Sunday, 31 October 2010

Halloween spiced pumpkin cakes

This year I bought 2 small eating pumpkins instead of 1 large 'carving' one. These 2 lovelies became some delicious cakes: The Guardian's Dan Lepard's Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes. If you have any leftover pumpkin you can make some too: (sorry, the insert link doesn't seem to be working)

Happy Halloween everyone!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Hieperdepiep Hoera! Jip & Janneke are here!

Royal icing outlines.
I started by experimenting with royal icing. The easiest way to draw Jip and Janneke accurately seemed to be to trace them with icing.

The outlines were then 'flooded' with runny icing and left to dry.
In theory they should dry to hard shapes that I could have lifted onto the cakes.

...In practice they never really dried (Either I got the recipe wrong, or I think I might need to buy a dehumidifier!) and then they went really strange.
Obviously I didn't use these.

royal icing weirdness.

Luckily, I had a plan B: cutout fondant shapes!

Dag, Jip en Janneke!



and cat.

Marleen also wanted a pile of books on one of the cakes.

The finished box: Hoera!

Marleen asked me to make 6 cakes for her mother, who turned 70 this year. Since her mum is dutch and likes books, she wanted to use some famous characters from dutch literature, while making sure that the cakes still appealed to her 5 year old daughter.

I love Jip and Janneke- the illustrations are so graphic: the children and their pets are always drawn in black silhouette, whereas the background might be really colourful.

These cakes were a lot of work, (especially with the failed royal icing) but well worth it, I think!

Gefeliceteerd, Marleen's mum!


Sarah ordered 6 vanilla cakes for her sister, who is just about to start her final year of a degree in fashion.
I was very inspired to make tape measures, buttons, scissors, etc - the tools of the trade. I even tried to make tiny dress patterns, but they just looked odd (you can see some in the prep work photos).

In the end I did 3 cakes with vanilla icing, buttons, scissors and tape measures, and 3 cakes with raspberry icing with little outfits on (as requested by Sarah). Since I don't know what type of clothes her sister designs, I included a menswear cake too!