Ava’s 6th birthday cake request was for a Minions movie themed one, complete with Scarlet Overkill, Kevin, Bob and Stewart as characters on it.
We had been to see the movie together so I was really enthusiastic about this one… ok I’m enthusiastic about most of the cakes I’ve done, but particularly love doing movie themed ones.
The challenge with this one was to do Scarlet. I had planned to have her standing up. But I was having problems getting her dress right, the icing kept tearing, so change of plan I sat her down. This worked out better in the long run as she would have been quite tall.
I found the villian-con post image online and printed these to put around the sides of the cake. I edited the conference date to Ava’s year of birth.
Ava loved the cake and had a fun birthday party with her friends.
I can’t believe my granddaughter is 4 years old. For her birthday this year she chose her own cake theme. It did change a bit over time, she was planning ahead.
It started out she just wanted a strawberry on her cake. Then later she upgraded that to a strawberry and a dog, followed by a strawberry, a dog and a cat. Next Madeline was added to the list, she just loves the tales of Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. The final addition was an angry bird.
Ok, so the challenge was how to put all these elements together in something that made sense….
Madeline and her dog Genevieve having a picnic in the park, and should be able to fit all the elements in. Here’s how it turned out
I’ve always wanted to do shoes on a cake, and for my friend’s daughter’s 21st I got to do just that. In all honesty it was a bit more than I bargained for as it wasn’t a standard pair of stilettos she was after, but platform boots with spikes running down the back!
Well I do love a challenge so got my thinking cap on. How to do this?! Thankfully I had plenty of time up my sleeve so could ponder on it for a while. Eventually I realised I’d better set to work and just give it a go.
Now I’m not a shoemaker or a seamstress so had to guess a bit at how to make a pattern that would work. I started with the sole and set that to dry in shape (along with a few extra’s just in case). And did the same with the heels, and added the spikes. These also needed time to set before putting it all together.
A few days later I set to work and cut a pattern from paper that looked sort of right. Hmmm, when I tried to piece it all together it just wasn’t quite right, the pattern needed adjusting. So set them aside and tried again. At this point I was thankful for the extra soles.
This time it worked better. It was very hard to stick it all together as the icing needed to be soft enough to mould without cracking but firm enough to stay in place. I stuffed crunched up Gladwrap (plastic wrap) in the shoe to help to hold the shape.
The cake itself was a triple layer chocolate with gnache filling, simply iced in white with black fondant lace around the front. This tied in with the black and white party theme, and black lace on the invites.
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.