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Wedding Cake

This cake was something totally different for me, something out of my comfort zone I guess you could say.  It was a challenge that I enjoyed. The bride and groom were a lovely young couple who wanted something different, not standard fondant covered cake and wanted the rough look, I guess you might call it.  They showed me a few different designs/styles they liked and this was the end result.

A three tiered mud cake (peppermint, citrus & passionfruit).  Each tier was covered with white chocolate ganache then decorated with white chocolate shards.  The florist topped each layer with some flowers matching the brides posie.

The chocolate shards were hand made and this was a challenge on it’s own! Working with very fine chocolate with the temperature rising was a delicate job.  I had to move quickly!

I was happy with the end result and the flowers just finished it perfectly!

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.

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 :)

 

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! :) :)

Birthday Fruit Cake with Orchids

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.

Christening Cake

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 :)

Bunt Christening Cake

This week I made a Christening Cake for the Bunt family.  Their two sons had a joint Christening and wanted a cake that followed through with the big brother, little brother love.  This cake is a two teir round cake with the bottom teir being a 20cm caromello mud and the top teir being a 15cm white chocolate mud.  Both teirs were covered in ganache and a thin layer of rolled fondant.  The bottom teir was decorated with three different shades of blue stripes which I followed through to the cake board.  The top teir was decorated with three different shades of blue spots in varying sizes.  To top the cake I hand modelled two blue teddy bears, one smaller than the other being a big and little brother bear.  The big brother bear is holding his blankie.  I hope the boys had a lovely Christening Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cake was a huge success and tasted devine to boot, thanks heaps.
Liz

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

Your cupcakes are awesome!
Sam

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