Thursday, 10 June 2021

Hello

My name is Susan and I live in Preston and this is the place to see my yummy cakes! I have had an interest in baking since I was a child as you can see from the photo:
But more recently I have finally made the move into cake making and decorating. I get satisfaction from seeing the final product. You will be able to read about my progression on this blog as well as view the most recent pictures of my cakes. One day I hope to go full time professional but right now I am starting out making cakes for friends and family. If you are interested in me making a cake for you, please feel free to get in touch. My email address is: eatcakesbysusan@gmail.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eatcakesbysusan

Friday, 27 March 2015

Golden Wedding Anniversary

For a Golden Wedding Anniversary I was asked to make a cake with the obvious Golden theme! I felt that ivory/cream was a better colour for the icing when against the Gold. It gives a 'warmer' feel.


The 'explosion' effect with the icing was made by creating a circle of icing, cutting it into 'pizza' style slices and then attaching them to the cake in a folded fashion. There are alternative ways to make this effect - by cutting the icing already on the cake. I opted for this method as it was the first time of creating this design.

A display of feathers, golden stars and a glittery '50' were placed in the centre of the folded circle. The design was finished with golden stars, writing and a deep golden ribbon.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Elsie's Christening Cake

I had a break with my cake making at the end of the year as I had my hands full with my little girl Elsie, who arrived safely in October. I finally got to make a cake when we had her christened this January.


I decided to revisit a cake topper that I had made for my first ever christening cake - the rocking horse. I loved this horse the first time I made it, so I chose to use it as a feature on Elsie's cake. 


I really like the pastel colours that are in at the moment as well as the bunting. It's such a lovely theme that  I couldn't help but add it to my daughter's cake.


The bottom tier had vertical stripes made from the same pastel purple that was used on the top tier. I used a lovely plaque cutter (Orchard P2) for her name to go on.


A rarity for my cakes - a picture of me (and Steve) cutting it!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Exercise wedding cake

This cake was made for a couple who loved to exercise. They regularly competed in races, sometimes for 24 hours! 
Kayaking, cycling and running were their sports of choice.....


This cake tested my model making skills. Each tier was used for a different sporting activity, starting with kayaking on the bottom......


where different shades of blue were utilised in order to create the idea of waves and distance. This was then stacked with a tier dedicated to cycling......


With this level I was able to bring colour in with the used of blossom on the trees. The bikes/racers were tricky to make and if you look closely you will see that there is only half a person on each bike! The top tier was dedicated to running.....


 This involved yet more models and this time colour was added by having trees, hills, sky and clouds.

On the very top of the cake, there was finally the finish line which showed the happy couple who have not only won the race but had time to get married! 

The scenes are complete the full way around the cake, giving the wedding guests something to see no matter where they are stood.


This was a fun cake to make and knowing that it was so personal to the bride and groom made it that much more special.

Monday, 26 May 2014

John Deere birthday cake


This was a very tricky cake to make! Somebody at work asked me to make it for their son's 21st birthday - he is at agricultural college. Having looked around for images of tractors and other John Deere cakes, we came up with this idea.

The cake is a chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream. I started with a 10" square cake and cut it to shape like a tractor. Unfortunately I discovered that I required more cake so ended up baking a 4" cake as well - to make the 'cabin' of the tractor. I then used a knife to shape the front of the tractor, however on reflection I should maybe have shaped the cabin more so that it wasn't as box-like and also had a slight angle to the front.

I then iced the cake in white icing - this was to give the icing a smoother finish and also to prevent the green icing from being covered in the chocolate buttercream if I was required to remove it and start again. Once the cake was iced in white it was time for me to add the grey for the windows and the green for the remainder of the tractor. I then used some black icing to create the frame of the window. I also used an edible glaze to the windows to give them a shine.

I painted the black lines on the tractor and the John Deere yellow/black strip along either side was made from yellow icing which I then painted with black paste watered down with clear alcohol to create the writing.



The tyres were made from black icing and were shaped by hand. I then used yellow icing to fill in the centre. Further icing was used to create the treads.
The 'soil' was also edible and was made from crushed Oreos (the cream centre was removed first). I bought three packets but probably only needed two. I then made up some royal icing and coloured it green. I piped this on to the board to create a grass effect.
I'm not sure I would jump at the chance to make another tractor cake - there is a lot of work involved and a lot of detail to try and get right. However, you always learn from previous attempts and so the next time should be easier........







Sunday, 11 May 2014

Pink Bear Christening Cake


I have made this cake on a couple of occasions, however it was made in baby blue. This was the first time I have made it in baby pink, and I like the look.


The bears were made from fondant icing and were stuck together with edible glue. I then used small amounts of black modelling paste for the eyes and nose. The pillow was also made from modelling paste and I used a modelling tool to give it the 'ruffled' effect.


The blocks were made from fondant icing and trust me, it is surprisingly difficult to shape icing into blocks! I then used pink modelling paste to make the squares on the top and sides. All the letters were made from modelling paste rolled very thin - it's the only way to make the cutters work.


The cakes were 6" and 10" squares and I used a 14" board to give me enough room for the blocks to fit. I found it easier to place the top cake with there being a 4" difference in size. When I have made this design previously there was only a 2" difference, which doesn't give you much room for error.



Thursday, 8 May 2014

Nurse retirement cake


This cake was for a nurse who was retiring after working within the NHS since 1968. Her daughter came up with the design for this cake. The colour of the icing (mint green) reflects the colour of her uniform worn in the 80's, as does the forest green belt. The buckle was quite difficult and I actually went through many variations before arriving at this one, which may look simple but actually appeared more effective than the the ones that were more detailed.


I used my own fob watch to help with the design of this one (I'm a Physiotherapist when not making cakes). I used modelling paste and then dusted it with edible silver. The clock face was created using a pen with edible black ink.


On the front and back of the cake, the NHS logo was used. On both sides of the cake were the dates 1968 2014 with the belt in between.