Aug 21, 2013

Extreme Cakeovers

Local dream cake makers the Reicharts of CakeLava  have just published a great book called Extreme Cakeovers.  

The book shows you how to make “show stopping desserts from store bought ingredients” and I am here to say it’s true.  On the last day of the grandkids’ visit, we picked up the two  unfrosted half sheet cakes which we had ordered and went on a candy and frosting shopping spree.  (I certainly could have made the cakes from boxes, but I didn’t).

Ian cut the 1/2 sheets in half and each of four kids had their own to decorate.  They loved it.  It was a terrible mess, but here was the thing:  no one wanted to eat their cake after they had finished it.  They were leaving for the airport and we had to decide what to do with the cakes ….

Sophie and her aquarium cake

Theo and the zombie cake

It was a great adventure, and I recommend that anyone with kids or grandkids buy the book and have at it.  You don’t have to make four, you can just make one, and then you can really have dessert.  Our friends Kulia and Maya made an aloha shirt cake for Maya’s dad on his birthday and it was beautiful.  Body of shirt was sheet cake and arms were Sara Lee pound cake.  Big plumeria flowers made from marshmallows topped it off.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.



Gloria. Circa 2012.




Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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