Thursday, 25 August 2011

Tinkerbell Christening Cake

Inside this cake is a lovely lemon sponge with lemon curd and lemon buttercream, it's covered in baby pink sugar paste with lemon coloured accents.  Tinkerbell was cut out by hand and then painted to add all the features and her wings have been piped on with royal icing to add a delicate touch.  It's been finished off with some icing flowers and satin pink ribbon. 

Sport Themed Birthday Cake

This celebration cake had to feature some sporting equipment and a fire engine.  All the models are made from gum paste, as it sets firmer than sugar paste, and means that handling them is much easier as you don't tend to squish anything out of shape.  I made them a couple of days in advance so they had plenty of time to harden, then all I had to do was attach them to the cake and add some decoration.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Dinosaur Cake

It was time to put my painting skills to the test with this realistic dinosaur cake that we were asked to do.  I also had to do a bit of sculpting to get the shape I wanted and to carve out the main features.  Once that was done we covered it in white sugarpaste icing and began to create the look of skin by using tools to create lines and circles to add some texture. 

Next was the paint job, this is where an airbrush would come in handy, so I could cover a large area in a short amount of time, but I don't have one so had to make do with a tiny paintbrush.  I really must invest in some more paintbrushes, in an assortment of sizes, I have tons of paintbrushes but seeing as they've been previously used with proper paint, they can't be used for use with food.  But never mind that, on with the painting.  I use sugarflair gel food colouring to paint with and use it just like watercolour paints, you can use water to thin the gel or even vodka or rejuvenator spirit, alcohol will dry quicker than water and will stop the icing from becoming too sticky, using alcohol or rejuvenator spirit is also good to mix with lustre dust to create a paint.

It was a nice change to do a cake that required a bit more artistic skill, it's been a while since I've done a spot of painting, just hope they didn't mind disecting the dinosaur when it came to eating it!!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Rock Guitar Cake (with a few sweets!)

Inside this cake is an extremely yummy chocolate cake, we couldn't resist a try of it when we had some off cuts, you know, for quality control purposes of course!  We were asked to do a rock guitar cake with lots of sweets on it and that's exactly what they got.  The whole of the sides of this cake are covered with jelly babies, malteasers, smarties, liquorice allsorts, randoms and tooty frooties.  There may be a few rather energetic kids on the loose after eating through this cake!!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Cupcake Tower

These cupcakes were for an engagement party, 100 cakes in pink, black and white. 

I decided to use black cases rather than make black buttercream as there seems to be something a bit wrong about black buttercream, plus to get a true black colour you need to use a lot of food colouring, so anyone who eats it would end up with a black tongue, not to mention the E number content - not good for children!  So natural and pink buttercream was used with various pink, black and white sprinkles and icing flowers. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Upsy Daisy Birthday Cake

Upsy Daisy Birthday Cake
Here's a cake we did last week featuring Upsy Daisy from In The Night Garden.  Not being too familiar with the latest kids programmes we had to do a bit of research, and the world of In The Night Garden is a bit of a strange one, still I guess it's a hit with the kids.
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