Thursday, June 25, 2009

Jungle Cake for Jayna

I was asked to do this cake by a mum at Ewan's school for her eldest daughter Jayna.

I wanted to do something a little bit different and modern. The cake was made up from a 2 tier yellow cake with chocolate & vanilla buttercream frosting. Two 9 inch cakes stacked, and one 6 inch cake on top. The Palm tree, rocks and zebra stripes are all edible and made from fondant. The palm tree trunk is an Oreo stick! I had to eat several since they were so delicate and kept breaking! Shame! All animals are plastic! I designed the writing to look like vine leaves and this theme continued around the top of the cake. Brown sugar was sprinkled around the base to look like sand.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Afternoon Tea for two!

My eldest son just graduated from his preschool , so i made his teachers a British Afternoon Tea gift baskets, containing, homemade scones, European strawberry preserve, cups and saucers and a tea-towel! Cheers!

I just bought some mason jars and fruit pectin in the hope that i will attempt to make my own jam preserves, then I can use them in my cake fillings. and thus no preservatives, fruit juice sweetened and good for you!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ryan's 3rd birthday

So Ryan wanted a Thomas birthday cake for his 3rd birthday. To make the cake i found a tutorial onthe internet which i base most the cake on, but also used serval othe references since no Thomas toy is th esame, I had to use what toys i had in the house. And being an Architect i also had to try and get it to scale the best i could! I mouled this cake by hand from a 12x18 inch 1.2 sheet pan. This is the largest cake i have ever baked. The cake which was chocolate filled the entire kichen aid mixer to the brim!

I also froze the cake in advance as suggested (first time i have done this to), but it really helped with moulding the cake, and did not impair on the taste of the cake at all! Thomas's face, wheels and lights were made from fondant. the rest was frosting, including the coal in the back of Thomas which I piped individually.
The cake was a big success, and made my little boy very happy! The entire cake was eaten!

I also made cupcakes in yellow cake and iced them in blue royal icing. the toppingscame from a cake box mix that I bought whilst in England containing edible rice paper images of Thomas and Friends and royal icing mini train sprinkles! Perfect!