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Oct 24, 2014

Peach Birdcage & Lace Wedding Cake

This summer was full of wedding cakes, and I wanted to go into more detail about the ideas and techniques behind some of the cakes, starting with this 4 tier peach lace birdcage theme wedding cake.

Now this was one of the cakes I was most nervous and excited about, all at the same time, and the reason for this was because it was actually for my Brother and now Sister In-Law’s wedding cake. I was so excited about their wedding and I wanted to create something they would love and that would match their theme and stationery perfectly…

They had a very vintage theme wedding with birdcages, lace and roses all with a peach theme. The cake itself was made up of a 12 inch lemon cake, 10 inch vanilla & chocolate orange ganache cake, an 8 inch fruit cake and a 6 inch birdcage dummy cake on the top. The reason I chose to use a dummy cake on the top was because we were trying to create the height with the cake, but didn’t want too much cake left over, as everyone was going on holiday after the wedding and I would have been left to eat it.

Using the dummy cake worked out really well as I was able to start decorating this before making the rest of the cakes. To create the colour on the birdcage I covered the dummy cake with white icing/fondant and before adding all the details to the birdcage I airbrushed it with peach and apricot Kroma color airbrush colour to create a gradual gradient going down the surface. I then created lengths of round icing using an extruding gun and placed these down and around the birdcage shape to look like the wires. One of my favourite parts about the birdcage was the 3D birds which sat on the outside of the birdcage. These really stood out and brought the whole theme to life.

The lace around the cake was edible lace and I had searched for ages to find a lace mat which I thought looked dainty and realistic. As soon as I saw it I knew it was what I was looking for, the lace mat was the eternity mat by Cake Lace. I coloured the lace mixture in peach before putting it onto the mat and baking it in the oven. I then used a knife to straighten the bottom edge to run along the edge of the cake tier as this design mirrored itself on both edges.

I finished off the cake with gumpaste flowers, including different shades of peach roses, hydrangeas, buds and green leaves. I have created a video tutorial on how I make my gumpaste roses, so if you would like to see that, please take a look. I loved creating this cake and I was so happy Ben & Amy loved it. It was a lovely wedding and I was a really proud sister.

Oct 1, 2014

Brush Embroidery Dome Cupcake Tutorial

I am so excited to share this with you. It has been around a year since I last put up video tutorial, but from today I will be posting 2 video tutorials a month. This video shows you the techniques that I use to create not only my domed cupcakes, but also the brush embroidery detail on the top.

I love these cupcakes, they are so pretty and delicate and can be made in any colour. They look great in pastel colours and can be used for a birthday or as part of a wedding cupcake tower. I have just put the cupcakes into ivory paper lace wrappers…

I really hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it useful. If you do please subscribe to my YouTube channel. Also if you have any comments about anything in the video please just let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Nov 18, 2013

Thomas the Tank Engine

Over the past few months I have got a little bit behind in uploading the photos of the cakes I have been creating, so I am going to try and get them all up over the next few weeks, so keep checking back for more photos.

Back in the summer I had the pleasure of creating a Thomas the Tank engine cake for Frankie’s 3rd birthday. I got sent some lovely pictures a few days after his birthday of him blowing out his candles, so I am so glad he liked it…

The cake itself was an 8inch sponge cake and all of the decorations including Thomas were made out of icing, so everything was completely edible. My favourite part of this cake were the train tracks that went all the way around the cake board, they were really in keeping with the theme. This was a really fun cake to make and it was nice to be able to model such an iconic character from childrens TV.

Oct 5, 2013

Buttercream Ruffle Cake Tutorial and Buttercream Recipe

I have made a few buttercream ruffle cakes recently and I just love how girly and vintage they look. I really wanted to share with you the techniques that I use to create the buttercream and apply this to the cake in pretty swirls. I have created 2 separate videos for you, the first on how to create the buttercream and the second showing exactly how to pipe the ruffles onto your cake.

I really hope you like these videos and find them useful and if you have any questions or comments then please let me know.

Sep 1, 2013

Bow Cake Plus Tutorial

Recently I was asked to re-create the bow cake that I had made, but in Lime green. I was really excited about this order as this is one of my favourite cakes to make. I love the impact that the bow has when constructed on the top of the cake. In additional to the bow which is made out of gumpaste I included gumpaste streamers, small balls on the end of twisted wire and 2 gumpaste models of candles…

This cake was a 7 inch chocolate cake and it really was as bright as in the photo. I used 4 different shades of green food gel which I show you in the tutorial below. I really loved how well all the tones come together and makes it really stand out.

Whilst creating this cake I decided to film a step by step tutorial to show you all the techniques that I use, from making the individual bow sections, to putting it together on top of the cake. I really hope you like this tutorial and find it useful, if you have any comments please let me know.