Category Archives: Rich and Creamy

Farewell Carrot Cake

This was a special order for Sam, a good friend of ours – he was mischievous about it and ordered it, gave me numbers of servings and the date, then once I started making it he then revealed it was for his own farewell, and I was one of the guests!

I must say I don’t usually eat my own creations (I don’t get to the decorating stage, the cake is out of the oven and then it’s in my mouth!) so it was interesting seeing the inside of the cake!

I went with 4 layers this time, and we shared it at Joe’s Garage cafe in town with friends, yup, definitely  an adult cake!

Although this was a while ago now, but still wishing you all the best, Sam, wherever you are, be happy and be true to yourself!

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Basic Carrot Cake

This year for Brooke’s 5th birthday cake, they decided to try something new – carrot cake. I must say this is the first time I’ve gotten an order for a carrot cake for a child – it’s usually an adult cake. They ordered a 10″ one with the traditional cream cheese buttercream to top, and just needed a message and basic decoration.

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Gluten free minecraft cat cake

This was a TradeMe order, the birthday boy really loves this minecraft black/white cat, and wondered if I could put it on the cake!

The cake was made gluten free, vanilla flavour with buttercream filling and topping, the cat was interesting, very simple yet I had to incoperate 3 shades of grey and black to create this image. Maybe I could have made it bigger but the tail took up more space than I had imagined, so had to shrink the kitty!


Simple red and pink chocolate cake for Pauline’s birthday

Friends of ours got in touch a while back for their mother Pauline’s birthday. Having had my dessert at their daughter’s wedding, she asked for a 9 inch chocolate cake, and her favourite colours are red and pink.

She didn’t want anything too fancy, but she liked simple flowers, so here it is!

The cake was filled with vanilla buttercream, and it was enjoyed among friends and family, just like a birthday should!

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Purple Dance cake with cake pops

So this is a very funky order!

My colleague’s daughter was turning 10, and she loves everything purple, hates everything blue (I was told several times NO BLUE or she would refuse to even touch it)

She was having a dance themed party and had invited a few girls over. She loved the idea of zebra patterns and liked the disco dancing silhouette idea (which I gathered from all the photos they’ve showed me), so accepting a challenge of making zebra patterns with piped buttercream and no fondant, this was going to be a tough one.

Indeed it wasn’t easy, getting the zebra pattern, and it wasn’t easy getting the dancing figure on top to STAY THERE either! As I had to sit in the car while my husband drove us to her place, the dancing figure fell at the last minute just as I was about to reach her door.

Fortunately they were so happy with it that the figure not standing there wasn’t a problem, and it didn’t help that when I tried to put him back in, hre legs broke off, but they seemed ok with it and we went with the top half of her body planted in the cake.

On the side, they also wanted cake pops to match, and they really liked the idea of the skewer and the name badge on top, so I managed to make all the badges with specially printed purple paper and got the guest list so I could put all their names on there. She had asked for more than they needed,  so the extra ones I managed to put the mother (my colleague)’s name, the younger sister’s name and I didn’t know the husband’s name, so he unfortunately got a blank one, which he pretended to be slightly upset by this when he saw it.

So here they are! The double-tiered purple dance cake with 12 cake pops to match! They came back raving about them, so I think that was successful!

P.S. the cake was the chocolate mud cake with cream cheese filling.

 

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Elsa from Frozen barbie cake

YES! Finally, I LOVE barbie cakes! I was so excited when I got asked to make my second ever barbie cake.

The order was place via my Facebook page, which I was also in charge of getting the doll. A real Elsa doll was quite expensive, and at the end we decided any blonde barbie would do.

I was hoping to make her sleeves (the whole semi transparent look) but unfortunately it wasn’t so easy with buttercream, so I ended up scraping that idea and just went with a blue gown.

The skirt was probably the hardest part, as buttercream is quite difficult to smooth out completely – I tried my best.

All in all, I am quite happy with this cake, it wasn’t as elaborate as my previous barbie cake, but in the spirit of Elsa, that’s what her dress was closer to.

The inside was chocolate mud cake with chocolate buttercream.

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Wedding dessert shots buffet

Haven’t had many chances to bake for a while, but just after Easter holiday, my long-time high school friend asked me to help cater for her wedding!
We studied in Christchurch together, and went to uni together, but then she moved up to Wellington to further her study while I stayed in Christchurch. When I moved up to Wellington, we caught up, and ended up flatting together for over 2 years.
She would see my baking all the time and she’d always say that when she gets married, she’ll ask me to make desserts for her.
Well, the day had come and after discussions and lots of idea boards, we came to the following menu:
Estimated 70-80 guests, we aimed at 80 servings each.
Theme colour: Shiraz red (with gold as secondary colour)
  • 240 dessert shots, 2-3 varying flavours, my choice
  • 80 mini cupcakes, 40 vanilla cupcakes with pink icing and 40 red velvet cupcakes with white icing
  • 80 high tea scones with jam and cream
  • 80 chocolate profiteroles
The dessert shots were for after dinner, while the rest was for after ceremony’s high tea. Tea and coffee and savouries provided by her other friends.
As she said the wedding venue has a full kitchen and fridges, I made most of them prior and re-baked the scones and profiteroles just before serving to keep them smelling and tasting like freshly baked. The wedding was on a Saturday, the day after Anzac day (our public holiday).
I started on the Tuesday before, baked the vanilla cupcakes. Wednesday night made the scones, Thursday red velvet cupcakes and the fillings, Friday whole day decorated the dessert shots and iced the cupcakes etc (and baked half of the profiteroles at 10pm and the other half the next morning at 6am). The dessert shots weren’t hard, but just VERY time consuming, a total of 13 hours on Friday and with the other days added up to at least 30 hours of labour, but was extemely impressed with the results if I say so myself!
Had lots of praises and ooohs aaahs on the night, and was totally worth it!
“Amazing!”
“Oh my god this is incredible!”
“Wow, mmm….wow!”
“THIS, is sensational!”
Will let photos speak for themselves 🙂
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This was the high tea (sandwiches provided by her friend Charlie and her team) Bottom right the cupcakes, top right profiteroles, to the left a pile of scones, accompanied by raspberry preserve (I found some nice French raspberry preserve) and whipped cream.

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Close up of the cupcakes: Red velvet cake with creamcheese buttercream, vanilla cake with pink buttercream, all sprinkled with pearl beads.

 

 

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Here’s my 240 dessert shots! (Ok the truth is there are 7 missing from this shot!)

 

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The 1st flavour: Butter cookie crumbs at the bottom, creme fraiche, raspberry coulis, more creme fraiche with a rim of cookie crumbs topped with dark chocolate fancies.

 

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2nd flavour: Bailey’s tiramisu with mascarpone, decorated with a cute golden spiral paper straw and silver chocolate beads to finish.

 

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3rd flavour: red velvet cake at bottom, custard cream filling topped with piped whipped cream, sprinkled with pink pearl beads.

 

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