Sunday, 14 March 2010

Norwich City FC cake

A cake for a Norwich fan.

Vanilla sponge, layered with strawberry jam, cut to shape then covered and decorated with fondant.

Happy Birthday Pete!

The making of a Police Car Cake

Here's a brief step-by-step of the Police Car cake I made for a 5 year old's birthday party...

First make two chocolate cakes.

Stick them together with buttercream, and carve into a car shape (at this point I should have taken a picture, but was so engrossed that I forgot), then cover in buttercream.

Apply a layer of white fondant, smooth and trim all round.

Then start applying the detail, windows and lights first...

...stripes, grill, and top light bar...

...more stripes, wheels, some lettering, a black strip around the bottom to 'lift' it, and a number on top...

...and voila! The finished article.

A Gothic Anniversary

When my friends Wayne and Michelle got married 10 years ago it was an unconventional 'do' to which I wore a full length black velvet dress and purple velvet corset. They have continued their married life in a Gothic vein, and when Wayne told me they wanted me to make a cake for their 10th anniversary naturally the theme was 'Gothic", and he fancied a graveyard.

So here it is, vanilla sponge, vanilla buttercream, purple fondant covering, gravestones, cat, crow, tree and of course, bats.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

These little little chaps were made for a friend of mine whose daughter is returning home from the states for thanksgiving.

Only my second attempt at figurative modelling - great fun!

Supporting Breast Cancer Research

I made 48 of these to sell at work on the 'Wear it Pink' day to raise money for Breast Cancer Research.

Vanilla sponge with rose buttercream and fondant.

Sold out by lunchtime!

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

What do you give your boss, the man who has everything (including a beautiful Lamborghini Gallardo) for his birthday?

A cake replica of his car of course!

The cake inside is madeira. Carved to shape, covered with vanilla buttercream then draped in orange fondant and brushed all over with yellow lustre dust to replicate the pearlescence of the real car. Then detailed in fondant and colouring paste.

Finished cake was approx 14" long and was a resounding success!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

...and yet more flowers

Well, I did indeed manage to get over to Norwich on Friday afternoon and picked up some more flower cutters and a couple of new colours too, and I have spent most of the weekend 'playing' with them.

I managed to produce a nice range of shapes and colours, hand tinting some of them for extra depth, and using pearlised dragees and various nonpareils for the centres. Also baked some rose flavoured cakes with rose flavoured frosting to put them on - yummy!

My confidence boosted, I decide to have a go at the little fondant tortoise tutorial on, he's so cute and the tutorial is really easy to follow.

I'm now feeling much more confident about flowers in particular, and handling and modelling fondant in general.

All-in-all a good weekends work.

Now to concentrate on my next (big) project - watch this space :)