Monday, April 27, 2009

My first 3 tiered cake or my first Wedding cake went pretty well considering I have never had any classes and am only doing this for three months now, I baked my first cake on the 28th of January 2009.

I did a lot of reading on how to do the support of a wedding cake or tiered cake seeing as they are popular not only for weddings but for birthdays and other special occasions. There are a few methods, but the one I used was supported with wooden dowels sticks, inserted in the bottom and middle layer.
So with all the information I could gather and a lot of hope I set out to bake my first wedding cake...

Here is the process:
First I made a drawing of what I wanted it to look like more or less:

Then on Friday I baked the 3 layers of a 23cm Chocolate Coffee cake, after they were cooled I wrapped them in cling wrap and placed them in the freezer. I also baked 3 layers of a 20cm Lemon Vanilla cake and proceeded with the wrapping and freezing. I made the flower topper from fondant and placed it in upright containers so that it could dry resembling a flower – this was done by cutting 5 different size flowers with a cookie cutter (cookie cutter set from @home) then rolling/frilling the ends out with a skewer – very easy and effective.

On Saturday evening I baked the 3 layers of a 15cm vanilla cake or Madeira cake, wrapped and then to the freezer. I made the smaller flowers also from fondant and my cookie cutter set. I made extra flowers in case some of them broke.

Here is the Fondant I coloured and wrapped in plastic
It was used for the flowers and for covering the cake.

Sunday evening I started to fill the cakes then iced them and covered them with the fondant.

The three cakes filled/covered in icing and then covered in Fondant, you can see the dowel sticks protruding from the bottom cake –
This cake takes the most weight so it really needs the support the Orange middle layer also has dowel sticks
Inserted, the top layer is left unsupported.

Next I started to do the decoration, for the top layer I printed a design and then traced it using a pin and then just followed the design with Royal icing and some silver dragees. For the Middle layer I placed a white fondant strip around it and attached the flowers with royal icing – some fell off and I just re-attached them until they stuck. The flowers are a bit big, next time I will get a smaller cookie cutter. I also decorated the bottom layer using the same technique as the top layer.

Here are the top and middle layer before and after decorating, don’t know if you can see the pin marks
On the bottom left hand picture?

Then came the scary part – after all the cakes were decorated it was time to stack them hoping everything doesn’t cave in...
And guess what it worked it stayed on top of each other without sinking in or falling off. I finished at about 2am with the borders and was very tired after that.

But generally I am pleased with the end result, there are a few things I would do different next time, but this was a pleasant experience thanks for sharing it with me...
Only thing is I don’t know what I am going to do with a cake enough for a 100 people...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Barney cupcakes

Just a quick post. Had to do 30 Barney cupcakes for a Birthday. Only had one day to do them and this is what i came up with. Royal icing Barney plaque, Vanilla cupcakes with butter cream icing.

Have a nice Day and Remember: I love you , you love me were best friends like friends should be hahaha, hopefully the song is now stuck in your head like it was in mine all day yesterday....

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"PEEK" - A boo!!

Ok, so this is my first request for a baby shower - baby shower cupcakes to be precise... Not sure wether it is for a boy or a girl but i thought i would practice a bit today, just to see wether i would be able to do it! So here is a sneak peek...

Baby booties and sleeping baby - as you can see the baby looks a bit pale... i still need to buy some food colouring to colour the skin. I need one more idea for the cupcakes anyone want to share an idea? I'm all ears?? Drop me a comment, it will be much appreciated!! Thank you!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Cupcakes

Here are some easter fondant cupcakes i made yesterday!!

Pretty cupcake cups all lined up

They are chocolate cupcakes covered in buttercream and fondant!!

Mr Bunny and his easter eggs..
Happy Easter!!
* All my blog photos are taken with my cellphone's camera(Nokia N96)-im working on a nikon he he ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺*

Saturday, April 4, 2009

How much is that doggy in the window ☺☺woof!☺☺ woof!☺☺

AAAwww isn't it just the cutest thing!! Since i started baking cakes (which is only about 2 months now) i bought 2 or 3 cake decorating books! And this puppy was from a book by Carol Deacon - Party cakes. She shows step by step to make it and thanks to that i was able to create it... I decided to make different colour basket, blanky and slipper but it stil looks super cute.☺☺☺☺

"Now snoopy, why did you eat my slipper??"

"No it doesn't help hiding your face with your paw..."

"Don't give me thaaat look!!

And then just because the puppy ate my slipper ☺☺☺☺ i ate his bum!!

I entered it into the cake central animal cake contest just for fun☺☺☺☺

Have a nice weekend!!☺☺☺☺

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hello Kitty Cake

Last week i recieved an email, asking if i could bake a cake (hello kitty) for a birthday... and i agreed, a little scared as to how it would turn out... i googled around and found a nice template of hello kitty's face and printed it as big as i wanted the cake to be.

The request was for a chocolate sponge cake with fresh cream, i did the chocolate sponge cake but didn't think the fresh cream would work well as a filling because it would melt and the fondant would fall off. (Its still very warm here even though it is turning into autumn).

So i baked two square 22cm chocolate sponge cakes and let it cool, then wrapped and placed it into the freezer... to make the cutting easier. After 2 hours i took them out and levelled the cakes then sandwiched it together with chocolate buttercream and wrapped and placed in the freezer again. After half an hour i took it out and pinned on the hello kitty template that i printed earlier. I cut out the template and frosted it with white buttercream the chocolate sponge wouldn't be seen through the white fondant later on... A crumb coating was fine.

Next it was the fondant's turn to do its magic... i measured the cake and rolled out the fondant accordingly... then placed it over and smoothed it with my cake smoother. Then i added the rest of the face also cut from fondant. For the bow i used a heart cookie cutter and a round cookie cutter. Just cut out two hearts and stick to fondant and then place the round piece over and there you go...(easies bow i've ever done) Then i made sure the eyes, nose and whiskers were in proportion according to the picture/template, added some glitter dust and there you go... one Hello Kitty cake ready for a birthday...(The request was also not to make it look to childish as the recipient was turning 23 so i didn't over do the extras... less is more... i think)

I had sooo much fun with this cake and really happy with the way it turned out... Looking forward to baking my next cake...

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