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!

3D John Sutch crane – at times I just hear myself saying yes…!!

When providing ideas for a cake request I like to include options which present different types of cake, across a variety of prices.  I was asked to do a cake for a customer who has booked their wedding cake in with me, to be made this September and she asked for a crane.

I sent over ideas for a 2D design, a small crane modelled as a cake topper and a 3D crane with the actual cake made as the crane – the order placed was for the latter – the challenge was on!

On the John Sutch website they provide full dimensions of each model of crane which was very helpful in designing the cake, although the cranes are rather long and slim and to make a cake to the correct dimension would require either a tiny cake or a very long board so adjustments had to be made to allow it to be made from a 10″ square cake.

Kev made the structure for the cake but cutting out pieces of wood that would be the base of the cake, lifting it off the cake board to allow for the wheels.

The cake was cut from a 10″ square, layered with buttercream and jam.  Each section of the crane was covered in icing and decorated with detail.

The arm of the crane was supported by a piece of cake board cut to size and supported with rise crispie squares covered in icing.  This meant everything about it was edible.

I really enjoyed making this cake and was happy that I had risen to the challenge and succeeded.  Apparently a photograph of the cake was even sent over to John Sutch Cranes!

 

John Sutch crane
John Sutch crane
Cakes made for adults
Cakes made for adults
John Sutch Crane
John Sutch Crane

 

 

 

 

Hours of Fun with cakes and new tools

The Hours of Fun kitchen has been busy since opening two months ago, baking delicious cakes to order and there have been a few family birthdays where a cake is a must.

New equipment has been added to the cake tool box and new edible cake decorations have been tested out.  The adventure has been a lot of fun and here we can share the new things learnt, new tools purchased and have a look back at some of the creations made.

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Impression mats

Flower impression mat  The latest addition to my impression set is the PME floral design sugarpaste icing impression mat.  Impression mats, rolling pins and crimpers are a fantastic, yet simple way to decorate a cake.  They can be used on icing and marzipan and you could get a collection for your craft kit as they work on fimo, clay, playdough etc.

 Edible fun

A new flavour has been added to the collection  – English Toffee and it is yummy!  Simply add a little flavouring to your cake batter or mix it in with your buttercream.  These flavours are fantastic for jazzing up your cakes and allowing to offer a variety of flavours, there really is any flavour you can think of.  I have also tried edible sparking sugar crystals for the first time as they caught my eye whilst shopping to stock up on silver balls.  They can be used instead of silver balls or glitter and give a more rough and ready look.

  Sparkling sugar crystals metallic silver  English toffee flavouring  Silver edible balls in different sizes

My favourite new experiment has been with Wilton candy melts as I first spotted these some time ago in my local cake shop and didn’t have a reason to use them.  My brother in law’s cake had a swimming themed bottom tier – perfect for some blue candy melts spread across the board.  You can get them in a range of colours and they can be coloured if you can’t find the one you need.  You simply melt the candy, spread where you require and let it set.

Wilton candy melts  close up on blue wilton candy melt

The other main purchase in the first couple of months has been boards and boxes as I am lucky enough to already have a varied and well equipped cake tool box.  I will continue to add to my tools and edible treats as i place new orders and require new bits and bobs, however boxes and boards are a continuous requirement.  All these additions, including a new Number 2 tin and along with the protein bar business have demanded more storage in the kitchen, perfect excuse to go shopping for shelves.

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Hen do cupcakes

I was asked to make some cupcakes for a hen do.  We went through some ideas and a few pictures were chosen to give the direction for the design.

We went for red and white colours keeping them pretty, staying away from any rude decorations!  I used the texture rolling pins and mats to imprint the icing, then using cutters I did four different designs across the cupcakes.  I had a lot of fun making them, sat at my cake table cutting out shapes and frilling some of them.

The cupcakes are a mixture of chocolate and vanilla sponge, placed in cupcake boxes that hold 12.

Hen do cupcakes red and white design1 Hen do cupcakes red and white design2 Hen do cupcakes red and white design3