Posts Tagged ‘vanilla’
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!
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
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 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
Last weekend I made a Lightning McQueen cake for an 8yr old Cars fan. The cake was a vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream filling. I had shaped the cake in the shape of a car then coated it with a layer of strawberry buttercream. The cake was then covered in coloured fondant to resemble the one and only Lightning McQueen. A very happy boy loved his special cake.
Today is my little man’s 6th birthday. I gave him the option of any cake he wanted. This decision proved quite a difficult task, with the choice changing with each suggestion made. He finally settled on a Ben 10 cake. His choice of flavour was vanilla (quite a change from the usual mudcake). As he chose a plainer type cake, I suggested adding a filling. Jake is a huge fan of Oreo’s, so we went with Cookies and Cream filling. Using my awesome Agbay cake leveller, I levelled the 20cm round cake then made a nice cut through the centre. This is actually the first time I have filled a cake so it was a bit of an experiment for me. I filled the centre with the freshly made Cookies and Cream filling (next time, I will add double the amount of filling I think). I covered the entire cake with a thin layer of vanilla buttercream and then decorated with coloured fondant to create a Ben 10 Omnitrix. Graymatter and all other decorations were hand made with fondant. Jake loved his cake. Happy 6th Birthday Dude!! xxx
This week I made cupcakes for a baby shower. The glowing mum to be is expecting a baby boy and wanted a mixture of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with various shades of blue icing. The colour theme of the day was shades of blue with a little silver and white. We therefore chose to go with two blue shades and a silver in cupcake cases. The mum to be was not keen on the traditional baby decorations and preferred the cakes be decorated with silver and white cashous. The end result were some great little baby boy cupcakes. Hope your day was perfect Cindy and can’t wait to meet the little fella when he arrives! x