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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. 

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Monkey Cake

 

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 DSC04140a 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!!                            

Christmas Cookies….

 

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Thought they would be a bit of fun for the children and a bit of cookie bling for the adults DSC03609

 

Just something a bit different for me to do…all part of this journey I seem to be taking into icing and decorating with it….

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These are rolled sugar cookies covered in fondant …….and do you know what …I think I prefer this to flooding. Don’t get me wrong I like flooding with icing but this was quicker….I like quicker Winking smile

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I wish I had made more of the snowmen…why?…because they were really quick …a bit of food colouring and a couple of minutes and hey presto a snowman !!! Not as big as the Christmas trees…so good for the smaller squids.

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                                                            I like this as a way of covering the cookies…keeps things much more simple…roll out the fondant and cut it using the same cutter as  you did for the cookies….DSC03613

                                               ………..Then add your own decorations ….these are mine. They’re a first attempt and whilst they don’t have the finesses that I’ve seen on some….it’s a start.

Unicorn & Rainbow Birthday cake

Well my interpretation of them anyway….

So you start with a few bits of fondant icing…DSC03472and….

 

 

 

You end up with something like this…..my version of a Unicorn

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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 Flirt male…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…

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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.

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A view from the top (this was before the other bits and bobs went on)…..

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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/

Made a start….

We have a BBQ coming up next weekend J and T have birthdays 3 days apart (great time to do in my knee eh?!!)

Anyhoo have to get planning on cakes etc so thought I would make a start yesterday..the cakes can get made at any point but I need to get going on the decoration for them..

He always misses out on cake because it’s J’s birthday and the focus tends to go on that ..not this year. Hubby is a keen hunter and so I wanted to do something with that theme. I saw a photo on the net of this stag against the moon and so thought I would see if I could reproduce it.

Rolled out a bit of fondant and cut round a cake tin slightly smaller than the cake I’m planning then let it sit for half an hour to develop a crust then used colour gel mixed with a little vodka (the alcohol evaporates and leaves the colour behind) to paint the picture.

Now it’s stored in an air tight container until next week until I can pop it on the cake…I don’t want it to go too hard until it can go on the cake or it won’t sit on the top properly.

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Fairy Cake….

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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 DSC03087for 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.

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Cowboy cake….

A friend of J’s is having his birthday this weekend and he is having a Cowboy themed party…with a camp fire so they can roast marshmallows etc…. Sooo I asked if I could make the cake as out present to him and was given the go ahead.

I trawled the internet for inspiration and decided that I would follow the theme of the party and do a camp fire cake …something along the lines of the cowboy having a campfire in the desert (he will not be on the cake..I’m not doing a cowboy!!..not this time anyway Winking smile).

So I cracked out the fondant and thought I would make a start with making some bits at the beginning of the week….

Now I will say again I don’t have all sorts of colours, or decorating tools I work on the basics and do what I can with them…but if someone is doing the same then maybe it will give ideas.

Here’s how they started and look at the moment….

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Cowboy hat …propped the brim up on a couple of chopsticks so it got a bit of a turn up on it..Once it started to dry a bit I painted it with the brown food colouring (equal parts of green and blue food colouring….mixed with a couple of drops of vodka – evaporates once you’ve painted it).

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The Bandanna…fondant with a bit of food colouring..rolled out so it ‘s pretty thin ~ hand painted the paisley pattern on it and then folded it so it looked like it had been just put down and had folds in it.

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The saddle..I cut out the basic shape of a saddle and then got a skewer and pit “stitching” around the edge of the saddle…then painted it brown.

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Then hubby came in and saw the above and said “Oh you’ve made an English saddle…isn’t it meant to be a western saddle?” ….YES!!!!! but the devil’s in the detail and once said it started to bug the heck out of me!!…so I added a pommel and a “rope” and a saddle blanket (another very thinly rolled piece of fondant and painted with stripes).

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Cactus…well the plan is this one is going to stand up on the cake …we’ll see if the plan works…smaller ones at least won’t be a challenge.

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If you want to make flowers…well I don’t have a flower cutter so small circle (used the top of the colour) petals cut using a veggie knife and then I used some pinto beans stuck into a bit of fondant so I could put the flowers onto them and get them to cup over….once dried they were stuck onto the smaller cactus.

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A plaque was needed to say what is was all about …this cake…so an old wooden sign seemed the thing…bit of fondant rolled out made a bit ragged round the edges and then just lightly scored to put in the “wood grain”. and finish off painting it with the brown again…rounds of fondant painted black for the nails. 

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There are also some stones ..well the campfire has got to have something around it doesn’t it…the flames ….well a birthday cake has to have candles doesn’t it Winking smile 

How it will look when it’s finished I have no idea because I start with an idea in my head and then it kind of evolves……

I’ll post pictures when it’s finished.

Spider Cake

Last week was the birthday party of my little one’s friend…7 years old,..his sister was having a party at the same time (the grand old age of 3).

Anyhoo I offered (as our gift probably to his Mum as much as anything LOL!!) to make the cake…

As per usual no fancy tools or tins but I reckon it came out OK…main thing is Dylan liked it….only trouble was he left the spider at the party venue (apparently there were lots of tears about this)…going to see them in the next couple of days …don’t tell him..I made him another spider =)

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Happy 1st Birthday Small person …..

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This was my first attempt at making things with fondant icing…it was my little boys first birthday and he loved the shower curtain we had just bought, so I thought I would go for “Under the Sea”..he recognised the things on top so that was a bonus!

I wanted to make it as interesting as possible because lets face it that’s really all it’s got until it gets chopped up and eaten……I wasn’t at all confident in my baking skills but I was working on the theory that he was one and so he wasn’t going to much care if I got it wrong (is that awful of me?) . …I treated the fondant a bit like I would plastercine.

I would love to say I had a plan and to be honest I would have loved to have had a plan!! I looked on the internet at cake making sites, got some great information on painting and colouring icing and then just kind of went with where it took me.

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I wanted to it to be interesting all round …why I have no idea as I don’t think my little man cared two hoots but I just wanted to challenge myself……

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The problem if anything was deciding when to stop…

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The Octopus was a last minute decision because I suddenly realised that of the things he loved on the shower curtain (the Octopus being one of the main ones) it was the thing I had missed off!!!…It came in quite handy because I had a gap and he could just drape wherever I needed him to go (another funny thing I have just realised I assigned a fondant Octopus a gender!!! Smile with tongue out).

I think if I’m honest I was so very pleased with myself (and relieved!!) that I was hooked on fondant from then on….I truly feel fondant is just plastercine for grown ups now ……

Hey either way it’s a cake I was and still am proud of and my boy still likes looking at the pics now….so it just keeps giving