Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ruby's 7th Birthday Party.

My niece Ruby turned 7 today and had a party to celebrate with her friends from school. She spent a couple of weeks going through all of my cake books looking for the perfect cake. A rabbit was her cake choice! I love getting to create cake's that I haven't done before and this was one of them. It is from the Lindy Smith "Quick and Clever Party Cakes" book which a friend was kind enough to lend to me. This particular rabbit cake is very life like. Ruby requested caramel mudcake, which was filled with white chocolate ganache and fondant fur.

Ruby also requested her favourite vanilla sugar cookies, rabbit shaped of course and also rabbit cake pops. The cake pops were caramel mudcake too.

The party colour theme was pink, pink and more pink! So the party table reflected this perfectly.

Tulle pom-poms, pink table covering, loads of pink lollies (including musk sticks, marshmallows, milk bottles, teeth, mentos, sherbet lollies, starburst sunfruits and pink foil money chocolates), the rabbit cake, cookies, cake pops and cake balls.

Pretty pink boxes were filled with lots of goodies for each guest to take home.

Happy Birthday Ruby Claire xxx

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Photography Workshop - Week One

This week saw the start of my online photography workshop. My lovely friend Leanne recommended Eye Candy Actions to me after she completed their Explore workshop last year. I have had my camera for a couple of months now and only ever shoot in auto mode. This week I have moved that dial to AV mode and the results have been fabulous.

Here are a couple of photo's I have captured this week.

{ A lone rosebud in my garden - my first photo taken in AV mode }

{ 3 cupcakes from a batch I baked early yesterday morning }

 { My big boy and a single cupcake }

The workshop has been wonderful so far and I am eager to learn more about my camera. Hopefully my photo's will improve and I will have many more to share with you.

On another note, my gorgeous custom made camera strap arrived from the US yesterday. Ruthanne from Eclectic Wotnot was lovely to work with. I selected the fabric and she worked her magic. It looks very stylish and coordinates with my camera bag nicely.

My weekend will be all about rabbit's! My niece is turning 7 and she has requested a rabbit cake along with rabbit cookies and cake pops, so I will be busy bringing that to life, please come back tomorrow to see the results.

Have a wonderful weekend :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Purple and White Wedding.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of creating a gorgeous cupcake tower for Nikki and Brent's wedding. The colour theme was purple, white and silver.

The cupcakes were deep, dark chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream swirls and tiny silver cachous, in purple cupcake cases.

The cupcakes were displayed on a clear tiered cupcake stand. The cutting cake was white chocolate and raspberry mudcake filled with white chocolate ganache and covered in white fondant. It was finished off with a silver monogram initial topper and purple satin ribbon.


The weather was perfect for Nikki and Brent's special day. Congratulations to you both and thankyou for allowing me to be a part of your day.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Jungle Themed 1st Birthday Cake.

I have just delivered a 1st birthday cake for little Joseph ( I made the Under the Sea cupcakes for him last week ). His mum chose a jungle theme for his cake, so we went with a number 1 shaped cake. It was decorated with a monkey, a lion, a giraffe and an elephant, some trees and lots of jungle vines.

I hand modeled all of the animals and decorations from modeling paste. They were such fun to create, it is wonderful seeing them take shape and they come to life once there face is complete! The lion was my favourite!

The cake was a moist butter cake with white chocolate ganache and fondant covering. 

Happy 1st birthday Joseph, have a wonderful time celebrating with your family tomorrow.

Enjoy your weekend, I have the pleasure of creating a cupcake tower for a lovely couple's wedding tomorrow and then on Sunday I am meeting up with a couple of gorgeous blogging friends :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day.

Today is Valentine's Day and I made some chocolate cupcakes and the papers peeled away from the cake, what a great reason to mix the cake with some ganache and experiment making some heart shaped cake pops. In the past I have made regular round cake pops, so used a heart shaped cutter to make these. 

 I used red candy melts for the coating and some cute little candy hearts as decorations. There was plenty of cake mixture, so I made some regular round pops too.

These cake pops are very easy to make and would look great in any shape. I will try flower and star shapes next time. I am continually inspired by Bakerella and Linda from Bubble and Sweet, their creations always amaze me!

Happy Valentines Day to you all :)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

An Engagement and a First Birthday.

Last weekend Kyla and Luke celebrated their engagement, hosting a party for family and friends. They asked me to make the cake, a yummy caramel mudcake filled with white chocolate ganache and covered with fondant. The colour theme was turquoise, purple and white with a hint of silver. Different shaped hearts were part of the theme.

Congratulations Kyla and Luke :)

Yesterday I had the pleasure of making some cupcakes for little Joseph who was turning 1. He was having a party with his friends from Mother's Group. His mum decided on an Under the Sea theme for the cupcakes. 

The cupcakes were chocolate, with vanilla buttercream swirls. I hand modeled the little creatures for each cake. The cupcakes were then placed on the board in the shape of a number 1.

The creatures consisted of octopus, starfish, whales, crabs and hermit crabs. 

Happy 1st Birthday Joseph :)

Enjoy the weekend.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Year of the Rabbit!

It was my husband's birthday a couple of days ago, and we are having his birthday dinner tonight at his mum's, so of course we have to have a special birthday cake for the kids to blow the candles out on.

I always use family birthday's to try out new recipes or designs. I have recently purchased some flavoured oils to add to some of my cakes, so the first one to trial was raspberry. I made a white chocolate and raspberry mudcake, with fresh raspberries and the raspberry oil. It turned out really lovely and has a wonderful berry flavour ( I know this as I had to test the cut-off!!!)

As for the design, he is a South Sydney Rabbitoh's supporter (an NRL team), so incorporated the logo into the cake. It is also the year of the rabbit and I have joked with him that this might mean that the Bunnies may just win the premiership in 2011, this is why I have these words embossed on the cake :)

The cake is displayed on my custom made cake stand, with matching bold red ribbon.

Go the Bunnies in 2011, and Happy 35th Birthday to my love xxx

Enjoy your weekend.