Category Archives: CAKES

Hunter themed cake …

I had a request for a hunter themed cake for a 21 year old….I’ve not done something like this before but I wanted to learn something else, which is what I try to do whenever I make a cake.

DSC00858Camouflage cake on the inside…well it’s got be interesting inside and out…the filling was Vanilla which was coloured Camo.

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Stacked to create a hill side

 

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Covered in fondant and then hand painted (I don’t have an airbrush….. yet)

 

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I learnt something new and that was if you make your own piping gel you need to make sure that you make it so it will set…..because otherwise you have to go round to your friends house and create a rock pool to accommodate the overflow where the waterfall did what waterfalls do and flowed….it’s a pity I didn’t get a photo of it because it was quite inspired lol!!

Hunger Games Themed Cake…

Keeley Hunger Games Mockingjay cakeWell unless you’ve been on a different planet or completely off grid you will doubtless have seen about the Hunger Games even if it’s not your kind of movie.Keeley Hunger Games Mockingjay cake 3

 

 

 

So a new release of the Hunger Games comes out and we belong to an archery club…put the two together and when one of the girls had a birthday coming up the theme was pretty much a done deal.

All edible the top is a disc of fondant with the Mocking Jay painted on top and then gold glitter sugar put onto it. The flames are fondant and the inside (cake and filling) was coloured with different colours so it looked like the cake was on fire inside. 

Silverstone….a cakey tribute.

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Moist chocolate (with beetroot,which is why it’s so moist) cake. With a chequered flag and the outline of the Silverstone track in fondant.

Cake…a hint of Burlesque…

Well I haven’t been able to do much whilst I’ve been off sick and whilst some think this would be great a time (and in truth I would have been one of those at one time) it has been boring and is now verging on pergatory!!! 

The only thing to provide a break from the boring that was becoming mind numbing was a couple of friends asked me if I could make cakes for them – this was before I fell over and did in my shoulder but it was cutting it really fine to get a cake from somewhere else so I did them

So….

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A hint at burlesque  for my friends 21   year old daughter. Everything except the feather was edible (including the mask).

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I had to buy a cheap plastic mask so I could get the shape of the mask and for it to take on the contours of a face. After that it was easy…roll out the fondant so it wasn’t too thick and then cut out the mask shape in the fondant (mixed in with some tylose powder) and onto the mask to dry ….only took a couple of days.

Note to self for the future though ….when you decorate a fondant mask don’t hold onto one piece too long or the warmth from your hands melts the fondant…..you can’t see it but the piece on the top snapped off (to repair I just melted some fondant to make a glue and pressed the broken bit back onto the mask. Then left it to harden again (which didn’t take long to be honest).

Pity I couldn’t get the colours to show better, the glitter on the mask and writing just isn’t showing …but believe me it’s there.

I was glad I took my time with this as I think if I had tried to do it short notice then I would have paid for it with lots of pain.

Magic Custard Cake….

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Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted Butter
  • 2 cups (480ml) Milk
  • 4 Eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 cups (150g) Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Water
  • 1 cup (115g) Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Vanilla Extract
  • extra confectioner’s sugar for dusting
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F). Lightly butter or grease a 8″x8″ baking dish.
  2. Melt the butter and set aside to slightly cool. Warm the milk to lukewarm and set aside.
  3. Whip the egg whites to stiff peaks (add 4 drops of vinegar). Set aside.
  4. Beat the egg yolks and sugar until light. Mix in the melted butter and the tablespoon of water for about 2 minutes or until evenly incorporated.
  5. Mix in the flour until evenly incorporated. Slowly beat in the milk and vanilla extract until everything is well mixed.
  6. Fold in the egg whites, 1/3 at a time. Repeat until all of the egg whites are folded in.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-60 minutes or until the top is golden. Allow cake to completely cool before cutting and then dust with confectioner’s sugar

*** For faster cooling you can place the cake in the fridge, after it’s cooled it’ll still be slightly jiggle

This is a bit more of a faff about but it has the top layer of sponge which if you’re wanting a cake fix then it’s nice….I do both of them again.

Coconut “magic” pie…

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I had been having a natter with others about the “magic” pies that you mix in one bowl and it separates off into individual layers …so I had a hunt on the www and found this one with coconut.

You literally throw in all the ingredients in a bowl, mix, into a pie dish and into the oven…..and it magically forms three layers. 

There’s this really thin almost a pastry base, a custard filling and a coconutty (it is a word…well in my world it is) crust on top.

Ingredients:

1 cup plain flour
1 cup caster (icing) sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
4 eggs
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with electric beaters until well combined.  Pour into a greased pie dish and bake for 1 hour at 180 degrees.  Serve warm with cream….or just trough it on it’s own (which is what I did).

  • It’s not suitable for freezing.
  • Don’t reduce the sugar in this recipe – or you will end up with scrambled egg pie!
  • Decorate with grated chocolate and cream if desired
  • For a dairy free version, substitute the milk with rice milk or oat milk (I haven’t tried it).
  • For a gluten free version, substitute the flour with gluten free flour (I haven’t tried this either).

It tastes like a egg custard tart with a bit extra….first time I’ve made it but I really like it…and hubby has eaten almost half since he got in from work.

Rainbow Pinata Cake….

My friends little girl (3 on New Years Eve…today) and I were discussing her birthday cake…the request was very specific….a rainbow and a fairy door.

So I had a look on the net for inspiration and found the very thing here….  http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/rainbow-pinata-cake/5795d355-a6a5-4030-b414-235fe9b750bb

Of course I’d have to put my own stamp on it but it ticked the boxes with a little surprise inside….cut that baby open and M&Ms (or whatever your lolly of choice is) come pouring out (well hopefully that’s what happened).

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Use the cake tin to make the correct size rainbow..

 

 

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The only problem I had was it was incredibly humid and the fondant started to sweat….so I got it to my friend asap so she could put it in her butler pantry to keep cool for today.

Now I just want to know if the M&Ms did what they were supposed to do In love

Golf / Gardening Cake….

 

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Amongst other things, Stan (my friend and colleague) loves golf and his lovely wife Chris loves gardening…so the theme was set.DSC04698

I did two cakes Stan loves banana and Chris Vanilla so each side was that flavour. I was intending to do a Ying/Yang shape but it went a bit wonky ….hey the idea was there LOL!!

Another Boob Cake….

So number two boob cake just finished today….

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this it’s being auctioned by a friend to raise money…..can’t think of a better way to do it Flirt male

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Here’s hoping it raises lots !!

A Bra cake…aka…Boob cake!

Well it is what it says….my friends son is now 21 years old….and so she asked me if I could make the cake to celebrate his birthday….

Oh the irony!!

I had been asked to make a cake that is going to be auctioned for Breast Cancer Awareness which October is the month for…..I’ve never made a boob cake before and now I’m making two!! Surprised smile

They still need to be a bit tasteful as the 21 year has younger brothers and the other cake will be auctioned so has to appeal to many so can’t be too rude…. but they’ve got to be a bit risqué otherwise what’s the point eh?  I will see how this cake turns out and then depending on if I’m happy with it I might use the same template so to speak for the Breast Cancer Awareness Cake…but 50 Shades of Pink (hey it’s all I’ve got!!).

So for the bra / boob cake …well to start with I needed boobs (never thought I hear myself ever say that!!). Now for this I needed rather “ample” boobs so I had a pudding basin perfect for the size I wanted…perfect.

Now I made up a double recipe of a butter cake mix which I died with red food colour – I cooked this at 160 C for about and 1hr 10 minutes….this meant the centre cooked and the top didn’t get too cooked…..obviously it depends on the oven you use but the lower temp was what

They were a bit flat on the top so I got a craft knife and made the tops a little more rounded and then I have a fine grater that I used just to take out any knife marks….worked pretty well me thinks. Then I cut out a small triangle of  (took this from the bit of cake I sliced off the bottom of the boob) and put it in between the boobs at the bottom so it was the bit on the bra where the bow goes (or in this cake a flower).

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I put a crumb coat of pink icing, which actually looks red in this picture …I suppose it was a dark pink in the end and also used that in the middle of the cake (I cut the boob in half).

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I don’t have a pallet knife (yet ) but I kept dipping a normal butter knife in hot water and it smoothed things out quite well.

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So then I needed to make the skin…I mixed a little peach food colour in with some white icing till I got the colour I liked. I then decided I would cover half with the “skin”  as I didn’t want a double layer of icing on the bottom half….too much icing. That went over the top and was cut and tucked under the cake to give a nice finish ~ as nothing is going to be going around it to hide that edge if need be….it’s a boob after all.

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Then came the nipples…I made some nipple shapes I thought looked about right for the size of the boobs and then cut out a circle I thought was the right size …put that over the top and moulded it around the nipple…they got moved around a bit until I was happy they weren’t going to be sticking out and scaring the kids LOL!

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Then on went the bra, similar process to putting on the skin…..just enough nipple showing me thinks…any more they’d have your eye out! I used a craft knife to cut the icing once it was in situ….just being careful around the nipple area – didn’t want to slice the nipple in two!!

I bought the black icing because to be honest I couldn’t be doing with trying to colour icing black….I am all for doing things myself but black icing really isn’t one of those things….let someone else do it.

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I have a textured roller so I ran that over the icing to give the bra a bit of a pattern (actually I forgot to do it whilst the icing was flat so I had to roll it around the boobs!)

 

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Straps!….you gotta have straps …well you have when you have boobs this size anyway and I added a strip of textured band around the edge of the bra to finish with silver accents to look like studs ~ that’s the  little bit risqué to make up for less nipple…still needs a little bit more though a bit more fluff around the edge of the bra on the boob side….

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I’m pretty happy how it came out…so next I get to do it again ….in 50 (well a few) shades of Pink….

 

Now in addition to the making of the cake also saved some money on  the cake board…we went to the hardware depot and bought a small sheet of hardboard for $6 (I could have bought a larger sheet and probably more economical for $18 but it would have meant going home getting the trailer and going back…nah not at that time….but the point is it has saved me heaps on cake board because I will get loads of boards out it for a much smaller amount of money even having to cover them ….extra wide foil or cake board foil (which will increase the price)…. I still think it’s cheaper.