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)

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.

 

5 tier wedding cake with personalised handmade fimo cake toppers

 

This has to be, to date, my favourite cake I have made 🙂  I really enjoyed making it and it turned out to be the tallest cake I have created.

This wedding cake was 5 tiers of different flavours.  The bottom tier was Limoncello sponge cake, next tier up was Chocolate Orange with chunks of Chocolate Orange in the sponge, next was vanilla sponge with salted caramel buttercream, then a traditional victoria sponge with raspberry filling, with the top tier being fruit cake with marzipan.

Each tier was over 10cm tall.

 

Clarkee and Burkeys Wedding April 2014 (3)

The cake toppers were made from Fimo and were personalised with little traits to represent the Bride, Groom and their little girl, I also did a bunch of Fimo flowers so they can all be kept together as a keepsake.  I provided a clear box for them to be displayed in, which will also help keep them dust free.

Clarkee and Burkeys Wedding April 2014 (6)

The flowers were made from flower paste.  They were white ranunculus which were the same flowers the Bride’s bouquet was made up off.  I hadnt made a ranunculus before and they were a little tricky as the first three I made just looked like roses!  I finally realised it was the cutter I was using, so I headed to Centre Attraction in Old Swan and bought a new petal cutter set which solved all my problems and allowed me to create some gorgeous flowers.

Real Ranunculus
Real Ranunculus 
Sugar paste ranunculus
Sugar paste ranunculus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were invited to the Evening Do and it was lovely to see everyone enjoying the cake and discussing the flavours.  Chocolate Orange has since become my new favourite flavour too!

The Bride and Groom have a love of Limoncello which is why they requested a tier of the cake to be this flavour.  The sponge was made using lemon juice and rind, then once baked and cooled the cake was drizzled in a Limoncello syrup before being covered in icing.   I used a Jamie Oliver recipe for this – click here to visit his page.

For this cake I used Massa Ticino ready roll fondant for the first time and WOW!  It was tough to use at first as it was rather hard and difficult to knead, but once I started rolling it out and covering the cake I was hooked.  The fondant is very easy to use, it doesn’t tear or create any elephant skin corners and gives the cake a near perfect finish.   It is more expensive than other brands so maybe not worth using on all cakes, but I will be using it for all future wedding cakes as the finish it provides is priceless.

Wishing Clarkee and Burkey a long and happy marriage together and enjoy your fruit cake at Christmas 🙂

 

 

 

Little Mermaid and Flounder to celebrate turning 18

This has been one of my favourite cakes to make so far this year.  It was bright and colourful with my favourite Disney characters on – what was not to love!!

The cake was a made from 3 tiers of lemon sponge with lemon sponge cupcakes to go with it.

Little mermaid
Little mermaid

The Ariel cake topper was bought as a complete piece with Ariel sat on a rock, and Flounder was made from fondant.

Ariel and Flounder
Ariel and Flounder

The shells were made using a shell mould and fondant, decorated with edible dust mixed with rejuvenator fluid and steamed to create a gorgeous shine on them.

The sand is mixture of different sugars, coconut and crushed seeds.

Little mermaid 2 tier 18th birthday cake Ariel and flounder (1)

 

Retirement cake for a lover of golf, travel and France

Hours of Fun was asked to do a second retirement cake for a school as their secretary was leaving.

I asked for ideas for the cake and was given golf, travel and France.

The cake was made from a 4″ and 8″ sponge cake stacked with a model of the special person along with a suitcase and some references to France.

 

 

Retirement
Retirement
teacher retireing
teacher retireing

 

 

 

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!

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

Winnie the Pooh themed christening cake

For my niece’s christening I wanted to make a special cake going with the theme that decorates her nursery – Winnie the Pooh.  Her very talented mum painted the fantastic characters onto her wall and they look amazing,

We needed lots of cake to feed everyone who was coming to the day so I choose to make a four tiered cake.  Each tier was covered in white fondant with some decoration and ribbon added.  I then placed the characters I had made a few days earlier on to the cake.  The characters were made from fondant mixed with some tylo powder to strengthen it up.  I cut round templates to create the shape of each character then painted the colour and design onto the pieces of fondant cut out.  The painting was done using paste colours mixed with some rejunvinating fluid and a paint brush.

The cake was made up of a lemon cake, two chocolate cakes and a vanilla cake.  I used a photo frame we had been given at Dave and Fin’s wedding which they used for the name cards, to top the cake.  I even went to our friend Jo to ask her to write out the photo frame as she did all the writing for the wedding and I wanted it to match.

I had a lot of fun making this cake and we had an amazing day.

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Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the pooh
Winnie the pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh

 

To go with this cake I also made a photo frame and card to match and a helium foil balloon.

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Winnie the pooh and friends foil hellium balloon

A 3 tiered cake with a 2D train design

I was asked to make a christening cake for the super cute Finley and was given some photos of tiered cakes with a train design.  To create the best look the cake needed to be as tall as I could make it without having to bake two cakes for each layer.  This meant ensuring each tier had four layers of sponge with filling in between.

The cake was a mixture of chocolate and vanilla sponge across an 8″, 6″ and 4″ cake.   The train design was made using a ruler and cake knife to cut out the square shapes to build the train up, then using small circle cutters for the wheels.  The name for the top of the cake was made from foam and a lollypop stick – this meant it wasnt edible but it looked fantastic and would have proved tricky to make from edible products.

They were really happy with their cake and reported back that they had an amazing day celebrating the christening of Finley.

 

train cake
train cake
Train cake
Train cake

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