Friday, September 7, 2012

Ace of Cake...Mix!

I realize that I promised three days ago to fill you in on one of my other amazing birthday activities but neglected to do so in a timely manner. OOPS. Life got in the way - AKA, seeing Book of Mormon and preparing to bridesmaid it up at another wedding and getting my hurrr did. 

But now we can talk about it! And by it, I mean CAKEMIX.

Please raise your hand if you are a lover of the Food Network and thereby obsessively watched Ace of Cakes, starring one Mr. Jewish chef Duff Goldman, when it was on several years ago. I am raising my hand! Which is why when he opened up Cakemix, I knew I had to go. Decorate a cake made by Duff and his band of merry bakers? YES PLEASE. So when my mother surprised me on my birthday with the news that we were going there I was so excited!

We walked into the shop and were greeted by a friendly server who handed us a form to fill out to select a cake or a cupcake set, fondant or buttercream, and of course, flavor of our dessert. We went for a lemon poppyseed cake with vanilla frosting. I immediately started drooling over the jars of sprinkles and candies displayed on the counter:

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Look at the amazing icing colors. So pretty!

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We were given aprons to protect our dresses...

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And gloves to protect our hands. Martha Jewart was pumped.  

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Here is the cake when we got it! An empty canvas.

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We got started by mixing some food coloring into our fondant - obviously I wanted pink, and my mom talked me into a pink/white "tie-dye" combo. Then we put it in a little machine that flattened it out all the way so we could spread it over our cake.

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Here it is looking like a little pink dress for the cake!

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Once the fondant was on and all smoothed out, it was time to start decorating! I wanted to go nuts with rainbow sprinkles and hearts and a J stencil but Martha Jewart insisted we create a classy cake. So we started with some basic polka dots...

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And added some more in a different color...

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And then topped it with some beautiful stenciled flowers and a LITTLE bit of rainbow sprinkles. And then, voila!

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Look how beautiful that little cake is! We were so proud!

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The most fun afternoon ever, right? And rest assured, the cake was delicious. We tasted it for the first time after coming back from Palm Springs and it was fantastic. I already have plans to go back with a few friends in a couple of weeks, and totally see this as being a great spot to take a visiting out-of-towner.

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Team Duff forever! I can't wait to go back!


5 comments:

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

oh my gosh that looks like so much fun... and your cake turned out so well!

Diana M. said...

LOVE!! I want to go! Love your cake!

Gameday Stylist said...

Such a fun birthday surprise - I need to check that out next time I'm out west.

- Sara @ Gameday Stylist

Alexa said...

Oh so fun! And so girly and pretty!

AJ Sokolow said...

you went without me?!?! i was looking forward to being the princess of LA via the post!!! :(