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.





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.




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.