My second last cake for 2011, was this triple layer vanilla butter cake, filled and iced with vanilla buttercream and decorated with fun and funky fondant flowers. The cake was finished off with some royal icing detailing. I think the flowers have a bit of a 1970's style...very funky!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
(Carrot, Yellow Green and Red Capsicum in French Onion Dip)
Beside were some Kabana wraps
(Cream Cheese, Tomato Relish, Lettuce & Kabana in a Lavish Bread)
Corn & Capsicum
Beside is a cheese and cracker platter
(made by my eldest son)
Friday, December 2, 2011
I recently made 30 gift boxes of Christmas cupcakes, with 6 cupcakes in each, all with their own decoration....Candy cane, Snowflake, Christmas tree, Christmas wreath, Holly and Stars. Here is a quick "how to" make the Candy canes.
You will need:
50g red fondant
50g white fondant
a little CMC
A hint to make red fondant, colour your fondant as red as you can, then leave it overnight for the colour to darken.
Mix your cmc into your red and white fondant, this will help it dry.
Roll out half of your white fondant into a long sausage, then do the same with the red.
Pinch the red and white sausages together at one end, then twist them together until they look like a candy cane, and the two colours are stuck together.
Cut your stripy sausage into equal lengths (how long depends on how big you would like your candy cane) Mine were approx 6cm, then shape into the candy cane and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper to dry.
I like to leave my toppers for at least a week to dry completely which will help them to keep their shape after being placed on wet buttercream icing.
Happy Christmas baking :-)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I made this cake for the dad of one of my son's kindy friends. He (the Dad of course) is a big beer drinker and his wife asked for a cake shaped like a glass of beer. I must admit I wasn't overly happy with the shape, I would have liked it a bit more tapered in at the bottom, but I was worried that the whole thing was going to start looking more like the leaning tower of pisa.
It is 3 x 7" cakes, but the bottom board is a 6", and the whole thing stood around 30cm tall.
The white icing at the top is meringue (my favourite).
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
In preparation, I baked a toblerone mud cake for display, and decorated two fake cakes. I had seen some beautiful little car cookies here http://www.flickr.com/photos/42134065@N04/6019914446/in/faves-56138306@N07/ and decided to bake some similar to this, and sell them by the bag, and for the girls I baked daisies. I'm a bit cranky I didn't get a chance to photograph them...I think they looked great. For those wanting to have a go yourselves, here is the recipe I used from fellow blogger Glorious Treats http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/2010/03/making-sugar-cookies-recipe-and-tips.html
Then came the cupcakes....Choc Choc, Choc Vanilla, Vanilla Choc, Vanilla Vanilla and Red Velvet - over 200 in total and they all sold well before the finishing time.
Overall I had an amazing morning, it all went like a bit of a blur but it was so much fun and I am filled with ideas for the next one!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The two tiers of this cake were chocolate mud and white chocolate mud, both filled and iced with delicious chocolate ganache before being covered in fondant.The design of the cake was inspired by the wonderful Inspired by Michelle Cake Designs....I was fortunate enough to travel to Sydney recently to attend one of her classes, it was a fantastic day, and a great experience to meet Michelle as she has been such an inspiration for me.
Monday, October 31, 2011
The cake was a triple layer chocolate mud cake filled and iced with chocolate ganache, then covered in fondant before being decorated with (all first attempts) a full fantasy flower, high heels and handbag all hand modelled from flower paste.
I wanted to add some feathers to give it a bit more of a "facinator" look, but couldn't decide where to put them....and also ended up running out of time.
The cake was a big hit with the ladies, and a fun night was had by all :)
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The cake was a dark chocolate mud cake bottom tier, white chocolate middle tier, and marbled white and dark chocolate mud cake for the top tier.
The ribbon was navy blue to match the bridesmaids, and the bows at the back of the cake matched the bows on the invitations.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
It was my first attempt at making the topsy turvy style cake, and it took a lot longer than I thought, but I was really happy with the result. Inside the cake was a 7" chocolate mud cake, stacked 3 layers high, then carved to create the mad hatter style.
I have a two tiered version of this cake to make later this month and after making this I am really looking forward to it (but a little bit scared as to how long it is going to take me).
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I have been eyeing off these beautiful glass candy jars for a while now, and finally while on holidays I found this beautiful one in a lovely little gift shop in Airlie Beach.
As soon as I got home I just had to whip up something to fill it. I can't believe that I have never made melting moments before, they are so quick and easy...and yummy!!!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
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Monday, August 1, 2011
A really good friend of mine makes coconut cake all the time, and I have wanted to give one a go for a while, so although I didn't use her recipe, yesterday I baked my very first coconut cake. I cut it into 3 layers and after doing some googling as to which filling flavours compliment, I decided to go with 1 just filled with swiss meringue buttercream, and the other with lemon curd (my favourite). I also tried a new swiss meringue buttercream recipe, which I was really happy with....finally!
As for decorating my coconut cake, I fell in love with this ruffle cake design here, well actually I fell in love with everything in this picture, but especially the ruffle cake, which is actually a Martha Stewart cake design. Anyway, I didn't have the right tip to do this exact design, but I really like the effect that I got from the tip I used anyway (Tala #11). It is quite different, but effective in it's own way. I added the fondant rose to give it a more romantic look.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I have had so many friends ask me how I make my cakes, so here is a sneak peek at what I have been working on the last couple of days. This cake is for my eldest son's 11th birthday. I could not seem to come up with any ideas or designs for this cake, I think sometimes you can just over think these things. I wanted to try something I hadn't done before, and was tossing up between a double barrel and topsy turvy...obviously the double barrel won.
It is two 7 inch chocolate mud cakes filled with chocolate ganache before being covered in white fondant. I then used a ribbon cutter (bottom left) to cut red and blue fondant stripes. These are attached using a tiny bit of water to get them to stick.
I am still contemplating what decorations to add, but I think I will keep it fairly simple....stay tuned I will post a picture on Monday of the finished product.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
My very first baby shower cake was a bit of a rush job, but I am really happy with the fondant pram I made to top the vanilla butter cake. It was based on a similar design I saw somewhere on Flickr, which I can't seem to find to give credit - sorry.
|1 dozen chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache|
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I must admit, I always thought they were a bit silly, and required way too much effort, but now... I am hooked, and will definitely be making them again.
Oooh, I forgot to mention that the photo was taken in my new photo light tent!!!! I can't wait to put a cake in there!