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!

 

 

 

More minecraft birthday fun

Another order for a minecraft cake came in.  Everyone seems either Minecraft or Frozen crazy at the moment!

The design was simple with the minecraft theme of building blocks including the candles placed around the board ready to be lit for singing happy birthday.

This cake was a chocolate 8″ sponge cake with chocolate filling.  Covered in icing then using a ribboner, I cut out lots of squares from different shades of green and a few from black icing and placed them all on top of the cake to create the creeper face design.

Mine craft
Mine craft

Frozen Birthday cake – The Frozen craze continues!

My niece was turning 7 and like many other girls this age she absolutely loves Frozen.  Hours of Fun had been booked to do her birthday party with a Frozen theme therefore we had to have a frozen cake.

I was originally going to make a doll cake and buy her the Elsa doll as her present which would first be used for the cake, however a quick check in with her mum confirmed she already had Elsa.  Sadly for Anna she just doesn’t have a good a dress for a doll cake!  I then decided to go for a 2D effect Elsa cake as I had seen a few when searching the internet for ideas and they looked really effective.

The cake was a vanilla sponge with chocolate buttercream filling.  Made from a 10″ square cake cut to create a rectangle.  I then cut individual pieces out and placed them on the cake to form Elsa/  The last part I did was her hair as I platted three pieces of icing to give a raised plait effect on the cake.  Then with a few snowflakes and some glitter the cake was ready for the birthday girl.

 

Elsa cake
Elsa cake

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

Fins ferrero rocher giant cupcake (1)

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.

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 cake week – Cake number 3 – Star Wars battle of good v evil

Tom was turning 6 this year and after last years cake which was the Mike the Knight cake the challenge was on to produce something good.  The Mike the Knight cake still goes down as one of my favourite cakes I have ever made.  I was really happy with the modelling and the castle, the whole piece looked fab and I really enjoyed making it.  It also introduced me to Mike the Knight for the first time!

Mike the Knight - last years cake
Mike the Knight – last years cake

This year the theme was Star Wars as Tom has recently found Star Wars and has quickly fallen in love with everything about it.  He had asked his dad if he could have cake with Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi having a light saber duel with a storm trooper standing by.

With having three cakes due in one week it was imperative I was super organised with the modelling and spent the weekend before modelling the 3 characters and allowing them time to set.  The models were made from fondant mixed with Tylo powder to strengthen them.  They had round white lolly sticks inside them to help them stand up and I made the 2 duelling on a board covered in icing so I could easily place this board on top of the cake once it was finished.  The light sabers were also made from white lolly sticks painted with edible colouring.

The cake was a 6″ and an 8″ chocolate sponge stacked, with chocolate frosting filling.  Covered in blue fondant with lots of yellow stars and some shooting stars placed on wire, placed into the cake using flower picks (as this stops the wires going straight into the sponge cake).

I really enjoyed making this cake and the birthday boy seemed really happy with it.  I checked with him on delivery that I had given them the right light sabers which Tom told me I had – phew!

Happy Birthday Tom, hope you had the BEST weekend celebrating.

Star wars themed cake
Star wars themed cake
Obi Wan Kenobi v Darth Vader
Obi Wan Kenobi v Darth Vader
Obi Wan Kenobi
Obi Wan Kenobi
Darth Vader
Darth Vader
Storm Tropper
Storm Tropper

 

 

3 cake week – Cake number 2 – Army cake for a special boy’s birthday

Norma wanted a cake for her son’s birthday and he has been getting into modern warfare so she thought an army themed cake would be perfect for him.

We went with a simple design on an 8″ square cake, chocolate sponge with chocolate frosting filling.  The cake was covered with ready roll fondant made to look like camouflage.  I did this by colouring different amounts of fondant, then placing balls of coloured icing next to each other and rolling out as one.  The colours mixed together giving the camouflage effect.

The cake was then decorated with frosting coloured green piped using a grass piping nip, then I purchased a set of plastic army figures which were placed in a strategic way around the cake.

As there would be a few girls at the birthday party Norma also ordered a set of 6 cupcakes decorated in a girly way with piped swirls and pink and silver edible glitter sparkles.

Army themed cake
Army themed cake
Camouflage cake
Camouflage cake
Not sure the brown team know what is hidden round the back!
Not sure the brown team know what is hidden round the back!

Care Bears and Lego Men – cake fun for family birthdays

Family birthday cakes are always lots of fun as I get to design them and play around with tins and techniques.  For my nephew’s birthday this year we were off to Lego Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre so we had the themed planned already – Lego!

I did some research on the internet looking at ideas and narrowed it down to two designs; either Lego blocks stacked up with a Lego man on the board or a cake that looked like it was made up of lots of little Lego bricks with the icing peeled back to show a section.

I decided to go with the Lego blocks stacked as I really wanted to make a large Lego man with Luke written across his chest where it would normally say Lego.

I baked an 8” square vanilla sponge cake and cut it into 9 smaller blocks.  Each block of cake was covered in buttercream and then coloured icing, I used 9 different colours including chocolate flavoured brown icing which is made by Renshaw.  I had picked up a block when we visited the Cake International show in Birmingham and as Luke loves chocolate it was perfect for his cake.

I then used a circle cutter to cut out lots of coloured circles to make the top of the bricks and stuck them in place.  To add to the design I also covered the board in green icing and stuck green circles all over it to make it look like a Lego Board.  The finishing touch was a Lego man made out of icing mixed with a little Tylo powder to help keep him sturdy.

Lukes Lego block and lego man birthday cake

The other Birthday cake due was for my sister in law and we often like to go for 80’s and 90’s children’s TV themes and have so far made rainbow bright and button moon cakes.  This year it was to be Care Bears.  I was keen to use my bear tin again as I have only used it a few times and I need to practice more with the design and piping of it.  I baked the Bear using the Wilton tin and took to it with a knife to carve it a little to try and make it look more like a Care Bear.  I struggled with this as I didn’t want to cut off too much cake and as you bake the Bear with a central core inside it, when I started carving around its face I soon cut through to the hollow section and was then concerned the Bear may cave if I took too much away!

It was definitely the best bake I had done so far.  I have now confirmed the tin requires a mixture equal to the 8” square mixture I use.   This bear had full feet rather than the previous bears I had baked that were missing part of their feet, legs and bottom!

I decided to do Good Luck Bear with my sister in law being Irish and with it being the start of a new year it felt like a good choice.  I rolled out white icing and cut out the tummy section and the eyes and put them in place and then cut out a shamrock and glued that onto the white tummy piece.  I have found it is easier to do these sections first, before piping.  I then piped green buttercream all over the bear using a large grass piping tip.    I added a little extra buttercream to his cheeks to try to shape his face more like a Care Bear.

I am now happy I could do a good cake using my bear tin, however I feel my Care Bears may need a little more work on shape.  Practice is required on carving the bear’s shape and layers of piped buttercream, especially around the head area.

Fins Lucky bear care bear birthday cake using wilton bear tin

Cake fun – although not enough hours in the day!

The week before last I had two cakes to make just for fun.  One was for my fantastic brother’s 40th birthday, although I don’t think I have quite accepted that my brother is now 40!  The other cake was to celebrate the arrival of our 3rd niece Anastasia.  We now have three amazing nieces and three amazing nephews and are very lucky to be their Aunty and Uncle.  My brother and Anastasia share the same birthday which makes this day doubly special.

I had the sofa cake due this week along with some jobs to do for my craft business, some cuddling to fit in with Anastasia and towards the end of the week my throat started to feel a little raw so I was on a mission to get to bed early and not get poorly as I had Cake International on the Saturday and did not want to be unwell for that.  This meant time was limited and I ended up having to make sacrifices on the cakes I was making for fun.  This can be frustrating but I find I have to roll with it and not let it bother me and be happy with the cakes I make. I also know my friends and family love the cakes I make for them and would never know things were missing or sacrificed if it wasn’t for me telling them!!!

For my brother I wanted to do something related to outdoor sports as Matthew loves climbing, water sports and anything outdoor with a touch of extreme!  We decided on a climbing wall and sought inspiration from the internet from cakes by others.  The cake was a lot of fun to make.  I baked a vanilla 6″ square cake and a vanilla 8″ square cake, stacked them up with layers of banana buttercream and then carved the shape, making it up as I went along whilst trying to keep as much cake as possible.

My sacrifice for this cake was that I didn’t have the time to model my brother climbing up the wall which would have been the perfect finishing touch to the cake.  I was hoping I may be able to pick something up at the cake show but we didn’t see any modelled figures available to purchase.

Rocking climbing
Rock climbing

The second cake to celebrate the arrival of Anastasia had to be a teddy bear cake.  This was only my second attempt at the teddy bear cake since getting the tin as a present at Christmas from my mum and dad.  I couldn’t find any notes on what size recipe I had used last time so I guessed at an 8″ round however this was not enough and I have since written on the instructions to try an 8″ square next time.  Sadly this teddy bear ended up with only half a paw and some of its bottom missing!

On the instructions for the Wilton tin they have lots of different versions of the bear that you can make including a baby bear wearing a nappy with a rattle and it is super cute.  This was the plan however time ran out and I ended up having to stop once I had covered it in piped buttercream.  I was sad about this but there was nothing I could do about it and the bear still looked cute!  This cake was a lemon sponge with chocolate buttercream – I actually didn’t mean to do this combination I must ask them how it tasted!

I just need another excuse now to bake a bear cake 1. to get the recipe amount right, 2. to pop it in a nappy with a rattle!

Teddy Bear Cake
Teddy Bear Cake