Posts Tagged ‘Cake’

My hubby had a combined 30th with a mate, and I made the cakes. I used Bakels cake mixes in White Chocolate Mud, Chocolate Mud, and Caramel. For the icing I used a mixture of Betty Crocker in Chocolate and Vanilla, home made buttercream (the green icing), and black fondant. Licorice and Tee Vee biscuits were used for the railway tracks, and all he signs were printed and laminated at home. For the Kit Kat cakes I used family blocks around the edges, 4 for each cake I think it was.
Here are some pics 🙂

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Ok, so this is what it all looked like. I used coloured metal buckets, paper doilies, glass jars, streamers and tissue paper from the local discount stores; a cupcake stand borrowed from my sister; a chrome 2 tier cake stand I got on eBay; and a glass cake stand that belonged to my husbands Nanna.

The cake board is just a standard one that I purchased a few years ago. Every time I use it, I cover it to suit the theme. This time I have used wrapping paper, and clear contact. It is also sitting on an upturned serving bowl.

For fun and games we had a Rainbow Pinata that was hanging in the garage. We were going to hang it up outside, but it rained 😦 We also had a home-made ‘pin the cloud on the rainbow’ that was a hit!

 

 

 

Ahhhh, the cake. Anyone who really knows me, knows that I always do a special cake for my kids’ birthdays, and I let them pick what they want. This time, the delightful Miss C chose a Rainbow Layer Cake, with plain icing, and Smarties. Simple really compared the Pirate Ships, Thomas the Tank Engines, and Fairy Castles of birthdays past.

Once again, I used my trusty 69c cake mix from Coles, and yet again I had other parents asking me what type of cake it was, and if I had made it from scratch. All were shocked to learn it was the cheapest packet mix around!

To create the cake I simple mixed up 3 packets to the directions, and divided each in half. I then coloured each half batch, and baked 6 thin cakes. I assembled them by slightly levelling the tops with a knife as needed, and stacked them on top of each other, using a small amount of Butter Cream Frosting to ‘glue’ them together.

After layering them, I did a thin ‘crumb’ coat of butter cream. A crumb coat is basically an undercoat that collects any cake crumbs, and cements them so that they don’t show up in your main icing, and ruin its impact. I refrigerated the cake after the crumb coat to set it, then iced the cake and made it all pretty.

The Rainbow Layer Cake is such a simple concept, but has such wow factor. The small gasps that came from the kids when the first piece of cake was cut was amazing, and made the whole process so worthwhile.

PS: The Bunting cake decoration is simply coloured paper triangles, tapes onto some yarn, and help up by straws.

My eldest daughter is having a disco party at the local RSL club tomorrow, and her request this year was for a “Monster High” themed cake. I knew that fondant would probably pull off the look we wanted to achieve, but I had NO experience with it what.so.ever!

So, I decided to dive right in. I went halves in some supplies with my sister, as she will be making a cake in similar colours in a few weeks, and I set off on my fondant adventure. Please excuse the mobile phone pics…the camera seems to have gone walkabout!

I first baked 2 choc/rainbow cakes, using the same process that I outlined in a previous post.

Once the 2 cakes were baked, I chilled them, and trimmed the tops so they were relatively flat, then stacked them on top of each other, on the cake board, with a layer of buttercream frosting between them. I then coated the outside of the cake with the frosting, being careful to create an even coverage, and smooth surface.

While the cake chilled, I coloured my fondant.

I took a moment to print a template for the top of the cake.

When ready to cover the cake, I rolled out the blue fondant to form a large circle, big enough to cover the top and sides of the cake. I used the rolling pin to then lift it onto the cake gently. Sadly, I wasn’t gentle enough and there were some tears….ooops! I had to patch these up as best as I could, but they are still visible on the finished cake. I smoothed the surface with a smoother I purchased at the catering shop. I rolled out half the black, cut some strips with my pizza cutter, and used water to stick them on. I then put some ribbon around the base of the cake to hide the dodgy bottom edge 😉 I also drizzled some black writing icing down the sides.

Next I rolled the rest of the black, and cut around the template. I stuck this piece to the top of the cake with water. Then I cut out the next section of the template.

I stuck this on top of the black background, before cutting out the last piece at putting it on the cake.

I went around the edge of the scull with pink writing icing.

The finishing touch is one of my daughters dolls placed next to the cake.

Overall, I am totally thrilled with the results, especially considering this was my first time working with fondant.

One VERY useful tip I received from a cake decorator acquaintance, was to keep the cake in a plastic container with some Hippo moisture absorber to keep the fondant from sweating.

The Organised Housewife

This pretty much explains itself, so I wont bore you with words. What I will say though, is that it was super yummy, and a hit with the kids. I cheated and used our fave butter cake mix (the Coles no-name one that is about 70c), and a tub of Betty Crocker frosting. It was awesome!

My cute measuring cups 🙂

and my cute helpers…

divide mix

and colour

pour into tin, on top of each other, making sure to pour only in the middle of the tin

Too easy:-)

 

Just a warning, this is going to be quite a pic-heavy post. I apologise for the quality of some, as a few are from my phone.

I first came across cake pops on Facebook, when I started seeing photos of them popping up all over the place. They intrigued me. I wanted to know more. I wanted to try one. I wanted to make them. So I made them.

Ok, so first I actually had to do some research, so I turned to Google, and looked them up. I found LOTS of info/tutorials/videos etc, but my fave ones were from Bakerella. I wasn’t going to make anything as fancy as some of hers, but it was a great introduction, and opened my eyes to SO many possibilities. I decided to go ahead and try my hand at this Cake Pop making thing.

I asked around on Facebook and got a lead for a supplies shop called Cakes Around Town, and purchased sticks, candy melts, and sugar crystal things to decorate. I decided a birthday dinner for hubby and his mate would be the perfect event to make them for, as there would be many guinea pigs..errrm, willing taste testers?…to give them a try.

So, first I baked my cakes- choc mud, and caramel mud. I used a packet mix for the chocolate, but made the caramele from scratched by using brown sugar in this white chocolate mud recipe  (which is A.Ma.Zing! btw) from Exclusively Food.

After the cakes were backed, I let them cool a bit, then crumbled them up

I mixed the crumbled up cake with gnache (the one from the packet for the chocolate, and I made a caramel one…cant remember the recipe though, my bad….it had cream, white choc, and brown sugar I think?) until I had a dough-like ball.

I made small, firm balls with this “dough” placed them on a lined tray, then into the freezer to firm up. I left them in there for about 25-30minutes. You want them firm, but not rock solid.

Once firm enough to pierce with a stick, I melted my candy melts in the microwave for about a minute and gve them a good stir to make sure there were no lumps.

I dipped the tip of each stick, one at a time, into the candy melts, and pushed them gently into the balls, being careful to only go about 2/3 of the way in.

Once all of them were done, I began to coat them, gently rotating them to get the excess off, then sprinkled them with my coloured sugar thingies, before placing them in my ever so professional (lol) cake pop stand to dry (Oh, you need a stand. I used upturned shoe boxes, but florist foam would have been better- my stand was a tad unstable).

Of course, there were some casualties along the way, and quality control wasa bit of a must 😉

Once I had finished both batches, and they were all dry, I got them all prettied up to take out for the birthdays boys. I found some pretty buckets at a discount store, put some weight in the bottom (I used bags of lentils lol), and a foam ball in each. I stabbed the cake pops into the foam balls, and added some cellophane and ribbon to finish the off.