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Postby Bbbent » Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:57 am

ms4denmark wrote:
TAsunder wrote:That sounds like a difficult shape. Or would an X do?

I agree. That might be pretty difficult to make. What about just getting dna printed on the cake? My manager always goes to Cub Foods to get his picture printed cakes (they thoroughly enjoyed making his Lying Sack of Crap election day cake). It's probably a lot cheaper than getting a custom shaped cake, too.


I was thinking they'd start with a flat cake, trim away the parts outside the helix, then use marzipan to make the connecting strands. And yeah, it won't be cheap.

The thing is, my wife's birthday is so close to Christmas that it usually gets much less attention than it deserves. So this year I fully intend to make up for it. And it co-incides with actually having some spare cash.

So even if the cake goes $150 it's still a lot cheaper than a trip to Tiffany. ;0

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Postby TAsunder » Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:24 pm

If you're thinking about marzipan, I wonder if one of the local chocolatiers could make DNA shaped marzipan "chocolates" instead? Or one giant one.
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Postby Hank_Venison » Fri Jan 05, 2007 2:42 pm

Bbbent wrote:I am looking for a cake in the shape of a DNA helix.


:shock: You don't ask for much do you? Even if it were possible to make such a cake, I can't imagine it surviving transportation.

I've seen some pretty intricate cakes on the Food Network when they show those competitions, but I doubt even those pros could pull off a DNA helix cake.
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Postby Bbbent » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:04 pm

Hank_Venison wrote:
Bbbent wrote:I am looking for a cake in the shape of a DNA helix.


:shock: You don't ask for much do you? Even if it were possible to make such a cake, I can't imagine it surviving transportation.

I've seen some pretty intricate cakes on the Food Network when they show those competitions, but I doubt even those pros could pull off a DNA helix cake.


I suppose it's a bit to ask. But it's the thing that will make my wife happy..

It's just a flat cake, not a fully round 3 dimensional deal (which would certainly be nearly impossible!) So I don't think it's impossible.

The Tart Lady was very interested, but sadly is going to be out of town that weekend and can't do it. Her estimate was reasonable too, just around $100... She was my first choice...

Now I have to call my other choices. Will keep everyone posted!

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Postby sara » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:57 pm

stumbles wrote:
sitnspin wrote:I suggest La Concha Bakery, 2934 Fish Hatchery. Just walk in and look around. You'll know why I sent you there! It's awesome.


The Tres Leches cake is unbelievably good, almost like a tiramisu.


I asked my husband to order a tres leches cake for my birthday and he said the guy wants to know what flavor filling i want? I didn't know there are different kinds of tres leches--can someone whose been there help? What's good? Does this need to be ordered in advance?
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Postby cubanat » Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:58 am

the filling and icing will have a flavor to them like for instance pinapple filling with strawberry frosting/buttercream--super moist in the tres-leche method--just pink in the outside and yellow inside. I have had the mocha one and it's real good. Go in and taste them--they have them by the slice. The flan was decent as well.
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Postby emmy » Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:36 pm

allobrogica wrote:what kinda shape are you thinking (so I can ask a baker friend)?

there used to be a Naughty Baker that did lots of things, but i think they are long gone.
not sure if the quality is up to what you want, but i've gotten odd shaped cakes at copps on whitney in years past.


Ah...the Naughty Baker..that brings back memories. We had a woman we worked with get married and leave us. For her going away party we got a cake in the shape of a man's torso from the Naughty Bakery. It had a tube running from the penis through the bottom of the cakeboard and then on the end was a syringe. We got a milkshake from the bartender, and filled it, and then of course as everyone chanted "Bite it!! Bite it!!" I hit the syringe and it squirted all over her face. Man that was a hoot.... It was cool when we went to pick up the cake too, they did it at their house and you drove in and met them at their side door like it was a dope deal or something....pretty funny. Somebody told me that when they quit they moved to Green Bay where they are now St. Vince and his wife at all the Packer games. Don't know if that's true or not.
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Postby Bbbent » Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:23 pm

cubanat wrote:the filling and icing will have a flavor to them like for instance pinapple filling with strawberry frosting/buttercream--super moist in the tres-leche method--just pink in the outside and yellow inside. I have had the mocha one and it's real good. Go in and taste them--they have them by the slice. The flan was decent as well.


I owe you all a thank you for this tip. Went there for lunch on Friday and the wife and I were very, very happy.

Oh, and I found someone in Milwaukee to do my cake. Will report back when i see and taste the actual results.

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Postby evansvillehousewife » Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:39 pm

I've done this.

I baked 2 13X9 layers, leveled them, filled them with strawberries. Looked at a pic of a helix to get the silhouette I needed to cut out. iced it.

Twizzlers made up the backbone, pirouette tubular cookies made the covalent bonds, and appropriately colored mega M&M's (red for adenosine, blue for tyrosine, etc) to build the candy DNA on top.

You have to look at a pic while you are doing it (you need to break up the pirouette cookies in different lengths to get the 3D effect)

but mine looked pretty good, and tasted even better. I made it for my lab's Xmas party.
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Postby Bbbent » Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:20 am

I thought everyone might be interested in seeing the final results of the DNA cake. It was a huge hit.

http://new.photos.yahoo.com/bentley_m_wolfe/albums

(Tay turns 30 album)

The baker that did it was 'Eat Cake Milwaukee' http://www.eatcakemilwaukee.com/. Great to work with, and the cake was only $60. And we were eating it for days after. Although that buttercream icing didn't help me lose any weight that month.

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Postby Sugar » Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:47 pm

the naughty baker now takes orders out of some porn store in deforest. I saw an ad for it in the bathroom at Pooleys
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