I was asked to make a retirement cake for a very special person retiring from a working life of helping others, completing her final day at Marie Curie Hospice. It was an honour to make the cake, and knowing Ana as I do I know she loves cake so would appreicate it on all levels!
I have made a few cakes on a doctor/nurse theme and always enjoy making them. The cake was shaped as a scrubs top in the colours Ana had to wear at work. All nursing tops need a nurses watch too, with a pen in the pocket.
The cake was a chocolate sponge with salted caramel buttercream.
I wanted to give an update on the latest cakes i have made for Free Cakes for Kids. One was a Spiderman cake for a little boy, which was a lot of fun to make. I went with a blue cake covered in a massive spider’s web, with Spiderman’s head on the top. This is a fairly easy design for a cake and I had a lot of fun with the piping bag and some fondant mixed with a little water to draw the web on.
The other was for a retiring head teacher. The school he was leaving had joined up with Free Cakes for Kids and would be ordering cakes through them in the future. After having a look at the School’s website I decided to go with green and white with a brown picket fence.
The latest cake was dinosaur cake for a special birthday boy. I had so much fun making this cake. I had made a dinosaur cake for my best friend a couple of years ago (click here for the pictures) so I was keen to try a different dinosaur. He was made from vanilla sponge cake with vanilla frosting. He was made from a 8″ square cake and some rice crispie squares, stacked then carved to shape.
I have enjoyed getting involved with Free Cakes for Kids so much and attended their network day at the central library a few weeks ago, which was a fantastic event and a lot of fun. I love what the charity stands for and as I bake cakes lots of cakes anyway a few extra here and there makes no difference to me but it makes a little boy or girl very happy. I am hoping I can get involved more with the charity and support them in providing this amazing service across Liverpool. If you enjoy baking cakes and fancy getting involved visit their website http://www.freecakesforkids.org.uk/ to find your nearest contact.
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!