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

Bing Bunny birthday cake for a special 2 year old’s birthday

I was asked to make a Bing Bunny cake which meant it was time to tune in the telly and watch an episode or two – with us not having children I’m not always up to date with the current favourite programmes and love it when a cake theme comes along which I need to research!

This cake was made from a 10″ square vanilla sponge cake with a jam and buttercream filling.  The cake was carved into a shape of bunny, with pieces of icing rolled out and cut to size to create Bing.  I used a piece of netting I have in my cake kit to give texture to Bing’s dungarees.  I love making cakes like this, it would be my preference to shape the cake rather than model something for the top of the cake.

Bing Bunny
Bing Bunny

 

Miniature schnauzer birthday cake for my dad

For my dad’s birthday I knew straight away what cake I wanted to make him, it had to be a miniature schnauzer cake.  Earlier this year they got a dog called Teddy and he is absolutely gorgeous.  He seems very happy in his new home and follows my dad around the house as his shadow.  I was torn between a couple of different designs but decided to do with a 2D dog design (may save the other design for my mum’s birthday next year!)

Whilst visiting my mum and dad I spent ages trying to get a really good picture of Teddy showing his face and the colours and details, however he just wouldn’t stay still and kept trying to get close for a cuddle rather than pose for a photo!

These 2D cakes are really simple to make and are super effective.  I decided to shape the cake a little before covering it in icing, so I carved the bottom in and added cake at the top for his ears, however you can leave the cake round and simply place the design straight on top of it.

Once I had coloured all my icing I then got to work rolling out the colours, cutting out the shapes required and placing them on top of the cake.  I find using a piece of paper and a pencil is best as I can sketch out the shape and size of piece I need, then cut it out and use it as a template for cutting the icing out.

Miniature schnauzer
Miniature schnauzer

When we arrived at my mum and dads for birthday celebrations I was keen to ask everyone who it was meant to be and everyone, including my 4 year old nephew knew it was Teddy – yeay!!

This sponge cake was a no gluten cake and I have finally mastered my no-gluten sponge cake recipe. I was so happy with how it turned out and I will share the recipe on another blog to follow soon.

A special birthday cake for a Westie dog lover

This is an 8” round vanilla sponge cake with Jam and vanilla frosting filling.  Made to order for a Westie lover’s birthday.  The simple design of paw prints was made using black icing and two different size circle cutters.  The paw prints were then placed around the cake, which had been covered in white ready roll fondant.  You can buy cutters and moulds to make paw prints but small circle cutters work really well.

The modelled Westie dog on top was made from white fondant, shaped into a dog and left to harden overnight.  To give the fur effect I used white fondant mixed with a little water to create a paste which can then be piped using a piping bag and a grass nozzle.

The cake was then finished off with a tartan ribbon and a birthday message.

Hours of Fun wishes Julia a fantastic birthday, hope you loved your Westie cake.

Westie cake
Westie cake

the most important, the most beautiful, the most magical… saggy old cloth cat in the whole wide world.

It was Lou Lou’s birthday coming up and time to plan her cake.  For the a couple of years now I had thought about making her a Bagpus cake, but due to different reasons it hadn’t happened yet, this was the year.

She makes such amazing cakes that I wanted to make her a super special cake and as a Bagpus fan it was perfect for her.  I designed it so Bagpus would be sat on his cushion to provide extra cake as I wasn’t sure how big he would end up and I wanted to make sure there was plenty of cake.

I had recently found a tutorial on Facebook and found some images of cakes and stills from the TV series to use as my guide.  He was made from two 8″ square cakes, both vanilla with one of them with pink colouring in which allowed me to stack them up to create a stripped effect inside the cake – a little surprise for Lou Lou when she cut into it!

I stacked the cakes and started to carve and I was happy with how it turned out.  I had a lot of fun adding the design to him, although the piping did test me as I am not the biggest fan and there was a lot to do, especially after I had made my Nephew’s cake which required the full cake to be icing in green to create a football pitch!

Happy Birthday Lou Lou.  I hope you loved your cake and I hope you enjoy eating it and sharing with your friends and colleagues.  You deserve an amazing cake for your birthday and you 100% should not be making it yourself!!

Bagpus
Bagpus

 

 

Cake fun – although not enough hours in the day!

The week before last I had two cakes to make just for fun.  One was for my fantastic brother’s 40th birthday, although I don’t think I have quite accepted that my brother is now 40!  The other cake was to celebrate the arrival of our 3rd niece Anastasia.  We now have three amazing nieces and three amazing nephews and are very lucky to be their Aunty and Uncle.  My brother and Anastasia share the same birthday which makes this day doubly special.

I had the sofa cake due this week along with some jobs to do for my craft business, some cuddling to fit in with Anastasia and towards the end of the week my throat started to feel a little raw so I was on a mission to get to bed early and not get poorly as I had Cake International on the Saturday and did not want to be unwell for that.  This meant time was limited and I ended up having to make sacrifices on the cakes I was making for fun.  This can be frustrating but I find I have to roll with it and not let it bother me and be happy with the cakes I make. I also know my friends and family love the cakes I make for them and would never know things were missing or sacrificed if it wasn’t for me telling them!!!

For my brother I wanted to do something related to outdoor sports as Matthew loves climbing, water sports and anything outdoor with a touch of extreme!  We decided on a climbing wall and sought inspiration from the internet from cakes by others.  The cake was a lot of fun to make.  I baked a vanilla 6″ square cake and a vanilla 8″ square cake, stacked them up with layers of banana buttercream and then carved the shape, making it up as I went along whilst trying to keep as much cake as possible.

My sacrifice for this cake was that I didn’t have the time to model my brother climbing up the wall which would have been the perfect finishing touch to the cake.  I was hoping I may be able to pick something up at the cake show but we didn’t see any modelled figures available to purchase.

Rocking climbing
Rock climbing

The second cake to celebrate the arrival of Anastasia had to be a teddy bear cake.  This was only my second attempt at the teddy bear cake since getting the tin as a present at Christmas from my mum and dad.  I couldn’t find any notes on what size recipe I had used last time so I guessed at an 8″ round however this was not enough and I have since written on the instructions to try an 8″ square next time.  Sadly this teddy bear ended up with only half a paw and some of its bottom missing!

On the instructions for the Wilton tin they have lots of different versions of the bear that you can make including a baby bear wearing a nappy with a rattle and it is super cute.  This was the plan however time ran out and I ended up having to stop once I had covered it in piped buttercream.  I was sad about this but there was nothing I could do about it and the bear still looked cute!  This cake was a lemon sponge with chocolate buttercream – I actually didn’t mean to do this combination I must ask them how it tasted!

I just need another excuse now to bake a bear cake 1. to get the recipe amount right, 2. to pop it in a nappy with a rattle!

Teddy Bear Cake
Teddy Bear Cake