As you may know, I've been on a writing sabbatical for the past while. It's been interesting to spend SO much time *out* of my commercial kitchen - either in my home office, banging out my upcoming cookbook... or in my own, home kitchen, working on recipes for the book.
The time hasn't been completely cake-less.. the Hannibal cake broke up the writing mojo for a bit... and then a friend celebrated a birthday. Such a crazy, unique individual, couldn't resist crafting something that suited her. I'll post more write up later, but a bit of background: Melissa - AKA "Queen of the Lizard People" - is an avid photographer. Recently, she's taken on a few long term projects, photographing fortune cookie papers, and conversation hearts (separately!)
The cake was entirely edible - The camera & lizard bodies were carved from fresh lemon cake (which was brushed with a fresh lemon syrup, and filled with our tangy fresh lemon swiss meringue buttercream! - she wanted "in-your-face" lemon flavor!), with the camera lens and lizard head sculpted from Rice Krispie Treat. The black fondant was chocolate, the orange fondant was lemon flavored. Yum! Additionally, the "conversation hearts" were made from fondant, and the crown / fortunes were made from gum paste.
Check out the photos!