Tuesday, March 31, 2009
There's something about clothes that draws me in... wonder how I'd go with Love and Clothes... hmm.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I don't usually use more than three main colours but these four worked well together! The baby shower itself carried all four colours consistently the whole way through so it was nice to see it tie in neatly (hehe).
Before anyone mentions the lack of boy cupcakes, here are some created for a birthday boy who's a locksmith by trade - hence his 2 special lock & key cupcakes. I had to hold back on the usual polka dots and stripes... well just a little, hehe. I hope they turned out sufficiently boyish! Comments or suggestions welcome as I'm sure these won't be the last boy cupcakes I'll do (and I know there are some tough boy critics out there)!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I hope you can recognise all the different sushi, I think the birthday girl + friends did. When I went searching for inspiration, I found loads of sushi cakes on Google so I had no shortage of ideas... seems to be a popular theme. Glad I have now made my contribution to the array of sushi cakes flying around cyberspace!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I’ve worked out that I prefer variety. Even if there was some smashingly cute design, 16 of them wouldn’t look as pleasing to the eye as maybe 4 of them complemented by some simpler ones (in my humble opinion). Does THAT make sense? Ooh I think I better go lie down. Hehe
PS. There are three flavours hidden under all that icing - mud choc, vanilla and peanut butter. And the choc icing is Tia Maria. Hope they liked them!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Cupcakes are small size in assorted flavours with chocolate/vanilla icing on top
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
One of the cupcakes is missing a big heart that says “Bride to be”. I provided this separately to be placed on just before they gave these to the future bride, but I heard it didn’t make the journey into the city, lol. At least it’s got a special pair of horns to compensate (bit hard to see).
Friday, March 13, 2009
With the official release of this blog, grab these specials:
Only $2 for any Easter cupcake (small size), buy 20 and get 4 free!
Pick and choose to create your own Easter selection, they can be packaged in lil boxes of 4 as gifts (left) or in bigger boxes, depending on your order.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Maybe next year he'll get the whole logo :)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Also, $5 from every cake will be donated to WSPA - the World Society for the Protection of Animals http://www.wspa.org.au/. The fight against animal cruelty is such an important cause and one that I wholeheartedly support. WSPA is one organisation that does great things when it comes to saving animals who can't save themselves. Thank you, WSPA!
Cupcakes were a natural next step in my cake-ing venture. They’re almost a force on their own I couldn’t resist or steer away from no matter how much I tried. I admit I didn’t actually try, I fell straight into the cupcake trap *heeeelp*!
For a special occasion, cupcakes can complement the main cake or be the cake on their own. Yes, these days, cupcake towers are quite popular and have worked their way up the cake status ranks to sometimes even claim the coveted spot of centrepiece of a party. No need for messy cutting up, they’re individual little cakes every guest can have on their own - no sharing!
I love working with a theme or just scavenging around the house for anything and everything to add on top… fondant shapes, lollies, M&Ms, jelly beans, chocolate flakes, chocolate bars, anything your mind can create. There’s almost no way you can go wrong!
Pay you another dollar if you dare say no to a cupcake! (and will book you into a mental facility a.s.a.p.)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Boy were we thankful we managed to find toy horses. Little coloured blankets transformed them into racehorses. Also very lucky we found mini fences which we painted white.
It was great to have a partner in cake crime for this cake, having a cuppa tea and a good chat while decorating... Let's do it again sometime!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
The process of creating a wedding cake is even more meaningful when I can draw inspiration from the couple themselves – and what an inspiration they are!
Many firsts in this cake including dealing with metallic colours on a large scale and covering not one but two heart shaped cakes!! Oh, and I couldn’t resist the cupcakes.
Stay tuned for their baby shower cake!
With the striped cake – I wanted another simple design but with a cool 'tood for a cool guy. This shows what you can do with a couple of stick figures if you think between the lines!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Admittedly, I’d also been looking for a good excuse to do a mini mad hatter cake myself. To me, mad hatter cakes are the ultimate - three delicious layers, complementing colours, it's got the sweet, the swirly and the stripey - everything you'd want in a cake, it's just so complete!
This cake was so much fun to do, I couldn't have had more fun than if I'd been eating it at the same time!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
However, we take cakes for granted. Or maybe I do. But there was a time when cakes DIDN’T EXIST! *faint*
It is generally agreed that cakes first came into being when the ancient Egyptians developed the expertise to bake, but their cakes were more like bread than cake, distinguishable only by a few different (finer and more expensive) ingredients.
I mentioned earlier the French were the ones who started creating all sorts of pretty and exquisite designs. In fact, Europe in general had a lot of influence in evolving cakes into what we know them to be today. Traditional has given way to all sorts of crazy inspired designs, some so disguised they don't even look like cakes anymore! Funny world we live in, but I can't complain, I would be without such a fantastic hobby if it wasn't so!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I was surprised how much easier it is to create the soft drapey finish for the fondant than having to give it a smooth flat finish. Added some shimmer with pearl paint.
Hurray for matching cupcakes!
(And let me know what you think, I don't think I'll be able to make it there this year!)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
In a combined effort with the bride-to-be, we tossed around a few ideas for three different-looking layers that matched using just white and pink. This is what we came up with!
Shooters were used here to add an elegant touch in white. They also add some good height to the cake.
Ribbons always make a cake look grand. I love that fondant can look hard as rock but also hold that soft flowy effect!
Monday, March 2, 2009
I love creating cakes that are specially designed for the recipient that depicts their passion or something dear to them… can’t get much more personal than that!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
My first automotive cake provided challenges in figuring out how to raise it up off the ‘ground’ and write ‘AMBULANCE’ backwards. I never took such notice of ambulances whizzing past as I did leading up to this cake (thank goodness I didn’t end up needing a real ambulance myself!).
In the case of the Coke bottle cap, you don’t always have to use the entire object. Surprisingly this took much less time than I thought! And it was fun to play around with the iconic Coke brand. Once I got my head around cutting out those letters it was all smooth sailing from there! Must invest in alphabet cookie cutters.