Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cake for a Ruby Wedding Anniversary

I read somewhere recently Quatrefoil is this years new chevron. So the side detail on this cake kind of works with that theme. I covered the cake with very pale ivory fondant and then used my newish cutter to painstakingly decorate the sides. It took forever, but I do think it lends a certain sophistication to the cake.
Sugar roses and tulips in various shades of red tie in with the Ruby Anniversary theme, however I did read Nasturtium is the floral representation of a ruby anniversary, oh well, red flowers were requested.
I particularly like the little berries I have added for a bit of contrast. Like Nigella always says a little bit of child labour never goes astray. My youngest son was at a loose end so he was commandeered to help roll lots of tiny little balls of sugar paste, the novelty wore of pretty quickly, but I do like these berries and can't wait to make some more.
I hope the Ruby wedding anniversary was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations 40 years of marriage is quite amazing. The cake was 6' chocolate with dark chocolate ganache.
Hope you like the pictures, thanks for dropping by. xx

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pretty Floral and Teal Cake

Now and then you make a cake that you really quite like and are quite sad to see it go out the door to it's new home. This cake is one of those for me. I had free reign in the design { thanks to lovely Sophie's mum for trusting me } and was just asked to make a
 smallish cake in the same colours as the box of tea bags.

The only stipulation was to have the cake teal coloured. Instantly I had a mental picture of what I wanted to design and how I wanted the finished cake to look and I have to say the finished cake came pretty close to that first mental image.
The cake is an extended tier 6' round { which would probably serve 12-15 coffee portions } and is chocolate with dark chocolate ganache. Everything on the cake is made from sugar paste and no wires from the flowers are inserted into the cake. They are encased in a ball of icing so that prior to cutting the cake they can be removed by sliding the knife carefully along the top of the cake and releasing the Royal Icing which secures it. This way the flowers can be kept as a keepsake. They look fabulous under a glass dome and will last for a long time.
The cake was made for Sophie's birthday, which she is celebrating tomorrow with some friends around for a high tea. Joy !
The flowers are mostly just fantasy style with a couple of little roses to keep them company. The Teal colour is achieved by using Americolour gel paste Teal.
A little smattering of gold edible paint here and there, some berries, sugar feathers and voila.
Happy Birthday Sophie have an amazing celebration. xx
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and thanks for dropping by. xx
P.S. Don't you just love my new cake stand, I couldn't resist it.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dr Who, A Confirmation and A Tea Cup

As the title suggests three very different cakes.
Dr Who's Tardis took me completely out of my comfort zone and into the sci fi world of cakey creations. Not a flower in sight and took forever to ganache. The cake was chocolate 5' square and about 20-25cm tall. I so wish I had an airbrush, that would have allowed me to paint it up with edible paint and make it look more realistic.
Note to self, must get an airbrush. If anyone can recommend the best brand of airbrushes all information gratefully accepted.

Next a Confirmation cake for a young man, again no flowers. Eek. The colour scheme red, blue silver and white. Cake was chocolate and the cross was edible.

Lastly a pretty sugar teacup and flowers, lots of gorgeous little blooms. The teacup was hand moulded out of candy icing and filled to the brim with little pretties. This is actually a project my gorgeous students are working on, so can't wait to see what they come up with.
I think This would look totally stylish on a vintage wedding cake or just one for the tea lover. Enjoy.


Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Little Birdie

I made this cute cake topper for a little girls 2nd birthday. The log is made out of dark chocolate and everything is edible apart from the little birds head whish is polystyrene covered in fondant. All the other decorations are made out of fondant.
Hope it was a great party. xx

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Mixed Interest Cake

When asked to make Luca's 13th birthday cake I do what I always do, that is ask some questions about the person. Things like what are their hobbies, interests, favourite colours etc. { I have known Luca since he was a baby, just a few days old in fact}
However one should never assume to know everything about somebody.
So the answers to my questions were. Luca likes soccer, basketball, juggling, and fishing.  Great I thought, that will  work and this is the cake I came up with. I decided to incorporate all the things Luca likes on one cake. Hope you like it. I think the fish is my favourite part. The cake is chocolate with dark chocolate ganache.
Hope you had a very happy birthday Luca.
Thanks for dropping by, enjoy the rest of the week. xx