Monday, 28 March 2011

Mini me

I've been thinking for a while about offering not just large Hello There Cupcakes, but some mini ones too. I wouldn't offer these with individual, customised decorations, just with a 'blob' or a rose on top (see photos below).
They could be ordered as a complement to some large cakes (I served the mini Guinness ones to the parents at my son's birthday, while the kids each had a large cake to take home). Or you could just order some mini ones- perfect finger food for a party.

Minimium order 24 cakes in one flavour. Contact me for pricing.

Danny's 4th Birthday

This weekend is a real anniversary for me, because not only is it my son Danny's 4th birthday, but it was Googling cake ideas for his birthday last year, and thinking, "I could do that!" that gave me the inspiration for my little business.

For months now Danny's been telling me that he wanted Spiderman and Cookie Monster cakes, but at the last minute he also added Elmo to the mix. Good because I wanted to work a bit more on my Elmo design- his mouth is different to Cookie Monster's, and this time I put some white icing on the cake first, so that his rugby ball-shaped head is more obvious.

I also baked some of Nigella Lawson's Butter Cut-Out Biscuits (from her Domestic Goddess book), and Danny and I iced them so that he could take them into school and share them with his nursery friends.

Chocolate Guinness cakes with vanilla or chocolate buttercream and fondant decorations

Blowing out the candles.

Look out, it's SpiderDan!

Ruby chose Cookie Monster and got a bright blue mouth!

Icing the number 4-shaped biscuits for Danny to take to nursery.

You can probably tell which he did and which I did.

Unbelievably, Danny is 4!

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Horses+Smileys+Ice Creams = A Happy Birthday!

What more could a girl want for her birthday than some horses, ice creams and smiley faces?

I'm used to taking brand new commissions for each order, but this time Joanne, who was ordering cakes for her daughter's birthday, looked at my flyer and chose some of my 'previous hits'. It was fun to revisit some old designs - especially the horses, which were some of the first cakes designs I ever made. And even the Smileys were easier to make second time around.

Vanilla bean cakes with vanilla buttercream and Fondant icing decorations.

those are real Flake pieces

...all add up to a colourful mixture of cakes.

Roses experiments #2

What a difference a nozzle makes!
For the last 9 months, I've been trying to recreate the lovely buttercream roses that I've seen other cake makers do (I posted about it last September!), but with no real success... until now!

I finally worked out exactly which nozzle I needed, bought it from Ebay, and with a little bit of experimentation, made a 'bouquet' of 9 miniature red roses for my mum's birthday.

What I need now is an 'Alice in Wonderland' commission...

9 miniature red roses
...even my mum, who normally sticks to a gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free diet, couldn't resist!

Top view

and side view

Monday, 7 March 2011

Happy Birthday Miss H!

I don't like to photograph cakes in the evening under artificial light, but these were for Miss H (who is my daughter's teacher), and I knew I wouldn't have time to take any pictures in the morning before the school run.

Miss H really likes Hello Kitty (to the delight of all her female pupils) so I made 3 Chocolate cakes with vanilla buttercream and Hello Kitty decorations and 3 Vanilla cakes with vanilla cream and her name spelled out.

(I have to point out that these weren't a gift from me, but a commission from another teacher.)

The icing pens were not cooperating last night.