Now (and this is a reminder for me in years to come) those curly things started off a bit bigger (as in taller) but once they were in the cake obviously the moisture caused them to break!!!
Couldn’t resist adding a few more bits and bobs as well…..
***Note to me in the in future….don’t stick them in the cake the night before because they break off!!!..or if you insist on ignoring this make sure the curl is actually resting on the cake so it supports itself***
Well this morning Natalie’s grandmother came …very pleased , picked Miss Monkey (and the cake obviously) up and off it went. The reaction I hope will be a good one when Natalie and her Mum and Dad see it as well.
Well another day another cake…
I was asked by a friend of mine if I could make a cake for her great niece who is going to be one….how could I not.
A monkey………. I’ve never made a monkey before…so to be honest I was a bit nervous of what was going to be the main decoration.I wanted to make the cake so that everything…I mean everything was edible…So absolutely NO bits holding bits in or supporting things. I didn’t want to run the risk of a little person getting hold of anything they shouldn’t…….. Anyhooo…..
I had planned on just icing it and then putting all the bits and bobs on tomorrow morning but as often happens I started and then before I knew it it was time to get ready for work!!!…. and it was finished!!
This is the cake I was doing between Christmas and New Year… there were a few differences …well there had to be didn’t there…couldn’t have two the same could I?
So the basis was the same with the Rainbow but I thought I would change what the unicorn was sat on …rather than a heart on Rainbow coloured leaves….the little one was 2 so no sticks for stars I really wanted this all edible….I did a more rainbow coloured mane on the unicorn and covered her with more flowers behind.
I still did some flowers for interest on the back but this time an addition.…a fairy door…. I saw one on the internet made in polymer clay and thought it looked so cute I would do something similar in fondant.
It was great because a whole story could begin for Neve……
……Look for the fairy door and when you blow the candles out you can make a wish and the fairies can hear from behind the door…
Her little face was a picture..and her Mum got very excited when they were looking over the cake and found the Fairy door….”Neve, Neve I found the fairy door!!!” and then got really embarassed because she had perhaps bought into the idea of the fairy door a little bit too much maybe !!!
A short while later whilst her mum and I were having a chat Neve sneaked back into the pantry and all we heard was this whispered “WOW”…….Now that’s what it’s about.
There is another Unicorn cake (obviously not the same…heaven forbid!!) if you’d like to look.…..https://shadeydaze.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/unicorn-rainbow-birthday-cake/
Well my interpretation of them anyway….
So you start with a few bits of fondant icing…and….
You end up with something like this…..my version of a Unicorn
Then because you didn’t tear your hair out enough trying to make the unicorn…you decide you will make hundreds of little flowers and stick them individually on the cake to make the “Rainbow”…yes I did that …and it was so relaxing I couldn’t believe it ….no seriously…I lost a few hours just sticking on flowers and it was really relaxing!! (well apart from nearly getting repetitive strain injury from punching out flowers)…I love the gel colours because the colour you get is more “true” if you know what I mean….
So the final cake…
The flowers on the board are to hold the candles…I don’t know why I just don’t find a place on a cake to put candles so I like to think of things to do to put them in on the board.
A view from the top (this was before the other bits and bobs went on)…..
and a sneaky peak around the back …well it’s got to have an interesting bit …it’s so easy to forget the “back” of cake …if there is one….
……….Does a round cake have a back to it?
I did another Unicorn…not the same obviously (can’t have that!!) but if you’d like to have a look…… https://shadeydaze.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/another-little-unicorn/
This is for the daughter of a friend who is 6 today……I can’t walk but I can still decorate a cake!
The theme was fairies (as you might have guessed from the picture…well I hope you did !!)…..actually fairies had become my nemesis in the cake world really.
The last time I made a fairy cake I found the whole thing quite disappointing – I didn’t like the fairies and I made a fairy toadstool house which I didn’t like either…the little girl who I made it for loved it but the whole thing was a flop in my mind …so much so I don’t think I took a picture of it (if I can find one I will put it up so I remember how my cake decorating has developed (well I’m hopeful) it’s developed).
I’ve learnt so much and I’ve started trying out new things – some of it taken from watching You Tube (you can learn just about anything from there) and I’ve started looking at other things and then seeing how I can apply them to cake decorating…this was from modelling with polymer clay….it came in handy for doing the hair.
I still need to work on limbs (the first set of legs were rather thin and she didn’t look well!!) but she looks a little healthier here….as I said there’s always room for improvement.
The front was filled with Ariel’s name (I got the inspiration for this from a cake I saw on cake central …a site I visit regularly and I’m a member of). I thought it was a bit different and if I’m completely honest it seemed it was going to be relatively easy to do without needing any fancy schmancy equipment ie letter makers etc..none of which I have.
This is a view of around the sides – I added the stars around what is technically the back of the cake ..I think altogether it took 5 as it seemed like it needed something……