Category Archives: Cakes and cupcakes
This is a fun post….one little baby dedication cake for one special little man, Samuel and some baby safari animals. I had a lot of fun making these little guys, especially the cheeky monkey, which happened to be Melody’s favourite. All we heard for two weeks as they sat on the table to dry was “Monmon, monmon, eee, eee, eee!”
This two layered, two flavoured cake was covered in ganache, then fondant. The bottom layer was the ever popular chocolate mudcake with dark chocolate ganache. The top layer was a gluten free caramel mudcake and white chocolate ganache. But the animals were definitely the hit of the day…..after gorgeous Samuel of course!!!!!!!!
Well I am certainly blessed. I have had the opportunity to bake many cakes recently and play around with different flavors and decorations. It has been so much fun…..and eating the leftovers hasn’t exactly been a chore either! I know I have not posted much about chocolates lately, to my defense most of the cakes contain chocolate or chocolate work. Here’s a sample for you:
This was a double layer, 10 cm high mud cake. It was frosted with chocolate ganache and topped with fresh strawberries. Around the sides I used 64% Dark chocolate strips with a chocolate transfer on them.
In the middle of August we have a big celebration. There are three family birthdays within 5 days. So this year instead of having one big cake I made three cakes. The one missing from the photo was the New York Cheesecake from a previous blog. The next an Italian wedding cake with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut. The final one….a black forest cake with chocolate ganache.
This layer cake consisted of chocolate cake with caramel butter cream and was topped with a thick salted caramel sauce. And last but not least this week I have another family birthday cake to bake…..the request….chocolate and orange. mmmmm…the brain is ticking with ideas!
Just a quick post today to show you the girly cupcakes I made this week for my daughter’s dancing group bake sale.
Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Butter cream….. mmmmm.
Sometimes the simple flavours are the best.
This past weekend was a very busy but fun weekend. I had two orders for the one gorgeous little girl, Piper. One cake on Saturday for her Naming Day ceremony and a cupcake tower the next day for her Blessing Day. The criteria: chocolate mud cake, fondant on one and what ever I want for the second. I had a blast designing these cakes.
So here is what they ended up with. The top layer was carrot cake with lemon cream cheese filling. The bottom layer was chocolate mud cake with ganache filling. I was blown away with the responses. I had many comments on my cakes but one friend told me it was the BEST cake he has EVER eaten. Well that was a boost to my confidence and a great result.
The second cake I really enjoyed making. It brought back many memories from when I used to bake cakes in a little cupcake shop in Spring Hill (a town south of Nashville in Tenessee). Pipers mum is wheat intolerant so I wanted to included a cake that she could enjoy as the cakes from the day before all contained wheat. This cake at the top was an orange and almond cake with chocolate ganache. I love this recipe. Its so easy and I also had rave reviews about it. I decided to stick with mud cake for the cupcakes but chose two different flavoured frostings. The bright colourful ones were vanilla buttercream and the other a whipped chocolate ganache. All in all a successful weekend doing what I love! I feel so blessed.
Talk about excited!….I was asked to make my first Croquembouche for a Logie’s celebration party for 26 people. Well I will be honest….I studied this dessert for many hours before making the final product. I have made many profiteroles, eclairs and a St Honores but to assemble a croquembouche…nope…never.
The challenges were:
To assemble the dessert only an hour before delivery, due to its mildly rapid deterioration.
For delivery to be only 2-3 hours before it has to be consumed (so the toffee doesn’t soften and dissapear!)
To fill the profiteroles just before dipping in toffee so the custard doesn’t become warm and melt from the heat of the toffee.
And then to deliver the made tower that doesnt have a supporting cone….15 mintes down the road!
Well Im happy to say due to my amazing husband it was all achievable……hectic but achievable. I enjoyed the challenged immensely but with the time deadline we didn’t get the best of photos. So please don’t look to close. And here she is!!!!!!
And a few shots during the process…..