Cake Decorators book of our life

November 26, 2007

Searching for inspiration for the newsletter, Dulcinea
found a very old e-mail about our life book and how to edit
it.
 
It is a reality that when we are born, at that time, the
only thing we know is to cry when we need something and
through that gesture we get food, love and attention.  When
we are born we bring a blank pages book that we start
writing as soon as we arrive, it is the book of our life.
Since that moment we start writing hour history.
 
 
Now, I ask you:  What have you written in your book so far?
How many times have you stop a moment to read your book?
How many of those pages bring you happiness and how many
bring so much sorrow that you wish you could erase them?
The sad part is that those pages can not be erased, but the
interesting part of this book is that it is a book you can
think and plan.
 
We all know that each of our acts will bring a consequence.
When we act with caution and confidence in our skills and
knowledge, the pages of our book will be full of positive
and happy moments.  When we have faith in the Creator and
in ourselves, when we accept our mistakes and work to emend
them and when we understand that each of us is the
architect of our lives, we will be writing the pages of a
best seller book. We will be writing with the ink of
freedom.
 
When we share our knowledge, when we give a hand to the
needy, we are adding pages to our book.  Many times a good
thought, a smile or simply listening to someone in distress
are pages that remain impressed in the book of the
receiver.
 
Yes, is true that we bring a blank pages book when we
arrive to this life, and is also true that we are the only
one with the absolute freedom to write it contents.
Everything we do become a chapter in our book.
 
How are pages of your book? Are they full of kindness,
love, forgiveness?  Is your book a best seller?  Do you
need an editor for your book?  All these questions have a
very simple answer, put your life book in the hands of God,
follow his guidance and you will have the best book ever
written.

Marivi Bassabe
In search of light

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Cake Decorator Thanksgiving Idea

November 15, 2007

Hi friends:
 
We, cake decorators, must be very grateful to the Universal
Energy/God, for all that we have.  Through our talents we are
able to help others celebrate their special occasions.
When we meet a possible customer or a friend that want to
celebrate a special day, usually they are full of ideas,
happy, dreaming with a beautiful day of gathering with
their friends and families. We are so lucky, to be the
representatives and creators of happy moments, delicious
cakes and candies.
 
We have so many reasons to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
Thanks for our country, that represents the freedom for
million of people.  A country I respect and love, I
personally Thanks God for giving me opportunity to be here.
 
And you?  When you raise your eyes and see the clear blue
sky, close your eyes and feel the wind in your face, or
hear the music it makes blowing through the branches of
the trees.  When you feel the warmth of the morning sun or
enjoy the colors of the sunset, do you Thanks God?  Do you
realize that there is enough air for everybody to breath,
that the sun shines for every body, and the water that
cleans you is plenty TODAY for everybody?  But that if we
do not take care of nature, for our children and
grandchildren, could be not enough?
 
The best way to Thanks God for all our blessings is
acknowledging that we must work together for the
preservation of the Planet.  This planet was given to us
for our enjoyment and to care for it, and we are destroying
it.  Let’s give the opportunity to our children to enjoy
all that have be given to us, a magnificent Blue Planet
Earth.
 
And now to use our talents for a very special Thanksgiving
Celebration, a recipe for:
 
Pumpkin Caramel Custard
 
Caramel sauce:  1 cup sugar, 1/3cup water, 2 tablespoons
corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon juice from one lemon
 
Procedure for caramel:  In a medium nonreactive saucepan
and without stirring, bring sugar, water, corn syrup,and
lemon juice to simmer over medium-high heat, wiping sides
of pan with a wet brush to remove any sugar crystals that
might cause syrup to turn grainy.  Continue to cook until
syrup turns from clear to golden, swirling pan gently to
ensure even browning, about 8 minutes.  Continue to cook,
swirling pan gently and constantly,until large, slow
bubbles on mixture’s surface turn honey-caramel in color, 4
to 5 minutes longer.  Remove pan immediately from heat and
working quickly, but carefully (the caramel is above 300
degrees and will burn you if it touches your skin), pour
the
caramel into the 8×3 pan, tilting the mold, (with great
care, remember is very hot), to cover the sides of the pan.
 
Allow caramel to cool and harden before pouring the
custard.
 
Pumpkin Custard
 
1 pound can of mashed pumpkin
1 can evaporated milk
1 can condense milk
6 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash salt
1 dash nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Procedure:  Place all ingredients in the blender and mix
for one minute.  Pour the mix in an round 8×3 caramelized
pan. Half fill a 12 or 14 inches pan with water and place
the 8 inch pan inside. Place in the center of the oven and
bake at 350F for one hour and a half or  until when
inserting a tooth pick comes out clean.
Take the pan way from the water bed. With great care, swirl
the pan in circular motion to release the custard from the
pan,but do not take it out of the pan yet. If you see that
the custard still attached to the pan, carefully slide a
paring knife around the entire mold circumference,
pressing knife against the side of the pan.
Let cool.  Invert the custard in a serving dish (Keep
covered with the same pan) Refrigerate overnight, then have
the most happy, grateful thanksgiving day with your family
and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving

Marivi
In search of light

Cake Decorators harmony

November 4, 2007

Overlooking the impressive mountains of Northern Italy,
Dulcinea and Don Quixote talked of how little we are in
this gigantic world, notwithstanding, how big the human
being can become using his intelligence and his innate
skills.  Within our comparative smallness, we can reach the
highest mountain, explore the depths of the ocean or the
immensity of the universe.  But to achieve it, we must
recognize the importance of harmony in the world that
surrounds us.  We should live in harmony with nature, with
all human beings and especially within ourselves.
 
For example, if you are going to decorate a cake for a
wedding, there are a lot of details that have to be in
harmony with the occasion: like what flowers to use, which
color, the bride preferences,the time of the affair, the
place of the reception.  To make this decisions we need to
have inner harmony within our self.
 
How are we going to discover our path, to decide what is
our mission in life, without having inner harmony?  If we
hold in our mind a jungle full of darkness and wild
thoughts, we will never find our real inner self.  To reach
harmony, we have to learn to love ourselves.  Pull out of
our inner self all negative thoughts and negative
feelings, because they would not let us act with serenity.
Accept that there is a Supreme and eternal being that when
we accept it in our lives, will fill us with light and
peacefulness.  Once we reach the light, will have the
harmony and will be able to develop our potential.  We can
trace our goals and work toward them.
 
When we are in harmony with the Universe, we feel the most
noblest sentiments: love, compassion, friendship will
have important roles in our lives.  When we do our job, it
is not a matter what do you do, when you do it with love
you will always succeed.  When we have compassion in our
heart, we can help more effectively those in need.  In this
way we will discover the beautiful present of
friendship,that help us to understand and accept others
with their mistakes and defects.  When we live in harmony
with the Universe, there are not dangerous and negative
paths or destructive thoughts to harm us.
 
In harmony we will always have our mind clear, to make
effective and positive decisions for our personal growth.
We can develop our potential and reach our goals.
 
Let’s search for our inner light, live in harmony in order
to be able to escalate the highest mountains, explore the
depths of the ocean or the immensity of the Universe.
Because when we are in communion with God, the eternal
love, everything can be accomplished.

Marivi Bassabe
In search of light

Cake decorator’s harmony

November 4, 2007

Overlooking the impressive mountains of Northern Italy,
Dulcinea and Don Quixote talked of how little we are in
this gigantic world, notwithstanding, how big the human
being can become using his intelligence and his innate
skills.  Within our comparative smallness, we can reach the
highest mountain, explore the depths of the ocean or the
immensity of the universe.  But to achieve it, we must
recognize the importance of harmony in the world that
surrounds us.  We should live in harmony with nature, with
all human beings and especially within ourselves.
 
For example, if you are going to decorate a cake for a
wedding, there are a lot of details that have to be in
harmony with the occasion: like what flowers to use, which
color, the bride preferences,the time of the affair, the
place of the reception.  To make this decisions we need to
have inner harmony within our self.
 
How are we going to discover our path, to decide what is
our mission in life, without having inner harmony?  If we
hold in our mind a jungle full of darkness and wild
thoughts, we will never find our real inner self.  To reach
harmony, we have to learn to love ourselves.  Pull out of
our inner self all negative thoughts and negative
feelings, because they would not let us act with serenity.
Accept that there is a Supreme and eternal being that when
we accept it in our lives, will fill us with light and
peacefulness.  Once we reach the light, will have the
harmony and will be able to develop our potential.  We can
trace our goals and work toward them.
 
When we are in harmony with the Universe, we feel the most
noblest sentiments: love, compassion, friendship will
have important roles in our lives.  When we do our job, it
is not a matter what do you do, when you do it with love
you will always succeed.  When we have compassion in our
heart, we can help more effectively those in need.  In this
way we will discover the beautiful present of
friendship,that help us to understand and accept others
with their mistakes and defects.  When we live in harmony
with the Universe, there are not dangerous and negative
paths or destructive thoughts to harm us.
 
In harmony we will always have our mind clear, to make
effective and positive decisions for our personal growth.
We can develop our potential and reach our goals.
 
Let’s search for our inner light, live in harmony in order
to be able to escalate the highest mountains, explore the
depths of the ocean or the immensity of the Universe.
Because when we are in communion with God, the eternal
love, everything can be accomplished.

Marivi Bassabe
In search of light

Cake Decorators Do you know who is Dulcinea?

October 29, 2007

Hi friends:

Do you know who Dulcinea is? Dulcinea is the inspiration
of Don Quixote de la Mancha, a master piece of Hispanic
Literature. But this is not a literature class, is a cake
decorating newsletter and Dulcinea is my inspiration, in
many aspect of my life. For this reason I write The Voice
of Dulcinea. Once in a while I will be exposing you to
Dulcinea’s thinking, you know why, because, Cake Decorators
have a soul too. In the same way Dulcinea enjoy the
landscape from the top of her windmill, we find inspiration
in studying a flower, admiring the intrinsic shape and
colors in order to be able to make them in sugar.

Anyway, today the recipe for flower paste. Flower paste in
this newsletter will be known as Tylose paste, because
Tylose is the ingredient that give the paste the
elasticity, also retard the drying time and give you more
time to work.

Flower paste recipe

1 mix of stiff royal icing
2 tablespoon of tylose
1 or 2 cups 10X sugar (for kneading only)

Once the royal icing is to the peak consistency, add 2
tablespoons of tylose. Beat with the pallet for few
seconds, then put 10x sugar on the table and knead the
paste adding sugar a little bit at a time. If stick to
your hands place a very little small amount of shortening
to your hand and knead to form a ball. Wrap in plastic.
This paste need REFRIGERATION. You will love it.

Next week will tell how to work with this flower paste.

Send your input and your questions. And don’t forget to
invite your cake decorating friends to subscribe. Lots of
nice things are coming up and all for FREE.
Love

Marivi

Cake Decorators questions about pastillage

October 23, 2007

Hi:
 
Thank you for all your  e-mails and questions.  It has been a
beautiful experience, receiving so many email from friends
and students that I have not heard for so many years,  some
of you more than a decade.  Welcome back to my life. And, a
warm welcome to those that subscribe to the newsletter.
 
One of the questions is: What can I do to avoid the
pastillage get dry so fast? And another, Why the
pastillagfe start crackling or wrinkling when making the
petals?
 
First,  the pastillage is a paste that air dries.  The
solution is simple, keep the paste covered with a heavy mug
when using it.  This will protect the paste from drying.
 
Second, Why pastillage start crackling or wrinkling when
making the petals?  The secret is in the amount of paste
you take to make the petals.  Take only a small amount,
sufficient for one petal and work with it.  Leave the rest
o f the paste covered with the heavy mug to prevent from
drying.  The reason is that you take less time to knead and
roll a small piece of paste.  The biggest the ball of paste
the longer the time of kneading and rolling and the fastest
the drying.  A capito?
 
Next week, the recipe for Flower paste, don’t miss it.

See you,
Marivi

How To Make Pastillage for Cake Decorators – Pastillage Recipe for Sugar Flowers

October 15, 2007

One of the secrets to make beautiful cakes is the
decoration, and of course a cake decorated with sugar
flowers will always be a success.  Today we are going to
give you the recipe for how to make the pastillage.  It is simple
and if you follow the instructions you will not have any
problem whatsoever.  You will need:

1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon glucose
1 pound and one cup powder sugar 10X (make sure the sugar
is 10X)

Place the lime juice and the water in a pyrex cup, add the
gelatin, place in micro-oven for 15 seconds.  The gelatin
will dissolve very well, (do not over heat)then add the
glucose y make sure is dissolve completely.  Now put half of
the sugar in the KitchenAid bowl, place the pallet on the
machine and beat slowly, keep adding the sugar a little bit
at a time.  If you put all the sugar at once, you can brake
your machine.  A little bid at the time will be fine.  You
will get a soft paste.  Place some sugar on the table, and
knead the paste with the remaining sugar.  Do not add all
sugar at once, go little by little.  The paste can be a
little sticky, don’t worry, just put powdered sugar in your
hands.  Wrap in a plastic bag and let it at room
temperature for 24 hours.

Pastillage does not need to be refrigerated.

This is a very easy to do recipe.  If you have any
questions do not hesitate to send me an e-mail.

See you next week.

Marivi