Archive for February 2012
“A red velvet cake is a popular cake with a dark red, bright red or red-brown colour. It is usually prepared as a layer cake topped with a creamy vanilla icing or most popularly, cream cheese icing. The reddish-brown color of the cake was originally from a reaction of the cocoa powder with an acidic ingredient such as buttermilk; however, red food coloring is often added.” Reference from Wikipedia.
OK, so I ask a few people I know had they tried it. The response being that everyone had heard of it but never tasted it. Right, I at this point decided that we would wonder no more and test this baby out. Cream cheese frosting, well an absolute favourite with my sweet tooth!
Let’s get to it, red cases just had to be used for red velvet cake right! This was my feeling anyway, a perfect match. I prepared the cake mixture and placed 12 cupcakes in the oven. I was a little intreged with what red velvet would taste like, using both vanilla extract and a little cocoa. Whilst I waited anxiously for these little beauties to cook, I watched with amazement at the stunning red colour of these cakes. They looked fabulous!
Whilst the cakes cooled, I prepared, what in my eyes, is the yummiest frosting out, Cream Cheese!!! I piped the frosting on and decorated with some little red hearts. (I’m starting to sound American now, saying frosting all the time ) After cleaning up and taking a few shots of these little babies, I just had to taste test…….YUMMO!! What a gorgeous cake, so light and fluffy then topped with that yummy icing. It was just devine! I took a couple around to a few of my taste testers and took one into work for my assistant to try. Unfortunately one of my usual taste testers missed out as they were just too good. I’ll have to make you some more Donna!!
My personal review of Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting = Delicious, will definately be adding this to my list of available flavours!
A yellow tractor cake! My little client knew exactly what he wanted for his 6th birthday. Vanilla cake was the flavour chosen. OK, now my client was not after a 3D tractor but wanted more of a 2D tractor shape. I made two 25cm vanilla cakes, levelled them both then joined together with some vanilla buttercream icing. Using a template I had drawn onto baking paper, I carefully cut the tractor shape out. I then crumb coated the cake with some buttercream icing and left to set. Colouring the fondant is always a little time consuming so this was the perfect time to get this done. Once the icing was set, I covered the cake in the coloured fondant. Cutting the extra decorations from fondant also to finish it off. To finish off the board on this one, I decided to pipe some green buttercream all around the tractor to look like grass. My little client was very happy with his tractor cake and couldn’t wait to get into it!
Here is the second cake from the weekend just gone. A thong (the shoe guys not the underwear!!, this cake is for a little girl!). My client’s daughter was having a beach themed party and wanted a thong cake for her. She knew exactly what she was after, a thong shaped cake which is purple with green and purple flowers. I was quite excited about this cake as I have not made a thong cake before! After baking a vanilla cake in a 20cm square tin, I allowed this cake to cool. I drew a thong shape onto a piece of baking paper which was the size of my tin and cut this out to use as a template. After cutting the cake to shape, I coated in vanilla buttercream and allowed to set. After colouring the fondant and cutting some fondant flowers, I began to cover the cake. Using a lighter coloured purple, I cut a thin piece of fondant using my template to place on top of the thong. Using some wire covered in fondant, I created the thong straps which were put into place. I then topped the thong with some decorative flowers.
Now, time to finish off the board. The appearance of a cake can change dramatically with the finish of the cake board. I had seen in the Planet Cake book, they make a thong cake and finish the cakeboard with a “sand”. I created a similar effect by colouring some buttercream and adding raw sugar for texture. I am happy with the end result as was my client’s little girl. Happy Birthday Jordy, hope you had a great birthday
How exciting! A rainbow and elephant themed 50th Birthday Party! My client was after cupcakes and a top cake, my first of this kind so I was very excited indeed! This cake created some challenges for me and the biggest one was the stand. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do, I even got an early anniversary gift of a table saw. Yes, you read right, a table saw! I was so excited to get my own big power tool! I can now make all my own cake boards to the size I want and need them! So after a crash course on how to use my new table saw from my husband, I got to it (mind you, I had to be supervised as he was a little unsure about leaving me alone with it ) I got straight to some cake boards in varying sizes. So, challange number one of how to cut boards was solved, now for challange number two: what size boards did I need to hold 90 cupcakes?? The best way to tell was to lay out cases on each board and see. I now knew what size boards would best suit my job so next came challange number three: How was I going to cover them?? This was an exciting part for me. I had it all planned out, found some awesome paper to cover them in and some ribbon for the edges. After the first board I decided the PVA glue was not the best option for this job as it left great big wet marks and looked terrible even though I had used it sparingly. So out came the kids glue stick, to avoid the wet wrinkled effect, I covered the entire board with glue and thought I would cover it like contact. This was a much better option but still not perfect. I have now invested in some spray on glue (quite a hefty fee) however my hubby thinks this will do the trick! OK so boards are cut and covered, challange number four: How was I going to tier the stand together so it was stable? Well my plan was to use foam in between each tier which would have worked if I was able to cut the foam easily and to the sizes that I wanted so hubby to the rescue again! He made me some wooden cross pieces to support each tier. Stand constructed!!
Now for the cakes. The topper cake was a 15cm white chocolate mud which I coloured in six colours of the rainbow. I layered the different colours into the pan which gave a fabulous rainbow effect once cooked. This cake was covered in white chocolate ganache then in white fondant. I hand modelled an elephant for the top of the cake along with a rainbow to go over the elephants head. To finish off this cake I added a simple ribbon.
90 rainbow cupcakes with elephant toppers! Creating 50 elephant heads was first up. A few hours later, this job was complete. Now to make the cupcakes. These cupcakes were vanilla flavour and all rainbow coloured, the same as the topper cake. I enlisted the help of my eldest boy for this part. He was my main colourer, colouring each batch of cake mix in a different colour. We then spooned spoonfuls of the mixture into each case and baked. Each cake was topped with vanilla buttercream frosting which was rainbow coloured also.
My first big project of this kind was complete! I’ve had lovely feedback from this cake and it can be read on the testimonials page. Hope you had a great birthday Lyndi