Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
So last weeks episode was Sugar High! Buddy asked us to make a cake using 100 lbs. of candy for a kids party at Dylan's Candy Bar! How exciting was that! The only catch was that WE had to choose our own partners, ugh. Back to school we go. I told Aimee to back up to the last table and let people choose us and even before we got a chance to get to the back I see Lia reaching out for my hand and, of course, I reach out as well. I love her's and Al's style of buttercream and airbrushing work that they were very essential and important in this group. Then, Don and Meredith come and join in which was even more perfect!
It did make me feel bad at first because David and Elaine (Our back 4 peeps) didn't get to join in and were left with the other teams. Just out of pure strategy (No offense to the other teams) we told David (As did Kai) to join her group with Rox, Al, and Manny. They were the top competitors last week so of course we think David and Elaine have a greater chance of advancing. Either way this challenge was gonna bring everyone's child at heart so it will be a neck and neck battle.
Once we were allowed to run an collect our candy I introduced the idea of doing a cake inspired by... here we go... see if you all guessed it right.... Wreck it Ralph! Of course they cant say that because of copyrights and their is no character likeness at all but this is something I loved and had me thinking about my godson the entire time. Thankfully no drama with the idea initiative with the team because they rock, but we all knew what we had to do with the cake.
Al and Don created the base and built the mammoth mountain and iced with with perfection since Al is a crackhead when it comes to buttercream. The girls started sorting candies out (this was a time eater, and Aimee a candy eater) Lia was pulling sugar from the lollipops, Aimee and Meredith were making fine details with smaller pieced of candy. The cake turned out amazing once we all united, everything fell in perfect place... except my turntable, F***!!! Oh well, hope we don't lose points for that.
David, Elaine, Kai, Rox, Al, and Manny's cake was unreal. Again, another wonderful piece. It sucked Buddy got irritated about the not enough cake, but I understood because last week majority relied on but wood piece so he wanted more cake. I learned my lesson about backs exposed so I made sure everything was encrusted with candy in the back. Also the only bad thing was there wasn't that much actual candy used. But it was a very gorgeous candy inspired cake and reminded me of somewhere the Ninja Turtles would go to and fight a candy monster.
The last cake was DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA!!! The vision could of been executed perfectly, but the problem was that if someone takes the leadership position, the agree to oversee the entire operation. It's not babysitting because they keep asking you questions or have trouble with something and they want you to go and show them how its done. They just want you to approve everything since you designed it. I did see Bethany take a semi leadership position with hesitation because the time is almost out and the cake wasnt up to par with their skill work. I don't blame her at all but I was glad she continued on to complete the work with her teammates. Props to Julie for calming Danielle down before she would continue an argument with an already mad Jennifer. Jennifer is a sweetheart but everyone has to understand that we signed up to win big money to help with our careers and our personal lives so of course we will have a tiff and collide with other teams. Fred's sugar piece was amazing, but I wish he could of done something that goes in sync with the rest of the cake, maybe like a giant sugar lollipop that replaces the one that got ripped off???
Delivery was a B. I. T. *. *. TRYING TO DELIVER A CAKE ON SPIRAL STEPS IN NEW YORK WHILE PEOPLE WATCH AND GET IN FRONT OF YOU TO TAKE PICS IS NOT COOL! Lucking ours arrive in one piece and so did everyone else's! I think this challenges most rewarding part was watching the smiles on all the kids faces. I think we all enjoyed this challenge because we got to act like kids but we all kids (cousins, nieces, nephews, sons, daughters, etc.) that are important to us at home and this challenge for me reminded me of them when I bring them their birthday cakes and their reaction was the same as their. Totally worth it!
On to judgement... We WON!!! We won both judges and kids vote. It was a great feeling and couldn't be more proud with the teams Aimee and I paired up with! Unfortunately, Teal, Pink, and Purple were in the chopping block.
All I have to say is WOW. Loss due to time... I would have never expected that to happen. They tried to impress by tempering their own chocolate (which it was) but for an elimination challenge, simple coating chocolate would have saved you. I wish Fred and Barry much luck. They are great guys. Hopefully I see them this week when I head out to Vegas!!! Get the fancy dessert ready for me guys!
Hope you all enjoyed this episodes blog. Don't forget to see next episode! I'm sure I'll have plenty to blog about after watching the preview of this coming episode. Peace!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
FINALLY!!! The first episode of Next Great Baker premiered! As promised, I am gonna blog about the first episode. Sorry I am a week late! Didn’t really get a chance to listen or watch during the premier parties Aimee and I hosted, was more mingling and drinking with loved ones. So I barely had time to finally watch my DVR recording as I was baking my butt off for my brother’s baby shower. Now, as Buddy likes to say, “It’s go time!”
The episode starts with all the cast walking into what is called “the arena”... WOW! This place is AMAZING! Full kitchen, cake decorating products I have only heard of, ingredients galore! This place is Disneyland for cake decorators! Just looking around my mind was running a mile a minute thinking of the great cakes we are gonna make for Buddy. Scoping out the competitors “judging by their cover” I’m thinking Aimee and I got this. Everyone seems to have their guard really high up, using their personalities as a cover up for their nervousness, nothing wrong with that, we were exactly the same. I honestly felt like we were in the Hunger Game (me being Katniss of course). Out of all of the competitors the New York team caught my attention. They were appointed the table right behind us which I always hated in school because 99% of the time the bully always stood behind me, and with those accents, FML! I’m thinking that Meredith chick better not attack me, hahaha!
Then in walks Buddy Valastro himself! He makes us make out hometown dessert in 45 minutes... That’s it. No hi, no wassup, just shut up and feed me type deal. OK! Aimee decided on doing tres leche cake. Chula Vista was known for being the lemon capital, but recently I have seen no lemons with the exception of the annual Lemon Festival. So we decided to create something that remind us of the Hispanic community because that for us, is home. I mean, Aimee is now the minority in the city, lol. We put it in a martini glass because our original design to make an all edible tres leches cupcake with chocolate being our “liner”, unfortunately the chocolate wasn’t setting so Aimee had a great idea in presenting it in a martini glass, genius! My heart broke when David and Elaine’s cake didn’t bake, it looked like chorro! Time ended and it’s time to present!
HOLY SH**! Jacques Torres and Bobby Lloyd! I remember watching Jacques TV, guy is amazing! Pretty bummed they didn’t like our dessert. We hesitated in not drenching all the cake because when I have introduced a tres leches cake to someone who hasn’t tried it, the tend to freak out, but usually the like it when its reduced in drenching it. Little did I know Buddy sells it at his bakery, ugh!
So our cake challenge was to pick a destination in New York and create a cake inspired by it. Aimee pick Central Park, I’m just hoping is not shoveling horse sh**. Turns out it was a very glamorous task with the lovely Mary! I felt extremely bad about Kai and Rox’s car accident, we actually encountered it on out drive to New York. Thankfully they were safe as for everyone that was associated with the accident. Once we got back I noticed that everyone arrived and were able to work for a bit with the exception of Kai and Rox, =(.
The next day it was crunch time. Everyone was giving it their all to make an awesome cake. When I saw Kai and Rox working on a huge piece I though, “bye girls”. We developed a friendship with what we called “The back four” consisted of David and Elaine, Lia and Al, Don and Meredith, and Aimee and myself. These people are awesome! I was sure everyone else were cool people, but since we were so close to the other three tables, we were able to talk and laugh throughout the challenge.
Once all the cakes were done, I loved most, and confused about some. Brandy and Gingers was very confusing only because it did look like a cake one person can decorate in four hours. Since they were across the room I obviously could see them working on their cake, maybe they had a few disagreements throughout the challenge? Aimee and I had a lot more details planned for our cake but unfortunately the time crunch we had to scratch some ideas, that included the back, bad idea. Kai and Rox’s cake was very impressive and absolutely gorgeous, BUT on thing I have to comment on was that if someone walked in and saw that cake, they wouldn’t have known it was the Statue of Liberty, which was the main challenge. Other than that, they are both terrific artists. Al and Manny’s cake was very very good! They really surprised me on their work, my respects for them. Lia and Al’s as was my fellow back four cakes were really great. Bethany and Jennifer was really good, yes it was a small cake, but I enjoyed the detail. Fred and Barry’s was another confusing cake because when I saw them working on it I was like “F**k they are going to KILL this challenge” but I guess Fred injury got the best of him. Danielle and Julie’s cake wasn’t the greatest, but I felt it was one of the most ambitious one due to their skills. They loved our cake, but they tore us a new A because of the back. Lesson learned.
I was really shocked that David and Elaine were in the Elimination Challenge. It was a WTF moment. I seriously thought it was going to be Julie and Danielle. But because they won the previous challenge, they were safe. But I was extremely glad David and Elaine came back in the lounge. I guess Ginger bark was bigger than her bite. But I wish both ladies the best of luck. I have seen both of their work and they are amazing cake artist and they shouldn’t let this hiccup discourage them or make them feel bad.
I hope this blog wasn’t sloppy, most likely it was, but I’m sure I will improve in the next episode blog. Until next time my lovelies! Enjoy episode two tonight!!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Yes, I know. The last post I posted I was blabbing around how this cool guy was making his blogging return. But just like everything I do in life, I got bored easily and gave up...Kidding! But truth is I did get quite busy with work so I used my free time to relax and not think of work.
ANYWAYS, guess who is in the new season of the Next Great Baker?! This guy!!! I am super excited to bring drama to the show with my fellow teammate Aimee Anderson! There is a lot of stress and drama in this show and I will be exclusively talking shit after every episode (Or everyone maybe?) in this blog! I will also be live tweeting during the show in my personal twitter account @josebarajas, not the business one which you should be following as well, @mmmcakes86.
I have attached to this post our official press release so you guys can get an insight on what to expect on the show and a little intro on the two new permanent judges and also a bit about the competitors.
Hope you all have a lovely week and I shall talk to you soon!
Seriously, soon means next week, not in one year like last time. =)
Click Here for Official Press Release