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The autumn air is crisp enough to inspire the most unmotivated of folks… a beautiful sight indeed. November is always a busy month for me and the operations of Oven Fresh Dreams. Firstly, Thanksgiving demands a large workload and attention to detail, which can get chaotic without the proper preparation. Luckily, this year will be different from the rest. After much success in the past (read previous post), Jeanny and I will be joining forces for the holiday rush. Thanksgiving orders will hopefully go a bit smoother, but that is not all. We will be selling traditionally seasonal pastries at a local bake sale on Sunday, November 10. It will be a very small venue, but the opportunity to connect with neighbors is priceless. If you are interested in finding more info about the bake sale or want to talk Thanksgiving baking email these addresses respectively: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you feel like testing your baking thumb, here is an easy to follow video.
P.S. Michelle Perez’s (She Can’t Draw) “Beyond The Cookie Cutter” interview will debut in December.
I will be the first to admit that baking “specialty” cakes are out of my comfort zone. However, I jump to the occasion whenever there is a request available because it pushes my limits and allows me to get creative. As much as I love sticking to traditional (i.e. wedding cakes) cakes, the real learning begins when you step out of your comfort zone. It also gives me a good excuse to collaborate with my close friend and former classmate Jeanny.
When it comes to collaborating or lending her a helping hand, I am always on board. Jeanny is a pleasure to work with because she understands how the kitchen works, she is neat and efficient. Aside from that, she is a cake powerful house. When I decided to focus my attention to bread and breakfast pastries, Jeanny dove into the word of cakes. There are many times where my imagination grows wild and I come up with elegant cake ideas. Once I present them to Jeanny she takes them to the next level, so you can say she is my fondant sensei. I look forward to the day where the student becomes the teacher, so I can show her a trick or two.
As soon as I heard she needed help with a dinosaur cake for her cousin’s birthday the ideas started flowing. I was thinking a big three tier cake with each tier symbolizing a different stage in a dinosaur’s life. The more I sketched, the more detailed my ideas became. However, one tiny problem came up. When I went to tell Jeanny my concept, she told me that the order was changed to a one tier tres leches cake. While the cake may be delicious and one of my favorites, it presented a lot of challenges for design. That’s when we decided to start from scratch. We had to think of a way to decorate a delicate and still make it look awesome.
After a quick brainstorming session, the idea came to us; a dig site cake. We knew Aiden was fascinated by dinosaur documentaries, so focusing on fossils felt right. The bones were made out fondant and the sand out of crushed graham crackers, it was going to be a sweet cake – Jeanny likes to add dulce de leche in between each layer.
In the end, the cake out looking like this…
The cake was a success and the birthday boy was happy; a job well done.
“You do only get one shot at this life, so why not incorporate it in a way that is not only fun, but also make it voyage, make it an adventure…” -Michael Mast
Yesterday we watched a video that was produced a few years back that still resonates with chocolate lovers and creative types alike. The passion shared between the Mast brothers over this edible craft is astounding and I can understand why. What feels like a long time ago, I was in culinary school and I fell in love with chocolate. Now I know what you are thinking… I have always loved chocolate (that much is true), but until I worked with chocolate I could not possibly comprehend what the Mast brothers felt.
There’s an interesting link between chocolate and imagination – the Willy Wonka effect. The moment you watch Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory for the first time (the eighth time yesterday), it leaves you wanting everything; ideas that rest in your wildest imagination. What you may perceive as unattainable now; dreams are what motivates us as youth. It is unfortunate when creativity becomes less important in your life, when imagination disconnects with reality.
We are constantly taught the differences between dreams and reality. It is a part of growing up, right? Society’s creative types are often glorified for their contributions and at times ridiculed for the same reasons. In the end, whatever the case may be they are people who never lost touch with their imagination. They are people who can not separate dreams from reality because they discovered that for them there is no need to.
Dream. Imagine. Create. Live.
Happy Fourth of July!
While the entry may be a bit surprising, it comes after a lot of evaluating and the anticipation of non-stop planning. When I started Oven Fresh Dreams I wanted it to be unique to my unrelated interests: baking, tattoos, and t-shirts. At the time it seemed to make sense. Now when I think about it, I quickly realize the focus should be on the craft; dreams that became reality for the people who worked diligently to achieve it. I have encountered many inspiring people during my creative journey and their gifts deserve to be shared. While baking (in the form of videos, diy tips, and recipes) is what I will continue to contribute to the site, I want to move Oven Fresh Dreams to more a literary/personal site that shares the stories of people whose dreams are concrete. As far as using t-shirts and prints as mediums of collaboration it will still be present. However, I do feel that at some point in the past the product became more important than the story of the artists. Their story is the most important part of this project – as it should be. That is why I want to push the collaborations even further; zines, kitchenware, video shorts, etc. I want these things to highlight the artists’ stories, mastery, and dreams. The goal is to have a website that features content that is so rich, the physical product is secondary. I want to share my story while highlighting the stories of others; thanks to your support, it has been possible thus far.
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