Minecraft Tnt Cake
For my son's 7th birthday. The cake was baked in a 7" tin, and is comprised of four chocolate cakes filled with ganache and raspberry jam. Ganached on the outside too, then mostly fondant decorations, except for the letters, which are all modelling chocolate. I painted the red accents on the sides with dry powdered food colouring. Inspiration from the talented Custom Cakery.
Peppa Pig Cake
Peppa Pig cake for my son's 6th Birthday. Most of the decorations were made out of modelling chocolate, sooooo much easier to work with than fondant/gumpaste. They often mention strawberry cake on Peppa Pig, so that's what my son wanted. But there really aren't a lot of strawberry cake recipes out there which aren't flavoured with jelly. I eventually found one which used a LOT of fresh strawberries, but the texture was pretty dense. I think there's a reason why there aren't a lot of strawberry flavoured cake recipes out there.
Baby Shower Cookies
Made these for a friend who was having her first wee baby. My apologies, I can't remember whose photo I got the inspiration from as I made them nearly two years ago.
Easter Bunny Cookies
Design is from Sugarbelle’s blog, for my son to give to his teachers and friends :)
Pink Monster Cake
Elisa Strauss design from the cover of her book Confetti Cakes. My son’s favourite colour was pink when I made this, so a pink monster was in order!
Deisgn by the extremely talented Lisa of 'Sweet Disposition Cakes', my first double barrel attempt.
Lightning McQueen from Cars, created using Ann Reardon's tutorial from 'How to Cook That'. Well worth buying the template, made life so much easier! The logo on the car is coloured using powdered food colouring, and the logo on the board says 'Case', the little boys name (printed on paper).
My friend chose this design from a book for her daughter's birthday. A bit of a rush job, but her daughter loved it :)
Gruffalo Themed Party
For my son’s fourth birthday :) The wall decorations were designed by my fabulous friend who really should get paid to do this stuff, so creative! So were the invitations, which I love love loved. The gruffalo pictured was from ‘pin the wart on the Gruffalo’. As you can see all the food was themed, those who know the story will recognise own ice-cream, gruffalo crumble, roasted fox etc. It was unfortunate that I was running a bit behind (due to cutting off the tip of my finger while cutting out decorations!!) so I wasn’t moving as fast as I should have been, and didn’t get all the food out in time. The boys arrived and attacked!! So a couple of mothers held them back while I snapped a photo, lol So much fun to do, I love themed parties!!!
I was running very short on time, so this was just a simple design for my friend's daughter's fourth birthday party. Sadly I can't pipe to save myself, so the web was extruded.... took ages! I could have popped off and taken a Wilton class in that time, then come back and piped it!
Was very short on time for this one, but was excited to have a go at modelling chocolate for the first time. I loved it! My brother loves poker and pig hunting, so in case you can't tell he's playing poker with his hunting dog in the bush while the boar watches from the bushes.
My friend wanted me to make a zombie themed cake for her 30th birthday. She loves the Japanese culture, and is fond of a Japanese teddy bear called 'Rilakkuma'. Hence the teddy bear zombie cake! He's made of caramel and coffee mudcake with dark chocolate ganache. The ears, legs, arms and tail are made of RKT. The brain cupcakes are vanilla, filled with raspberry/lemon curd and topped with raspberry IMBC. The armature inside the cake was my first go at something like this, exciting! I initially started buying plumbing pieces, but they were too big, we can't get small ones here in NZ. Then luckily Mike McCarey released his Craftsy tutorial, just in time, woohoo!! Which I haven't watched fully yet due to lack of time, but I went to the bits about armature and watched those to give me ideas. Yay for Mike McCarey!! His car DVD is totally worth buying too, the man's amazing. The whole exercise was expensive, but so much fun. Especially as my lovely friend Nina came over for the last two nights and was my cake slave to help me get to bed before sun-up :) And we had so much fun doing little bite marks on his arms, ears, butt etc. Oh, and we got to use our blow-torches at last!!
Square Topsy Turvy Flower Wedding Cake
A wedding cake for my hubby's old school friend, heavily inspired by Rebecca Sutterby, who kindly gave me her dimensions for carving. This bad boy weighed 25kg, there was a lot of chocolate in it! This cake was a bit of a heart-breaker for me. It's a white chocolate & Kahlua mud cake with white chocolate ganache. The weather was so hot and humid the nights I covered and decorated it, the chocolate under the fondant melted and wreaked havoc with the fondant, as you can see! Well you know what they say, cover it with a flower. The design is a bit far off from the original plan! Thank goodness I had a lovely friend come over and help me make more flowers the night before the wedding, life-saver!
I Was Lucky Enough To Attend A Class With Michelle Rea Who Is Fabulous Btw This Was Her Christmas Bauble Class Where The Skill Set Tau
I was lucky enough to attend a class with Michelle Rea (who is fabulous btw!). This was her Christmas Bauble class, where the skill-set taught is obviously making a top-heavy cake which can then be applied to other designs. It was so much fun, loved it, want to do it again!
Converse Chuck Taylor Shoe
A replica of our nieces favourite pair of shoes, including her purple laces which she loves. I replaced the 'Chuck Taylor' words on the logo with 'Rosie Pie', her nickname. This is made up of three 12x6" chocolate mud-cakes sandwiched together with raspberry jam like Frankenstein's foot. Covered in ganache, then white chocolate fondant.
Just a wee cake for my Mum's 60th birthday. I didn't have enough time to do her full justice. Around the sides of the cake I put representations of things about her, such as gardening, travel, sewing etc.
Fairy Princess Matilda's Cake
My dear friends daughter turned three, and requested either a doll, a monster, or a yellow truck. I've never done a girly cake and always wanted a doll cake myself as a child, so it was no contest! I found this design in Artisan Cakes flickr photostream and thought it was adorable. It took 176 petals! They were made out of a modelling chocolate/fondant mix, which was quite fiddly to work with as it was soft and hard to get the ruffle on each petal. I had thought it would be easy as I've done it before for roses, but had forgotten that I was using gumpaste for the roses, which would obviously be a bit gross to eat on a little girls cake.
Thomas The Tank Engine
For my son to take to his creche on his third birthday. Lemon sour cream cake filled with raspberry buttercream. Has anyone else made this cake following Debbie Brown's instructions? There were a few mistakes, the biggest being that she says to bake two 2" tall 8" square cakes, cut them in half and stack. That's four pieces, right? But the instructions after that were for five pieces. By the time I realised it was too late, so I just had to make it up as I went along rather than following her measurements.
Hungry Caterpillar Party
For my son's third birthday party. I made food to represent everything the hungry caterpillar ate (he ate all sorts of fruit, iceream, pickles, cheese, cupcakes, cherry pie, salami... etc!!). Some of the foods (like watermelon) were not available at this time of year, so I substituted them with goodies like the watermelon jelly pictured, mini plum cheesecakes, things like that. Unfortunately my camera died before I could get any more photos, so the only photo I have of the finished party table was taken with a cellphone. The tattoo's I made with temporary tattoo paper, I loved those :) I was lucky enough that my lovely friend Doris did loads of graphics for me. She did signs for all the food (like on the watermelon and bottles), the tattoo layout, the caterpillar in circles etc. This was my first themed party, I was grateful for all your input Doris!
Flower Pot Cake For Mother's Day
For my Mother-In-Law on Mothers Day. Lemon chiffon cake filled with lemon curd and lemon IMBC.