Ayla, May The 4th Be With You!

What a difference a year makes! Last year, Ayla celebrated her 3rd birthday with a hand painted Snugglepot and Cuddlepie cake and a fun little foraging party. This year for her 4th birthday her request was a Darth Vader cake, no less!

The Techniques of a Caker - Stencilling

Curiouser and curiouser! Earlier this month I made a prop cake for a Mad Hatter’s high tea at the Dungog Festival. Have I gone mad? I'm afraid so. I’m entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

The Techniques of a Caker - Cake Lace

Just a quick little blog post this month as we are in the middle of moving house (insert happy dance mixed with exhaustion here). I had a couple of lace mats laying around to try out, so in between the packing of boxes and trips between both houses, I quickly painted a dummy cake with fluro pink food colouring and the base for my cake lace was complete.

 

The Techniques of a Caker - Naked Cake (and a Big Cake Bake)

Over the weekend I decided to put my caking to good use and hosted an afternoon tea fundraiser as part of the Red Cross Big Cake Bake. It was a great excuse to see some great friends, eat some delicious food and raise a little money for a worthy cause - oh and try out a new cake technique. 

Suspended Waffle Cake

And in the mornin', I'm makin' waffles!

I had been wanting to make another suspended cake for ages after making my Pipe Me Pretty cake in a class with Sharon Wee last year. While working full time, attending crazy early morning bootcamp sessions and planning and packing for an overseas holiday seemed like the perfect time not only this cake, but also a pretty cake for one of my Cacti. Well until I actually realised I didn't have time in between the aforementioned activities to make two cakes the the waffle cake became multi purpose - and the lovely birthday girl didn't mind at all. 


Twice as Nice

Having two older twin brothers, you could say I have a soft spot for twins - not that I even like to entertain the idea of having twins myself - so when I was asked to make the first birthday cakes for two little girls, how could I resist!

The Techniques of a Caker - Watercolour Painting and Wafer Paper Flowers

Earlier this month after delivering a pair of 1st birthday cakes for two little girls and then headed off down the freeway to the Sydney Cake, Bake and Sweets Show to spend all my money catch up with lovely fellow cakers and learn some new skills. I learnt paneling techniques and figurine modeling with the fantastic Jacki of Blissfully Sweet and then made this beautiful watercolor cake with a stunning bouquet of water paper peonies and anemones under the guidance of Helena from Sweet Tiers

Sweet Peas and Sweet Pocky

I had wanted to make this cake for ages, ever since I saw the Sprinkle Bakes version a couple of years ago but time, and lack of Pocky sticks kept seeing it get pushed into the back of my caking mind. That was until I finally tracked down the illustrious pink Pocky sticks from an Asian grocer. 

The Techniques of a Caker - Piping

It’s been a while since I last busted out the piping bags (so much so that I only had one left – mental note: buy more piping bags) so I thought it was about time I brushed up on my skills. While I’m ok with buttercream, piping with a teeny tiny number 2 tip and royal icing was a bit of a different story, although I was pretty happy with the result. 

The Techniques of a Caker - Sugar Flowers

As any Caker knows, sugar flowers and rainy weather do not mix. What started out as a great week to reacquaint myself with my love of sugar flowers soon turned to a saggy mess with the arrival of the severe storms we have just experienced in Newcastle.  

This past week, my other fabulous workplace, Cactus, celebrated it’s 21st birthday and to celebrate I thought I would make a sugar flower succulent crown to top a cute little cake, complete with rainbow sprinkles (what party is complete without rainbow sprinkles?)!