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A Princess Party

Being a mother of two boys, girly cakes are not something I get to do too often, so I was very excited to be asked to create the princess cake.  It was my first dolly varden cake so I was a little nervous.

I baked a white chocolate mud cake in my new tin.  Getting the amount of mixture right was a bit of a challenge bu the amount I made was pretty close.  Levelling this cake also proved a little tricky.  The cake was covered in white chocolate ganache then covered with a pretty pink fondant, what else for a little princess! The princess head and torso was placed into the cake.  I made the princess a little crown from wire and beads and also a necklace (obviously this part of the cake is not for eating!) Her gown was decorated with royal icing which I piped on.  I enjoyed every minute of this cake! They also had some white chocolate mud cup cakes to accompany the cake.

Cocktail Cake

Last weekend I was busy with two cakes.  The first one was a cocktail cake.  I was asked to create a cake for a cocktail party. Firstly I must give recognition to my inspiration behind this cake.  This cake was not my own design, I found a picture of a cake by Pauline Clifford of “Truelovecakes” and this gave me the inspiration for this cake. My client loved Pauline’s cake also. Thank you Pauline, I have enjoyed recreating your cake!

This cake is a 25cm dark chocolate mud cake, covered in dark chocolate ganache and pink fondant.  I applied some pink shimmer to the fondant to give it a lovely glimmering look. The glass is a real cocktail glass which is filled with fondant balls, some home made bling and pink osterich feathers.  The girl has been hand modelling using modelling paste.

I made twelve dark chocolate cupcakes to accompany this cake with pink buttercream frosting and some pearl cashous for decoration.

This was a really fun cake to make! I had a bit of drama with my hand modelled girl, he leg fell off and I had to recreate on the morning the cake was being picked up which was a little nerve racking but we got there in the end!

Hope you enjoyed your cake and your cocktail party Lydia! :)

1st Birthday Cake

This weekend’s cake was for a little girl’s 1st Birthday.  Her mum had an exact idea of what she was after and hopefully I accomplished the correct end result for her.  She was after a two tier, chocolate mudcake with a pink & purple theme topped with a little tiara for her little princess.

We decided on a 20cm bottom tier and 15cm top tier, both milk chocolate mud (perfect for the little ones), both of these were covered in milk chocolate ganache and covered in fondant.  The bottom tier was covered in pink fondant and given the quilted effect with silver cashous for decoration.  The top tier was covered in purple fondant with “Jayda” in pink fondant aswell as pink fondant butterflies as decoration.  This top tier was topped with a little silver tiara.  The cake board was covered in pink fondant also.  The finish the cake off, I piped pink royal icing around the base of each cake.

I hope Jayda enjoys her 1st birthday! :) :)

Thong Cake

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 :) :)

Pink & Purple Fairy Cake

Pink & Purple Fairy CakeThis weekend I made a pink & purple fairy cake for a little girl’s 5th Birthday.  She had a 20cm round vanilla cake with strawberries and cream filling.  The cake was covered in pink vanilla buttercream frosting and decorated with hand modelled decorations.  I made a fairy, a unicorn, a number 5 and some little butterflies and flowers.  The weather was quite warm on the weekend so it was a challenge to keep the buttercream firm.  Mum and Dad of the little girl were happy with the cake and hopefully little Rachael like it too :)

18th Birthday cake

An 18th Birthday CakeIt’s been a great week this week, with Easter now here, an 18th Birthday Cake and a new purchase!! This cake is a 20cm tall square cake. I used a double cake to get the height with the bottom half being milk chocolate mud and the top half being white chocolate mud. What a yummy combination!! Both covered in ganache and a thin layer of fondant. The cake was decorated with purple and silver/grey decorative strips, similar to that of a picture provided by the client. I went with the “explosion” top (my first one!) with the number 18 in the centre, balls & stars on decorative wire and a banner on top with the words “Happy 18th Gabrielle”. I used lustre dust to give a slightly metallic look to the colours. I was happy with the end result. Hope you enjoyed your suprise cake Gabrielle!! :)

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Earlier this week I received a parcel which my husband had ordered for me. The “Agbay” cake leveller! Now I must say that this cake leveller is awesome!!! I have previously been using the large Wilton cake leveller and have struggled with it, finding that the blade bends whilst cutting and having to need too many hands to keep it cutting straight. Having now used the Agbay, I absolutely recommend it to anyone who like me has a passion with cake decorating. It took me a total of 3 minutes to level my cake including the measuring up of the height I wished to cut. The blade cut beautifully with ease and precision. The blade did not bend and had a perfect finished result. I am very impressed!!! Thanks Dame for finding me the absolute best investment we have made yet.

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An 80th Birthday Cake

80th Birthday CakeThis weeks cake is for an 80th Birthday! A 25cm fruit cake which I covered with white chocolate ganache and fondant.  This cake has a hand made oriental lily and hand made roses.  The decoration on the sides of the cake are piped royal icing and hand made flowers.  Silver cashous have been placed on the top of the cake aswell as a hand made butterfly. 

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