Leeza’s family cake

My neice Leeza had a birthday recently, but to her dismay her party had to be delayed due to her having the chicken pox. She did not think that was fair. Poor wee thing it’s not fun to have the chicken pox, especially on your birthday.

I’m pleased to report she is well again now and we had a lovely birthday celebration for her in the weekend.  This year she wanted a cake with her family on it, a really lovely idea.

So, you know those ‘My Family’ car stickers, well they were the inspiration for this cake. It started out just black and white, but I just had to add colour! Leeza is the dancing girl in dressed in her favourite colour pink.

Leeza's family
Leeza’s family

Happy Birthday Leeza.

Oh, and for those who like the details, it was a chocolate cake, covered in fondant icing and the family characters were piped on in royal icing.

Periodic Table of Elements Cookies

My baby is away at university, at the other end of the country. I miss him a lot and know he’d be studying hard for end of year exams. So I thought I’d send him some cookies to keep him going and help him with his studies.

Now I’m not a chemistry geek so when I had the idea to bake the period table of elements in cookies, I was not really aware just how many elements there are… 118! That’s a lot of cookies. With so many to bake I had to go with his all time favourite gingerbread cookies, decorated with royal icing.

I patted and rolled and baked the first batch, but on counting them out I was eight short. Oh what to do? Well after some pondering and egging on from friends and colleagues kindly offering to eat any extras, I baked a second batch, and am glad I did.

So here they are….

The period table in cookies
The period table in cookies

Thanks to my good friend (and chemistry teacher) Alex and her daughter Gracie for helping out with icing them all, and taking some of the extras off my hands. I’m sure Alex could have done them all from memory but I did have to use a cheat sheet.

I hope they had fun eating them.

I’m back

Yes, I’m back!  It’s been a crazy year, really busy and then I fell and broke my leg.  That left me out of action for good few months. But I’m recovering well and back to baking again Yay!

More baking posts coming soon.

Portal companion cube cake

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

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