Cake of the Month

Cake of the Month - Karen Keaney: Ireland

Posted by Satin Ice, on Mar 30, 2015

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Satin Ice Cake of the Month:

Karen Keaney

Congratulations to Karen Keaney of Roses and Bows Cakery, Ireland, on becoming the Satin Ice Cake of the Month winner for March!

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Name: Karen Keaney

Business name: Roses And Bows Cakery, Ireland

Business Websitewww.rosesandbowscakery.com

Education: Self taught sugar artist

Describe the cake, details and techniques:
I started this cake with a very rough sketch - like I do with a lot of my competition entries. I use the sketch as a rough guide, but let things change organically as I go along. I wanted to incorporate a lot of texture and interest on every tier - those are the type of cakes I love to look at. The cakes that make your eyes wander from tier to tier looking at all the little details.

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The blimp at the top was quite challenging, because I had to incorporate a hidden structure for the dry ice to be placed. I also had to take into account the amount of condensation generated once the dry ice started to hit warm air (as we all know condensation and fondant are not really compatible). It took a couple of attempts, but I got there in the end.

What is the story behind this winning cake?
This cake was made for the Chef Ireland 2015 competition held at Catex in Dublin. It's a really popular competition within the food industry here in Ireland. Since I am a member of the North West Culinary team as well as the Panel of Chefs of Ireland - I was also involved judging at the competition.

I really wanted to draw attention to the cake in the competition, so I created a cake that would grab people's imagination. The dry ice worked to do that! It was something relatively new in cake - and it looked pretty cool too! 

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What was the inspiration behind this cake?
The cake was one that had been on my mind for a quite a while. I love Steampunk - the style, the colors, everything really. So with that being said, I tried to get as many of those aspects I associate with Steampunk into the cake. I also wanted to experiment with dry ice and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to do that.

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How much time did you spend creating this cake?
I usually start competition cakes weeks - sometimes months in advance. I am not the type of person to be working on a cake the night before a show. I just couldn't handle the pressure! I like to be really organized and finished at least a week before the competition. This cake was started the week before the competition - a first for me! I think because I had it in my mind for so long. From the start it was pretty straightforward - no procrastination on this one! So it overall it took a week from start to finish.

What do you do while you work?
I love when the house is quiet while I work. I know a lot of people like to listen to music or watch TV, but I prefer it quiet when I am working.

Congrats to Karen Keaney!

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