Sunday, 24 November 2013

Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Xmas Cake (Daughter's 15th)

This is actually purple but the artificial light has made it look green. I'll change the picture when i can take a photo in daylight. Inside the bottom tier is a red vanilla sponge, the top tier and hill are chocolate sponge. I used gumtrag hardner for the first time to make the curl on the hill, very impressed. The advice was to leave it overnight to harden in a warm dry place, as i needed it the same day i put the grill on in the oven and sat it on the lowered door, it worked a treat. Unfortunately the hill was not strong enough to hold the swirl even with cocktail stick inserts so i had to add a support beneath. I used a silicone mould for the pearls but made everything else myself including Jack Skellington. I was a bit rushed what with my son and daughter having their birthdays the same day so next time any characters would have to be made in advance in order to harden so that they can hold thier own and not have to rest on the cake.    

Halo Master Chief Helmet Cake (Youngest Son's 11th)

A vanilla sponge, coloured green (my son's favourite colour) and sculpted into the shape of Halo's Master Chief's helmet by making a dome cake (cooking the cake mix in a pyrex bowl) plus a round cake cut in half for the peak with notches cut out and the rest cut up and assembled for the chin piece. Covered in fondant icing I tinted green with black details. The visor was made from white fondant then painted with gold lustre made into a paint with clear alcohol.

Baby Shower Cake; Baby in a Tub

A vanilla sponge cake square base covered in marbled grey fondant with a round vanilla cake decorated to look like a wooden tub. All the elements were hand sculpted from fondant from the tile floor, pools of water, bubbles and baby to the towel, flannel, soap and duck. The wooden panels were made from chocolate flavoured fondant and grooves etched into them all individually using a pointed sculpting tool.

Baby Boy Cupcakes

30 vanilla cupcakes, each element hand sculpted with fondant icing to look like a baby's face. For the same baby shower.

Baby Cake Pops

20 vanilla cake pops covered with tinted white chocolate for skin and nose, tinted white chocolate hair, eyes and dummy, finished off with a blue ribbon for a baby shower.

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes with plenty of chocolate chips (lots more inside) on my new cake stand.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Boo's Choc-a-Block Cookies

From the Disney magazine issue 8. TRIPLE chocolate cookies. Melted plain chocolate incorporated in the mix with milk chocolate and white chocolate chunks. Pity the white chocolate can only be seen inside, should have put some ontop instead of mixing them in with the mixture as the recipe stated. Oh well, good reason to make them again, so delicious.

Second attempt:
 Much better looking but just as tasty as the first attempt.

Mike Wazowski Monster Cookies

From the Disney magazine issue 5; Mike Wazowski Monster Cookies. Plain vanilla cookies decorated with piped and run out royal icing.

Halloween Cake Pops

A few vanilla cake pops decorated especially for halloween using a combination of royal icing and roll out icing. Not very impressed with the results, royal icing just ran off, could do with two coats next time and need better black piping details, a paper icing bag just isn't precise enough, but too little icing to use a nozzle! hmm. 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Whale Birthday Cake

Just to get in some practise i made this cake for my husband's birthday lol! I covered the cake by tinting white fondant pale blue, then tinted it again for the detail around the edge. The edge was made with a 'multi spot embosser' from issue 59 of  'Cake Decorating' magazine, although i cut out all the spots so you could see through to the pale blue base.The whale was also from the same issue and made by tinting the mid blue fondant again and moulding into a whale shape. The water coming from the whale's blowhole was made from white fondant as were the bubles underneath him.
Just to show the chocolate cake inside.

Simba's Perfect Peanut Brittle

From the new Disney magazine (issue 5). Simba is the baby lion from the lion king. Here peanuts are covered in syrup which hardens to form the brittle which is broken into managable pieces.
This is before I snapped it into pieces. If you love peanuts and toffee (as i do) you'll love this.

Pink Birthday Cake (sister-in-law's)

I needed to practise using my Cricut Cake and the next nearest birthday was my sister-in-law so this was for her. A 3 tiered vanilla sponge covered with pale pink fondant icing and white cutouts using my cricut cake with a little piped detail to some of the shapes. I think I still need to perfect cutting out the shapes as the fondant seemed too soft and didn't always cut out without spoiling the shape.

Eeyore's Crunchy Nut Cookies

From the new Disney magazine (issue 4). Made with syrup and hazelnuts. The original recipe used pecan nuts but i didn't have any and love hazelnuts the best anyway. Very delicious, i guess Eeyore likes them too!

Mater's Rocky Road

From the new Disney Magazine (issue 4). Mater is the truck from cars. Chocolate chip and syrup cookie base covered with a mixture of marshmallows, glacé cherries and chocolate. Lovely if you have a sweet tooth.

HMS Navy No.1 Cap Cake (second eldest son's leaving cake)

My second eldest son recently left home to join the Royal Navy so i made him a going away good luck cake to look like the cap worn with their number one uniform. Vanilla sponge, covered in white fondant with a black fondant band and bow, plus letters cut from my Cricut Cake machine.

Cake Pops

First attempt at cake pops. Vanilla sponge cooked in a silicone mould in the oven and coated with chocolate. Unfortunately i didn't have a stand so had to serve them upside down.
Second attempt at cake pops. As before but found a stand in with the cakepop machine. Still couldn't work out why the chocolate was so thick and lumpy and the silicone mould didn't seem to make the balls an even shape.
Third attempt at cake pops. Success! I used the cake pop machine and experimented with different amounts of cake mix to ensure all the balls were the same size. Then, after researching on the internet, simply tapped the cake pop on the side of the bowl after covering with the chocolate, this made all the excess chocolate fall off and the cake pops became smooth. I covered some with chocolate sprinkles while the chocolate was still melted.

After completing a dozen cake pops successfully, I simply dipped the remaining balls into the chocolate and named them cake bombs.

Macmillan Fairy Cakes

Some vanilla sponge fairy cakes decorated with vanilla butter icing and green fondant ribons or hearts for the recent Macmillan coffee morning at my son's new school.

Teddy Cupcakes

Little teddy cupcakes. Vanilla sponge covered with milk chocolate, then a large milk chocolate button for the nose,and two halves for the ears. Two white chocolate buttons for the eyes and little drops of milk chocolate on the nose and eyes for extra detail. 

Small Button Cake

The inside of the rainbow cake. Decorated with white fondant and self moulded fondand buttons and tag.

Super Mario Cake

Made for my cousin's little boy. A vanilla sponge cake covered with fondant icing and fondant icing cutouts to make mario.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Butterfly Cake

A chocolate sponge cake shaped to look like a butterfly. Covered with pink roll out icing and white filigree roll out icing shapes created on my cricut cake then dusted with edible glitter. The antenna were formed from the white roll out icing too.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Sweetie Filled Rainbow Cake

For my second eldest son's birthday i made this rainbow cake and hid rainbow sweets (like skittles) inside. He was pleasantly surprised!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Giant Mickey Mouse Cookies

These are from the new Disney Cakes and Sweets publication. Vanilla cookies, cut and embossed with the free gift from the magazine, decorated with piped soft peak royal icing to form the outline then flooded with runout royal icing in the Mickey Mouse colours.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Giant Doughnut Cake

A vanilla sponge cake shaped like a huge doughnut, topped with chocolate flavoured glacé icing and edible glitter.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Teacup Cupcakes

Vanilla sponge cakes topped with a swirl of vanilla butter icing, seved in a silicone teacup on a saucer with a self moulded chocolate spoon.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Sheep Cupcakes

Vanilla sponge cakes topped with mini marshmallows (cut into 3) a hand moulded sugar paste head with hand piped eyes.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Miniature Sailing Boat

This is a toy sailing boat. I made it by carving a wooden base into the shape of a boat and painting with acrylic paint. The sails and flag are made from paper ribbon glued to very thin cake decorating wire.I made a hole in the wooden boat with a pin then glued in the sails. It measures 1.5cm long and 2cm high.

Miniature Xylophone

I just felt like making some miniatures because it's been a while. This toy xylophone is made from a matchstick cut in half lengthwise then half again with 2mm wide quilling paper for the bars glued to the wood. I had to cut 1mm from the paper as it was too wide. I used a silver pen to create the look of nails holding the bars on. The beaters are made from very thin cake decorating wire with a seed bead glued on the end.It is 2.5cm long.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Christmas sweet tree

A different idea for Christmas. A polystyrene cone with chocolate eclairs pinned to it to form a Christmas tree. An enjoyable table decoration.

Christmas cakes 2012

Just some basic quikies this year, not enough time for detail.