THE DRIP CAKE CRAZE.

When it’s cold outside and you don’t know what to do, sometimes it is nice to get into the kitchen and cook up a storm.  Jessica and Dominic have been working periodically on their own cake creations in the kitchen ever since they were toddlers.  Recently though, the projects they are wanting to make are a lot more challenging and time-consuming.
TIME TO START
We headed to Coles armed with a list, looking for all sorts of chocolate treats. The aim today was to find all the ingredients needed to make a very delicious chocolate drip cake.
WHAT IS A DRIP CAKE?
A chocolate drip cake is a bit like a freak shake, they are definitely a bit over the top. A sometimes treat! The cake is not only iced, but piled high with decorations and extra icing literally dripping down the sides of the cake.
THE PROCESS
It is a shame you can’t taste the results. Jessica and Dominic used a base of chocolate mud cake. This was then covered with caramel buttercream. On top and dripping over the edge of the cake was dark chocolate ganache. Next Coles Dark Chocolate was melted onto wax paper and sprinkled  with coloured sprinkles. These are placed in the fridge until set, then broken into shards, which were arranged on the top of the cake with Darrel Lee Butterscotch balls and extra sprinkles and bits and pieces.

BEYBLADE BATTLE CAKE

A fun cake for one of my regular customers, this is Alessio's 8th Birthday Cake.
Last year I made Alessio a Ghostbusters cake. He even got to add his own slime!
Alessio is currently into BEYBLADES. A Beyblade is a type spinning top that you build. Each Beyblade basically has 3 parts that you put together in different combinations. The completed spinning tops then have different strengths and weaknesses.  It is all rather complicated, and I had to ask my nephew about it, as my kids missed out on this craze.  You battle with other Beyblades in an arena.

A fun cake for one of my regular customers, this is Alessio's 8th Birthday Cake.
Alessio is currently into BEYBLADES. A Beyblade is a type spinning top that you build. Each Beyblade basically has 3 parts that you put together in different combinations. The completed spinning tops then have different strengths and weaknesses.  It is all rather complicated, and I had to ask my nephew about it, as my kids missed out on this craze.  You battle with other Beyblades in an arena.
Alessio's cake has been designed to look like one of these arenas.  I must say, the tops are great at spinning for a long time if they don't get bumped out. 

The  Beyblade cake is constructed from an 8 inch round mud cake. Actually, the family always requests mud cake when they order their cakes from me- they are that delicious!
Last year I made Alessio a Ghostbusters cake. He even got to add his own slime!
 
It fun to look back over the years and see the toys, movies and trends our children are interested in. It is also nice when someone keeps coming back to your business year after year. I wonder what the next cake will be? Happy Birthday Alessio!
 








Cake decorating with buttercream



wintertime fun with buttercream

Piping roses with Dominic

Normally during school holidays the family and I go away at least part of the holiday break. However, this year, we were lucky enough to take a trip to Singapore for 9 days during term, so we have a bit more time on our hands.
Anyway, I had a request for a buttercream birthday cake for Ajay's Mum. You can take a peek at this cake below.
I don't do a lot of buttercream orders, as the weather is generally too warm here in Melbourne, but during the winter months, it is fine. To cut a long story short, I had some left-over buttercream and thought it might be fun to do a bit of cake decorating with the kids.
This was easy enough to set up as I have a whole lot of disposable piping bags. If you put a coupler ring on the end, you can easy change tips and colours. After a while, we had quite a few roses. I wasn't sure what to do with them at first.
However, we decided to arrange them on the cake above. After we added a few piped blackberries and fondant leaves I was happy with the result.  A nice way to brighten a winter night!

Mums need birthday cakes too!

Here is the cake I made last weekend for Ajay's Mum. The cake was ordered as a surprise for an evening party.  It is an egg-less chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream.  It looks pretty small in the photo, the cake is actually 9 inches round and 4 inches high, so a bit bigger than your standard birthday cake. All the roses are hand piped using a 104 Wilton tip. The leaves are piped with a 67.

 Buttercream cakes require refrigeration until shortly before they are served. The cake then needs to be brought to room temperature before you eat it so that you can appreciate the full flavour and delicate texture of both the cake and icing.