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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Aqua aerobics class celebrating a 70th birthday

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.

 

Hey presto an Aqua Aerobics themed cake!!

 

 

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Graduation cake, cake to say congratulations

Graduation is a perfect opportunity for cake and it is a lovely way to say congratulations.

This cake was a chocolate sponge with chocolate filling.  The mortar board (graduation cap) was made from a small chocolate sponge cake covered in icing.

When the weather is warm fondant can be tricky to work with as the heat makes it soften.  To keep the shape of the scroll I placed a drinking straw inside it and left it there until delivery was due.  This made sure the fondant set in the shape I wanted even with the warm weather.

 

graduation cake
graduation cake

Graduating as a Doctor – A time to celebrate with cake!

I was asked to do a graduation cake for a special someone graduating to become a doctor, I had done a cake for their 21st birthday when they were off to train as a doctor, so I was honoured to be asked again.  The previous cake was a doctors coat, click here to see pictures.  Therefore we wanted this cake to be a little different but on the same theme.

The mortarboard on the top of the cake was made from homemade rice crispie squares.  This was the first time I had used rice crispie squares and couldn’t believe how easy they were to make.  I followed nigella’s recipe, click here to try it yourself.

The decorations were made from ready roll fondant, coloured as required.  The message was written on a bandage, all this was decorating an 8” round chocolate sponge with chocolate frosting.  Congratulations Nicola, you have done amazing and your dad is super proud.

 

 

Graduation doctors
Graduation doctors

hours of fun home made cake doctor nurse graduation

Louise ad Emlyn’s wedding cake 4 tier wonky purple, silver and ivory

When we heard the exciting news about our friends tying the knot we knew a fantastic cake was to be created for their special day.  We sat with the happy couple and went through some ideas with them to gain an insight into would like.  The decision was made to make a wonky cake (also known as a mad hatter cake, tospy turvy cake or asymmetrical cake).

I was a little nervous about this as I had not done a wonky cake as a wedding cake before and the idea of making a wonky cake look wedding cake perfect seemed a challenge, however I was working with my cake partner in crime Lou Lou and I had great faith that she could carry us through this challenge.

We had the style sorted, colour scheme as purple, silver and ivory, our friend Chris was making a fimo bride and groom along with fimo models of their cats as a surprise and we were having petal paste flowers – the plan was in place.

I headed over to Lou Lou’s house with the petal paste flowers, where she had baked the cakes all ready for decorating and we got to work icing and decorating the cake.  It took us two evenings to get the cake finished and it all went fairly smoothly.  We work really well as a team, getting on with things, talking things through when needed, keeping on top of the cleaning and mainly having fun.  By the end of the first night we had a clean kitchen along with a cake all iced and stacked ready for the detail.  The second night we had Chris with us as he had finished the fimo characters and they were ready for the cake.  We set to decorating the cake, added the bride, groom, cats and flowers to get an idea of the finished piece and then stepped away happy with our creation.

The cake was set up at the wedding in time for the wedding breakfast as a surprise as they were not expecting it to be set up until the evening do.  The cake looked amazing and the happy couple loved it.  Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Jones, we had such a fantastic day and wish you years of happiness and laughter together.  Thanks for letting us make your wedding cake we had a lot of fun!

4 tier wonky wedding cake
4 tier wonky wedding cake
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Handmade fimo cat
Handmade fimo cat
Handmade cat & flowers
Handmade cat & flowers

 

The top tier was lemon which we placed in a box and gave to the bride and groom to take home and enjoy.  The second tier was chocolate, then lemon, with the bottom tier vanilla.  The flowers we white roses and purple lisianthus made from edible petal paste.  I had never made lisianthus before and I am now proud to add them to my flower collection.

Spring colours, shooting stars birthday cake

Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate buttercream filling.  A spring coloured birthday cake to celebrate a 60th birthday.  Simple decoration with stars shooting out from the centre of the cake, stars decorating the cake and Happy Birthday message done using my tappits.  Although they should be called flickits as you clearly have to give them a flick to get the icing out, a tap doesn’t do it!

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My super talented best friend and her card making skills

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If you have ever met my friend Lorraine you will know she is not only amazing and gorgeous but she is super talented and can turn her hand at most things from card making to replacing broken windows in your house!

Every year she makes me a spectacular card for my birthday and her card making skills over the last few years have developed to produce some beautiful cards and some unique and complex designs.  One of her work colleagues is a passionate card maker and she shares with Lorraine all sorts of wonderful card designs, testing her to try something new.  Lorraine will often show me the latest cards she has been given to try and if she passes them on to me they usually require a short training session to understand how to make the template!

This years card was amazing.  It arrived in an envelope and felt quite thick with a bit of weight to it.  I opened it up to see a folded design with a ribbon tied in a bow around it.  I untied the bow and revealed a beautiful concertina style design that opened up and went all the way round so the ends met at the other side.  The ribbon could then be tied in a bow to hold it in place.

It was beautiful.  The attention to detail was perfect as she had matched front colours to backing colours along with different stamped designs on each side with different shapes cut out.  The pictures were made using ink stamps and embossing powder, along with a heating tool to produce the finished embossed texture.

I loved it a lot and it stood well in the lounge on display for over a month after my birthday.  I have kept it as I keep all handmade cards I receive, however I need to leave this one in the craft room for a while so i can ensure I take on the challenge of making one myself!

 

Homemade wedding cake for my best friend’s little brother.

When I was at school and first met my friend Kelly we went on some amazing holidays with her family as they were kind enough to take me along.  We stayed in caravans in Cornwall and up in Scotland and stopped at lots of Little Chefs for food on our travels.  With the travelling this also meant we spent a lot of time in the car with Kelly, her brother Russell and me sat on the back seat.  We had so much fun on these holidays and Russell wasnt too annoying for a little brother and we kept him in line!

When Kelly told me the news Russell was getting married and also would be a father a couple of months before the big day I was extremely happy for him but also stunned! Surely Russell wasnt old enough to be getting married and having children, he was only 8 in my head!!  I find that when friend’s little siblings reach the age of 18, 21 and older, it freaks me out more than anything else does on age and growing older.

I met with them to talk through the cake ideas and they had a picture of a cake they really liked.  It was a pleasure meeting Nicola, Russell’s wife to be at the time and to see Russell all grown up and settled in his life.

Their wedding was on Monday and the sunshine was out for them – yeay!  The venue looked gorgeous and we saw the bride looking very calm and relaxed about her big day, I also got to have a peak at her dress hung up in her room, it was amazing.  The cake was set up and we left them to continue getting ready.

 

The cake was a 4 tier sponge wedding cake.

Bottom tier  – vanilla sponge with buttercream,

2nd tier – chocolate sponge with chocolate frosting,

3rd and top tier – gluten-free vanilla sponge cake with buttercream.

I also did an additional fruit cake which was not put on display.  I had concerns about the strength of the gluten-free cake and whether they could hold a fruit cake, so I choose to make a top tier gluten-free and I gave the hotel a display box to put it in so the bride and groom could take it home with them as a little gift.

The decoration was simple and elegant and I really enjoyed making the cake.  I need to explore ways of making my individual cakes as flat as possible on the top to ensure a strong and straight stacking of cakes – I may need to purchase a spirit level to add to my cake kit.

I hope the new Mr and Mrs Horrocks had an extra special day and I hope Kelly had a fantastic day looking gorgeous as bridesmaid.

Congratulations xxx