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Wendy Fuja

Located in Houston, Texas

***I have suspended taking new cake orders. All orders that are already finalized will be honored. I apologize for the inconvenience.***

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vanessa's Wedding Cake

Excitement and stomach knots.  I was honored that my sister would ask me to do the wedding cake, but since she is a talented interior designer I was nervous about being able to deliver what she envisioned. She truly did have a great vision for what she wanted.  Luckily, she was very laid back about it all. I hope she was happy with it!

Once the photographer's pictures come back, I hope there will be a better quality picture of the cake and the table I can add, the table decor was beautiful!

Wild Kratts Birthday Cake

Modeling chocolate. White cake. Lemon filling.

Soft chocolate + turning my back for a second =
little "paw" marks.  Sigh.

PS, park parties are the way to go.

Eagle Court of Honor

I was asked to do an Eagle Court of Honor cake for a young man at church!  Such an accomplishment.  I hope to help my boys make it to the rank of Eagle just like their father!

Teal Ombre baby shower cake (and short tutorial)

A friend was having a shower to celebrate expecting her 3rd boy, yay for 3 boys! They are so much fun!  She wanted a blue/teal ombre cake with a whale to match her invitation.  I've done a few ombre cakes before and have found a few things helpful in planning. So, in addition to the finished pictures, I'll add some "along the way" pictures with tips on how to do it yourself!

Tip #1.  Ombre cakes need to be TALL. At least three layers. This cake is four layers (it had a cake plate as well, since it was actually two 8" cakes stacked on top of each other).

Tip #2.  Get the frosting the colors you want before you start.  And make sure you have enough of each because it will be almost impossible to match your color exactly if you run out.  Also, just know that the color will continue to deepen for at least an hour or so after you color the frosting.  So if you are tempted to add "just a little bit more," wait a while to see if it turns into the color you want as the food coloring saturates the frosting.

Tip #3.  When using this dot method it is not possible to completely cover the cake underneath with the dots. That means you'll want to do a crumb coat.  Most people just use plain frosting to crumb coat and then pipe with the different colors.  Since I didn't want to have to worry about stark white peeking through the dark teal blue, I used the individual colors to crumb coat up the cake.  The advantage to that is you can visually decide where you want the colors to graduate and have a guide to how many & how large you want to pipe your dots.

Notice how I started at the top with the white and did a whole horizontal line instead of how all the other tutorials show (where you do dots vertically in each color all the way down)?  Well that was for several reasons:
  First, I broke my Tip #2 and wasn't sure I had enough frosting for each color gradation. (See how the cake looks pregnant in the middle, it's because I didn't have enough frosting to level the sides completely, but I knew it wouldn't be as noticeable once the rest of the frosting was on.)  So I decided to do the white first and that way if I had extra white I could add it to the darker color and add more food coloring if necessary.
  Second, I didn't have enough tips the same size.  In fact, I'd already fudged with a smaller tip by squeezing out more frosting and that got old.  So once I was finished with the white bag tip, I switched it to a colored frosting bag.
  **The best way to do one color at a time is to mark off where you want the rows to be so you can make your dots the appropriate size.  See the picture above where I made horizontal line marks.  (But yes, you observant people, I redid my marks when I decided to do 9 rows instead of 8.)

Tip #3.  Ok, this is important.  When you do the top, START IN THE CENTER.
This is where I have probably confused some people.  I know I said I started with the white because I wasn't sure I'd have enough frosting.  Well that is mostly true.  I did that first row on the side.  But then I stopped and did the top middle before I continued.  But you'll also notice I did four colors on the side but only three on the top.  My extra frosting went to the lightest teal so that my medium teal and dark teal were the same on the top as they were on the sides.  

Long story short, make sure you have enough frosting and you won't have to jump around in the order of your piping.  

So back to Tip #3.  Find the center and pipe a single dot. Do a small smear.  Then pipe a dot the same color on top of that smear. Now smear it in an arc/circular motion.  The nice thing about doing it this way is once you're back at the beginning you can smear outward and to the side of the first dot so it looks seamless in the center. It's harder to do that on the outer rings of the top though.  In that case, you'll just finish it off with a single un-smeared dot, like you do the sides. 

 And there you have it, my two cents on the ombre cake.

Ninjago - Cole

My son was very much into Ninjago and he wanted a Cole (the black ninja) cake. It was my first attempt at covering a whole cake in modeling chocolate.  Lots of lessons learned.  But it turned out fine because the gathered look I was going for was very forgiving. ;)

Blue and Gold {Costco} Cake

I had grand plans...  Those turned into gussying up a costco sheet cake.  Nobody complained. :)

The scouting program is inspired and I was glad to support it!  But the truth be told, I volunteered because I have a memory of my mother making a Blue and Gold sheet cake for my brother when I was little and it just made me feel close to her.

Bucky, take 2

Poor younger siblings, they often get the burnt-out parent's version of previous efforts.  It didn't help that I was 7 months pregnant with #3 at the time. It's not super recognizable as Bucky from Jake and the Neverland Pirates because it didn't have the figures on it. They've since become bath toys and no amount of bleach would make me ok with putting those back on a cake.

There are positives to this version is definitely the preferred option for those who detest fondant. :)  Plus, this Bucky had a detail I left off the first one, that awesome slide!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Winter Wonderland


This cake was for a school funding-raising auction, the theme was "Winter Wonderland."  I'm pretty clumsy and this is the first thing I envisioned when they told me what the theme was, so I decided to just go with it!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bliss

8" chocolate cake. Chocolate frosting, peanut butter filling, chocolate ganache...and of course, Reeses peanut butter cups. Happy Birthday to me!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lighthouse Cake

This lighthouse cake was made for a special evening with the young women at church. The theme was Keepers of the Light. The decorations were beautiful and the program was inspiring. The lighthouse cake was reflecting the theme. It was a vanilla cake with a lemon mousse filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. A sheet cake base and three tiers of cake rounds for the lighthouse.  There was a tealight in the top with cast sugar windows.