This is the cake that I made for my brother for his graduation. It is a chocolate cake, with chocolate buttercream and is covered in black icing to represent the graduation gown. The purple edging around the base represents the colour that went round the border of his hood. He didn't wear a mortar board which is why there isn't one on the cake. The stars and letters are made out of icing and painted using metallic colours. The scroll is made out of petal paste, which is also used for the covers of the books (to help them keep their shape). The books were made from Kellogs Rice Krispy Squares. I was pleased with this cake, however in future when using krispy squares to make things I will put 2 layers of icing on them to avoid having the 'bumps'. The writing on the books (representing his subject, name, year and University) was written using edible ink pens that are available in a variety of colours.
Monday, 27 June 2011
Monday, 20 June 2011
I completed my Gerbera cake this week. It is decorated with stripes of icing along the side - in matching colours, along with matching balls of icing to go along the bottom. It is another vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream. I think the pink and orange stand out very well against the white icing, however this cake is really effective with any bold colours. Gerberas are very popular on wedding cakes and despite taking me 2 hours to make 5, I think it was worth it!
Monday, 13 June 2011
This is a cake I have done for Fathers Day but really it could be used for any occasion. It can also be personalised with different colours, company logos, school badges or even a message. Inside it is a sponge cake with jam and buttercream layers, however this can always be changed to your favourite filling. Simple but effective :-)
Friday, 10 June 2011
I made roses from icing in order to decorate this cake. I also made some pink butterflies and green leaves. The roses were quite tricky to make but I found it relaxing and I especially like the effect of the edible glitter. The side of the cake has frilled icing, which was very difficult to do! It is something that I want to practice more of in order to get it right.
Unfortunately I had to work on the day of the Royal wedding (boo!) however we decided to have a Jacob's join (buffet) to celebrate the happy couple. I made this cake to take to work and thankfully it went down well! It was a sponge cake (with jam and buttercream) with flowers, letters and numbers made from icing. It took me ages to stick them all on, but I was happy with the outcome. I even got a clap from all my work colleagues :-)
This cake took longer to make, however I feel that it was worth it. It was an 8" square fruit cake, covered in marzipan and green icing. I then used icing to make bunny rabbits, flowers, ladybirds, leaves and letters. It went down very well at work and I still have the white rabbit on my window ledge - I couldn't bring myself to eat him!
This cake is great for chocolate lovers; Chocolate sponge, with chocolate buttercream, chocolate icing and chocolates on top (in this case from Thorntons)!. It is finished with a rope edging, ribbon and a bow. This cake can be personalised in two ways 1) the choice of colours for the ribbon, rope and bow and 2) the choice of chocolates on the top. It was VERY tasty!!