When we moved to Connecticut a little over three years ago, I had no idea how much I’d love it. My sister and her family had relocated here about eight years earlier, followed by my mom in 2005, so my whole family was here, but when I visited I wasn’t so sure I could see myself living here. What I found once we moved is that there’s a real sense of community, something I never experienced growing up in Queens or living in Southern California. It’s really safe (with the exception, perhaps, of the bench incident), and people are very friendly. We’ve met a lot of people just like us and now have a group of really good friends. We’re all married (I would never want to live here if I were single) with kids, so get-togethers are fun for everybody. It’s a great place to live and I’m so happy we moved.
One of the best parts of living here just ten minutes from Yale is the diversity the university brings. There are some great restaurants in New Haven, plenty of nightlife (or so I’ve heard. The kids kind of limit my nights out. I always say I don’t need a babysitter for a night out, I need one for the next morning, because no matter how late I stay out my kids still wake me up by 7am.), and lots of culture, like the Yale University Art Gallery.
The staff at the Yale Art Gallery contacted me to create a cake for a beloved colleague that was retiring. They wanted it to featured her favorite art symbols. I was sent the three photos below:
Here’s the cake. We recreated the palette out of gumpaste and painted on it using colored petal dust liquified with vodka. We printed the portrait with edible ink, backed it on gumpaste, and created a fondant frame. We made the sword in two pieces out of pastillage on skewers so that we could insert one on the left and one on the right of the cake, creating the illusion that it goes all the way through.
From what we hear, the retiree thought it was a true work of art.