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I’ve been making apple cakes today (Post to go up tomorrow about them). I could have left them alone and enjoyed them as simply apple cakes that were delicious. Me being me though, resulted in rows of marzipan apples being created for that added interest. I thought I would post a tutorial of how to make the marzipan apples in case you fancied a go … Makes 6 marzipan apples: Tangerine sized piece of marzipan (the paler the better as it will hold the colour better) one thin chocolate stick – I used Mikado but Matchmakers do just as well Instructions Colour the marzipan pale green – I used Sugar Flair Gooseberry Remove a large grape sized blob of marzipan from the main piece and colour this slightly darker. Divide the main pale gooseberry piece of marzipan into 6 identical sized balls – will be about the size of maltesers. Roll into smooth balls. Break the chocolate stick into 6 small sticks – you might not need to use all the stick – enjoy eating the rest. Insert these into the tops of the balls – these are your stalks. Using the dark gooseberry green piece, divide into 6 small more »
A totally new cake for me this week (Yay!) and the reason that Cake of the Week is running slightly late – Oops, we were out partying and then out with friends last night (Yep, we have some!) Anyway, on with the cakes – I have to admit that I had to google Raa Raa the Noisy Lion as I had never heard of it. The eldest girls have moved on from CBeebies and Tara just isn’t interested in TV – weird, I know! Raa Raa seems like a friendly chap but the size of his head gave me cold sweats. Even with a creme egg body, I still struggled to keep him upright but managed to lean him next to the cake. The colours on the cake matched Ruby’s napkins, tablecloths etc at her party – I was really pleased with the combination. The ‘tree trunk’ was made using a cake pillar and some leaves on wires poked into the middle. The girls had the most amazing time at the party. Vi bonded with another little girl that she goes swimming with and Millie played Mum with Tara -bonus! And it was held in our close, so we didn’t more »
Of all the characters, I make, Upsy Daisy has got to be one of my least favourites. There’s so much that can go wrong with her (her spikes can break if you just look at them funny) and there’s tons of detail that takes forever. Every time I make one I say, ‘Never again’ … until the next time. Iggle Piggle is a joy to make in comparison – as long as I remember to make his body a couple of days in advance to dry (which I did this time – no Creme Eggs or Walnut Whips necessary for this one)\ So, I guess, what I’m saying is don’t expect many In the Night Garden cakes to be featured here – I’m not saying never, I’m just saying Not Often It was a great week for the Cake of the Week linky last week: We had a delicious looking (and flour free – does that make it gluten free?) chocolate roulade from Cara & Emma came back for a second visit with an intriguing Coconut Milk Layer Cake. Over at the Five F’s, Kate is getting familiar with sugarpaste and finding just how much colouring is needed for vivid more »
I’ve made thousands of Peppa Pig cakes over the years (maybe a teeny exaggeration but not much!) so now it’s your turn. Here’s how to have a go at making your own Peppa Pig Cake Topper using our good old friend, the Walnut Whip (walnut gets removed and eaten!) Equipment Needed: 1 x Walnut Whip, Red fondant icing, Pale Pink Fondant Icing, 2 small balls of white icing, Just under a malteser size ball of black icing, small rolling pin (or end of a paintbrush), sugar glue, small knife, paintbrush. Step 1: Take Walnut Whip out of packet, Remove Walnut and eat – Take ball of red icing (for approx size needed see pic next to a walnut whip). Step 2: Roll out red icing and cut a straight edge down one side. Paint around and on top of the walnut whip with the sugar glue. Step 3: Wrap the red paste around the walnut whip and cut the bottom edge with knife to make neat. Step 4: Pinch the top edges of the red icing together and cut with scissors or a knife. Flatten to more »
I wasn’t going to post about this cake. It was a really difficult cake to make – not just because it was massive and Disney characters are really hard to get right but because of what the cake meant. I got asked to make this cake for the 2nd birthday of a little girl who is terminally ill and will be celebrating her last birthday. Doesn’t get much worse than that, does it? I didn’t know if it was appropriate to write a blog post about the cake and Olivia but when I got to the venue today and met her Mum & Dad, all their wonderful friends and most importantly, Olivia herself, I realised that they wanted today to be as much of a celebration as possible. The room was decorated so wonderfully – loads of balloons, Disney decorations and had such a lovely feel to it. As people were arriving it was clear that the day meant a lot to everyone, there were some gorgeous outfits, hairdos and a feeling of holding everyone up. There were tears too – not just me, but Olivia’s mum when she saw the cake and I get the feeling that they won’t more »
It is said that every woman loves handbags and shoes and I’m no different. Where I do differ though is that I love my handbags and shoes to be made out of sugar rather than leather. Some of my favourite commissions have been the selection of handbag cakes that I have done. There has always been the sense of giving me the rough topic and letting me go with the flow. Sometimes I have been asked to do a favourite colour scheme but most of the time the end result is a complete surprise. What I do like about handbag cakes is that they appeal to such a wide range of ages – I have made handbag cakes for 13 year olds to 50+ year olds. You can design them to match the favourite brand or make up a complete new style of bag. I can’t imagine handbag cakes ever going out of fashion or me ever getting bored of making them.
With a beautiful name like Isabella Rose, how could I do anything else than a baby in a rose for her Christening Cake? Isabella’s Mum, Becky sent me the cutest picture to go off for the cake topper – I wanted to do it slightly differently than the sitting baby in a blanket as Isabella is younger than the sitting stage. My brief from Becky was also pink and girly – Yay! If there’s one thing I can do its pink and girly. I decided against the whole cake being pink though in favour of a bit of contrast and am really pleased with the result. The baby was made from marzipan with a frilly nappy and rose hat – I like her little chunky legs. I got the nicest text a day later saying the cake was just perfect and when I dropped it off, Isabella’s Mum & Dad even mentioned Cake of the Week!! I expect everyone is up to their eyes in Christmas preparations but will put the linky up as usual just in case there is anyone who wants to show off their Christmas baking – Can you believe I’ve not even had time to start more »
Day 12 of the National Blog posting month and I think its time for a tutorial. I had never made these coffee cups until last week but wanted to challenge myself to something that little bit different. I knew that I could use solid icing but really who wants to eat that? So what better than mini coffee cakes? I also used marzipan to wrap around them to help them hold their shape. And they did, this cake has travelled from my house to Liverpool and back and then to my sister’s and Chris’ where is will spend its final days. Nom! I baked some tiny coffee cakes in my mini cupcake tin – diameter approx 3-4cm but a circle cake could just be cut out of a shallow one tier cake. I only wanted the cake to be about 2cm high but I suppose it depends how tall you want the ‘cup’ to be – I wanted espresso size. I cut out a round of marzipan using a circle cutter and then wrapped a layer of marzipan around the sides. It felt stronger straightaway. Then, I put a really thin layer of modelling chocolate on the top – brown more »
I didn’t think I was going to enter this week’s Gallery but I accidentally came across this photo and couldn’t resist. Little Violet trying on her Dad’s shoes. I flippin love that kid. We also quite frequently have sugar shoes in this house. Here are a couple of examples … The Mini Slippers and the good old sugar shoe!