Sunday, July 22, 2012

We have moved!!!

Yup, I now have a proper website and it will be easier to view my cakes and leave comments. Please go to...

See you there - Evelyn

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Duane and Tino's 21st

This was quite a hard cake to design as the brief I had to go with was to combine Duane and Tino's love of the Hurricane rugby team, plus their Island heritage. I think the final result worked quite well. The two cakes are in the Hurricane's colours and the bottom cake is in a tapa cloth design. This was a very big cake with the bottom tier consisting of four large cakes put together.

Mattise-Rose's Dorothy the Dinosaur

This design was sent to me by the customer and I loved it. Dorothy looks so cute with her little skirt and she also has a wand and fairy wings, not to mention the crown. I made the tiny little roses to go over the cake and then dipped them in red glitter and they looked really good. A beautiful little cake, perfect for a little girl.

Daniel's Toy Elephant

How cute is this? The customer sent me a photo of Daniel's favourite toy and asked me to recreate it to put on the top of his cake. I had a lot of fun doing this but it was fiddly as each of the elephant's limbs and his ears had a different pattern on them. He was fun to make though and I hope Daniel enjoyed having his favourite toy on his cake.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Hareem's Princess Castle

Another week, another Princess Castle. I think I am finally getting it right - or it might just be the copious amount of glitter all over the cake. Of all the princess castle cakes I have made (and there's been a few now), I think this is the one I like best. It's got all the details, but isn't over done. I think I am also getting better at the princesses too. This cake was made up with chocolate cake in the middle and vanilla/rainbow for the turrets and small middle.

Ryan's Jungle

This is the second time I have done a cake like this and am still rapt with how it turns out. I had a wee problem in that when I attached the monkey on the top, his leg broke off. Though I fixed it, you could still see where it had broken, so I modelled up a bunch of bananas and placed them over the crack. I then also put a banana on the elephant's trunk for a bit of fun. Note the candle - I have just found some jungle candles in four different patterns, zebra, leopard, giraffe and tiger - cool.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Claudio's Nike Sneaker

Well there's a first time for everything, and this is it for making a sneaker out of cake. I was dreading making this one because of the detail, but in the end it all just came together nicely. A few weeks ago I invested in a fondant extruder which was quite expensive, but it's certainly made my life a lot easier. The laces of this sneaker were just made by stuffing some fondant into a tube and then screwing the handle round and round, and voila, out the other end came these beautiful laces and all I had to do was attach them to the cake.

Kyra's Shoes

This is the second time I have been asked to make this cake. The only difference with this one was that I added a bit of blue in some of the decorations. Also, at the moment I can't get pearl lustre spray from any of my wholesalers, so had to dab the whole cake with a edible metallic paint. The spray works better and is easier, but the cake still looked lovely and shiny.

Jonty's Fire Engine

I am certainly pleased I put the time into the detailing of this fire engine because when Jonty came over to get his cake, he certainly gave it the once over. It seemed to pass muster. Once again the new extruder came in handy with making a long, long hose to come out of the engine. I made the ladders out of gum paste at the beginning of the week, so they had nicely hardened by time they were needed to put on the engine. Everything, apart from the ladders, was edible on this cake.

Brayden's Buzz Lightyear

This is just a one-tier banana cake, covered in buttercream icing and then a thin layer of fondant over the whole thing. I then copied the picture of Buzz onto the fondant. After that, using black royal icing, I iced all the outlines and finally filled in the portions with a bit runnier royal icing. This is called floodwork and the end result always looks good. I also really liked the way Brayden's name and age were made in the Toy Story style.

Menaal's Princess Castle

My goodness, this design is proving extremely popular. A few differences on this one from the norm - Menaal is a big fan of Barbie Fashionista, so I made one out of gum paste for the centre of the cake, as well as the four little Disney princesses. The customer didn't want a huge cake, so the round corners (turrets?), are actually just fondant covered polystyrene. The heart-shaped pink thing behind the Barbie is a princess candle specially requested.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mason's Blocks

Wow, I don't think I have made a cake this tall before, and it took some major construction work with skewers to keep everything in place. I was also asked to make a sign to stand at the top with the Happy Birthday message on it but when I placed it in the cake, the sign broke in two, so it was a bit of a last minute panic until I remembered I had a spare Happy 1st Birthday sign which I just rested on the top of the cake. I loved the little Wiggles in their car. A lovely birthday cake for a first birthday.

Thomas's White Lego Ninja

Another Lego Ninja but this time in white. I really do adore the way these little men turn out. The making of the Lego blocks to decorate the board is a bit time consuming, but it looks good. I also stacked up some of the blocks and put the candle on the top, just for something a bit different.

Bev's Baby Shower

It was such a delight to fulfil this order. The customer wanted 60 mini cupcakes with decorations on them - 30 vanilla and 30 chocolate. For the vanilla I coloured 15 blue and 15 pink. The chocolate ones had white chocolate icing on them to make the decorations stand out more.

Javier's Ben 10

Quite proud of this cake as the face of Ben 10 I had to draw myself and I don't consider myself anywhere near an artist. He seemed to turn out recognisable which is all I can ask for. I put a Ben 10 watch around the middle of the cake with Javier's name on it. Only the decorations were fondant on this cake, the main icing was just buttercream and the little balls around the edges were lollies.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ahnaf's Lightning McQueen

The funny thing about Lightning McQueen cakes is that for a while there he's just a funny shaped cake with red fondant on him, then you add the eyes and all of a sudden he's real. Once again I have used my chocolate rocks as they are so useful. This cake was for a 1-year-old so we wanted to put so we wanted to put some brighter colours on it. I especially like the checkered banner with the birthday greeting on it.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

EnviroWaste's Wheelie Bin

My first corporate cake! The picture doesn't give you the perspective of just how big this cake is. The wheelie bin is made up of three big chocolate cakes, one on top of the other. Once again I used edible images for the logos. I then 'filled' up the wheelie bin with all sorts of recyclable materials such as milk bottles, wine bottles and tin cans, as well as a lot of paper. The cake had to be covered in black fondant as this is the colour of the bins at EnviroWaste - trouble is this probably made everyone's teeth grey for a while after eating the cake. I hope all the photos were taken before the cake was cut.

Jayden's Dinosaur

I got the idea for this design from Jayden's birthday invitations which had a blue dinosaur and an erupting volcano on it. The body of the dinosaur is a vanilla cake and the volcano is chocolate cake with red royal icing pouring down the sides. I am using my lovely little chocolate rocks again in the volcano. These have come in very handy and I will be using them again before the weekend is over.

Joe and Gemma's Ford

I was actually going to make the Ford logo out of royal icing, but then decided to just go with an edible image. This is the second time I have used one of these and it makes life so much easier. I wouldn't usually do this, but this week has been quite busy and I needed to save time where I could. It turned out rather well though I don't think I'd use the images all the time.

Perez's Word Search

This one may look a bit like a mishmash of letters, but it does actually spell out 'Happy Birthday Perez 10'. Perez is a fan of word search puzzles and so I decided to go with that in designing this cake. I thought it would be easy, but it took a bit of moving letters around before I got something I was happy with.

Tommy's Otters

For this cake I was asked to put a couple of otters on the top as Tommy's mother is a zookeeper at the Wellington Zoo and looks after the otters. Well, I tried, but can't make up my mind if they are a couple of otters or maybe squirrels shipwrecked on a log of wood. I hope Tommy recognises them for what they are supposed to be.

Friday, May 25, 2012

George's Red M&M

Ya hoo, Bubba Lou - the blog is up and running again. I can now put in the pictures from all the cakes over the past three weeks. The last two weeks I have had only one cake each week, this week I had eight cakes to make! Either a feast or a famine. Now onto this cake, I was so pleased with how it turned out. It's the first time I've been asked to make a cake covered in M&M's and was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. They gave the cake lovely clean lines. I also made a giant M&M to hold the candles.

Steve and Eric's Tyres

A second time I've had to make this cake and it turned out even better than the first time. I like the flames and the little rocks around the flames are actually edible candy, like M&Ms only in rock shapes.

Erinna's 18th

I was asked at the last minute if I could make a cake for Erinna. I didn't have the time to do any baking but told the customer that if she made the cake, I would decorate it. I actually like the simplicity of this cake. The white icing has glitter over it just to give the cake that extra touch.

Devonte and Daijah's 4th

This is the second time I have been asked to make a cake for these littlies. I was asked to make something with a Star War's theme for Devonte and something girly and glittery for Daijah. The R2D2 was in my lovely moist banana cake and Daijah's cake was rich chocolate.

Shaolin-Nate's Wrestling

Now for something completely different. I have never had to make a wrestling cake before and had a couple of trial runs with the rope around the posts before I got it right. The little wrestlers around the outside are plastic figurines but the two in the ring are made out of fondant.

Izzy's Snow White

This cake goes with the below cupcakes. Izzy was having a Disney party and was going dressed as Snow White. She only had a little cake as she also had the 20 cupcakes but it think the whole thing looks really cute. Snow White is made out of fondant and completely edible.

Izzy's Disney Cupcakes

Here are the cupcakes I made to go with the Snow White cake. The Minnie Mouse cakes are strawberry flavoured and the Mickey Mouse ones are vanilla. They both have white chocolate icing and are then sprinkled with sherbert. I had quite a production line going when I was making the MM faces but think they turned really well.

Sash's Leopard Print

This was a cake the customer had sourced off the Internet. Both tiers were covered in black spots. The bases of both cakes were surrounded with over-sized fondant balls and a big bow (which I was very proud of). I had my doubts about this cake for a 1-year-old, but the finished product was really cute.

Mr Whiteman's Cupcakes

This was a last minute order for one of the the teachers at Hutt Central School. He asked me to make half a dozen cupcakes for him to take to his wife's work for morning tea. The cupcakes are chocolate/caramel with white chocolate icing coloured pale green. I then added some royal icing decorations to make them look pretty.

Atif's Happy Birthday

Just a plain chocolate cake covered in marbled chocolate fondant. Just to finish it off I put a big fondant bow around the whole cake. The little hearts aren't actually on the cake - I had covered the cake with the cellophane then remembered I hadn't taken the photo.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dakota's Hello Kitty

Could a cake get any more girly? From the glittered base and #4, to the Hello Kitty and the tiny flowers, the whole cake just screamed - SWEET! I was very pleased with this cake and it all just came together so well. This is the first cake of many for this week. I have to make six cakes and 100 cupcakes. Wish me luck!

Ngaire's Old Witch

This was a last minute order. I tried to turn the lady down but when she said she owned a catering company and had steered a few people my way, it seemed the only thing I could do to thank her was to squeeze this cake in for her sister's birthday. Denise told me that she calls her sister the 'old witch' so it seemed like a good thing to go with for the cake. I was chuffed with how the witch turned out. The base icing was in blues, purples and pinks - trying for a sunset look.

Izzy's Care Bears

I don't usually use plastic figurines on my cakes, but these four cute little Care Bears were given to me and I was asked to make a cake for a three-year-old girl. They actually made the cake look lovely. I do like making the rainbow with the Happy Birthday and name on it. It looks very effective. I also added some toadstools and some creepers of flowers and leaves all over the cake. A beautiful cake.

Josh's Guitar

I am very pleased with the results of this cake. Everything turned out as I had imagined. The only problem I had was with the 'strings' as the wire I have wasn't long enough to put down in one continual line, so there were joins in the wires. It didn't seem to detract from the overall appearance though. I added the little side cake as there wasn't a lot of cake in the main cake once it had been cut into the shape of the guitar.

Fa'atiga's 30th

The specifications for this cake were for it to be in Rastafarian colours and to have a man "smoking" on the top. I loved the end result. The colours were a pleasure to work with - so bright, and the man came together really well. This was a really large cake and came with a side order of 100 cupcakes. A big job but the customer was rapt with her cake and cupcakes.

Sahana's Piano

The final cake for this weekend. The cake inside is a Black Forest with chocolate buttercream icing. I was fairly caked-out for ideas by time I got to this one, but I feel I covered all the requirements. I would have liked the edges to have been a bit sharper, but all in all the finished product wasn't too shabby!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sai's Fijian Scene

Only two cakes this week, but that's good as it gives me a chance to get ahead of myself with decorations for next weekend, which is a doozie. I was quite nervous about making this cake as I make no aspersions to being an artist but the customer wanted a Fijian scene painted onto the cake. In the end I was pleased with the result of this sunset picture. The cake is enormous - four 9" fruit cakes put together

Ken's 70th

The second cake for this weekend and I was very pleased with the lovely clean lines of this one. I found this design on the internet and thought it would be quite suitable for a 70-year-old. The stars in the middle just finish it off perfectly.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Alan's Beach Scene

This cake was cool to make. The customer wanted a cake which showed her four children at the beach, with birthday boy Alan in the centre. I feel I have accomplished everything she wanted. Under the fondant is a lovely big, moist chocolate cake. I used lemon sherbet sprinkled over the fondant to look like sand and it worked out really well. A lot of fun.

Yvonne's Princess Castle

I am happier this time around making this cake. I think I am getting the wee princesses better than the first attempt. There is a lot of cake in this one as not only are there two tiers of square cake, the round turrets are also cake. In this case the cakes are a mixture of chocolate and rainbow/vanilla.

Pearl's Cupcakes

Aren't these gorgeous? The customer wanted matching cupcakes to go with Pearl's cake and I spent a few hours making up miniature characters. I was so happy with how they turned out and they looked so cute. I am thinking I might put them on Trade Me and see of there is a market for them.

Pearl's Winnie the Pooh

This cake is a bit of a hybrid from a couple of other cakes I have made. I do like how it turned out, especially the rainbow balls around the cakes. The customer didn't want a cake covered in fondant so the cakes are just butter cream with fondant decorations.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Alex & Matt's Smurf

Only the one cake for this week. I hear tell that the Smurfs are making a comeback. If the request put in for this cake is anything to go by, that's right. I liked the touch of colour with the toadstools and it was also a good chance to try out my new maple/marijuna leaf cutters. I will need them in a few weeks so thought I'd give them a try out. Though they are maple leaves, I think they will pass for wacky backy to us uninitiated.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Amrat's 80th

This week has been the week from hell. Not only was I flat on my back most of the time after straining my back, but I also entered the date for a cake wrong and had to do a 24 hour turnaround for a 2-tiered cake. This cake wasn't it. I loved the detail on this cake and really enjoyed making it. The man turned out exactly how I wanted and things just came together right. Happy birthday Amrat.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Jett's Lego Ninja

Oh wow! How cute is this one. Loved making it and loved even more the end result. This little Lego man was so much fun to make. I hope I have more like him to do. Let's hope Jett enjoys this as much as I did.

Cooper's All Blacks Jersey (White Strip)

As I said previously, I had a bad week this week. Thank you to my daughter who managed to make all my cakes with me lying on the sofa yelling out directions and to my wonderful husband who got a crash course on rolling out large sheets of fondant and placing them on cakes. This cake didn't go to plan either. The customer (lovely lady) arrived - according to me - a day early (curse you Easter holidays). She wanted the cake for Good Friday but I am so used to cakes being picked up on Saturdays, I didn't register this. Thank goodness I had all the decorations ready to go and it was must a matter of placing them on the cake. The cake wasn't finished to how I wanted it, but Naomi was pleased all the same.

Larissa's Fairy, Butterfly and Flowers

This is the cake that put me in a spin. I had it marked down for May instead of April and if Karen hadn't rung me on Thursday night enquiring how it was all going, I would have experienced my worst nightmare and would have had a customer arriving at my door with no cake ready for them. Thankfully she did ring and I managed to put together this cake with a 24-hour turnaround. Not something I would want to do every day. As you can see, I was in such a rush that I forgot to remove the pins holding the fairies to the cake when I took the photo. I did remove them before I sent the cake away though.