Posts Tagged ‘Purple’
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
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!
Here is the second cake from the weekend just gone. A thong (the shoe guys not the underwear!!, this cake is for a little girl!). My client’s daughter was having a beach themed party and wanted a thong cake for her. She knew exactly what she was after, a thong shaped cake which is purple with green and purple flowers. I was quite excited about this cake as I have not made a thong cake before! After baking a vanilla cake in a 20cm square tin, I allowed this cake to cool. I drew a thong shape onto a piece of baking paper which was the size of my tin and cut this out to use as a template. After cutting the cake to shape, I coated in vanilla buttercream and allowed to set. After colouring the fondant and cutting some fondant flowers, I began to cover the cake. Using a lighter coloured purple, I cut a thin piece of fondant using my template to place on top of the thong. Using some wire covered in fondant, I created the thong straps which were put into place. I then topped the thong with some decorative flowers.
Now, time to finish off the board. The appearance of a cake can change dramatically with the finish of the cake board. I had seen in the Planet Cake book, they make a thong cake and finish the cakeboard with a “sand”. I created a similar effect by colouring some buttercream and adding raw sugar for texture. I am happy with the end result as was my client’s little girl. Happy Birthday Jordy, hope you had a great birthday
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 weekend I made a wedding cake for Tiff & David. A topsy turvy three tiered square cake was the plan. The colour theme was purple and champagne. This cake involved a lot of firsts for me, my first fondant covered topsy turvy. I had made a smaller topsy tuvy cake for my son’s birthday as a trial for this cake however this time decided on a different method for a sturdier cake. This time I cut out each tier for the tier above to sit in, allowing for a much sturdier cake and still that topsy turvy look. I also had two new flavoured cakes in there at the request of the bride..I’m not one to say no to trying a different cake!!! I now have two new flavours to add to the flavours list! The bottom tier was a jaffa mud (newbie ) made with dark chocolate, cointreau and orange juice = YUMMY! This tier was decorated in two shades of purple and champagne fondant stripes. The middle tier was passionfruit mud (the other newbie) made with white chocolate and passionfruit pulp = YUMMY AGAIN!! (my new fave!!). This tier was decorated in champagne coloured fondant with a quilted pattern and purple sugar pearls. The top tier was peppermint mud made with dark chocolate and peppermint essence. This tier was decorated with a light purple coloured fondant and hand piped champagne coloured hearts. Three awesomely flavoured cakes The initial toppers were made by the bride herself, adding the pefect top! This was also the first time that I had travelled with a tiered cake in pieces and assembled on site. I am so pleased I decided to do it this way as it provided so much ease in travel (three boxes sitting flat in the back of my car) and avoided a lot of stress wondering if it was OK. As the cake travelled approximately 30km, doing it in pieces was really the only way to go! The reception venue looked gorgeous and I think the cake colours matched the venue perfectly. Congratulations Tiff & David!!! <3
It’s been a great week this week, with Easter now here, an 18th Birthday Cake and a new purchase!! This cake is a 20cm tall square cake. I used a double cake to get the height with the bottom half being milk chocolate mud and the top half being white chocolate mud. What a yummy combination!! Both covered in ganache and a thin layer of fondant. The cake was decorated with purple and silver/grey decorative strips, similar to that of a picture provided by the client. I went with the “explosion” top (my first one!) with the number 18 in the centre, balls & stars on decorative wire and a banner on top with the words “Happy 18th Gabrielle”. I used lustre dust to give a slightly metallic look to the colours. I was happy with the end result. Hope you enjoyed your suprise cake Gabrielle!!
Earlier this week I received a parcel which my husband had ordered for me. The “Agbay” cake leveller! Now I must say that this cake leveller is awesome!!! I have previously been using the large Wilton cake leveller and have struggled with it, finding that the blade bends whilst cutting and having to need too many hands to keep it cutting straight. Having now used the Agbay, I absolutely recommend it to anyone who like me has a passion with cake decorating. It took me a total of 3 minutes to level my cake including the measuring up of the height I wished to cut. The blade cut beautifully with ease and precision. The blade did not bend and had a perfect finished result. I am very impressed!!! Thanks Dame for finding me the absolute best investment we have made yet.