Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cow Cake






Are you thinking what i am thinking?  The cow looks like a cross breed between a cow and a pig right? LOL!  

I want to thank my flickr pal,  [Schmish] for helping me with the cake structure. She was so sweet to draw out the cake structure for me so i can have a clearer idea what i should be doing for a 3D standing cow cake and she was also patient enough to entertain all my silly questions about DIY. I am really not a diy person and neither is my husband (20 years of marriage and i've never seen him hold a power tool before or a normal non-electric saw...) and i have absolutely no clue how to use a power tool either.  I showed my husband her drawing and he said he can do it. So, he helped me out with the cake structure, however, he insisted that the 'legs' shouldn't be that long cos cow doesn't have long legs and to trust his judgement... But just as i expected, the 'legs' he provided weren't long enough and i ended up with a short-legged cow..LOL! And the 'legs' were UNeven in length too!   I had to hide the legs (or pretend the legs to be covered with tall grass!).  With my not so great cake sculpting skill coupled with his less than satisfactory diy skill, my cow at certain angle looked like a pig!.  

Nevertheless,  I had fun making this cake...i had a lot of first time with this cake..lol! First time i made a structure for a cake, and first time used airbrush and first time i 'steamed' my cake.   Before i 'steamed' (like Cake Boss) my cake to give it a shine, the airbrushing looked better, but after i 'steamed' it, the airbrushing looked much darker..and quite patchy!  My lesson, never steam airbrush cakes until i have mastered the art of airbrushing first.  I know i'm suppose to practice on a piece of paper first but i didn't..i just went hands-on with it! :p    This is not a paying cake, so i get to 'experiment' right? 

Happy Birthday Hannah!  Hannah is born in the year of cow, hence she requested for a cow cake. :D  


32 comments:

Haniela on August 1, 2010 at 6:47 PM said...

Wow. I just spotted this on your flickr page..and I was like NO WAY...that's a cake??
You really amaze me. You did a great job on this.
Congrats!

Haniela on August 1, 2010 at 6:52 PM said...

I forgot to add..I absolutely love how you did the board~

FireintheBreeze (Brittany) on August 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM said...

Wow! It's so cute, even though it does look slightly like a little piggy :D

Well done!!

Lora on August 1, 2010 at 7:46 PM said...

Incredible! Bravo!

Nicola on August 1, 2010 at 8:06 PM said...

Faithy, that is most definitely a cow in long grass! Complete with udder and chewing of cud.

Incredible. You are an artist for sure. I hardly dare ask how many hours that took?

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi on August 1, 2010 at 8:11 PM said...

Faithy, I enjoyed reading your words. Damn hilarious! LOL! Actually, the Moo doesn't strike me as pig ... till its butt was angled toward the camera! LOL!

Well, the hiccups and all your first timers don't quite bother me. On the contrary, you've impressed me a lot, as usual with your skills! Honestly, I dunno of all the fondant, cake sculpting terms as I'm not into those for now. Hopefully, I'll in the future!? You're VERY good! Your hubbs seems to have a knack for cake sculpting, too. Perhaps, a joint venture? LOL!

Hey, I think I've said this many times but have you considered upgrading your blogging persona from "the Amateur Baker" to "the Skilled Baker?"

Angie's Recipes on August 1, 2010 at 8:45 PM said...

That looks cute!!!

Lois B on August 1, 2010 at 8:59 PM said...

Beautiful, Faithy! It looks like she's smiling!

Vicki on August 1, 2010 at 10:21 PM said...

Wow, Faithy, this is awesome!

Anncoo on August 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM said...

A big clap from me Faithy. This is awesome ;D

Barbara Bakes on August 1, 2010 at 10:41 PM said...

This post cracked me up. I am really impressed with your cow cake, and even more impressed that it was your first try. I did wonder though why someone would want a cow cake?

Monica on August 1, 2010 at 11:58 PM said...

were to begin????? LOL!

I love it! It makes me happy to look at it even if it has piggy tendency... plus hello AIRBRUSH? hats off to you.. I cannot even pipe!

evil cake lady on August 2, 2010 at 3:39 AM said...

faithy, that is one good looking cow! even if its legs are a little short--let's just pretend that he cow is standing up to it's belly in long grass. such wonderful detail!

Mendy on August 2, 2010 at 4:13 AM said...

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Amazing! It looks so real.

Saira on August 2, 2010 at 8:10 AM said...

OMG! that is awesome! and no it doesn't look like a pig...looks like a cow to me;) lol

jkcurtis on August 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM said...

I just love it. You should feel very proud to have tried so many firsts on this cake and have it turn out so nice. I'd love to hear more about the support you built. Some day I'd like to try it but haven't the slightest idea where to start. Anyway, it's awesome!

lyndsay on August 2, 2010 at 9:43 PM said...

faithy, you did an incredible job... no doubt that's an amazing looking cow cake!!

i have also wondered about this steaming cake business, but have yet to try it...

i've also never tried airbrushing, though it certainly looks fun!! is the equipment expensive?

Juliana on August 3, 2010 at 4:20 AM said...

Wow, what a cute cake...awesome!

Damaris on August 3, 2010 at 5:26 AM said...

That cake looks very awesome. Seriously awesome. My son would love something like this.

faithy, the baker on August 3, 2010 at 9:15 AM said...

Thank you everyone for dropping by and always leaving me such wonderful and sweet comments! :D

@Nicola..actuallly..i wasn't as stressed about this cake as i was before. Cake carving took equal time as the decorating part..probably i would say 9-10 hours i think..

@PeiLin..too lazy to change my userid..lol!..a lot of work to do..lol!

@Barbara..lol!..birthday girl says she born in year of cow so she wanted a real looking cow cake! i was in fact hoping she wanted a cartoon cow..so much easier..lol!

@Lyndsay: steaming seems to work only for a while..and after a while, the shine goes away..unless i'm doing it all wrong. *shrugs* The airbrush for cakes is actually not expensive, compared to the real serious airbrush for art..those with huge compressor are the expensive ones.

maameemoomoo on August 3, 2010 at 11:25 PM said...

Omg faithy!

This looks like a toy! A real cow toy! It's unbelievable that it's actually a cake! Your skills and patient amaze me...

Hanaâ on August 4, 2010 at 7:09 AM said...

Faithy, that cake looks sooooooo cute. It's just amazing! When are you opening your own bakery again? :o) Btw, you misspelled my name on the cake, haha. (just kidding).

Amanda on August 4, 2010 at 7:59 PM said...

Oh my goodness. I am in awe of you. This is AMAZING!!!

Baking Sorceress' Apprentice on August 6, 2010 at 8:10 AM said...

Faithy How fabulous! You are so creative!

My Creative Way on August 7, 2010 at 2:25 AM said...

OMG... that is freakin amazing!! No it looks just like a cow! So real... I love it!

Raychel

Honey @ honeyandsoy on August 7, 2010 at 1:24 PM said...

Ohmygoodness I couldn't believe my eyes! And no, the cow doesn't look like a pig-cross! I think it's a brilliant effort! :)

Vickii on August 9, 2010 at 11:54 PM said...

Wow, I'm absent from your blog for a week and you bake up a storm! I can't believe you made this; it's incredible. How did you become so good at making cakes in various designs and icing them so well? Any tips?

Crazycakes.eu on August 11, 2010 at 12:34 AM said...

it's outstanding!!! excellent cake!! all that worrying and it turned out perfect!! Love the fact it's standing :o) x

Swee San on August 14, 2010 at 1:40 AM said...

The cow looks so cute!!! did you use airbrush ??

Dhanya Ganesh on August 19, 2010 at 5:19 AM said...

Cow Cake looks Awesome girl.From the front it looks like a Cow only not a pig :).
You are Awesome.

SUGAR CHEF on August 22, 2010 at 3:26 AM said...

I love your cow cake!! What a great job you did. Not an easy task to sculpt so kudos to you.

Binky on August 24, 2010 at 8:41 AM said...

I love love love love this cake! It's really really good. A cow?? I'd love it for my birthday! ^_^ <3Binky @ Cakeb0t

 

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