Aaron Kraten is an artist and a generally nice guy. I have been a fan of his artwork for years and his passion is something to be admired.
DIY since 2008.
As the new year is quickly approaching it is important to look back on our accomplishments as well as our remaining goals. This December I will be posting videos (new and old) of people who inspire me on a daily basis.
Feel free to tweet over videos of people who inspire you -@OvenFreshDreams.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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.
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