Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cupcake by me :)

I would like to wish all of my blogging friends a very merry and safe Christmas. Enjoy this time with your family and friends. Also, thankyou for making blogging such a joy. I did not ever think it would be so addictive and that I would meet such wonderful people.

Hope santa is good to you all :)

Mrs KT xxx 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Baking with Emily.

Over the weekend my eldest niece, Emily, who is 8 came to stay with me to do some baking. We had a wonderful time, baking gingerbread cookies, cupcakes and chocolate cake.

The gingerbread was the first item we made. Emily chose the cookie shapes, the colour of the icing and also decorated them all herself.

The finished cookies looked and tasted sensational!

Next was the chocolate cake. The recipe we used was Deep Dark Chocolate Cake. An easy cake, that is moist and tastes great. We filled it with dark chocolate ganache and covered it with vanilla buttercream. Emily helped make all of the decorations for the top of the cake.


The presents and christmas tree looked very festive and the finished cake took pride of place on the table at our family gathering yesterday.

Next on the list was cupcakes. Again Emily chose the colours and made the decorations. 

Emily became an expert with the piping bag almost immediately, she can be my assistant in the kitchen any day!!

I really enjoyed having Emily bake with me, and we will be doing it again soon.

What do you think of all of her creations?

Enjoy the lead up week to Christmas.

Mrs KT :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Vintage Rudolph Christmas Candy and Dessert Table

The Christmas season is here and my poor blog has been neglected, as it is just such a busy time, now that the holidays are here life will slow down a little, hopefully!!!

Last weekend I put together a Christmas candy and dessert table for a company Christmas party. The theme was vintage rudolph and the colours red and lime green. The printable collection is by The TomKat Studio. The little reindeer is just too cute!

This was the first time I had set up a table outdoors, and unfortunately the day brought very gusty winds. The table had to be relocated from a gorgeous position in the garden, to under a gazebo. Then just as everything was set up ready for photographing, a huge gust of wind came and blew the vase of Christmas flowers over, causing the white table cloth to be covered in water! Luckily, the food was spared, so a quick change of cloth and the table was presentable again! The wind also prevented me from using the "Merry Christmas" banner that I had created from the collection, which was a shame.

The table consisted of vanilla cupcakes, vanilla sugar cookies, chocolate dipped marshmallow pops, red and green choc beans from Sharnel Dollar Designs, red raspberry lollies, chocolate santa's and cherry flavoured candy canes.

The red and lime green were a great colour combination and provided a nice change to the traditional bottle green and red that is Christmas.

Our family Christmas dessert table is in the planning at the moment, the basis is a fabulous traditional printable collection by Anders Ruff, I look forward to sharing this with you in a couple of weeks.

Enjoy the Christmas season.

Mrs KT :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

An Electric Guitar, Star Wars and Chocolate Shards.

All my cake orders are finished before the weekend this week, yay! The first one for the week was a fun cake to create. Rohan is turning 21 tomorrow and his dad requested a guitar cake. This is a similar picture of what he wanted re-created in a cake.

It was chocolate mudcake filled with dark chocolate and covered in black fondant.

The cake is a surprise for Rohan, so I am hoping he likes it!

Joe is celebrating his 60th birthday tomorrow, and his daughter requested a chocolate mudcake, but nothing too fancy with the decorating!

We decided on an all chocolate cake, dark chocolate mudcake filled and covered with dark chocolate ganache and white chocolate shards. The top was finished off with lindt balls and lindt chocolate drops and squiggles.

The final cake was for Bray who is turning 6. He requested a Star Wars theme.

I chose a simple design, R2D2 and Yoda with light sabres and some stars. It was also dark chocolate mudcake filled and covered with buttercream.

This weekend will be a relaxing one, hopefully the rain will stop soon and the sun can start shining.

Mrs KT :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

21st Birthday Celebrations.

21st Birthday cakes were on the agenda again this weekend. Carina is celebrating her 21st birthday tonight and I had the pleasure of creating her birthday cake. She chose the colour scheme of orange and pink, such fun, bright colours for spring.

The bottom gift box was dark chocolate mudcake filled with dark chocolate ganache and covered with fondant. The top gift box was white chocolate mudcake filled with white chocolate ganache and covered with fondant. The gift bows are made with modelling paste.

Madelyn is also celebrating her 21st birthday tonight. Her mum organised her cake as a surprise for her. The colour scheme was white, black and red with a shoe and handbag element. I have made this design before in a pastel colour scheme.

The bottom tier was dark chocolate mudcake filled with chocolate ganache and fondant covering. The shoe box was caramel mudcake filled with white chocolate ganache and fondant covering.

The shoes, handbag and tissue paper were made from modelling paste.

Both of these cakes were a joy to create, happy birthday Carina and Madelyn :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Mrs KT :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cupcake Towers

 The past weekend was all about cupcake towers - a wedding and a 21st birthday party. Lisa contacted me about 6 months ago about creating a cupcake tower for her wedding to Jerry. This would be the first time I have done a wedding cupcake tower with cutting cake, so I was very excited. The colour theme was ivory, black and silver. 

The cupcakes were vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream swirls and tiny silver cachous. The cutting cake was white chocolate mudcake filled and covered with vanilla buttercream. The topper was provided by the bride.

 On the tables the guests received vanilla sugar cookie favours in organza bags. The large heart shaped cookie was embossed with the happy couple's initials and the small heart shaped cookie was embossed with a floral pattern.

The wedding was held at the gorgeous Carrington Hotel in Katoomba.Unfortunately the weather was cold and rainy, but the bride looked stunning, and from all reports it was a wonderful celebration.

The following day Jessie-Rose was celebrating her 21st birthday party and requested a cupcake tower too. The colour scheme was almost the same as the wedding - black, silver and white. Jessie-Rose also requested an open gift box cutting cake.

The cupcakes were vanilla sponge cake with buttercream swirls, tiny silver cachous and fondant "21"'s. The cutting cake was cherry ripe mudcake filled with dark chocolate ganache and fondant covering. The present bow and tissue paper were made from modelling paste.

I spoke to Jessie-Rose's mum yesterday, as she is my son's teacher, and she said that Jessie-Rose wouldn't let anyone cut the present box! Hopefully they have by now, as it would be a shame to miss out on such a delicious flavoured cake!

This weekend brings another two 21st birthday cakes, so be sure to come back to see what I create for Madelyn and Carina.

Enjoy your week.
Mrs KT :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Nice Mix of Cakes this Week.

After the relaxing holiday, I am straight back into baking and decorating. This week was made up of three very different cakes. Firstly, Lavinia was turning 4 and requested a Barbie cake. It was pink coloured white chocolate mudcake with white chocolate ganache and fondant covering.

The next cake was for a gorgeous little boy, Toby, who was being christened today. This was also white chocolate mudcake with white chocolate ganache and fondant covering. The bib, blocks and stars were hand made from modelling paste.

The final cake for the weekend was for Byron who was turning 5. He requested a motorbike on his birthday cake. I hand made the motorbike plaque from modelling paste, by copying a picture I found on the net. The cake was deep, dark chocolate cake with creamy chocolate buttercream filling and vanilla buttercream covering.

Tomorrow the preparations begin for Lisa and Jerry's wedding cakes and cookies as well as Jessie-Rose' 21 birthday cakes. So another busy week baking and decorating for me.

Enjoy your week.

Mrs KT :)