Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cake Sculpture with Karen Portaleo - Highland Bakery Atlanta

Karen's finished cake - she taught us how to do this in 1 day!

We had the total pleasure of having Karen teach the pastry arts instructors at the PA School of Culinary Arts in Lancaster PA.  Karen and I met filming Halloween Wars in Los Angeles in December last year. I was totally inspired by her skill and artistry so I invited her to come to us for a couple of days to share her structural concepts and decorating techniques.

So beginning with cake we made the layers for the skirt
I know - lots of straws but Karen wanted to show us how to stabilize a much larger cake. We then cut the straws down to the height of the cake. Then it went in the refrigerator to cool. 
For the central support we attached a flange to a board and then screwed the central pipe into it - Purchased at your local DYI store!
Once the cake was chilled we slid it over the pipe and then began carving



Once we had the skirt carved it was chilled again and then covered in a layer of buttercream to make the fondant stick


The body was made out of modeling chocolate sculptured around the wooden dowel which was later inserted into the pipe supporting the skirt. The wire formed the support for the head and arms.

   


The body made out out modeling chocolate was then placed into the center pipe of the skirt and screwed in place. Once the body was attached to the skirt we covered the body with a sheet of rolled fondant which we then carved and molded to give the detail in her face and body. Fondant was also layered of the skirt to form the folds of fabric.



    From the back - note the twists of hair!



Painted detail before airbrushing


After airbrushing


Oh la la!!


Thanks Karen



3 comments:

  1. It was absolutely my pleasure to have been invited, as well as teach at the school! And of course, it was wonderful to spend time with one of the pastry greats! Thanks for having me!

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  2. So interesting! I enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I've always wondered how they did the floating arms and things like that on sculpted cakes. Thank you so much for sharing both to Susan & Karen

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