Stunning wedding cake for a very special couple

I had the pleasure of making the wedding cake for Addie and Ian’s special day.

We worked hard to come up with the perfect design that fit within their budget and that also provided them with plenty of cake to share with their wedding guests.

The bottom tier was vanilla sponge with a vanilla buttercream filling and the top tier was a delicious lemon sponge with a lemon buttercream filling.  Covered in ivory icing, decorated with handmade sugar craft roses and ribbon.  My friend Lou Lou baked the top tier as part of their wedding gift as Addie is a good friend of hers.  I love team work on cakes 🙂

Photo courtesy of Geoff Salisbury Photography

Photo Geoff Salisbury Photography


I have been doing some research on fondant as I have been using Massa Ticino sugarpaste for wedding cakes which is rather expensive but does give a beautiful finish and it lovely to work with.  Lots of people recommend Couture as a cost effective and still very good alternative.  Using this would mean I could bring the price of the cake down a little.

It was nice to work with and better than your supermarket brands but no way near as good as Massa Ticino so I will be continuing to use that for all future wedding cakes. At least I have done some research and can justify the cost 😄

Addie and Ians wedding cake 2 tier pale green and ivory roses (4)

Addie and Ians wedding cake 2 tier pale green and ivory roses (3)

Last few cakes made at Mill Lane

The Hours of Fun kitchen is now closed for a few weeks as we move house. Here is one of the last few cakes made in this kitchen.  I will be sad to say goodbye as this kitchen has been fantastic and has been home to lots of amazing cakes and where I have spent many hours learning new skills and trying new techniques.

 

 

A special birthday Disney cake

I was asked to make a very special birthday cake for an 18th birthday celebration.  The birthday girl is a big fan of Disney and in particular Beauty and the Beast.  Google images is a fantastic place to go for cake inspiration.  When searching for Beauty and the Beast cake ideas a lot of them are bright and colourful, with models of the various characters, however it was decided the cake needed to be a little more sophisticated and grown up with it being for an 18th.   Inspiration was taken from a black and white design that the customer had seen with a stunning red rose as the cake topper.  The design was agreed with the quote provided for the top of the cake.

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

The cake was an 8” red velvet sponge cake with vanilla buttercream filling and covered in white fondant icing.  Beauty and the Beast were drawn on the front of the cake using an edible black ink pen.  This cake design would have benefited from an airbrush, as creating the smudged look surrounding the drawn design was tricky using black edible ink and a sponge.  An airbrush kit is on my wish list but it is likely to be a little while before I can invest in one unfortunately!  The quote was written onto a piece of icing, again using the edible black ink pen and placed next to the beautiful red rose.  The rose was made from red fondant mixed with Tilo powder with green wire and florist tape used for the stem.  I love making flowers so I really enjoyed making this cake topper.  I have a order coming up at the end of the month which is a cake covered in flowers which I am super excited about making!

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A few more delicious, made to order cakes

It has been so busy in the Hours of Fun kitchen we still have lots of cakes to share with you.  Here are three very different cakes made for three birthdays.

 

First up a cake for a karaoke loving birthday girl celebrating her 80th birthday.  Dressed in a gorgeous gold dress singing her heart out.  The cake topper was made from FIMO (oven baked modelling clay) and came with a box for it to be kept in as a forever keepsake.

The cake was a vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling, covered in fondant with wires curled to shoot out the top of the cake with edible stars.

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Next up was a special cake for a little girl celebrating her 4th birthday.  This little girl was involved in the designn and after a few changes of theme and flavour it was decided to go for Sofia the First and chocolate sponge with chocolate filling.  Sofia the first and Clover were non-edible cake toppers which the birthday girl could keep and play with after all the cake had been eaten up.

Due to the size of the cake toppers a last minute change to the design was made, which the customer was happy to go with.  As this included a extra tier of cake for no extra charge I did a vanilla sponge as the birthday girl had been torn between the two flavours!  This was an elegant cake for a beautiful birthday girl.

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Last up was a cake for a super gorgeous little boy turning 2 and he loves the Twirlywoos and he was getting the big red boat for his birthday.  The cake was a vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream shaped into the big red boat.  I modelled the Twirlywoo characters out of fondant and was super proud that the three quacky ducks perched on top of the boat stayed in place as this is often the challenge when modelling cake toppers from fondant for display on a cake!  I really enjoyed making this cake as it was so colourful and fun.

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Cupcakes for all occasions

There has been a flurry of cupcakes orders received at Hours of Fun over the last few weeks.  Cupcakes for Teachers, Olympic parties, Maternity leave, Birthdays and Hen Parties.

First up we have Olympic rings and medals topping a vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream.  Helping to celebrate the end of the Olympics at an office party.

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I love buying new cake equipment and tools and these order gave me the perfect excuse to buy a new mould.  This mould is full of super cute baby items which I used to top these Vanilla, Red Velvet and Chocolate cupcakes.

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Maternity leave baby cupcakes

Thank you gifts for Teachers at the end of the year can be tricky; you may want to stick to a budget, try to buy them something different or leave it so late it ends up being a last minute panic.  Cupcakes are a lovely way to say thank you and come in a box with a handmade tag that the child can write themselves.  We can do any flavour and also offer a gluten free cupcakes for anyone with a gluten allergy.

Teacher cupcakes

I’ve had a few hen do cake orders however this was the first time I had been asked for rude ones!  You know what this meant – time for a new mould!!  These were a lot of fun to make and when delivered to the customer’s work place, they caused a big discussion and attracted a lot of attention!  The cake toppers were made from fondant and placed on top of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, some of the toppers were even chocolate flavoured!!

Hen do cupcakes

Birthday cupcakes come in all shapes and sizes.  These were lemon and vanilla cupcakes with photos printed on to sheets of icing as the toppers.  Printing onto edible icing or rice paper is a fabulous way to personalise a cake.

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Last up with have bright and colourful daisy cupcakes.  A mixture of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes baked in cases decorated with daisies.  Two different colours were piped together to create the striking swirl with a fondant daisy placed on top.    These were ordered as a leaving gift at work.

Rainbow cupcakes

Cupcakes are £1.50 each or buy a box of 12 for £15.00 and are perfect for all occasions.

The birthday girl’s favourite Roald Dahl book as a cake!

It was my sister in law’s sister’s birthday party and it wasn’t just any old birthday party, it was to celebrate her turning 40 so a super duper cake was required.  We had a chat about themes and ideas and my sister in law suggested The Twits as that was the birthday girl’s favourite book as a child.   Without any hesitation I jumped on this idea as it sounded like so much fun to make.

 

The party was a surprise, so in secret we swapped messages as we both did a little research and remembered how fantastic the book is with so many fabulous things in it that we could include on the cake.

I baked a square 8″ lemon sponge and shaped it into a rectangle so it was now a book shape.  I ordered some printing from eat my face who are super quick and efficient at edible printing, this was to be used as the book cover.  I haven’t used rice paper for this type of edible printing before as I have always had the printing done on fondant.  It is good to experiment and I was keen to see how it worked.  If doing it again I would probably choose a book cover to be printed on icing as the rice paper has a tendency to curl up slightly at the edges, so doesn’t want to lie flat.  To combat it’s desire to curl I made a thin border out of strips of icing to frame the printed rice paper sheet and keep it in place.

I baked a 6″ lemon sponge cake which came out with a slight dome where it had risen – this was the perfect shape for a pie, I didn’t have to do anything to it other than slice it to layer it with buttercream.  I then covered it in coloured icing, which I then painted with liquid brown food colouring to give texture and colour.  I crimped the edges using a crimper tool.  I made birds legs from flower paste and left them to go hard overnight.  I then made a few holes in the top of the pie and slotted the legs into place – this created a fabulous Roly-Poly bird pie which I then placed on the board next to the book.

 

 

The Twits

This cake was so much fun to make and the birthday girl loved it.  I wasn’t there when she cut into it, but I had requested they got a photo of her eating the pie!!

Roly-Poly bird pie

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A Technics Deck birthday cake for a superstar DJ!

I had the pleasure of making a birthday cake for DJ Seb Fontaine at the weekend.  It was quickly decided that the cake should be a Technics turn table with the record playing being Fiji – Seb’s signature tune which we all love to hear him play in a club.

 

I was really looking forward to making this cake as I have made a couple of record players and when you get the chance to make a cake design more than once you get to make improvements, step it up a little and challange yourself.

I decided this time the cake needed to be raised up from the board so the design could include feet and I was keen to use Mikado mint chocolate sticks again for the needle arm as this had worked really well last time.

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The cake was a vanilla sponge with buttercream filling baked as a 8″ square and shaped into a rectangle.  It was covered in black icing.  I used homemade marshmellow rice crispies to make a small platform for the record to sit on and the feet for the record player, these were covered in black icing.  I commited to putting individual tiny silver balls on the cake that looked fab, but as soon as I started I realised I had a very fidly and repetative task ahead!

 

We presented the cake to Seb just as he started his set at Voom at The Studio in Nantwich.  Happy birthday Seb.  Hope you enjoyed eating the cake and thanks for playing for us on Friday 🙂

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Alouis 30 Oct 08 record player decks
Made back in 2008 before I had completed my  cake courses

 

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Record player – made last year

Jimmy Choo high heel cake for a special 30 + 10 birthday girl

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.

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Hints and tips I learnt

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Pink and black Jimmy Choo shoe box and high heel birthday cake (1)

A 50th birthday cake for a hair and make up girl

 

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.

 

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Handmade bunting, pink and girly for a baby girl

Coming soon to the Hours of Fun website – handmade, personalised bunting made to order.  Hours of Fun can make bunting for any occasion – new baby or baby shower, birthday present or decoration, congratulations, party decorations and much more.

The brief for this order was pink and girly which is always fun to do.  I used fleece for each flag, cutting them out using pinking shears to give a zig zag finish on the edges.  (This also stops any fraying of the material).  Each letter for the name was machine sewn onto the flags and a button was added to each of the loops at the end of the bias, once the bias was sewn onto each flag.

Wrapped in pink tissue paper, with a ribbon and tag it was ready for the baby shower.  I hope the mum to be likes it 🙂

 

 

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Packaged and ready to go
Packaged and ready to go

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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