Hand Painted Tie Dye Cake

Tie Dye Birthday Cake

Tie Dye Birthday Cake

First I must say this, that Jack & Holly are not twins, in fact they are best friends having a joint birthday party. And they both wanted a Tie Dye cake.

I got to hand paint the design, which I really enjoyed doing, as there is fluidity to the brush strokes. In turn has made me more determined to start hand painting more intricate designs on cakes. However all in good time.

I kept the design fairly simple. On the sides though half is a pink strip of fondant, and the other half is black fondant.

I’ve made a few cakes for this family now, and it makes a change from all the girly cakes, this way I get to have some young males ideas.

I wonder what they will ask for next??

Until then, happy baking 🙂

My daughters 5th birthday – she wanted a 4 tier cake with hanging crystals!

Her 5th Birthday Cake

My Daughter’s 5th Birthday Cake

About 2 months before my daughter’s birthdays. They start to doodle some designs and will give a rough outline for what they would like. This time however my youngest had very definite ideas about her cake.

It had to be 4 tier, and it had to have crystals hanging from it!

Her last cake was quite a delicate affair with hundreds of mini flowers in 5 shades of pink graduating down in colour. And only 1 tier. However this time she was after a more of a statement cake.

Due to the fact that she had invited her friends from kinder, this cake had to be chocolate.

The colours are from another cake she had seen online, in which she loved the mix of pink, green and the purple.

I was still feeling jet lagged from my trip to the UK, and so I found myself a little out of time, I recruited 2 of the Mums, and my Dad to roll lots of little balls, to surround each tier of the cake.

We had lots of kids here, and their parents stayed as well, so this cake was eaten pretty quickly. And only one tier was left to share amongst ourselves and my neighbours.

With the last crumb washed away, my daughter then announces that next year she wants an 8 tier cake!!!

Until then, happy baking 🙂

Happy Birthday to my little girl xx

Happy Birthday to my little girl xx

Muesli Recipe and a Chocolate Cake Display

Sandra V Window Display - Tecoma, VIC, AUS

Sandra V Window Display – Tecoma, VIC, AUS

Well here is my chocolate cherry cake on display at Sandra V’s. The display will be up until Mothers Day – 12th May for those who have forgotten.

I really like my cake in a window, and have a vision that one day I’ll have a huge chocolate window display with some really cool cakes, and sculptures. The ones where it makes kids and adults alike stop and stare. Until then…..

Our family muesli recipe

Our family muesli recipe

This is my recipe for homemade muesli :

* 1 1/3 cup oats
* 1 1/3 cup quick oats
* 1/3 cup almonds – roughly chopped
* 1/3 dried apricots – roughly chopped
* 1/4 cup sultanas
* 1/4 cup dried cranberries – roughly chopped
* 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas) – roughly chopped
* 1/8 cup dried blueberries
* 1/8 cup sunflower seeds
* 2/3 cup bran
* 2tbsp wheatgerm

– Mix all together and put in tupperware type of cereal container.
– You can add milk, or have it with yoghurt and add fresh fruit if you wish.

I brought large quantities of the ingredients, and just repeated the recipe until I had run out.  We ended up with 5 batches, in 2 containers. Mr Hollipops says (in his own words) “this is bloody lovely.”

It’s important to have a balanced diet with plenty of exercise, so even though I make these big chocolate cakes, which my family do on occasion get to sample or have their own, we as a family like to eat healthy and keep active.

For example, my husband runs marathons & ultra marathons, my eldest plays tennis, my youngest runs everywhere!! And I do my long distance walking. We allow ourselves some junk food, but the majority of the time it’s pretty healthy. I also make my own sauces so that I know exactly what is going into the food.

On that healthy note, I really need to start my day, things to do, and people to see.

Until then, happy baking 🙂

 

 

 

Chocolate Winter Wonderland House

176There is something about working with chocolate that feels very organic.

I love how you can turn chocolate into anything, in fact I find it easier to use than fondant including turning chocolate into veggies!

Chocolate veggies

Chocolate veggies

Chocolate trees with angel, veggies and flowers

Chocolate trees with angel, veggies and flowers

This house was a special request for a local primary school, to raise end of year funds. I decided that everyone does a gingerbread house, but not chocolate. So I decided to go for a chocoholics dream 🙂

The walls are chocolate with rice krispies to give the structure strength. I made 2 sheets. I then carefully cut out the template that I had drawn up.

Putting together was a simple affair, using melted chocolate as a glue.

After that it was just a matter of making it look like a house. With chocolate windows, flowers, veggie patch, and adding a lot of lollies!!!

Before the chickens were made.

Before the chickens were made

The next morning I decided that we needed chocolate candy cane looking window frames, and I was missing a mother hen and her chicks.

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Chocolate Mother Hen and her chicks

Chocolate Mother Hen and her chicks

White chocolate and marshmallow chimney

White chocolate and marshmallow chimney

Chocolate door :)

Chocolate door 🙂

There is no cake inside, this was a hollow structure, it still weighed quiet a bit. I must admit I pulled a shoulder muscle carrying it up the hill to the school. Who needs the gym when cakes are my weights.

I also made a little chocolate Christmas scene for my daughters teacher for a small gift.

All Chocolate - A Mother hen's Christmas

All Chocolate – A Mother hen’s Christmas

Lastly – I’ve had a topsy turvy 2012, one that I would not wish to repeat, so I am looking forward to a new year, and a fresh start. And with that I would like to wish all that view my little blog a wonderful 2013.

Happy New Year to you all and to all a goodnight xxx

Cake recipe + 1 cup of drowsy = not a good idea

Chocolate Cake

I’m too tired to decorate properly cake.

My eldest daughter volunteered my services to make some chocolate cupcakes for her class party. Her teacher had said it was a wonderful idea. Shame she didn’t tell me… well she did give me a couple of days notice. After all her and her teacher had discussed this 2 weeks prior.

This was all going fine, up until I had to take some medication.

This little tablet made making cupcakes one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done.

I sat down making all the pure chocolate decorations in the afternoon, so by the time I had baked, cooled and piped a swirl on top, I knew that it wouldn’t take long to finish and head for an early night.

Class party cupcakes

I love my chocolate roses, I’ve definitely improved my technique since I first made them last year. Thinking about it, I’m glad I took photos, or I wouldn’t really remember these cake at all.

I had enough cake batter left over that I made our house a little cake. With some brushed sugar syrup to keep it moist and oodles of chocolate buttercream to please my sweet tooth. I was so tired that I grabbed the biggest piping nozzle I had, and piped this cake in 3 minutes. I don’t even remember putting the gold balls on (so it was a nice surprise in the morning).

The up side to the cupcakes was the class loved them, and one even said it was the best cupcake they had ever had. So I must have done something right that evening. The kids especially like the modelling chocolate decorations.

Fortunately I don’t have to take this medication again, so no more sleepy baking sessions.

I have a few things planned for October. I am doing a 3 tier chocolate cake inspired by Van Gogh ‘Starry Night,’ for the school Arts Festival. The cake will either be a raffle or silent auction – must be strong and not bid on my own cake…or I won’t be able to fit into the wedding dress for next year.

There is a few birthday cakes, and obviously Halloween. Which I must improve on my Jack O Lantern Cake from last year – in the gallery.

I also want to make a Hansel & Gretel wicked witch house. Again, must remember my waist line!

A friend of mine has also asked whether I’d be interesting in teaching some cake basics to some customers of hers. So there are plenty of things to keep me busy in the next few weeks.

And not only baking,I have my knitting class to plan. Must design and knit a springtime shrug, write the pattern down. Easy peasy…. much easier than baking with a dose of drowsy.

 

 

 

My 2.5 Hour Cake

A Birthday cake for my Dad

I was having a housework day. You know the ones that you are completely in the zone and getting all the jobs done. I had a plan…..

The plan changed.

My youngest daughter pointed out that it was her Pop’s birthday and that it would be an excellent idea that we make him a cake. I love the term ‘we’.

How to fit that in with the major housework that I was doing.

So this was my day.

From the moment my eldest went to school I cleaned, right up until I picked her up from school.

At 4.15 I started to make and bake. While the cake was baking I had to decide on decorations.

So I cut out flowers, lots of them.

My youngest asked me if I had any idea how was I going to put the flowers on the cake. My answer – I had no idea.

Between baking, and decorations I had dinner on the go.

I placed the cakes straight in the fridge to cool down quickly so that I could put the chocolate buttercream on. Fortunately the cakes were small so they didn’t take long.

I layered and covered the cakes with the buttercream, followed by a lovely layer of chocolate fondant.

At this stage my parents walked through the front door at 6.30pm. I very quickly placed  the chocolate fondant flowers and leaves on the cake, there was no plan for this.

With a little lustre spray just to make it sparkle the cake was ready at 6.45pm – 2.5 hours after I started.

Cake all finished

Top of the cake

The cake was enjoyed by all and the taste was lovely, especially as it was just out of the oven.

It’s not my best looking cake, but what I have come to realise, is that a year ago, there would have been no way that I could achieve a baked and decorated cake in that time of 2.5 hours. I would have barely got started.

I have now a better understanding about how cakes are put together in speed, and I still have a looonnnng way to go in technique, but feel that I am getting more confident in my abilities as time goes on. And I know that if something goes wrong, that I can handle a situation where speed is of the essence, again a few months back, I would have gone into a blind panic.

Change of subject – I get to make another boys cake next week, which I love doing something different from my normal girlie style. Sometimes we all need a little break from pink.

Plus there are a couple of other projects in the pipeline, all of which I will share with you all at a later date.

Until then 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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.