Cakes Galore

3 08 2010

Since I jumped back on the baking wagon after my exam imposed exile I have been swamped with cakes.  It’s a tough balancing act with work and the rest of the mundane tasks that suck up all your time outside of work.  I’ve enjoyed some of the new skills I’ve had to employ though and am relishing trying new things and look forward to the different designs I have yet to create in the coming weeks.

This is pretty much a picture post with just a quick description of the cake designs.

Check out the rest of the pics after the jump….

Engagement cake for my cousin & her fiance. It’s a funfetti cake with vanilla cream and raspberry filling.  The football is rice crispie treats covered in fondant and the shoe is fondant with edible sparkles.  This was my first attempt at a shoe and I learnt a lot, especially when it comes to supports & drying times.  It was supposed to look a lot more modern but it ended up being a little too wedding-like in style.  I hope I can improve a lot on the next one. 

This cake was a very last minute design.  Made at the same time as the engagement cake I was wary of having enough time to complete both.  As my cousin is a huge music/ dance fan I wanted something based on that theme but I couldn’t think of anything that would fit and not take too long to construct.  I came up with the simple black and white notes idea and a silhouette of her classic guitar which she has just started learning in the last 6 months (and she is already fabulous)  She just has music in her soul.  This cake is a checkerboard vanilla and chocolate with vanilla cream filling & all fondant decoration.  (See my next post for a step by step checkerboard tutorial!)  As it was a little rushed I had lots of breakages with the notes, various parts being too large for the size of cake and a nightmare time with the stave, my piping skills are severely lacking and need a lot of practice!

This huge cake was my very own 30th birthday cake.  It was a labour of love, took ages to make and there were a million things I wasn’t happy with about it!  The colour scheme was a difficult choice for me.  I couldn’t think of the right combination so I asked a friend what colour best summed me up or described me and she said black.  I wanted a bold contrast colour and the wife suggested orange as it tied in with my ginger hair.  I know this combo tends to make people think of Halloween but I liked the colours.  I could go on for weeks about the visible lumps & bumps, the wonky piping and troubles with stars and fondant but I’m not going to get into the details here.  Suffice to say I’m always nitpicking my work, it all tasted divine and no one else thought it had as many flaws as I thought.  The bottom tier was devils food chocolate with vanilla cream, middle tier was banoffee and the top tier was a tiny vanilla cake with vanilla cream and raspberry filling.  All fondant decoration.

And finally, possibly my favourite cake ever.  This dragon cake was another last minute design, this time for my mother-in-law.  She loves fantasy & mythical creatures and last year I made her a wizard owl cake for her birthday.  I chose Debbie Browns Magical Cakes book again for this cake.  Her instructions are so straightforward, her pictures are brilliant and the final cakes cannot fail to amaze.  I have 4 of her books and love every single design. Whether you’re a beginner or have been decorating for years her work is unbelievably inspiring.  The cake is a simple vanilla cake with vanilla cream & raspberry filling.  The dragon body is rice crispie treats, the rest of the decoration is fondant.  There is a light dusting of sunny gold lustre dust along the top of the dragon.  I surprised myself with how quickly I finished this cake.  I made the dragon in about 2 and half hours one night, made, filled & applied the lettering and dragon in about 4 hours on another night.  This is one cake I’ll definitely be making again.    

And the cake madness doesn’t stop there, I have another 3 or 4 cake orders over the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to attempting my very first snooker table design & a set of decks.  I love that people are always looking for something different and unique, it makes it much more interesting for me and I learn so much in the process.

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