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Cocktail Cake

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! :)

Natalie’s 1st Birthday Cake

This weekend I made a dog cake for a little girl’s 1st Birthday.  Her mummy says she just adores dogs!

I made a 20cm round chocolate mudcake (milk chocolate mud – great for the kids!). This cake had absolutely no waste which is awesome! I levelled the top off (which was pretty level anyway) and used this top piece to create the snout and ears.  I cut the top piece into quarters and used two quarters stacked together for the snout.  The remaining two quarters, I shaped slightly, trimming off the sharp triangle points to make the ears.  The whole lot was covered in chocolate buttercream then roughened up with a tooth pick to give the look of fur.  The eyes, nose and all facial additions are coloured fondant.  The neck is purely buttercream, which has again been roughened up with tooth pick and the collar is ribbon with a black fondant heart pendant.

This cake was presented on a fondant covered cake board with a matching pink poker dot ribbon.

I enjoyed making this cake and I hope little Natalie enjoys it too!! :) :)

 

Stephanie’s 21st Cake

Here is Steph’s 21st Birthday Cake.  Top tier is white chocolate mud, bottom tier is chocolate mud. Both are covered in ganache. Top tier is covered in white fondant with hand painted leopard print.  Bottom tier is an awesome pinky/purple – possibly even fushia coloured zebra print.  I topped this cake with a wooden 21 and S for Stephanie that I had spray painted gold and added some black bling to.  To finish it off, I added a black feather decoration.

Happy 21st Steph!

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! :) :)

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 :)

Rainbow and Elephant themed 50th Birthday

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 :)

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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

Love the cake, the theme is a great talking point but more importantly the cake is so nice
Damian, Mudgee

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

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