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Archive for September 2012

Bundy Rum Can

This week I was asked to make a 21st birthday cake in the shape of a Bundeberg Rum can.  Three 5″ round chocolate mud cakes were baked to make this can.  The three were tiered on top of each other and covered in dark chocolate ganache.  The entire cake was covered in black fondant. The can decorations were cut from fondant and hand painted with gel colour.  I enjoyed making this cake!

A Smurfy 40th Birthday!

Last weekend my sister in law celebrated her 40th Birthday.  She loves smurfs and in particular Papa Smurf o a Papa Smurf cake it is!  I’ve never made a Papa Smurf cake before and this entire cake has been freehand! (Just a little bit proud of myself :) )

I started with finding a picture of Papa Smurf on the internet.  I used some baking paper and traced the size of the pan I wished to use.  In this case I started with a 28 x 22cm rectangle, however felt this was a little too small so added and extra half of the same size.  With the cake size decided and baking paper cut to this size, I got to sketching my template of Papa Smurf.  Now, generally I wouldn’t class myself as much of a drawer, although, even if I do say so myself…. I did well! Happy with my sketch, I cut out my template for Papa Smurf.  I baked two 28 x 22cm rectangle mudcakes (chocolate and caramel swirl).

With two cakes baked, I placed the template on and cut the cakes to shape and then ganached with chocolate ganache and put in the fridge to harden.  Next step was making the cake board.  After positioning the cake onto the covered cake board, I covered the cake with fondant and added the extra bits and pieces to make my cake look like Papa Smurf.  A few hours later and Papa Smurf was done!  The board was finished off with some funky lettering.

I have a little bit of a fascination with cake pops at the moment (even though, I had previously told myself that I wouldn’t)  I thought, how cute would little smurf cake pops be!  I’ve never used the candy melts before so decided to give them a go.  I had a few of these crack on me almost instantly, so I’m not sure what I did wrong there but after about 5, I seemed to have mastered it.  I used white chocolate mudcake and cream cheese frosting for these cake pops and I must say…..YUMMO!!! Each of these little smurfs has a hand modelled fondant hat, fondant nose, ears and eyes.  Very fiddly and time consuming but I was completely happy with these little fellas.  Once indiviually wrapped and presented in a glass jar, they looked great. My 7 year old also enjoyed helping with these ones (we had a couple with pinocchio noses lol)

This cake made a four hour car trip to get to it’s destination and all in one piece!  My sister-in-law loved her cake and little cake pops :)