Baby I’m back…

23 05 2012

So my self imposed hiatus is over. I’ve no idea if anyone is still hanging in there with me and my sporadic (aka practically non-existent) posting on this blog but if you are still out there, thanks for reading!

My break from baking did give me some breathing room and allow me to relax a little but I don’t seem to have got the million other tasks done that I was hoping for! Then again, the point was to chill out a little and get back on an even keel and I’d say that I’ve done that. I have a better attitude towards future cake jobs and I think I’ve discovered a little about my strengths and weaknesses when taking on new baking tasks.

I’m posting a few pics of work I’ve done since my hiatus ended. There are a few cakes and also some personal baking. I wish I had more time for attempting any baking that isn’t a decorated cake but alas that doesn’t seem to happen as often as I’d like.

First up is a toy box cake for a 3rd birthday. I completely fell in love with this toybox. I almost didn’t add the toys and books but obviously that didn’t happen. The birthday girl was very happy to see her favourite teddy, handbag and books surrounding her cake. I hear she also enjoyed the tasty cake too. I love to hear from clients that the recipient loves their cake. It’s really what makes it all worthwhile.

In between making some more decorated cakes I tried my hand at a few non-cake baking. I attempted Ice Cream cupcakes for the first time. They were fun, if a little awkward to construct. I also finally mastered Choc Chip pancakes, adding the raspberry puree makes you feel virtuous and gives them a sharp bite. I made this amazing triple raspberry chocolate mousse cake from Hungry Happenings I used the triple chocolate layer bar from Choccywoccydoodah that the wife bought for me. It was a lengthy process but well worth it for a special occasion.  

Next up is a Sweet 16 cake. The birthday girl was very specific about what she wanted and showed me a pic that turned out to be from one of my favourite cake artists: Pink Cake Box. I had to change the colours around a little as my version was only 3 tiers but I love the contrast of zebra print on hot pink. You can’t really tell from the pics but there was edible glitter over each tier.

This anenome cake was an order from a twitter friend. The first time I met her in person was when she ordered her first cake from me last year. This was a coffee with mocha coffee buttercream and the criteria was blue and green with flowers. I decided to keep it simple and I’m glad I did as I love the stark contrast between the colours. This was the first time I’d tried anenomes, I took some liberties but I like how they turned out. Everything is edible except the stamens.

And finally we have my Jubilee Cake. My parents are both part of our local resident community association and were able to get funding to host a Jubilee Street Party in collaboration with the local YMCA. I made 120 cupcakes, 5 large coffee & walnut cakes, 5 large Victoria Sponges and this chocolate celebration cake. I decided to base the design on the official logo for the Diamond Jubilee. I love the clean lines and how the colours pop against the white. All the baking went down a storm at the party and it was a good way to meet people from our area that I’d not met before.




4 responses

13 06 2012
Siobhán (@callsignsam)

That pink one is INSANE, and also awesome. How long does something like that TAKE?

14 06 2012

Thank you 🙂 I tend to space out a big cake over several nights. I made the bow and shooting stars a few weeks before then coloured all the fondant in advance. Then baked the cakes over 1 or 2 nights and filled and chilled them the next night, then covered them all in fondant and put it together over one night and the next morning. I have to work around my full time job so it tends to take 3 or 4 nights for a big cake with some fondant work in advance.

22 06 2012

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better or more succinct description of the power of social networking– as you said, there’s the ups of a well-reacted comment on FB or twitter, and then there’s the downs when there’s no reaction at all. I think that’s a big part of why I gave up FB specifically– I didn’t like the feeling of my worth based on whether or not people liked my latest “funny” status update.

Thank you so much for the comment! You put everything I was thinking into words.

22 06 2012

It’s such an odd world yet so unbelievably easy to get caught up in the infinite loop of posting & waiting for the responses on every platform. I commend you for having the strength to cut yourself off from enough of the craziness to lead your life in the real world. I only hope I can attempt to find the balance for myself again.

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