Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Barbie Doll Cake

Last Sunday the wonderful Isabelle D'Arcy celebrated her 6th birthday.   Isabelle plans on having a party with her friends in the coming weeks following the return to school and so her Birthday Cake will be made for this party.
However, the day of her birthday was to be marked by a small gathering of family and I offered to make a 'simple' surprise cake for the day.
Myself and Margaret (Isabelle's mother) have been talking about making a Barbie Doll Cake for over a year and this seemed like the ideal opportunity to try it out.   Margaret gave me one of Isabelle's Barbie dolls, which I wrapped in cling film and inserted into the middle of the cake.
The beauty of this cake is that you can make it as simple or ornate as you wish depending on personal taste and the amount of time you have to spend.   Regardless of the design you choose getting a Barbie Doll Cake should thrill any little girl.
Isabelle is a lover of a jam sponge and for an added surprise, I made the sponge pink to match the Barbie dress.   I was delighted with the results and learnt a lot from the experience.   Margaret and Isabelle were pleased with the final design too.  

Barbie Doll Cake, 30th December 2012
Barbie Doll Cake, 30th December 2012

Barbie Doll Cake, 30th December 2012

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Scooby Doo Cake

On the 30th of December 2011 my best friend's eldest daughter, the gorgeous Isabelle, turned 5.  
Isabelle was a big Scooby Doo fan and since the day after her 4th Birthday the theme of her 5th Birthday Cake was firmly fixed.  
The Scooby Doo theme never waivered throughout the year.   As the party was over the Christmas holidays I was happy in the belief that I had loads of time to create a great cake.   The big mistake was that every day I convinced myself of this fact and actually did nothing about making the cake. 
So the 29th of December 2011, I spent in my kitchen elbow deep in all things Scooby Doo and Sugarpaste.   Thankfully, everything I did worked well as I battled time to have a cake worthy of the imagination of the Birthday Girl.
The final cake was a huge hit with Isabelle and worth every minute I spent on it.
Scooby Doo Cake, 30th December 2011
Scooby Doo Cake, 30th December 2011
Scooby Doo Cake (carving of the mystery machine), 30th December 2011

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Moshi Monsters Cake

My good friend and work colleague, Ashley, has a lovely little daughter, Ava, who was 6 this November.  
From Ava's first birthday my gift every year has been to make the Birthday Cake.   As my cake decorating has evolved over the past 3 years, Ava's Birthday Cake has stepped up in decorative terms.
The cake has always been left to me and a surprise for the Birthday Girl.   This year I decided to attempt a Moshi Monster Cake, as I had heard that this was something Ava was into.   Not knowing anything about Moshi Monsters I had to do some research before I could begin the process.  My niece very kindly lent me some of her Moshi Monster cards to use as reference.
The final cake was one I was very pleased with and more importantly Ava was thrilled with her cake.  In particular she loved the 'blood' dripping from Zommer Monster.
Moshi Monster Cake, 9th November 2012

Moshi Monsters Cake, 9th November 2012

Halloween - Wizard's Shrinking Spell Cake

This cake is the first novelty cake I ever made, while attending cake decorating night classes in a local VEC.
It was the creation of this cake and particularly the modelling of the wizard that made me think that perhaps I might not be too bad at this decorating lark!
The cake was complete around the time of my brother's birthday so I gave this to him as a birthday cake.   Needless to say my Niece and Nephew were totally in awe of this cake and soon began to place orders for their birthdays.
My journey of cake decorating beyond this one are documented on this blog for all to share.

Halloween -Wizard's Shrinking Spell Cake, October 2010

Halloween - Witch's Brew Cake

This Halloween I thought it would be nice to make a festive cake for the nearest and dearest children in my life.   I had the same idea last year but time ran out and I didn't get to make it.   So this year, on the Bank Holiday Monday, I decided to indulge myself and spent a great day in the kitchen.
2 cakes were required -1 for my nieces & nephew (Ciara, Alan & Aoife) and 1 for my best friend's girls (Isabelle & Emily)- and I decided to make the same for both houses.
After the cakes were assembled, I then got to deliver the cakes to both families and enjoy the reaction of the kids.  Both families were thrilled with their surprise delivery and I was amazed by the various imaginative stories which they came up with for how the witch fell into her magic brew.   This really is the best part of making cakes and the reason why I put all the time and effort into my cakes.  

Halloween - Witch's Brew Cake, 31st October 2012

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Explosion Parcel Cake

This week my brother turned the ripe old age of 40 and my sister-in-law asked if I would make a cake to mark the day.
He decided he didn't want a party so it was just cake and candles with family on Wednesday evening after work.   As I'm incredibly busy at work these days, I didn't have time for elaborate decoration.  I've been looking for an opportunity to make an Explosion Parcel Cake for some time, so this was the perfect occasion.
Knowing I wasn't going to make it home in time to join the celebrations, I dropped the cake over to my sister-in-law on Tuesday night.   I was delighted to hear that it got the desired WOW reaction the next morning from my nieces and nephew and let's face it, the cake was really made with them in mind (sorry T.J.)!
My brother was delighted with the cake too, but wasn't very pleased with the 'old man' reference on the side of the board.
A great cake for a fantastic brother.   Happy Birthday T.J.
Explosion Parcel Cake, 24th October 2012
Explosion Parcel Cake, 24th October 2012

Explosion Parcel Cake, 24th October 2012

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Parcel Christening Cake

Last weekend was baby Luke's Christening.  
Inspired by my profile photo, Luke's mum Carol asked if I could make a parcel cake appropriate for a little boy's Christening.
Blue and white were the obvious colours to choose.   I'm a sucker for teddy bears when it comes to babies cakes and felt the cake wouldn't be complete without one.   The little booties finished the look.
The final cake was very cute and Carol loved it when she called to collect it.

Parcel Christening Cake, 14th October 2012
Parcel Christening Cake, 14th October 2012