Double birthday weekend – lots of cakes to bake

On the Saturday we were off to Morecambe Football Club for my nephews 7th birthday party and a cake was needed to have after tea at my sisters.  The theme was set as football as the party was for the group to do some football training, then my nephew was the mascot for the team ahead of the game against Tranmere and then to finish off we were watching the match.

I made some cupcakes to take to the football match for us all to have at half time, then we sang Happy Birthday with cake and candles back at my sisters.

I borrowed my friend Lou Lou’s football tin, which is the easiest way to make a football cake.  The tin even has the hexagonal pattern marked on so when the cake is baked you can trace the pattern.

The board was decorated as a football pitch and the candles were placed on the board where the corner flags would be.

Football
Football

 

Sunday we were off to Olive restaurant in Liverpool City Centre to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday with a family meal.  I was keen to bake a giant cupcake as I hadn’t made one in a while and as the birthday girl’s favourite chocolates are Ferrero Rocher the design was sorted – a ferrero rocher giant cupcake!

I bought 2 packs fo chocolate fingers and covered the bottom of the cupcake with them.  I made some gold buttercream by adding gold colouring, then in a piping bag I placed down one side the gold buttercream and down the other side Chocolate buttercream.  When you mix two colours like this you can create a swirled effect when piping.  I used a large star nozzle and piped swirls around the top of the cupcake.  I then cut ferrero rocher in half and placed them around the top of the cake.  Sprinkled a little gold edible dust on top and the cake was done.

The gold colouring worked really well and gave the rich, golden look I was hoping for.

 

Ferrero rocher giant cupcake
Ferrero rocher giant cupcake

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Lewis Hamilton Racing Car Cake

I have done a few vehicle cakes now and have previously been asked to make a cake with a formula one car modelled on top.

This time round the order was for a 3D formula 1 cake, to be specific a Lewis Hamilton car.  3d cakes are fast becoming my favourite type of cake to make.  I enjoy the planning stage, the carving stage can go either way depending on how I am feeling!  I enjoy the challenge of covering the cake in icing, then its sit down time and enjoy adding the detail.

I first had to establish what car Lewis Hamilton drives as I am not clued up on formula one racing, so once I had found it I sent a couple of pictures over to the customer so they could see them and let me know if  I had the wrong one.

The cake was made from a 10” square chocolate sponge with chocolate frosting.  I was keen to make the car using as much cake as possible.  Once I had carved its shape I had a layer of cake left over.  To ensure the customer got full value for money I cut the layer in half, spread some frosting across and placed them on top of each other and covered it in icing.  I then gave this cake to them as a little extra piece, letting them know I didn’t want to waste it.

The carved car shape was covered in frosting (crumb coated) then covered in a piece of white rolled out fondant.  I then added individual pieces of fondant to make up the formula one design and colour, using a mixture of silver edible dust mixed with rejuvenating fluid to paint it silver.  The curved top of the car (behind the seat) was made from homemade rice crispy pieces along with the tyres.

The tail of the car was made initially from  flower paste, however I was concerned about the structure of it and knew the cake wouldn’t be presented at the birthday for a couple of days after delivery, so I used some silver coloured card and created a base for the flower paste pieces to sit on.  This gave it extra strength and reassured me it would be fine if left to sit for a couple of days.

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formula one cake
Formula one cake
Formula one cake

 

I am becoming less afraid of using non edible things on a cake when dealing with difficult structures or require additional support.   It is a lovely idea to think you can make everything edible, however flower paste or fondant mixed with tylo powder or something similar to strengthen it up isn’t that nice to eat as it sets so hard.  Sometime structure and re-assurance the cake will stay as it should has to win over whether the tiny part of the design can be eaten or not.  However you must also inform the customer or person receiving the cake of any non-edible items included in the design.

 

 

Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar made out of cake yum!

My husband’s birthday was fast approaching and I had yet to come up with an idea for his cake.  I often go with the theme that emerges for his birthday however this year there didn’t seem to be a theme to go with.  I had started looking for present ideas on the internet and came across the Cadbury site where you can personalise a chocolate bar wrapper.  As Kev is a massive Cadbury Dairy Milk fan I had to do this for him and then decided maybe I could make him a cake as a bar of Dairy Milk.

After having a little look on Google images to see what other people had done to get some inspiration, I sent my edible printing request off to Baby Cakes and Roses and decided to make it from a fruit cake and sponge cake.

The bar itself wouldn’t require that much cake so I decided to bake a fruit cake and cover it in marzipan and icing and make it into a table.  The chocolate bar was then made out of sponge cake and placed on top of the table.

I carved the top of the sponge cake to replicate the top of a chocolate bar, I then covered the sponge cake in Chocolate flavoured Renshaw ready roll icing, making sure you could clearly see the carved shape on the top by smoothing the icing with my hands and ball tool around the shape of the cake.  I then covered it in a thin layer of purple coloured fondant and placed the edible printed Dairy Milk design on the top.  I wanted to make it with the wrapper open showing some of the chocolate bar, so I curled back the icing at one end.

Chocolate lover
Chocolate lover
cadburys dairy milk
cadburys dairy milk

 

The sponge cake chocolate bar got taken into work for Kev to share out and we are slowing working our way through the fruit cake.

Happy Birthday Kev, thanks for being amazing and for being a fab cake assistant.

 

 

Guitar cake for a wedding

When I was asked to do a wedding cake, at that point I had any idea what the request would entail. The details started to come in and the request was a life sized guitar and of course I heard myself saying yes!!

I could not believe my luck when my friend Lou Lou informed me she had a life sized guitar cake to do, so I booked in to help her out and Lou booked herself in for helping out for the wedding cake – perfect team work.

I really enjoyed making the cake and I love it when Lou and I get together to cake, we always have loads of fun and keep each other calm.

The cake was made from 2 x 10″ square lemon sponge cakes, layered and carved to shape. I was honoured to have my friend Matthew make a wooden board for the cake which included a raised board for the fret to lie on – it was the perfect, sturdy board I needed for the cake and it proved its worth during the car trip to the venue, when the cake slipped but no damage was done as the board kept its shape. We felt like Ace of Cakes having a board made!

The guitar was modelled on a Les Gibson, the preferred guitar for Slash from Guns n Roses. On some of his guitars he has a logo of a smoking snake wearing a top hat – I wanted to give the cake a unique, special design so I created a version of this logo incorporating the initials of the happy couple and I was really happy with the outcome. I used printed copies of the picture and letters, transferred them onto acetate, then made it out of icing and painted it with edible colouring mixed with rejuvenating fluid.

The strings were made from embroidery thread, using 1 strand for each strong and secured round a cocktail stick that was then stuck into the cake and covered with icing – it worked really well.

To ensure we had enough cake for all the guests there was also a 10″ cake, kept simple in decoration to sit next to the guitar, this cake was a chocolate sponge.

I was really happy with how it turned out and have come up with a number of different things I would do next time I get a guitar cake order – so bring them on!!

 

 

Life sized guitar
Life sized guitar

 

 

 

Good minion and evil minion despicable me cake

I was asked if I could do a Despicable me cake and was given a picture of a tiered cake that included a good minion and evil minion – I knew this cake would be fun to make!

I made the minion’s from 6″ and 8″ round cakes, however if I did it again I would make the good minion from 4″ round cake to make it taller and slimmer.

The eyes were made from white icing mixed with tylo powder to strengthen it up.  I rolled the icing out, cut a thin strip out and then wrapped it around the outside of a circle cutter and allowed it to set.  I also painted it silver whilst it was drying using silver glitter mixed with rejuvenating fluid and a paint brush.

Happy birthday Meghanne, hope you had a fantastic party and enjoyed your cake.

Homemade cake Hours of unf despicable me minion

Homemade cake Hours of unf despicable me minion

Minion with a cupcake!
Minion with a cupcake!

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

A retirement cake for a very special head teacher

My sister-in-law asked if I could do a retirement cake for her Head who was leaving the school she works at.  I was given three different themes to include – teaching, travelling and Manchester City FC.  Other than that I was free to design it however I fancied as long as there was plenty of cake to share out.

I decided on a book theme as I have made a couple of books cakes before and really enjoyed making them.  I requested titles for the books so we could make them relevant to Alison who was leaving and I used her name as the author for one of the books.

The books were cut from a 10″ square chocolate sponge cake with chocolate frosting filling.  To cover the books I find the easiest way is to cut a long strip of rolled icing to wrap around three sides of the cake, then using my cake ruler I mark lines on the strip to make it look like pages.  I then roll out the cover of the book and cover the bottom, spine and top, allowing it to overlap the cake slightly so it looks like a book cover.

For the travel theme I made a suitcase from rice crispie squares, covered in icing and decorated with mini travel stickers.  FInally I added a scarf in the Manchester City FC colours.  All this was placed on a cake board covered in black icing to look like a chalk board and to write the message I used Edible Art white satin powder applied with a paint brush to create a chalk effect.

 

Retirement cake
Retirement cake
suitcase
suitcase