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

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Cake Note 58: "Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years".

What a lovely sentiment.

 I am a member of the British Sugarcraft Guild and this weekend, the Guild is holding an exhibition. My Guild branch decided to have a display table at the exhibition to show the range of skills our branch is capable of :) The theme was wedding anniversaries, to tie in with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. I chose the 12th anniversary, which is traditionally silk or linen and more modern, pearls.

I was a bridesmaid when I was a little girl, and wore one of those  old fashioned flower garland headdresses. I decided to re-create that garland using  flower (gum) paste  to make  Orange Blossoms, buds and small pulled flowers, to represent the marriage; and to represent the silk aspect of the anniversary, I covered an oval drum with 50/50 sugar/flower paste, rolled thinly and then rolled with a silk impression ceramic rolling pin and draped to look like fabric. I finished it off with pearl lustre spray.

I'm very pleased with it:)

the silk effect pin makes the paste look like silk fabric

This brighter photo doesn't show the silk effect as well as photo 1.

Close up of the blossoms

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Cake Note 57: " It's important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle!" Unknown

 And at 90 years old this guy has loads of twinkles! he is my best friend's Dad who hit the grand old age of 90 at the weekend and I got the honour of making the cake. He goes to the pub every day, likes whisky and betting on the Gee Gees! So here's my interpretation of his great age and his hobbies!

Tech details - 10 inch square rich fruit cake - sugar pasted board and cake, model supported by 7 inch cake board.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Cake Note 56: "When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies"

And we all believe in fairies, right? It would be lovely wouldn't it! This cake is for a Grandma who wanted to buy a cake for her Grandson's baptism - she'd seen one of mine with the blocks and caterpillars and asked for something similar in a single tier cake - she asked for pastel blues and white (right up  my street) and this is what she got. I wish her Grandson a life full of love, health and that's a fairy wish if anything is:)

Thanks for looking!

Technical details: 10 inch vanilla sponge with jam and vanilla buttercream, sugar paste (fondant) to the board and the cake - I like to imprint the board with patterns that match the theme. The blocks are made following Marion Frost (Patchwork Cutters) kit, the rabbit is courtesy of Debbie Brown's Baby Cakes Book (thank you ladies for the inspiration) and the caterpillars......they're mine! I liked this cake:)

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Cake Note 55: "Babies are such a nice way to start people" Unknown

Oh here I go again - a short sweet post though as I have to be up for work in the morning. This cake is a gift for a friend at work who is starting her maternity leave this week. The colour of the cake will give away the sex of the baby! A girl of course.

The little Baby in a Bunny suit on top is one I made courtesy of Frances McNaughton's book, Modelling Fancy Dress Babies, the originator of the models  - they come in a range of cute animal suits! Thanks Francis:)

Here it is, 7 inch chocolate mud cake iced in...well, pink of course!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Cake Note 54: “For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.”

As if 50 is a 'common' birthday:)

Well I can tell you this cake aged me overnight...well, over a few nights and days. Could I make a number 50 cake please? The 5 in fruit, the 0 in chocolate cake? A bit of bling and feathers?

Yes I think I can.......Big head springs to mind, know your own limitations is another thought that crashed across my mind too. That number 5 singlehandedly floored me. It was the hardest cake I have ever covered in Marzipan and sugar paste - it was so difficult to get a smooth, clean finish and I didn't like that.

Still, after days of covering and smoothing and modelling, and nights of nightmares, I finished this blessed cake - the recipients were my friend's sister and her husband, both 50 in the same week. I think she liked it - I, for one, was glad to see the back of it!

Number cakes?? Never again!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Cake Note 53: 'Happy Birthday, Two Today'!

A birthday cake for a cute little girl called Sofia. It was a short notice cake (very!). I don't like doing short notice cakes as I don't feel I do justice to them under pressure, but it was for a friend of my daughter. Anyway, Mum wanted a small cake with a princess....I didn't have time time to make a Disney princess which is what I think was wanted, so I made a 'cute' one! Haven't had any feedback, so I hope they liked it:(

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Cake Note 52: "Spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly! ~Author Unknown"

More birthday cakes for nieces! This is for my 9 year old greatniece, who once said to me..." No one makes ME a nice cake" (she was looking at my princess castle cake at the time).

Well, her Grandma asked me to make her a small cake for her birthday tea, nothing too big, just a small family tea. I had a problem with the small cake idea, because I remember my great niece's comment last year.  I knew she likes pink and lilac, and she also likes butterflies. So, I thought she might like faeries too....especially one she can keep after the cake was it is, hope it meets my usual standard! And I hope the birthday girl feels she now has a special cake too:)

My pink and purple Fairy ( Thanks to Frances McNaughton who taught me how to make her)

8 inch rich chocolate cake layered with vanilla buttercream and raspberry jam