Friday, February 19, 2010

Fleur de Lis Candy Baskets


HELLO DEAR SUGAR FRIENDS!

I have missed you all so much, and I am sorry I have been MIA on the blog. Preparing for the Ultimate Cake Off show, during the Christmas holidays, trying to get both the new DVD and website launched, and the chores of daily life took over for a while. It has been a crazy few months for sure. But things are settling down now, and I will be back to posting regularly.

The new Sheet Cake Secrets and Bonus Lagniappe DVDs are ready to ship. Sadly, the new website launched Wednesday for all of 30 minutes before we had to pull it due to a technical problem. I am frustrated and regretful about the delay; but I assure you that the web techies are working on it as we speak. My gut tells me it is going to be a few more days before it is fixed. Please hang tight because I promise the new DVDs will be worth the wait!

AND we are shooting our next DVD this coming Monday! You ask for 'em, we make 'em!

In fact, we are looking for suggestions for topics for our next 2 DVDs. So if you post a suggestion in the comment section here, you will be entered into a drawing for a free gift! I will give away one of the new tools featured in the sheet cake DVDs! Yay! I love give-aways!

So post your ideas and good luck!



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In honor of the Saints big Superbowl win (WHO DAT!), and it just ending Mardi Gras season here, I want to share with you these fabulous fleur de lis candies that my talented and awesome sister Barbara made. She made these beautiful baskets as Christmas gifts this year. But fleur de lis are always in style, and always in season!



My beautiful sister with her baskets.





These are made with the Spinning Leaf Oreo cookie molds. They have all kinds of molds for different shaped cookies, in many fun designs. The molds are very easy to use as well, and they work great.





These were made with molded white chocolate. The molds can be found here. The gold color was achieved by using the PME gold luster spray in the can.









Each cookie was put into an individual bag and tied with a ribbon.





Beautiful.








Just a gorgeous gift basket.


Get yourself some of those molds and give it a try.
It really is a lot of fun!

I hope to be back this next week with the announcement that our new DVDs are ready to order. Stay tuned!

Sharon


57 comments:

Heidi said...

I would love a video that talked more about cake carving and using rice crispie treats in cake decorating.

Janel said...

Extreme cake structures!!

Lecia Hopkins said...

I agree with Cake Carving and RKT, I would love to see Fondant/Gumpaste Figures, and Flowers.

Marisol said...

i would love a video that talked about airbrushing, techniques on using and coloring cakes.

Another great dvd would be extreme cake stuctures

good luck

Nicole Louden "Kitchen-ista and Ranch-wife-extraordinaire" said...

I like the airbrushing idea...I know you probably don't do a lot of cupcakes, but I always look for cupcake ideas as well.
What about modeling and gumpaste work - flowers, figures, etc.?

Niccicola said...

I would love to see painting techniques, and FLOWERS because I suck at making flowers and have resorted to buying them. My poor brides :(

ShirleyB said...

The cookies and candies are wonderful! Thanks, as always, for passing along where we can get the supplies, too! On the video...anything gumpaste and more ideas and how-tos for other treats (chocolate, cookies, candies, etc.). You've done some beautiful ones!

Anna said...

A video that features unususal ideas such as fixing lights within cakes and making your own molds to make jewellery, lace etc would be great! I agree with the airbrushing idea too.

Anna

Cecilia U said...

I agree with cake carving and rkt. Would also love gumpaste flowers and figures. Anything would be great.

Jeanne said...

I would love one on flowers, I agree with the other person. I get so frustrated that I end up buying them when I really want to make them myself.

Snooky doodle said...

oh these are awesome !

Morsels By Mark said...

Gumpaste flowers would be great! I know the market is oozing with them, but I personally can't get enough! Also, what about a DVD on the swamp class you did? It would be great if you could bring your classes like that to DVD - especially for those of us too far away to go to an actual class :)

Jen H said...

OOh so many things I'd like to learn. I agree with previous posters; carving and airbrushing would be great. I personally would love to see a cupcake/little cakes dvd there doesn't seem to be any of those!

Cheley said...

Although there are many out there, some of the DVD prices are ridiculous for making gumpaste flowers. You're such an amazingly detailed teacher - I'd love to see a series of videos on exotic flowers, along with some painting techniques to make them look real -and perhaps some patterns for making your own "cutters" out of mylar.

Julieecakes said...

I agree wth the other posters on cake carving and using rice crispy treats. Gumpaste flowers as well but I would also like to see a dvd on basic sugar work OR geltin flowers.

zenubia said...

I would love to see a DVD on Holiday cakes- showing how you made that gorgeous Christmas tree, as well as the pumpkin and mini pumpkin cakes, the Easter basket with the large egg, and even the sand buckets for a summertime theme.
I also love the cake carving and RKT theme.
The other DVD I would love to see is one on how you make all those great chocolate pieces- especially the carousel with horses. And also include how you make all your details like booties, cradles, caps, baseballs, books,etc. Thanks!

Frosted Sensations said...

Carving Cakes

String Work/ filigree icing work

Using motors and lights in cakes

Thanks for all your hard work with these videos - I love them.

Frosted Sensations said...
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Frosted Sensations said...

Sorry I forgot one

Petit Fours

Stetching/ drawing up cakes

I'm also curious what the theme of your next DVD is - can't wait. =)

Sharon0586 said...

How about a wedding cakes dvd...with things like, how to design wedding cakes, borders, lattice, string work, gumpaste flowers and flower arrangements, draping a cake with fondant, proper doweling of large tiered cakes ummmm...you could have bonus lagniappe on awesome ideas for grooms cakes!!!!

Allison said...

I would love a video on some great gumpaste flowers, and also teaching airbrushing, and cake carving. and I would also like to see a dvd on the swamp thing dvd I agree with mark.

Happy decorating.

3dlovely said...

I would love a DVD on using sugar veil and the new Cricut Cake. I have watched a few instructional videos on YouTube, but I think you would definitely do a much better job in explaining things.

Jan said...

I would love to see your instructions on air brushing and gumpaste human figure making. Your DVDs are so easy to understand. I particularly love the way you illustrate each and every step with nothing ever condensed or abbreviated. Whatever your next is, I will certainly be there to purchase it.

Mikel79 said...

"Basics of Cake Baking"

I would love to see how to bake a cake properly. How to store cakes, how to freeze and defrost cakes. Properly mixing your batter, preping your pans, baking times and temps, measuring your ingri., etc.

This type of DVD is not out there. So much work goes into cakes, it is such a diaster and waste for a cake to fall apart when the cake was not baked correctly to begin with....

Frosted Sensations said...

Here's another one

Quilling

TessU said...

Hi Sharon. How about DVD for decorating miniature cakes and/or cookies. Thanks

Talia said...

I totally agree with mark179 the basics of baking! It is great to know how to decorate and all bit if your base structure is not good then ur in trouble... And I would still buy any of the others too! I LOVE YOUR VIDEOS!!!!

Nancy Smith said...

Beautiful baskets. I love anything with Fleur de Lis design.

D. said...

Sharon, I would love to see a DVD that covers carving techniques. I would also love to see different types of side designs and cake toppers.

Diana

anna said...

I would like to see a DVD on how to do some of your most popular or your favorit cakes that you make. I love to look at the pictures on your site and that would be neat. You could do a romantic cake or holiday cakes things like that. All the other ideas that people said were great too.
Thanks,
Andrea
andreasaunders2@yahoo.com

Mama Hill said...

I definitely agree on the carved cakes. Also would love to see the gumpaste and/or buttercream flowers. The DVD's are great for being able to see how someone else does things. Helps to give you ideas and allows you to tweak your own creations.

DieR YesdniL said...

airbrushing :)

Katherine said...

There are so many details that go into cake decorating, I'm sure that you could do hundreds of videos on it all! I too would love to see videos about airbrushing, gumpaste/fondant flowers, gelatin flowers, and sugar work. Another idea that I would like to see is how to take a picture of your great cake creations. I have done so many cakes and taken pictures of each one, but the pictures never seem to do the actual cake justice. Your pictures are so beautiful!

Kat5 said...

Hi Sharon,
How about a combo DVD of airbrushing and stenciling? I would love to learn more about stenciling on cakes. Like how to stencil black royal icing on a white cake. How oh how do you get clean lines and no smuges? How thick should my royal be? How do you stencil around the whole cake with out damaging what you have already done? What's the best way to keep the stencil in place? What if it doesn't lay flat against the cake? I could go on and on....
Thanks for all you do!

Audrey said...

I think one that inlcuded some of the finer points of cake decorating - like getting your colors right (wrong color can ruin a cake), presentation (no tinfoil covered boards), and tips that demonstrate why and how your cakes always looks so clean and precise.
Thanks for all you do!

The Cake Faery said...

I think I would like to see a video from you (because I have seen books and such)about all the ends and out of how to open your own baker from concept to finish product!

vettie said...

I am soo excited about the new DVD and I can't wait to get it.

However, I would love for a carving 3-D structures dvd or a gumpaste flowers tutorial dvd. Gumpaste flowers are so beautiful and scare me, so I have yet to try them, would love to hear your simple break down and detailed way of doing them.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

3D : Cake carving and figure modelling?

Cindy said...

I would like a DVD that teaches how to do closed book cakes.

brenlyn said...

i vote for the airbrushing. i bought an airbrush,but i'm to chicken to use it!! would love a video on airbrushing and/or modeling figures.

DARLENE said...

I would love to see extreme cake structures, cake boards, stenciling on cakes

Meagan84 said...

I would love to see a DVD on gumpaste flowers, and one on airbrushing too. I loved the airbrushing from your aligator cake and the cherry cake you did for your sister's birthday.

Chris said...

I'd love to see a video on airbrushing, I just got my system and can't find any real useful resources.

How about a video invovling carving a cake, or videos of cakes you've done at your workshops. I love the alligator and fish, but due to scheduling and finances I haven't been able to attend any of your workshops.

I know no matter what you choose it'll be great, and I'll buy it!
Chris--South TX

tara22 said...

Carved cakes and Gumpaste flowers would be GREAT!!

Sandi said...

I would love to have a DVD devoted to Wedding cakes and as one other person suggested a bonus that features grooms cakes.

Also the basic of baking and giving cakes those absolutely flawless look to them, would be great to have on hand!

Frosted Sensations said...

Sorry it's me again - If you do a DVD on string work it would be wonderful if you could show us how to do bridgeless extension work.

Thank

Rebecca H. said...

I would love to see a video for Fantastic Flowers! How to create 1-2 sprays that incorporate 3-4 different types of flowers.

Okay and I'd love a figurine DVD! THAT would be awesome!

Jennifer said...

I would love to see a video on cake carving and making 3-D cakes.

Robin in Memphis said...

I would like a DVD on cake toppers. You have wonderful toppers on your cakes, from baby rattles to crowns to initials.

I have enjoyed and learned so much from your DVDs. I used many of your techniques to make an 80th birthday cake today for my mom and her twin sister. It was a hit!

gmralls said...

I would love to see gumpaste flowers & figures. Cake carving would be great too!

Premyscakes said...

What ever you shoot regarding the cake, i would go mad for it. Eagerly waiting for them.

bbytina said...

Loved the idea on carving and using rice crispie treats but I have to say, I'd really like a DVD on your other goodies such as cookies and choc. Quite honestly I've tried to copy the candy cane sugar cookies you did and they didn't come out at all like yours!! Really frustrated! Or my version of your melted fondant poured on top of the pumpkins. I ended up making such a mess I gave them to my neighbor!

Chookiebear07 said...

Forgive me if they're in your other dvds (I'm slowly purchasing them all). But I would love to see things like how to apply a fondant ribbon around the middle of a cake. How to safely arrange wire sprays (mine always twist & turn). How to arrange flowers on a wedding cake & also assembling gumpaste flowers into an arrangement on a cake. And airbrushing techniques would be awesome---I hate coloring buttercream & fondant. Other techniques---damask, using patchwork cutters, tappits. And also addressing things like blowouts, cracks in your icing (get mine when stacking), how to fix problems on site, etc. Can't wait for the new DVDs that are in the works

Diana said...

I too like the ideas about using RKT and cake carving. I'd also love to learn/see how to do some of the extension, lace, filigree and overpiping work associated w/the English, Australian and South African styles (this embellished style is so gorgeous!). I also like the ideas of a wedding cake DVD (perhaps using some of the above?), as well as the ideas about using a cricut, mini cakes, and using sugar veil. (whew!) :) I know whatever you do, it'll be GREAT and SUPER helpful! Thanks for ALL you've done for us -- keep those DVDs a-coming!

cake dreams said...

I just want to say - Good lookin' out! Thanks for the heads up on the cookie molds at Spinning Leaf. Luv that site. I enjoy all of your videos and look forward to whatever you turn out next...

The Sugary said...

I love your dvd's! I'm pretty sure Im going to buy it reguardless of what it is! my ideas are: wedding cakes, baking basics, and carving. Also, I always want to know what's new in cake decorating, and what tools do you use the very most? Your dvd's have improved my cake skills so much! thankyou!!!

renee wagner said...

I would love to have a dvd on extreme structures with motors and lights. Because it is awesome.