Simones cake creations

Simones cake creations
Rainbow cake

Thursday, 12 July 2012

80's cake with ET , Pac man, MTV and Barbie!! WHAT?! AWESOME!!

I did a great cake for a woman turning 30 , she wanted a cake that would reflect the awesomeness that was the 80's!! I loved the 80's, the movies , the lollies, the toys , the cartoons... let me be clear.. I did NOT love the fashion! NObody looked good in high waisted jeans..nobody.
I managed to get a boombox, Pacman, Barbie ET and MTV on the same cake! Fantastic! i went with barbie and pacman colours, so the first Tier was pink and the second tier was black for pacman.

bottom tier had MTV and a great yellow checkered pattern , as Checks were HUGE in the 80's

Pacman red and purple monsters, and a purple Boombox made of chocolate covered LCMs, covered in purple fondant. lime green pearls and

ET phone home! he was cool, i think ii loved him the best out of all the details and features of the cake! I loved him sooo much


barbie, bad photo but you get the idea... the traditional Barbie Logo

detail of ET and Pacman! there was alot going on in this cake... the back of the boombox

loved the cake and the lady was stoked too..xx

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Alexia's Communion Cake

This was a cake that I did for a friends daughter, a two tier mud and choc butter cake with chocolate buttercream., Its a traditional white cake with the bread and the wine , and a figure of Alexia on top.

 more pictures to come, but the young lady Alexia had given me a drawing of the cake she , that she had designed herself, she loves watching Cake boss! So here is the finished product, sorry i have no making pictures as, i have been Hella busy and its all i can do to post photos!

The Emo 18th Cake.... Cherry blossoms and Studs

This cake was a fun one to make, for a young lady turning 18, i call it the treemo cake, because the theme was black and white with studs and cherry blossoms but the trees were painted on and looked a bit creepy.... cool... but creepy. so the brief was a black and white themed cake with a black hat with studs and a single red rose.

here is a detail of the silver and gold studs on the band, and the studs on the 18, you can see the hand painted "treemos" and the blossoms...

and a detail of the hat, with the treble cleft and the red rose, you can also see the bow
The young lady actually owned a similar hat to that, which she loves to wear so the hat signified her alternative style.

love to you all... gots to run! xx

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Simones Version of a Strawberry Cupcake for Cake day

Today was cake day at my daughters school and as I lay my head on my pillow last night at 11.00pm, I realised that I hadnt made those pesky cupcakes i had intended to make. I vowed to get up early (7.ooam) and make some pink cupcakes for her stall. So I got up and got a packet mix, it doesnt really matter which one, I buy whatever is on special and go from there. I wanted stawberry cupcakes so I made the mix and thought, I could add strawberry essense but I might try out using some strawberry flavouring you put in milk..... so I bought some of my favourite stuff in the world added 3 tablespoons of some powdered strawberry Quik... just to see if it was strawberry enough, and also a dash of fushia food dye from Americolour. It looked very pink! I put them in little pans for the kids and that doubled my yield. I got 24 cupcakes instead of 12 muffins. But i mixed up some baby pink butercream and added some blue cashous. They looked adorable and i hoped that Hailey was happy to take them to the stall.....


Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sean's Cricket Cake

My friend Gretta ordered a cake for her son Sean to celebrate his 13th Birthday, it was a cricket inspired cake and I made it a rainbow cake with strawberry buttercream. I had free creative control of the cake as she didnt really mind what it was going to be... I liked that just gives me alot of room to imagine whatever I thought I could achieve. I set about baking a bright rainbow cake, two slabs buttercreamed together using my buttercream recipe, dyed green because that was the colour of the cake I had to trim off in order to shape it square.

So i put the square slabs together and brushed the cake with jam syrup to keep it moist and allow the fondant to stick instead of using white choc ganache. It helped to keep the square shape and the sharp corners... it was a well shaped cake after the fondant was applied.

I added fondant grass and a cricket pitch in lighter green

then i rolled out the green fondant, ordinarily i would have dyed the fondant the day before but i didnt have time due to family committments so I did no prep work for my fondant this time, but it worked well as the fondant was very soft and i achieved a very smooth finish. Catch 22 there sometimes it can be too soft and its difficut to apply in a slab across the cake.... but i used grease proof paper to flip it over and get an even coverage.... it was also a nice thin layer of fondant because it was nice and soft.... or maybe i'm getting better at it... lordy i hope so.

I made the grass texture with this cool tool.
I made the cricket pads and bat, my hubby who is mad for cricket said that Sean would have this kind of bat.

i cut out fence pailings from white fondant and stuck them on the side of the cake with a wet brush

i did the stumps with sandy coloured fondant on skewers stuck into the cake,
I rolled the skewers on the bench to get them evenly covered in fondant and reduce finger marks
I added a red cricket ball and a cricket bag for his gear, and i was going to leave it at that but i decided to add the figure just to make it a bit special. Using gum paste I rolled the body out and used a straight knife to get the details. I stuck a skewer up the middle of him poking out his neck to attach his head and a smller skewer across his shoulders to attach his arms
little teeth and beads of sweat eyebrows, for detail and grass stains on his knees and a red flush on his face painted on in dyes, shoe laces and eyes done in gourmet pen

you can just see the baggy green cap in the background next to his feet and of course i added a sign!
cos i am so fluent in cricket ...not! Mu hubby assured me that it was a funny sign.
lol me. Gretta and ean came to pick up the cake and they were impressed, its a cool cake... i said wait til you cut it, it a rainbow cake.
Gretta sent me these pictures from when they cut the cake, and you can really see the rainbow effect!
great colours and you can see how lovely and thin the fondant turned out!
it was a hit!
 Happy birthday Sean i hope you had a great party and you loved your cake!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Flower Cupcakes for Aunty Rita

I had a great day at my Aunty Rita's house making tradition Italian cuisine, the way my grandmother;my "Nonna" used to make. On the menu for our masterclass was eggplant croquettes, (melanzane fritte) and whitebait fritters.(nunnata)
For this occasion i made some mud cupcakes and a mini mud cake covered in fondant. i made fondant and gum paste flowers, and put vanilla butter cream on the cupcakes.

I was in a purple flowery mood, I tried to go for a lilac but ended up with purple! Story of my life!

The white bait fritters and the eggplant fritters.... the eggplant are waiting to be fried in this picture...drool.Such an awesome day , there were many sweets and savouries on offer!
next post I'll show you how i did those flowers and hopefully do a better

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Memory Box Memorial Birthday Cake for Gabby

I had the honour of making a memorial cake for my good friend Gabby's Grandfather who would have turned 100 if he hadn't passed away just weeks before his birthday. So armed with photos photoes of him and his medals from the war, his engineers set and what I remember of him, thinking about the fact he always drove around in his Jag... I set about designing a cake that would incorporate all those memories. So i decided to make a wooden memory box that held these things that symbolised him.
I started with his picture on fondant mixed with modelling paste to look like his photo.

I built up the edges of the cake after i ganached it and and used Rice buddy would say,sticking them down with ganache. 
My stupid phone switched off so I didnt get any pictures of making the war medals, which is annoying, or the making of the engineer tools and the jaguar mascot.

the tools were allmade with modelling paste and fondant mixed together half /half, and I did the detail on the medlas with my icing tip and a fondant tool... i coloured with gold and silver paint and copper coloured lustre powder.
The interior of the box is lined with blue fondant and sprinkled with blue coconut, to soften the look of the box's interior and make it look like it has been lined with material. Yep that meant at 11pm I was dying coconut. lol

theres a good shot of the Leaping Jaguar

I added his name and  Year of birth and death on the front of the cake.
I made the wood grain look with a sharp tool and drew long lines into the side of the cake to create texture and glazed it with apricot jam and water mixture to make it look shiny like a lacquered box.

I was really honoured to do this cake for Gabby and her family, Her grandfather was a real dapper gentleman about town, and it was a touching tribute to him on what would have been his 100th birthday. Happy Birthday Frank Couch Michell wherever you are!