Well, that is true for many. I, on the other hand, am about as clueless as they come! Sunday afternoons in my house consist of catching up on shows, a movie in bed, or if I'm lucky, a really long nap. ;)
This cake was a challenge for me. Not only because I haven't a clue about football (thank you Google), but because I was inspired by the intricacy of the logo to learn a new technique. What would a Broncos cake be without the logo, anyway? Incomplete.
I actually started on the path of this technique this past summer. I was blown away by the fact that a printer (with edible ink, of course) could be made compatible with a paper cutting machine. So, the printer came first. Talk about trial and error on THAT purchase! Whew! I won't get into the insanity of that one. (I didn't use the printer on this project, but it was part of what set me in the direction of getting to this point.)
Next came the Silhouette Cameo. This really excited me! This was the part where I was going to learn how to make my own signs, but there was also a way to feed gum paste through to cut detailed designs for my cakes! Well, fast forward to a few months later (and a lifetime of procrastination) to this cake. As soon as I took it on, I knew how I'd do it. Roll some gum paste, run it through my amazing cutter, and apply an impressive edible logo to the front.
It sounded easy enough. That is, until I realized that I had the wrong blade and no clue what I was doing. Six days before the due date and I was scrambling for a new plan. I got it ordered late Sunday night and crossed my fingers for a decent delivery date. Thankfully, it arrived on Wednesday, which gave me two days to get it all put together. No problem!
Uh, okay... a slight problem...
It turns out that what I thought was just a blade, ended up being an entire training kit with 5 DVDs and a HUGE instructional book. WHYYY???? Only one thing could explain it... This was going to be MUCH more complicated than I had assumed.
UGH! (Now I was scared.)
So, after countless hours of studying the book, watching the videos, and rolling, sorting, and ruining my fair share of gum paste (at the LAST possible minute), my crash course in electronic cutting resulted in this: my lovely Denver Broncos football cake!
I love, love, LOVE the final outcome! The football is made of rice krispy treats and the "50" was cut by hand. No, I couldn't bear to run that through the machine one more time!
What did I learn from this? Well, it's like I tell my students... Practice makes perfect. I intend to tackle another project using the cutter in a couple of weeks. The possibilities are endless and I am really looking forward to seeing how many cool effects I can acomplish with this new technique.