Tuesday, September 8, 2015
abc wednesday Letter I for I, ice and Icing and inspiration.
My sister Grace's kids making icing to ice a cake
Cake making and icing in the Chan family and now Tiong (Grace's) is a family affair.
For the beautiful wedding cake in the last post involved a lot of work. She made sugar flowers, leaves and figurine. Grace couldn't remember how long it took.
She did it when she was free on and off during the day for 2 weeks. It was tough work mixing the sugar dough or fondant icing and gum paste. The gum paste had to be rolled to tissue thin and and not break. Royal icing for some of the leaves.
Grace reckoned if she worked full time, it would have taken 10 hours for those things, leaves, flowers, bows... colouring, She couldn't use spray paint as it was done at home.
She spent another 5 hours to ice the cake and cover with fondant and put on final touches. Mixing the cake, cooking and cooling took another 4 hours.
Grace was so passionate and almost a perfectionist. She told her daughter Jessie that she took off the crooked lines and redo and redo.... That's why she was so stressed when she make the cakes.
Grace recruited her brother-in-law to knead the dough for her until it was pliable enough to use rolling pin on it. His hands got so tired and hot. Her cousin in law James helped paint the flowers and arrange the bouquet. James it was hard work because the flowers are brittle and not flexible like real flowers where you can squeeze through the foliage etc...
Grace says, "Things like that people don't know, only the cake people know. if doing for 1st time like me, then it was a surprise!"
"What's your inspiration?" I asked Grace.
For all the effort, Grace can say, "I can say, I did it. "