How to Paint a Galaxy Print on Cake

7:01:00 PM Larisse Espinueva 2 Comments

Recently, we received a cake order with the theme, The Bravest Warriors, another cartoon made by the same creators as the famous Adventure Time animated series.

The cartoon is set in space. So, we agreed on painting the whole base cake with a galaxy background.

We learned from the video tutorial we found on Youtube created by Sea Lemon (I've just subscribed to her channel and I'm starting to love her art and DIY crafts!!! Make sure to check it out!), to give us an idea of how to paint this kind of print on cake.

Here is the video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RMqVdYMgBw

For the cake painting, you'll need:

Carnation Pink Americolor Gel Paste
Aqua Blue Americolor Gel Paste
White Americolor Gel Paste
Nylon Paintbrush
Cake Covered with Black Fondant (do not use a covered cake painted or airbrushed with black coloring as the colored gel pastes might mix with the black paint)

1. Mix the first color with a bit of white. Start by making light dabs on the cake until you form random curves.
2. Do the same with the second color. It's okay to overlap some curved strokes on the first color.
3. Once you are happy with the strokes you've made, make circular dabs with the white gel paste. Put a solid white dot/circle on top of it. This creates a halo effect and will look like bright big stars on your cake.
4. With the help of a pairing knife or metal scraper, dip your brush into the white gel paste and start flicking crazily until you're satisfied.

Notes:
1. You can add or change the colors depending on your/client's preference. We made the usual pink/purple/bluish galaxy print since it is the most recognizable.
2.  Make sure to put light dabs, specially if your fondant isn't thick. Heavy dabs might poke your cake. You might end up with a very colorful moon planet or something rather than a smooth 2D galaxy print. Haha!
3. The acrylic paint has a different consistency than the gel paste. The finished product won't be as cloudy as the one on the video but at least, it's close enough. :)

Here's to our first try:


(My business partner, Ina, adding finishing touches to the cake)

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Bringing Back the South's True Vibe: FAT BUTCHIK'S

11:36:00 PM Larisse Espinueva 0 Comments


A way to cap off a Friday night is to hangout with your best people. Most of us residing in the south would head straight to the busy street of Aguirre avenue in BF Homes right after work. The hassle is inevitable. Of course, finding the right place would depend on the parking spots available.

Luckily, a new spot in this area just opened, Fat Butchik's. Located in the not-so-busy street of El Grande avenue is probably one of the most relaxing spots in BF. Although their place is still a working progress, I cannot deny that their roofdeck resto is a good place to unwind.

The ambience isn't even the best part, it's the FOOD.

Pizza Dip (P150.00). The first time I saw this recipe online, all I could think of is how heavy, rich, and greasy this would be (well, in a good-bad kind of way). To my surprise, I WAS WRONG. Their pizza dip is made from fresh tomatoes and did not feel heavy at all. I didn't feel like it needed any meat in it too. The generous cheese on top completed the whole "pizza dip" idea. Though, I just wished that the pieces of pan de sal paired with it were toasted to give a crunchy bite to it.



Here Piggy (P160 Regular , P280 Platter). Their best seller. The pork belly that was given justice. The whole reason why you need to visit this place. Exaggeration is my way of telling you how SERIOUSLY SERIOUS I am about this flavorful cuts of tender and juicy pork belly with CRISPY SKIN. How can all those adjectives be placed all together and describe a pork belly?!?! Well, yeah it magically did. It was also served with roasted tomatoes and garlic. This was so much win!



A Cheese Sausage (P160 Regular , P280 Platter). "125g of pure Hungarian muscle. Salted, peppered, smoked and pumped full of cheese. This bad boy is sat beside a volcano of smashed potatoes with a molten lava of cheese and blurp of hot chili." - menu description. CHEESE Sausage, check! MASHED POTATOES, check! Plus wait, LAVA OF CHEESE WITH CHILI? Check, check, check!

The sausage is homemade. Though, there wasn't anything "wow" about it, it's the smashed potatoes on the side that made them a perfect pair.



Sacre Bleu (P250). What I enjoyed most about this is of course, the pure chunk of juicy beef. Though I am not a fan of pan de sal buns, the bleu cheese that topped the beef is good. The Truffle Fries served on the side were also a contender. The potatoes used were REAL. Unlike the usual grocery-bought, processed side dishes, I appreciate restaurants who actually take the time to prepare these "side" dishes and make them play a big part of the meal as well. These are the small things that diners remember.




House Brewed Iced Tea (P90). Served in one fat ass mason jar. Cold, refreshing and homemade. Your ninety bucks is well worth it.



Just a heads up, the food takes time to prepare. Everything is made from scratch and most dishes are smoked with so much love. Make sure you're in for a long night. Every bite is worth the wait.

Butchik, the man behind the food and of course, the logo, described his cuisine as bar chow. So to my boyfriend's delight, he paired all of our orders with an ice cold bottle of beer.




The cool breeze, three floors away from the some-what bustling street, meters away from loud bars, good choice of music (a good playlist of 80's-90's classics), and well-cooked food... YES, I'll come back for sure.

FAT BUTCHIK'S
El Grande Ave. BF Homes
Above Pan de Manila

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How to Paint Denim Effect on Cake

8:10:00 PM Larisse Espinueva 0 Comments

Just recently, a repeat client of ours sent us what cake she wanted to order for her son's first birthday. We love it way too much when our clients get creative but of course, we also throw in our suggestions to make it look even better. 

A three tier cake with the top layer being a cupcake "cake" design, the second would be a "chalk art" style with her son's name written in script with a chevron border. And finally, the denim textured cake. At first, I was thinking about covering the cake with a navy blue fondant and simply put "stitches" on the pockets to make it look like jeans. Fortunately, while doing my research, I was able to find a way how to make it look even more realistic with paint.




Here's what you'll need
1. Gel Paste Coloring
Royal Blue Americolor Gel Paste
Navy Blue Americolor Gel Paste
(I use this brand because it does not darken/change it shade as much once the fondant has set/hardened and also, another great thing about it is that it doesn't change the consistency of your fondant. Compared to the other brands that make your fondant so soft and sticky after kneading)
2. Lemon Extract
I prefer using this rather than vodka because it gives an extra lemony flavor that pairs well with the fondant
(If you are using Americolor Airbrush Paint, there is no need for this unless you want to lighten the shade)
3. Fan brush (Nylon always, you don't want those animal hair brushes in contact with your cake now, right?)
4. Super Light Blue Fondant Covered Cake

Let's get started!

1. Mix the Royal Blue gel paste with a BIT of lemon extract. Do not put too much or else you'll end up having large, light, and watery strokes on your cake.

2. Make vertical strokes on your cake. The thinner the strokes are, the better. Please forgive my excitement as I ended up making some thick ones. The spaces are okay, there will be a few more coats afterwards.

3. Once you are finished with the vertical strokes (including the top), make horizontal ones.

4. Let it dry a bit. Once you think that it has absorbed the paint. Start the darker strokes using the Navy Blue Gel paste (mixed with lemon extract) this time. Do the same strokes earlier until you are satisfied with the denim look.



You may also add streaks that are close to the color black (navy blue gel paste with decreased amount of extract). Make sure that you leave out some lighter parts so you won't lose the denim effect.

Here the finished cake!



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