Archive for September, 2012

12Sep

Rainbow Cake

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I thought I would share with you today, the rainbow cake I made a while ago for a first birthday party.  I don’t normally share my recipes on my blog, however, this is a fun cake to bake (especially for kids) and I’m not really giving away my recipe, just giving you some guidelines to empower you to make this gorgeous cake yourself.

 I started off by mixing a batch of Vanilla Cake that I would normally use to make 2 x 9″ round cakes.  Line and grease your tins – i only have two, so had to re-use them 3 times as there are six colours.  Once you have mixed together your cake batter, divide it equally between six bowls.  I did this by weighing each empty bowl, clearing the scale and then adding in the batter.  I *think*, but cannot quite remember, that I put 150g worth of batter in each bowl, but don’t hold me to that measurement.  Basically you need to finish all your batter between the six bowls.

 You then need to colour each bowl of batter.  I used Cake Flora Gel Colouring in the following colours:

 

Electric Orange

Egg Yellow

Super Red

Regal Purple

Electric Green

Sky Blue

 You need to add as much colouring to get to the colour you desire.  Remember, the colour of the uncooked batter is that same as the cooked cake – it doesn’t darken or lighten.

 Once you are happy with your colours, pour into your greased cake tins and bake for between 10-15 mins @ 180.  Just keep an eye on them as they are fairly thin. Repeat this process until all the colours have been baked, and then allow to cool.

 

 I then mixed up a batch of Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and set about assembling my cake.  As violet is the bottom colour of the rainbow i started with that too, adding a thin layer of frosting and topping with your next layer (mine was blue).  Repeat this process until all the layers have been used and then frost the top and then the sides.

 

 My client wanted this cake covered in Kit-Kats round the side and then topped with M&M’s, but quite honestly – I LOVED the look of the cake without any adornments at all!

 

 Happy Baking!  And please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions :)

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Authored by: Shayne on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 10:09
Categories: Cakes
10Sep

Cupcake Cake

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There seem to be a few First Birthday’s around at the moment!

Cupcake Cake

This time a Giant Cupcake, decorated with Sugarpaste cupcakes.  Simple but pretty and not too fussy for a first cake.  Once again Vanilla with Buttercream frosting and then the cupcake ‘liner’ out of sugarpaste.  The cupcakes were made using a mould, and a stripey sugarpaste no 1 sits atop the cake.

Pretty and pink.

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Authored by: Shayne on Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 16:09
Categories: Cakes
3Sep

Mad Hatter Cupcakes

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Mad Hatter Tea Parties/Birthday Parties suddenly seem to be the rage and I have seen some gorgeous creations out there.  So when I was asked to create a selection of 12 cupcakes for a Mad Hatter Tea Party/Fundraising Tea I was very excited, albeit somewhat nervous.  Would I be able to create what my client wanted?

I think that I can safely say that I did.  As there were only 12 cupcakes I decided that each one would be unique.  The cupcakes themselves were Dark Chocolate with Buttercream Frosting.

Top Hat, Magic Key & Door, Ace of Hearts, Mushroom, Chesire Cat & Teapot

I really had such fun doing these.   I veered away from the traditional colours and went for pinks, blues, yellow, green and purples.

Tweedledee (or dum), Crown, Eat Me, Hearts, Pocket Watch & Teacup

 

Entire Collection

In addition to the cupcakes, I also made some Vanilla Sugar cookies.  Teapots and teacups in the same bright colours.  So incredibly cute!

Vanilla Iced Sugar Cookies

And last but not least, what is a Tea Party without mini Caramel Tarts?

Mini Caramel Tarts

Thank you to my client for ordering these – LOVED every minute and cannot wait to do a Mad Hatter Tea Party again!

Happy Day xx

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Authored by: Shayne on Monday, September 3rd, 2012 at 10:09
Categories: Cupcakes
3Sep

My Little Pony Cake

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So, this was the first My Little Pony cake that I have been asked to make – and I loved every minute of it.

My client, Kayla, wanted her ponies on the cake, and it had to be vanilla.

My Little Pony Cake

So this is what she got.  I have been wanting to create a sugarpaste rainbow for sometime now, but have not had the opportunity.  I decided that this was it.  So the cake was frosted with Vanilla Buttercream and covered with sugarpaste.  I then added my rainbow (with a layer of pink added), a few sugarpaste clouds and her name and age.  Plus of course the Ponies.

I have to say, the thrill I get from seeing my clients faces when they open their cake boxes never diminishes.  Kayla *loved* her cake and wanted everyone to see.  Absolutely delightful!

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Authored by: Shayne on Monday, September 3rd, 2012 at 09:09
Categories: Cakes