Back in February I had a go at my first mirror glaze cake. This weekend I was asked to make a dessert for a birthday dinner and decided to give a different mirror glaze technique a go.
It was a cold morning while I was “glazing” and unfortunately the smaller bowls of coloured glaze started to set up before I had used them. I really should have given them a quick blast in the microwave before pouring, but you live and learn!
The result wasn’t perfect but still looked pretty. I used a hairdryer to help mix the different glazes and the heat helped a little. There’s a quick video of the hair dryer in use on my Facebook and Instagram pages.
Inside was a layered mousse cake. Chocolate sponge, strawberry jelly, and strawberry mousse layers, all covered with chocolate mousse and then the mirror glaze.
Layers of deliciousness!
I really enjoy making these mirror glaze cakes so will have another go soon!
This week I had the pleasure of making a few cakes, 2 of which were for my nieces. Both have birthdays in June and had a joint birthday party this year.
They both have different interests, so we needed two cakes to reflect that.
Pop Rocks around the base
The first cake was a rainbow cake with vanilla buttercream. It was beautifully finished in buttercream and ready to be decorated. When I put the “drips” on, it wasn’t quite right. So, I scraped the drips off and covered it in fondant and started again! I’ll put a pic of the scraped cake on my Facebook page soon, I thought it looked pretty awesome but not what we wanted. The drips are royal icing, usually I would use ganache but it just wasn’t working out for me!!!
Filled with M & Ms and topped with a wafer paper flower, it ended up ok but I still wasn’t 100% happy with it.
The second cake was a paw print.
Inside were two funfetti cakes sandwiching a pink cake, layered with vanilla buttercream and filled with Skittles.
This one was topped with a few Schleich animals for the birthday girl to collect.
Just a quick post for anyone who doesn’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram.
I had a little bit of time this morning so decided to have a go at Yolanda Gampp’s grilled cheese sandwich cake. It is part of her “replicake” promotion that ends on Monday night. Basically you have a go at replicating one of her cakes, this one is from Round 3.
In her video, Yolanda fries her “sandwich” in a frypan, I decided to pop mine in the sandwich press just because I like the lines it puts on the sangas.
Heaps of fun, pound cake “bread”, fondant/modelling choc “cheese”, and strawberry coulis “ketchup”.
This year I was honoured to be a part of the PANDSI Cake Off as one of the bakers. The Cake Off is a fund raiser for the organisation, with donated cakes being auctioned off to the public. This year the theme of the PANDSI Cake Off was Canberra.
Canberra is my home town and has so many wonderful icons, there was lots to choose from. With over 70 cakes in the Cake Off the bakers covered a lot of Canberra!
I chose to do Hummer. Hummer is a gorgeous giraffe who lives at the National Zoo & Aquarium. When my kids were little, we used to visit the zoo often (thanks for the annual memberships Mum & Dad). My youngest’s favourite was Hummer. No trip to the zoo was complete without visiting Hummer, rain, hail, or shine! So, when I think of Canberra, I include Hummer.
If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen numerous progression shots as I constructed the 92cm tall cake. Hummer has quite a bit of structure inside to enable him to stand and to support his long neck.
92 cm (36″) tall!!
The cake itself is chocolate mud and vanilla layered with chocolate ganache. It was then covered in white chocolate ganache and a mixture of fondant and modelling chocolate. Hummer’s head is solid modelling chocolate. His eyelashes are the only part that is not edible; a pair of false lashes was the only way to do Hummer’s lashes justice.
I used a stencil loosely to airbrush the recognisable giraffe pattern on to the fondant. I think there was about 7 coats of airbrush paint on him by the time I’d finished.
In his mouth was the floral emblem of the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra is the capital), the Royal Bluebell.
Getting Hummer to the event at the Hyatt Canberra was a nerve wracking journey. Only 20 minutes away on smooth roads, it felt like hours and every little bump was exaggerated.
I will let you all know how the PANDSI Cake Off went tomorrow when I have the final details. The cakes being dropped off at the same time as mine looked incredible!
So much fun! This car cake is remote control and actually drives.
Not the smoothest finish on the fondant as I forgot to smooth the ganache underneath. This was for my son, so he wasn’t too concerned.
Inside is a chocolate mud cake layered with chocolate ganache. Sculpted and covered with a 50/50 fondant and modelling chocolate mix. A bit of Rolkem Super Copper airbrushed on to give it a sheen and it was ready to roll!
We had fun driving it around the kitchen bench and later entertained the kids at his birthday party.
Last week I showed you my chocolate Easter cakes and promised you all another Easter cake.
This one is based on the crazy unicorn cake trend! They are everywhere!
The cake is a white chocolate carrot cake, filled with vanilla buttercream, and covered in fondant. I was planning on covering it in buttercream but I wanted to try a new fondant recipe out and see how it would perform so used the fondant instead.
The ears are a 50/50 mix of fondant and modelling chocolate. I still had some buttercream flowers in the freezer so popped them on top to finish her off.
Wishing you all a very happy and safe Easter xx
Easter is fast approaching and this year it will be chocolate filled for my family! After spending the last 3 years in Texas we REALLY missed our genuine Cadbury’s Easter Eggs.
This cake is a chocolate mud cake filled and covered with vanilla bean butter cream. A quick drizzle with some chocolate ganache and we have a lovely drip cake.
Drip cakes have been crazy popular recently so I thought I’d top it with another craze that has been long lasting, geodes. I saw a video last week of some amazing chocolate eggs in which sugar crystals (geodes) were grown inside them They were made by 2 students, Alex & Abby, from the Culinary Institute of America. The process took about 6 months to complete. Check it out here.
I have made a geode cake before so decided to apply that technique to an Easter egg. A lot quicker than the magnificent eggs Alex & Abby created!
I had a stash of Easter eggs in the cupboard, so decided to see what they’d look like on top of the drip cake as well. I actually think I like the simplicity of this version better.
I will be making a variation on another cake craze next week, the unicorn cake. Again, it will be Easter themed. I’ll keep you all updated via Facebook and Instagram.