be coolinary cameo in witch gardens video!
I have some exciting news! A few months ago I helped my pals Bobby and Kyle make a music video for a local Seattle band Witch Gardens and it is all finished! My job was to contribute a few Hook-inspired food stuffs and a birthday cake for two separate scenes.
The video premiered on Vice today which is very exciting, but I also embedded it in this post just for you. Check it out!
Read more to see how I made food cool enough to be in a music video!
I was asked to make a bizarre assortment of things: a green jello mold, roasted chickens, some frosted pies, and a birthday cake to be exact. The jello and the chickens were pretty straight forward.
The pies were just discounted grocery store pies covered with frosting I made using Crisco, powdered sugar, and food coloring. Not the most delicious concoction I have ever made, it’s true, but I promise it wasn’t intended to be a meal for anyone and apparently, that’s how food styling works.
The birthday cake required the bulk of my efforts because after frosting those pies I wanted to make sure I contributed something that wasn’t only edible but tasted good too (what a novel idea!). The Witch Gardens crew sent me a stream of random and eclectic images as inspiration for the cake (pictures of skeletons, cats, aliens, children in creepy masks, Shrek, and a golden retriever to name a few), so using all their imagery I came up with a combination Dia de los Muertos and cat themed cake. You can imagine the images I was given for me to come up with that combination…
Then, I masked the sides of the cake with rainbow sprinkles. This is a great way to make a sharp looking cake when you aren’t too sure about your frosting skills. Simply hold the cake at an angle with one hand and then, working with a palmful of sprinkles at a time, gently cup them to the side of the cake, catching the excess sprinkles in a bowl below. You can do this with chocolate shavings, sanding sugar, chopped nuts, or cake crumbs too.