Thursday, 27 December 2012

Cake Note 65: 'There is never enough time to do all the nothing you want' - Bill Watterson

Time.....I have no idea where the last couple of months have gone - well, I have but can't believe it's flown by so fast. Such a lot of nothings not done! And only a couple of cakes to end 2012. The first is for my nephew who follows Formula 1 racing with a passion and wanted the McLaren Mercedes in chocolate cake !! Not quite as sleek as the original.....

The second is for an 18th birthday for a girl who loves purple....and shoes......and a bit of bling. The thought of an all purple cake was a bit depressing but with the bling on the shoe and bag, and a few edible silver stars, I was really pleased with the result :

and last but not wouldn't be Christmas without a Christmas cake! Simple 10 inch fruit cake with applique decoration of bells and bow using Marion Frost's Patchwork cutter set, and a wired spray of holly and red berries - all sprinkled with crushed Magic Sparkles to add a bit of snowiness :)

Happy New Year to all my readers, followers and those who have a glance at my musings whilst passing by :)





Sunday, 7 October 2012

Cake Note 64: "Repetitiveness and discipline are the secrets of cake decorating. The art comes from the meticulous technique, the way it does for a dancer." Ron Ben Israel

Oooh I've left it a while to post!

I have a new follower too, thankyou and welcome :)

I'm posting my last 3 cakes together as I am run off my feet getting ready to visit my Granddaughters - can't wait, and SO stressed already!


18th Birthday cake for a girl who likes clothes -
vanilla Sponge

A 10 inch fruit cake for a lady who reached the grand age of 100!
 Gerbera daisies made from flower (gum) paste

Retirement cake for my sister's friend - Luscious Lemon Cake with
sweet peas made from flower (gum) paste

I love sweet peas and enjoyed making these:)


Saturday, 25 August 2012

Cake Note 63: "The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly. ~Peter De Vries"

40 years to be precise! This cake is for a friend of mine, celebrating her Ruby wedding anniversary - but she didn't want roses and ribbons, oh no. She wanted the cake to represent her life with her husband. Over the years they have bought Gites in Brittany, and an apartment near Salzburg  - these were the things she wanted on her cake. PLUS...her husband skiing, maps of her special places and maybe her, sitting outside her Gites with a G&T! Oh, and trees please........

Good job I'm fond of her :)

The cake is a 10 inch fruit covered with sugarpaste. The houses and the ski slope are made of rice crispy treats , the snow is that good ole standby, Royal icing and the models made out of modelling paste - the maps and the inscription are edible images, as is the gin bottle :)

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, 11 August 2012

Cake Note 62: "Marriage is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is Eternity" Khalil Gilbran

Weddings...this is what my post is today, and of course, wedding cakes!

I took an order for a cake last February and the couple took about five minutes to decide on their cake, one which they had seen in a cake magazine. I was surprised, thinking that they would be here ages, poring through magazines and pictures, but no, quite firmly, they wanted this one.

Now this isn't my design and I explained I could not provide an exact copy, as the design belonged to someone else. Anyway, I did my best to meet their needs and hopefully did justice to the original designer, Mark Tilling, a cake designer of some renown in the UK. Thank you for the inspiration! When I got to the venue yesterday, it all clicked into place.....purple, ivory and hearts...even the champagne glasses were displayed in a heart shape! It all looked lovely.

So, three tier square, base fruit cake,middle vanilla sponge and top tier chocolate mud cake. Decorated with dozens of tiny hearts.....took a while! and a shower burst with the same tiny hearts in ivory, lilac and purple - and the top decoration of four hearts intertwined, I made using pastillage.  I was thrilled with this cake - my daughter thought it was lovely....and more importantly than anything, so did the Bride and her Groom! Best wishes for a long and happy life together :)

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Cake Note 61: "The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new -" Rajneesh

I haven't posted in a while, I have a very good reason for this. My beautiful daughter was due to become a mother on 21 July. Unfortunately, she didn't hang on that long and my beautiful Grandson was born 6 weeks prematurely. After a bit of a rocky start, necessitating a stay in Special Care, he pulled himself round and is now home with his Mum. He is such a wonderful little creature and I am SO proud of my daughter doing so well after such a scary time - she is making a great job of being a mother and adores her baby boy - and as the quote says - 'A mother is something absolutely new...' and my daughter is one such woman - all my love Angel XXX

The cakes I am posting are a pair of thank you cakes for the Special Care Baby Unit and the Delivery Unit, where she and my Grandson were so expertly cared for, Thank You being such a small word that says so much!

Technical details - one Luscious  lemon cake and one Death by Chocolate cake. The babies were made using First Impressions baby mould - thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Cake Note 60: ""Love is not blind – It sees more and not less, but because it sees more it is willing to see less."

Hey, my 60th Cake Note.....and this weekend is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - 60 years since she ascended to the throne - Congratulations Ma'am. There are loads of people celebrating this weekend, flags and bunting along the shops, and just across the street from me, they are having a street party!

Anyway, I'm not posting a 60th cake although I am sure Her Majesty would enjoy one of my cakes. This one is a 30th wedding anniversary, a pearl wedding. The idea for the cake isn't mine - I asked a fellow forum member if I could use her design and she kindly agreed. I've wanted to us a 'Latte' coloured paste for ages and thought this was a good time. The photos don't show the colour well, but it was a really lovely shade, mixed using white sugarpaste and chocolate paste, 32 grams to 1.3kg of white.  It's a 10 inch chocolate cake, with a scallop shell and pearls made out of pastillage - the shell was a bit fragile I can tell you and the pearls kept rolling round in the shell - I got there in the end though :)

Friday, 25 May 2012

Cake Note 59: "I have everything now I had twenty years ago except now it's all lower" Gipsey Rose Lee

A birthday cake to celebrate 80 Glorious Years! This cake was almost a cake fact the original cake is sitting in a box, hoping someone will take pity on it and eat it!

The heat this week has been dreadful for covering cakes and this cake was no exception. After several hours of trying to cover and recover it, I ended up tearing bits of cake off with the sugarpaste that I had to remove. I gave up in the end and started afresh this morning - early start, got my fresh ingredients from the supermarket and by 09.30 the new cake was in! It's been just as hot today but the breeze has made it easier to work with the sugarpaste - so here is Mark II of the cake:) The cake is actually ivory but the sunlight was so strong, it looks almost peach. The 80 year old loves peach coloured roses, so that's what she got. Happy Birthday Mary