Autumn Cake Update

15 10 2012

A quick picture roundup of cakes I’ve done over the last few months. I’m just coming to the end of a self imposed cake break of a month and I’m ready to get back into the kitchen. I will also get the competition up on the blog that I promised many weeks ago! I’m such a bad blogger!

First up is a fun Adidas themed cake for a 40th birthday. A friend on twitter was asking if anyone could make a trainer cake and I put forward my information and the lovely Gill contacted me to describe the surprise she had planned for her husbands 40th birthday. She sent me some pictures of his favourite Adidas trainers and I researched to find some close up images. As these were the focal point of the whole cake I wanted to be as detailed as I could. I also knew he would be scrutinising the detail as he owns so many pairs of this brand. The shoes are fondant covered rice crispie treats, all the detail is fondant or edible paint.

The majority of my cakes are for family and friends and they are always kind with their comments. Despite believing that they wouldn’t lie to me about my abilities there’s always an edge of self doubt that they might just be saying nice things because they know me personally. I welcome all nice comments but there’s something different about someone with no obligation telling you how happy they are with their cake. I received the following email from Gill and as I’d had a hard day in the batcave this was such a wonderful end to the day:

“Just want to thank you for the cake, my husband loved it and was most impressed by your attention to detail . I have to say it also tasted as good as it looked, you did a fantastic job and when I’m next in need of a fabulous cake I will know who to call.”

Comments like this make every second of hard work covered in icing sugar late at night worthwhile!

Next we have a celebration cake for a family friend.  Her daughter picked the design and colours and I think she may have chosen every single thing I love to make a truly fun cake that totally epitomises a celebration. The stars are on florist wires inserted into a few cake picks hidden underneath rainbow sprinkles. All decoration is fondant.

Next up is a repeat customer. A friend that I used to work with wanted a cake for her Mother-In-Law’s birthday. It had to be golf themed, include a figure of the birthday girl and the name of her favourite golf course. I’m still learning when it comes to human figures but they do improve each time a try a new one. All decoration is fondant except the cocktail stick flagpole and the card glasses.

Another colleague has ordered a cake from me every year for her son’s birthday and this year was no exception. I love how each year it has been his current favourite childrens TV programme. This time it was Postman Pat. A fun character to make and I’m happy with how it turned out. All decoration is fondant (except Pat’s glasses which are florist wire)

Something a little different than cake. I have been so excited about an event that was due to come to The Odyssey Arena (aka the batcave/ my workplace) for several years: Walking With Dinosaurs. If you ever get a chance to go and see the tour please do not hesitate for one second, it is absolutely worth every penny. We aren’t ashamed to admit that we went without children and thoroughly enjoyed every second of the production. I had seen these moulds a few months ago and knew I had to try and make something Dino themed for the week that Walking with Dinosaurs was here. These chocolates are a mix of dark, milk, orange chocolate and various coloured candy melts.

And finally, a Lime & Coconut loaf that I made for my colleagues. I was itching to make something without chocolate or vanilla. Don’t get me wrong I love both those flavours but I rarely get to make a cake these days that doesn’t incorporate either or both of them. This is a refreshing change, a hint of summer as we enter the cold and dark nights of winter. The recipe can be found here on the collaborative baking blog 52 Weeks of Baking that I participate in.


You need more Kitsch in your life..

17 08 2012

…I prescribe a daily visit to the best Kitsch blog on t’interwebs: The World Of Kitsch Claire is a fab blogger who is wholly dedicated to sharing all things kitsch with her avid readers. She not only finds a wide range of gems online but she lives the Kitsch life on a daily basis as her home is a Kitsch wonderland. Her passion is evident in her daily blogging and tweeting and her love has passed onto her son. I have had the pleasure of making several cakes for her family, a Henry Hoover, Caravan Cake and KFC Cupcakes and I have the honour of being Claire’s go-to cake maker.  Her 3rd anniversary was approaching and I offered to commemorate this occasion with a Kitsch cake. We had discussed a purple unicorn with a rainbow a few months before the date so I knew I wanted to incorporate that. I added some hand painted panels of a few of Claire’s favourite Kitsch things. I was pleased with how it turned out and she was kind enough to feature it on her blog.

The cake is chocolate with white chocolate buttercream, all decoration is fondant.


28 03 2011

Time for a quick catchup before I have my first ever blog competition!  Baking has taken a back seat recently, I’ve been churning a lot of ideas for potential future treats but putting them into practice has proved difficult. I’ve also been plagued with worries about an impending wedding cake and another secretive baking job that I hope I can divulge a little more about in a few weeks.  I’ve gone through many days filled with doubt at my skills and fear that lack of time means I’ll not develop or adapt to ever advancing ideas out in the baking ether.  I have to rein my brain in and remind myself why I’m doing this….because I love it. A swift kick to remind me that it’s not about anyone else, it’s not about being better than others, it’s not about charging to little or too much, it’s about the love of creating.  I want to always think about bringing a smile to someone’s face with the look and taste of what I create, that’s it.  The rest is just gravy peeps. 

 Onto recent endeavours…

This cake was so much fun to design.  I was told that it had to be penguin themed, that’s it.  I decided a scene would give me greater scope for modelling and I knew I wanted to create a winter wonderland effect with the whole cake rather than just placing a few figures on top of a plain base.  It’s one of the few cakes I’ve finished and thought it actually looks insanely close to how it looked in my head while I was designing it!

All the toppers are fondant; the igloo is rice crispie treats covered in fondant. The trees were made with my mini star cutters and I trimmed a few to make them graduated a little at the top.  The ‘water’ in the fishing hole is a little royal icing tinted blue and poured into a dip created in the top of the cake.  I’m committing a cardinal sin by stating that I can’t remember what the cake inside is!  I think it might be vanilla but I’m not really sure!

These cupcakes were whipped up at the last minute to bring into work for St. Paddy’s Day.  I got it into my head that I wanted to make something bright to cheer everyone up and St Pat was a great excuse to make rainbows and pots of gold. The cupcakes were a basic vanilla tinted green and the frosting was the divine white chocolate buttercream.  This buttercream has become my new favourite and will be adorning most of my future cupcakes.  It firms up beautifully, it’s not greasy and tastes sweet with a lovely creamy kick from the added chocolate.  

All the toppers are fondant.  I used a mini heart cutter to make my Shamrocks, very simply adding a stem and sticking them together with a little water.

The rainbows were made by rolling thin lengths of different colours, sticking them with water then rolling them thin with my mini rolling pin and cutting them to size.

The pots are balls of black fondant, a small disc flattened on top with a mound of yellow on top. I rolled a few smaller balls of yellow and flattened them onto the large yellow mound then painted the whole thing with some gold lustre dust. 

And of course I had to tint the cupcakes green, it’s almost mandatory when it comes to St Patrick’s Day baking.

Be sure to check out my next post for my first ever competition!