Oh yes I CAN-CAN!

Hello people of Bloglandia! I have been drifting out somewhere on the fringes of the Blogosphere, but I have returned! (Actually I have been to the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show by the invitation of Kerry Vincent, giving  demonstrations and teaching classes!)  While I deeply respect those people who blog with such regularity,  alas, I may never be one of them. But I have dusted off the cobwebs here at Special Sugar, brewed a huge cafe con leche, and I'm ready to post something new!

I recently had the opportunity to make a cake for an event benefitting Kate's Club here in Atlanta. Kate's Club is a place for kids who have lost family members. They can hang out and talk to other kids who understand what they are going through. Amazing, right?

The event was a cabaret, in the style of Moulin Rouge. They gave me free range to do what ever I wanted (rubs hands together with devilish expression), so I said "OOOOH, I'm making a big Can Can Dancer!!!!" before they had a chance to suggest restraint and good taste.

Right around the same time, I got a call from a German television show called Galileo, asking if I had any good cakes coming up that they could film me making. "Well...as a matter of fact.." So they flew a small crew in, and they filmed the making of Busty McChesterfield. (of COURSE Joshua came up with that!)

So let me show you what I did...

In building my armature, I had to plan support for the figure, which needed to float out in front of the cake rather than emerging from the center as most of them do.

Next I piled on the cake. I think I ended up using 16 full sheets of yellow cake, soaked with Grand Marnier, with chocolate butter cream.

Once the cake was filled and in place, i carved some folds into it to create the look of bunched fabric. Ordinarily I would have used the fondant to make the folds in the fabric, but this is such a big skirt I wanted the folds to be big and deep enough.

Next came the big sheet of fondant. This part is always challenging. I lucked out on the Sumo Cake, as one try gave me the perfect covering.  However, Ms McChesterfield proved slightly more challenging. We had a few rips in the fondant here and there, but as I always say, if you can't hide it, decorate it!

Now the fun. I would like to take a moment here to point out our fabulous newly renovated workspace! Hallalujer!
Even though I have folds in the fabric, I added more to increase the realism. I want her to be holding the edge of her skirt, so I need a bunched up look.

As you can see, the fondant needs some refining. 
Next I forced Joshua to get up under her skirt and make a bajillion ruffles, even though he protested that it made him uncomfortable. Too bad! Get up under that hood and fix that skirt!

He did a bang-up job, btw.
From here on it's all details. (That's where the devil lives).

I do love the details! 

There she goes! Out the door to entertain at the cabaret! Busty, I loved you for the few moments I knew you! (Dancers...they'll break your heart...)

And just for fun, here's the cake I did at the Oklahoma show, assisted by Joshua...

Happy Halloween!!!!!

PS, you can see me this month on Halloween Wars, on Food Network, Sundays at 9 and in repeats here and there during the week. Tune in and see me get all girly gushy over Rob Zombie! (I'm a fan, what can I say...)