Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Another Busy Week

Cupcakes, Computer Cake, Giant Triple Chocolate Cupcake & a Triple Chocolate Cake
I've been so busy I've not had a chance to blog about the cakes we did last week.  We had a bit of a mixture, lots of cupcakes as well as a novelty cake and a triple chocolate cake. 

The novelty cake was a 3D computer cake, there's a lot of cake inside that computer monitor and it was so heavy.  Thankfully Jay had the task of carrying it into the venue (which meant a short walk down a busy high street and up some stairs at the venue) I was the driver so got the easy part of the delivery.  The keyboard and mouse are mainly for decoration but completely edible, if you like rice krispie treats covered in fondant icing that is.  You can't really see in the picture but the keyboard has the exact amount of keys on it and all the letters, numbers and symbols, all painted on with my teeny weeny paint brush.  The screen has been printed onto rice paper using edible inks, I thought this would make it look more realistic, plus it would have taken an incredibly long time to paint all that detail!

I've been making more cake bites too, this time I made some to give as a gift.  The cake bites have been loved by everyone who's tried them so I think we'll start selling them soon.

Boxed Cake Bites
The white chocolate covered cake bites are lemon flavoured and the chocolate ones have crushed Cadbury Crunchie pieces in.  We have plans to do some other flavours too, a bit like with our cupcakes, we'll have a good choice to choose from.

We've got a couple more orders to do this week which will keep us busy.  I've already made a start on some models for one cake, and I can say I've never had to make anything quite like it before, more details on that once it's been delivered.  Making bespoke cakes is always interesting, because people want cakes that are personal to them, they're always different.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Little Miss Sunshine Birthday Cake

Little Miss Sunshine Cake
Here's a sweet little cake we've just done for a little girls birthday party.  I love these sort of cakes, they're quite simple really but look so good. 

I wanted to decorate the board to fit in with the style of the Mr Men and Little Miss books, after a little research I came up with this rolling hills and blue sky background.  The drawing style is very bold with simple shapes and blocks of colour, and nice and easy to do too.  The board is covered in fondant icing and painted with food colouring.  See, nice and simple.

S'mores Cupcake

Here's the next American inspired cupcake based on s'mores.  For those not in the know, a s'more is a traditional campfire treat which consists of toasted marshmallow and chocolate which is sandwiched between two graham crackers.

S'mores Cupcake
Our cupcake version is a vanilla sponge with a chocolate filling and topped off with mallowy marshmallow frosting and crumbled biscuit pieces.  It's gooey, light and delicious, you'll definitely want s'more!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Ford Puma Car Cake

Ford Puma Cake
This is the third vehicle cake we've made and the first time we've made a car and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  We thought this may have been a bit of a challenge but ironically it was one of the easiest cakes we've made, there were no dramas and everything went smoothly.  And the difference......planning and doing things in stages.

As we don't use shaped cake pans this car needed to be sculpted out of a stack of sponges, it's three layers of sponge with jam and buttercream filling between each layer.  As I was sculpting away I thought it may be best to sculpt most of the features, such as the windows, lights and indents to the body of the car, and I was right.  When it came to covering the cake with the icing it was simply a matter of smoothing out all the details and all that was left to do was mark out some extra detailing and adding lights and other small details.

Various stages of cake making and final views
The wheels took quite a long time to make as the alloys were piped with royal icing.  Once the icing was set they needed to be painted with edible silver paint with a ridiculously tiny paint brush! 

Alloy wheel
I just hope Steve is happy with his cake.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Anniversary Cupcakes

These cupcakes were part of an assorted order we had at the weekend, they just wanted a couple of the cakes to be decorated with 50th Anniversary, the rest were a mixed bunch of assorted flavours. 

These cupcakes are vanilla with a little vanilla buttercream and topped with sugarpaste which I've embossed with a swirly pattern.  I cut out tiny icing flowers to add around the edge and the message, hearts and centres of the flowers have been piped with royal icing, left to set then painted with edible gold paint, seeing as it's for a golden wedding anniversary.  50 years of marriage.....now that's something to celebrate.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Rocky Road Cupcake

A new flavour to add to the gang, Rocky Road.  This is part of our new American inspired range, there will be five more flavours to come including the popular Red Velvet and Cookies & Cream. 

Rocky Road Cupcake
Our Rocky Road cupcake has a chocolate sponge with cherries and marshmallows and topped off with chocolate ganache, more marshmallows, white chocolate chunks and Malteasers.  It's a big bite of chunky chewy chocolateyness.......yum!
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