Stunning wedding cake for a very special couple

I had the pleasure of making the wedding cake for Addie and Ian’s special day.

We worked hard to come up with the perfect design that fit within their budget and that also provided them with plenty of cake to share with their wedding guests.

The bottom tier was vanilla sponge with a vanilla buttercream filling and the top tier was a delicious lemon sponge with a lemon buttercream filling.  Covered in ivory icing, decorated with handmade sugar craft roses and ribbon.  My friend Lou Lou baked the top tier as part of their wedding gift as Addie is a good friend of hers.  I love team work on cakes 🙂

Photo courtesy of Geoff Salisbury Photography

Photo Geoff Salisbury Photography


I have been doing some research on fondant as I have been using Massa Ticino sugarpaste for wedding cakes which is rather expensive but does give a beautiful finish and it lovely to work with.  Lots of people recommend Couture as a cost effective and still very good alternative.  Using this would mean I could bring the price of the cake down a little.

It was nice to work with and better than your supermarket brands but no way near as good as Massa Ticino so I will be continuing to use that for all future wedding cakes. At least I have done some research and can justify the cost 😄

Addie and Ians wedding cake 2 tier pale green and ivory roses (4)

Addie and Ians wedding cake 2 tier pale green and ivory roses (3)

Guardians of the Galaxy birthday cake.

3 months of house work has meant no cake blogging, some time for a catch up!!

 

For anyone who has watched Guardians of the Galaxy will probably have also fallen in love with Groot!  When I was asked to make a Groot themed cake I was very happy to say yes!

 

I wanted to keep the cake design simple and decided to cover it in blue icing with stars, however instead of cutting out stars and sticking them on I decided to try spray painting them using edible spray paint.  I set up a spray area using a cardboard box as you will find when using these sprays that it does get everywhere!

 

I am groot guardians of the galaxy birthday cake (3)

 

I cut out a circle of paper with stars cut out of it and placed it on top of the cake, with a coller placed around the cake with more stars cut out of it.  I then placed the cake in the spray area and sprayed away!  It turned out ok for the first go.  I somehow may need to get the paper a little tighter around the cake to sharpen up the stars but I was really happy with how it turned out.

 

I am groot guardians of the galaxy birthday cake (2)

I had so much fun modelling Groot out of icing and since the cake has all been eaten Groot has sat in the birthday boys fridge so he can be seen everytime they open it for something!

I am groot guardians of the galaxy birthday cake (1)

Trolls and teddy bears

 

Fabulously bright and colourful teddy bear’s picnic cake for a 40th birthday, although no mention of 40 on the cake which made the birthday girl very happy!!

The family of bears were made out of Fimo so they could be kept forever and put on display alongside an impressive bear collection.  The bears were made to represent the birthday girl’s family.  The picnic was all made from fondant and all edible.

 

This was a 10″ vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling.

Teddy bear's picnic
Teddy bear’s picnic

teddy bears picnic cake for Ruth (3)

 

This Poppy the Troll cake was made from a tall 6″ round chocolate sponge cake with chocolate buttercream filling.  Poppy was made from homemade rice crispie marshmellow treats and covered in fondant.

 

Poppy the troll
Poppy the troll

Last few cakes made at Mill Lane

The Hours of Fun kitchen is now closed for a few weeks as we move house. Here is one of the last few cakes made in this kitchen.  I will be sad to say goodbye as this kitchen has been fantastic and has been home to lots of amazing cakes and where I have spent many hours learning new skills and trying new techniques.

 

 

A special birthday Disney cake

I was asked to make a very special birthday cake for an 18th birthday celebration.  The birthday girl is a big fan of Disney and in particular Beauty and the Beast.  Google images is a fantastic place to go for cake inspiration.  When searching for Beauty and the Beast cake ideas a lot of them are bright and colourful, with models of the various characters, however it was decided the cake needed to be a little more sophisticated and grown up with it being for an 18th.   Inspiration was taken from a black and white design that the customer had seen with a stunning red rose as the cake topper.  The design was agreed with the quote provided for the top of the cake.

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

The cake was an 8” red velvet sponge cake with vanilla buttercream filling and covered in white fondant icing.  Beauty and the Beast were drawn on the front of the cake using an edible black ink pen.  This cake design would have benefited from an airbrush, as creating the smudged look surrounding the drawn design was tricky using black edible ink and a sponge.  An airbrush kit is on my wish list but it is likely to be a little while before I can invest in one unfortunately!  The quote was written onto a piece of icing, again using the edible black ink pen and placed next to the beautiful red rose.  The rose was made from red fondant mixed with Tilo powder with green wire and florist tape used for the stem.  I love making flowers so I really enjoyed making this cake topper.  I have a order coming up at the end of the month which is a cake covered in flowers which I am super excited about making!

megans-18th-birthday-cake-beauty-and-the-beast-1 megans-18th-birthday-cake-beauty-and-the-beast-3

Fabulous handmade cakes by Hours of Fun!

A few more cakes to catch up on before we become all about Christmas!  First up is a special birthday cake made for a 30th celebration.  This cake was a 2 tier chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream filling.   Each tier was decorated with printed photographs of the birthday girl, they were printed onto icing and backed with a black icing boarder.  The cake topper was a guitar made out of Fimo modelling clay with shooting stars coming out the top.  The birthday girl is a massive Stereophonics fan so the guitar was styled on a Gibson SG which is one of the guitars Kelly Jones is known for.

 

liannes-30th-birthday-photo-music-and-guitar-1

This cake was so much fun to make and I got to use my musical notes mould for the design.  I also loved the opportunity to make another cake topper out of Fimo which will be a forever keepsake for the birthday girl to remind her of her special day and birthday cake.

liannes-30th-birthday-photo-music-and-guitar-2

Next up is a cake for a crossword lover and Liverpool FC fan.  This cake was a 10” vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling.  Decorated to look like a table covered in a table cloth.  On the top of the cake there was a partly completed crossword puzzle and pen with a cup of coffee, with the mug decorated with a liver bird Liverpool Football Club design.

liverpool-fc-and-crossword-puzzle-birthday-cake

I loved making the table cloth for this cake, decorating the pink cover with daisies cut out of white icing, then using the same daisy cutter to emboss onto the white piece of table cloth.  The crossword puzzle was printed onto edible rice paper and the pen and cup were made from fondant icing.  If doing this cake again I think I would get the crossword printed out onto icing rather than rice paper as I think printed icing gives a better finished look than printed rice paper.

Last up are cupcakes decorated with printed photographs for the birthday boy.  The birthday boy’s wife sent over a selection of photographs she wanted to include and I ordered them online to be printed onto icing from EdiblePrints.  The quality of the photographs sent over was good, when they are printed onto icing they do lose a little of the quality but still looked fabulous.  The cupcakes were made up of two flavours – lemon and vanilla and they smelt delicious when all displayed in the box together.  Each cupcake was decorated with a swirl in buttercream then topped with a circle of black icing, with the edible photograph on top.

photo-cupcakes-for-clarkees-birthday

A few more delicious, made to order cakes

It has been so busy in the Hours of Fun kitchen we still have lots of cakes to share with you.  Here are three very different cakes made for three birthdays.

 

First up a cake for a karaoke loving birthday girl celebrating her 80th birthday.  Dressed in a gorgeous gold dress singing her heart out.  The cake topper was made from FIMO (oven baked modelling clay) and came with a box for it to be kept in as a forever keepsake.

The cake was a vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling, covered in fondant with wires curled to shoot out the top of the cake with edible stars.

karaoke-singing-birthday-cake-1

 

Next up was a special cake for a little girl celebrating her 4th birthday.  This little girl was involved in the designn and after a few changes of theme and flavour it was decided to go for Sofia the First and chocolate sponge with chocolate filling.  Sofia the first and Clover were non-edible cake toppers which the birthday girl could keep and play with after all the cake had been eaten up.

Due to the size of the cake toppers a last minute change to the design was made, which the customer was happy to go with.  As this included a extra tier of cake for no extra charge I did a vanilla sponge as the birthday girl had been torn between the two flavours!  This was an elegant cake for a beautiful birthday girl.

sofia-the-first-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last up was a cake for a super gorgeous little boy turning 2 and he loves the Twirlywoos and he was getting the big red boat for his birthday.  The cake was a vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream shaped into the big red boat.  I modelled the Twirlywoo characters out of fondant and was super proud that the three quacky ducks perched on top of the boat stayed in place as this is often the challenge when modelling cake toppers from fondant for display on a cake!  I really enjoyed making this cake as it was so colourful and fun.

twirlywoos-cake-for-idris

 

 

 

Cupcakes for all occasions

There has been a flurry of cupcakes orders received at Hours of Fun over the last few weeks.  Cupcakes for Teachers, Olympic parties, Maternity leave, Birthdays and Hen Parties.

First up we have Olympic rings and medals topping a vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream.  Helping to celebrate the end of the Olympics at an office party.

olympic-cupcakes-3

I love buying new cake equipment and tools and these order gave me the perfect excuse to buy a new mould.  This mould is full of super cute baby items which I used to top these Vanilla, Red Velvet and Chocolate cupcakes.

baby-mould

Maternity leave baby cupcakes

Thank you gifts for Teachers at the end of the year can be tricky; you may want to stick to a budget, try to buy them something different or leave it so late it ends up being a last minute panic.  Cupcakes are a lovely way to say thank you and come in a box with a handmade tag that the child can write themselves.  We can do any flavour and also offer a gluten free cupcakes for anyone with a gluten allergy.

Teacher cupcakes

I’ve had a few hen do cake orders however this was the first time I had been asked for rude ones!  You know what this meant – time for a new mould!!  These were a lot of fun to make and when delivered to the customer’s work place, they caused a big discussion and attracted a lot of attention!  The cake toppers were made from fondant and placed on top of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, some of the toppers were even chocolate flavoured!!

Hen do cupcakes

Birthday cupcakes come in all shapes and sizes.  These were lemon and vanilla cupcakes with photos printed on to sheets of icing as the toppers.  Printing onto edible icing or rice paper is a fabulous way to personalise a cake.

Birthday photos

Last up with have bright and colourful daisy cupcakes.  A mixture of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes baked in cases decorated with daisies.  Two different colours were piped together to create the striking swirl with a fondant daisy placed on top.    These were ordered as a leaving gift at work.

Rainbow cupcakes

Cupcakes are £1.50 each or buy a box of 12 for £15.00 and are perfect for all occasions.

Catching up on this months fabulous cakes

Wow what a month it has been for Hours of Fun.  It’s been none stop in the kitchen making some fantastic cakes for some amazing people celebrating birthdays, christenings, new babys, brides to be and more.  Alongside this Hours of Fun has been working with Karen’s Little Kitchen to be part of September’s Gin Explorer box.

 

First up are 2 christening cakes that I was asked to make.  One for a little girl and one for a little boy.  Christening cakes are always fun to make as they are colourful and cute with fun cake toppers.

pink-and-purple-2-tier-christening-cake-with-baby-booties-2

This was a 2 tier vanilla sponge with jam and vanilla buttercream filling.  Covered in pink and white icing decorating with stripes and icing balls.  Everything is edible except the super cute cake topper.  The baby booties are handmade by Hours of Fun out of felt with button decorations.  This are a gorgeous keepsake and can be worn too or simply put on display.

The baby booties are made to order and can include names or initials to personalise them.  Get in touch if you want to order a pair, they are £10 and come with a clear box for you to keep them in.  You can order them with a cake or on their own.

 

Blue christening cake with train topper

This cake is a 10″ lemon sponge with lemon curd and buttercream filling.  Made for a very special little boy getting christened.  I’ve had the pleasure of making lots of cakes for this family and this has to be one of my favourite.  The cute train cake topper is made from fondant with the clouds of smoke coming out the top being made from flowerpaste attached to wires.

The cubes with the name on are surprisingly tricky to make.  It takes some patience and lots of smoothing and shaping to get them into a cube with edges and corners.  I love using bunting on cakes and for this cake I used a little fondant mixed with water to pipe the string for the flags to hang from.

 

The birthday girl’s favourite Roald Dahl book as a cake!

It was my sister in law’s sister’s birthday party and it wasn’t just any old birthday party, it was to celebrate her turning 40 so a super duper cake was required.  We had a chat about themes and ideas and my sister in law suggested The Twits as that was the birthday girl’s favourite book as a child.   Without any hesitation I jumped on this idea as it sounded like so much fun to make.

 

The party was a surprise, so in secret we swapped messages as we both did a little research and remembered how fantastic the book is with so many fabulous things in it that we could include on the cake.

I baked a square 8″ lemon sponge and shaped it into a rectangle so it was now a book shape.  I ordered some printing from eat my face who are super quick and efficient at edible printing, this was to be used as the book cover.  I haven’t used rice paper for this type of edible printing before as I have always had the printing done on fondant.  It is good to experiment and I was keen to see how it worked.  If doing it again I would probably choose a book cover to be printed on icing as the rice paper has a tendency to curl up slightly at the edges, so doesn’t want to lie flat.  To combat it’s desire to curl I made a thin border out of strips of icing to frame the printed rice paper sheet and keep it in place.

I baked a 6″ lemon sponge cake which came out with a slight dome where it had risen – this was the perfect shape for a pie, I didn’t have to do anything to it other than slice it to layer it with buttercream.  I then covered it in coloured icing, which I then painted with liquid brown food colouring to give texture and colour.  I crimped the edges using a crimper tool.  I made birds legs from flower paste and left them to go hard overnight.  I then made a few holes in the top of the pie and slotted the legs into place – this created a fabulous Roly-Poly bird pie which I then placed on the board next to the book.

 

 

The Twits

This cake was so much fun to make and the birthday girl loved it.  I wasn’t there when she cut into it, but I had requested they got a photo of her eating the pie!!

Roly-Poly bird pie

eating pie

A Technics Deck birthday cake for a superstar DJ!

I had the pleasure of making a birthday cake for DJ Seb Fontaine at the weekend.  It was quickly decided that the cake should be a Technics turn table with the record playing being Fiji – Seb’s signature tune which we all love to hear him play in a club.

 

I was really looking forward to making this cake as I have made a couple of record players and when you get the chance to make a cake design more than once you get to make improvements, step it up a little and challange yourself.

I decided this time the cake needed to be raised up from the board so the design could include feet and I was keen to use Mikado mint chocolate sticks again for the needle arm as this had worked really well last time.

Seb Fontaine DJ Technics turntable birthday cake (8)

The cake was a vanilla sponge with buttercream filling baked as a 8″ square and shaped into a rectangle.  It was covered in black icing.  I used homemade marshmellow rice crispies to make a small platform for the record to sit on and the feet for the record player, these were covered in black icing.  I commited to putting individual tiny silver balls on the cake that looked fab, but as soon as I started I realised I had a very fidly and repetative task ahead!

 

We presented the cake to Seb just as he started his set at Voom at The Studio in Nantwich.  Happy birthday Seb.  Hope you enjoyed eating the cake and thanks for playing for us on Friday 🙂

Seb Fontaine DJ Technics turntable birthday cake (1)

 

Seb Fontaine DJ Technics turntable birthday cake (6) Seb Fontaine DJ Technics turntable birthday cake (5)

 

Alouis 30 Oct 08 record player decks
Made back in 2008 before I had completed my  cake courses

 

Record player
Record player – made last year