You may remember a couple of weeks ago I put up a post titled ‘Turtle Power’ showcasing a two cute little fondant turtles I had made in anticipation of a 12th birthday cake I had been asked to make for twins Billie & Frankie.
The cake was inspired by a hint of vintage (of course!) combined with the girls love of pink and flowers so I decided to theme the cake as though the turtles had been caught in a gust of wind that had blown beautiful flowers cascading down all around them. This is to date my favourite cake to have made and I really hope that when the two girls in question see it for the first time they are as happy with it on their Birthday as I was to make it for them.
A good friend of mine turned 30 this week and of course an event like this cannot be allowed to pass without the addition of a birthday cake to remember! The birthday boy in question is an architectural photographer (you can check out his work here!) so naturally it seemed right to create a camera out of cake…overambitious? yes. Up for the challenge? erm yes. Camera Cake here we go…
It started with some different angled photographs taken of his very own Canon EOS 5D Mark II – If I was going to attempt a camera cake then it was going to be his camera for sure! I then baked a huge 14″ chocolate cake to carve all of the relevant pieces out of once baked and cooled using cardboard templates I had drawn out using the photographs. As I was carving the cake the word ‘overambitious’ sprung into my mind again and there was a definate moment of panic where I wondered what I could do with the now massacred, sorry I mean carved, cake.
I covered each of the relevant pieces in black fondant – and just so you know what a job that is in itself, I still have black fondant adorning my work area! I then proceeded to assemble the cake using chocolate buttercream as an edible glue. All that was remaining was to mix some edible white paint with clear alcohol and start adding all the details that stop the cake looking like just a big black blob!
As I finished the last bit of hand-painting a took a step back, a sigh of relief and a small but sure smile crept across my face as I realised that it did actually look like a camera, and not just any camera – his camera – happy days!
I thought I would share these adorable little sugar paste turtles that I spent yesterday afternoon making ready for a 12th birthday cake I will be making in a couple of weeks! (full cake post then) They just have that ‘awww’ factor that perfectly suits a cold winters afternoon snuggled up in doors!
There are two things in this world I love – 1. Anything Vintage 2. Cupcakes. So I was super excited to combine these two things together and create this collection of Vintage inspired Cupcakes. I was given a button mould for Christmas (lucky me!) and couldn’t wait to use it, there is something so satisfying about pushing a tiny piece of sugar paste into the mould and being given in return the cutest little perfectly formed buttons.
I decided to use a colour scheme of blue, pink and yellow adding a touch of Caramel/Ivory Sugarflair to each ball of sugar paste as I mixed the base colour as this adds a beautiful vintage hue.
As I would be using the button mould to create some of my decorations I decided to also include a simple yet delicate quilt like stitching on some of the cupcakes helping bring the theme perfectly together. Finally each and every single detail on each cupcake was lavishly covered in a shimmering edible pearl dust so that they sparkle elegantly as soon as the light catches them.
I think these cupcakes would suit many a different occasion; Wedding, Baby Shower, Birthday, or even just because you think you deserve a treat…am I right?
I have always had a soft spot for my childhood favourite – Mr Whippy Ice-cream. I can remember waiting on a hot summer’s day for the van to noisely rumble down our street with its unmistakable completely out of tune nursery rhyme or ‘jitty’ playing as it tempts all the children out of their front doors like the Pied Piper…
I made these cupcakes with that in mind creating a vanilla cupcake with soft creamy swirls of buttercream and finishing them with a lavish drizzling of caramel sauce, the beauty of these is they can be enjoyed any day of the year whether the summer sunshine is out or not!
With January in full swing, I figured it was about time I put some of the beautiful cookery books to use that I was kindly bought for Christmas! I also received a Whoopie Pie baking tray…and combining that with The Hummingbird Bakery’s recipe for Milk Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies away I went…
Having done a little research the first Whoopie Pie was made in the 1920’s and it seems a bit of a toss up between whether the Amish were responsible or the lovely residents of Pensylvania…either way I am grateful for this sweet little invention!
The Whoopie Pie is almost like a mixture between a cookie and a cake, and when making the batter this is also clear in its consistency then think Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice-cream in taste (whilst raw) and you are there!
I chose to go for a chocolate and vanilla buttercream instead of the marshmellow fluff suggested in the recipe and here are the results…
Here is another birthday cake made in the month of December for a 90th Birthday Celebration. The cake is a very simple and stylistic monochrome two-tiered creation.
The birthday boy…no, gentleman (probably more appropriate) has a love for the wonderful architecture in Paris and so the cake was themed around this. The cake is a rich and delicious carrot cake spiced with cinnamon and frosted with a sugary vanilla cream cheese buttercream.
It was finished with a hand drawn Eiffel Tower using edible ink – for which I cannot take the credit – The talented Gareth Thyer bravely took on that task! I think the finished cake was very elegant and appropriate for a 90th birthday, take a look…
Cupcakes have become more and more popular for gift giving…be it to toast the arrival of a new baby, to celebrate a birthday or special event, or maybe even to just add a little edible sparkle at special times of the year such as Christmas, Easter and New Year!
These cupcakes were ordered by one of my closest friends for whom I had also made her wedding cupcake tower. The children at the wedding loved the cakes so much that Louisa wanted to surprise them at Christmas with their own personalised batch of sparkling cupcakes..
During December I was set the task of creating a birthday cake that had a little old lady and a black labrador on top – descriptively I was told it should look just like my labrador friend Louie…I have to say I had so much fun making this cake!
I decided to sit the old lady in a green meadow picking flowers in the grass with her faithful friend sitting next to her, the final characters turned out so cutely! I have since found out that the birthday girl who received this cake loved the little characters so much she wanted to keep them…but her actual doggy companion had other ideas and quickly devoured them whilst left alone for only a few moments! All I can say is typical labrador behaviour!
The cake hidden under the fondant icing is a rich dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache buttercream.
I am currently trying to catch up on blog posts having just about recovered from the festive season in which I have been busier than ever creating delicious cakes and treats!
As it was Christmas I decided to add a hint of ginger (a festive spice!) and little miniature gingerbread men for that final festive flare! I should add however that these cakes are to be enjoyed at any time of the year and work just as well without the ginger in all their caramel goodness!
These particular cupcakes seem to be a firm favourite with family and friends due to their indulgently rich gooey caramel centre that oozes out as you sink your teeth in…