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.