Monday, December 21, 2009

In the Night Garden Cake

My little man turned 2 recently, and I struggled as to what cake to make for him. Then one day he was watching tv and this show came on. He got so excited, so that made my mind up for me.

It ended up being such a rush job, I started decorating the cake at 6.30pm the night before his party. It was also the same weekend as the previous posts Wedding, I won't do that again.

Everyone loved the cake, all Harrison wanted was to lick the icing off the character's feet, lol.

6" + 9" Chocolate mud cakes, covered in vanilla buttercream. Plastic figurines & fondant details.

Naomi & Craig's Wedding

Woohoo, my quote was accepted, and they chose the cupcake with the monogram and the little flower.

I even went to the venue and set the display up, so I got to see the beautiful venue, it was divine.

6" cutting cake was chocolate mud cake.
100 cupcakes were half white and half dark chocolate mud.
All topped with white chocolate buttercream.
Monogram topper was made of acrylic and made by Bride's father.

NRL Cake

Archie's Mum & Dad work with my Husband, and are Newcastle Knights fanatics, so when it came to his 1st Birthday cake thats what they chose as the theme.

I hadn't used an edible image before, and I didn't want it to look like it had come from the local bakery / cheesecake shop. I was quite happy with the end result, as were Archie's parents.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ladybug Garden Cake

This cake has been in the works for quite awhile, it has changed directions numerous times, but this is what I ended up with.

I just had to do a close up of the ladybug. She is Sooooo cute!

Cake is chocolate mud cake w/ vanilla buttercream. Fondant and modelling paste details.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wedding samples.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to do a quote for a Wedding. I haven't done a Wedding before, so I really wanted it to be accepted.

So, I worked it out, and emailed it off, and I was asked to supply samples.

The client requested white and dark chocolate mud cupcakes, quite simple, in purple and cream colours.

So this is what I designed.

My favourites are the 2nd two. I realised after I took the photo of the cupcake with the flower, that I had forgotten to put the flower centres in, but I fixed this before they were delivered.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

I have closed my books for October, and November, as I completely booked out. I can't believe it, I have never been so busy.

As well as all my cake orders, I have changed jobs. I have left my job of nearly 10 years with Dick Smith Electronics, and have joined up as a Merchandiser with Telstra. I have wanted to be a Merchandiser for quite a while, but these jobs are few and far between. They aproached me, so I couldn't be happier. It also works in quite well with Harrison. It is 5-8 days per month, very flexible (I set my own roster). harrison has started at a local childcare centre, one day per week, and he still goes to my parents house another day per week. I have been trying to cram all my work into the 5 days, so that I get 3 days per month to myself :o)

Ok, I had better go,
More cakes to come soon xox

Calling all Star Wars fans.

You may remember earlier this year in February, I made a R2-D2 cake for a little boy called Bailey. Well this month it was his cousin Dylan's Birthday, and he has asked for a Yoda cake. I was pretty stressed about making Yoda, as I had no idea as to how I would make him, but in the end I was quite happy with the result. The best part, is that Dylan loved him :o)

Yoda was chocolate mud cake, with vanilla & chocolate buttercream.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hugs 'N' Stitches Cake

I made this cake 2 weeks ago. Inspired by the Hugs 'N' Stitches party range.

Chocolate mud cake, w/ vanilla buttercream. Fondant decorations.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

More Chocolatey Goodness!

Strawberry Malteaser Chocolate Cake

This was 2 layers of rich chocolate cake sandwiched with a chocolate malteaser mousse, covered in whipped milk chocolate ganache and panels, and filled with chocolate coated strawberries and more malteasers. YUMMO!

This was my first time making chocolate panels, and chocolate covered strawberries.

Made for my good friend Jillian's Mum for her 60th Birthday.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Adam's 30th Birthday Cake.

I had been thinking of what sort of cake to make for Adam for quite a few months. I knew it had to be a white chocolate cake, but other than that, I had no idea. I saw a cake on someone elses blog a while ago, for a single tiered cake covered in kit-kats and m&m's, and thought it looked fun, and yummy. So I altered it to a 2 tiered, and added some stars etc to the top.

It is white chocolate mud cake, layered and covered with dark chocolate ganache, surrounded with kit-kat's, and covered in m&m's.

In total there is 3.15kg's of chocolate on and in this cake.

I am so happy with how it turned out, and that I managed to keep it a secret from him. he loved it.

This is what I ended up with.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Baby shower cupcakes

These are for a friend's baby shower tomorrow.

The cupcakes were based on the invites I made.

Rich chocolate cake, with very vanilla frosting, RTR icing discs and modelling paste feet.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lightning McQueen

Oh, what a cake!
This was an order for my friend Annika's "Cars" obsessed little boy Cameron.

This was a job and a half for me, as I wasn't feeling the best, hadn't made a car cake before, and hadn't tackled red icing before. but, even with all of those things against me, I think it turned out ok. I'm sure Cameron thought it was a toy, as he kept taking the wheels on and off, and wasn't keen on anyone cutting it.

I added the wording on the board as a last minute thing, and painted the letters to match the lightning strike on the car.
Chocolate mud cake, with vanilla frosting. I used vita weet for the back wing, RTR icing details.

Chocolate Pig

The other day, I got home and there was a message on our answering machine from my hair dresser. She was requesting a cake in the shape of a pig for her boyfriend.

I started on the idea of doing a wild boar, (as her BF goes pigging), but we quickly decided it would make for an ugly cake. So after a quick phone call we decided on just a normal pig, done in chocolate.

So this is what I came up with.

Chocolate mud cake, w/ chocolate frosting. I made the eyes out of a mix of mud cake and frosting, rolled into balls, and covered in RTR icing.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Cowgirl Dora Cake

A few weeks ago my friend Rach asked me to make her daughter Isabel a cake for her 3rd birthday. She liked the Dora cake I had made in February, but wanted it with purple icing, anyway Rach found some cute Dora figurines, in a cowgirl sort of theme, so I tried out something different. The idea for this cake comes from the Swiper figure in the cactus. I made some cacti out of icing, and fences to match the plastic fence. Then I added some little flowers to make it a bit more girly.
Cowgirl Dora Cake

Boots & the cactus

Swiper & the fence.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Chantelle's Number 7 Cake

Chantelle is the daughter of my friend & scrapbooking teacher Jules. It was her 7th Birthday today, and she is having a party with all her friends tomorrow. I hope she likes it : )

Chocolate cake w/ vanilla butter cream icing. RTR Icing decorations.

Close up of decorations. I put edible glitter on them, to make them sparkle.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Kayden's Christening Cake

This is the cake I made for our friend's Son's Christening last Sunday.

It is a chocolate mud cake with vanilla buttercream icing. All edible except the wire holding the stars.

Last time I made the spikes for a cake, they all fell over, so this time I wired them all together, then inserted them into a flower holder. They stayed upright perfectly!

I think I finally perfected the FMM alpha cutters as well. I have had nothing but trouble with these in the past, and spent over 6 hours making these letters too, but I finally have them sorted : )

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Macadamia Anzac Cookies

Here in Australia, you can't go past Anzac Day, without having a few Anzac Biscuits. Well this year I decided I would try something a bit different, and add some yummy macadamia nuts. The results were delicious.

Macadamia Anzac Cookies.
Makes 32

125 grams butter or margarine
2 Tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda
2 Tablespoons boiling water
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
3/4 cup coconut (I used just over 1/2 cup desiccated, and made the rest up with shredded)
1/2 cup macadamia nuts (finely chopped)

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius Fan Forced. Line trays with baking paper.
2. Place margarine / butter and golden syrup in medium saucepan, stir over low heat until smooth.
3. Stir in combined soda and water; then stir in remaining ingredients.
4. Roll Tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place about 5cm apart on trays; flatten slightly.
5. Bake about 15 minutes. Cool on trays.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tommy the Turtle Cake

About a month ago, I answered a request on a parenting forum for a cake decorator in my area. I showed the lady some of my cake photos, and she liked them, and some other lovely girls recommended me to her too :)

Anyway she wanted a cake for her Son's 1st birthday, and it had to have a turtle theme. She also liked my Dora cake, so I went from there.

I decided it needed something 3d on top, so went about finding a tutorial online, and Thanks to Cake Journal, I found one. I adapted it a bit, as I wanted a more rounded back, but the principal is the same. I am so happy with how he turned out :)

I made the cake the same way as the Dora cake, its an 8" chocolate mud cake with vanilla butter cream icing. This time I just changed the colours to a blue / green theme, and changed the flowers to stars.

This is what I came up with.

Thanks for looking : )

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hoppy Easter Everyone : )

I just wanted to wish all my friends & family a very Hoppy Easter :)

Here is a photo of Harrison @ Easter last year, he was 20 weeks old.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Eamon's Christening Cupcakes.

Last weekend I had an order for 48 Cupcakes. 24 were to be choc mud flavoured w/ choc buttercream icing, and the other 24 to be white choc mud flavoured with vanilla buttercream icing, sprinkled with Cachous. This is what we come up with.

I displayed them on my own stand for these photos, but Amanda (Eamon's Mum) bought her own stand and displayed them on it.

Amanda is also Amelia's Mum, whom I made the pink Number 3 cake for last year. It was great to get a repeat order :) When Amanda asked her Husband what sort of cake he wanted for Eamon's Christening, his reply was "a cake by Kat" I was so excited, LOL!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Been MIA!

Hi all,

Sorry I have been MIA lately, have been busy with my new hobby Scrapbooking. So much so that I have started up a new blog, just for this.

I have a couple of cake orders coming up in April, so hopefully I will get some yummy goodies up here for you all to see!

Bye for now,

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Back @ work!

I forgot to add earlier on, I have started back at work. I go in every second Monday. I started 3 weeks ago, and so far have worked every Monday, as they couldn't fill the shift on the second week. I am quite enjoying it. Mum & Dad are looking after Harrison (which he loves), so I get a break, and some adult conversation. I'd say in the next month or so, it will change to every Monday, i just wanted to start slow, to make sure I was ready to go back to work, and that I enjoyed it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Reaghan & Bailey!

Today Harrison & I went to a birthday party of my good friend Jillian's kidlets Reaghan & Bailey.
I was asked to make their cakes. Reaghan loves Dora, and Bailey loves Star Wars. They had their party at the local pool, and everyone had a fantastic time, Harrison even went for a paddle in the little pool there. It was great.

Anyway here are the cakes.

Dora the Explorer Cake

R2-D2 all cut out & ready to ice.

R2-D2 crumb coated in buttercream

R2-D2 iced

R2-D2 all ready to deliver.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Strawberrylicious Cupcakes

Last Sunday a friend called and asked me to make some cupcakes for her twin daughters 5th Birthdays. When asking what they would like, I found that like most kids they didn't like the same things. So we decided on 6 chocolate & 6 strawberry flavoured ones. Afterwards I remembered I don't have a strawberry cupcake recipe. So off I searched, and I finally found one. I had to adapt it a fair bit, but the final result was Oh so good! I have named them:

My Strawberrylicious Cupcakes

I am so sorry I know I am so mean, but I can't share this recipe, as it will be one of the one I will be making to sell.

These were my test run, I will be back later with photos of the ones I make for the twins.