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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!
My client’s mother loves my fruit cake so she get her one for birthday each year. This client is a regular of mine and always gives me free reign on the design of the cake, my only instructions are fruit cake and the size required. I do ask questions such as her interests, favourite colour etc to give me a little guidence as sometimes free reign can be a lot harder than exact instructions! This time we went for a 20cm fruit cake. As usual, I covered the fruit cake with white chocolate ganche which is a perfect match with the fruit cake which has white chocolate chips through it.
As I was told my clients mother likes flowers, I decided to go with a flower I’d never made before to improve my abilities of flower making. The orchid was my choice. Thank goodness once again for YouTube! You can find some really great tutorials on there! I enjoyed every minute of my orchid making and ended up with three flowers which I was very impressed with, even if I do say so myself
I decided to go with something a little different with this cake and make it into a ladies hat. So I covered it in a brown fondant, wrapped a piece of black ribbon around the base of the cake and topped it with the three orchids and a few brown fondant covered wires made to look like twigs.
My first ever hand modelled baby! How exciting! My clients was after a Christening Cake for their youngest daughter. They were after a chocolate mudcake with the colour theme of white, soft pink and a bit of silver. They wanted a slight religious feel to the cake by adding a cross, a baby on top and the name and date on there somewhere.
We decided on a 20cm milk chocolate mudcake which I covered with milk chocolate ganache. I covered the cake and cake board (which I made with my new table saw ) with white fondant. I hand modelled my very first baby and covered her with a blanket. I used a great tutorial on You Tube to show me how to do this. I put a silver cross on the side of the cake for the religious feel and followed through with the pink & silver theme with some pink & silver fondant balls around the bottom of the cake. I finished the cake off with the name and date piped on top. Hope you had a lovely Christening Day Annabel
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
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.