Classic Cupcakes

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - Classic Cupcakes

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get the urge to bake. And yesterday was one of those days.

I did a little prep in the morning with the glitter work. However I didn’t start the cupcakes until about 6.30pm.

We had Big Bang Theory on the television and I sat at our table, and played with decoration. This isn’t an order, these are just for us.

I will take some up to Mum & Dads today, and I may give a couple to my next door neighbours, but the rest are ours.

The pink cupcakes have vanilla buttercream and the others are chocolate buttercream.

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - Classic Cupcakes

I purchased these cups and saucers from a second-hand shop yesterday, I thought they might look good with the cakes. So I took some photos this morning, and I’m really impressed how they’ve come out.

I just need to be on the look out for a teapot now that has the white and gold colouring, personally I think that by keeping the accessories to a minimum – especially in colour, it shows off the cupcakes better.

My brother is teaching me all about ‘using the light,’ in photos, and all I thought I had to do was bake. I am slowly learning – and these photos are definitely going down the right path.

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - Classic Cupcake Tower

My plans today, are to continue in the design of the autumn cupcakes – which ideally I want finished, baked & decorated by Wednesday – Thursday at the latest.

And to start the wedding cake flowers, so lots of things to keep me out of trouble.


As the Sun rises

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - As the Sun rises

As the Sun rises on an Autumn day, I can feel the change in the air. The days are getting shorter, the mornings are cooler, and the leaves are starting to fall.

I love autumn, I always feel that after Summer, autumn brings a slower pace. I put a blanket on the bed last night as the cool air crept around the bedroom. The birds didn’t wake at 4am, because it was still dark until 6.45am. The way the Sun hangs a little lower in the sky, and not forgetting, most importantly – the colours.

The leaves seem to come into their own this time of year, and before they fall to the ground, mother nature puts on her own little show, with the leaves showing a kaleidoscope of colours. I love the warmth of the colours, and how the sunlight shows through the trees and leaves to give a new meaning to brilliance.

The big question is?

How to translate autumn onto a cake?

Any ideas send on a postcard lol.

Today I have a plan, first to make some chocolate cupcakes. Not for any special reasons, I just love to eat chocolate. And lets face it when it comes to design I always find a little chocolate helps me concentrate. That’s the excuse I’m using, and I’m sticking to it 🙂

I will draw some designs, maybe I’ll go for a walk and collect some leaves to get the colour combination right. I’m just waiting for the oak trees to start changing so that I can take some photos. I think I will start doing a pinboard of different images to get the design aspect right. In fact I may start doing that for all my cakes.

So I have a fairly productive afternoon coming up. Not only I have to come up with the autumn designs, I also have jot down some Mothers Day designs as well, which is coming our way –  Sunday 13th May.

In case you’re wondering where I took the photo, it was a very early walk with my husband around Birdsland Reserve Belgrave – VIC.

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - Rockabilly cake after the party

And finally ……. The Rockabilly cake for my eldest daughters 50’s theme birthday party yesterday, went down very well!

Out of 3 tiers of chocolate truffle torte, this was all that was left after everyone went home.

Nothing like seeing a cake cut up, and lots of empty plates – well apart from the crumbs.

Best get into the kitchen to start the chocolate cupcakes, with a bit of gold sparkle I think.

Rockabilly Birthday Party & Cake

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - 50's Rockabilly Cake

Well here it is, this my eldest daughters 50’s themed birthday cake.

Under the gorgeous decoration (I know – I’m biased) of fondant icing, is chocolate truffle torte covered and layered with chocolate ganache buttercream.

Last night when I started this cake, I honestly did not know what it would look like. After covering the middle layer with the pink fondant I took a quick break. Not sure how, but in the 2 minutes that I was away I could see a vision of the cake in my head. So from 7pm till 1am I worked to complete that vision.

My daughter had so many ideas for the cake, that if I had done what she asked, it would have looked like a mess. So in the process of decorating I striped it back to basics. I’m glad I did polka dots because, my cake matched most of the young ladies 50’s clothing that they wore today.

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - Rockabilly Party

Keeping with the theme, the party bags, were red & white polka dot cupcake holders. So all the kids got red and white jelly beans, balloon, a cocktail umbrella (they went down really well!), and they got a cupcake each.

The cupcakes were kept simple – vanilla sponge, vanilla buttercream with the jelly beans made into a little flower pattern. And finished off with red & violet glitter.

We kept with the 50’s theme right down to the food, sandwiches, sausage rolls, jelly and Battenberg cake.

Everyone ate and drank well, the kids had fun and filled the house with laughter, and my daughter got some really nice presents, which she is now going through and playing with.

As for me, I now get to chill out and relax. More importantly I am aiming for an early night, as all that party prep is tiring!

Wedding, Chanel & Birthdays.

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - My Dress

My husband and I are renewing our vows next year for our 10th Anniversary.

So this is the only photo of the dress you’ll see until then. It will be an elegant garden wedding, and I get to design the 6 tier masterpiece. I’d imagine that there will be many, many hours of design work, before I even think about making it. I have a rough idea, of how it is going to look, and even what will be on the cake. However I won’t be sharing too much with you at this early stage.

The wedding dress I found in Upwey Bridal & Deb Room – find them in Useful Links. The gorgeous Mel helped me pick out my dress, and who helped me put on 6 others, ordered the Chanel cake for her friend Sanya, who was turning 40. Today I received the best ever compliment from her.

– I wanted to say Thank you so much again for the gorgeous cake, my friend had tears in her eyes when she saw it and has kept the base with the letters..everyone loved it and we all had seconds. I’ve put a pic of the cake on my personal Facebook page and let all my friends know where I had it made. Thanks again xx

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - Chanel Inspired Cake

I don’t as a rule take compliments well – I don’t know why, but to get such a positive comment about one of my cakes, makes me feel pretty good. In fact I’m chuffed to bits.

I truly loved making this cake, and I am really pleased that it was enjoyed by all.

Keeping on the wedding theme, I will be making a double high 2 tier wedding cake in about 4 weeks, it is simple, classy and elegant. Inside the cake will be a mix of chocolate mud cake, and white chocolate mud cake, with layers of truffle or chocolate ganache. Either way it will smell of chocolate and it will taste lovely.

Tomorrow I start prep on my eldest daughters Rockabilly 50’s cake, she is counting down the days until her party. I am counting down the hours until I have to work on this cake. On that note, my youngest daughter has fallen asleep on my arm – which is making typing a little difficult, so time to stop and put her in bed.

The Theme – Rockabilly

© Hollipops Cakes 2011 - 50's photo shoot - dress from Sandra V and hair done by Brooke from Angelite

In the last 6 mths I have come to love 50’s clothes, they are comfortable and more importantly they are made for real women’s shapes – they allow for hips and breasts.

When Sandra V opened up in Tecoma, I didn’t think I would find anything in there that I would like – oh how wrong I was. I saw this dress and loved the colours and pattern, and never in a million years did I think that it would suit me. But it did, not only that but I had to buy a smaller size – which made me feel fantastic. Since those early days my girls have both started their love affair with the decade.

My eldest is having a birthday party this weekend, and what she wants most is a 50’s theme party. Which in turn means for myself, that I have to come up with a rockabilly theme birthday cake.

Either that or I have to make a poodle skirt cake. Of course if she had her way it would be a mish mash of both. However I think we have nearly settled on an idea, which is good, considering I really need to get on with the prep work very soon.

All I know at the moment is that the colours are going to be pink, black & white, followed by lots of decoration. Possibly 2-3 tier, and even being considered is a topsy-turvy styled cake.

To be honest, I don’t think I will decide on the ideas until I start making it. The art of making it up as I go along, is something that I do often. Nothing like flying by the seat of your pants and hoping for the best lol.

I’ll obviously update you, as I go along. For anyone interested in checking out Sandra V, go to my Useful Links page.

Chanel Cake

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - Chanel Inspired Cake

As you can see I finished the Chanel inspired cake.

It took all day from baking to finishing. And then I did about 20 mins work on it this morning. Placed in a 14 inch box and some nice black ribbon to finish it off.

I need to find some cool fondant lettering cutters. And I am currently browsing the internet for some new cutters.

I’m having the Sunday off, as we have to get ready for UK family arriving in Australia. So we need to get the house ready. However have decided to make a welcome cake, and after some of my friends on Hollipops Cakes Facebook page, we have come up with a traditional Aussie BBQ with prawns, so I am going to give this a go.

Next weekend we are having a birthday party for my eldest, and it is going to be a 50’s theme. So between myself and my eldest we are coming up with a design to incorporate everything she loves about the 50’s. So it should be quite a challenging cake!

After that we have Easter, and Mothers Day, so I have a few ideas floating around concerning those festivities.

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