Monday, February 23

Making fancy cupcakes- a very special hen's party in Melbourne

If you are looking for a different way to kick off your hen's night celebrations, why not try a cake decorating party. Here is one we had recently. This cupcake class was organised by the bridesmaids.   It was held in the afternoon, before they took the bride out clubbing in Melbourne.

The cupcake class was a girl's only affair.  Everyone had to come dressed in the worst bridesmaid dress they could find. So you can imagine some of the dresses.

 It was a great way for bride to celebrate with her friends and female members from both sides of the family. Even the flower girl was invited.

There were about 5 tables set up for the party, each with a plastic table cloth on and I brought all the place mats and tools for them to use. A total of 18 guests took part, their ages ranging from 4 year old to 70+

The first cupcake they made were the love birds. This was a special request from the bride.
They started by rolling out the fondant for the cupcakes and using the texture plates to put a pattern on it. Then we made the birds together and they added their own little touches like bows, hearts, even a tie.
The second cupcake we made was a bottle of champagne and some grapes. The bottle and the grapes are hand modelled. Basically you make a pear shape and then add the yellow cork and the label.
Then a bow cupcake. Bows are always so popular because they look so great. They are really quite simple to make, which is great because you don't need special tools to make them again.  That means you could easily make a batch of cupcakes, changing the colour of the bow to suit the occasion.  for example pink and blue bows for babies, bright bows for a birthday, etc.
The last cupcake has a  red and black lace garter on it. One of the bridesmaids requested this one.
The lace is made using a silicone mould. The little flowers are also made using a silicone mould made of two parts, a ball of fondant is placed inside and the two pieces are pressed together.
Sandra, was the bridesmaid who organised the day. She was very easy to work with and all her hard work resulted in a great afternoon for both the bride and her guests. If you would like more information on parties please click here, if you would like to read some testimonials, including on from Sandra, please click here.
Elegant Cakes and Party Dates also made engagement cakes and wedding cakes.
Have a great day,

Saturday, February 7

Ballerina Slippers Birthday Cake

I love the way this cake turned out. The blue, pink and white fondant colour go so well together.
This cake was made especially for Mietta's 9th birthday, which she celebrated at the park.
The ballerina slippers were made in a similar way to the baby shoes I have made for a couple of cakes.
They are made from a hand drawn template, the cut  pieces of fondant are then stuck together, then supported until they dry. If you would like to know more about how to make shoes out of fondant, Jessica and I made a little tutorial a few years ago. The link to the tutorial is here.
I was very happy to hear that Mietta loved her cake and the family sent me this picture to share with you.
Happy 9th Birthday Mietta!!!!

Saturday, January 31

Making mini fondant cakes as a birthday party activity.

I have Grace's 11th Birthday party to share with you today. Grace's favourite colour is blue, she requested blue owl cakes for the theme. This time we ended up focusing more on flowers and bows, rather than leaves and branches.

Here is the table set up all ready to go with a plastic table cloth. Plastic is always best as the fondant doesn't stick to it and you can clean up easily after by just removing it. The girls also have their own placemats to work on. It gives them a clean smooth surface to roll out their fondant and they get to take them home in their box with their cakes after the party. It was a small celebration with 6 guests.
We all had a lot of fun!

So, the girls started off by covering their cakes in blue fondant. Usually none of the children have tried this before, and they usually do really well. After the fondant is applied the get to use the fondant smoothers to help them get a nice finish.
Some of the things the girls learnt how to do were modelling, ribbon roses, how to texture leaves, how to make different boarders around the cakes. Although we work together as a group, no individual has to do things the same. I am quite happy to help them with different techniques.
So this cake has the fondant ball boarder and she has used little rubber moulds to make the flowers. Here are some pictures of how they are made:
I bring lots of different tools and equipment to my cake decorating parties. The children can then select the ones they would like to use. Below Kimberly has put her name on the cake using some of the tiny letters I have. The idea is to provide tools that are easy to use and get nice results with.
We also went through step by step how to make a bow. This wasn't actually planned.  One of the girls just asked. We did this using some left over blue fondant, which they had used to cover their cakes earlier. A couple of the girls then decided to put them on their cakes.

Sophie enjoyed using my mini blossom cutter to decorate her cake.
Then they all learnt  how to make an owl.
If you would like to book your own cake decorating party, please check out more party details here.

Friday, January 30

Little Kingdom cake for Ollie

I must admit that I hadn't heard of the Little Kingdom before I made this cake. It is a program on ABC2, which started in 2009. It follows the adventures of Holly, a young fairy princess, and her best friend, Ben the elf.  An enchanting world where elves and fairies live alongside animals and insects, and flowers, which are as tall as their castle.
 The characters were fun to make with their bold expressions and bright colours. I love the cute little lady bug, which they seem to ride around on too.
This birthday cake is a chocolate mud cake with ganache and fondant. The tower and castle were hollow and made in advance so they had time to dry. The cake was made to celebrate Ollie's first birthday. The family were very impressed when they came to pick the cake up!

Happy 1st birthday Ollie!!

Thursday, January 29

Celebrating the Australian open with cake

Here is a fun tennis cake I made for Simon. This cake was made as a surprise. Simon loves to play tennis. His girlfriend thought it would be fun to design a cake where she was thrashing him- 3 sets to love. The cake was a big hit at the party!