Posts Tagged ‘buttercream’
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!
I made a 20cm round chocolate mudcake (milk chocolate mud – great for the kids!). This cake had absolutely no waste which is awesome! I levelled the top off (which was pretty level anyway) and used this top piece to create the snout and ears. I cut the top piece into quarters and used two quarters stacked together for the snout. The remaining two quarters, I shaped slightly, trimming off the sharp triangle points to make the ears. The whole lot was covered in chocolate buttercream then roughened up with a tooth pick to give the look of fur. The eyes, nose and all facial additions are coloured fondant. The neck is purely buttercream, which has again been roughened up with tooth pick and the collar is ribbon with a black fondant heart pendant.
This cake was presented on a fondant covered cake board with a matching pink poker dot ribbon.
I enjoyed making this cake and I hope little Natalie enjoys it too!!
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!
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
This 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
Last weekend my nephew celebrated his 13th birthday and his mum thought he should have some yummy cupcakes, after all, Aunty Christee-Lee does make the best cakes hehe . I made a variety of flavours for the 3 dozen cupcakes. We had chocolate mud, peppermint mud, white chocolate mud, white chocolate and raspberry swirl, marbelled white and chocolate mud and a new experiment chocolate hokey pokey mud. Each cake was decorated in the same or similar flavoured buttercream frosting and sprinkles of the key flavour of the cake. I hope you loved your cakes and had a great birthday Bish! x
Last weekend I made a Lightning McQueen cake for an 8yr old Cars fan. The cake was a vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream filling. I had shaped the cake in the shape of a car then coated it with a layer of strawberry buttercream. The cake was then covered in coloured fondant to resemble the one and only Lightning McQueen. A very happy boy loved his special cake.