Friday, 29 April 2011

Cake Note 37 "We're supposed to have just a small family affair" Prince William to his prospective Father-in-law

OOOhh WHAT a day! We might be starchy, stiff upper lippy and utterly emotionless, but BY GUM don't we know how to do a Royal Wedding! Hasn't it been great and didn't she look stunning?

I was lucky enough to be invited to spend the day with some friends, to have brunch, lunch and wedding watching....really enjoyed it but couldn't hear everything for all the women yakking!

Anyway, my contribution ot the day was an 8 inch brandy soaked chocolate cake, filled with rose water buttercream and brandy infused blueberry jam......Oh it was DEElicious - even though I say so myself:)

Wishing Catherine and Willaim a long and happy marriage and........

 God Save the Queen!

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Cake Note 36: "Molly, my lovely Molly, my sweet Achusle dear - I'm fairly off my trolly my lovely Molly, when you are near"..Foster and Allen

Very short notice order......Molly is eight. She's not girly, she likes Horrid Henry (I don't) but can I make her a non girly cake? Oh no!! I said I'd have a think...

Another phone call.....No Horrid Henry...she love Bruno Mars (who?) and her Mum wants lots of love hearts and music notes...and hot pink....she wants girly...Molly must be growing up:) which I'm pleased about although I'm not a fan of edible images on cakes, but since I'm not clever enough to make Bruno Mars, a photo it had to be.

So, I think I managed to cover the brief, NOT my favourite cake but the owners seemed thrilled.....haven't hear what Molly thinks though and to me...that's the important point of view! Either way, Happy Birthday

Monday, 18 April 2011

Cake Note 35: "Perfection is attained by slow degrees: It requires the hand of time" Voltaire

...and boy, doesn't it take time!

I think one of the main things that cake makers strive for, not the perfect design - it's the perfect -ly FLAT top of your baked cake! I have tried and tried so many times not to end up with a cake with a dome that then gets lopped off to make a flat top:)

Anyway.....I have succeeded:) This cake is Practically Perfect in Every Way! (Mary Poppins!)

It happened by mistake but I have quickly written down what I did so I can replicate the perfect flat top cake......and here it is, in all its unadorned glory -

Meet my Wonderful FLAT top chocolate cake:)......well, it really is the flattest one I have succeeded in making........I bet I don't have to trim anything off...:)

Swoon if you will!

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Cake Note 34: Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding. Gian Carlo Menotti

Well I have to say I disagree entirely with Mr Menotti. I have spent the day in the company of one of the UK's foremost sugarcraft artists, and I can only say, his artistry is amazing!

My sugar craft teacher set up a workshop with the amazing Alan Dunn.....everyone in the sugar craft world knows about this man's unique ability to create the most beautiful specimens taken from botanical studies. His attention to detail is so impressive and his flowers....well, I am left speechless! Alan Dunn has numerous books under his belt, he is known all over thr world, and you might expext him to be boring and stuffy...NOPE! He made us laugh, kept us entertained and helped us create our very own masterpieces. NOTHING was too much trouble for him and he was really down to earth and NORMAL!

Thank you Paula for setting up the day and thank you Alan for making it a fantastic experience!

This is what he taught us to make today:)...- it's a passionflower, with a fantasy butterfly. Thank you once again Alan, for sharing your amazing experience -