Saturday, January 31, 2015

16th Birthday DIY Graffiti Cake

I had to think whether to post this picture or not. You see, as a cake maker, I feel it's expected that I'll make my children large, extravagant cakes. But sometimes, they don't know what they want; I don't know what to make them; and - to be very honest - time doesn't always allow for such creations!
 Yet, it's my elder son's 16th birthday and he had to have SOMETHING, right?
So I had an idea...  Not big. Not extravagant. But FUN! And that's what birthday cakes should be all about.  I baked then iced the flavour that he said he'd love to try (he does like me to try new flavours out on him!  He asked for chocolate with mint - I ended up making a mint and chocolate marble cake) and after covering with a layer of ganache, I iced it. Now, in an ideal world, this would have been done 24 hours ahead of when I needed it (not an hour and a half!!) so that the icing could set a little bit.
But once his friends arrived for lunch (before they all headed off to football - Come on you O's!!!!!) I called them into another room and asked them to write a message or draw a pic on the cake using edible markers. It wasn't easy as the icing was so soft... but they had such a laugh making it! And Matthew loved reading them all!
I wonder if this could catch on? I could provide an iced cake and three or four edible pens ..... DIY graffiti cake.... Whadyafink?
Anyway, here is Matthew's 16th birthday cake.

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Leopard Print & Shoes

Leopard Print Cake with hand-made sugar shoe, plus cupcakes with individual mini sugar shoes, also hand-made!
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Train Cupcakes

Colourful train cupcakes (and some track for them to run on, of course!) for a little boy's 2nd birthday.  Caramel flavour sponge with caramel flavour buttercream swirl - topped with hand-cut train toppers.
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hip-Hop/Street Dance Cake

Happy 16th Birthday to Francesca and Callie who have been inseparable friends since, well, forever!! The order, from Francesca's mum, was for a pink cake with hip-hop/street dance silhouettes, musical notes, black and white Convese style shoes and two models of blonde girls with their hair in pony tails, wearing black trousers and black t-shirts with their dance company logo! This cake was taken all the way up to Blackpool where the girls are competing in the final of a dance competition. Good luck, girls!! And I hope you have a wonderful birthday!
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Monday, January 05, 2015

Character cupcakes

It's not every time I make something that I find it hard to hand them over... but it was the case this time!  I fell in love with these little guys!
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