Thursday, 24 December 2009

David's Birthday Cupcakes


These are the cupcakes I made for my husband, David. His birthday is on Boxing Day which makes it tricky to surprise him with anything but I managed to squeeze in the baking, ganaching and decorating while he went for lunch/cleaned the bathroom/plumped the sofa cushions etc! I hope he likes them...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Friday, 11 December 2009

Blossom Wedding Cake

For this wedding cake I edited the photos I took using Picnik to increase the exposure and contrast - I really like the effect!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Bumblebee Car Cake

Some pictures of the Transformer Bumblebee Car cake I made last week - cars are hard! (but I think it turned out okay)


Saturday, 21 November 2009

Elephant Cake

My client wanted a cake for his partner who loves elephants! We eventually settled on a 2D elephant walking through the trees with the happy birthday at the top like sky writing. The photographs aren't that good due to the fading light (mental note - must buy a daylight lamp!).
The feedback I received:
‘The Cake was perfect and she adored it big time! We've just eaten some as we went out for the day Sunday, and it tasted delicious!’



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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Botanical Gardens Cake

Last month I made a wedding cake for a celebration at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It is a beautiful venue close to the city centre but an oasis of calm. My husband and I are actually members of the gardens and love to visit at all times of year to see how the garden is developing and changing. Here are a few pictures I found:


I found this fantastic photograph of the gardens in the 1951:

The wedding cake consisted of three tiers of fruit, chocolate mud and carrot. Hand painted foliage, butterflies and dragonflies adorned the sides with small 3D butterflies finishing off the design.


Their email of thanks included: "We had a perfect day and Caroline's work of art was the icing on the cake."

Friday, 23 October 2009

Jaguar Car cake

Another cake for the fabulous Michelin starred Simpsons restaurant in Edgbaston. This time it was a private dining event for a 60th birthday celebration and Simpsons actually suggested me to the client - how cool is that?! The recipient loves Jaguar cars and dreams of having a large garage to hold his ever growing car collection so my client decided on a double garage made from fruit cake and a classic Jaguar XK150S Coupe made from chocolate mud cake - it turned out pretty well!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Pink Cupcakes

My very best client, Debs, asked for 6 individually decorated cupcakes. It was nearly time for her friend to leave for the Isle of Harris (I created the Isle of Harris cake for the recent 'See you soon' party) so the group of friends were going to a spa as a treat and Debs wanted a cupcake each to eat with the champagne they were taking (to hopefully absorb some of the alcohol!)

Bare naked cupcakes:
Just a touch of buttercream:

The theme was pink and girlie for 5 of the cupcakes. The 6th was to be covered in green! Apparently when I made the green Ben 3 cake earlier this year one of the young party guests took a piece of cake home in her party bag and while she was asleep her mum tried 'a little bit' of the cake and found it so yummy she finished off the whole slice! So the green cake was a little joke for that friend....

The finished result:
We made little name flags for each of the cakes - I think they're so sweet!

My Homemade Photography Studio!

I usually photograph my cakes on a small table set against the plain wall of my kitchen - I like the look this creates but it can get quite difficult to gain natural light in this position and I am always a little wary of placing very heavy wedding cakes on the table (how awful would it be if it collapsed!) so I started to research an alternative.

There is a set you can buy which includes 2 'daylight' lamps and a photography 'cube' in which you place the item to be photographed but it is £250 and I wouldn't want to find out it wasn't suitable for the job so.....

Using a box from a recently delivery I cut off one side to make the back and sides of my very own photography background. I covered the box in black cardboard, placed another sheet of black cardboard on my large, very secure kitchen table as a base then placed the background on top and voila! My very own photography studio!


Arty shot of the 'studio' in the reflection from my kitchen aid bowl......

Hopefully I will be able to modify the colour of the card depending on the cake. Fingers crossed the photographs will look good.... watch this space!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Wine Bottle Cake

This wine bottle cake was commissioned for a 40th birthday celebration. My client wanted to surprise her husband while they were celebrating his birthday in Stratford upon Avon so this cake was waiting for him at the pub!



Saturday, 3 October 2009

My Fair Lady Cake

I had a request this week for a 75th birthday cake. The recipient loves My Fair Lady so my client wanted a cake in the style of the hat that is worn during the Ascot scene. I love it!

Friday, 2 October 2009

Moomins

Since starting my cake career I have become knowledgable about so many cartoon characters and children's programmes! I've been introduced to Ben 10 (who I actually quite like), Dora the Explorer (not sure about this one) and High School Musical to name but a few so when I received a request to make a Moomin cake I felt on safe ground. This cartoon was around when I was young so I felt I could do this one justice without my usual in-depth research - I was wrong. I thought the species were called Moomins but he's just the little blue one, then there's Moominpappa, Moominmamma, Snorkmaiden and Snufkin not to mention the Hattifatteners - it's been an education!