Wednesday, 30 May 2012

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Friday, 27 April 2012

Naughty Penis Cupcake

I made this one in a batch with my previous cupcakes but it's a bit naughty!

Chocolate Cupcakes

I wanted to try a new chocolate cupcake recipe, it worked really well and it was nice and moist. It's not super chocolatey so goes really well with dark choc ganache. If you're not using a super chocolatey icing, I'd go for a recipe with a bit more chocolate in it - if you're not into choc overload here's the recipe:

Cookie Monster Cake

My next cake was a cookie monster cake for a little boy called Ryder for his first birthday. Again, I was emailed picture so can't take the credit or give the credit because I don't know which website it came from. I pretty much copied the picture except they used red lettering but I thought it would be cute to make the letters of his name look like cookies. ME WANT COOKIES TOO! 

Baby Bum Cake

I'm just going to upload all my latest cakes at once! I'm so bad at this - if you do like my cakes, please like my cake page - it's just piccies of all my cakes but no detail. I update it regularly and I'm on FB all the time so please, if you have any questions on how I did anything in relation to my cakes, send me a message on Facebook, I'd be more than happy to try and help out.

I got asked to make a baby bum cake for a friend's baby shower. I can't take credit for the design, I was given a picture to follow - however I changed the colours, the bow and the flowers were originally blue spots. I wasn't given the website so I can't give credit where credit's due I'm afraid!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Cute Purse Cake

I feel like I don't make a cake in ages... then all of the sudden I make heaps within a few days!

It was my sister Ellen's 15th and stepsister Jorja's 6th birthdays, so of course I made them a cake. I got the idea and instructions from this blog >, she is fantastic! I made a few minor changes but pretty well followed her instructions to the tee. I used leftover icing I had in the freezer but I only just had enough to cover the cake so I had to roll it pretty thin so it kinda cracked in a few places but hey, adds character?

Anyway, here it is...

Cutting the bottom off

Carving the corners

Sam wanted to help and got a bit carried away

Marshmallow Fondant tastes really good but it cracks so much easier than normal fondant, hence the raggedy edges!

My original handle drying on a vitamin container

All dry, rather than using something to stick them on, I stuck the bow and handle in with toothpicks, less messy!

You may be thinking that the handle looks different... that's because it is. I picked up the original handle and was looking at it and it snapped in the middle. My super helpful boyfriend decided to play Captain Obvious and said, "Oh, you probably shouldn't play with that anymore." Oh really? You think?!

So I glued it with sugar syrup, couldn't even see the crack unless you looked really close and let it dry. Then when I GENTLY tried poking the toothpicks in the cake it broke.... in three different places. Not a chance that that handle was going to work. I rolled out a new piece of fondant and just put it straight on the cake with some toothpicks in each end. As it was soft it drooped a little in the middle but I think it looks even better! I was worried that it would droop even more and become really thin but because it wasn't freshly made icing and was quite thick it stayed like that. So cute! My bow was much bigger than Jessicakes so I put it lower than hers and made a button for the latch instead. I make buttons by getting something round, like a chapstick lid or in this case a gluestick lid, cutting out the fondant then using the blunt end of a skewer to make the holes. 

Don't look at the left corner! I was a bit short on fondant...

I spent the morning doing things other than making the cake... which I shall tell you about later.. so the cake was only just finished straight before we had to go so didn't have time to stick to the board properly. So I sat holding it in this crate for most of the drive then on my lap because I was worried about it sliding. We had to drive so slow but it was okay because it was peak hour and we didn't really have a choice anyway. It did slide a bit but not too badly.

The birthday girls

Lighting the candles...

I wish this photo wasn't so blurry because it's so cutee!!!

No boyfriends for anyone... those candles were well and truly blown out!

Look at all that chocolatey goodness....

"Kirsten.... can I eat the handle?"
"Yea sure!"

When you see someone's face this happy, it makes all those frustrating moments worthwhile!

Now this is what I got carried away with this morning:

It was Valentine's Day and as Sam and I had gone away recently... and we like to think we show our love for each and other every day... we didn't plan anything for Valentine's Day. We woke up, no bread, no milk. Going out for breakky seemed like the best option, I love going out for breakky! We had a voucher for 'Pancakes at the Port' in Port Adelaide. I got the big breakky and Sam got the german breakfast. Needless to say I couldn't finish mine, my eyes are bigger than my stomach so Sam finished it off for me. He ate 5 pancakes, a whole tomato, 3 pieces of bacon, an egg, half my hash brown and a german sausage... plus a coffee. Where it goes nobody knows!

Anyway, after our ridiculously filling breakfast we decided to visit the Maritime Museum because we hadn't been there in years, I love Museums! I'm such a Nanna but I love learning new things. As part of paying entry to the Museum we were told we had free entry to the lighthouse. We thought we'd check it out and so up we went.
View of part of the Port from the Lighthouse

That look on his face was more anxious than happy...

He was gripping the rail real tight when looking down...

Because it was a pretty long way down... I thought it was real funny to jump up and down and make the floor wobble a bit.. he didn't agree with my sense of humour in that particular moment.

Safely back on hard ground!

We came at just the right time, the Endeavour, which was the ship Captain Cook sailed into Adelaide on was coming in to be anchored in Port Adelaide for a week or so. There was a huge turnout (this is the only picture I managed to get without people in it), with a news helicopter and reporters, a cannon shooting display, with the ship and men on the wharf shooting cannons at each other (they actually just went in the water). It was a really nice day and we didn't even plan it! Took up most of the morning though, hence the reason the cake didn't get made till later

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Blue Butterfly Cake

In my cake classes post I mentioned I was making a 50th cake, well I made it and it came together wonderfully!

I used chocolate mud cake which I had never made before, topped with dark chocolate ganache and then covered with marshmallow fondant. The lady from work I was making it for just told me she liked blue and butterflies, so I ordered turquoise coloured rice paper butterflies online as they're edible, I ordered 56 and ended up using about 12! I was originally going to make the cake completely white but then decided that it might be nice if one tier was blue, it did look really nice! I forgot to put the supports in the bottom layer but I think because I only put the cake together a few hours before the party and because it was a very dense cake it didn't sink luckily! I was a bit annoyed at myself though because I wanted to try out the cake jacks. Anyway, the cake was SO yummy and so moist! I'm definitely using that recipe again. Ganache is delicious as well, my boyfriend was standing next to me stuffing his face full of the cake cut-offs and ganache.


It even dribbles deliciously...

First layer of ganache, just to seal in all the crumbs

ganache... oh so delicious

final layer of ganache, I am still waiting on a palette knife so nothing I do is very smooth yet!

I piped buttercream to stick the butterflies on with and put a ribbon around the bottom of the top tier because it was a little bit dodgy!

So messy! I may have forgotten to put on my apron.

Cleaning up, I know most people like to clean as they go... but I'm not most people.

My two little helpers that were staying for the weekend

The party was 70's theme dress-up, so here I was in my 70's best! I wasn't even around then and I think I pull it off okay.

Instagram always makes things look that little bit more special...

At the end of the day, the dogs were almost as tired as I was.

The boyfriend piece. The cake was an absolute hit, everyone had a piece and some went for seconds but I was glad that there was enough for me to take a chunk home for the boyfriend. Coffee and cake on a sunday morning, perfect!
I mentioned how I was starting a cake decorating class? Well I went last wednesday and we were being taught the very basics so this is my fondant flower cupcake. Most of the ladies had never heard of marshmallow fondant, just goes to show what you can learn from the internet! Can't wait to learn all the tricks of the trade.

I also whipped this cake up. I tried to make buttercream roses one night after work but it was too hot and it kept melting. I didn't want to waste the buttercream so I whipped up  a cake in about 3 hours from start to finish, hence the dodgy look. Then I was thinking, what will I do with it now? I had a 21st the next day, so I asked her if it would be alright if I brought it so it would get eaten. She didn't even have a cake so it worked out well, she had a cake to cut and I'm happy that it got eaten!