Mum’s 60th Birthday Cakes

Birthday Cake

My mum had an early celebration for her 60th Birthday so of course I used this excuse to make her a cake. The plan started with a Balloon Cake (as I had been wanted to make one of these for a while) and quickly escalated from there.

Posing with the cake table

In the end I made a cake table with multiple types of cake.

Lemon Cupcakes – lemon buttercream rose + sprinkles to garnish
Chocolate Bundt Cakes – coated with white chocolate ganache, buttercream garnish, and sprinkles.
White chocolate covered cakesicles with vanilla & strawberry cake inside
Birthday cake – vanilla cake, strawberry jam, vanilla buttercream, sprinkles, gold writing & a cake balloon!

A Birthday Cake

I was asked to create this birthday cake based on a design I got sent over email. A simple pastel cake (though not quite as pastel as I’d have liked – damned bold food colouring!).

It was a vanilla cake with strawberry filling and vanilla buttercream (my standard go-to cake).

A close-up of the cake – the topper was added after delivery.
Cake

Cakesicles

Cakesicles

I’m late to the bandwagon for these, but I finally got around to trying to make some cakesicles this weekend.

I bought the mould a week ago and decided to put chocolate in the moulds, cake mix in there, then seal with chocolate before taking out of the mould. I found that some of the cakesicles were too delicate and cracked as I tried to remove them. Next time I’m going to use the moulds to form the cake, then dip them in chocolate instead.

Still in the moulds

As well as dark chocolate coated salted caramel, I made some white chocolate coated strawberry vanilla ones too.

White chocolate – strawberry & vanilla

For a first attempt I’m quite happy with how they went. I intend to make some to go with my mum’s 60th birthday cake next month, so watch this space for more!

Rainbow Birthday Cake

Rainbow Cake – pre delivery

My niece turned 4 at the start of January and her request was for a “Colourful rainbow” cake. I asked if she wanted the inside to be the same, and the response was “purple and yellow”.

I clearly do as I am told!

insides of the cake
a nicer shot of the cake with candles on top

Rustic Wedding Cake

Playing with different backgrounds

Some friends got married this week and were having a simple service with “no fuss”. I wanted to make a fuss so I made them this small wedding cake. It’s a basic vanilla / strawberry jam on the inside with vanilla buttercream too.

I used Wilton Whitest White to get the icing colour right, and sprayed a pearl spray on at the end to give it the shiny finish.

The flowers were just artificial ones to finish it off.

My favourite background

For my birthday last year, I was given a photo box thing to take photos in, but I’m lazy and so had rarely used it. I decided to use it for some shots of this cake.

Taking fancy shots in my kitchen

Small Birthday Cake

Another bake this month was this “Mini” cake for my Grandma’s 80th Birthday. We made a hamper for her full of nice things, and the cake was a small addition.

It’s just vanilla cake, with jam and vanilla buttercream. The daffodils are fake.

Goth Unicorn Cake

This was a small change from a “normal” unicorn cake in that they wanted more black on it. Queue the black, pink and purple swirls & a black horn.

I also added some silver lustre dust to the horn and ears which made them look a little more gun-metally.

I didn’t snap a photo this time around, so here’s a link to the instagram video instead:

 

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

I had big intentions to get some Christmas baking done this year. I’d bought loads of Christmas sprinkles and cake toppers, but ended up with very little time due to other commitments (parties, meeting friends, more baking!)

I did however manage to bake and decorate some Sugar Cookies which I brought to work for colleagues.

Gingerbread Men

 

Christmas Trees

Snowflake Stars

Mini Pumpkin Cakes

I love the autumn. One of the reasons I love going to visit the USA in “fall” is because of the amount of pumpkin flavoured foods I can get. Whenever I can, I try to make things at home too that have been inspired by my love of the USA.

Today, this inspiration let to me making mini pumpkin cakes.

The first finished pumpkin cake

I started by making my basic cake mix and adding in tinned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. I baked these in my mini bundt pan:

I trimmed the cakes to make them shorter, and then stacked them. I sandwiched the layers with a cream cheese icing.

The next step was coating the cakes in orange buttercream

buttercream coating added

I shaped the cakes using a yogurt pot to smooth the edges and add ridges too. The final stage was  to add a stalk made from tootsie roll:

The first finished pumpkin cake

I wanted them to look a little more professional, but they didn’t turn out too bad overall.

Boxed up to take to work this week.