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Merry Christmas! So Christmas for 2012 has been and gone and what a busy time it was! I took on four Christmas Cakes this year which is quite a few for me considering I also work full time. They all got completed on time without too much craziness!
Three of the four cakes were for my sister’s family. She was after a fruit, mud and a red velvet cake for Chrissy. Being my sister, she let me have free range on design. I went with a Christmas pudding for the fruit cake, a reindeer design that I had seen one of my other cake decorating friends do on cupcakes and thought it was so cute so I thought would look lovely on a bigger cake too. Thanks Aida Goodwin’s Cakebox! The last cake for this lot was a red velvet Christmas Tree.
We had a slight disaster with the Christmas tree making it to its destination. It was an extremely hot day and during transit got a little squished on the top I’ve been told that the taste was still great and that was the main thing. My first disaster and although I’m unhappy that it had Ito happen, I am glad it was my sister it happened to.
My last Christmas cake for 2012 was a fruit cake for one of my regular customers. She buys her Christmas cake from me every year. This year I went a little fun with her cake, giving her a Santa cake. She seemed quite happy with this and has already placed her order for next year along with a few birthdays in the mean time, gotta love a happy customer
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas filled with plenty of love, joy and laughter!
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.
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.
This 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.