Saturday, March 31, 2012
This cake was a lot of fun. I had decided on a cake that looked as if things were spilling out of a purse. Hana wanted a bit of designer tag. So it was onto the internet and searching images of posh bags (Coco Chanel) and coin purses (YSL). I added a bit of a 16-year-old touch with a bit of make-up, a mobile and some jewellery. The cake looked just right and the colours were great.
I had a bit of trouble designing this cake. First of all I put the shoe and handbag cutouts haphazardly all over the cake but then decided it all looked a bit messy. So I took them off and put them in a more orderly design - shoes on bottom tier and handbags (which you can't see in the photo) on the top tier. I was a lot happier with the result. This cake came with an order of 40 cupcakes as well, all with shoe, handbag or heart toppers.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Another version of a Thomas the Tank Engine cake and I was really pleased with how this one turned out. Even though Thomas is on a flat cake, the engine was slightly built up so it gave a bit of a 3D effect. This design was found by the customer on the internet and I am happy to have it in my portfolio now.
Another cake from the person who has in the past ordered a tugboat and a calculator cake among other weird and wonderful cakes. I think the van is recognisable though putting the VW logo on the front will help. Thankfully I realised I had missed this important part of the cake before packing it up and this was rectified.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Ah, I should have listened to the old adage that the customer is always right. Keira's mother ordered a 3-tier Piglet cake which was fine. Then I had the bright idea of how about making the cake in the shape of Piglet instead. Hayley was content to go with whatever I suggested, so Piglet cake was duly made. However, because of the weight of his/her ears and the lightness of the cake used for the head, on the eve of the party the head caved in. In a turn around of approximately 18 hours, I made and decorated a 3-tier cake which I thought turned out really well - better than the first. So from now on no more bright ideas, just go with what the customer asked for.
This photo doesn't give the scale of this cake. It was huge! Four large cakes put together. I love the end result though. The floodwork cake out so well and I really enjoy doing this sort of thing. I also liked the line of elephants in the background which covered up the join between the light green and light blue fondant.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Another first for this week - my first Lightning McQueen. I think he turned out really well and was quote recognisable, maybe a bit short in the chassis but you still knew who it was. Both cakes were in my yummy rich chocolate cake. Happy birthday Ayaan.
I was very pleased with how this one turned out as it was the first time I had used an edible image on a cake and wasn't sure about it. The whole thing came together so easily. The cake was a yummy banana cake and because the customer wanted it to be thin like a phone, I tried to keep the fondant as thin as possible as well so it wouldn't overpower the cake.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
A couple of different ones for this week. This one was a normal flat cake with a scene of a pond filled with creatures. The unusual part was the explanation of the name 'Nila' written to the side. I will have to practise my writing skills as this was the most difficult part of the cake.
I hope I don't offend any of my readers with this post. My grandson's birthday has rolled around again (Happy 16th Josh) and he really enjoys the ventriloquist puppet 'Achmed the Dead Terrorist' so I have tried to replicate him onto a cake. I was absolutely rapt with the result, in as far as you can be rapt in anything which depicts a manic skull saying he will 'keel' me.