Monthly Archives: March 2011

Update: Let them eat cake- Final prep stages

Eustace is almost at the stage of done enough for travel tomorrow. I have a 24″ x 24″ x 4″ rice crispy block, 3-4 pounds of gumpaste and 3 gallons of royal icing left to make before tomorrow. I need to cover one arm, both hands and his neck, so they can dry before the road trip. Cherries are currently getting a honey mead soak for re-hydration before becoming filling. I am going to make a tasting cake, so they do not have to destroy Eustace until he needs to be.

Eustace is my cake entry for the Let Them Eat Cake competition for HRH Jana’s coronation. I am entering the Just for Fun category because I cannot justify “historically accurate” by even the loosest of definitions. The food choices, design choices and construction techniques have been made base upon the following criteria:

  • Safely transport the project from Philadelphia to Rhode Island.
  • Food quality and sanitation for the 2 days it will have to endure without refrigeration
  • Structural integrity as it is moved from various areas of the coronation venue.
  • This is a fun project.

Occasionally I do a project  for shits and giggles. It amuses me and I learn things. Things that I will be able to use in future “for real” projects.  And occasionally I get a great “no shit there I was” story *.

New Eustace pictures!

Eustace’s framework, now with arms and hands!

Enough cake to make his body… I hope.

*Ask me about attaching rice crispys to PVC pipe. Yeah… it’s pretty entertaining.

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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Projects, Sugar



Update: Swan Dress

More progress has been made on the sleeve beading. All of the spangles are on and the applique is 100% complete. I am just working on the fill.  The bodice has been sewn and fitted. All that is remaining is attaching the skirt to the bodice and the rest of the beading on the sleeve and bodice.

Not the best picture, but it will do for now.

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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Embroidery, German, Sewing


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Swan Dress

This is a dress that is my part of a barter. I am getting a seriously stripey knitted hat, she is getting an embroidered dress. The Swan Dress is based roughly on this dress. I really don’t like beading. Makes me all sorts of not right in the head. Fortunately for me, Swabian dresses usually only have one sleeve of the dress beaded. However, I love how it comes out in a project. I especially love how it feels when it is applied to velvet.

Design concept:

Applique sewn down:

Beading in progress:

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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in 16th Century, Embroidery, German


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Update: Let them eat cake- Eustace’s dinner

I have been working on cleaning up Eustace’s head and it is almost completely covered.  I have also started working on his other parts, including hands, arms and dinner.  This will get a nice sugar coating in the next few days. You can see the basic shape of the chicken and his paw.

Here is what it will look like when it has been put together.

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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in Sugar


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Update: Let them eat cake- Building the frame

I have started the construction of a framework for Eustace.  I had to modify the look just a bit to handle the head. A little bit of hardware from Home Depot and I was ready to go. The cake frame + board was just under $20.

Step 1- Marking out the base

Step 2- Placing the flange

Step 3- Adding the fitting

Step 4- Building the frame

Step 5- Mostly final measurements

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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in Projects, Sugar


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Update: Let them eat cake- Parts

Went shopping at home depot for cake parts. That’s right… Home. Depot.  Cake needs to be supported.  I picked up a  3/4″ 2 x 2 piece of ply wood, several 2′ lengths of PVC pipe, 90 and 45 degree elbows, a floor flange and a bunch of wood screws.I am all set to build the base structure.  Since the PVC has already been cut into 2 foot lengths, it is easy to know when I have hit the minimum height requirement.

Now all I have to do is build more cake.I have created a secondary cake flavor I’m calling Spanish Chocolate.  It is a nice light chocolate flavor with traditional Spanish drinking chocolate spices.

Eustace is coming along well too.

This is so exciting.  I will post pictures as I get the cake structure together.

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Projects, Sugar


Class Outline: So you want to build a 4 foot cake

HRH Jana has announced that there will be a Sculpted Cake Decorating Contest at Coronation. There is a specified height requirement of a minimum of two feet and a maximum of four feet. There is also a “carrying” component, where cakes must be moved. This class is designed to help the novice baker understand what needs to be done to construct very tall and stable cakes (anything over 5” in height).

Here is the class outline: Cake Structures

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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Cooking Thynge


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