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Carousel Cake

2 Oct

One of my favourite customers ordered this cake for her first grand daughters 1st birthday. Her daughter had a carousel cake for her 1st birthday and they wanted to make this a tradition. I had so much fun making this cake and I have to say that it’s one of my favourites.

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Ruffled Wedding Cake with Pink and White Flowers

5 Apr

I love this cake. It turned out so well especially considering I’ve been on ‘maternity leave’ for the last 6 months.

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Indian Henna Tattoo Cake

11 Feb

Inspired by Indian Henna Tattoos I made this cake for my own birthday.

A Box of Roses

29 May

I recently made this cake for my mother in-laws birthday. My cakes are getting cleaner in appearance, or at least I hope so. The roses took me a week to make, at a couple of hours a night, as my small baby doesn’t like me to put her down. This cake is a caramel mud cake with white chocolate ganache. My sister in-law gave me the black icing as she had some spare from a previous cake she had made. She’s made some great cakes and is just setting up her blog if you would like to check it out.http://www.sammiscakes.blogspot.com/

What did I learn?

To make extra flowers. One of the wires fell out of a flower and I thought it would look alright but it didn’t so I had to push the wire back in. It stayed for as long as I needed it too, but it wouldn’t have been a problem if I had’ve taken the time to make a few extra roses.

My recipe for Caramel Mud Cake was yummy but not as dense as a normal mud cake. The recipe is almost the same as a white chocolate mud cake except for brown sugar instead of castor sugar so if I make the white chocolate mud cake and substitute the sugar it should turn out more dense. I’ll let you know next time I make one.

Fabric and Frills

29 May

I got the inspiration for this cake here http://www.rolledfondant.com/how.htm

I made this in March. It’s a little messy as I had a 5 week old baby at that stage, but still is very effective. I tried a new recipe I found for Swiss Meringue Buttercream icing. It tastes really nice but is too slippery for a really high cake and so the RTR icing just kept sliding off. So in the end I took the top two cakes off and ice the cake in two sections. I’m glad I had been given some ivory fondant as the cake was meant to be white but I wasted so much trying to ice that cake whole I ended up running  out and used the ivory for the frills.

What did I learn?

I need to take ALL the toothpicks out. Even though I warned my Parents in-law that I might have left some in they forgot to pass that on and I thing someone found one.

I also hadn’t added supports so it ended up tilting a little. (That’s what happens when you rush…and don’t have enough sleep, you cut corners)

Don’t used swiss meringue buttercream under the RTR icing on really tall cakes.

Don’t forget to add support to the cake structure.

Get plenty of sleep.

I wouldn’t mind trying this cake again, under different circumstances though.

First present cake

2 May

This is my favourite cake, so far. I loved making the delicate flowers and the colours came together well. The cake was vanilla butter cake with vanilla butter cream icing. The flowers are rose buds, violets, sweet peas, rose leaves and white filler flowers.  Definitely my kind of cake. This is the kind of cake I could make all the time.

What did I learn?

That you never have as many flowers as you think you need. I thought I’d made far too many flowers but I had just enough for the job.

I need to practice my edges, they were a bit too rounded which is not really box-like.

This was my first bow. I need a bit of practice with bows, too.

A New Mother’s Day Tradition

22 Apr

I had seen so many nice handbags that I wanted to try a few. So for Mother’s Day 2009 I made 3. One for my Mother in-law, one for my Aunty in-law and one for myself. I enjoyed making them so much that I’ve decided to do that again this year.

These were made with vanilla butter cake with vanilla butter cream icing then covered in RTR icing.

What did I learn?

I loved making them.

I needed to practice the harder shapes. My mother in-laws cake didn’t quite turn out how I envisioned.

I needed to buy a special tool for the zipper and quilting. I used the end of a pair of tweezers but it would have been quicker with the correct tools.

I need to try some other kinds of cake. Butter cake is nice but I need something more dense and longer lasting for the harder cakes.

I can’t wait for Mother’s Day 2010 to try my hand at some different styled handbags.

Black is hard to make from white icing. Since then I’ve learned that it’s best to start with chocolate RTR icing.