Saturday, 31 July 2010

Shoes and Handbags

I was asked by a family fried to make an 18th Birthday cake. We agreed on a handbag and a shoebox for the cakes with a shoe as decoration. I have never attempted to make a shoe before so armed with a template I got from the internet, some gumpaste and edible glue, I got to work. I based the shoe on a design by Beatrix Ong as the birthday girl likes her style. I used the template to get the basic shape and added the detail, tiny teardrop shapes in blue, green and purple, then left the shoe to dry and harden.
Next I constructed the shoebox from 3 layers of vanilla sponge with vanilla cream filling. I covered this in white fondant then I added another layer to make the lid. Adding a label finished this part of the cake.
I made the handbag from chocolate cake, carved into shape, then covered this with chocolate flavoured fondant. I admit this was tricky, it was so hot that the fondant was far too soft and unmanagable. But I got there in the end. I made the handles with the same fondant but with gum tragacanth added to they set hard and kept their shape. Ideally, I wish I'd covered the whole cake with the hardened fondant as it slipped a bit in the heat...although it does kind of look more like a soft leather bag now! I then made use of my paisley cutters again and added the detail to the cake, mirroring the same colours in the shoe and I finished it off with silver zip and buckle detail.
Finally, after covering the board in a soft green, I assembled the cakes and the shoe and piped on the message. It turned out just how I wanted and I hope Olivia loves it!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Ellas Big 3-0!

July brings my wonderful sisters birthday, this year being particularly special, her Big 3-0! I'd had an idea of what I wanted to make her for quite a while, a paisley Mickey Mouse. Sounds random but she loves Disney so I had to incorporate this, but in a mature way. I made 1 large round and 2 smaller lemon cakes and covered these in a gorgeous pastel blue/green (the dye is called eucalyptus) and I covered the board to match. Then for the deco I made a paisley print using cutters from, this seems to be the only place in the world you can but paisley cutters! I hand cut the 30, made a bit of a mess of it as the fondant was a bit stretchy but it was ok. I added some detail with gold and silver dragees and there you go. Simple but effective, my favourite cake so far.

Coca Cola Cake

This is a Coca Cola cake...sadly didn't taste much like Coke but it was still incredibly yummy. It was a moist chocolatey cake with a strangely fizzy topping. I added the chocolate chips for a bit of interest. I am going to make it again but using cherry coke, it might give it a bit more oomph!

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

You're A Star

I made this starry cake for Jons birthday. It was a single layer of my awesome lemon cake with fondant, decorated with stars. I finally invested in the Wilton Make Any Message press set so I managed to get my lettering uniform and in a straight line, although the writing icing tube I used was pants so I will not use that again!