Steam Cake International Collaboration 2020 edition.

It´s being a crazy year so far, we all know that, but in the world of cake design and artistic cake decoration, one of the things we artists look forward to is the international cake collaborations.

Usually are organized by fellow cake artists, picking a theme and inviting cake designers from all over the world to create an artistic edible piece and participate.

Some people from our community have mixed feelings about collaborations. It is a demanding and expensive experience, that for some points of view don´t bring many benefits to the artists.

For me is absolutely the opposite. It is time-consuming and can be expensive, but very rewarding.

We meet people and fellow artists from around the globe, the sense of friendship makes us not only praise each other´s work but share it to audiences from every corner of the planet.

We are inspired to be better, we learn from other cake designers, our work is placed amongst great artists and it is the perfect excuse to push our limits and create very artistic pieces that our regular clients won´t even dream of ordering.

And, amongst many, and believe me when I say, many cake collaborations there is one in particular that holds a very special place in a lot of hearts.

The Steam Cakes International Collaboration

Why?

Well, first of all, it is run by great artists and human beings that happen to be Portuguese and represent the great talent of our country, Carla Rodrigues, amazing sugar artists, teacher and award-winning cake designer from Portugal and her dear husband João Pimentel, a great video maker and multimedia artists, both of them create the perfect match to make possible this amazing Steam Cakes International Collaboration, that already counts with many editions and happens to be the winner of the 2018 cake collaboration award at  Cake International.

After last year´s pause, it came back as strong as ever, counting with 129 artists from all over the world that created the most amazing pieces all around the topic of Steam Punk.

It is for everyone to enjoy, Steam Punk lovers and not only so.

 

I happen to be part of it for the second time and I have to say that I went far and beyond with my piece.

I not only created a sugar modeling piece, but I also created a story, a part of me went to this sugar dolls, and to prove it, let me share with you the video I made introducing the characters of my work.

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I will write the whole story off this Steam ( Freak) Circus in another post just for you to enjoy it.

For now, I can only invite you to check out this amazing collaboration with great artists and amazing sugar work.

link: Steam Cakes- Steampunk Collaboration

Don´t forget to leave some love for them on their Facebook page and remember to like this post, comment, share, and subscribe to my blog.

Love,

Cristina

Fresh strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting.

IMG-20170827-WA0006For this super strawberry cake the secret is to use fresh strawberries and …. gelatin, yes GELATIN!

Let me share the recipe with you, I hope you like it!

For the Cake:

250 grams of butter

2 cups of sugar

4 eggs

1 strawberry gelatin sachet

½ cup of milk

½ cup of fresh strawberry juice

½ cup fresh cut strawberries

3 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

 

Preparation:

In a mixer, first, add the butter and sugar until it forms a soft and light dough.

Then add the eggs one by one until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. On a different bowl, mix together the powdered gelatin sachet with the flour and baking powder.

Alternately add the flour and the milk to the cake batter.

Finally, mix by hand in an involving movement the strawberry juice and fresh strawberries.

 

For the cream cheese filling:

2 packages of cream cheese

250 grams of icing sugar

zest of a vanilla pod

 

In a mixer, mix the cream cheese with icing sugar and vanilla, until you get a fluffy cream.20170827_112449

I used edible gel dyes for the three shades of pink. I divided the cream into three equal parts and then added the dye, varying the amount to obtain three different shades.

Finally, just fill the cake in equal parts and put the three shades of pink around.

It is very important to refrigerate the cake between each step and to keep the temperature of the cream cheese cool.

 

This cake is recommended to keep in the refrigerator until party time.

 

Hope you like it,

 

Kisses!