Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Who 60th Cake

Whooooo are you? Who who, who who?
I was asked to make a 60th birthday cake in the shape of Pete Townshend's signature guitar:

Because the quoted amount would be a little over their price range we changed ideas to just doing a regular round cake with The Who logo:

But of course, I had to include both, plus some lyrics so this is what I came up with...

I covered the cake board in black fondant and made the guitar out of fondant a few days in advance. I baked a yummy chocolate cake covered in delicious fudgey chocolate buttercream frosting. Covered it in blue fondant, cut out the circles and letters and stuck them on. I piped blue royal icing to try and tidy up the bottom of the cake (and failed miserably!) Then piped the birthday message and lyrics.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tomato Cake

I know what you're thinking -gross! A tomato flavoured cake?! Not quite! Last year after completing the Wilton cake decorating course 1 I made my good friend and fellow workmate, Sandy, a birthday cake.
Now Sandy is not just like any other girl, she doesn't have the crazy sweet tooth that I do. Her love is for tomatoes! I've never seen someone eat so many tomatoes in my life! She eats them for breakfast, lunch and dinner...and as a snack too!
Being a big fan of Vege Tales I loved "Bob" the tomato so wanted to use him as inspiration for some cute tomato cake toppers. Sandy's favourite colour is yellow so that's in there too and of course I incorporated the green leafy writing just like a garden full of ripe, red tomatoes!
Birthday Cake for Sandy

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rainbow Cupcakes

I made rainbow cupcakes for my nieces 9th birthday party. It was my first attempt and they looked awesome! We had a 'turquoise with a splash of red' theme so they had a turquoise coloured cupcake case. I piped cream cheese frosting on top and labelled them as "Surprise Cupcakes" so when they bit into them they would see the surprise!

The recipe was really easy, you just make up some plain cupcake batter, divide the mixture between six bowls and add lots and lots of food colouring. My only advice would be to make sure you have plenty of cupcake batter, I didn't and it was so hard to spread the mix to get 12 cupcakes! For the sake of making your lives easier I've double the recipe below so you don't have the same problem.

Rainbow Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Cut out and Keep

250g Butter
250g Caster Sugar
2 t Vanilla Extract
4 Eggs
250g Self Raising Flour
6 T Milk
Food Colouring (red, yellow, green, green, blue)

  • Preheat oven to 200 degree C and line two muffin tins with cupcake cases.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add flour alternately with the milk in three additions, starting and ending with the flour.
  • Divide batter evenly between 6 bowls.
  • Add colouring to each bowl (red, red & yellow for orange, yellow, green, blue, blue and red for purple) I used about a cap full in each bowl but you can add however much you like to create the colour intensity you want.
  • Mix colouring in to incorporate it until it is combined and one colour.
  • Divide the purple mixture between the cases, smooth to form the bottom layer. 
  • Continue to add each layer of mixture in the correct order (blue, green, yellow, orange, red)
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before icing with your favourite icing.
Recipe Notes:
This recipe will make approx 1 1/2 batches (18) I doubled the recipe that I used so this is just a guess!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Motorbike Cake

When you do a cake decorating course something peculiar happens, people around you start thinking of occasions for you to make a cake. On one such occasion my work mate asked me to make a cake for her husband.

Sure, a cake for my work mates husband sounds easy right? Then she asked for a motorbike, then little models of her and her man!
ARGH! I didn't think I could actually pull this off but because I love a challenge, I accepted.

I started trying to make the motorbike a few days prior to the cake day. I practically tore out my hair trying to get it to look good. Then along came my hubby, my awesome, manly, knowledgeable on motorbikes hubby! He looked at the pictures of Norton bikes I had printed out and helped me. Of course he used all the fancy words like "Engine" and "Valve" I would just say back "What shape is that? A grey round thingie?"

After finishing the motorbike (what a mission that was!) I got on to making the little people. I looked up on You Tube for a tutorial and tried following that. Back then I had never even heard of Gum Paste so these little models were actually made out of Fondant! At the time I thought they looked pretty good, the next day, however, they sunk a little and were kind of looking in two different directions!

The Chocolate Cake was actually my work mates recipe! I iced it in chocolate buttercream then piped some words and decorations using light brown buttercream.

I sort of hope this is the last motorbike cake I will get asked to do...but there's a part of me that wants another challenge, so who knows?! Maybe one day I'll get asked to make a Harley Davidson cake!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Owl Cake

I made this Owl Cake for my good friend Katie's 27th birthday.

Do you like my cute Owlies? I do!