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My Own Birthday Cake – Pink and Yellow

Two-Tiered Yellow and Pink Fondant – my two favourite colours! Every year my family says they will buy me a cake and they feel terrible about me making my own. But I thoroughly love baking and decorating something for myself! This cake was an excuse to try some new recipes and the swirl design on the top tier. Inside I had 2 different types of caramel mud cake. The top tier had quite a golden syrup flavour and the bottom tier tasted more like white chocolate mud… this is why I am still searching for the ultimate caramel mud cakecontinue reading…

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Parramatta Eels cake

My friend asked me to decorate a cake for her dad’s 60th birthday. She had a fruit cake ready to go and the only request was that it had a Parramatta Eels theme. (For any non-Aussies, the Parramatta Eels is one of our major Rugby League clubs. They’re iconic in football). Oh dear, this was not one of my best works… but that’s the fun of learning!! I was kind of organised and managed to make a 3D eel in advance without the final details but I didn’t really think through the ‘how’ of sticking it to the cake… andcontinue reading…

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Cake Balls (Cake Pops without the Stick!)

This was my first attempt at cake ‘pops’. I had no sticks as the concept was very new to me (and I think everyone else who wasn’t up on the latest trends in the cake world at the time!). The inspiration came to me after reading my Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats by Bakerella. I have a review on this book. I started out with a packet mix of an apple tea cake which had a beautiful cinnamon sugar topping on it and just used a block of cooking white chocolate with acontinue reading…

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Topsy-turvy 2 tiered cake

Mmm… this was a 2 tiered topsy turvy cake I made for my sister’s birthday. It was chocolate mud (at her request) and my first attempt at making a topsy turvy. I followed the steps of making the shape of the wonky cake from a book that I bought from Amazon: Wedding Cakes You Can Make: Designing, Baking, and Decorating the Perfect Wedding Cake This was a new challenge for me. It was kind of complicated but I got there! Previous to this, I had watched heaps of videos on YouTube and found there are a lot of other methods outcontinue reading…

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Two Tier mini-cake

This two tier white chocolate mud cake was one I threw together once I went back to office work from my first stint of maternity leave. I REALLY missed baking and decorating and made this just for the sake of it one weekend! While I was making this cake, I practiced with my homemade baking strips to achieve the tall cakes and also tried out my new small round cake tins (5″ and 7″). There was nothing too notable about this cake but I wanted to try this color combination, the rolled sausage seal around the tiers and the combination of spotscontinue reading…

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Max’s 1st Birthday / Sea Theme Cake

I made this 2 tier cake for my son’s first birthday. It was my first attempt at making a 2 tier cake but I was happy with the final result – in fact my sister-in-law thinks it is my best of all time! The bottom tier was white chocolate mud and the top tier was dark chocolate mud so all our guests could choose their favourite flavour. The theme came about because I chose a sea theme for the nursery before my little guy was born and he was given the Fisher Price Musical Seahorse from his grandparents, which sooncontinue reading…

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Aimee’s 1st birthday / Winnie The Pooh

  This is one of my favourite cakes and believe it or not, it was about the 7th fondant cake I had ever made! As I was really just getting into the cake decorating life, I offered to make my friend a birthday cake for her daughter turning 1 a couple of weeks before my son. She said she was hoping for a Winnie the Pooh theme. The most difficult part of this cake was getting the balance of pink right with the red of Winnie’s shirt! So off I went to research and practice the main elements of acontinue reading…

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Bek’s Birthday / Zebra Print Cake

This was a cake I made for my friend Bek. She is a single, fun, sassy girl and I told her I would make her a fun single tier cake to cut for dessert at her birthday lunch. Animal print and hot pink was the answer! Baking the Cake I started with a tall 20cm (8″) vanilla buttercake using 2 cake batters. To add to the surprise I added some Wilton Rose coloring to make the inside cake hot pink. Once it cooled I covered it in my buttercream icing recipe and covered the whole cake in smooth white fondant. Creating the Zebra Patterncontinue reading…

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Phil’s Present Cake and Cupcakes

This was my first Gift Box Cake. It looked so real that the waiter at the restaurant asked me to remove the ribbon so he could cut the cake! He didn’t believe that it was all edible and made by me… that was an inspiring moment! I went with a whole black and white theme for my husband’s birthday and made him this awesome chocolate gift box cake plus a dozen black and white choc-coffee mud cupcakes with white icing and black stars. So as this was in the early days, I relied on some videos on YouTube to learncontinue reading…

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How I Progressed From A Beginner To A Cake Decorating Queen

Here are just a few of my first attempts at cake decorating… as you will see, my skills have improved and developed with each and every cake. You won’t be a professional overnight but it will happen!!! Easter Cake Leading up to my son’s Christening, I wanted to practice colouring fondant and work out a rough idea of the ‘look’ of the cake using some of the same elements. This was mainly a trial run of baking two individual 25cm cakes, and timing the baking process. I also learned about levelling the cake and layering the two cakes. This alsocontinue 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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