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)

Punisher cake for a special Marvel fan turning 40

One of our friends has recently turned 40 (I have officially reached that stage in my live where 40 is the next big birthday for everyone!!).

He is a massive fan of The Punisher and this was to be the theme of the cake.

The main cake was chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream, baked as a 10″ square cake and cut into a rectangle.  I covered it in black icing and put it to one side whilst I did the cake topper.

The Punisher skull was made from homemade rice crispie marshmellows, covered in 2 layers of white icing with the detail made from black icing.  This was then placed on top of the cake.  I also made letters out of rice crispie marshmellows and covered them in 2 layers of white icing again.  This time the detail was created with red food colouring gel mixed with rejuvenator fluid, painted on to look like blood spilling down each letter.

For the finishing touch I used the red food colour mix to write ‘Happy 40th’ on the cake. I wanted to see if there was anything else that represented The Punisher so I spoke to my husband who is a massive Marvel fan himself.  I had identified a skull, blood and guns.  Apparently that is it and I didn’t see how a gun would fit into the design and be something I could write Happy 40th on!

Happy Birthday Dan, hope you had a super fantastic day 🙂

dans 40th birthday cake punisher (2)

dans 40th birthday cake punisher (1)

Catching up on 2015 cakes – next up scooters and record players

I was asked to make 2 cakes for a special person turning 60.  They were having a weekend away with family and a party – of which both occasions needed a cake!

The theme we went for was the birthday boy’s scooter, his pride and joy he had bought a couple of years ago.

Cake number 1 was a round 8″ chocolate sponge cake covered in white icing.   It had a scarf draped around it in the Everton colours and a model of the scooter and the birthday boy on top.  The scooter was made from ready roll icing mixed with Tylo powder to strengthen it and it had a few lolly pop sticks in it to help it stay stood up.

I have since heard from the birthday boy that he placed the model of himself on top of the scooter and has kept them in a box with all the cake toppers taken from his son’s birthday cakes – they must have quite a random selection in this box including Mike the Knight, Darth Vader and George on a scooter!!

Georges 60th cake 1 scooter and george everton colours

The second cake was for the party and more cake was needed so we went for 2 tiers of chocolate sponge cake, one 10″ square and one 8″ square.

The bottom tier was decorated as a Union Jack flag – this was the only section of the cake that was allowed to have red on it, as the birthday boy is a fanatic Everton fan so it’s blue all the way for him!

The top tier was decorated to look like a record player and we had one of his favourite records playing – Play that funky music.  The arm for the needle was made from a GBS Chocolate mint stick, these are similar to Matchmakers but are smooth on the outside and 1 stick was the perfect size for the record player.

Happy Birthday George – hope you have finally recovered from all the celebrations!!

 

60th birthday mod record player union jack cake (1)

A cake for a pub lover!

The order came in for a cake shaped as a bar with the particulars being Guinness, Carling, Jack Daniels and McGinty’s Bar which is in Liverpool L13.  I had to do a fair bit of edible printing recently so as part of an order I had filled some space on a A4 sheet with mini Guinness, Carling and Jack Daniels signs.  I had also rung up the pub to ask them what colour their sign was outside as it has been green and blue but I couldn’t recall what it was at the present time.  After answering my question and being very accommodating the pub explained that this had been one of the most random questions it had ever been asked over the phone!

The model of the birthday boy was made from coloured icing mixed with tylo powder with a couple of cocktail sticks in to help keep its structure.  The pumps on the bar were kept in place using small pieces of dried spaghetti – this is a good trick to use in a cake as they are edible and you don’t need to worry about sticking them directly into a sponge cake, whereas with cocktail sticks and wire you should always use flower picks when sticking them directly into your sponge cake.  For small pieces of modelling dried spaghetti works well to help keep them in place and upright.

McGintys bar
McGintys bar

The bar was made from an 8” square lemon sponge with lemon curd and vanilla frosting filling covered in coloured ready roll icing.  The bar around the bottom was made with white icing which was then painted using gold edible glitter powder mixed with rejuvenating fluid.

Adding icing to the board often provides a fantastic finishing touch to a cake and for this cake I made it to look like a wooden floor using a knife to score the wood coloured icing and a long ruler to press the lines in to create floorboards.

 

 

Football cake for a football lover

Football themed cakes are popular and with living in Liverpool they are mostly Liverpool or Everton.  I was asked if I could make a Liverpool FC themed cake for a 70th birthday celebration.  They had originally asked for a number cake 7 and 0 which I would have been happy to do however I am keen to please all my customers and a numbered cake often works out quite expensive when you have two numbers as the tins used are equal to two cakes which is a lot of cake.  I gave them a quote for the 70 shaped cake and also gave them some prices for some other designs which they loved and decided to go for the Liverpool FC shirt cake.

This cake was a vanilla sponge with jam and vanilla frosting filling.  Shaped as a football shirt with the number 70 on the back and the birthday boy’s name.  The board was decorated in green to represent a football pitch.

Liverpool FC shirt
Liverpool FC shirt

A western themed cake for a special boy turning 7

I was honoured to be asked to a birthday cake I have done for a few years now, this time the birthday boy would be turning 7 and he was keen to get involved in the design of his cake.  We had a chat over the telephone and he explained he would like a western cake with two cowboys having a duel with one cowboy on a horse and this cowboy was the one to be shot by the other cowboy.  After explaining I wouldn’t be able to actually get the cake to act out the scene but that I would do my best to create this idea the cake order was booked in.

The cake was a chocolate two tier cake made with chocolate frosting filling.  The bottom tier was an 8” square and the top tier was a 6” square.  The cakes were covered in ready roll icing coloured beige/sandy to create a desert effect.  The cowboys and horse were made from icing mixed with tylo powder to strengthen and harden it as tylo powder helps the models keep their shape and structure.  They also had cocktail sticks inside with lolly pop sticks going into the cake to keep them in place.  I had ordered some edible printing with the birthday message on and some cowboy designs which were added to the cake.  I then made some cacti and grass from green coloured icing to finish off the design.

Western theme
Western theme

I heard back from the birthday boy that he had loved his cake and had a fantastic birthday.  Who knows what challenge I will be set next year!

To see the cake I made last year click here and for the year before click here.

 

Put 'em up!
Put ’em up!
Ride 'em cowboy!
Ride ’em cowboy!

 

 

 

A whisky cake for a whisky lover

I have done a few cakes shaped as bottles and to get the best effect I would always recommend printing the bottle label as it gives the cake a fantastic professional finish.  Matching the design, detail and any logo etc by hand can be very time consuming and tricky to do and unless you are a whizz with a paintbrush it probably will not turn out how you wanted it to!  For the Bells Whisky cake I ordered the label design this time on rice paper as I haven’t used rice paper much and wanted to try it on a cake to see how it worked and looked.

Rice paper is often used for cupcake toppers so I was interested to try it out on a large cake to see the effect.  It was very easy to work with and less delicate than printed icing which can tear easily.  I am not sure if the finish for a large cake it as polished when using rice paper compared to printed icing and it does taste different.  It was a good choice for this cake though as the customer had ordered two cakes and asked for them to not have ready roll icing on, just buttercream.  With a shaped cake you need to use ready roll icing to cover the cake to help keep its shape and design and if I had attempted to put the rice paper or printed icing directly onto a thick layer of buttercream it would have started to soak it up, become moist, lose shape and the colour may have even started to run.  Using rice paper for the label meant I could reduce slightly how much icing I covered the cake with.

The whisky bottle was shaped from an 8” square vanilla sponge cake with vanilla buttercream filling placed on a 12” round board.

Bells whisky cake
Bells whisky cake

Darth Vader raving cake!

One of the great things about making cakes for friends is you can have some fun coming up with ideas and designing them. For my husband’s best friend’s birthday we wanted to go with a music theme as he has recently been doing lots of mixing. There was a time when this would mean on decks with records but in the new age of technology we live in now he mixes on his iPad with an app!

Making a cake in the shape of decks would be a lot of fun, however making a cake shaped as an iPad with the screen representing the app isn’t quite as much fun! I decided the best way to create the cake would be to get an edible print out of the screen and pop it on top of the cake. Sadly this was not possible in the time we had as my local printer is currently unable to complete orders whilst she moves location. We needed a new idea so I set my husband the challenge to find a cake design we could use on a square cake.
He chose a picture of Darth Vader DJ-ing and we decided to go with a silhouette replica of the design with a 3D disco ball. It was a simple design which would fit within in our time scales and would also fit on the cake I had already baked! I cut out Darth Vader and the decks in pieces of rolled out fondant and placed them on the cake, the disco ball was added to the top and with the birthday boys name added the cake was done – yeay!
2D cakes are a fab way to practice your cake decorating skills without having to deal with structural concerns or modelling skills. You can build a picture up by cutting out individual pieces from rolled out fondant and placing them on the cake. If you are unsure about drawing and getting pictures to scale you can print out the picture you want and the cut the different sections out and place them on the icing to cut around.

 

Darth Vader raving
Darth Vader raving

Tool box cake for a special birthday

For an 18th birthday a tool box cake was requested with the cake shaped as the tool box and a few tools modelled to go around the cake.

The cake was made from a 10″ square cake, cut to size and shaped.  It was then covered in two layers of icing and decorated.  The tools were made from white icing mixed with tylo powder to strengthen it up.  To give them the silver finish I used silver edible glitter mixed with rejuvenating fluid and a paint brush.  The tools were made from homemade rice crispie squares.

This was the first time I had made my own rice crispie squares and they were really easy to make.  I followed a Nigella Lawson recipe – click here to visit her page and try it for yourself.

Happy 18th birthday Elliot.

Tool box cake
Tool box cake

3D John Sutch crane – at times I just hear myself saying yes…!!

When providing ideas for a cake request I like to include options which present different types of cake, across a variety of prices.  I was asked to do a cake for a customer who has booked their wedding cake in with me, to be made this September and she asked for a crane.

I sent over ideas for a 2D design, a small crane modelled as a cake topper and a 3D crane with the actual cake made as the crane – the order placed was for the latter – the challenge was on!

On the John Sutch website they provide full dimensions of each model of crane which was very helpful in designing the cake, although the cranes are rather long and slim and to make a cake to the correct dimension would require either a tiny cake or a very long board so adjustments had to be made to allow it to be made from a 10″ square cake.

Kev made the structure for the cake but cutting out pieces of wood that would be the base of the cake, lifting it off the cake board to allow for the wheels.

The cake was cut from a 10″ square, layered with buttercream and jam.  Each section of the crane was covered in icing and decorated with detail.

The arm of the crane was supported by a piece of cake board cut to size and supported with rise crispie squares covered in icing.  This meant everything about it was edible.

I really enjoyed making this cake and was happy that I had risen to the challenge and succeeded.  Apparently a photograph of the cake was even sent over to John Sutch Cranes!

 

John Sutch crane
John Sutch crane
Cakes made for adults
Cakes made for adults
John Sutch Crane
John Sutch Crane