Introducing a new member of the Fondant Cakes family, my gorgeous new kitchenaid mixer! A gift from my lovely husband and in-laws for my 30th birthday. I cried.
Friday, 31 May 2013
Sunday, 7 April 2013
I made this birdcage style cake for a special 80th birthday. I've wanted to try this style for a long time & very happy how it turned out. The trailing flowers are gorgeous & the large ruffle flower worked so well. The bottom of this cake was a poly dummy & unfortunately you can see the ridge, next time I'd add an extra layer of ganache to try & conceal this.
The birthday boy requested a big orange Lego brick so that's what he got! I love Lego & thought this brick turned out great! Hoping to make lots more of these in the future :-) I also made iced cookies for the party favours, not my finest hour (or 12!) but they turned out ok. I'll not be making them again though, far too time consuming :-( I'll be sticking to the cakes!!
Saturday, 23 February 2013
I was so happy to be making the wedding cake for our good friends Emily & Shaun. They are truly two of the sweetest people I have ever met so I wanted them to have a beautiful cake for their big day. We met up and talked through lots of ideas and decided on lace. After stressing about how on earth I was going to pipe lace on a 3 tiered cake I discovered Sugarveil. It is an amazing product that enables you to create flexible strips of edible lace! We chose the 'Rose Mantilla' design & I did a few practice runs with the sugarveil mat as its rather tricky to perfect. The final cake was a staggering 15" tall, by far the biggest cake I have ever made. There was a 10" lemon madeira with homemade lemon curd & white chocolate buttercream, an 8" red velvet with cream cheese frosting & on top, a 6" espresso marble cake with Tia Maria frosting. The whole cake was covered with white chocolate flavoured fondant & finished with strips of white sugarveil lace, edible pearls & crisp white ruffle flowers. The finished cake looked great & I am really happy with how it turned out, not bad for my first traditional tiered wedding cake. Everyone at the wedding was so complimentary & were amazed by the edible lace. I had a few disasters along the way and although extremely tiring, making this cake was really enjoyable & I'm so glad it was for my friends. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Medlen, heres to many happy years together (and many yummy anniversary cakes!!)
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Here are my valentines collections for 2013. First are the 'Vintage Valentine' set. The soft pink & caramel colours are so romantic. I decided to stay away from the garish hearts & cutesy teddy bears and go for something a little more classy.
This is the 'Lulu Lips' collection, inspired by the very fabulous Lulu Guinness and her iconic lip shaped clutch bag. I have always loved her handbags and this idea came to me in a dream one night. Bright bold colours and classic Lulu striped domes adorned with luscious lips. My faves!
These 'Yours & Mine' cakes were the result of a bored evening. They are great and I've had alot of interest in them for valentines day & I'm hoping to recreate them with Mr & Mrs, perfect for weddings.
There is an amazing lady in my life called Corinne and she runs Silly Con Moulds. I found her on facebook and she sells the most fantastic moulds for sugarpaste... EVER! These are a few of the new ones I have aquired , I love the rose, its so pretty, I'll be using this lots for Mothers day I think! I made the yellow one for my Mum, its her favourite flower. And the skeleton cameo was bought in especially for me! I love it, its so goth. I'm currently trying to find her a man!!
A special 60th brithday cake for a man who loves his shed! Complete with pot plants, tools & veggie patch, I love this cake. it turned out so much better than I imagined it would. I bought the wood effect embosser last minute & I'm so glad I did, it really brings the cake to life.
Hooray, I'm back up! Last weekend was Malcolms 60th birthday! The Eleys are like my 2nd family so I was over the moon when I was asked to make his cake! He was having a very groovy 60's & 70's theme and Maxine wanted a Marshall amp.I feared this could look like a big black block so we came up with the idea of making a replica of his favourite guitar. The amp was tricky, black fondant is very hard to work with & I'm not in a rush to make one again! But it looked brilliant and I love the 'Malcolm' badge instead of Marshall, really adds a personal touch. The guitar was 2 layers of chocolate mud cake with ganache, then covered with fondant. I have made a guitar before so wasn't too worried about this, I think it came out great and looked almost like the real one!!