Captain America themed 18th Birthday Cake

This was a 10” round vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling. Covered in fondant and decorated with the Captain America theme. I loved making this cake which was my first attempt at this particular theme.

I never know how a cake will turn out till it’s finished but I was happy with how it turned out and my customer was very happy and gave me a good review. Looking forward to my next creation!

Valentino Rossi themed Cap Cake

Valentino Rossi Cap themed 46th Birthday Cake

I loved making this cake from start to finish. From researching for ideas to the finished creation. I hadn’t heard of Valentino Rossi before being asked to make this cake, so the first thing I did was to search Pinterest for ideas and inspiration.

I looked at both cake ideas and also the merchandise site where I found lots of inspiration from the many different caps on view. My customer gave me a brief of what she wanted for her husband’s birthday cake as a guide which I found very helpful.

I used a vanilla sponge recipe for the cap, baking the batter in a half sphere cake pan, and an 8” round pan. Once the cakes was baked and cooled I sliced them into layers and filled them with jam and buttercream. I then shaped the cake slightly to resemble the cap shape, without its peak of course. I covered it with buttercream chilled it in the fridge while I prepared the board.

The peak for the cap can be made days before from gum paste or fifty fifty mix of fondant and gumpaste allowing it to dry out before attaching to the cap. The board also can be prepared the day before. I did a black and white checkered 10” cakeboard with a fifty fifty mix which was time consuming but had the affect I wanted.

I covered the chilled cake with blue fondant attached the peak and added the Valentino Rossi Cap logo and details etc using edible printing. For the cupcakes I made chocolate sponge with a chocolate buttercream swirl on the top. The circle toppers I made from a fifty-fifty mix and added the 46 to each cake.

I was very happy with how it turned out, and the review I was given made all the hard work worthwhile.

Ivory lace and pink roses Wedding Cake

This was a wedding cake I did last August 2018. It had an 8” and 10” vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling, the two top tiers were both chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream filling. 

I covered a 14” cakeboard with ivory couture fondant and set aside to dry. 

I covered the four tiers with ivory couture fondant and decorated with edible lace around each tier. I then added the cakes to the covered 14” cakeboard.

The roses I made with pink modelling paste and added the pink satin ribbon around with some diamanté trim to two of the tiers and cakeboard. 

The bride gave me her topper to add to the top of the cake once set up at the venue.

Three Tiered Ivory Lace and Yellow Roses Wedding Cake

This three tiered wedding cake I have created for my display cabinet. 

I covered the three polystyrene dummy cakes with ivory couture fondant (sugarpaste) then finished off with edible lace trim. I’ve added yellow satin ribbon to the base board. Stacked the cakes (which don’t need dowling) using some royal icing to secure.

I love working with edible lace and it gets easier each time I use it. It amazes me how flexible and stretchy it is and then when dry how easy it can be applied to whatever your project is. An amazing product love it!

I find it easier to apply when it has dried out a little and not too stretchy. I used a little water with some edible glue to apply the lace to the tiers (I let the tiers dry completely usually overnight) and it can be easily cut to size.

The yellow roses I love they remind me of spring time together with the little lilac hydrangea, lemon cherry blossom,tiny little gypsophilia and rose and fern leaves. I used moulds I purchased on line from Katy Sue Designs. This is the link http://www.katysuedesigns.com/flowerpro

70th Birthday Cake Lilac with Pink Roses

This was my first cake order for 2019, a 70th birthday cake which I was asked to create by the family for their mum. 
It has three tier’s vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream for the base tier, chocolate sponge with a chocolate fudge filling for the second and top tier’s. I was given her favourite colours and flower preference for a guide, but was able to create the design myself. 
I was so happy for the response I received from the friends and family especially from the lady herself. It makes all the hard work that goes into creating my cakes worthwhile.
Now onto my next project cant wait!

Ivory Lace and Roses Rustic Wedding Cake

This is a three tier wedding cake for display purposes. I covered three polystyrene dummy cakes with ivory couture fondant. I used a 12” base board a 10” base square dummy 8” square dummy and a 6” square dummy for the top.

For the edible lace I chose two different patterns that had some similarities and would compliment each other, I was happy with the result.

The roses were a mix of white flower paste and ivory couture fondant, my favourite flower and my favourite to create on any cake. I keep striving for them to turn out as life like as my skills will allow. I’m sure that’s not just me, majority if not all caker’s would tell you the same…..back to the roses and their leaves for creating both I used moulds from the Katy Sue Designs which I have been using for some time now…..I absolutely love them they make life much easier all round……well we all need a little help some times!

That brings me to the bark effect on the base tier and separator, I used a mould for this too……sorry not Katy Sue Designs but not bad at all I was very impressed how easy this was. Once it was dry I brushed some edible dusting powder into the crevices……amazing what a difference it can make.

I arranged the roses and leaves on the top tier and two front corner’s of the base tier with some gypsophilia to finish.

I gave the whole cake a spray with edible clear gel let it dry then repeated one more time……and that was my cake finished! Sorry I forgot to say I added some trim around the board……and now it’s finished! Hope you like it!

Peter Rabbit and Friends Birthday Cake

I really enjoyed creating this cake…….it’s an 8” polystyrene dummy for display purposes of course. Would love to make this for real, hopefully soon. Anyhow what child doesn’t know of Peter Rabbit and his friends come to think of it what adult hasn’t heard of Peter Rabbit he’s been around since 1902 first publication by the author Beatrice Potter…..(Yes did have to google to check the date) getting sidetracked again back to the cake.

I covered the cake (dummy) with a green fondant (sugarpaste) and around the sides made some hills in different shades of green. With some chocolate brown modelling paste……smells amazing bye the way lol….I made some fencing and a gate back and front of the cake. (Don’t believe in doing things by half) I then added stems leaves and flowers in various colour’s and placed around the sides of the cake again all around!

That done I moved on to Peter Rabbit in 3d, starting with the body I used a mixture of chocolate brown fondant and ivory fondant to lighten the colour a little, taking a small amount to lighten a little more for his tummy. Some baby blue fondant for his jacket, a small amount of white for his cheeks, eyes and his tail. For his whiskers I used some white floral wire (probably should have used black but didn’t have any at the time) I could have painted the whiskers black but decided to leave them as white.

Lily Bobtail I did a mixture of grey and white for her body, red and pink for her dress, hairband and cardigan. For Benjamin chocolate brown fondant with a little orange mixed in for his body (I know what your thinking you can’t see his body) as his body was too big at full size for the cake I had the idea to have him pop up out of a rabbit hole. I loved his hat, I’d purchased a new mould which arrived a few days earlier it was perfect as it was a knitted texture just made for his hat with the little red woollen tassel to finish! For the soil around the rabbit hole I pushed some soft chocolate fondant through a sieve and used the scrapings around the hole to make it look like Benjamin had just pushed up and out!

The vegetables just brought it all together, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes strawberries, peas in a pod and a pumpkin! That just left the lettering which I decided on yellow which I think works well. I used some clear gel spray to coat and seal the cake (2 coats) waiting between coats to dry! Job done! One to my next project!

Thought I’d show the back view! Hope you like it!

Liverpool Football Shirt Birthday Cake

This cake was a second order for the same customer. Straight forward really they wanted a Liverpool football shirt cake similar to the one I had made last year for another customer. It was the new shirt so this was slightly different and the cake pan (which I hired from Norma Linton at Cameo Cake Craft in Birkenhead) was different as the one I’d used before was out on hire. It worked out fine actually and I was really pleased with the overall look being not a complete copy of the previous one.

The cake itself was vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream filling (tried and tested no problems) just realised I’ve stopped calling it Victoria sponge but don’t know when or why……could be Victoria when it’s filled with fresh cream and strawberries maybe…..who knows? I digress…….back to my cake!

So the cake has been baked, cooled and sliced and is ready for the filling. When I make shirt cakes (lol this is only my second) I usually do just the two layers. Filling with the buttercream over the jam. Traditionally it’s raspberry jam but for years I’ve used strawberry, sometimes I ask if the customer has a preference but majority don’t mind either way. That said I have taken to using raspberry more often than I used too. It’s good to have options…..even just for jam!

Once the shirt….or cake has been filled and then the crumb coat layer of buttercream applied I chill the cake before applying another coat. How long is up to you but you want the cake to be firm enough to apply the fondant (sugarpaste) once you’ve smoothed out any lumps and bumps. Tip 1…I wrap my cakes in cling film before placing in the fridge or freezer for chilling. Tip 2…..After the chilling process I remove the cling film place greaseproof paper over the cake and using a smoother I smooth out any uneven parts of the cake. Although this works better on regular shaped cakes especially round ones.

Once you’ve reached the next step, applying the fondant (making sure you’ve given it a good knead) you’ve rolled out make sure to apply some cooled boiled water with a pastry brush or similar to your cake to make the buttercream slightly sticky. This will allow the fondant to adhere to your cake. Smooth over the fondant using your smoother tool till you’ve attached the fondant to your shirt cake…..not easy I know with this shape but practice makes perfect as they say….or is it trial and error?

If you’ve managed this stage, the best is still to come! My favourite bit the creative bit…..Just realised how late it is and the clocks go forward soon so we loose an hour will have to resume tomorrow…..or is that today lol!

Back from Mother’s Day Meal with the family and to resume where I left off yesterday…….or today at 1.45am…….Just had to read back to see where I was up to lol….my favourite bit…..the creative bit……..

I forgot to mention the colour of the fondant I had to darken as I had ordered red for the Liverpool shirt I did previously and hadn’t realised the shirt had been changed to a sort of burgundy or cherry. So I happened to have a small amount of ruby red and mixed this with the crimson red. This seemed to work and just had enough for the shirt and scarf. I cut out the collar shape and applied to the neck area. I used a stitching tool to add stitch work detail. For the lettering and white piping detail around the collar and shoulders I used my number moulds and white gumpaste. The logo’s I had printed at Cameo Cake Craft in Birkenhead and just trimmed and applied to the shirt cake.

Lastly I cut a long strip of the red paste and cut some white strips to make the scarf and added the fringe bit at the ends. Finally adding the lettering to the scarf to complete the Liverpool Football Shirt Cake! Hope you’ve enjoyed this blog, and like my cake of course!

Please see image below for my first Liverpool Football Shirt Cake 2018

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