Monday, May 16, 2011

12 months in 12 minutes

My sincerest apologies to all my loyal SHAM readers. The last year has been insane in the membrane and left me with many lingering things on my to-do list, including this blog. Without wasting another moment of your time, please prepare yourself for the abridged version of the last year of SHAM awesomeness.

In no particular order, the following are our favorite SHAMtastic cakes of the last 12 months:

Oilers Grooms Cake
This cake was for the wedding of a friend of mine from High School. The flavor was freakin' awesome and my new favorite (in fact, I made it for Easter and ate most of it myself). It was a chocolate stout cake (made with real Guiness) with Godiva liqueur chocolate buttercream frosting. The best part was the filling: fresh raspberries. Super yummy!

I was reluctant to post this cake out on the public domain of the InterWeb, but by popular demand and much insistence from friends and family, here it comes:
the Bachelorette Party cake.

Canoe Cake
This was a fun, sculptural piece that we were able to make for a surprise birthday party. But better than hearing it from me, listen to what she had to say about the cake and the event on her blog:

The Dodge Challenger Cake
This car was skillfully built and decorated by the S of SHAM, herself. This picture really doesn't do the car justice... anyone want to get rid of a nice camera? I'm not above begging. Camera pilfering aside, this car was used on Brian's birthday cake. Brian is a huge car enthusiast and his son, Velton, is a huge Rice Krispie enthusiast so we think both parties were very satisfied.

80's MTV cake
This cake was made for two rockin' birthday boys who were born in 1980. Friends and family celebrated with everything 80's: music, spandex, neon color, and an MTV cake, of course! The backdrop of the cake had twinkling stars which lit up the room; the birthday message was written with "tape" (fondant) from a cassette; and the astronaut Oh Mickey-ed 'til his little lungs could Oh Mickey no more.

SHAM Bakery featured on Cake Wrecks
...and we're proud of it!
Our Star Trek cake inspired lots of debate on one of Cake Wrecks' Sunday Sweets posts a while back. Put your Trekkie hat on and enjoy the show!

My May resolution (four months late but better late than never!) is to be better about posting here and on Facebook.

I'm out like The Rock's deodorant in FF5.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Our Fender Ain't No One Hit Wonder

Rachel and Arthur's groom's cake
Irish Stout Chocolate cake; Godiva Liqueur Chocolate frosting

This groom's cake is a familiar friend to SHAM bakery. If this looks familiar to you, you've probably seen its redder cousin in our portfolio. I'll leave out the corny rock-and-roll jokes and just let the pictures speak for themselves.

Close-up of strings and double humbucker pickup

Hang out with your meringue out.

A Disney Disaster

A Beast of a Cake
Yellow cake; chocolate frosting

This cake was the centerpiece of the Alamo Heights High School theater department's dessert gala for the opening of their production of Beauty and the Beast earlier this year. The eventwas decorated beautifully: the lobby was filled with candles, roses, and desserts as opening night patrons exited the theater.

Our favorite part of this project was the tallest tower with back-lit, edible "stained glass" rose window. Walls were covered with crawling vines, tiny gumpaste roses and small gumpaste figurines of the Beast and Belle (complete with gratuitous cleavage) stood on the top balcony, looking over the castle grounds.

Be our guest and enjoy these pictures of edible Beast and Belle
and the back-lit, edible "stained glass" window.

Cake and Kids: A Tale as Old as Time

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Delectable Hole-in-One

TPC San Antonio
Golf Bag Cake
The Tournament Players Clubs (TPC) recently decided to open a club in San Antonio and guess who got to make a cake for the grand opening?! Some other bakery in town! Just kidding - they picked the best bakery in town - us! (Hey, I never said we were the most modest...)

The cake ended up looking great - it was really clean and simple but (despite what the picture may look like) had some really great details. "Seams" followed all the edges of the different colors of fondant and the silver buckles and edible golf clubs that we added to the golf bag cake looked really great. Everything down to the piped grass on the cake board was precise and detailed.

TPC logo, edible golf ball on edible grass, silver buckle
My favorite quote from this project:
"I've decided that all golf bags look like fertility statues."


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Pretty, Pretty Poinsettias

Handmade White Gum Paste Poinsettia Flowers (go me!)
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Christmas orders this year were cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes! It presented a great challenge for us since we haven't made gumpaste flowers in a while. I was nervous at first but - TA DA! - they came out great! We made Christmas cupcakes for a bridal shower, as a thank you gift for a local banker, and as party favors for a holiday dinner. We spent the whole holiday season decked out in red and green sprinkles. (Needless to say, I was thrilled - it was Christmas-y and sparkly. What more could a girl ask for?)

More Red Velvet Christmas Cupcakes
Poinsettias, Holly, and Ornaments

We ended up making dozens and dozens of Christmas-themed cupcakes. It was a three-man job (special thanks to Mike who stepped up to the plate and helped us decorate... and helped us maintain our sanity in the wee hours of the morning) but we're really proud of the end results. We heard great things from everyone who ordered cupcakes and we're looking forward to being even more creative next year.

Happy 2010!

David Sedaris and Christian Louboutin

TIME Magazine Cake
Chocolate cake with Vanilla Buttercream
This magazine cake was made for a big David Sedaris fan. Rachel, whose husband practically worships at the altar of David Sedaris, knew that this idea would be a big hit. Sure enough, we got an email a day after his birthday celebration where Rachel told us that James laughed hysterically when he saw the cake. Happy Birthday, James!

Christian Louboutin Shoebox Cake
Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Louboutin shoebox cake was a birthday cake for a big SHAM Bakery fan. Megan, like all of us with two X-chromosomes, would kill for a pair of Louboutins (shoot, I'd settle for the box, even). But as we didn't want to commit murder around the holidays, a cake was as close as we could get to the real thing. Happy Birthday, Megan!

Be it books or shoes, may you all find something you love this year.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sugary Celebrations

75th Birthday Cake
Dense lemon yellow cake; Coconut Frosting

Last month, my family celebrated the 75th birthdays of two of my grandparents. My aunt's house was filled with family, friends, and food. We feasted and were very merry. This cake represented a bougainvillea plant that my grandfather trained to be a tree in my grandparent's backyard. The sugar tree was made out of a gum paste trunk, frosted leaves, and gum paste sugar flowers in three colors. The end result was beautiful. Sadly, the only picture I got was on my phone and it didn't capture the impact of the cake very well. Next time, I'll be more prepared. (Hmmm... have I said that before?)

Bridal Shower cake
made for Cynthia Gallagher, Cakes & More

This cake was designed to replicate a bride's wedding dress for her bridal shower. The bust of the dress was pleated (as was the fondant) with pearl buttons (pearl dragees) running the length of the back of the dress. I was very happy with the outcome of this cake. It was clean, sparkly, and stunning.

Hasta luego.