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.

 

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.

winnie the pooh frame handmade card winnie the pooh

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

Baby Blue Christening Carousel Cake

I have never attempted anything quite like this cake before.  It was a carousel cake with 2 tiers of cake stacked with a carousel scene for the top.  The carousel itself was tricky to find, well we made it tricky!  I got Lou Lou on the case too and we both came across the Wilton carousel set but on the box it’s all multi-coloured and I needed blue.  With us both being new to this we didn’t catch on that this carousel actually comes in plain white and you can then decorate it any colour you like!!  Wilton's carousel cake topper

Once this had been sorted it was time to purchase the carousel and have a play with it.  It came in 15 pieces and was super easy to assemble; decorating it with sugar paste however was a little more complex!  It was my first time sticking fondant to plastic and it went pretty well and I even managed to wrap strips of blue icing round the carousel poles for a fab finishing touch. 

Blue ribbon eeffect round the poles
Blue ribbon effect round the poles

The cake was delivered to the venue and the decoration looked fantastic with balloons and banners.  The cake was given pride of place on the stage with the massive banner and it looked fab once all set up. 

Pride of place on the stage
Pride of place on the stage

The cake was 2 tiers of vanilla sponge with buttercream and jam filling.    It was covered in baby blue icing, decorated with hearts and diamonds.  It also gave me the opportunity to use my heart stand, which I only thought of the morning of delivery.  I don’t get to use my stands very often so I jumped at the chance and it worked fantastically, as the stand lifted the cake up to the top of the banner.

I am really happy with my first cake challenge of the year.  Here’s to many more challenges and new skills learnt.

Balloons and banners decorated the room
Balloons and banners decorated the room

 

Heart stand gets an outing!
Heart stand gets an outing!