Sunday, August 25, 2013

Happy Birthday TIM BURTON!!! Cakenweenie is born!!




Happy Birthday TIM BURTON! 

We are a group of 100 cake artists from around the world (Ireland, England, Malaysia, USA, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, etc.) that are all huge fans of American film director, film producer, writer, artist and animator, Tim Burton. For the past 6 months we have secretly collaborated on a project featuring 100 of Mr. Burton’s glorious characters from his films. Each character has been recreated in sugar form! We used cake, cookies, butter cream, fondant, royal icing, modeling chocolate and other edible mediums. Some were sculpted, some were painted, others were airbrushed…but all are edible!

I was given the challenge to recreate “Robot Boy”, a character from a Tim Burton poem by the same name. If you know anything about Tim Burton and his work, you know that he loves dark, spooky, creepy characters. Robot Boy is no exception. He is an ugly little guy but I grew to love him! He is 1 ½ feet tall and made of white almond Cake, buttercream and fondant. I used many fun techniques, including airbrushing him to look like metal and hand-painting wood grain on the floor. The challenge for me was to keep his head on! Eventually I decided to make his head out of styrofoam…cake was just too heavy. Stay tuned for photos of how I made him in the next few days!

Photos of all 100 sugar characters were assembled into a photo collage that we plan to present to Mr. Burton as a birthday gift. We have managed to keep everything top secret until today - August 25th, which is Mr. Burton’s birthday! You can view the details of our project, the photo collage, all 100 sugar pieces and information about the cake artists on our website: www.Cakenweenie.com


Hope to see you there!

Being involved with this project was a dream come true! Imagine being invited to collaborate on a project with your “cake idol”…..but not just one, 99 of your cake idols! Each and every one of them are as sweet, generous and lovely as they are talented. We spent every day for the past 6 months collaborating on a secret Facebook page. We selected our characters, discussed what mediums and techniques we would use and set deadlines. Once we all started making our pieces, we posted photos of our progress. I was literally in a “classroom” learning from top cake artists in our industry! It was an experience I will NEVER forget. Huge thanks to Tracey Rothwell from Little Cherry Cake Company (T-Cakes), our fearless leader and visionary of this project. You are an amazing woman, wise beyond your years and oozing with remarkable talent. I can only wish an ounce of it has rubbed off on me.  :)


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