Thursday, December 24, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The cupcakes are my my favourite vanilla cupcakes - Planet Cake recipe with white chocolate ganache, yum! I brushed white shimmer dust onto the stars which gave them a gorgeous sparkle, if only it would show up well on the photos!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sonja requested 16 cupcakes, a mix of chocolate and vanilla and was happy for me to design them. I purchased some mini christmas cutters a few weeks ago and used them on the weekend to make the cupcake toppers. I loved making these, they took me a couple of hours, but i was in my zone and everything went well :) I piped a red buttercream swirl on the cupcakes and topped each of them with a christmas topper.
Friday, December 11, 2009
I gave the cupcakes to my work colleague and she was thrilled, she really liked them. I have only recently started making cupcakes for people, so it's so nice to see the customer happy :)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The cupcakes are vanilla with white chocolate ganache, yum! I used an embossing mat to create the lovely pattern on the base and topped these with fondant flowers using different sized daisy cutters. Very simple, but pretty.
Happy birthday Stef, i hope you have a lovely day!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
It was quite warm tonight and the swirl wasn't working as well as it should so im not 100% happy with them. It wasnt holding properly, especially compared to the swirl on the pink ribbon cupcakes i made recently. I just hope they dont all droop over night or i will be taking the morning off from work to re-do them!!!
I wanted to use black for the icing, as when i think of halloween i think black! but as these were for little kids i didnt want to make them too scary :)
Happy trick or treating everyone!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
The net is just fantastic, it provides so much inspiration for people like me who arent very creative! My favourite design is this one http://www.cakejournal.com/archives/how-to-decorate-cookies-with-rolled-fondant/ Just gorgeous and not hard to make at all! I will actually be doing these for someone in December :)
I used the embossing mat which i purchased at the high tea cupcakes course, and i just love using it! It gives such a lovely finish, especially when dusted with shimmer dust...it really accentuates the swirls.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Seeing as though cake decorating has become my new hobby, i thought that this year part of my present to her would be a cake. I knew it would take me quite some time and it just feels more special giving her something which has required time and patience.
Happy Birthday mum, i love you xox
Sunday, September 27, 2009
We had a lovely dinner at Chinta Ria followed by some yummy cupcakes. Happy Birthday Renee, may you always be happy xo
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Aside from Father's Day i haven't had any other event to bake for :( On the weekend i decided that i had to bake something, anything! So i decided on cookies which i would put in little cellophane bags and top with a bag topper.
My husband and i popped into office works and found some gorgeous paper, which was on sale, yay! I downloaded a template for place cards and used this as the bag toppers, they are the perfect size!
I used my Avanti Cookie Press which my husband gave me for my birthday last year and made very cute looking round cookies. We had a production line going on Sunday night...my husband cut the tags, i put the cookies in the bags and then we stapled them. It was a fun little project!
I took most of them to work on Monday and everyone loved the cookies and the packaging. I'm sure i'll be doing this again in the near future, with the help of my husband again ofcourse :)
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
What did i do when my husband was at a work function on Wednesday night? What else but BAKE!
I had left over cookie dough from when i made the beetle cookies and decided that my Wednesday night project would be the bee cookies, again from Planet Cake. As i did with the beetles, i made the bees into cookies instead of cupcakes.
I prepared and cut all the fondant on Tuesday night, so Wednesday was just a night of decorating. The bees are the cutest little things! It makes it hard to eat them!!! I took half to work on Thursday and the other half to my neices. My 9 year old niece was fascinated and took 3 to school the following day to show off to her friends. How special do i feel? :)
Sunday, August 2, 2009
When i booked myself into the Planet Cake course i discovered that they had recently released a cake decorating book for beginner's which i was thrilled about! I headed to my local library, borrowed the book and in the mean time dropped hints to my husband about wanting the book for my birthday :)
For my birthday in July I decided to make the pink and black bow cupcakes on the cover of the Planet Cake book - simple, classy and classic. I thoroughly enjoyed working with ganache and fondant and learning lots of tips and tricks from the book. A big thank you to my beautiful husband who helped with the bows....black fondant is quite wet and hard to work with, i couldn't have done it without you!
I must add, the Planet Cake cupcake recipe was a hit! The addition of lemon zest and the moisteness of the cupcakes really sets them apart from other recipes.
I'm loving all the fun I'm having with fondant!
And yes, i did receive the Planet Cake book from my very attentive husband :)
Saturday, August 1, 2009
In early June, after arriving from the most wonderful 5 weeks holiday in Europe with my gorgeous husband i decided this would be the year when i begin to explore my passion for baking and decorating. I love to bake and enjoy sharing my treats with my husband, family and friends, and lately work colleagues too!
I searched the web for beginner courses and stumbled across the wonderful Planet Cake website. I immediately booked myself into the Basics 101 course after seeing the wonderful creations that past students have created. I was so eager to learn some cake decorating techniques so in the mean time I enrolled into a cupcake course with Cake Decorating Central because, well, who doesn't love cupcakes!
I headed to Cake Decorating Central in Campbelltown on 16 July and arrived a little early which meant i spent some time AND money in their lovely and well stocked store!!
In our 3 hour course we decorated 9 beautifully coordinated pink and white cupcakes using a number of different icings and techniques. I never imagined i could learn so much in so little time! My proudest moment was seeing how simple it is to make roses and flowers! No doubt i will be making these again soon!
I must thank the lovely ladies at Cake Decorating Central for introducing me to a variety of decorating techniques and giving me the confidence to decorate. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and would recommend it to anyone starting out.
And i must add that no decorating tool kit is complete without sparkle dust! We brushed this onto our cupcakes once completed and it gave them a gorgeous shimmer and sparkle!
My favourtie cupcake is the one on the bottom left.
I hope you have enjoyed my first post !