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Cake Decorating 101 For Beginners

Plan your cake Before you race out to the shops, you will need to plan your cake and decide on what you would like the finished masterpiece to look like. In cake decorating, planning is key to making a professional cake. Things to consider: how many people you’re feeding? will the cake act as dessert or will it just be served with coffee? do you want more than one flavor of cake? is the event formal or informal? smooth fondant icing or fluffy frosting? single tier or multi-tier? the theme of the party and the recipient’s tastes. Start with thecontinue reading…

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Wedding Cake Baking Tips

Generally a wedding cake is a multi-tier, fondant covered professional cake but you too can make one yourself by following these simple cake baking tips. Lots of planning and practice is required leading up to the big day. If you want to make your own cake or have been asked to make someone else a wedding cake, build up your confidence and get cracking! Planning a Wedding Cake The place to start is finding out the expectations of the wedding couple. Flavours and size are the key factors to consider when planning this but also the colour theme of thecontinue reading…

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Christmas Cake with a Santa Figurine

This Santa cake was a present for the pre-school teachers for my kids… what better way to say thanks to the teachers for all their effort in looking after my kids? Cake. Yum. And a pretty cake at that. This was a chocolate mud cake inside. See my recipe here. I specifically chose that flavour in case some of the teachers didn’t like fruit cake (I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea!) The Decorations The present was formed just within my fingers and the bow was also created and attached without any special equipment – just a knife tocontinue reading…

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Burger and Chips Cake

Mmmmm…. this burger cake fooled a lot of people! It was soooooo much fun to make 🙂 I’d always wanted to try making a fake-burger cake and this was the perfect time… Phil’s birthday. He loves burgers (and cake) so the 2 went together hand in hand. I’d watched a video or two about how to create one and I also wanted to keep it as simple as possible (that’s how I always roll – simple.) How I Made It I used a very small round tin to bake 2 cakes (I think they were vanilla and chocolate in acontinue reading…

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Baby Elephant Cake

I made this Baby Elephant cake at a course at a professional cake shop. I was attracted to the course because the cake looks so amazingly professional AND I was pregnant with my second baby at the time! Sometimes cakes are often deceiving. They might look so fantastically complicated but actually only be the simplest on design. This was one cake that did teach me a few new techniques and equip me with a new confidence. But it was actually just a few simple steps broken down. Here is my impressive looking cake! Steps In the course, we firstly colouredcontinue reading…

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Ann’s 60th – 2 Tiers with Ribbon Roses

You think making beautiful roses is too hard? Nope. Read on. This cake was an order for a paying customer… in chocolate mud. The only request from my customer was that Ann liked blue – lots of blue! And she was happy with modern roses. So I became creative! I baked 2 sizes of round mud cakes, and covered them with the matching dark chocolate ganashe. Then came the pale blue coloured fondant. I stacked them and instantly – kapow – a professional looking cake. The fun decorations came next. A mix of white, dark blue and light blue ribboncontinue reading…

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My Grandpa’s 80th – 2 tier ‘cooking’ themed cake

My Grandpa loves cooking. And he loves cake. And he loves purple. He is also a cake decorator himself. He made my 21st birthday cake 🙂 So when it was his 80th birthday coming up and I offered to make him a special cake, he jumped at it. And when I was lost for ideas, this is what my Grandma suggested. Cooking. A cooking themed cake! He loves baking and cooking and even taped all the daggy 80’s cooking shows to watch them over and over again and copy what the pros were doing. He really takes pride in hiscontinue reading…

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Laurie’s Monkey Cake

My friend Laurie asked me to make her a cake for her birthday with her favourite childhood toy on top. This is ‘Monkey’. I had a small photo to copy that she texted me on my phone. Back then I had only a little experience making fondant 3D figurines. My biggest challenge on this cake was getting the arms attached to the body… My biggest mistake was letting the pieces dry without giving them some way of attaching them onto the body later. If you have little experience with figurines: note that dry fondant will not stick to dry fondant! Notcontinue reading…

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Soccer Ball Cake / Paul’s 50th

The brief for this cake was to make something related to soccer for a friend of ours by his wife. They were throwing a party for about 50 people for Paul’s 50th. She didn’t mind what flavor it was but did like the idea of mud cake. The Soccer Ball I decided to make this design so I could cater for the 50 people and thought the ‘3D ball’ would add an interesting talking point. The ball was made from the Wilton 3D Ball Pan which was easy to use by following the included instructions. My mistake with this though, was makingcontinue reading…

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Christmas Cake Pops

In the lead up to Christmas, my friend and I decided to enrol in a cake pops course one night after work. We wanted to learn some quick tricks to making Christmas characters. And let’s be honest – cake pops are more fun without all the preparation of ingredients and mess!!! 😉 I let someone else take care of all that! These were done at a course at my favourite cake shop – this bouquet is no credit to my own creativity. The instructor had already planned the designs and simply showed us how to replicate them. Reindeer This designcontinue reading…

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Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe

This is the BEST chocolate mud cake ever! Every time I make this cake it turns out perfect and every person that tries it comes back for more! Although my favorite cake is the caramel mud, this is my husband’s favorite out of all the other cake recipes. Ingredients 350 grams dark chocolate pieces 225 grams butter 600 mL water 3 Eggs 400 grams castor sugar 400 grams self raising flour  Instructions Preheat oven to 170C/325F. *Please note: This mixture is quite runny, use a solid cake tin not a spring form tin. *Tip: Line tin with baking paper, this will makecontinue reading…

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Banana Caramel Mud Cake Recipe

Here is my Banana Caramel Mud Cake Recipe Mmmm… another delicious experiment! I took a delicious combination of banana cake and added the sweetness of smooth caramel… heaven! This one has won the heart of my brother so much, he chose it for his wedding cake. 250g butter or margerine250g white chocolate150ml hot water1 cup brown sugar1+3/4 cup plain flour1 cup self-raising flour2 eggs250g white chocolate3-4 mashed bananas Preheat oven to 150 degC. Melt chocolate and butter together. Add the water and the sugar and mix until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool. Mash the banana, eggs and vanillacontinue reading…

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White Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies Recipe

After discovering a little secret ingredient called ‘essence’ *said romantically!* I concocted these babies – yum! The sweet combo of white chocolate, mixed with the fruitiness of raspberry in a delicious “blondie”. Raspberry Essence is the trick here, which is cheating to some but so simple to store in the cupboard and add to icings, fondant, chocolates and even cake recipes. It’s become a favourite flavour choice for our family – to add some difference to a simple chocolate mud cake. I often complement it with raspberry icing. Here’s my recipe. Ingredients 1+1/4 cup plain flour 2 Tbs self-raising flourcontinue reading…

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