Feb 3, 2014

Angry Birds Cake

So yesterday was my Husband Alex’s birthday and I really wanted to make him a nice cake. He always sees so many cakes being made, but never actually gets to eat them himself, so I wanted to make one especially for him. I find thinking of themes for men’s cakes quite difficult, but I finally decided on an Angry Birds themed cake, making a 3D version of the red bird…

I was so happy with how this cake turned out. If was a fairly simple design, made of a 3D ball cake which was coconut and cherry flavoured sponge with white chocolate ganache. I covered the cake with red icing / fondant, my main tip when colouring icing with red gel paste is use the double concentrate colour as it doesn’t require much paste to get the desired colour. All the rest of the details were also icing / fondant, so the cake was completely edible. The photo below shows the tail/feathers that I added to the back.

This is such a good cake for both adults and children and I really enjoyed making it for Alex and it was a really nice day, so Happy Birthday!

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 29, 2013

Ivory & pink vintage wedding cake

I recently had the pleasure of creating the wedding cake for Lisa and Jamie’s wedding at Chilston Park in Lenham. The cake was a 3 tier ivory cake with pink roses to match their wedding stationery

The cake itself was made up of 3 tiers, a 5 inch carrot cake on the top, a 7 inch vanilla sponge cake in the middle and a 9 inch lemon cake on the bottom. Each tier of this cake was 5 inches in height so with the handmade gumpaste roses on the top it gave a real focal point when placed in the wedding breakfast room.

I really loved creating this cake for Lisa and Jamie and I hope they had a fantastic wedding day.

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 3, 2013

Dragon Cake

A few weeks ago it was my Dad and Brothers birthday. For the past few years my dad has been asking for a dragon on a mountain which is being lapped with waves. This year I knew I wanted to make this cake for them. I set aside a few days in my diary just to dedicate to getting this cake baked, decorated and ready for their birthday. I was really happy with the way this cake turned out…

One of the nicest things about this cake was the fact that neither of them were expecting it, so I was able to try out a few new techniques, including using my airbrush for the first time. The cake itself was quite big, it had 5 layers of apple cake filled with caramel / toffee buttercream which I must say tasted quite nice when it was finally cut into. The top part of the mountain, plus the 2 smaller rocks coming out from the waves were formed using rise krispie squares. The reason for this was to give the top of the cake more stability as the apple cake was quite a soft cake to work with.

The cake was then covered in icing coloured in mottled grey, and textured using rolled up tin foil. Once I was happy with the texture I started adding the shadow with my airbrush. I loved airbrushing this cake, the more shadow I added the more the mountain seemed to come to life. I even added in scratch marks to look like this belonged to the dragon.

I modelled the dragon using gumpaste and added wires in his wings to hold them out and keep their shape. One of the hardest part of this cake was adding the dragon to the cake which I did with lots of cocktail sticks. My favorite part of this cake was definitely the sea, as I started to add different layers it really brought it to life with the waves crashing against the rocks.

I started the sea by laying down some green / blue / turquise mottled icing which I pulled over slightly as it met with the different rocks. I then applied royal icing to look like the foam. In places I used water to pull this away to look like waves, which I think gave a great effect. The last thing I felt the cake needed was a realistic wetness to the sea. I painted on clear piping gel over the icing and at the base of the rock and even when dry this gave a wet, shiny feel which I think gave this cake the perfect finishing touch.

I really loved creating this cake and I was so happy when I was able to show my Dad and my brother and see their faces. I am so glad they liked it.