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!
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.
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!
A few more cakes to catch up on before we become all about Christmas! First up is a special birthday cake made for a 30th celebration. This cake was a 2 tier chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream filling. Each tier was decorated with printed photographs of the birthday girl, they were printed onto icing and backed with a black icing boarder. The cake topper was a guitar made out of Fimo modelling clay with shooting stars coming out the top. The birthday girl is a massive Stereophonics fan so the guitar was styled on a Gibson SG which is one of the guitars Kelly Jones is known for.
This cake was so much fun to make and I got to use my musical notes mould for the design. I also loved the opportunity to make another cake topper out of Fimo which will be a forever keepsake for the birthday girl to remind her of her special day and birthday cake.
Next up is a cake for a crossword lover and Liverpool FC fan. This cake was a 10” vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling. Decorated to look like a table covered in a table cloth. On the top of the cake there was a partly completed crossword puzzle and pen with a cup of coffee, with the mug decorated with a liver bird Liverpool Football Club design.
I loved making the table cloth for this cake, decorating the pink cover with daisies cut out of white icing, then using the same daisy cutter to emboss onto the white piece of table cloth. The crossword puzzle was printed onto edible rice paper and the pen and cup were made from fondant icing. If doing this cake again I think I would get the crossword printed out onto icing rather than rice paper as I think printed icing gives a better finished look than printed rice paper.
Last up are cupcakes decorated with printed photographs for the birthday boy. The birthday boy’s wife sent over a selection of photographs she wanted to include and I ordered them online to be printed onto icing from EdiblePrints. The quality of the photographs sent over was good, when they are printed onto icing they do lose a little of the quality but still looked fabulous. The cupcakes were made up of two flavours – lemon and vanilla and they smelt delicious when all displayed in the box together. Each cupcake was decorated with a swirl in buttercream then topped with a circle of black icing, with the edible photograph on top.
This cake was made for a birthday party to celebrate Trisha tuning 40 (or 30+10!).
The shoe box was made from a 10″ square vanilla sponge cake with vanilla buttercream. It was covered in white icing and given a lid made out of black icing. The bright pink went perfectly with the black and white and roses were placed around the cake, along with a bow and ribbon.
For the high heel shoe I used Renshaws modelling paste. It was the first time I had used this brand of modelling paste as I have always used Squires however they didn’t have any white Squires flower paste left in stock at the shop. I sought advice from the shop keeper and they recommended Renshaws as they use it for their models all the time and love it.
I coloured it pink using fuchsia pink edible colouring and using a shoe template I cut out the parts needed for the shoe, put it together and left it to dry. Cake toppers can be tricky at times when trying to ensure stability, especially when it’s warm weather. I ended up making 3 shoes before I was happy with the final look and confident it would stay stood up.
Hints and tips I learnt
When it’s really warm use a piece of card underneath the sole of the shoe in an appropriate colour to help with the structure.
Put all the pieces together as quickly as possible before letting it stand to completely set, as playing with it once it starts to set only upsets it and can cause cracks.
Provide support for the shoe whilst it is setting to help it keep its shape – I made a stand out of card and tape which I placed under the arch until it was set.
I really enjoyed making this cake even with the shoe troubles in the warm weather. I hope Trisha had the best birthday ever and enjoyed eating cake to celebrate.
I have done a couple of hair and make-up themed cakes and they are lots of fun to do. This order came in asking for a cake similar to a previous one I had done. I made a few changes to the cake topper models to give it a fresh look. They were all made out of icing and were edible, apart from the shooting stars which were made from glittery card. With the warm weather at the moment, trying to make shooting stars out of icing, then getting them to stay at the top of a piece of wire is very tricky. As I have a craft room full of goodies I headed out of the kitchen and up to the craft room to pick out some fab card for the stars and numbers. These will stay in place and are not affected by the heat.
The cake was a vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling.
This cake was so much fun to make and it allowed me to use Candy melts again which I love using and they create a fab water effect – perfect for a swimming pool cake.
The cake was a vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream filling. Made from an 8″ square cake, shaped into a rectangle. The brief was Aqua Aerobics and it seems there have not been many Aqua Aerobic themed cakes made and put on the internet so far.
The board was covered in white icing, then using a square plunger cutter I marked it to look like tiles and replaced a few white tiles for green tiles. The sides of the cake were done in a similar way, this time the lines were made using a ruler with a few squares cut out with the plunger cutter and replaced with green.
The models were made and left to set over night, then in the morning I melted the candy melts and poured the mixture over the top of the cake and placed the models in before it set.
My dad loves to play bowls and for his birthday this year we took this theme and ran with it (although I’m not sure if running is allowed on the green!!).
I had been thinking it must be time to buy a new cake tin as I hadn’t bought one for a while! For this cake we needed a ball cake tin and surely this tin would get used lots so I was excited about the purchase.
The 2 tins come with a stand each which you can see underneath the ball on the above picture. I believe the next picture shows how verstile this cake tin can be!
I baked 2 cakes, one a chocolate sponge, the other a vanilla gluten free sponge. Covered them both in black icing and using left over cake I make a large cake pop for the jack and covered it in white icing.
The board was covered in green icing to create the crown green, with the 2 bowls placed on top, next to the jack.
This turned out to be a good experiment even though I didn’t plan it to be! I have been working on my gluten free sponge cake recipe for a while now, trying to improve the stability of the cake. It worked well when carving a shape out of the sponge – click here for the cake pictures
However in this situation the gluten free cake started to sag and lose it’s shape. I managed to shape it back a little with my hands, however if I did this again I would put a board in the middle where the 2 cakes meet and a couple of dowels to help it to stay strong.
We played a couple of hours of indoor bowls with the family, which had been booked as a surprise for my dad. We then headed back to my sisters for slow cooked pork sandwiches and rhurbarb, gooseberry and blackberry homemade crumble which was all delicious and of course we ate birthday cake.
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.
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!
With only a week and half to go until Kev’s birthday I was struggling for a theme and present ideas. As the panic started to set in I sat down and went through some ideas, bouncing them off people at work to get their thoughts and opinions. It was decided space had to be the theme of the birthday as 2013 would always be the year Kev nearly got to space!
For presents I got him a portable telescope and some new rockets, his card was a rocket card that took off and his cake was a Space Shuttle – to be precise – the Discovery space shuttle. I decided I needed to get him a rocket that would get him to Space as Lynx hadn’t sorted it for him.
The card was a lot of fun to make and I think it may be the start of having fun with movable cards. I made a template out of printer paper and once happy that it would work I made it out of black card and stuck it all together. You have to make a rocket noise as you lift the rockets up as I haven’t ventured into audio cards just yet – maybe next year!
The cake had to be planned out as I try and do as much of it as possible when Kev is out the house. I had Tuesday night whilst he headed to the basketball to bake it and get it in the freezer. Then Friday night to decorate it however we had a baby shower for my sister in law on Friday after work and we had Aunty Wendy and Cousin Emma staying over. After having so much fun at the baby shower I had no desire to start on the cake at 10.30pm Friday night so this left me about 2 hours Saturday morning to get the cake, carved, covered and decorated – this could prove interesting!
Saturday morning I set my alarm for 9am and got up and headed straight to the kitchen. I had Emma on standby in case I needed assistance or backup and Kev was in bed so out the way for the secret cake work.
I got busy carving the cake using the diagram I had made showing how long and wide everything needed to be. I then butter-creamed it all together and covered it with white ready to roll icing. I then decorated it using the pictures I had printed of a real Discovery Space Shuttle. I mixed black colour paste with rejuvenator spirit and painted the black detail on. It took me 2 ½ hours to complete the cake and I was pretty impressed with this. It turned out well and looked like a space shuttle yeay! If I had more time I may have spent longer on the detail as the real space shuttle has a little more on it including American flags and I would like to have done a bit more with the boosters and tail of the shuttle, but I had to step away.
I am not sure this cake will be of any use to get Kev to space as we have eaten most of it now, but it was delicious and Kev deserved a fantastic cake for being a fab husband and amazing cake assistant!
We never seem to get very good photographs of the cakes I make for Kev’s birthdays, we must try harder!
My nephew was having a super hero party for his 5th birthday. He loves all super heroes goodies and baddies and he is being educated well by his Uncle and others to learn all about them. He loves watching The Hulk on Kev’s phone and can spend hours around the house being The Hulk or Superman and he has an impressive Super Hero costume collection that it growing and growing!
He had mentioned to his Dad he would quite like a Thor Hammer cake, however I had concerns that the hammer cake would not be big enough to feed everyone as he was having friends round for a bouncy castle party and the adults are always keen to have cake too.
I was off skiing and would be away for the party so I had to be super organised and make sure the cake was all done and ready to go before I jetted off. Due to time restraints I got straight on the phone to Carol at Baby Cakes and Roses (click here to visit her shop) and ordered some edible printing on fondant of all the different superhero badges and emblems. This would add a special effect to the cake and be quick to place on the cake.
The Hammer head was made from cake covered in icing, the hammer handle was made from card and wrapped in brown material. I realised I would struggle to make the handle out of anything I had in the baking cupboard so I headed upstairs to the craft room and found card and brown material that looked fab and gave the effect I wanted.
The cake was chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream filing.
When Kev’s birthday comes around it is time to get my thinking hat on for a fab theme for this birthday cake. He puts up with a lot of kitchen stress and trials and tribulations and has become the best cake assistance ever so I like to make him a super special cake to say thank you and Happy Birthday!
This year we were off to Harry Potter Studios as part of the birthday week fun so a Harry Potter themed cake seemed perfect. I had to be rather clever when organising and planning the cake as we were away for the week, landing home on the Friday which left me with Friday night to ice and decorate it, which was not loads of time. I therefore did all my modelling and colouring of icing and baked the cakes ready, to ensure Friday night would run as smooth as possible.
I had ordered some printing onto fondant from Baby Cakes and Roses cake shop which we were picking up on the way home from London, which I had to sneakily get in the car without Kev seeing!
The cake was a large open book with the gryffindor emblem on one page and text from the books and films which I had picked out. I had modeled Harry’s wand, the golden snitch and a pair of glasses. I had also asked Lou Lou if she would be able to make some Bertie Botts every flavour beans as Lou has an ever growing selection of food flavours which I felt made her the perfect candidate for the job! Her son Ben joined in on the mission and they turned up with a bag full of beans, all different colours and flavours – thanks lots and lots guys.
I was really happy with how the cake turned out and I am officially won over by the edible printing as it looked fantastic and to do that by hand would have taken forever and been rather stressful.
We had a fantastic week of birthday adventures, Harry Potter Studios was amazing, click here to visit their website and plan you own trip! We spent a day in London doing all the sites we could squeeze in, had a cocktail with my cousin who lives down there and went to see Jesus Christ SuperStar which was also brilliant.