Let Them Eat Cake Sidenote

DIY

Should you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to bring a cake somewhere but your cake carrier is missing in action, don’t despair.  Assemble the following items:

  • 1 cooling rack
  • 1 large disposable aluminum pan with lid
  • 1 completed cake on a cardboard cake round (I made my own out of the cardboard container that a flat of soda comes in from Costco and covered it with aluminum foil)

Place the aluminum pan on top of the cooling rack.

Using a pair of kitchen scissors, cut a flap into one side of the aluminum pan large enough for the overhanging cake round to come through.

Place cake in the aluminum pan and cover with the lid.  A portion of the lid may settle into the top of the frosting but this can be smoothed out later.  If you can’t find a pan with a lid at the store, just get two large pans.  Cut a flap into both of the pans and use one to cover the other, lining the flaps up on the same side of the cake.  You may have to reshape the top pan a little so that it fits securely inside the bottom pan.

Using the cooling rack as a base, grab your fabulous cake with both hands and go.

DIY Lightbox

DIY Lightbox

My latest DIY project was inspired by this post on Shutterboo.  I took one look at her homemade lightbox and knew I had to have one.  Sure, I could go online and spend upwards of a hundred bucks or so to have an “real” lightbox but thank you  recession, our disposable income is no longer quite so disposable.  A cardboard box and tissue paper I already had.  Goodbye counter top glare in my food photos, hello macros.

In case you now have lightbox envy, Shutterboo’s post is a perfect guide.  All you need is 30 minutes (or less), a box, utility knife, ruler, tissue paper, poster board, and tape.  For real.  Oh, and some lights.  I didn’t have any small lights that I could “borrow” from other rooms.  So I spent $12 on two small, adjustable lamps at Target.

I like the results.  But I may need to get a third lamp that I can shine down into the top of my rig.  Or maybe I just need to try stronger bulbs to keep from getting dark shadows towards the front of the box.

For other examples of homemade lightboxes, Google “light box photography”.