Monday, September 21, 2009

Lobster Cake


A few years ago I did a cake for a wonderful client who had a beach wedding but was celebrating their marriage in New York City with friends and family with a party. The concept for the cake, as well as the entire event, was created by the amazing team at David Stark Design. The cake we created for the party was a lobster coming out of a pail, with a shovel, and shells, sitting on top of a sandbox.

I think the cake came out great but it was before I was really using an airbrush. The lobster was good but definitely lacked some depth. I still do not use the airbrush very often, usually just to cover a large area of cake (think Lego Batman or six-foot tall sock monkey) but every once in awhile a cake calls for it.

BEFORE Airbrush

AFTER Four layers of Airbrush color


Last weekend we made a similar version of the Lobster cake for a 60th birthday party at a beach house. This time after I made all the pieces of the lobster in orange gumpaste, instead of just dusting it I went ahead and created the shell effect by using layers of airbrush spray. I first started with a coat of yellow, then orange, red and finished with a touch of green to give the darker areas some contrast. Make sure that if you use an airbrush you do not use regular food coloring gels, you need airbrush color.


I also used some disco dust on this cake for the stars, which gives a nice glitter effect. We actually layered the cake with cupcakes around the base, with brown sugar "sand" and sugar shells, sand dollars and star fish but here is the final version before it left the bakery.

18 comments:

Rafael Logrono said...

Beautiful cake, no suprise! A few questions: What will you be teaching at the NY Cake Convention? Are you working on a new cake book? I'm a huge fan of your work and books. Congrats on the soon to be baby!!

-Rafael :)

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Heather said...

Amazing work! I try to stay away from airbrushing too - with some cakes though, there's no avoiding it! Great job with the Lobster!

Dolores said...

wow I love the cake it looks so real!!! I didn't realize you were a New Yorker!! Will continue to follow your blog

Natalia said...

new to the blog but very glad to be a part now. Incredible job! Thank you for the blog.

LadybugLuggage said...

WOW Elisa, always amazing to see your creations, thank you for sharing ;)

Krystal L. Baker said...

Wow, this really is amazing - you are truly talented. The airbrush is difficult and a pain to clean (at least mine is) but the end result is amazing!

Belinda Hutchinson said...

Looks fabulous Elisa. I'm doing an airbrush course in a few months and can't wait. They really do make a huge difference.

asimpson said...

The Lobster turned out way better than I could have imagined, way to go and another fantastic job!!!!

Cakedreamer said...

Wow this is amazing! The airbrushing really transforms it!

Chetana said...

Elisa....u rock. Always love ur creation....specially ur purfection.
Good work dear,
cheers.
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savita said...

Wow!its good option for non vegetarians who don't like taste sea food.Very smart..

syjoh said...

i am so impressed! : ) i was wondering, did you make the lobster and dry it out before you airbrushed it?

Marybeth said...

WOW!!! I have admired your work for a while now, and this is definitely amazing! You are so talented! Thant lobster looks so real! XO<3:)Marybeth
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omg! the lobster seems real!
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Jenniffer said...

Elisa, I just found that the following blog (http://cakeweddingbyresede.blogspot.com/2009/09/lobster-cake.html) is stealing your content and presenting it as their own. They have several of your cakes on there.

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