Friday, 25 February 2011

Roary the racing car cake

I was asked to make a Roary the race car cake for a little boy's third birthday. Having no idea who Roary was, I bought a toy to model the cake on. I also researched other people's versions of the cake online, and was sure that 'if they can do it, then so can I'! So I stepped up to the challenge...

Here is the step by step process I took to create the cake:

(click on the image to enlarge)

And here is the finished cake:

The cake is a plain madeira cake, which is easier to sculpt and carve into shapes than a normal sponge, and the wheels are made from rice krispie treats. I covered the cake board to look like he is going round a corner on the race track to give the board and cake more animation. I tried to find a checkered ribbon to edge the board with, but settled for this black and white tartan, which isn't exactly what I was looking for.

Over all I was pleased with the cake, although there is always room for improvement!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines day to everyone! I made some cupcakes in honour of the day!

This was also the first time I had used cupcake wrappers. They are paper/card cases which you wrap around the finished cupcake to present it with a decorative and elegant finish! You can buy these from major craft stores, but they cost a fortune, and they are a bit of a waste of time (if you ask me)

The wrappers cost quite a bit, and they are thrown away as easily as the paper case the cupcake is baked in. However, I was pushed for time making these valentines day cupcakes, as I had some corporate cupcakes to make for my sister to take into her work, so I opted for a simple design of cupcake topper and then finished them with a wrapper.

I think they look good when they are put together as they do look more decorative and fancy than without the wrapper. You could even use them for wedding cupcakes.

The cupcakes are topped with white vanilla buttercream and pink pearlised sugar balls and pink glitter. The hearts are made from candy melts which I melted and then piped out a heart shape. They are quick and easy to make and are quite tasty too!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Raspberry Cupcakes

Raspberry cupcakes are made from vanilla flavoured cake with raspberry buttercream icing topped off with a whole raspberry and a fresh mint leaf! (although the mint leaves wilted drastically whilst photographing)

These cakes were packed up and sent off to a cake fair, here they are lined up in the cupcake carrier.

There is a surprise when you eat these cakes, a raspberry was baked in the centre. This keeps the cake moist in the middle, but also carries the flavour through the whole cake.
To do this, I popped the raspberry into the centre of the cakes half way through baking!

Hope you like them!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Sugarcraft course

I have recently started a Sugarcraft course near to where I live. The course is running for 12 weeks, and week 1 we just did paperwork. This is what we have done since:

This is the model I made. I think a male model is easier than a female, so I stuck to the basics. The figure is made from sugarpaste, so is entirely edible. Although, I wouldn't reccomend eating him! There is also a kebab skewer holding him in position!

I will be bringing him home next week and will take better photographs of him then. I may even make him a lady friend to join him on the back of that coke can!