My First Two-Tier Cake



Although I am constantly baking and cooking, it’s been a while since I’ve made a “proper” cake.  Actually it’s been about 7 months, and it was a cake I did for Hubby’s 40th birthday.



Since then, I’ve been keen to get back into cake decorating, but life and toddler wrangling has kept me away.  Plus, I needed a big occasion to make one for.
So when I was having dinner at my next door neighbours house a few weeks back and she was talking about her son Jordan’s upcoming 1st birthday, I offered to do the birthday cake as my present for the birthday boy.  Inside I was getting all excited about cake decorating again, until Jordan’s older sister piped up and said “oh mum, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a little boy on top of the cake holding balloons!!!!”.  Oh Crap I thought.  I’d never done a figurine before…

So after a few YouTube tutorials and reading up my Planet Cake books, I made my first figurine.

ImageNot bad for a first attempt if I do say so myself 🙂

Initially, I had only planned to do a single tier cake.  But after I had made it, it just didn’t have that ‘wow’ factor.  So at the (nearly) last minute, well it was Thursday and the birthday party was Saturday, I decided to attempt make a second tier.  I also had reservations about the actual cake itself, as I usually use mud cakes for the decorated cakes as they are dense, can take the weight of decorations and tend to stay moist longer (I always brush each layer of cake with syrup anyway), but this time I changed recipes and used a “Devil’s Food Cake” recipe which was a little bit more ‘crumbly’ than the mud cakes and not as dense.  Luckily it all turned out alright.  One guest even said “it’s the best mud cake I’ve ever eaten”. Lol.  The top tier was devoured in seconds.



I still can’t get the nice crisp edges on the corners, but for now, I think I’m happy to live with the rounded edges.



Bubba’s 1st Birthday Cake

Edit: I haven’t been on my own blog for aaaaages, that I didn’t even realise I wrote this post and didn’t even post it. Doofus! I wrote this wrote this post in October (I think), last year…

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been 14 months since my last blog post. So much has changed since that last post – construction on our house started and finished, we moved into our new house and most importantly I had a little Baby Boy in September 2011!!

Which brings me back to this post. A few weeks back my little Bubba turned one, and for his cake I decided to re-create his favourite tv character – Hoot the owl from Giggle and Hoot on ABC2. The kid just loves Hoot. If he’s in another part of the house when Giggle and Hoot comes on the tele, he’ll crawl/run in his walker to look at the tv.

I considered doing a 3D version of the cake, but I had quite a bit on, so I decided to make the cake just using 2 different sized round cakes and joining them together. The head was chocolate mud and the body was white chocolate mud. The recipe and decorating techniques of the cakes was from the Planet Cake (1st) book. In hindsight, I should’ve Googled other Hoot cakes before I did the decorating around the eyes and eyebrows, but I got so caught up in doing the cake, that I totally forgot and only remembered when the icing had already hardened and set onto the blue fondant icing.

I got quite a few compliments for the cake, but the best one was from my son – when he saw the cake before I finished it and he started to say “Hoo Hoo” just like he does when Hoot comes on the tv.

Now, time to start thinking about what to do for 2nd Birthday…

Busy Little Bee

It’s been a busy week for me this week.  All my free time has been taken up with cake making and decorating.

Baby shower blocks

A while ago I saw a cake design for some baby blocks from both Faye Cahill and my copy of  the Confetti Cakes Book and I’d been wanting to make it, but with no kids of my own I had to wait for the right opportunity to come along.  So I was very excited when a friend who’s pregnant and lives in Adelaide said she was coming to Sydney to have her baby shower 🙂

I started off with a 20cm square white chocolate mudcake with white chocolate ganache. I then split it into 3 layers, cut it up and shaped it into 4 blocks (I only used the 3 best ones) then covered it with ready to roll icing.  And thanks to my friend, Miss P, I’ve been introduced to Bakels RTR icing.  This stuff is FABULOUS!!  Previously I’d only worked with the Orchard’s brand of RTR fondant as it was very easy to get (available in supermarkets) and not too expensive.  Miss P need fondant for a birthday cake, cupcakes and cookies she was making for her son’s birthday and could only buy the Bakels fondant in a 7kg block.  So as I was about to buy some Orchard’s fondant, I thought I’d take the punt and buy some Bakels off her.

Like I said, this stuff is faaabulous!  Very pliable, not very sticky when being rolled out, doesn’t crack when you roll it out and pick it up, doesn’t dry out too quickly and if it does start to get dry, just needs a little bit of a knead in your warm hands to get it back to lovely soft icing.   I think I’m in love ❤

2 B or not 2 B

Anyways, I think I’ve digressed a little.  The cake design wasn’t terribly hard, but if definitely pays to spend a lot of time on the ganaching stage to ensure smooth surfaces for the fondant to go on to.

Mum-to-be was very chuffed and hopefully had a block left to take back to daddy-to-be in Adelaide.

Not ready to give up my day job just yet...

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