Posts Tagged ‘modelling’
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!
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
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 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!
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
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!