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by David Musgrave (Perth, WA, Australia) and the Microsoft Dynamics GP Developer Support Team (Fargo, ND, USA)

Unexpected Hidden Talents - Decorating Cakes

Unexpected Hidden Talents - Decorating Cakes

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David Meego - Click for blog homepageI have been involved in the Great Plains world now since 1994.  During that time I have become known for my work with development techniques and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

While my passion for my work in the Asia Pacific Microsoft Dynamics GP Support Team as an Escalation Engineer as well as products I have developed and my recent "pet projects" (The Support Debugging Tool and Menus for Visual Studio Tools) are what most people see. This is only one aspect of my life.  I have a beautiful and intelligent wife, Jennifer, and two great sons, Aaron (12 now 13) and Rohan (11 now 12).

My family life is something very important to me and hiding in that part of my life is one of my (previously) secret talents.  My wife bakes the best tasting Birthday cakes for my kids, but she does not have the patience to decorate them more than coating them with a delicious butter icing. On the other hand, as a nerdy developer, I have lots of patience, an eye for detail and I am a perfectionist. So my wife and I have developed a tag team approach to Birthday cakes. She bakes the cake(s) and makes the icing and then I shape and decorate to create the final product.

In summary, Jennifer is responsible for how the cake tastes and I am responsible for how it looks.

I mentioned my cakes in passing to Mariano Gomez and he suggested that this hidden talent could be the subject of a fun post.  You never know, it might surprise a few people. Here are the cakes I have made over the years:

Rohan's 4th Birthday Cake - Thunderbird 4 (Thunderbirds are go!)

Rohan's 4th Birthday Cake

Rohan's 6th Birthday Cake - Pirate Ship

Rohan's 6th Birthday Cake 

Aaron's 9th Birthday Cake - Herbie

Aaron's 9th Birthday Cake

Rohan's 8th Birthday Cake - Race Track

Rohan's 8th Birthday Cake

Aaron's 10th Birthday Cake - Cars

Aaron's 10th Birthday Cake

Rohan's 9th Birthday Cake - Chicken (based on a drawing by Rohan)

Rohan's 9th Birthday Cake

Rohan's 10th Birthday Cake - Halo Scorpion Tank

Rohan's 10th Birthday Cake

Rohan's 11th Birthday Cake - Piano

 Rohan's 11th Birthday Cake

Aaron's 13th Birthday Cake - Transformers

Aaron's 13th Birthday Cake

Rohan's 12th Birthday Cake - Turntable

 Rohan's 12th Birthday Cake

Aaron's 15th Birthday Cake - Portal 2 Weighted Companion Cube

 

Maybe, if I ever decide I need a career change, this could be it!!!

For those of you who would like the recipe for the cake used it is attached to the bottom of this post

Let me know what you think.

David

19-Mar-2009: Added Rohan's 11th Birthday Cake.

14-Jul-2009: Added Aaron's 13th Birthday Cake.

09-Mar-2010: Added Rohan's 12th Birthday Cake.

24-Jun-2010: Added Aaron's 15th Birthday Cake.

Attachment: Foundation Butter Cake.docx
  • You, sir are incredible ! Prettiest cakes I have ever seen. What else do you have up your sleeve ?!

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    Reference at the end of the post.

  • Hi Jivtesh

    Thanks for the feedback.  There are some other hidden talents, but I will save them for another day.

    You can't give away too many secrets at one time, can you?

    David

  • WOW! Those cakes are beautiful! I am like your wife: no patience for decorating. I am sure your sons were delighted with their special cakes.

  • David,

    Had you foreseen a blog when you made these cakes, you would have saved some pieces to show us how it tasted as well. :P

    So do save some pieces from the next masterpiece.

    Vaidy

  • The Scorpion Tank is still the best one. But I guess I will see my own Scorpion on the 16th of September!!!!

  • If you have not already seen my previous post on my hidden talent, now is an opportunity have have a

  • From blog articles to support administration to coding to application designing and finally to interesting cake recipes...

    Man - you are just wonderful... A king of all trades... :-)

    Hats off for the creativity of your entire family...

  • The mini music book stands out :)as does the HALO Scorpion tank... Belated Birthday wishes ROHAN...

  • I just want to know what stored procedure you called to complete these masterpieces!

  • Hi David,

    Jay here (previously from MBS Support team in manila). I am delighted to see the cakes.

    I liked best the Scorpion tank. Awesome..

    Regards,

    Jay

    Jemson Lukang

  • Ive been searching for thunderbird 4 cakes to copy! this is very impressive.  How did you do it without bits falling off, I envisage a lot of swearing on my part.  I made a split screen camper for my son's 2nd birthday which was pretty cool but it wasn't really 3D.  Any tips?! Im okay with the flavour aspect but a bit scared of 3D..

  • Hi Zoe

    Have a look at the recipe attached to this post. I creates a sponge cake that not too fluffy while still being moist and soft.  It has enough strength to not fall apart.  Also, the icing is the correct type to allow the parts of the cake to stick together.

    The Thunderbird 4 cake was made from 3 cakes. My wife creates the cake "building blocks" I need in the shapes I want. Then.... here is the trick .... I freeze them overnight in the freezer.

    Then, the next day I carve the blocks to shape using an electric knife and smaller knives for detail.  Then I join the blocks together, using the icing like glue.... put icing on both sides and push together.

    Once the shape is correct and the blocks joined, I ice the outside of the cake.  This looks good and also stops the cake from drying out.

    The final step is adding extra decoration and/or props as needed.

    Hope this helps.

    David

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