Day of the Dead: Catrina cake and Calaveritas cookies – Dia de los Muertos Pastel de La Catrina y galletas de Calaverita

Today we celebrate el Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico. Is a very important celebration because we remember and honor family or friends that are already enjoying heaven. Most people visit the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried and decorate their graves with ofrendas or altars that are rich in symbols and are a welcoming gesture for the souls that will be visiting during the festivity. The altars or offerings can also be built in their homes. Because I live far away from my family I just make these cake and cookies to celebrate my Mexican traditions and to share them with all of you.

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Ballerina Cake – Pastel de bailarina de ballet

I wake up early the other day (5:30 am), something really unusual for me, as part of my training for school time . And found myself with nothing to do during those early hour of the day (like if I don’t have 3 loads of dirty clothes, 4 rooms to vacuum, etc, etc, etc) so I start working in a gum paste ballerina that was on my head for quite a while. And here she is in action.   Desperte temprano el otro dia (5:30 de la madrugada), algo que es totalmente inusual en mi, como parte de mi entrenamiento para el regreso a clases. Y me encontre sin nada que hacer a esas horas del dia (como si no tuviera 3 cerros de ropa sucia, 4 cuartos que aspirar, etc, etc, etc.) asi que empece a trabajar en una bailarina de ballet de pasta de azucar que tenia en mente desde hacia rato. Y aqui esta en accion,

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Military and Tank Cakes – Pasteles Militar y Tanque de guerra

Last weekend I prepared two cakes for my friend Isela’s son – Daniel that turn 7. His party had a “military theme” so my friend bought a camouflage edible image for me to put in the cake. That was the plan until Daniel ask for a military tank piñata, unfortunately the party place didn’t have that service. So to save the day (and because I was really excited with the opportunity to make a 3D cake) I volunteer to make him a military tank cake instead of the piñata. Here they are: El fin de semana pasado prepare dos pasteles para el hijo de mi amiga Isela – Daniel cumplio 7 años. El tema de la fiesta fue militar asi que mi amiga compro una imagen comestible de camuflaje para que se la pusiera al pastel. Ese era el plan hasta que Daniel dijo que queria una piñata de tanque de guerra, desafortunadamente el lugar del evento no cuenta con ese servicio. Asi que para salvar la situacion (y porque estaba muy emocionada de hacer un pastel en 3D) me ofreci de voluntaria para hacerle un pastel de tanque de guerra en lugar de la piñata. Aqui estan ambos:
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How I get into sweets ? Here’s a short story – Como empece en la reposteria? Aqui esta una pequeña historia

Well maybe not that short but let me show you the cake that started everything for me in the sweet word .  .  .
Tal vez no esta tan corta pero dejenme mostrarles el pastel con el que empezo mi historia en la decoracion de pasteles . . .

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Of course I have learn some things in these months if you compare it to these cakes I make last month . . . but lets go back to the story Por supuesto que ya he aprendido algunas cosas desde entonces si lo comparamos con estos que hice el mes pasado . . . pero regresemos a la historia

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Cowboy Cake and minicupcakes – Pastel y mini-bollitos de Vaquerito

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I really like how this cake and the mini-cupcake toppers turn out, specially the hobby horse;  also I was happy because I had a chance to use new materials and practice some new techniques. Me gusto mucho como quedo este partel y los adornitos para los bollitos, mi favorito fue el caballito de palo, tambien estaba muy feliz porque tuve la oportunidad de usar nuevos materiales y practicar nuevas tecnicas. Continue reading

“Enchanted Garden” Exhibition Cake – Pastel de Exhibicion “Jardin Encantado”

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This is my exhibition cake for the Annual Day of Sharing organized by the “Frosting Creators of San Antonio” Club.  I’m a proud new member of the club which is open to all kind of bakers and sugar artist with all levels of experience. Members of the Club were invited to create a dummy cake to be displayed during the event as an example of what we can do with sugar. The Day of Sharing will be next May 1st. and they will have demonstrations from very well known sugar artists like Debbie Brown consider UK’s best-selling author of character and novelty cake books and Denise Talbot that have compete in TLC Ultimate Cake off Challenge, of course they will also have cake supply vendors, raffle tickets and cake displays. I’m very excited because I just discover the association and is the first time that I will be attending the event.

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Star Wars Cake – Pastel Guerra de las Galaxias

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This is my last week project a STAR WARS cake for a birthday party for two little brother and sister. I’m really excited on how it turn out and hope that all Star Wars fans are too. Este fue mi proyecto de la semana pasada: un pastel de la Guerra de las Galaxias para la fiesta de dos hermanitos. Me encanto como quedo y espero que a los fans de la Guerra de las Galaxias tambien.
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I was really scared because these are famous characters that everybody is familiar with and for somebody with very little experience on cake decorating I was not sure I could capture their essence. Estaba realmente asustada porque estos son personajes famosos que todo mundo conoce y para alguien con tan poca experiencia en la decoracion de pasteles no estaba muy segura de poder capturar su escencia.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Small Treats – Pequeños postres de la Virgen de Guadalupe

I can’t believe time goes by so fast, is already a week since my last post with all my “Our Lady of Guadalupe” cakes were I promise to share other treats that I have prepared to complement those cakes. I was really busy this week but here they are as an example of how versatile a theme can be :
No puedo creer como el tiempo pasa volando, ya ha pasado mas de una semana desde mi ultima publicacion con todos los pasteles de la Virgen de Guadalupe donde les prometi que les compartiria todos los otros postres pequeños que he preparado para complementar esos pasteles. Estuve muy ocupada durante la semana pero aqui se las presento como ejemplo de cual versatil un motivo puede ser:

First DECORATED SUGAR COOKIES with royal icing, recipes here and here. 3 different styles – just face, whole body and standing cookie with fondant roses. Primero GALLETAS DE AZUCAR DECORADAS con merengue royal si quieren la recetas estan aqui y aca. 3 estilos diferentes -solo la carita, el cuerpo completo y una galleta vertical con flores de fondant.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Cake – Pastel Virgen de Guadalupe

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I prepared this cake of  Our Lady of Guadalupe for a fund raising at my church a couple of weeks ago. These are called “Modern Little Virgin” (Virgencita Moderna) and are design specially for kids. Right now they are very popular in Mexico specially in religious celebrations like Baptism and First Communion. Hice este pastel de la Virgen de Guadalupe para un evento en mi parroquia hace algunas semanas. Estas son conocidas como Virgencitas Modernas y estan diseñadas especialmente para niños. Actualmente son muy populares en Mexico especialmente para celebraciones religiosas como Bautizos o Primera Comunion.

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This is the fourth  cake I prepared in this theme, all had the same figurine made out of rice krispies treats, covered with fondant and gumpaste and painted with pearl dust details. I just change a little bit the surrounding details in each cake . I have also make cake pops, mini-cakes, cupcakes and cookies of Our Lady of Guadalupe but that will be my next post. Es el 4to. pastel que hago de este tipo, todos tuvieron la misma figura hecha de cereal de arroz Rice Krispies, cubierta con fondant y pasta de azucar, y pintada con pearl dust. Lo unico que he cambiado en cada pastel son los detalles alrededor de la figura.
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