Archive for January, 2012

Portal companion cube cake

January 29, 2012

I can’t believe that one of my boys is now 21!  Happy Birthday Michael.

This cake turned out huge, it had to be a cube shape of course, is 8″ (20cm) square, chocolate cake, fondant iced and chocolate gnache holding the layers together inside.

Portal companion cube cake

Portal companion cube cake

Portal companion cube cake

Portal companion cube cake

For those into gaming it will be clear that this is a portal companion cube.  For those not, Portal is a video game… I’m not much into gaming myself but the kids are.

Each side is pretty much the same, but I added a 21, key, martini glass, champagne flute in the centre of each of the hearts.

I think they’ll be eating cake for a few days to come!

Dora the explorer

January 29, 2012

I just realised I’d not done a post for Ava’s 2nd birthday cake.  Dora the explorer of course, as a favourite of nearly all 2 year old girls!  I had no kitchen due to some major renovations going on so had to borrow mum’s kitchen to make this one (lucky they were away on holiday) – Thanks mum 🙂

Here’ it is two layer, chocolate cake fondant iced.  I cheated a bit and bought the dora, boots and swiper figurines, but the rest is icing.

Dora the explorer cake

Dora the explorer cake

Americana

January 24, 2012

A stars and stripes cake for a Kiwi-American birthday celebration in good old NZ.  The family provided me with the lovingly baked the fruit cake, which smelled just divine!  My job was to ice it with an American theme.  It had an almond then fondant icing layer with fondant stars and stripes.  Turned out very 4th of July looking.

Stars and stripes birthday cake

American stars and stripes 50th birthday cake

Life’s a beach…

January 21, 2012

I made this cake for one of the other Nana’s 50th birthday celebration.  This beach scene includes all the things you need for a relaxing day at the beach.

Beach cake

Beach cake

The cake is chocolate with a chocolate ganache filling, then covered with fondant.  The beach items are all fondant/gumpaste with raw sugar as the sand.

I just love the way the sun umbrella turned out, perfectly ruffled.

Here’s a closer look at some of the detail…

Beach chairs, umbrella, hat, book and towel over the fence

Beach umbella, chairs, sun hat, book and towel over the fence

Beach ball, bucket and spade and a crab sit along the fence line

Beach ball, bucket and spade and a crab sit along the fence line

Christmas cakes 2011

January 20, 2012

Here are the cakes I made for family this christmas.

Christmas tree and presents cake

Christmas tree and presents

Choir boys Christmas cake

Choir boys Christmas cake

Poinsettia Christmas cake

Poinsettia design Christmas cake

For the two square ones I tried a different method for the lettering.  I used royal icing but piped the letters out on parchment then when dry transferred them to the cake.  I did a couple of sets which was good as i did break a few so was pleased to have some back ups.

I think I like doing the rectangle shaped cake for fruit cakes.  This time I tried a piping the lettering directly on the cake using two layers white on the bottom and a wriggly red top layer.  The poinsettia flowers were all piped royal icing.


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