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Pink and Purple rosette chiffon cake

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Aashiya just had her birthday not long ago and as it was her last day at the pre-school, her mother kindly decided to shout everyone a cake on her daughter’s name! (we always need a few mothers like this at schools!)

She wasn’t too fussed regarding the design, just said she wanted a chocolate chiffon cake, 12″ and she loves pink, purple and red.

I personally decided to work with the pink and purple theme, and as she wasn’t too fussed with what design I come up with, I thought an elegant rosette cake would look fitting for a little girl.

I am very happy with this design in the end, sometimes you don’t know what it will look like until it’s done! It always looks one way in your head and comes out slightly different – in this case I am glad it came out even better than I had imagined 🙂


Thomas the Tank Engine + Peppa Pig half-half chiffon cake

Aarya’s second order for her 3rd birthday was to be shared at childcare centre with her classmate Sacha who was also celebrating his 3rd birthday.

He wanted Thomas the Tank Engine, she wanted Peppa Pig, so why not do a half-and-half!

Sacha wanted the front-on look of Thomas, while Aarya went for the fairy version of Peppa Pig, and this huge 12-inch chocolate chiffon cake was born! I tried to fit them both on without looking too small, which was almost a squeeze for the divider, but all worked in the end, phew!

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Peppa Pig chiffon cake #2

Lucky Aarya, her mother asked for 2 cakes for her birthday, one small 7″ chiffon cake for the family gathering and a big one (which she went half-half with her classmate) to share with the class later in the week.

They sent me a picture of another cake where she liked the balloon idea, and also wanted a slightly different version to my previous one where Peppa was having fun walking in the mud, so I thought this would be a cute one to make.

I went with a grass-green background for the outdoorsy style, and she wanted a chocolate chiffon cake this time.

This cake was made in February 2016, I am catching up I promise!

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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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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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Rosette Mother’s Day cake

This was a simple rosette cake, made for my husband’s dear aunt Rita.

It happened to be mother’s day AND her birthday, we invited her family over for lunch and secretly arranged with their son what kind of cake she would like, he said vanilla, simple and light, so a 7-inch vanilla chiffon cake with Chantilly cream was made.

As this was made in a hurry (we only just found out it was her birthday the day before), so a rosette cake I thought was the easiest WOW cake to make. The filling was just Chantilly cream, and to be less boring, I thought I’d do a duo-tone rosette, filled it with simple light pink and white covering the entire cake.

Said aunt was very happy, claimed this was the best cake she’s ever had! The pressure is on for next year I say!


Hair dryer and brush carrot cake

This was a TradeMe order, another interesting challenge for me, as most of my previous cakes were 2D.

After browsing through Google to see what other people have done with hair dryer cakes, I came up with my own way of building this cake, making a 9″ x 13″ sheet cake, a small round cake and a loaf, which I ended up cutting in half vertically, to construct the handle and the tube of the hair dryer.

The result I was quite happy with, the filling of course had to be cream cheese buttercream, and the brush was just pipped on, with the bristle pipped as individual strand – this took me longer than expected as I wasn’t happy with the original attempt and I had to redo it.

This was made for her dear sister Janet’s 60th surprise birthday, with her favourite colour red. I hope she was thoroughly surprised!


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