everything looks amazing as usual! 

Yay!  Alek0 is baking again!   :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on July 09, 2014, 08:24:35 PM
Hazelnut raspberry cupcakes sound so delicious! Glad to see you baking again!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 20, 2014, 07:51:01 PM
Tangled cake for bf's daughter's birthday:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/tangled-torta-gotovo-6f97d386f2d946e76de99dd1220611b1_view_l.jpg?v=0)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/tangled-torta-gotovo-4c9ef834e652b9513e9418383c171a33_view_l.jpg?v=0)

And a savory tomato, basil and  pine nuts tart with pumpkin pastry (puff pastry decorations on the edge):
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/paradajz-u-testu-od-bundeve-f56fda5783aef0d31388556c543162e5_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on July 20, 2014, 08:12:08 PM
Oh those look so good!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on July 20, 2014, 08:43:10 PM
Omg.  That just is so cool!  The savory portion, yum!   


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on July 21, 2014, 06:16:02 AM
I'll take those cupcakes! Yummy! We need an emoticon of someone shoving food in their mouth....that'd be me.  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on July 21, 2014, 06:54:37 AM
The cake is astonishing, but I will take the tart for my dinner, please!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on July 21, 2014, 09:44:15 AM
(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-eatdrink020.gif) <-----Look everyone! It's Sandi stuffing her face! :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on July 21, 2014, 09:55:27 AM
It looks just like her!  lol :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Sandi K on July 21, 2014, 09:57:27 AM
LOL Awesome, Ned!  Look how fast my arms are moving to get the food in my mouth, at least my arms and jaw are getting a work-out!  ;D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on July 21, 2014, 01:36:54 PM
LOL, Ned! I love it!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on July 21, 2014, 01:47:53 PM
Wow, those both look delicious, and the cake is so pretty!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on July 21, 2014, 01:59:40 PM
The Tangled cake is wicked. I love the details on the tower, especially the color of the roof tiles. 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 21, 2014, 05:23:43 PM
 ;D :D Lol Ned !  The cake is beautiful but the tart sounds delicious !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on July 29, 2014, 08:11:29 AM
Walnut+coffee sponge, mascarpone filling, bananas, dark chocolate orange ganache:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-oraha-069cc640a959214ea08ecd04508c3a15_view_l.jpg?v=0)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on July 29, 2014, 11:31:48 AM
That's gorgeous!  It's almost too pretty to eat. Almost.  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: caylee on July 29, 2014, 02:02:52 PM
Lovely decorations, Alek, as usual.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catbird on July 29, 2014, 03:08:28 PM
I'm always astonished at how real your roses look!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on July 29, 2014, 04:30:57 PM
tHAT IS WAY TO PRETTY TO EAT ! WSorry ,oreo is helping type   :P. I'm sure I could force myself to try it though !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on July 29, 2014, 10:13:58 PM
Beautiful!  But, I agree, I don't think I could cut into it to eat it!    :-\


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on July 30, 2014, 01:36:28 PM
So pretty!  And it sounds very yummy, too.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 29, 2014, 04:21:18 PM
Citrus poppyseed cake, roasted hazelnut orange cake, both with chestnut buttercream. For my friend's son First birthday:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-maka-i-torta-sa-nutelom-6170009143f2330c42a9c6771040c82e_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: caylee on August 29, 2014, 05:38:30 PM
Very cute, Alek!


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Post by: Mandycat on August 29, 2014, 11:18:09 PM
Amazing!  It looks like a real stuffed toy bear!  It even looks like the fur is real.  You are certainly an artist with your cakes, Alek!


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Post by: Meowli on August 30, 2014, 02:46:49 AM
Adorable bear!


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Post by: lesliek on August 30, 2014, 06:06:23 AM
That is adorable !


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Post by: GKit on August 30, 2014, 07:40:32 AM
So cute!  The eyes and face are spot on!


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Post by: Fizzy1 on September 03, 2014, 10:09:38 AM
That is an adorable cake!  I want one.  ;D


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Post by: alek0 on September 09, 2014, 04:18:22 PM
Carrot cheesecake (linzer base, two baked fillings one carrot and one cheese, cheese+yogurt+cream on the outside. Decorated with crystallised leaves and flowers.

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/cheesecake-sa-mrkvom-gotova-78fb783518c0e6b52a855fa74346003b_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: lesliek on September 10, 2014, 04:26:51 AM
How pretty ! It sounds really yummy too  :),


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Post by: caylee on September 10, 2014, 01:13:04 PM
Every cake you make seems to be prettier than the last one! I don't how you do it!


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Post by: Sandi K on September 10, 2014, 06:34:04 PM
Hey, you have to cut that cake so we can see what it looks like on the inside!   :D  But then again, all it would do is make me drool.  Its beautiful!


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Post by: GKit on September 10, 2014, 07:16:02 PM
Oh, yummy!


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Post by: alek0 on September 18, 2014, 08:23:28 PM
Inside was like this (not neatly cut, sorry):

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/cheesecake-sa-mrkvom-gotova-50c05d7c9cc893b1375ad08fb68e8280_view_l.jpg?v=0)

I just made it again, this time in cupcakes form since bf just loved it:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/carrot-cheesecake-a1d46867c7f82ced98945e51503cd12b_view_l.jpg?v=0)
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/carrot-cheesecake-muffin-verzija-cf0cab3bb8202dcdb88a11a28fce3caa_view_l.jpg?v=0)

And I also had some passionfruit which I needed to use up, so I made this little tropical cake (layered, with passionfruit curd, fresh tropical fruit, vanilla pastry cream, meringue layers, cheesecake cookie crumb crust on the outside to form a pot):
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/tropska-tortica-bacacb4724f6bbff985bf8d3b78ff029_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: merrihart on September 19, 2014, 03:44:23 AM
You make my mouth water!


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Post by: lesliek on September 19, 2014, 03:57:46 AM
Yum ! :)


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Post by: GKit on September 19, 2014, 03:33:46 PM
That looks delicious and beautiful!


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Post by: catbird on September 19, 2014, 05:15:15 PM
Beautiful and creative, alek0! One of our local museums has had "edible art" shows every few years. Too bad you don't live around here so that you could compete!  I'm sure you would win the grand prize.


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Post by: catwoods on September 24, 2014, 08:46:32 PM
Such nice work, AlekO. It's like you're actually a sculptor!


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Post by: alek0 on September 25, 2014, 08:49:56 PM
Had to make a birthday cake for a boy, he wanted a fire engine. Not entirely satisfied with the result, but here it is:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/nutella-torta-93419e5d5aba1fc7f1f9225bbad9fa95_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: Meowli on September 26, 2014, 02:48:56 AM
Great fire engine! I bet it tastes good too!


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Post by: GKit on September 26, 2014, 08:15:09 AM
Oh that's cool!  I do like the little details. Is it actually up on the wheels?


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Post by: catwoods on September 26, 2014, 01:55:01 PM
Very inventive!


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Post by: caylee on September 26, 2014, 03:39:12 PM
Darling cake! Did he like the cake?


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Post by: lesliek on September 27, 2014, 05:30:30 AM
I think it turned out great ! It's really hard to put them on wheels , I know I did it twice when the kids were younger .


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Post by: Fizzy1 on September 27, 2014, 01:16:10 PM
I think you did a great job! 


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Post by: alek0 on October 11, 2014, 06:51:29 PM
Chocolate cake with white chocolate mint ganache. For friend's daughter birthday, she loves Finding Nemo.

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/nemo-torta-e6e033e677d6ce41bba3c0b252500f0b_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: caylee on October 11, 2014, 07:06:24 PM
Wow! And Wow! again. Alek your cakes just keep outdoing the last one you did. How do you do it?? I love them and wish I could join in the eating of them.



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Post by: lesliek on October 14, 2014, 03:45:08 PM
This might be your best yet !


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Post by: NedF on October 14, 2014, 05:02:25 PM
Beautiful!  :)


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Post by: merrihart on October 15, 2014, 11:01:21 AM
I'd be afraid to cut into it!  How did you make the sea sponge look so real?


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Post by: alek0 on October 15, 2014, 09:07:26 PM
Microwaved royal icing. It just needs to be done slowly and carefully, 10-20 s at a time, generates nasty stink if it burns  ;D


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Post by: alek0 on October 15, 2014, 10:18:35 PM
Pineapple muffins:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/ananas-muffin-ee5b2fb1b837260f4981f5374fe7b588_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: merrihart on October 21, 2014, 07:38:21 AM
Looks.fabulous, alex.  Are the leaves and flowers also edi le?


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Post by: GKit on October 21, 2014, 01:28:55 PM
That is gorgeous. Beautiful color shadings on the leaves and flowers.


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Post by: alek0 on November 10, 2014, 09:24:38 PM
Leaves and flowers are gumpaste, theoretically edible but practically no, it is just sugar pretty much.

Chocolate-coconut cake, in this case decorations are modelling chocolate, that is more edible than gumpaste:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/cokolada-kokos-torta-667acf1d6a295f8c5735fcab45261df5_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: alek0 on November 10, 2014, 09:26:03 PM
Also pineapple Pavlova, with dried pineapple "flower" (thinly sliced pineapple, dried in an oven)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/ananas-pavlova-43ad4cdc36bec3c63e388b15043c0a64_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: Mandycat on November 10, 2014, 11:20:30 PM
Yummy!  I love chocolate and coconut.  The pineapple looks good too! 


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Post by: lesliek on November 11, 2014, 05:11:26 AM
This is making me hungry ! They look much better than my yogurt  ;).


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Post by: catbird on November 11, 2014, 08:58:49 AM
Beautiful and delicious-looking! Good thing I'm only seeing pictures of these--I'd be debating whether to eat them right away, because they look so yummy, or not touch them at all, to preserve the beauty!


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Post by: Fizzy1 on November 14, 2014, 07:39:49 AM
Very nice, alek0!  I'm so glad to see you baking again.   :)


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Post by: GKit on November 14, 2014, 02:36:05 PM
Oh I missed the cakes! The dried pineapple looks almost like an autumn leaf, way cool.  That Pavlova is making my mouth water!


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Post by: alek0 on November 24, 2014, 08:39:32 PM
More cakes: zucchini-walnut cakes, attempting "surprise inside" cross section, gave up on round one and went for square cake as easier option.

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-tikvica-5c9d5c8efbe527934349e9b4bf02e0ed_view_l.jpg?v=0)
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-tikvica-pokusaj-drugi-815979870956caf7da7bc8c0b88aa681_view_l.jpg?v=0)

Cross section:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-tikvica-pokusaj-drugi-presijek-62b735c0948b05e0bf99eb82d477e7cf_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: Fizzy1 on November 25, 2014, 08:09:43 AM
Nice!  One piece to go, please!  :D


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Post by: Meowli on November 25, 2014, 08:53:04 AM
Me too! Looks so yummy!


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Post by: GKit on November 25, 2014, 06:02:17 PM
Yummy! I am partial to the round chocolate looking one.  :D


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Post by: lesliek on November 26, 2014, 06:33:00 AM
Beautiful ! I love the fairy  :).


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Post by: NedF on November 27, 2014, 11:25:35 AM
That slice looks delicious! Love the blue cake, the leaves are really neat!


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Post by: catwoods on December 04, 2014, 03:31:58 PM
These look yummy and beautiful - that rich blue and orange one - stunning!


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Post by: alek0 on February 01, 2015, 11:51:10 PM
Chestnut tiramisu cake:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/kesten-tiramisu-torta-04954cd637d5be5c4cc409469560a8da_view_l.jpg?v=0)

And one I am really proud off, Yoda-Einstein chocolate cake:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/yoda-einstein-torta-7226883e585b0b3c93207d95ec76d13a_view_l.jpg?v=0)
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/yoda-einstein-torta-4c8c1653b024d72f54abbd6997a88399_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: lesliek on February 02, 2015, 06:09:11 AM
The tiramisu cake is beautiful !  ;D on the 2nd one ! That is uncanny how much it looks like both of them .


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Post by: catbird on February 02, 2015, 06:19:29 AM
Love the Yoda/Eintstein!  Yoda's designers must have had Einstein in mind, either consciously or unconsciously. And you did an amazing job of sculpting him!


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Post by: GKit on February 02, 2015, 11:32:03 AM
Yoda/Einstein is so cool! It's amazing how it does look like both of them!  I also particularly like how you've managed to capture the expression in the eyes; they're very kind and wise looking eyes.


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Post by: caylee on February 02, 2015, 05:25:12 PM
The Chestnut tiramisu cake is beautiful and yummy looking!

I love the Yoda-Einstein chocolate cake too!! Your talent is to be envied!


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Post by: alek0 on May 31, 2015, 08:27:29 PM
Apple roses pastry with sugar butterfly, gumpaste plaque and rose:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/ruze-od-jabuka-u-lisnatom-tijestu-f6e8e50705e5b412fd81328a43080178_view_l.jpg?v=9)

Apple roses cake:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-jabuka-3e4499e2407a3d9dae83e479e9d64966_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: NedF on May 31, 2015, 09:27:10 PM
Glad to see you're baking again Alek! They look tasty as ever!


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Post by: caylee on June 01, 2015, 03:25:24 AM
Beautiful! 


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Post by: lesliek on June 01, 2015, 06:21:00 AM
Gorgeous ! I've missed your baking pix  :)


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Post by: Mandycat on June 01, 2015, 08:48:47 PM
Yummy looking, Alek!  Does the new BF appreciate your baking skills? 


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Post by: Sandi K on June 04, 2015, 11:02:00 AM
How stunning!  Im wondering like Mandycat, does your fiancee like baked goods? 


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Post by: alek0 on June 04, 2015, 11:59:55 PM
He does, but he doesn't want to get fat ;) So I am baking only for special occasions, the rest of the time is just some healthy, low calorie muffin recipes to bring to work for lunch. Not particularly exciting, but tasty :)


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Post by: alek0 on July 14, 2015, 11:50:21 PM
Chocolate sponge, mascarpone filling, fresh strawberries, dark chocolate ganache:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-cokolade-sa-jagodama-6bcbb56a7b36550ab48beeb063243de8_view_l.jpg?v=0)

Bf brought it to work and now I have to make another one because they all asked for more, lol.


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Post by: catwoods on July 15, 2015, 12:39:13 PM
I missed some cakes and pastry. I'm loving the Yoda/Einstein too! These are fun to look at and appear delicious.


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Post by: lesliek on July 15, 2015, 03:28:12 PM
That is beautiful ! My daughter is requesting a 1 eyed minion in a tie dyed dress cake for her birthday  :P :(


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Post by: NedF on July 15, 2015, 07:55:31 PM
Yum! That looks and sounds delicious!


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Post by: alek0 on July 19, 2015, 09:31:00 PM
 Just a simple roll (orange sponge with green tea tuple paste for pattern, vanilla pastry cream, kiwi fruit):

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/rolat-sa-kivijem-fe4569903ea5a4601e043f9e022feeac_view_l.jpg?v=9)


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Post by: catwoods on July 19, 2015, 09:43:59 PM
Elegant!


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Post by: lesliek on July 20, 2015, 05:00:46 AM
And refreshing for this horrible heat & humidity !


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Post by: NedF on July 20, 2015, 06:59:53 PM
Mmmm that looks tasty! I love kiwi fruit!


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Post by: alek0 on July 28, 2015, 08:47:50 PM
Just so that you don;t think I;ve been lazy, I bake muffins every week but have no time to decorate them, like these oats-raspberry-cinnamon muffins with streusel topping:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/malina-cimet-streussel-muffins-1d575f3eceee5d3b7d8db74221143ba8_view_l.jpg?v=10)

Most of  my free time is now spent making sugar flowers for the wedding cake :) Hope everything will dry on time and nothing will break.


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Post by: NedF on July 29, 2015, 01:34:20 PM
I bet your wedding cake will be spectacular!


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Post by: lesliek on July 30, 2015, 04:49:45 AM
That muffin sounds delicious & I agree with Ned , your wedding cake will be spectacular !


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Post by: alek0 on July 30, 2015, 08:00:49 PM
Should be good, if I manage to finish it on time, lol. Lots of baking lately, I made this for bf's colleagues at work, I made a mistake to make a cake for them two weeks ago and of course they asked for more, lol.

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/tiramisu-torta-d42f545a0e281d9100e75d2ecee34868_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: lesliek on August 01, 2015, 06:21:47 AM
Very pretty !


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Post by: alek0 on September 20, 2015, 08:59:34 PM
Wedding cakes (for dinner with family, brunch with my friends, dinner with his classmates, we still have two other small gatherings to arrange):
(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/tiramisu-torta-7e7fdae95f0ad7377ce8b3a6e2bb047a_view_l.jpg)

(http://www.coolinarika.com/image/torta-od-oraha-i-kestena-00c01538d7800f406e2d478797d8c670_view_l.jpg)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-sa-jagodama-3f5fbb0e5ebeb6c5d0cb87bff391dd4c_view_l.jpg?v=10)

Not all desserts are nicely decorated, but they are still tasty, like these choux pastry puffs with whipped cream and fruit:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/princes-krofne-sa-vocem-i-slatkim-vrhnje-cce4b7ffe5f6c7bf309be8358b646bbd_view_l.jpg?v=9)

His birthday cake:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/rodjendanska-ed5a4515ae13b06f014a2924e3e352fb_view_l.jpg?v=10)


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Post by: Mandycat on September 20, 2015, 10:29:22 PM
Wow!  They are all so beautiful!  Yummy cream puffs!  That birthday cake is spectacular!  I don't know how you can stand to even cut it and ruin such a work of art!  I hope he appreciates all of the hard work to create it.


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Post by: lesliek on September 21, 2015, 04:35:45 AM
They are all beautiful & I love cream puffs ! Agree with Mandycat about cutting the birthday cake though , that would be hard to do  :).


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Post by: JoMax on September 21, 2015, 05:03:20 AM
Wow - how long did that borthday cake take?  And how could anyone bear to cut into it  ;)

Seriously, have you never thought of setting up your own business?


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Post by: catwoods on September 21, 2015, 09:00:13 AM
Marvelous cakes! I agree with what others have said, I've always wondered how anyone could stand to cut into them!


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Post by: Meowli on September 21, 2015, 01:46:36 PM
I agree it would be hard to cut into them! These are wonderful works of art! Beautiful!


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Post by: NedF on September 24, 2015, 09:05:09 PM
Love the bird with the berry in it's beak!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on October 14, 2015, 07:39:18 PM
One more, pumpkin cheesecake this time:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/pumpkin-cheesecake-e97989f5a184904611df55130af0677e_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: Meowli on October 15, 2015, 01:32:15 AM
Pumpkin is the magic word for me....yum!


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Post by: merrihart on October 19, 2015, 04:13:31 AM
I think the puff pastries are my favorite!  But the artistry is amazing, alex0!


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Post by: alek0 on November 08, 2015, 10:06:01 PM
Two cakes for friends' kids birthday this weekend:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/mud-cake-ca5278c320979637c1dbcb996a57b956_view_l.jpg?v=0)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-mrkve-7b4bdcfad7bcd0074187da0dafa71c08_view_l.jpg?v=0)

The upper part on the second one is modelling chocolate, I hate sticking barbie dolls into cakes  ;D


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Post by: Mandycat on November 09, 2015, 12:28:24 AM
Lucky kids!   :)  They look great!


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Post by: caylee on November 09, 2015, 05:19:22 AM
Wow!!  Both are beautiful! You continue to amaze me with your talent.



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Post by: lesliek on November 09, 2015, 07:00:00 AM
The dirt in the bucket is an adorable realistic touch !


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Post by: NedF on November 09, 2015, 07:50:06 PM
When I was a kid I wanted a dump truck toy just like that!


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Post by: catwoods on November 13, 2015, 02:56:08 PM
Wow, just amazing work. Continually inventive!


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Post by: alek0 on November 17, 2015, 07:10:41 PM
Tiramisu cake for my father in law's birthday, he loves flowers.

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/tiramisu-torta-bd2f042ecde59b465c9a6b6fd71ef1ae_view_l.jpg?v=10)


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Post by: Mandycat on November 17, 2015, 09:49:09 PM
Beautiful!  I am sure he will be impressed with your creativity!


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Post by: Meowli on November 18, 2015, 03:44:09 AM
Very, very pretty!


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Post by: merrihart on November 19, 2015, 05:02:26 AM
I'm not sure I would dare eat that cake!   :D  Alex0, you have a true talent.


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Post by: lesliek on November 19, 2015, 04:37:08 PM
That orchid cake is amazing ! I would not cut it  :)


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Post by: GKit on November 21, 2015, 09:33:27 PM
Wow on the orchid cake. I like the truck a lot too!


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Post by: Fizzy1 on November 22, 2015, 10:15:52 AM
Alek0, I'm so glad that you are still doing these!  That truck is just amazing, as are all the other cakes.


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Post by: catwoods on November 27, 2015, 02:56:21 PM
Beautiful work!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 29, 2015, 08:12:01 PM
Didn't actually do any cakes for Christmas, but I did an interesting savoury appetiser and a mountain of cookies:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/bozicno-drvce-sa-palacinkama-16c3d8fd7bf228e0f9cbb9c520afe568_view_l.jpg?v=10)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/chocolate-crackle-cookies-ec888d6951e38815c5d9c2eb107cd0ab_view_l.jpg?v=9)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/marble-and-checkerboard-cookies-907ef3b77c7ce8b36c7323dc4f453dbb_view_l.jpg?v=11)


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Post by: lesliek on December 30, 2015, 05:43:46 AM
They look good !


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Post by: caylee on December 30, 2015, 12:08:56 PM
Yum!!


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Post by: Mandycat on December 30, 2015, 12:36:56 PM
They look yummy!  I do have a question, though.  What is the green stuff the tree is made of?  Can't figure it out!   ???


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Post by: alek0 on December 30, 2015, 07:10:28 PM
Green things are spinach crepes, filled with goat cheese & smoked salmon filling.


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Post by: alek0 on January 10, 2016, 09:59:17 PM
More cookies, so many things can be done with that two-tone cookie dough:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/dvobojni-keksi-5ef3786afd660a2ae357734e4be9dd60_view_l.jpg?v=10)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/dvobojni-keksi-b210e0ed5f298f2a789ff083dc73674a_view_l.jpg?v=9)

And birthday cake for my mother in law, she likes knitting:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/rodjendanska-za-svekrvu-gotova-8569fb410f24b98a1d0b359b5557ce1b_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: catwoods on January 23, 2016, 03:45:36 PM
Truly fascinating cakes and cookies!


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Post by: alek0 on January 31, 2016, 08:29:20 PM
Puff pastry snacks with mushroom&onion filling:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/lisnati-prasici-sa-nadjevom-od-gljiva-e7c5fa1ef92bba8b99442d26f2a0d92b_view_l.jpg?v=10)

Apple pie:
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/pita-od-jabuka-582e3af26ab36688c67bcb9b17bab2dd_view_l.jpg?v=10)


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Post by: lesliek on February 01, 2016, 05:56:37 AM
Yum ! I love the pigs !


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Post by: catbird on February 01, 2016, 04:29:50 PM
The piggies really made me smile!  ;D


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Post by: Mandycat on February 01, 2016, 11:33:44 PM
I really like those little piggies, too, and they sound delicious!

I have never seen such a unique apple pie!  Looks beautiful - again, too beautiful to cut!   :)


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Post by: GKit on February 02, 2016, 04:18:19 PM
The piggies are delightful!  And now I'm hungry.   :)

I'm also partial to the yarn cake. It looks yummy.


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Post by: catwoods on February 07, 2016, 03:06:58 PM
Very cute designs!


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Post by: alek0 on February 14, 2016, 08:54:15 PM
Valentine's day cake:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-za-valentinovo-gotova-0451d93cb21e2b9129aec3375f735a92_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: Mandycat on February 14, 2016, 10:32:34 PM
So cute!   :)


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Post by: lesliek on February 15, 2016, 07:10:13 AM
That's adorable !


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Post by: NedF on February 16, 2016, 05:12:51 PM
Very cute cake! Love the heart spots on the mushroom. Love the piggies too!


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Post by: Meowli on February 17, 2016, 03:30:10 AM
Really cute!


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Post by: catwoods on February 17, 2016, 01:38:28 PM
No cuter cake exists!


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Post by: GKit on March 19, 2016, 01:05:01 PM
Okay, hands down, Cutest Cake Ever.


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Post by: alek0 on March 28, 2016, 09:49:11 PM
Happy Easter everyone:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/uskrsnja-torta-2f3fcc90d3b120f4e7ee959fd7fc12a8_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: Meowli on March 29, 2016, 02:05:14 AM
Beautiful!


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Post by: lesliek on March 29, 2016, 03:37:34 AM
How pretty !  :)


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Post by: Mandycat on March 31, 2016, 08:25:25 PM
That is really very lovely!  Again, too beautiful to eat!   ;)


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Post by: NedF on April 08, 2016, 04:17:20 PM
Lovely cake! Very elegant!


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Post by: alek0 on April 09, 2016, 01:47:00 AM
Thank you! This one is not elegant ;)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/tiramisu-torta-gotovo-8bb8562748be6578a5108d6a8998dc77_view_l.jpg?v=0)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/tiramisu-torta-gotovo-cf91e7c7233729f643969ef4a51a61e5_view_l.jpg?v=0)

Tiramisu cake, decorations are all fondant/gumpaste mix. Ground cloves and sugar on the egg instead of salt and pepper.


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Post by: Meowli on April 09, 2016, 02:37:13 AM
Wow it looks so realistic!


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Post by: lesliek on April 09, 2016, 06:22:15 AM
This one is amazingly real !


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Post by: alek0 on April 22, 2016, 10:57:47 PM
Another gravity-defying design, I liked the idea of those flying cup topiary floral arrangements, so.....

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/gravity-defying-tiramisu-a4270b5d4a1dca9c2e3d24006c8b2042_view_l.jpg?v=0)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/gravity-defying-tiramisu-5f2f52a2f250c96bd4105bcfb0e66606_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: lesliek on April 23, 2016, 05:49:07 AM
That is amazing ! I love all the colors  :)


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Post by: Meowli on April 23, 2016, 06:02:37 AM
Beautiful!


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Post by: NedF on April 23, 2016, 03:45:21 PM
Very beautiful! So many different flowers! The noodle bowl is absolutely spectacular as well!


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Post by: GKit on April 24, 2016, 11:31:14 AM
Wow and wow! The noodle bowl is amazing.  The flowers look so realistic!


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Post by: alek0 on May 08, 2016, 08:00:25 PM
My first buttercream flowers attempt (in fact, Korean buttercream, no butter in it, white bean paste and purple sweet potato paste  ;D ), with fresh and dry fruit and fresh mint leaves:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-bez-brasna-4316e7a391f0611405240407481f79c1_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: lesliek on May 09, 2016, 04:49:38 AM
Totally stunning !


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Post by: NedF on May 11, 2016, 09:53:08 PM
Beautiful and interesting use of sweet potato and beans!  :D


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Post by: alek0 on June 19, 2016, 08:17:03 PM
Chocolate and almond sponge, orange and almond sponge, mascarpone cream and fresh raspberries inside. For my father in law, he loves flowers:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-od-cokolade-i-badema-d1401b366d6f766d2e0900dab11dee21_view_l.jpg?v=0)


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Post by: NedF on June 19, 2016, 10:52:00 PM
A masterpiece as always Alek!


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Post by: alek0 on July 25, 2016, 11:39:51 PM
Haven't been baking much lately, no time. So just a simple cake with chocolate mirror glaze and sugar butterflies (inside is linzer pastry base, walnut dacqouise layers, bananas, mascarpone cream, dark chocolate ganache and chocolate glaze on the outside).

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-sa-orasima-7c9e56d1102fa6781dfb85e581e60988_view_l.jpg?v=11)


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Post by: Meowli on July 26, 2016, 02:32:44 AM
Looks yummy!


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Post by: lesliek on July 26, 2016, 04:49:48 AM
Very elegant !


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Post by: NedF on July 26, 2016, 10:25:57 PM
I like the simple look of this one. It's kind of minimalist!  :D


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Post by: catwoods on August 01, 2016, 07:27:53 PM
Very pretty flowers and chocolate looks classic - and delicious!


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Post by: alek0 on September 28, 2016, 11:14:56 PM
New cakes:

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/torta-ajkula-ba16f19e98f9ddc1110049739fc683a6_view_l.jpg?v=10)

(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/marill-pokemon-torta-33d9b317d10f92528d465439d5d16166_view_l.jpg?v=10)


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Post by: NedF on September 28, 2016, 11:28:01 PM
 :o OMG that Jaws cake is awesome!  :o :o


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Post by: lesliek on September 29, 2016, 06:08:40 AM
I 2nd what Ned said !


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Post by: Meowli on September 29, 2016, 07:39:17 AM
I can imagine the "Jaws" movie soundtrack now .....  ;D


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Post by: Fizzy1 on October 03, 2016, 10:32:27 AM
OMG!  That shark is incredible! 


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Post by: catwoods on October 03, 2016, 01:57:41 PM
Wow, very imaginative cakes!


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Post by: GKit on October 27, 2016, 08:00:04 PM
That shark cake is so realistic I'm kind of not expecting it to taste like cake! ;D


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Post by: alek0 on November 21, 2016, 09:18:07 PM
(http://cdn.coolinarika.net/image/bonsai-torta-12c1523363b903e84ccc9f8495bdd9b8_view_l.jpg?v=0)

Moss is actually cookies :) Chocolate walnut cake with mascarpone filling and dark chocolate ganache.


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Post by: NedF on November 23, 2016, 12:26:01 AM
Bonsai cake! Love those green cookies!  :D


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Post by: lesliek on November 23, 2016, 05:38:40 AM
Very stunning !


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Post by: GKit on November 23, 2016, 04:39:43 PM
Those moss cookies are super cool!


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Post by: catwoods on November 25, 2016, 01:59:21 PM
Beautifully done, so realistic! You could have some fun with this, if you wanted to. Bake another one and place in a spot a plant would usually occupy. Invite guests without telling them it's a cake. During the visit, casually reach over and take a moss cookie, and begin eating. Watch expressions on guests' faces ...  ;D


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Post by: alek0 on April 23, 2017, 09:22:43 PM
It has been quite a while, and haven;t been doing much baking lately...

One recent cake with buttercream flowers:
(https://coolinarika-cdn.azureedge.net/image/limun-karamel-torta-5e2d57cd573c714db0b9bb7ee96ad6ba_view_l.jpg?v=11)

And one for my mother in law's birthday:
(https://coolinarika-cdn.azureedge.net/image/torta-7dcdd899616f92115f769dcc50b319df_view_l.jpg?v=10)

It says 80 in English and 81 in Chinese, because they apparently count from the start of pregnancy (cultural issue ;) )


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Post by: lesliek on April 24, 2017, 06:48:51 AM
Very elegant !


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Post by: NedF on April 27, 2017, 08:17:23 PM
Really lovely alek0! How long does it take to make all those flowers?


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Post by: alek0 on May 14, 2017, 09:24:38 PM
Buttercream flowers are much quicker, gumpaste flowers take long time since they need to dry.

More cakes:
(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/0/a/0aef5469475ae3f5e95419e2a2120cd2_view_l.jpg?v=11)


(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/f/1/f16f925a4fc3221b96a38f8c3898461c_view_l.jpg?v=11)


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Post by: lesliek on May 15, 2017, 05:42:32 AM
Wow those are both so realistic!


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Post by: Mandycat on May 15, 2017, 08:29:13 PM
They are both really unique!  You are soooo talented, alek.


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Post by: NedF on May 15, 2017, 08:57:03 PM
Very creative!  :D


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Post by: alek0 on June 11, 2017, 07:30:21 PM
Father's day cake, a bit early:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/a/5/a540ea4c4616216aeca4672d093f3950_view_l.jpg?v=11) (https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/f/5/f526042b83effdce41c4631ee2f17ee2_view_l.jpg?v=10)


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Post by: lesliek on June 12, 2017, 05:13:29 AM
That is so cute ! I love the ivy  :)


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Post by: catwoods on June 20, 2017, 03:57:22 PM
Wow, intricately crafted and looks yummy too!


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Post by: alek0 on July 11, 2017, 07:53:37 PM
Another one, walnut &chestnut flavour:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/b/f/bf2ecd109996f734abd91c44cb9ccec5_view_l.jpg?v=10)


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Post by: lesliek on July 12, 2017, 05:03:12 AM
I love all the butterflies   :)


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Post by: catwoods on July 17, 2017, 02:16:43 PM
Wow, truly inventive!


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Post by: alek0 on July 30, 2017, 11:36:21 PM
Another one, hand painted with edible colors:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/7/8/78b807b274f354a67200ce6419f3a996_view_l.jpg?v=27)


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Post by: lesliek on July 31, 2017, 04:50:14 AM
Beautiful ! What happened to all of the other pics?


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Post by: Mandycat on August 01, 2017, 08:09:07 PM
I am also not seeing any pictures prior to July 11.  Wonder what happened?


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Post by: alek0 on August 01, 2017, 08:49:08 PM
I have no idea what happened, but I fixed the ones on this page.


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Post by: NedF on August 03, 2017, 05:33:42 AM
Really, really love the hand painted cake!


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Post by: alek0 on September 13, 2017, 09:45:03 PM
More painting, this time for my husband's birthday cake, since the cake was very light and creamy, I made the decoration separately, bigger than the cake and just stuck it over (glued in place with royal icing).

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/3/5/356ce438bd31f60e6b4cdce227c7d482_view_l.jpg?v=27)(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/2/d/2dc317f47637836f938016c166f0e5e0_view_l.jpg?v=27)


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Post by: lesliek on September 15, 2017, 06:24:30 AM
I love the flowers in the wine glasses  :)


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Post by: NedF on September 16, 2017, 06:10:05 PM
It's hard to believe that's all edible!


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Post by: alek0 on September 21, 2017, 07:29:16 PM
I've been practicing making moon cakes since mid-autumn festival is coming:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/6/0/6023264b25721117b63e9cc187f51195_view_l.jpg)

Green tea skin, custard filling (with red food colouring), watermelon "seeds" are black sesame seeds.


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Post by: lesliek on September 22, 2017, 04:29:57 AM
Wow ! They are very realistic  :)


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Post by: alek0 on October 03, 2017, 09:38:49 PM
More snowskin mooncakes, these are rose flavoured:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/a/e/ae3ad35ba525b2d598720a569db97ef7_view_l.jpg?v=34)


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Post by: lesliek on October 04, 2017, 07:56:22 AM
Beautiful  :)


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Post by: NedF on October 16, 2017, 02:58:35 AM
I had to google snowskin mooncakes as I had never heard of them. Sounds tasty! The subtle pink coloring on the edges of the petals is a nice touch.


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Post by: alek0 on November 29, 2017, 02:18:23 AM
A cake for my father in law's birthday, simple one due to crazy busy schedule...

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/3/1/31101a36882b10775332bb443f615084_view_l.jpg?v=27)


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Post by: lesliek on November 29, 2017, 08:22:36 AM
That is beautiful !


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Post by: NedF on December 05, 2017, 03:05:51 PM
Beautiful flowers!


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Post by: alek0 on December 18, 2017, 09:21:02 PM
Carrot cake:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/f/1/f1b1c8f0bbdda93f30ae22e5c10b3631_view_l.jpg?v=27)


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Post by: GKit on December 20, 2017, 06:19:10 PM
So cute!!


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Post by: lesliek on December 24, 2017, 06:12:44 AM
That's adorable  :)


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Post by: NedF on December 24, 2017, 11:18:23 AM
 :D Ha Ha! Poor snowman!


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Post by: alek0 on December 27, 2017, 12:39:06 AM
This is smth healthy for Christmas:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/d/3/d3a9f2956599079a05a63c1105e591d6_view_l.jpg)

and this, not so much  :D

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/1/9/19234ad1b44999f37787d2ea83872f97_view_l.jpg?v=27)


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Post by: lesliek on December 27, 2017, 06:26:02 AM
The present is beautiful & the tree looks yummy !


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Post by: GKit on December 28, 2017, 06:04:03 PM
Mmmm, presents.  ;D


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Post by: Fizzy1 on December 31, 2017, 02:38:05 PM
Okay now I need cake!  You are amazing, alek0.   :)


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Post by: NedF on December 31, 2017, 05:42:15 PM
Amazing!


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Post by: alek0 on January 02, 2018, 02:33:58 AM
New Year's cake, inspired by those teacup miniatures on Pinterest:
(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/e/4/e435f92dc9f4ebc2b207c7343f088356_view_l.jpg?v=27)

and I had some leftovers from that one (when I have a deadline and trying something new, i usually make more just in case so I can fix problems if any occur), so I made another cake:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/c/0/c00638e5d7763f3d7f2663672d0bfb75_view_l.jpg?v=27)


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Post by: lesliek on January 02, 2018, 06:19:15 AM
I love the tea cup cake , but I have always had a soft spot for the seascapes !  :)


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Post by: GKit on January 02, 2018, 06:20:21 PM
Oh those are awesome. The woodwork on the teacup cake looks so real!


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Post by: alek0 on January 15, 2018, 06:52:54 PM
Carrot cake for my mother in law's birthday, teacup theme again, but spring this time:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/d/e/de4abd922313502a05a8a2af7f9d8707_view_l.jpg?v=27)(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/1/4/14c73570ae563c917ab4158140ccfa8b_view_l.jpg?v=27)(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/3/0/302732b80ab8cf7667f6b7c03213c232_view_l.jpg?v=27)


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Post by: lesliek on January 16, 2018, 06:05:42 AM
That's so cute !  :)


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Post by: NedF on January 30, 2018, 09:34:29 PM
That one reminds me of a hobbit house!


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Post by: GKit on March 19, 2018, 11:04:05 AM
The hobbit house is adorable! The flowers look so realistic, as always.


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Post by: alek0 on April 02, 2018, 10:14:58 PM
Happy Easter everyone! Carrot cake, to go with the bunny ;)

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/7/3/7359b3d11af437178e40bbbdf1bf314e_view_l.jpg?v=27)


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Post by: Fizzy1 on April 06, 2018, 09:39:01 AM
Love the bunny cake!


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Post by: GKit on April 08, 2018, 01:22:43 PM
Ooooo. I missed this! And. That’s a cake?   :o Wow.


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Post by: NedF on April 09, 2018, 08:01:43 PM
Very cool!


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Post by: lesliek on April 10, 2018, 06:27:53 AM
I love that 1 !


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Post by: alek0 on May 16, 2018, 02:22:33 AM
Mother's day cake:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/7/c/7c77a2fedaee5b4467268bd7a6c4ccce_view_l.jpg?v=27)(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/a/b/ab686c0c868c00a2f7724224a72260d6_view_l.jpg?v=27)


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Post by: NedF on May 16, 2018, 08:24:27 PM
Such a lovely cake for mother's day!


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Post by: lesliek on May 17, 2018, 06:08:31 AM
Stunning ! Looks like almond slices all over it  :)


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Post by: Meowli on May 18, 2018, 04:28:53 PM
Very pretty!


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Post by: alek0 on May 28, 2018, 07:59:40 PM
This one took forever to finish. No special occasion, just had some walnuts I needed to use up before they expire.

(http://img.cakesdecor.com/c_limit,f_auto,h_1000,q_80,w_540/av7eupunjzfilicjfsto.jpg)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 29, 2018, 05:35:08 AM
That's gorgeous ! It looks like it was really hard to do .


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on May 30, 2018, 04:34:13 PM
A work of art for sure!  Just beautiful!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on June 04, 2018, 11:31:50 AM
I have leftover walnuts. They have never turned into something so beautiful.  :D  ;D Gorgeous cakes!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on June 05, 2018, 07:42:54 AM
It looks like a globe. The blue is the oceans and the others are the continents! My favorite part is the leaves on the base.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on June 19, 2018, 07:17:25 PM
Walnut cake for father's day (finally used up all the walnuts, lol):

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/a/8/a8e9ea0321fc61de89e83cd5e65056e3_view_l.jpg?v=27)(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/6/4/642e010a8323448fafd338ff505fde00_view_l.jpg?v=27)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on June 19, 2018, 08:19:10 PM
That's a work of art!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on June 20, 2018, 03:55:24 AM
I love the wood grain & bird seed  :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on June 20, 2018, 11:50:29 AM
 :o [Going off to buy you more walnuts.  ;D]

The wood grain and the bird in motion are amazing.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: catwoods on July 03, 2018, 03:04:09 PM
Wow, they look delicious but are also a feast for the eyes!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on August 15, 2018, 07:45:07 PM
Carrot cake:
(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/7/c/7ceca22075456abd3c0a1922a09ec0a3_view_l.jpg)

And some savoury pies (one mushroom, 2 salmon and zucchini):
(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/f/d/fd0b0ccafc2f3a112b309b9d9d8becc7_view_l.jpg)
(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/5/7/576223ba354969569f0fd2be6efe5146_view_l.jpg)
(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/1/4/14b6f22233c4100b82133460117b64ed_view_l.jpg?v=27)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on August 17, 2018, 05:04:35 AM
They are beautiful ! The pie crusts look amazing & they sound delicious  :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Meowli on August 17, 2018, 05:32:53 AM
Wow, they look so beautiful - and delicious! I haven't had a meat or vegetable pie in years..forgot how much I missed them...and the carrot cake - my favorite kind - is lovely!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on August 20, 2018, 06:10:33 PM
Those are awesome! I did not know there was such a thing as savory pies. They sound delicious and my favorite is the one that looks kind of like a clam!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on August 21, 2018, 11:33:39 AM
The decoration on the pies are fabulous! I’ve never seen that last pattern before; its very cool.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on November 18, 2018, 07:43:15 PM
My wrist is finally better and I can decorate cakes again:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/a/6/a62f52aa52e3dfdd1c6d749a7777c06a_view_l.jpg?v=27)

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/a/6/a642ea5ef65541c29626814b9974e535_view_l.jpg?v=27)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on November 18, 2018, 10:49:20 PM
Lovely as always!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on November 22, 2018, 06:24:44 AM
Very pretty ! Glad the wrist is better :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on December 04, 2018, 01:17:35 AM
Gorgeous roses! I’m glad your wrist is better.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 06, 2018, 12:20:44 AM
Wrist is definitely better :)

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/a/7/a727711cc849245363753ec3f038f5ec_view_l.jpg?v=34)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on December 06, 2018, 04:51:13 PM
That sunset is wonderfully painted! And the peacock is so cool!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on December 07, 2018, 05:29:57 AM
That is so unique! I love the peacock :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on December 07, 2018, 10:58:10 PM
Thank you, but sunset is not painted :) I've been practicing clay techniques in fondant/sugarclay mixture, so I have been doing nice gradients with skinner blends :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on December 09, 2018, 06:24:36 PM
Really cool! It looks airbrushed!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on December 27, 2018, 11:54:20 AM
Cool technique! It really does look painted. And warm! You can almost feel the glow like a warm summer beach day.   :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on January 11, 2019, 04:10:40 PM
Holy Moly, that peacock cake is AMAZING!   :o

Actually of your cakes are amazing, but that one is so gorgeous. 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 16, 2019, 10:30:47 PM
Chinese new year cake:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/b/6/b643c0f741c204200b2ec33fef8e6bae_view_l.jpg?v=34)

Money is rice paper printed with edible ink.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on February 17, 2019, 03:12:02 PM
That is so cool, alek0!  Wow.  Well done.  How long did this take to make? 


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 17, 2019, 06:20:05 PM
Long... Though most of it is drying time for the tap and coins. Also, cutting out and folding rice paper money. It needs to be sprayed with a rice paper handling spray to keep it flexible, rolled up and then dried until it is reasonably firm again but not too brittle before sticking it in place with royal icing.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on February 17, 2019, 07:24:22 PM
Awesome! Who wouldn't want a cake like that?! Money fountain!  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on February 18, 2019, 05:35:27 AM
That is so neat ! It must have taken forever to do .


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on February 19, 2019, 01:29:07 AM
 :o Very cool. The details!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on February 26, 2019, 11:07:39 PM
Carrot cake in the shape of pentangle cushion for friend's birthday:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/3/c/3cdb16bb7ff84b5f3c8d95fa33a4ba2f_view_l.jpg?v=27)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on February 28, 2019, 12:53:43 PM
Yum, carrot cake! I like the “trim” detail on the edge of the cushion.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on March 06, 2019, 12:47:39 AM
That's an unusual one! Love the color scheme.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on March 10, 2019, 06:37:24 AM
agree with that! Very striking color scheme  :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on March 26, 2019, 06:06:22 PM
Simple zucchini cake, no time for fancy decorating:

(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/d/0/d0d03e649d6062cc0a16e70a973297c6_view_l.jpg?v=34)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on March 26, 2019, 06:39:23 PM
I really like this one! Kitty!  :D


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on March 27, 2019, 10:49:46 AM
Kitty!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Fizzy1 on April 06, 2019, 06:49:22 AM
Eow, love the detail of the moonlit fur, and the starry night.  Love this one!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on April 25, 2019, 12:41:17 AM
Two chestnut cakes, one easter version:
(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/b/7/b717c1e2dfaeb83575e2196a821913a9_view_l.jpg?v=27)


and one antigravity burger version:
(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/9/1/915e6cec2eecbfaaa57c7d7224653c17_view_l.jpg?v=34)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: Mandycat on April 25, 2019, 06:39:23 PM
The Easter cake is gorgeous!  The burger cake is interesting - very creative!


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: NedF on April 30, 2019, 04:37:20 AM
That burger is pretty crazy!  :D Love the butterflies on the easter cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 05, 2019, 06:52:53 PM
My DH would love the burger cake ! I love the butterflies  :)


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: alek0 on May 08, 2019, 05:42:30 PM
(https://coolinarika.azureedge.net/images/_variations/4/1/41176475b1dd42a5d2391ebdb16a796e_view_l.jpg?v=34)

celebrating it few days early this year, hope MIL will like the cake.


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: lesliek on May 09, 2019, 08:05:49 AM
Thats beautiful !


Title: Re: If you are on a diet, don't open this thread
Post by: GKit on May 13, 2019, 04:16:10 PM
That butterfly cake is too gorgeous to eat!