Month: September 2015

50 Golden Years

I always think that to reach a landmark wedding anniversary like Ruby, Golden or even Diamond is an amazing and special thing. It is beautiful and inspiring to witness two human beings who have, through thick and thin, clung on to each other and the promise they made (often in youth), making a life (and often a family) together along the way. When I am asked to make a cake for such an occasion I feel privileged to be a part, albeit small, of their celebration. A few weeks ago my friend asked me to make a cake for her parents’ Golden Wedding Anniversary, and I was delighted that I had the time to oblige. She is the first to admit that creativity and art isn’t her strong suit (she is more of a Science lassie) and was a little unsure what design to go for. This meant I had a bit more freedom to come up with something that was classic, yet felt fresh and modern. Once I had settled on the idea of …

“If this cake was a woman…

…she’d be a really luscious beauty living it large.” That’s what the lovely Christine, a woman who follows my Facebook page, said about this cake. Another, an old school friend, said, “It’s so sensuous and decadent”. I wasn’t especially going for either of these descriptions or responses when I set out, but I am thrilled that this cake, my mum’s 70th birthday cake, has garnered such praise. All she asked for was a chocolate cake. She didn’t care what it looked like really. She’s not that into aesthetics, and she’s not that into cake or chocolate either. But, despite this, she likes a good chocolate cake, and has a weakness for simple chocolate buttercream (butter, icing sugar and melted dark chocolate). Having been given a total free rein with the design, I went through about ten different ideas and designs. There is so much inspiration out there, especially on Instagram, and especially from cake makers and pastry chefs in Australia. I went back and forth between fondant designs and less formal cakes, adorned with additional …

Rolling out fondant again.

I’ll keep this post short and sweet, but I want to share with you the cake that I made for my friend’s 40th birthday party last night. You see I don’t just make bread, and cakes with chocolate running down the side. In fact, cake decorating with fondant and royal icing was probably my passion for many years, though I did love to bake the cake inside. I think I can blame the Generation Game on television when I was a very young child for the early interest in cake decorating. Sometimes the contestants on this 70’s game show would be handed a huge piping bag, filled with icing, and a tiered cake, and charged with the task of decorating the towering confection in minutes few. Of course, a professional with a tall chef’s hat on would first demonstrate with the ease and calm of a gliding swan for these amateurs and the audience at home. But when the hopeful father and daughter teams made a start, what followed was usually very messy and always …