Monday, October 12, 2009

Es un ranchero en plena moda que le gusta el buen vestir....

Part of running a business is expanding your knowledge as to be able to offer your customers more. This is exactly what I did when I took a one-day class with cake decorator extraordinaire Bronwen Weber of Frosted Art Bakery & Studio. Bronwen and her husband Francois Long taught an awesome class on how to make a 3D cowboy. Now, given the fact that one of my favorite songs in the entire world is "Ranchero Chido" how could I do a cowboy any other way?

So birth of "Ranchero Chido" begins. It's actually a pretty simple concept. All you need is the right tools. I started out with a PVC structure Bronwen and Francois provided us. They gave us tips on how to create our own for future uses. It's funny to see the progression of "Ranchero Chido". As you can see from the right, he's pretty bare.

Next step was to give the poor fella a real body! There he goes! Sadly I think that's what cakes does to all of - a big panza! :) The craving cake is tricky and much easier said than done. Unlike with other forms of art, you really can't "add" more cake once you've taken it away. Especially when you are craving something like this. It's always better to start small.

See? Now he's starting to take shape. I think this is definitely one of my favorite parts of 3D cakes. You totally have to have a vision of you want to make. Yes, it may not always turn out perfect or EXACTLY as you envisioned, but what does in life? And this is just cake! Cake is meant to be fun and creative.

Now let's get some clothes on this fella!

So, yes I know that "Ranchero Chido" wears su saco rojo, but we didn't have red. And even if I did - it was going to take forever to get it red. I'm digging the pink though. I think it worked out prefectly!

Another favorite part of this cake - doing the face! Omg - it was so much fun! It completely took me back to ceramics classes. I looked it!

Bronwen and Francois did show us two different techniques (they actually showed us different ways to do everything throughout the course of the class), but I opted for the more 'realistic' way.

And ta-dah! Say hello to "Ranchero Chido"! I honestly cannot tell you how
AWESOME Bronwen Weber and Francois Long were. Talk about SUPER nice, down-to-earth people. They were great instructors, fun to be around for the day and all-in-all just seemed like two people who genuinely love what they do.

The class was a great learning experience. I can't wait to implement what I learned into the business. This industry is evolving so much and customers are becoming more and more educated about what can be made out of cake. It's a very exciting time to be part of the cake world.

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