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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!! :) :)

 

Mother’s Day 2012

For Mother’s Day this year I decided to make my beautiful mum a bouquet of cake pops.  I tried a couple of new ones that I not tried as cake pops before but love in a cup cake, red velvet and cream cheese and coffee!

I covered the red velvet and cream cheese ones with white chocolate and the coffee ones with dark chocolate.  What combinations, both delish!

I wanted to try something a little different with these ones and piped pink chocolate on them.  I quite liked the result.  Even had enough to give a bunch to my sister and two very deserving friends! Sharing the love on Mother’s Day!

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 :)

 

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 :)

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve been quite fascinated by these so called “Red Velvet” Cakes that are all the rage in the states.  So I started investigating, what is so great about this cake???

“A red velvet cake is a popular cake with a dark red, bright red or red-brown colour. It is usually prepared as a layer cake topped with a creamy vanilla icing or most popularly, cream cheese icing. The reddish-brown color of the cake was originally from a reaction of the cocoa powder with an acidic ingredient such as buttermilk; however, red food coloring is often added.” Reference from Wikipedia.

OK, so I ask a few people I know had they tried it.  The response being that everyone had heard of it but never tasted it.  Right, I at this point decided that we would wonder no more and test this baby out.  Cream cheese frosting, well an absolute favourite with my sweet tooth!

Let’s get to it, red cases just had to be used for red velvet cake right! This was my feeling anyway, a perfect match.  I prepared the cake mixture and placed 12 cupcakes in the oven.  I was a little intreged with what red velvet would taste like, using both vanilla extract and a little cocoa. Whilst I waited anxiously for these little beauties to cook, I watched with amazement at the stunning red colour of these cakes.  They looked fabulous!

Whilst the cakes cooled, I prepared, what in my eyes, is the yummiest frosting out, Cream Cheese!!! I piped the frosting on and decorated with some little red hearts. (I’m starting to sound American now, saying frosting all the time ;) ) After cleaning up and taking a few shots of these little babies, I just had to taste test…….YUMMO!! What a gorgeous cake, so light and fluffy then topped with that yummy icing.  It was just devine!  I took a couple around to a few of my taste testers and took one into work for my assistant to try.  Unfortunately one of my usual taste testers missed out as they were just too good.  I’ll have to make you some more Donna!!

My personal review of Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting = Delicious, will definately be adding this to my list of available flavours!

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Your cupcakes are awesome!
Sam

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

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

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