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50th Wedding Anniversary Cake

Special edition!

On the 17th of January, 2016, my husband’s Aunt and Uncle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary!

They’ve always been  my cake testers, and have specifically asked if I could provide a cake for their anniversary. Aunt Rita said it would be a small gathering, and when I asked her how many people, she said 20! Obviously small means different to different people!

I’ve decided to go all out, with a 2-tier cake. 12″ bottom + 7″ top, vanilla chiffon cake with Tahitian vanilla chantilly cream, of course I went with a gold theme! They requested this vanilla chiffon cake as Aunty absolutely loved her birthday cake that I made for her a few months ago, and wanted one just the same.

They hosted a lunch with their bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and page boy, and of course relatives who managed to fly to Wellington to help celebrate this unique occasion.

This cake was dedicated to Uncle Geoff and Aunty Rita, may you continue to cherish each other, and we are Looking forward to your 60th!

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Peppa Pig cake

First cake of the year, is the notorious Peppa Pig!

Not too sure what the craze is with kids, every child I’ve heard about is obsessed with Peppa Pig! I must say for the little I’ve seen, it seems educational and teaches good values, which tends to be missing from kids shows these day and age, so keep it up Peppa!

Aashiya is also in love with Peppa Pig that she wanted one for her 3rd birthday. This was a big 12 inch vanilla chiffon cake with chantilly cream for her day care centre.

Are you or is your child infatuated with Peppa Pig too? What do you love about her?

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Princess Tiara cake

Last cake of the year 2015 was for Aanya’s birthday. She wanted a beautiful tiara on her cake, and loves all things pink and purple.

Her mother got a beautiful Tiara (I secretly wanted one for myself!)

This was a very unique cake indeed, 10″ chiffon cake with pineapple filling and pineapple chantilly cream! It was not just pineapple juice, it was a special Indian pineapple essence provided by Aanya’s mother, which she brought from India and could only be found in India.

The essence was super powerful and amazingly fragrant, just 2-3 drops of this essence in 1 litre of cream and it was flavourful and tasted amazing.

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Blue mini chocolate cupcakes

Shock and horror, I seem to go through phases when I completely forget to update this blog, then I remember again.

I have been otherwise maintaining my Facebook page well though! It’s always updated with the newest creations, hence the pinned post on the top of this blog.

However, it’s time to redeem myself, here’s one of the 2015 creations – yes, it’s been that long, I’ve just made Tony’s son’s birthday cake for 2016 and below were for 2015, the shame!!

So anyway, following Tony’s order for his kids (the Pocoyo one), this was actually his last order for the boys in 2015 where he asked for 42 mini cupcakes for the childcare centre to celebrate his son’s birthday. Blue buttercream icing with sprinkles did the trick, don’t they look pretty?

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Pocoyo vanilla chiffon cake

Here’s the 2nd cake for Tony, his younger son Nolan’s birthday. He ordered a vanilla chiffon cake (I checked again this time to make sure it’s not chocolate!) pretty much everything’s the same except for the picture on top – 7-inch, whipped cream filling, but he’d liked less food colouring – I see that my attempt to make the navy blue wasn’t really necessary after all!

I like this one light actually, especially with the yellow background, really makes the blue character POP!

I’m so out of it, it’s only after they’ve picked up the cake that I looked up this character – apparently he’s called Pocoyo, some kids TV show thingy?

Yes, in case you’re wondering why it looks bigger than that previous 7″ cake, it’s dos I made it 8″ this time to make up for that chocolate cake mistake. I’m surprised how 1 inch makes such a big difference, it doesn’t look as crowded anymore! Either that or I was too ambitious with the size of the rocket on that previous cake, who knows?🙂

Nolan’s classmates are in for a treat – Tony’s also ordered 40 mini cupcakes to share with his childcare centre on Tuesday!

 


Rocket chiffon cake

Tony, who’s ordered birthday cakes for his sons since I could remember, ordered 2 cakes this time, one for each son whose birthdays were just a few days apart.

He must have lots of faith in me (lol), ordered a cake 2 days before he needed it, on a Monday night! Haha, gave me a bit of a freight, but how could I turn him down, rushed to the supermarket during my lunch break at work on Tuesday, and after teaching got straight to baking the cake at 7pm. I was pretty proud that I managed to finish the cake just before midnight!

I made a 7″ vanilla chiffon cake with the rocket picture Tony had provided, filled with whipped cream. The picture of the rocket had a navy blue background, and since that was hard to make, I went with the darkest blue I could produce.

After finishing the cake, I went online to check the email Tony sent me, and there it was – 7″ chocolate chiffon cake with whipped cream – right in front of me. CHOCOLATE! How did I miss that? Well there’s no going back, he’s picking up the cake the next day at 4:30pm, I immediately emailed him and apologised for the oversight. I offered to salvage it by sprinkling chocolate on it, and thankfully he was nice about it and was happy with the chocolate sprinkle, hence the chocolate shavings you see at the bottom of the cake – I know, it was a lame save but better than nothing!

At least they said they all enjoyed it🙂

BTW this photo wasn’t the best I’ve taken, I literally got home at 4:25pm, took out the cake, sprinkled the chocolate around the cake, got the camera, by the time I set up the cake to take a photo, Tony’s car pulled up – I took about 3 snaps and hoped the photos came out ok – this was the best one, lol!

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