Thursday, October 10, 2013

Eat Me

Over the weekend I got to make one of perennial favourites - my drippy ganache cake! 

I made this as a birthday pressie for a friend's 30th birthday, along with a couple of mini cupcakes, and it really made my day to see people demolish it ;) Nothing makes a baker or a cook happier than seeing people enjoy the fruits of our labour.


 Chocolate fudge and cookies and cream buttercream layer cake
with drippy chocolate ganache

I made the medallion out of fondant, stamped it with a stamp I got awhile ago, and sprayed it with gold lustre. Simple but oh-so-effective!

In other news, I'll be showing and selling at the Melbourne Cake Expo in November with Peek Sweets!!

Oh Hello! Market days are here again!

And for dear readers of this blog (and fans of our Facebook page - have you "Liked" us yet?) use the code "BBPROMO" and get a discount off your ticket! And kids already go for FREE!!

The Expo will be on Saturday & Sunday, November 23-24 at the Flemington Showgrounds and doors open at 9.30am. Hope to see you there! There'll be heaps of lovely cakers and cake decorating suppliers, as well as demonstrations and of course sweet treats for sale! Omnomnomnomnom....



Friday, September 20, 2013

French Connection

If you've been following me on Facebook and Instagram, you probably know I've been away in the last month to lovely grand amazing ol' Paree.

Sigh. The food, the wine, the cheeses and the pastries were all to die for!

These are just a small portion of my happy food snaps (just the SWEETS!) - excuse the picture quality, they were all taken on my iPhone. But first, an obligatory shot of:


The Eiffel Tower!
C'est Magnifique!
And we went on the most gorgeous day possible...sunshine, blue skies, green grass.
France was really turning it on for us in the 2 weeks we were there!


First order of business: Visiting Laduree!

 
The (in)famous Laduree macarons!
I was pretty skeptical as I'd tried the ones from Sydney which were really sweet.
But these really were quite amazing. Not too sweet, full of flavour.


All the different flavours like Yuzu, Salted Caramel, Raspberry

Me and my stash! 


 And the competition - Pierre Herme!


They had macarons with interesting flavour twists, like Yogurt & Banana, and Jasmine Flower.
By the end of the week I was reaaaally macaron-ed out!

(Click "read the rest of this post" below for more!)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Novelties for Grown-ups...and more


Kicking off with a 30th birthday cake I made awhile ago for a good mate of mine. He's a proper Aussie bloke, so I thought this BBQ cake might suit him!


The BBQ "meat" were all made out of fondant. 
I'm pretty pleased with how the colour turned out!


The silver "grill" is edible too! 
After I took this picture I painted some syrup on the "meat" to make them shiny and glossy, 
like they've been oiled for grilling!


Here's a pic of the inside of the cake.
Chocolate mud with Oreo buttercream



 And this one's for a client's 30th - hot pink leopard prints were painted on


 And I popped a big bow on the cake as well ;)


Moving away from fondant work (which I do love, but takes quite a bit of effort!)...here're some pretty buttercream cakes. I like how buttercream gives a lovely vintage feel to the design of the cake.

This design was supplied by the client for her own 30th birthday cake.
Silver cachous and a lovely sugar peony completed the picture :)


Rosettes and Ribbons for a classic choc-fudge and vanilla cake to celebrate
Candlelight Productions' 10-year anniversary.
(They're an AMAZING not-for-profit company that aims to strengthen community through creativity.)


 And lastly, something a little more modern - ombre chocolate work.
This was done with a new recipe for Swiss Meringue Buttercream kindly shared by
my idol and baking goddess, Nat Paull from Beatrix in North Melbourne.

Speaking of whom, I can't wait to try her recipe for Elvis cupcakes next! Or maybe I should just mosey on down to the joint...




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Novelties

It's been a deluge of Novelty Cakes recently. Ok maybe not a deluge, but these cakes have been keeping me busy, and I hope you like them!

This was a cake I made for a friend's two year-old, who loves trucks!
We popped his favourite dump truck on top and I created the uprooted tree out of fondant,
and made soil out of crushed Oreo cookies!





"Now...what are we gonna do about this mess?" 
 
Another friend liked the look of the previous cake so much she asked me to make one for her son, 
who was turning two as well! We popped his favourite Duplo men on top, and I created the Lego brick wall.
I love creating stories out of their favourite toys!



This one was a doozy.
I'd been planning this for months for a client's order. 
It was for her daughter's birthday, which had a magic theme!


Guess how old she's turning? ;-) 



And these tiger cupcakes were for her school classmates.
It was a massive week!


Friday, April 12, 2013

Weddings and Mad Hats

Some recent cakes:


Made this cake at a cake class last month...LOVED making the ruffle flowers!


 
Mad-hatter cake for an Alice in Wonderland 30th birthday party.
I was inspired by the hat Johnny Depp wore in the Tim Burton version of the movie


 It was a husband-and-wife co-hosted 30th birthday party...hence the placard lol.


LOVED making the feathers and the peacock's "eye".
The cake was covered in dark emerald fondant and brushed with gold for that antique look.
I also embossed leaf patterns in it, since the original hat also paid homage to nature.




The cake had SIX (count 'em!) layers of chocolate fudge cake and dark chocolate ganache!
It took me almost 10 hours to make, including baking time!!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Breakfast at Tiffany's

A few weeks ago I made this lovely Tiffany box cake for a client. She wanted something classy and elegant for her mum's birthday, and after a few sketches we finalised it with the iconic box and its ribbon, plus a string of pearls around it.




Handmade fondant pearls


Here's the thing though...once she removed the box lid (which was a single 2-inch layer of cake, covered in ganache and fondant)...



 Surprise!! A pearl bracelet to match the pearl necklace!


 

I loved making this cake and seeing it come to fruition from sketch to reality. And just between you and me, I'm waiting for a clever man to contact me so I can make it as a proposal cake! Won't it look gorgeous with a diamond ring in the middle of it? (Don't take my word for it, take hers:)





Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kids and Novelties

Other than kids birthdays, I do find myself making lots of 30th birthday cakes, especially for Kids at Heart. Take, for example, this Lego cake for a friend who's also my son's best adult friend (other than his own dad of course!) because of their shared love for Lego.


Made lots of kids cakes last year too: 




 


I often find myself decorating cakes til the wee hours of the morning, and the cake below was no exception. Even though I had a darling friend who helped me punch the tiny circles, I still only completed the elephant-themed cake above at 3 in the morning. Mostly because we had to do the middle strip THREE frickin' times because it kept falling off due to its weight. That's THREE HUNDRED TEENY WEENY CIRCLES to cut out, people, THREE HUNDRED!





But it was worth it, I was really pleased with the result when I looked at it with fresh eyes the morning after (albeit having had only 4 hours of sleep!) and I think the client did too!

Hi Sarah,

I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you for the beautiful cake and cupcakes! They looked absolutely exquisite, and tasted just as good! It was Henry’s first taste of chocolate, so I am afraid that we have now set the standard very high!!!

Thank you again, and I hope that you and your family have a very happy new year.

Best wishes,

Brigid

FYI, I'd based the cake on the invite Brigid had created for her 1 y.o., Henry, who's a bona fide rock star. The invite had a photo of him rocking a pair of baby sunnies, I could imagine him cruising the park in his Bugaboo!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Rosettes and Ruffles

OK I admit it.

I'm a terribly inconsistent blogger. So much has happened in the past few months - in caking and in my personal life - that I haven't had time to post pictures of cakes! But they're all up on the Buttercup Bakeshoppe facebook page, and that's probably where I'm most consistent in updating information and pictures.

Here're an edit of Buttercream cakes I've had the pleasure to create since the last time I blogged:


 




 



This last ruffle cake's one of my favourites, not least for the fact it's for a gorgeous girl whom I've watched grow up - I still remember bobbing for apples on her 5th birthday and now she's turned sweet 16! (The little birdie's a 3D rendition of the cookies I've made before here and here.)


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Handbag cake

I've always been a little afraid to attempt 3D cakes, what with the carving and balancing, but after finding this tutorial on the incredibly talented Jessicakes' blog, I thought I'd give it a go for my friend's daughter's 8th birthday!


Made the cake with red trim because it's her favourite colour (at the moment!) 


The "J" is for Jodee, the birthday girl (looks a little like half of the Chanel logo, maybe? No? lol)


The "fold" of the bag...I carved an indentation into the cake 
and smoothed with ganache before covering in fondant


Cross-section of the cake!
It's actually not as dense as it looks, really yummy and moist


I have some happy snaps of the girls having the cake (which I'll put up when my SD card-reader eventually starts to work again - sigh! Technology!)

The girls were SO adorable though, some of them covered their eyes just as the birthday girl was about to cut the cake! "Don't cut it!", "I can't watch!", "No! Don't!" a couple of them yelled out; they were SO CUTE! But Jodee eventually sliced into it, and the girls dug in. YUM!