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post #16 of 35
Originally Posted by LizzieAylett View Post

After a break for a few weeks with a nasty chest infection, I made a cake for fun.  Well, it suited me, and my husband had been joking at work about the quality of the cake provided for a colleague's leaving do - and was challenged to provide a better one icon_smile.gif  So I got to do a fancier cake the way that I wanted to, and he got the chance to prove his point!

It's a chocolate cake with chocolate orange buttercream, decorated with sugarpaste ruffles and roses.

Roses and ruffles. Chocolate cake filled with chocolate orange buttercream and decorated with sugarpaste roses and vertical ruffles.

Very pretty and delicate!
post #17 of 35

Very nice!  Love the ruffles and roses.  Sometimes white on white just looks so beautiful!

post #18 of 35

Hi everyone! I've been baking macarons this week (trying to get them right!). I'm a bit macaroned out at the moment so am glad to be doing a birthday cake today. I baked and froze an orange cake earlier in the week and also made and froze some chocolate SMBC to fill it with. So they're on the counter defrosting this morning and I'll be filling and decorating them this afternoon. I'm practicing with the petal effect in buttercream - fingers crossed it doesn't look terrible! Lol! It's a belated birthday cake for my 2 older children who had their birthdays at the end of last year but were with their dad for them, so it's party day at our house today :) 


I've also been planning my 5yo's birthday cake for this year. I've done up some sketches so I have a list of things I need to buy. It's not until May, but I want to slowly collect the things I need, so am getting a head start. 


Gerle, I hope your 12 inch works out today! I've had one of my cakes sink on me this week (it's gluten free so who knows what's wrong with it, lol) so I've been trying to get that right. I think I'm going to try increasing the flour and see how it goes. 


LizzieAylett - your cake it lovely!!! I love the ruffles and your flowers are beautiful. 

post #19 of 35

It is my birthday and my daughter's birthday today, so I spend last night making cupcakes.  It's a magic themed party so the cupcake toppers are bunnies in hats.  I will post pictures! I am tired, party prep is hard work!!

post #20 of 35
You know, I could actually use some feedback on this valentine's set I designed. I am thinking that I need to make the little flowers a mix of yellow and white to make the color scheme more cohesive. What do you think?

post #21 of 35

Ok, I rebaked the 12" cakes today.  I baked them at 325 instead of 350, added 1/2 cup extra flour, per cake, and I also doubled the recipe hoping to get enough for both cakes...I did.  Oh....I also used flower nails instead of the heating core.  The cakes baked up great, I even torted them and got 4 nice cake layers.  I have them crumb coated right now and am going to finish them up tomorrow.  I wrote down the changes I made to the recipe so if I ever make a 12" cake using this recipe again, I know what I did this time.  The recipe as written works fine for an 8" or 9", but not the 12.  It turned into a learning experience.


I want to thank everyone who offered their knowledge and assistance.  Without it, I'm not sure I'd be where I am right now with those cakes, so it is greatly appreciated!

post #22 of 35
Glad it worked out, Gerle! icon_smile.gif
post #23 of 35
Thread Starter 

I am so glad everyone posted updates! sorry to hear you had the crud! I have several friends who have had chest infections this winter. Glad you are so much better. The cake is gorgeous! A LOT of work but simply divine!


Nadia...being a party planner I love party days!!! And don't feel weird about planning cakes a few months in advance. I do it every year for my kids...I usually start planning the next year as soon as the present year's cake is done! LOL! This year I have a Twilight cake for my middle daughter turning 30 in late February and a paintball cake for our soon to be 13 year old in April, a Daniel Tiger cake for our grandson in April and a piano cake for our oldest daughter in June. We are waiting on our granddaughter to make up her mind what she wants for her 5th b'day in August but as soon as she decides I'll be sketching! Of course I party plan as well so that starts as early as we decide on the theme! LOL!


Norasmom!! Happy Birthday!!! Can't wait to see what you came up for yourself and your daughter!! And yes, party prep is a whole other world..LOL!


SPC..I adore the ones with the blue stripes...really really like those! The center cookie is adorable too! I know you were hoping for "improvement" but I can't see where they need it. Honestly.



Gerle!! SO happy that the rebake worked!! I have no idea if it was the extra flour, the temp or the nails but whatever it was I'm just glad it all worked and now you have the cake you wanted! Please do post a photo when you are done?


Have a great week everyone! I'll be posting photos next Friday first caking since early December!



post #24 of 35
Hi everyone!! So great to see some fab work! I see this week has been very busy for some people, lot's of birthdays. It was my nieces birthday yesterday and I surprised her with a two tier pillow cake, this was my first time covering a cake in fondant. It was also my first time using ganache and tiering a cake so I was under lots of pressure!! Would love any feedback and suggestions

post #25 of 35
Your cake is beautiful!!!
post #26 of 35
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The cake looks great! The only tips I have is to make sure the ganache is perfectly smooth under the fondant and to make the fondant a bit thicker for a smoother appearance on the pillows and, lastly, whenever your "trim" is supposed to be fabric remember that it never lies straight. Fabric flows so on a cake the fondant needs to roll or fold or something to show that it's fabric. On this particular cake it's the trim only. But that is all being terribly nit-picky and just extras for the next time. I think you did a fantastic job! They are not the easiest of cakes to panel!



post #27 of 35
Thankyou for the tips icon_smile.gif I agree with you. I know I should have created some movement in my trim but I started rushing toward the end ( bad I know ). Working first time with ganache I felt I was alittle out of my depth lol, think I'll use buttercream next time for pillows- much easier to smooth!! Thanks once again for your tips.
post #28 of 35
Thread Starter 

Oh my gosh I HATE that feeling of running out of time and knowing you are sacrificing something just to get it out of the door. The wonderful thing is that we are the only ones to ever notice what didn't turn out exactly how we wanted it to or what we had to leave off of our design due to time. We see what it should have been and they see what it is...and they are overjoyed! We are SO hard on ourselves! 

post #29 of 35
I couldn't have said it better!
post #30 of 35

Here are my Magic cupcakes.  Little bunnies in hats.  The colors of the party were pink, purple and black.  I took the inspiration from pictures on CC.  Cat, I don't know how you do party planning.  I am so tired right now.  Cleaning up was so easy though, throwing away plastic plates and tablecloths is fun.   If I ever make these cupcake toppers for a client they will be $6.50 each.  They were the most time-consuming toppers I've ever made.  Gumpaste roses are far easier!



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