Archive for January 2012
This week my task was to create a Farewell cake for a miner who is also a farmer who was resigning from his mining job to go fishing! The brief I was given was a naked man with red hair in a boat with a sheep. Hmmm, OK I’m up for that challange! Modelling people is somewhat new to me. I’ve not had much practise with them and was a little nervous. I got straight to the task at hand and modelled my naked man. I realised that the technique involved in getting the “bits and pieces” of a naked man was well beyond my talent and decided I would nicely place a hand modelled farmer’s hat over the particular area in question. My client was happy with this as quite honestly had not put that much thought into this area hehe. I also hand modelled a dinghy, sheep, fishing rod, life ring, fish, “Gone Fishing” sign, rocks and seaweed. I baked a 25cm round caromello mud cake and covered it with milk chocolate ganache and blue marbelled fondant. I was quite happy with the end result, as was my client! See my testimonials page for her response! This was such a fun cake to make and I enjoyed every minute if it
My next project was 50 mini cupcakes for a Hawiian themed Hen’s Party. I always love mini’s! I made a batch of vanilla cupcakes in red, pink and yellow cases. I decided to test out my Christmas present (new piping tips) and chose three different tips. I made three different buttercreams, red boysenberry flavour, pink strawberry flavour and yellow lemon flavour. I piped buttercream onto each little cake. I then topped each mini cuppie with a hand made fondant flower. What cute little cakes!
I’ve also had four more bookings for the coming weeks. What a great start to 2012!
2012 is here! Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year! 2011 was a busy year and seemed to fly by. We had a very sad end to 2011 as we lost my husband’s father to cancer just before Christmas. We are looking forward to a happy and healthy 2012.
I’ve finally added the two Christmas cakes I made to the gallery. My memory card in my camera decided to cease working with all the photos which had not been uploaded still on there. Luckily I managed to take just a couple at the last minute before delivery.
So, Fruit cake with white chocolate chips is what both of these cakes are. They are covered in white chocolate ganache and fondant. The larger square cake is a 25cm. The lady who purchased this cake was planning to give it as a gift to her mother for Christmas as she loves this fruit cake (I made her 80th Birthday cake last year) I had free reign with the design and actullay found myself struggling to come up with ideas for this one. I knew I wanted it to be a more traditional look, but thought should I be going more of an Aussie Christmas look as the traditional look is a winter Christmas. I decided to stick with the traditional winter Christmas theme and covered the entire cake in white fondant with white fondant snow flakes. I hand modelled a Christmas tree and presents and two snowmen. I added an extra special touch with the gold and pearl cashous and completed the snow effect with white pearl shimmer dust.
The second cake was a gift for my sister and her family. She was keen to have a Christmas cake just like Nanna Joy had made in the past. She had asked for this for the previous Christmas but I unfortunately didn’t have the time. So I couldn’t let another year go by without her Christmas cake. I decided to add my personal touch to this and gave her the fruit and white choc cake. It was a smaller cake, only a 15cm round. I decided this one should be a more fun cake than the previous one and went with Santa’s belly! I covered the cake in white chocolate ganache and then red fondant. I wrapped a black piece of fondant around the cake for Santa’s belt and added a big gold belt buckle. My sister was happily suprised with her gift and says she enjoyed the cake.