Category Archives: Cakes and cupcakes
I realised the other day that it has been far to long since my last post. Months in fact! So if you can bare with me I will show you the great changes Cocoa Jo’s has been making and creating. First off, I cannot wait to show you this any longer. I was going to wait until we had time to change the website but Im too excited. We had an amazingly talented designer, Matt from VERG create my new and final logo. To say I love it is an understatement!!! Matt did an incredible job and it is so much more than I could have ever dreamt of. If you know me at all you will know this suits me to a tee. Now over time I will start to change the packaging and promotion materials with my logo and maybe even get some shirts and aprons made up to sell, if anyone is interested?
I have been busy making and selling personalised chocolate bars and have even got a wedding order for them. Which I am completely excited about. The most popular flavour so far has been the white chocolate and strawberry poprocks.
I made a chocolate and raspberry mousse torte for a dear friends birthday. It turned out lovely and has now been added to the future cafe cakes list. Talking about birthdays, I had an order for any cake as long as it was gluten free….I made an orange and almond cake with orange chocolate ganache, chocolate curls and confit oranges.
Wow! There is a lot to show you….. My next order was for an extravagant dessert tower for 40 people. I absolutely loved doing this and think this will be what I will do for our next big dinner party. There where four different flavoured desserts in individual cupcake sized cups. Lemon Meringue, Chocolate Salted Caramel Parfait, Trifles and Chocolate Mousse Tortes. I received rave reviews for this order, even from the General Manager of one of the top hotels in Brisbane.. He thought they were incredible!…I was blown away by his comments.
Next I had a cute little Hello Kitty cake for sweet Emily. Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream frosting.
And finally… on Fathers day I had to deliver and set up a wedding cake tower for a lovely couple. The top cake was a Chocolate whisky fruit cake and the two cupcake flavours where my classic chocolate on chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with passionfruit butter cream. If you have never tried passionfruit butter cream…. whip some up today… just replace the milk in your icing mixture for passionfruit… Its so divine!.
Well thats it for now… Thanks for hanging in for the LONG post….. see you soon with my next exciting orders I’m currently in the process of creating!
xoxoxox Cocoa Jo
Just a quick post today as I am very busy creating another chocolate box wedding tower for a Byron Bay wedding this Saturday…and I’m absolutely loving my job at the moment! I have been busy making childrens birthday cakes lately and have a few orders for more coming up. They are always a welcomed challenge and a lot of fun to make. Apart from Lightening McQueen, I have made a Dora,
and a duck pond for 1 year old Lewy. Lots of fun.
xoxoxo Cocoa Jo
This weekend we celebrated my mother’s 60th birthday and she asked me to make her cake. Which of course I was delighted to do. I was very excited with this cake as I had free reign to decide what to make. I ended up baking a 3 tier vanilla syrup cake with two butter cream layers, both vanilla bean and raspberry. Each tier was surrounded by panels of white Belgium chocolate. I finished the cake with fresh flowers and acetate butterflies.
This year has begun with exciting changes for my mum, hence the significance of the butterflies. I can’t wait to see where it takes her. I love you so dearly, Mum. xoxoxoxox Cocoa Jo
Yes, a rat!….I have been very blessed and busy since the beginning of the year. I have had quite a few orders, including some wedding and engagement orders coming up. My latest cooking adventure was an order I received for a cake. The requirements were; leopard print, roses and a pet rat! I love a good challenge. I decided on a two layer vanilla bean syrup cake with vanilla butter cream. I hand painted the leopard print and made the pet rat out of fondant.
The funniest part of this whole challenge was the morning after I had made the rat. It was sitting on the bench in the cake stand drying and my son came out and made his breakfast. As soon as he saw the rat staring back at him he had this look of shock on his white stricken face. “DAD!!!!…..daaaad…there’s a RAT staring at me……oh, its not real! Good job mum!” It was a priceless moment.
I also had the chance to reminisce over a previous career I had in Nashville, as a fruit bouquet arranger. A friend ordered a fruit arrangement for a Kitchen tea and I was extremely excited to pull these skills out again. No matter what size you make them, they just have this WOW factor about them. I adore making the fruit arrangements but even better are the double dipped chocolate banana pieces. There’s nothing quite like it. One day I will sell these banana pieces in my cafe and you can try them for yourself. They are definitely one of my weaknesses.
I have been baking like crazy….cupcakes, frosting tests, marshmallows trials….Its been fun and my baby girl can prove it! As I mentioned to a friend, I’m preparing her for Baby Masterchef…do you think she’s could be a contender?
When I lived in Nashville I discovered the true joy of homemade marshmallows. So many people turn their nose up at the thought of marshmallows but their only experience has been the small, round ones covered in cornflour from the supermarket. Well I guareentee these are nothing like the store ones. They are light and fluffy and full of flavor…most importantly they are not as sickly sweet. Unfortunately my mallow recipes were amoung the recipes lost in our journey home to Australia. All that recipe development has to be started again. So if you can put up with hearing about all my new flavours in the future I will let you know when I have a new batch on the counter.
I have been baking more chocolate cupcakes as well as a new one I’m working on for the cafe…Double Vanilla bean cupcakes.
I am quite excited about the next few months….next week I have a new friend to meet that has ordered some cakes and a trifle from me…wait for the update on that! Then later this week my products page will be launched ready to take Christmas orders. Things are taking off…I hope I’m ready for it.