Saturday, July 28, 2012

Kayleigh Cupcake Tower

Well its been a while since my last cupcake tower and to be honest after finishing this birthday request I really missed how pretty they look.

The design of this cupcake tower cake from my earlier cakes Sienna Fairy Cake and Caitlyn Cupcake tower. This was a challenge for me as everything that could go wrong went wrong when making this.
I mixed the wrong pink color and had to redo a few times and mixing the buttercream was like an icing sugar bomb went off in my kitchen! 

The top cake is chocolate mud cake and the cupcakes are white chic mud cake iced with buttercream frosting.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake

I am very excited about this cake. I'm very proud of the result considering I wasn't familiar with the inspiration for this cake...the popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar book!

I didn't grow up reading this book but I heard about it from my own kids as they read it at day care. In fact my 4 year old son was helping me design the cake as I wasn't sure what the caterpillar ate in the book.

After borrowing a copy of the book from a  workmate I started sketching the design.

Special request was to include the fruits and some of the sunday treats the caterpillar ate and also have the caterpillar in large 3D modeling on top of the cake.

These little Sunday treat details on the cake board were so much fun to make as I've always wanted to create a mini cupcake out of fondant for ages!

The watermelon was a challenge as red fondant is always very soft and having it stand upright was aways going to be tricky so a little tylose powder did the trick!

Here he is ....The Very Hungry Caterpillar himself! flower wiring kept him upright. The apple detail hid the candle (tip of candle is behind the apple stem). I particularly like the little leaf with the hole in it sitting on top of the apple.

Enjoy this cake!

Saturday, June 2, 2012


So for mother's day I received two new books for my baking and decorating passion (...or more like obsession ;) !)

The books are Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas and Baby Cakes by Debbie Brown. 

Amy Atlas has a recipe in her book on how to make marshmallows and this has been on my 'to do' list

for a long time. So I decided to make some with the help of my 4.5 yr old son.

It was quite easy but the worst part was the sticky mess at the end! I didn't have my coloring and vanilla

 essence ready and the recipe required you to work real quick as the mixture will set quite quickly.

The recipe worked well and my marshmallows set in 2 hours. It tasted and it wasn't too sweet.

Bear Birthday Cake

Just when I thought I had a week off from cakes, I get a text from my sis-in-law about making a cake for my niece's 1st birthday party this weekend.

As a last minute creation, I decided to make a bear cake using my left over pastel fondant from my recent cakes.

I also used this opportunity to improve my stripe decoration skills and also practice using my pasta roller to roll out the fondant. 

I love the colors and its one of my all time favorite color combinations!

Close-up of purple baby bear.

Close-Up of Mama Bear. 

Close-Up of playful pink baby bear...very cute!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Jewelry and Make-up Box cake

My last cake of the month is for my beautiful niece Alicia who turned 4 over the weekend. Her cake request was a jewelry and make-up cake.  The present box cake was inspired by a 3 tiered cake created by Planet Cake.

Jewelry included edible purple sugar diamonds which I purchased from a cake decorating store.

I also bought Alicia Dora the Explorer concert tickets which I hid under the lid of the cake.

She loved it!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Beehive Birthday Cupcakes

What a fun cupcake! This was for a bee themed 2nd birthday party. The cupcake is chocolate cake with italian meringue frosting which I blow torched to get the beehive effect. 

The bees were hand made from fondant.

The idea was inspired by a blog post on Amy Atlas's creative dessert tables.