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!

 

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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.

 

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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!

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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

Last few cakes made at Mill Lane

The Hours of Fun kitchen is now closed for a few weeks as we move house. Here is one of the last few cakes made in this kitchen.  I will be sad to say goodbye as this kitchen has been fantastic and has been home to lots of amazing cakes and where I have spent many hours learning new skills and trying new techniques.

 

 

A special birthday Disney cake

I was asked to make a very special birthday cake for an 18th birthday celebration.  The birthday girl is a big fan of Disney and in particular Beauty and the Beast.  Google images is a fantastic place to go for cake inspiration.  When searching for Beauty and the Beast cake ideas a lot of them are bright and colourful, with models of the various characters, however it was decided the cake needed to be a little more sophisticated and grown up with it being for an 18th.   Inspiration was taken from a black and white design that the customer had seen with a stunning red rose as the cake topper.  The design was agreed with the quote provided for the top of the cake.

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

The cake was an 8” red velvet sponge cake with vanilla buttercream filling and covered in white fondant icing.  Beauty and the Beast were drawn on the front of the cake using an edible black ink pen.  This cake design would have benefited from an airbrush, as creating the smudged look surrounding the drawn design was tricky using black edible ink and a sponge.  An airbrush kit is on my wish list but it is likely to be a little while before I can invest in one unfortunately!  The quote was written onto a piece of icing, again using the edible black ink pen and placed next to the beautiful red rose.  The rose was made from red fondant mixed with Tilo powder with green wire and florist tape used for the stem.  I love making flowers so I really enjoyed making this cake topper.  I have a order coming up at the end of the month which is a cake covered in flowers which I am super excited about making!

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A few more delicious, made to order cakes

It has been so busy in the Hours of Fun kitchen we still have lots of cakes to share with you.  Here are three very different cakes made for three birthdays.

 

First up a cake for a karaoke loving birthday girl celebrating her 80th birthday.  Dressed in a gorgeous gold dress singing her heart out.  The cake topper was made from FIMO (oven baked modelling clay) and came with a box for it to be kept in as a forever keepsake.

The cake was a vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling, covered in fondant with wires curled to shoot out the top of the cake with edible stars.

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Next up was a special cake for a little girl celebrating her 4th birthday.  This little girl was involved in the designn and after a few changes of theme and flavour it was decided to go for Sofia the First and chocolate sponge with chocolate filling.  Sofia the first and Clover were non-edible cake toppers which the birthday girl could keep and play with after all the cake had been eaten up.

Due to the size of the cake toppers a last minute change to the design was made, which the customer was happy to go with.  As this included a extra tier of cake for no extra charge I did a vanilla sponge as the birthday girl had been torn between the two flavours!  This was an elegant cake for a beautiful birthday girl.

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Last up was a cake for a super gorgeous little boy turning 2 and he loves the Twirlywoos and he was getting the big red boat for his birthday.  The cake was a vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream shaped into the big red boat.  I modelled the Twirlywoo characters out of fondant and was super proud that the three quacky ducks perched on top of the boat stayed in place as this is often the challenge when modelling cake toppers from fondant for display on a cake!  I really enjoyed making this cake as it was so colourful and fun.

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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.

 

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

 

1 cake for 4 people – family 4 birthday whammy!

We have 1 month of the year that is a super busy birthday time in our family with 4 birthdays in the space of 3 days.  We always try and get together for the birthdays and I always like to bring cake!

Doing 4 cakes can be a little much and I also don’t think we need that much cake between us, so I decided to do a cake with 4 sides, each one decorated for each of the birthday girls.

The first side was for Eleanor turning 18.  The theme we went for was a labrador as she has recently become the proud owner of a gorgeous black labrador.

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A fab idea when making cakes and cards is to match them up, so for Eleanor I used the same labrador template and made a card to match.

handmade card black labrador

The next side was for my sister in law who likes her wine so this is the theme we went with!

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The next side was for my neice who was getting a mini party box from us for her birthday so we went with this theme and added a party box to the side of the cake.

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The final side was for my mum, the theme was to be a miniature schnauzer as it was the first time my mum had her birthday since they had got their gorgeous, super cute dog Teddy.

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We took a cake turntable with us so when we displayed the cake on the table it could be spun round to see each side.  It wasn’t the fanciest and perfect cake I have ever made but it was lots of fun and all the birthday girls loved having their own side that matched their card.

Catching up on cakes – first up Doc McStuffins

Due to various reasons (I won’t bore you with!) I have not blogged much over the last couple of months so it’s officially catch up time.

Hours of Fun has been busy in the kitchen making some fab cakes, the themes requested have been a real mixture and lots of fun.

This Doc McStuffins cake was for a little girl turning 3 who as you may have guessed – loves Doc McStuffin!

Doc McStuffins

 

The cake was a vanilla sponge with a lemon buttercream filling.   The Doc McStuffin bag was made from homemade marshmellow rice crispies, covered in icing and decorated.  The medical bits and bobs were modelled using ready roll icing.

Doc McStuffin herself was a not edible and it was a little treat for Grace to keep after the cake had all be eaten up.

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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.

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A sea monster cake for a double birthday celebration

 

Cake can be a fantastic present to give someone for their birthday, if you are counting your pennies, or unsure of what to get someone, a homemade cake can say it all.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy if that’s not your skill base.  Just do some sneaky digging into what their favourite flavour sponge or bake is and try your hand at making it for them.

For our friend’s two boy’s birthdays we we unsure what to get them as we knew they would get lots of amazing toys and we are saving like mad for a holiday next year.  As they were having a joint birthday party it was decided I would make the party cake as their presents.

A sea monster theme was set and I tried doing waves for the first time.  I used fondant mixed with Tylo powder to strengthen it, then piped along the top of each wave with fondant mixed with a little water to create a paste which can be used in a piping bag.  You could also use royal icing for the tops of the waves.

Seb and Harry sea monster birthday cake (2)

 

Sea monster cake
Sea monster cake