A UK Wedding Cake.

the finished cake

the finished cake

Back in the July last year I got a wedding invitation – asking if I would attend the wedding of my best friend from primary school. Of course I had to say yes. Not only would I go to the wedding, but I would be able to catch up with my family and other friends.

About 3 days after the wedding invitation, I got asked if I would make the cake. So I decided to make this my gift to the lovely couple.

So this cake has approx 12 months planning on and off. To make the cake I managed to stay with another friend who has a big mixer (definitely required with a 4 tier cake), and she is a chef who also makes cakes for friends and family.

I had given a list of ingredients for my friend to get in the UK. The only prep I did before I left was to make the two different coloured chocolate roses. As they take a little time. I wrapped them up and hoped they wouldn’t get crushed during the flight.

Canterbury Catherdral - a day out in Canterbury

Canterbury cathedral – a day out in Canterbury

So after landing I spent the first week trying to get over jet lag,  reacquainting myself with some of my favourite foods (that you can’t get in Australia), having a pint at the Kings Head in Deal, and checking out some local areas including Canterbury.

Having gone to stay with my chef friend, it was time for me to get to work on the cake.

The bottom tier took 3 hours in the oven due to its size! I kept the tiers simple flavours, except the top-tier which the bride had requested that it should be traditional fruit cake with a marzipan layer.

This cake took 2 and 1/2 days to complete – the biggest cake I’ve ever attempted.

Finished

Finished

The hardest thing for me was the chocolate. I use a different brand – which I find it quite easy to work with, yet the chocolate I used was completely different, and didn’t like to set hard. Which made the panels a little difficult to finish.

Chocolate handmade roses

Chocolate handmade roses

The bride had requested dark purple roses, which I made in chocolate. The flowers arrived from Australia in my suitcase surprisingly ok. I had lost 10 in flight, but fortunately I didn’t need those ones anyway, even if I had, all you have to do is squash them back up and redo.

The bride and groom loved the cake, and people said it tasted as good as it looked. I was just relieved to be able to make a huge cake, that was done without my tools, kitchen or chocolate!

At the venue

At the venue

Just me, dressed up and ready to go to the wedding.

Just me, dressed up and ready to go to the wedding.

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Dover beach

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Dover Harbour

I had a fantastic time in the UK, and caught with my lovely family and friends. Arrived home exhausted!

Only had a week to recover from jet lag (again) before I had to make the next cake. However that is in the next blog.

Until next time, happy baking 🙂

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Birthday Cakes

The Lone Kangaroo

The Lone Kangaroo

My last blog talked about my training for a 50 km walk, and I was talking about Birdsland (one of our training areas). I found this photo that I had taken and thought I would share with you all, as I feel incredibly blessed and lucky in the area where we chose to live. I originally lived in the UK, so seeing Kangaroos on my walks still amazes me, and I’ve lived here over 7 years now.

Back to the cakes.

First – a buttercream rose – giant cupcake

Buttercream rose - giant cupcake

Buttercream rose – giant cupcake

Buttercream rose - giant cupcake

Buttercream rose – giant cupcake

Second – Pigs in a mud filled swimming pool. The teenager who asked for this cake, wanted pigs in mud, but not a farmyard scene.

Pigs in mud filled swimming pool

Pigs in mud filled swimming pool

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And third – a disco inspired cake. My friend Seventies inspired birthday cake that the Mum wanted me to replicate from a google image. The original design is from Sugar Siren Cakes QLD.

For Chelsea

For Chelsea

IMG_4680I made these cakes, whilst cramming for my driving test, and getting ready for the UK trip. Cake it seems like buses, you wait to make one for ages, and then they all come at once.

Until next time, happy baking 🙂

 

Taking The Right Step with Go The Extra Mile Challenge

 

Go The Extra Mile - start line

Go The Extra Mile – start line

I haven’t been on here in ages!

Now normally I don’t do personal photos, however this one is an exception. As not only was I working, baking and being a Mum, somehow in between all that, myself and my walking partner in crime managed to train for a 50 km walk.

GO The Extra Mile is run by Focus on the Family Australia. Which is a not-for-profit Christian organisation dedicated to solving real life issues and offering relevant, practical support for all members of the family.

They tackle the challenging issues of teenage suicide, binge drinking, drugs, pornography, depression, bullying and teenage sexuality head on. They focus on academic and research excellence and their major programs undergo ongoing validation by independent experts. They concentrate on preventative education to help parents and teens recognise and stop crises before they happen.

We managed to train for this event in 12 weeks! We completed the walk in 11 hrs 39 mins, and raised some money for charity.

Go The Extra Mile

Go The Extra Mile

My health last year was pretty dodgy, so in January I decided enough, was enough and promptly went for a 12km walk through Birdsland (ironically you see lots of kangaroos, not so many birds).

I continued walking just to get healthier and, then I got my partner in crime, who is fantastically supportive. From there we decided to challenge ourselves. And we can talk until the cows come home about everything and anything! Which is important considering we were walking non-stop for up to 9 hours.

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We’ve decided that 50 kms isn’t enough of a challenge, and so we are now training to walk 100 kms.

I would suggest to anyone out there, that if your feeling not so good, that taking a stroll will definitely make up feel better. I feel healthier, refreshed, and my body relaxes after a long walk.

It was a beautiful day for a 50 km stroll

It was a beautiful day for a 50 km stroll

Not only have I been busy with training, but I have also made lots of cakes. I even flew to the UK to make my best friend from primary schools wedding cake.

So there will be lots of blogs heading your way.t