These pretzels are making me thirsty ūüėú

A quick cake with a twist! I really wanted to make a cake with a moving part, so I decided that my hubby’s b’day cake would be the one. ¬†That way if anything went wrong, it wouldn’t be such a disaster.

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So I give you a beer mug with a rotating pretzel on top!  I bought a hobby motor and gear kit online and gave it to my 13 year old son to put together for me.  Thankfully he put it together with no problems.

 

Woo hoo!!!!! No problems 

The motor and gears sit inside the top cake in the stack (there are 3 in total).  A small hole through all the cakes allows the wires from the motor to pass through to the bottom.  Luckily I remembered to put a hole in the cake board before I started.  The battery pack is taped to the bottom of the board out of site.

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The pretzel and mug handle are made with gum paste. The cake itself is a sweet potato, caramel mud cake with vanilla buttercream.  The vanilla buttercream was also used to pipe the froth on top of the beer.  Small dots of piping gel represent the condensation dripping down the cold beer mug.

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The cake was served with homemade butterscotch sauce.

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An English Rose in Texas

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I’ve made a couple of fondant cowboy boots since living here in Texas (Aussie cowboy boot, flower cowboy boot). ¬†I love to make them and they make good keepsakes for the recipient.

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This cake was for a lovely girl visiting from the UK, an English Rose.  I was told her favourite colour is red so I incorporated it into the cake.

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The entire cake is covered in homemade marshmallow fondant which I found very easy to work with.  The recipe I used is LMF Marshmallow Fondant.

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Dinosaur Dude!

I love first birthdays! This week I was lucky enough to make a first birthday cake for a very special little guy.  Just over a year ago I made his baby shower cake, how time flies.

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I was pretty much given free reign with this cake.  His mum sent me a picture of the outfit he is wearing to his party which is adorned with dinosaurs.  To top it off he is wearing a red bow tie.

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Arghhh, elephant skin fondant. Let’s just pretend it’s dinosaur skin ūüėā

I based the cake on one of the dinos on his top and added a red bow tie to match the birthday boy.

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Inside is a vanilla cake layered with vanilla buttercream. ¬†Let’s just hope it holds up to our Texas heat!

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Donald Duck Vans

I have never known someone so obsessed with all things Disney and Vans shoes!  The Disney is all her (and her extensive knowledge has been extremely handy), the Vans are usually purchased for her boys.  Put a pair of Vans in front of her and I can almost guarantee she has them for her boys, the best dressed feet in town!

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When I asked my lovely friend who her favourite Disney character is, it was a definite Donald Duck.  I did a bit of an internet search and found a pair of Donald Duck Vans to base my cake design on.

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I took this opportunity to try out my Disney letter cutters, I think they look pretty good ūüėÄ

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Inside is my very rich and decadent chocolate mud cake, layered and covered with chocolate ganache.  Those of you who follow me on Facebook will have seen a quick video of the ganached cake ready to be covered in fondant.

It's all about the details!

It’s all about the details!

Glowing WOW Shale Spider

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I’ve been a WOW (World of Warcraft) Widow since its release in 2004! This online game captured my husbands attention all those years ago and to add to my pain, my son has been playing for over 6¬†years now too!

I have no idea what it is all about, and to be honest, watching them play makes me feel queasy from all the running about.

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This year my son requested a green shale spider for his birthday cake.  I had no idea what he was talking about! After some explanations and a live demo in the game, I was ready to give it a try.

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Apparently a shale spider is a tameable pet in the game that can help you battle your enemies by using his fangs!

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He has 4 spider like legs and 7 jewel shaped glowing eyes.  The green colour on the spider is a result of the glowing eyes.  To achieve this glow I used Rolkem Stellar Green Lumo dust. In normal light the green is a bright neon, add a black light and it really glows.  I mixed the dust with vodka to paint on the jewel eyes and used it dry to dust parts of the legs and around the head.

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Inside the shale spider is yummy lime cake layered with lemon curd buttercream.  The board is covered with a mixture of light brown sugar and raw sugar to represent the sand in the desert of Tanaris.

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Mary Poppins arrived carrying her magical carpet bag….everyone remembers that don’t they?

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Recently an opportunity came up  for me to make a cake for a Mary Poppins fan. There were no specific requests as the recipient had no idea I was doing it for her.  I thought about doing a Mary Poppins silhouette cake, an umbrella cake, and a hat cake.  Finally I remembered her magical carpet bag.

Back of cake

Back of cake

This cake is my modern version of a carpet bag,  much smaller than the original duffle style bag.  As things are warming up here in Texas, I went with some brighter colours for the flowers.   To give the impression that the flowers were part of the carpet bag fabric, I applied gentle pressure with the rolling pin to integrate them into the chocolate fondant. I then used one of my Sugarveil mats as an impression mat to give texture.

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The challenge for me with this cake was that I wanted to be able to carry it just like a handbag.  The whole cake is edible except for the handle (which is leather), my magic!

Heading out!

Heading out!

Inside are chocolate and vanilla cakes layered and covered with chocolate ganache.

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Happy Easter!

Russian tips-1It’s not often that I get to make a cake (excluding birthdays) just for my family. ¬†This Easter weekend I decided to try out my Russian piping tips. ¬†I have had them for a while but haven’t had the opportunity to play with them until now.

I was amazed how quickly and easily these tips created a beautiful floral cake, all of these flowers took less than 10 minutes.  I only used three of my twelve piping tips and will try the others out soon.

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The main trick is to make sure that the buttercream attaches to the cake before you pull up.  The three tips I used looked best kept quite short.  I am guessing when I use the tulip tips that they will be best a little taller.

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The only issue I had using the tips was with my soft buttercream. ¬†As the buttercream warmed, it was more difficult to produce a flower with all the details. ¬†You can see this on my cake with the roses. ¬†If I was making this cake for someone else I would have scraped the flopped flowers off and repiped ¬†As it was for my family (who didn’t even notice!) I just left them. ¬†(Please excuse the photos too, taken on my turntable!)

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The cake is a Thermomix whole orange cake.  I decided that we would have something other than chocolate this Easter.  The side of the cake was iced in buttercream lightly, more like a naked cake. I had a thicker layer of buttercream on the top and left this in the fridge to set before piping the flowers.

Here’s a quick demo video for you.

I hope you all had a very happy and safe Easter ūüźį