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Bulldogs Football

My second attempt at a football! This cake was for a client’s father who loves football and wanted a football cake for his favourite team, the Bulldogs.

A dark chocolate mudcake which was hand shaped like a football.  I have to give my husband some credit here as he helped me with sculpting the shape.  Once sculpted, the cake was covered in dark chocolate ganache and left to set. Next for the fun bit, covering in fondant. Colouring, cutting and covering for hours!  I was happy with the end result and judging by my client’s reaction, they were too!

Thanks Kym for allowing me to create a fun cake for your dad!

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 :)

 

Tractor Cake

A yellow tractor cake! My little client knew exactly what he wanted for his 6th birthday.  Vanilla cake was the flavour chosen.  OK, now my client was not after a 3D tractor but wanted more of a 2D tractor shape.  I made two 25cm vanilla cakes, levelled them both then joined together with some vanilla buttercream icing. Using a template I had drawn onto baking paper, I carefully cut the tractor shape out.  I then crumb coated the cake with some buttercream icing and left to set.  Colouring the fondant is always a little time consuming so this was the perfect time to get this done.  Once the icing was set, I covered the cake in the coloured fondant. Cutting the extra decorations from fondant also to finish it off.  To finish off the board on this one, I decided to pipe some green buttercream all around the tractor to look like grass.  My little client was very happy with his tractor cake and couldn’t wait to get into it!

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 :)

A good start to 2012!

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!

 

Pink & Purple Fairy Cake

Pink & Purple Fairy CakeThis 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 :)

Breast Cancer Awareness Cupcakes

This weekend a good friend of mine hosted her annual GNI (Girl’s Night In) to raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation.  Kim lost her mother to breast cancer when she was a young teenager.  Kim’s mother was a lovely, lovely lady who was close to my heart aswell, she treated me like her own daughter.  She is missed and thought of each and every day!  Kim has always involved herself in fundraising events and has made the GNI an annual event.  Kim not only aims to raise as much money as she can for such a deserving cause but also wants to educate and spread breast cancer awareness to help as many people as possible.  She does a great job each year and her mum would be very proud of her efforts!  I was unable to attend the GNI again this year so decided to donate some cupcakes to either be auctioned off or used in what ever way Kim thought best.  I piped some pink ribbons, then made a batch of chocolate and white chocolate mud cupcakes, in pink cases of course!  I topped the chocolate ones with white vanilla buttercream frosting and the white chocolate mud with pink strawberry buttercream frosting.  Each cupcake was then topped with a pink ribbon and three gold cashous.  I packaged them in boxes of six. I hope all the lovely ladies had a fabulous PINK day!!!

If you wish to help this great cause you can donate via the Girls Night In website :)

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Thankyou so much Christee-lee, our wedding cake so perfect and delicious and well worth the wait. We were hanging out for dessert all day! Can't wait for an excuse to order another !
Tiff

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

Your cupcakes are awesome!
Sam

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