Tuesday, December 7, 2010

They tried to make me go to rehab.

When I first started getting into cake decorating, I was a slave to the Wilton aisle at the craft store.  On my lunch break or after work, I'd drive over to the store (strapped with a 40% off coupon that I Googled and printed off the internet) and start loading up.  My arm would shovel full shelves-worth of piping tips and gel colorings into my basket.  I was like a contestant on Supermarket Sweep, sans terrible crewneck sweatshirt + polo shirt combo.

Eventually, I was stocked with most of the essentials and I pretty much nipped the habit.  I cut my visits down from every other day to about once every other week.  I recently hit up Michael's for the first time in a long time.  I wanted to browse the holiday items and replenish a few things but was staying away from any and all impulse buys.

Then I saw these.


And Duff's "Hey lady.  Buy my stuff." expression.
And I relapsed.

(I would part with many treasures/appendages to work for Charm City Cakes.  That bakery's ipod must have the best playlist ever.)

Anyway, texture tiles!  Each pack comes with two patterns.  I bought the wood grain and brick.


And they're super easy to use.

Plop some fondant on top of the sheet, roll it out and peel it off.


The wood pattern:


I mixed brown gel coloring with a little vodka and used a small brush to paint the wood to give it that fresh, Murphy's Oil polish look.

Great if you're making:

a rustic dollcabin
a Biblical ark
a pirate ship
a replica of the "Whip It" set

I loooove the brick pattern.  Fun way to channel your inner Banksy.


Also great if you're making:

an old firehouse
 your elementary school
a fondant interpretation of a famous Commodores' song

Hypothetically speaking, if I were a baking enthusiast in your family, I know I would want these in my stocking.  Yessiree man.

17 comments:

  1. I want to make graffiti! Dude, this is awesome.

    I am super sad that Ace of Cakes has been cancelled. I guess there isn't enough Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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  2. You could also pour melted chocolate on them. Perfect for building a purty chocolate box for holding such valuables as mousse, custard, truffles, berries, puppy chow, various and assorted holiday treats... You know, if you like that sort of thing.

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  3. Margie - I'm super sad, too. I'm going to miss Geoffrey and his extensive plaid shirt wardrobe.

    Debbie - that's so brilliant (and cute!) Now I want to try building a chocolate Hogwarts castle.

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  4. Supermarket Sweep, Duff, "Whip It" and Stussy all in one post...magical.

    I love the graffiti!

    Btw, I didn't realize Ace of Cakes was canceled! Aww man...that's the only cake decorating show I actually liked.

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  5. Kat - next time you're at the checkout counter and you hear that beep, think of all the fun you can have at Supermarket Sweep!

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  6. Those are awesome! I have seen these textured tiles and talked myself out of nabbing them more than once. ;)

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  7. Briarrose - oh good, so you're familiar with the pain. The coupon really helps take some of the edge off.

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  8. I hear ya. My suitcases are exploding with baking supplies when I return from visits to the states. Those molds are fab and they go on my list for the next trip.

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  9. i know this addiction that you speak of. except mine also spreads out into the yarn aisle.

    i have not played with fondant extensively yet but methinks i'll be playing with something like this soon enough...

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  10. Never knew Duff had goodies out. I love the brick wall.

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  11. The Wilton aisle always kills me. I'm going to stalk these down and unleash my inner Banksy :)

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  12. Why do these remind me of Fashion Plates? For anyone unfamiliar with them:

    http://traditionallymoderndesigns.blogspot.com/2009/07/fashion-plates.html

    The fondant, it scares me.

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  13. Lora - you almost need to bring a separate suitcase just for the goods. That or pack lighter but let's be realistic here...

    Angry Asian - I (briefly) took up knitting a few years ago and remember getting that same rush in the yarn aisle.

    Rick - indeed sir. And thanks :D

    Christa - the best part? No gas mask needed.

    Wendi - holy flashback. That used to be such a hot toy! I remember my (more stylish) friend had one but when I asked her if we could play with it, she was already over the toy.

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  14. Those are awesome! I was like you when I took the cake decorating classes I was tied to that aisle. It was a hard habit to break!

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  15. Delurking to say, wow, you're even good at graffiti?! Also, have you been to The Great American Beer Festival? The Bruery was pouring this year and I fell in love with Mischief, have you had that one? My memory is a bit foggy but I'm pretty sure I went back for thirds.

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  16. I STILL wear that sweet scarf you knit me years ago! Warm AND cute. ;)

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  17. Nicole - hey and welcome! Glad to hear there are so many others who share the addiction.

    Elysia - so glad you delurked! Had you stayed in the shadows, I would have never found your blog :D Someday my husband and I will experience GABF. You get major style points, not only for mentioning The Bruery but for giving special attention to Mischief. Such a damn good beer, possibly their best.

    Manda - I love that you still wear it <3 It worked out well that I only learned one type of stitch because it was such a tight knit - your scarf should last a while :)

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