Ruffle Flower – Wedding Cupcake Tower

Ruffle Flower - Wedding Cupcake Tower

This is what I did today.

My second wedding cake order.

Ruffle flower cupcakes, and a quilted chocolate fondant on a 6 inch cake.

Each cupcake has a thin layer of ganache and chocolate fondant. The flowers were made a few days ago, so that the fondant could dry out.

I received this order on Friday last week, on Saturday night myself and Mandy (who commissioned the cake for her friend’s wedding) talked for nearly 2 hours, about various different cakes and designs.

Her friend is getting married at 9.30am tomorrow (Saturday), it is to be a small affair, and fairly casual, so the cake had to reflect that. So we didn’t want a cake to be traditional. We had 2 ways of going with this cake. First was to have a black & white design, reflecting the brides dress. The second was chocolate. After a quick text message to her friend, chocolate was chosen.

The colours were chosen by Mandy, so they’re white shimmer, silver shimmer and teal. With black cupcake cases and teal ribbon to finish the accessories. The chocolate mud cake is covered with ganache, quilted and have some mini silver edible balls to highlight.

Engraved carabiners

The groom is a rock climber, who proposed to his bride with an engraving on a carabine with ‘will you marry me?’ So Mandy got 2 links and engraved them with the couples names – Catherine & Jon.

Ruffle Flower Cupcakes

The cupcakes had some prep work. The flowers are 4 layers of petals, because I chose to use fondant instead of gumpaste I had to let them dry for a couple of days more than I would normally.

They are glued together using Royal Icing.I was really pleased with the results, in fact I did a little happy dance once I had finished it all.

I did all the baking and decorating in the same day.

I loved making this, and it will go in my top 10 cakes.

Next cake will be my husbands birthday 🙂

Congratulations to the happy couple.

 

To advertise, or not to advertise? That is the question.

I received a call a couple of days ago from Your Child Magazine.

They asked me whether I would be interested in advertising Hollipops Cakes through their magazine.

I met up with David today to talk about whether the magazine would be a good fit for Hollipops Cakes.

The pro’s :

This magazine is run by a couple who not only organise the magazine, but they also have their own businesses which they run from home. This magazine is free and is put in places where there are children, parents and families i.e.libraries and McDonald’s etc. The circulation area is quite large, from up here on the mountain, to Ringwood and Rowville etc.

The magazine is useful for small, medium to large businesses and the costs are reasonable.  And you have control on what your ad looks like. So these are all good things.

The con’s :

Apart from business cards, I have no advertising costs. WordPress, Facebook are free. And I also have a fantastic group of friends who love spreading the word about my cakes. And if I think about it, the magazine called me up because they had heard of me. Which shows that my name is getting out there.

On the other hand, you have the old saying “you have to spend money, to make money.”

And I’ve only really been doing this for a little while, so I’m very much learning the ropes, and I definitely want to be in control of how the business grows. Ideally by one customer at a time, to grow a solid family business.

Maybe I’m worrying over nothing, maybe I need a to relax a little and go with what the universe brings me. The universe sent me a phone call, and I should say yes.

Maybe I’m just afraid of taking the next leap into the unknown. Maybe ……

And I don’t have to decide today, tomorrow or next week. I am to think about it properly and make the decision in my own time. (Another pro).

Any advise from other bloggers who have been in the same boat would be greatly appreciated.

Back to cakes, I am in the midst of my second wedding cake, I am making ruffle flowers, which is 4-5 layers of petals, so I have to make 150. So only 100 to go. This cake is much smaller than last week. It will be a 6 inch covered in chocolate fondant, quilted and silver balls. Underneath will be 24 cupcakes the flowers will be white, silver shimmer and teal. It should look really pretty when finished.

On that note, I really need to get off the laptop and get back to work, as those flowers most definitely won’t make themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My First Wedding Cake

My First Wedding Cake

Well here it is – my first official wedding cake order.

It is 2 double barreled – 2 tier, dark chocolate mud with white chocolate mud layers. Each layer has a thin covering of chocolate ganache.

Wrapped around the cake is chocolate fondant, and then white fondant to finish.

It took the best part of 2 days to fully complete, and I will be honest and say that it was quite challenging at times. Mainly due to the fact that this is the biggest cake I’ve made.

And it was incredibly heavy once finished. I am curious to know how much it weighed – maybe next time I’ll get the scales out. With the quantities of flour, sugar, butter, chocolate etc, it would be at least 10 kilo’s.

Gold Shimmer Leaves

I did nearly have the moment when the stress threaten to take over. However instead of curling up in a heap and giving up, I managed to harness the stress into something a little more productive.

I am glad that I didn’t give up, because the bride loved the cake.

Would I do things differently with the way it was made and decorated – yes I would.

I would have gone into a lot more detail. And I’ve never done double barreled before – it makes the cake look huge.

I love my roses, I am really pleased with how they look, and the gold leaves I am equally as pleased with.

I just wish I did more to the decoration.  I shouldn’t be to hard on myself. It is a learning after all.

Then again saying that if I am not hard on myself, then who will?

I received an email yesterday apologizing for the late notice, but would I do a wedding cake for next weekend.

So I will be making a small 6 inch chocolate mud cake, with 24 cupcakes underneath.

The colours will be teal, white and pale shimmer gold. So looking forward to wedding cake number 2. Hope everyone’s Friday 13th went as smoothly as mine.

My Roses

Petal & Ivy Cupcakes

Petal & Ivy Cupcakes

We had a wintery blast of cold weather in Melbourne today. So this seemed to be an ideal day to put the oven on and bake some chocolate cupcakes.

The house smelled delicious and the heat from the oven was welcome on a cool day.

Recently I purchased some new supplies including various cutters, colours, sparkles, and my favourite edible gold paint. So I decided to play around with some new ideas. Yep you guessed it, I was winging it 🙂

With different colours and cutters I came up with this design.

Petals & Ivy

I would love to do this with autumnal colours, some vibrant reds, purples and oranges.

And then once made highlight with edible gold paint.

The paint was easy to apply using what looks like a nail varnish brush.

It dries quick and highlights well.

Four of these lovely cupcakes went to a birthday party today as an alternative to the birthday cake.

And from what I’ve heard, that they have gone down well. In fact the children inhaled them!

Tomorrow I officially start on the vintage glamour wedding cake. Lots and lots of work ahead, and the pick is Friday lunchtime.

I am looking forward to sharing the photos with you all on the weekend.

 

 

 

Surf Rescue Cake

Well here it is, my Lifeguard Cake.

Also, this is my first attempt at figures.

The cake is marbled sponge, with layers of vanilla and chocolate buttercream. All figures and accessories are made out of fondant. Except the tag which is made out of gumpaste, because he’d like to keep it.

Swimming Man

My favourite bit of the whole cake, is the swimming man.

When I was making him last night, it was in the midst of a large thunderstorm. The lights kept flickering and even my fish tanks stopped running. I actually said a little prayer last night that the power wouldn’t go out. As we all know that darkness doesn’t equal good decorating. Fortunately for me the power stayed on.

I had fun making this cake, the Australian lifeguard and his surf rescue surfboard, were fairly small, and so the writing had to be tiny. Thank goodness I had edible pen ink to do the smaller details.

I had to do the writing in black, as I didn’t have a red pen. Which would have made it a little bit more authentic.

As well as lots more practice on figures.

My next cake is the big one, the vintage glamour wedding cake. That cake will take up most if not all of next week to complete. I also have a small cupcake order for Easter Monday.

Well after the joy of baking and decorating, all that is left is the washing up, I much prefer the decorating.

Have a fantastic Easter everyone xx

Lifeguards and Wedding Cake

I recently got asked to make a lifeguard cake for a young man turning 18. In principal it is a fairly simplistic cake. It is going to be 10 inch round, there is going to be the beach and sea, maybe a couple of star fish. However on the beach will be a Australian Lifeguard looking out to sea watching the swimmers and possible shark.

All the figures will be made with chocolate – which I’ll be preparing tomorrow. The lifeguard will be using binoculars (not that I am making this difficult lol). I know the cake will look great when I’m finished it’s just getting to that point. I was meant to do the chocolate today, but life just got in the way of that idea.

Once the modelling chocolate is being prepared, I will also be trying a new chocolate recipe to make chocolate paste. You can use it to cover cakes, and to make roses etc. The recipe has come from a library book that I got today. I believe that with the likes of Google, many people have forgotten or can’t be bothered to check their local libraries for sources of information, I know I had. And that was a mistake. I came home with 4 books, including one all about edible flowers. I don’t believe I’ll end up loving gardening, but would really love to incorporate edible flowers in and around my cakes, there is something very organic about it.

While I am concentrating on my little lifeguard, I have to also start preparing my flowers for the big wedding cake order for next week. My first official wedding cake 🙂

The theme for the wedding is vintage glamour and inside will be layers of chocolate mud and white chocolate mud. Covered in more chocolate.

I will upload photos as I go for the lifeguard cake and prep for the wedding cake.

Well it’s getting late, and I am hoping for more rest than last night. I was tired, I switched the lamp off, and low and behold 30 seconds after that, my head fills will cake ideas. Tonight I have a notepad beside my bed to jot the ideas down 🙂

Goodnight.