Firstly apologies for neglecting my page. Life just got in the way, but I’m back! I’ve been busy making cakes and minding my kids….let’s just say it’s been full on!! Anyway, I’d like to share my mini cupcakes. I sprinkled little hearts on them to make them look super cute and romantic as it’s Valentine’s Day in a few weeks.
They are dead simple to make, just use a basic bun/cake mixture. I add some vanilla paste to mine and then use a wilton mini bun tray, well two in fact as a batch makes around 36 mini buns. I ice my buns with home made buttercream and pipe it on using a Wilton 1M nozzle.
For the hearts, I’m sure you can buy heart sprinkles but I don’t have them! I used my heart shaped plunge cutters and red sugarpaste to make my hearts. Sounds kinda time consuming, but once I get in the zone, it only takes a few mins.
I have mini cupcake boxes that hold 24 cupcakes and think they look so pretty in the box… the perfect gift. I think most people would smile getting these on the 14th eh?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cake – Nov 13
Turtle mania has hit our house, in a big way, so naturally my son wanted a TMNT cake for his birthday. I found an image on Pinterest and took a snap of it with my phone (I don’t have pinterest on my phone sob sob). I basically just looked at the pic when I did the cake. It’s a shallow 8” Chocolate biscuit cake with a circle of grey fondant on top – to look like a manhole cover and the 4 turtle heads. It was actually straight forward to do and I think it came out really well, considering I did it quickly, while my kids were running about.
My big learning point, was that I should have used florist paste for the masks as the sugarpaste wasn’t flexible enought and kinda cracked on me. I have to make another one next week for a friends son, so he will get the improved version! I like the orginal and my son and his buddies LOVED it so we’re all happy!
I’ll put some pointers on my tutorials and tips page, in case anyone is interested in making one :-)
Two Very Different Halloween Projects – Oct 2013
I had such great intentions of doing Halloween cake pops and going all out trying lots of Pinterest ideas but didn’t quite get round to them (yet!). I did however make a proper Halloween cake, which has already been eaten…
I made this cake as part of an evening course which I am doing in sugar craft. The cake itself is a 8” chocolate biscuit cake. It’s so delish even if I say it myself. Lots of my friends have asked me for the recipe as it’s got a lovely texture without being too heavy.
I got the recipe on my friend’s blog – Tremendous Fun. I hope the link works!
Anyway, back to my cake. It’s covered in orange sugarpaste and has a handmade witch, ghost and a few pumpkins on. The icing was a teeny bit bumpy (I’ll be honest!), so I added some extra decorations using my new Halloween Tappits. I stuck on ghosts and bats and I think they added to the cake. I also wrote BOO! using my letter cutters and stuck them on too.
The witch was made out of sugarpaste too.I had no ready made black so used black extra colour to get it black. I find regular black colour just makes a dirty grey colour! I learnt a lot making her. I’d like to try her again and do her face a little differently. We ate the cake today with some friends and their kids and the witch was a HUGE hit. The kids loved that she turned their tongues and mouths black!!
My final Halloween project took place this afternoon. This involved my kids, fairy cakes and my Halloween Tappits. The end result ain’t pretty but we had fun making them and my kids, who are 2 and 3 actually managed the cutters pretty well!
I had to fight the urge to fix the icing and just let them decorate them….not easy as I’m a perfectionist at heart. Was fun to see them enjoying the decorating so much and to actually do it with no fighting was a mega bonus!
Have a fab Halloween tomorrow everyone!
Easy Halloween Birthday Cake – Oct 13
A friend celebrated her birthday this week and I wanted to bake her a cake and also embrace Halloween! While my 2 and 3 year old loved the idea of spiders, bats and pumpkins on a cake, I’m sure my friend may well have prefered something a bit more girly. It was not to be….easy Halloween Birthday cake is what she got!
It was a 6” chocolate cake, I used my fave chocolate cake recipe courtesy of the Pink Whisk. It’s delish! Lovely and moist without being too heavy. I didn’t have time to go down the sugarpaste route to cover it, so I just sprinkled icing sugar on it and put some Halloween cake toppers on the cake and board.
The pumpkins and spiders are super easy. I used a tappit cutter to do the bats. You only need coloured fondant and a few basic tools and a few mins to make them.
This cake is not fancy and is easy to decorate – next year, hopefully I’ll have more time to spend on my cake toppers :-)
Check out my ‘tutorials and tips’ page for how to make the pumpkins and spiders
Dublin Football Jersey Cake – Sep 13
Well Sep 2013, will see the Dublin senior football team take on Mayo in the All Ireland Senior Footbal Championship. Let’s just say that this is a big event for everyone based in either Dublin or Mayo. I will confess that I’m not a huge Gaelic Football fan, but will of course be shouting for Dublin on the day!
I was asked to make a Dublin Football Jersey cake for my son’s friend the other day and it was the perfect time of year to embrace Dub-mania!
All the cakes I’ve decorated to date have been round, so this was a new venture for me. I of course refered to youtube and google and found some good ideas and tutorials. In the end, I decided to follow one that I found on http://cakesbakesandcookies.com/. Emma explained the process well so I followed her lead and avoided disaster. So needless to say, I was glad I found her page!
It was nervewracking doing this cake at times, in particular: cutting the t-shirt shape, moving the sugarpaste from the table onto the cake and also seeing lots of moisture form on the sugarpaste once it had been put on the cake! – more about all of this on my tutorials and tips page!
Initially, when the cake was covered, I wasn’t that happy with it as I felt it looked a bit plain. So I added some more detail to it, seams on the edges and stripes at the top. Once they were put on the cake, I felt happy with it and stepped away before I wrecked it!
Anyway, I have no doubt that I’ll be tackling a jersey cake again in the future. As I live with two football fans, that’s inevitable I guess! It was scary but fun to do a cake that wasn’t round…hmm now all I need to do is tackle a square one :-)
My Daisy Cake – Sep 2103:
Well it was my birthday last month and while it was a bit tempting to be lazy and get someone else to make my cake, I knew deep down that I’d be happier with one of my own creations. So I made my own 40th birthday cake….no secrets here…now everyone knows how old I am!!
I love daisies, I toyed with the idea of calling my daughter Daisy, I wear Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume….so it was only fitting that I had daisies on my cake.
I saw a lovely design on my ole friend Pinterest. It was for a childs 1st birthday, but I knew it would translate well for my cake too. It was made by http://www.littlepartyboutique.co.uk and I decided that this was what I wanted.
I toned down the yellow, to make it more lemon yellow and also put 40 daisies on it. Yes I actually made and counted out 40 daisies and stuck them on. My kids had great fun picking off the daisies when it was time to eat the cake.
It was my first time to use Royal Icing. I used this to pipe on the little dots. I found it easy to work with and really finished of the cake well. The cake was a 8” chocolate cake, covered with sugarpaste and decorated with sugarpaste flowers and florist paste letters.
I loved it and am so happy that I made my own cake!
For more info, check out my tutorials and tips page