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Ben & Mel’s Wedding

Ben & Mel’s wedding cake is by far my favourite cake that I have made to date!  It was huge with each tier being double stacked.  Each tier covered in ganache, fondant and of course the ever so time consuming ruffles.  I just LOVE ruffles!! I think they provide such a dramatic and beautiful looking result.

I made this cake last year so can’t remember exactly how long it took but let’s just say it was very time consuming (hours and hours of ruffling alone) but well worth the effort! I made 10 of the flowers even though I only used 5.  I needed to make sure I was prepared if any broke on either the trip to the venue or during the assembly.

I had a visit from the bride to be on the night before the wedding whilst I was ruffling away, stressing that it just wasn’t going right and how on earth was I going to get it done in time.  Nothing puts your head back into perspective then a glowing bride to be!  Due to the size of this cake, it needed to be assembled at the venue.  This caused me a little bit of fear, as I wasn’t able to see how it was looking as one until it was crunch time!

The sun was shining on wedding day which was fabulous to see.  I love being able to share in the special day of these glowing brides!  The cake was finished in the morning and I anxiously awaited the time to deliver the cake.  With each tier packed carefully it their own boxes with non slip mats and paper towel to avoid any damage to the ruffles, individually packed and carefully wrapped flowers, my bag of essentials – royal icing, piping bag, spatula, cake lifter, paper towel etc and of course my camera, I packed the car up and headed out to the venue.  I’m sure all you cake decorators out there feel my pain as you slowly but surely make your way to a venue with the precious cargo on board.  You feel every single bump that you are almost certain was there the day before and hope that the cake is surviving the trip.  I located the venue, a gorgeous winery and get shown the back entry in which I can gain entry to set up.  Now, getting everything through this back entry was going to be half the battle through wine barrels galore :) The cake was being presented on a full wine barrel, beautiful! Yet also challenging considering the size of the cake.  I really could have done with a step ladder.  I carefully put my tiers together with minimal breakages, arranged the flowers (lucky I made spares, as I did drop one :( ), inserted the initial toppers then stood back and admired.  Argh, love that feeling! The sigh of relief when you realise all of your hard work has paid off and it looks fabulous.

Here are a few pics of the cake and the gorgeous venue!

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.

Bundy Rum Can

This week I was asked to make a 21st birthday cake in the shape of a Bundeberg Rum can.  Three 5″ round chocolate mud cakes were baked to make this can.  The three were tiered on top of each other and covered in dark chocolate ganache.  The entire cake was covered in black fondant. The can decorations were cut from fondant and hand painted with gel colour.  I enjoyed making this cake!

Two More Cakes

I’ve fallen a bit behind in keeping the website up to date with my latest cakes so I’m adding the most recent two together.   A white chocolate mudcake covered with white chocolate ganache and coloured fondant then decorated with a hand modelled Mario topper and plenty of Mario decorations.

The second cake is a NSW Blues football.  A milk chocolate mudcake hand carved in the shape of a football, covered in milk chocolate ganache and covered in fondant.  All decorations on the cake are hand cut from fondant.

Captain America Cake

A Captain America Shield Cake – my first task for this cake was to research who Captain America even was and what his shield looked like!  With that sorted, I baked a round m milk chocolate mudcake and covered in milk chocolate ganache.  The cake was covered in fondant and then decorated with coloured fondant to look like Captain America’s shield.

I’ve had a few new items that I’ve tested out on this cake and I must say that I am very happy with all of them! Firstly, I have changed brands of fondant and am soooo glad I did.  I am now using Bakel’s which I find to be perfect in every way.  It is soft and not sticky which makes it much easier to work with.  It also has a nice taste.  My next new product are little foam cleats.  These little pieces of foam with an adhesive side, once stuck to the bottom of the board, make it easy to pick up the board and also much easier to put ribbon on the cake board edge.  The last of my new items are my funky alphabet cutters, these are awesome! I love them.  A little fiddly but definitely worth the effort.

Bulldogs Football

My second attempt at a football! This cake was for a client’s father who loves football and wanted a football cake for his favourite team, the Bulldogs.

A dark chocolate mudcake which was hand shaped like a football.  I have to give my husband some credit here as he helped me with sculpting the shape.  Once sculpted, the cake was covered in dark chocolate ganache and left to set. Next for the fun bit, covering in fondant. Colouring, cutting and covering for hours!  I was happy with the end result and judging by my client’s reaction, they were too!

Thanks Kym for allowing me to create a fun cake for your dad!

Tahnee’s 18th Birthday Cake

My foster sister celebrated her 18th birthday last weekend and of course I offered to make her cake.  I have recently purchased “the mat” and thought this the perfect time to test it out.

A family members birthday is always an opportunity for me to try something new.  I’ve love tall cakes so decided that this one would be tall.  As it was for a family gathering, I used a 15cm tin as any bigger would have been excessive amounts of cake.

To get the height, I tiered two cakes together.  One was chocolate peppermint mud and the other, keeping in tradition of trying new things with family, was boysenberry mud.  I wasn’t overly impressed with this one.  I didn’t have a recipe, so based it on a white chocolate mud and adding boysenberry flavouring.  It tasted nice but I didn’t think you got that “wow” factor with it.  It definately needed more flavour or a different recipe all together.  I wanted it to have a wow factor!

Each cake was covered with ganache. Boysenberry with white chocolate ganache and peppermint with dark chocolate ganache.  I then tiered them together, making my tall cake :)

OK so decoration using the new “mat”.  Tahnee likes black and dark colours however I wasn’t keen on doing a completely black cake.  I’ve always wanted to do a leopard print cake so decided to go with a purple & black leopard print.

I actually had a bit of a shocker with covering this cake. A couple of the items being that I firstly put the fondant on upside down….yes, I put the print side down! What was I thinking???? THEN, I dropped and tore the fondant! Oh my, I did have a shocker! Thank goodness it happened on a family members cake!  I do think the end result was not bad considering the problems I encountered! Tahnee loved her cake and it tasted great so that’s the main thing :)

 

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Cake was a huge success. We all loved it & the flavour was to die for. It was so good to look at that it seemed a shame to cut into it! Everyone wanted to know who made it. Richy kept the boat and contents and fish as a souvenir. So again, a big thanks. You did a wonderful job.
Erin , Mudgee

Christee-Lee just wanted to thank you so much for the fabulous cake. It was truly more than wonderful. I have had a few enquiries and will send them your way with a huge recommendation. Thanks again.
Lyndi

Christee-Lee, your cupcakes are truly the yummiest, and prettiest, cupcakes I've ever had! Thanks again!
Jodie, Byron Bay

Thank you so much again for creating our dream cake. It was absolutely perfect and tasted delicious!
Kirby