Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Christmas Cupcakes

A month or so ago I decided to try my hand at cupcakes. I love making my fondant cakes so much but they are so time consuming so cuppies were the next step. I treated myself to a Wilton 1M piping nozzle and got baking. As Christmas was approaching I decided to spread some festive cheer in my office with mince pie cupcakes with brandy buttercream & gingerbread cupcakes.
First up, the mince pie flavour. These were amazing but I'll try more brandy next time. The sponges were swirled with mince pie filling (I refuse to call it mincemeat as there is no meat in it, that's just silly) topped with a rose swirl of buttercream and a pastry star shape, it is based on a pie afterall.

Next is the gingerbread cupcakes. I personally found these to be a little dry but others loved them. Maybe knock of a few minutes of baking time if I do them again. They were dang tasty though, very spicy and Christmassy. I topped each cup with a homemade mini gingerbread man. They tasted so good I ate most of the spares! I think you'll agree they are super cute :-)

Next are my white chocolate cupcakes. Veeeeeeeeeeery sweet, think I'll try the buttercream on a lemon cake next time as it was too much with the white choc cakes. I tinted the frosting but it went green ( I was aiming for a frosty blue...oops) I raided the kitchen section in TK Maxx and got a set of snowflake cutters and holly leaves, they look so lovely dusted with shimmer powder.

My second attempt at frosty blue was better, these were vanilla sponges with THE best buttercream frosting ever, it is divine, so smooth and fluffy. again, decorated with frosty snowflakes, dragees and glitter. So pretty.  I bought myself some more piping nozzles so I could try different effects with the frosting. I love all the differents styles I can do now.

Boy are my workmates lucky! As well as my winter wonderland selection above, I also made some more Christmas themed cakes. They were supposed to be red and green but my red frosting just looked pink, so I stuck to white! Again, super moist vanilla cakes with swirly christmas trees, fondant gingerbread men and glittery whips. Deeeelish!

Children in Need 2011

Doing a bit of catching up today! This cake was my entry to the SGN Childern in Need bake off 2011. Last year Pudsey was in a bath of beans, this year he is a ringmaster at a circus! The theme was animals so I made a tiger, lion & seal balancing a ball on his nose! Yet again I failed to take the top spot and came in 2nd :-( Very disappointed but thats the way the cookie crumbles.

Baby Bears

 This baby bear cake was for the Christening of Alfie James & Abigail Rose, grandchildren of a very good friend of mine. I made the characters from sugarpaste & the cake was a triple layer vanilla and chocolate. I love this cake, complete with little birds, bees and ladybirds and a washing line with teeny clothes!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Our Wedding Cake

For 4 days I worked so hard to make our perfect wedding cake. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and it worked out really well. We had one layer of red velvet, 2 layers of carrot cake and the mini cakes were lemon. I decorated the large cakes with simple burnt orange ribbon and added detail to the mini cakes. I made tiny roses and cala lillies and autumn coloured leaves. They looked so amazing. I'm very proud of my first ever wedding cake!

My Frog Prince

I made this little frog for Paul one afternoon with some left over fondant, he is incredibly cute!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Lucias Butterflies

Happy 1st birthday to gorgeous Lucia! Her cake is completely girly, lots of pink, pretty flowers, stars & butterflies.

Monday, 29 August 2011

I... am... speed!

 This cake was so much fun to make. Lightning McQueen from Cars for a 3rd birthday. Sponge cake topped with vanilla fondant, decorated with a number 3 road and Lightning himself! The checkerboard stripe looks fab and I added a banner for the happy birthday message!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

On yer bike!

This bike helmet cake was for the lovely people at SGN that did a charity bike ride. This was quite a challenge but I dived in as usual and it ended up looking pretty good. I made the cake look realistic by cutting into it to make the air vents and shaped it as close as I could to a real helmet.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Come fly with me...

This cake was for Lisa who has just graduated from Easyjet. I coloured the sponge cake Easyjet orange and filled it with vanilla cream. Decorated simply with fluffy clouds & orange ribbon and topped with a plane wearing a graduation hat!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Baby Bear & Rubber Ducky

I love this cake, it is so cute. Bina asked me to make a baby shower cake for her 2 good friends and we came up with the idea to have a rubber ducky! I think this has to be my favourite figure I've made so far, and perfect for a baby shower! As we don't know the sex of either baby I had to go for a gender neutral colour scheme so used a soft eucalyptus green with yellow and teddy bear brown, I think it looks gorgeous. The cake was luxurious red velvet with vanilla cream. Finished with love hearts & ribbon this special cake fit the bill perfectly. Good luck girls!

30th Birthday Wine Bottle

I was asked for a cake and told 'she likes white wine and butterflies' so this is what I came up with! I big yummy wine bottle with a personalised label for the birthday girl. I added edible rice paper butterflies and there you have it... Hope you had a great birthday Sammie!

Cass & Heathers mini cakes

I made my girlies a little personalised cake for their birthdays this year. For Heather a pink cake with black stripes & flowers and for Cass an Under the Sea themed cake.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Flip Flops

Happy Birthday to me! This year I treated my work buds to some delicious flip flops complete with a beach scene and tropical flowers! The sand was made with sugar & glitter and I made the flowers using leaf cutters and coloure dragees. It got demolished & rightly so...it was yum :-)

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Happy Hens

I made this cake for my lovely Cassies hen do last week! She had a golf themed night out hence the golf balls and I finished off the classic L plate with a sparkly princess crown.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Up, up and away...

Here is my first 2 tiered cake! For Jacks 1st birthday I made a tower of sponge cake decorated with colourful balloons and a replica of his favourite monkey toy as a topper. Incredibly cute and so much fun to make! He should have been holding a balloon with a big number 1 on it but sadly this broke and it was too late to make another :-( This cake turned out really well though and I'm feeling more confident that I can now do stacked cakes!