Red Velvet Cake

It seems that if you ask a NZ-er what their favourite cake is, 7/10 would say Carrot Cake.

While if you ask Americans, they’re more likely to say Red Velvet cake.

It may be due to the fact that they both have cream cheese buttercream as filling and topping, or that they’re both soft, springy and moist at the same time, which makes them so popular with people. It is interesting to see that red velvet is almost unheard of in New Zealand, but our friends requested a red velvet for their house warming, so I made one.

I’ve made red velvet a few times, most times requested by people who’s never had it before but have heard so much about it that they want to give it a try, although I didn’t ask our friends if they’ve ever had it before.

It was probably many people’s first time trying a red velvet, and it got raving reviews, so perhaps with time, red velvet cake will pick up in NZ too!

This red velvet cake was 10″, topped with fresh blueberries and glacie cherries.

 

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Floral fruit cake

So I’ve made some Asian fruit cakes (ie. soft springy vanilla cake with fresh fruits on top) and although my 1st attempt was pretty good (see here) my second attempt was way below my own standard and I felt quite bad for the customers I made it for, I thought I should rectify my album with this 3rd attempt!

Tony has been a loyal customer who’s ordered a couple of times from me now, and this time it’s for his mother in law’s birthday. She wants something colourful, fruits with lots of flowers coming down to the sides (his exact words) so I made an attempt to have flowers coming down to the sides! I played around with a popular decoration technique specifically in the Taiwanese Taro cake, although it’s not as pretty as I had hoped (purely technical problem) but hey, it’s not too bad right?

I’m glad I made it so colourful, it really wasn’t as busy as I thought it would, and it was well received yet again, thanks Tony! (The Chinese characters reads “Happy birthday”, which was also requested by the birthday girl!)

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Spiderman cake

Wow, this is LONG over-due, as I have discovered that I’ve never posted this cake from 2011!

This was an order for a vanilla chiffon cake, and the birthday boy wanted spiderman on top. The mother said I could choose which ever picture of the spider I find suitable, and I found this one:

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However, I strangely printed off the wrong one, started piping it on the cake half way and realised “wait a minute, this doesn’t feel right?” and found out that I had another one in mind as I found the proportion of the pose much more pleasant to the eyes. Ah well! Too late, already piped on, and they were happy with the cake, so it doesn’t matter after all!

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Lemon Cake – literally!

We were invited to my husband’s colleague’s 60th birthday, and when I asked what we could bring, he said “Lemon cake please!”

A big lemon cake lover, I wondered how to decorate it, as I couldn’t seem to gather any more information of what his other hobbies are. At the end, I thought there aren’t many lemon cakes that look like lemon online, so why not make one?

 

So here it is, raved and gobbled down within minutes by 30 people, the lemon cake!

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The message reads:

Happy birthday Neil!

Making lemon cake out of lemons since 1954

 


Pink Girly Cake

With the fairy cake sitting next to this, I must admit that this doesn’t look amazing, but Vinita wanted a simple one to bring to her daughter’s day care centre, so she said to do whatever I want, just make it pink/purple.

The cake itself was actually made by Vinita, she brought the cake over straight from her oven (it was still really hot when it reached me!) and she was quite nervous about the cake but it turned out really well.

I ended up spending the whole Saturday (12 hours) making 2 1/2 cakes (what a great way to spend a stormy day in!) and I think I did pretty well, considering how slow I usually am! The Philippine flag cake was mainly red and blue, which worked really well for the purple cakes I had to make, so I just dyed a bunch of them red and blue, and mixed some together to make the purple, perfect! No random colours sitting there staring at me at all!

This was an 8″ x 13″ cake!

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Fairy Cake (Barbie doll cake)

This is definitely something I’ve always wanted to try my hands on!

I’m glad that I got a chance to try making a barbie cake, it was so much fun!!!

When I looked up youtube clips for an example, the demonstrator said “You can always add more.” and I totally agree! When I’ve done the skirt I felt like I could add some pearls here, some flowers there, felt like a little girl, need to pretty up the princess with lots of accessories and decorations!

The order was placed by my colleague Vinita, who was trying to find a cake for her daughter’s 4th birthday and I mentioned that I make cakes. She had her mind set on fairy (I think it’s a Sagittarius thing, my wedding was based on fairies, I got another query for a fairy cake for December and Vinita’s daughter also wants a fairy cake!)

Her daughter loves purple and pink, and she managed to find a barbie that’s all purple, which also came with wings! I unfortunately had to strip her naked and detach her wings, and started my first attempt at a barbie cake.

I didn’t have a dome to bake the cake in, but I did have a large cupcake tin so I made one of that, flipped the base upside down, placed the top on where the bottom was, added another 7″ round cake to the base for the skirt, then shaved the cake to the shape of the dress (Let me know if you actually understand what I’ve just described!) I must admit there are thousands of photos of barbie cakes on Google, but so many of them have skirts so big I wondered if the barbie could still walk with 10 layers of petticoat underneath, so I was determined to go for a princess-skirt-size and not Queen-Elizabeth-on-the-throne size.

In the end I used 19 Wilton tips to make this fairy, and I am very proud of this! She stands 30cm tall.

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Philippine chocolate brownie cake

Our ex flatmate Gaetan got in contact with me, asking if I could make a cake for his Filipino girlfriend. When I asked him what flavour he wanted, he couldn’t decide for a while, but ended up going with chocolate brownie as it’s her favourite flavour! (I think chocolate is many girls’ favourite!)

They were to bring the cake to the restaurant to share with friends after dinner, so he came to pick up the cake just before their night out.

This was an interesting one, I would have made a rectangular cake actually, but as he sent me a photo of the flag on a round cake, I was under the impression that he wanted a round cake (correct me if I was wrong?) so here you go! A rectangular flag on a round cake! How about that!

Honestly I was very surprised how red the icing turned out, I suppose the camera did some magic too!

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