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.

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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.

 

Happy Retirement cake

I was asked to make a retirement cake for a very special person retiring from a working life of helping others, completing her final day at Marie Curie Hospice.  It was an honour to make the cake, and knowing Ana as I do I know she loves cake so would appreicate it on all levels!

I have made a few cakes on a doctor/nurse theme and always enjoy making them.  The cake was shaped as a scrubs top in the colours Ana had to wear at work.  All nursing tops need a nurses watch too, with a pen in the pocket.

The cake was a chocolate sponge with salted caramel buttercream.

Nurses top

Graduation cake, cake to say congratulations

Graduation is a perfect opportunity for cake and it is a lovely way to say congratulations.

This cake was a chocolate sponge with chocolate filling.  The mortar board (graduation cap) was made from a small chocolate sponge cake covered in icing.

When the weather is warm fondant can be tricky to work with as the heat makes it soften.  To keep the shape of the scroll I placed a drinking straw inside it and left it there until delivery was due.  This made sure the fondant set in the shape I wanted even with the warm weather.

 

graduation cake
graduation cake

Free Cakes for Kids Liverpool – supporting an amazing cause and having fun doing it!

I wanted to give an update on the latest cakes i have made for Free Cakes for Kids.  One was a Spiderman cake for a little boy, which was a lot of fun to make.  I went with a blue cake covered in a massive spider’s web, with Spiderman’s head on the top.  This is a fairly easy design for a cake and I had a lot of fun with the piping bag and some fondant mixed with a little water to draw the web on.

 

Spiderman
Spiderman

The other was for a retiring head teacher.  The school he was leaving had joined up with Free Cakes for Kids and would be ordering cakes through them in the future.  After having a look at the School’s website I decided to go with green and white with a brown picket fence.

Happy retirement

 

The latest cake was dinosaur cake for a special birthday boy.  I had so much fun making this cake.  I had made a dinosaur cake for my best friend a couple of years ago (click here for the pictures) so I was keen to try a different dinosaur.  He was made from vanilla sponge cake with vanilla frosting.  He was made from a 8″ square cake and some rice crispie squares, stacked then carved to shape.

 

dinousaur
dinousaur

 

I have enjoyed getting involved with Free Cakes for Kids so much and attended their network day at the central library a few weeks ago, which was a fantastic event and a lot of fun. I love what the charity stands for and as I bake cakes lots of cakes anyway a few extra here and there makes no difference to me but it makes a little boy or girl very happy.  I am hoping I can get involved more with the charity and support them in providing this amazing service across Liverpool.  If you enjoy baking cakes and fancy getting involved visit their website http://www.freecakesforkids.org.uk/ to find your nearest contact.

Graduating as a Doctor – A time to celebrate with cake!

I was asked to do a graduation cake for a special someone graduating to become a doctor, I had done a cake for their 21st birthday when they were off to train as a doctor, so I was honoured to be asked again.  The previous cake was a doctors coat, click here to see pictures.  Therefore we wanted this cake to be a little different but on the same theme.

The mortarboard on the top of the cake was made from homemade rice crispie squares.  This was the first time I had used rice crispie squares and couldn’t believe how easy they were to make.  I followed nigella’s recipe, click here to try it yourself.

The decorations were made from ready roll fondant, coloured as required.  The message was written on a bandage, all this was decorating an 8” round chocolate sponge with chocolate frosting.  Congratulations Nicola, you have done amazing and your dad is super proud.

 

 

Graduation doctors
Graduation doctors

hours of fun home made cake doctor nurse graduation

3 tier baby pink christening cake, with an elephant cake topper

Over three weeks I have had three christening cakes to do, all tiered and different in colour and design and they have all been a lot of fun to make.

Week one was a three-tier blue train themed cake (click here for the post and pictures)

Week two was a cake for my beautiful niece, four-tier Winnie the Pooh cake (click her for pictures)

Week three was a three-tier pink cake, simple design with an elephant cake topper.  This cake was fun to make and super heavy when finished as it was a lot of cake, the bottom tier was a 10″ 4 layer cake, with an 8″ and 6″ tier on top.

The bottom tier had stripes all the way around, made from rolling out white icing and cutting strips using my ribboner.  I also piped the pearl lines using white icing mixed with a little water.

The elephant was made from icing mixed with tylo powder to strengthen it, and it had a little wire in the trunk to help keep its shape.  The balloon was made out of icing as well, with silver wire to hold it up, placed in the cake using a flower pick – this stops the wire going directly into the sponge cake.

I hope they had a very special day and everyone enjoyed the cake.

 

 

Pink elephant cake
Pink elephant cake
Elephant
Elephant

25th Wedding Anniversary celebration cake

I was asked to make a 25th wedding anniversary cake for a special couple for their party they were having to celebrate.  They provided a photograph of a cake they liked and asked for something similar.

The cake was a 2 tier lemon sponge cake with vanilla frosting filling covered in fondant.  The cake had fondant drapes (swags) around both tiers with bows on the corner – which I made using the bow mould I had borrowed from Victoria Rose.

The writing and bow needed to be in silver which can always be a bit of fun if you don’t have any edible silver spray as I find this is often the easiest way to create a fantastic silver effect.  I didn’t have any in the cupboard so I used edible silver powder and a paint brush, this can get messy so make sure you have kitchen roll out and a place for them to dry off.  Steaming them once you have covered them in silver can produce a fantastic shimmer on them too and remove any loose powder.

The models were made from fondant mixed with some petal paste to make them stronger, they also had a couple of cocktail sticks to make sure they remained stood up in position!

This cake was fun to make as it had a few different skills and decorations to be made.

Wishing Jayne and Michael a very happy 25th Wedding Anniversary.

 

Silver anniversary
Silver anniversary

25th wedding anniversary Michael and Jayne2

Happy couple
Happy couple

Sending Helen on her way with cake

It was time to say goodbye to another Police Officer at work and we were sad to see Helen go although we were also super happy for her as she was off to join North Yorkshire Police on a new adventure.  The occasion definatley required a cake.  I have previously done a Police Helmet and a cake with the Port of Liverpool Police badge on so this time we decided on a female police hat.

The cake was made from a glass bowl, almond sponge cake with vanilla frosting. I was going to make cherry frosting however the flavour I had bought was weird and didn’t taste right so we stuck to vanilla instead!

I cut out the badge shape in white icing and left it to dry over night as this gives it time to harden up, making it easier to write on it, however I then forgot all about it until I was off to bed the night before the cake was due!  I then spent about 5 minutes using the icing pens you can buy in Tesco – which I would never normally use on a cake.  I only have them in the cupboard for the cake decorating workshops, however this situation required them as the edible pens were not working very well and didn’t have the time to make some piping from fondant mixed with water.

The cake turned out fab however the badge looks like a child had done it and the top of the badge looks more like a jewelled temple than the crown!  It provided us with a giggle in work as I explained I had forgotten I had to do it!

Police womans hat
Police womans hat

 She was my craft work pal who I could come in to work and discuss craft ideas or problems with or set her a mission to come up with some ideas for a theme or skill……..We wish Helen the best of luck in her new adventure and we miss her a lot and hope to keep in touch.

A celebration of 40 years of marriage

Ruby anniversary
Ruby anniversary

A 10″ heart shaped vanilla sponge cake with vanilla frosting filling.  Decorated with small red and white hearts, a red ribbon around the board with a white patterned ribbon around the board edge.    In the corner I placed six red and white roses made from fondant using a rose petal cutter.  I didn’t add any tylo powder or use any flower wire for these roses as they were to be placed directly onto the cake and they worked well and kept their shape.  To finish the look off I used a bow mould I had borrowed from a friend to try out and made a white bow which I placed over the back of the roses.

I really enjoyed using the mould and may look to invest in some of these and borrow more from Vicky!

 

Ruby anniversary close up
Ruby anniversary close up
bow and roses
bow and roses

 

 

 

 

3 cake week – Cake number 1 congratulations on your engagement

As a surprise I was asked to do a engagement cake Gemma wanted to have made for her friend, who had given her a cake when she had got engaged.  She picked out some pictures for ideas and gave the colour scheme – Purple, silver and black.

This cake is a 10″ round vanilla sponge with vanilla frosting, covered in ready roll fondant.

The purple hearts were done using my new plunger heart set which I am loving!  This was the second time I had used the plunger set and it is fantastic and super easy to use and less fiddly for cutting out small shapes.

I ordered a mini set from the internet for the ice bucket, champagne bottle and glasses however they arrived and they were a little more “mini” that I had realised!  I therefore had a plan B to put in place.  I painted a plain shot glass using edible silver paint and used silver edible crystals for the ice and a bottle of bubbles for the champagne.  I liked this plan B as the fact they could pick up the bottle and blow bubbles out of it gave an added special touch to the cake.  The mini set still got used and made a fantastic addition to the cake decoration.

I hope the happy couple loved their cake.

 

 

Shot glass bucket and bubbles as the bottle
Shot glass bucket and bubbles as the bottle
Minm champagne bottle, ice bucket and glasses
Minm champagne bottle, ice bucket and glasses
Congratulations cake purple, silver and black
Congratulations cake purple, silver and black