Busy busy bee!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Howdy everyone, how are we all?

Me? Well I have been super busy caking!

Saturday I had 80 chocolate salted caramel mini's for my neighbour Jess's 30th birthday.

Then on Sunday Kari and Michaels wedding. I LOVED creating this, especially the cutting cake. I loved Kari's idea of the vine running around the cake and once I finished it I was really happy with the look.

Not to mention the awesome cupcake flavours Kari picked, Jaffa, Mocha and What's up doc? (Carrot) I got a lovely text on Monday letting me know the cake was a hit! Love that!

And lastly on Monday I had a lovely order for a little brother from his big sister. Gretl has moved away and wanted to surprise Cahn at school with some special cuppies, what an awesome sister!

So that's what I was up to this weekend, oh and I baked a yummy raspberry tart it was delish!

And I also wanted to let you all know I know have my website up and running, all the important information is on there. www.cupkates.com.au

Happy Caking,

Kate xo

Lara's Christening

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Paula contacted me about making a christening cake for little Lara. Once I told her I was available for that date she sent me through a photo of the design she wanted, I laughed so hard when I opened the attachment.

It was a design of one of my bestest cake mates Amanda from Cake Delish! I quickly sent her a email asking for permission to copy her design and the love happily granted it!

When I started work on this cake I was a little apprehensive, Amanda is so talented and I wanted to do her design justice. Once I got into the groove I had heaps of fun decorating this one I changed a few little things but overall it's Amanda's design.

I am extremely proud of this cake, I absolutely adore it and was a little sad to deliver it to the client. This "big" cake business is hard work but so rewarding.

Oh and it's raining cats and dogs here at the moment and the humidity is horrendous which equals a decorators nightmare. Once your beautiful cake comes out of the air-conditioning it becomes sticky and tacky but unfortunately there is nothing that cake be done about it, it's all part of living in the tropics!

Happy Caking,

Jane and Stephen's Wedding

Jane and Stephen contacted me a few weeks ago about making their wedding cake. After discussions we came up with a design, involving skulls!

Jane wanted to incorporate Stephen's interest in skulls so we went with it! Jane also had purple gerberas.

The cutting cake was chocolate mud and the cupcakes where chocolate lover and choc coconut.

I hope the couple had a lovely day, unfortunately it was very wet here but I'm sure that didn't bother them! It does make a decorators delivery job very difficult but thats another story! :o)

Happy weddings and happy caking,

Old Tom

Bernie contacted me to make some cupcakes for her son Tom's 17th birthday.

Tom's nick name is "old Tom" do you remember the series? So thats the theme we went with.

Old Tom is an edible image. I will soon have my own edible image system so any photo or cupcake you like can be put on a cupcake.

Chocolate Salted Caramel flavour

Happy Caking,

Liam's Boobies!

One thing I love to do is tease my little cousin Liam :P So when my Mum suggested making him a boobie cake to take to the restaurant for his 18th birthday I jumped at the chance to embarrass him in public.

I had heaps of fun making these babies and I'm not really into novelty cakes. Liam loved the cake and we got some great candid shots!

Breast wishes and Happy Caking,

My Uncle's 50th Birthday

My Uncle Craig turned 50 and it was a huge celebration! We had family come up from NSW and over from WA.

My Uncle is quite partial to his hat and pluggers so we incorporated that into his cupcakes.

Chocolate lover and Jaffa flavours.

Please excuse the photo quality as I forgot to take some at home before we left.

Oh and thanks to my Mum and Aunty for their help with these ones, my Aunty even managed to sneak away with my top secret chocolate cupcake recipe!

Happy Caking,

John Deere Cake

This cake was created for a christening for 120 people, it was huge and so heavy!

The tractor was modeled from rice krispy treats or as well call them here LCM bars. This technique is very popular in the states and I decided to try it because I didn't want the tractor to be too heavy to sit on the cake.

Happy Caking,

What I learn't at PC headquarters...

I know it's been nearly a month since my trip to Sydney but I have been so busy with orders that I haven't had time to update, so here goes!

First we started with a round explosion cake, we did this in one day. I called mine "ode to the cupcake". It was a great starting point and a great way to be introduced to the basics.

Then on Tuesday we worked up to a square. Now a square is quite a bit harder then a round. You are wanting to keep your edges crisp and clean and aviod tears and rips on the corners of the fondant. This was a massive day...as well as ganaching and covering we learn't how to make the bow and model a figure. Suffice to say we left very late that day!

Wednesday, I was so looking forward to wednesday! We got a bit of a break and did a baking demo, some more figure modeling and different piping techniques. And the absolute best part of the day was lunch with Paris Cutler owner of Planet Cake! We chatted over lunch and she let us in on a few trade secrets as well as some very funny bridezilla stories :o)

Thursday and Friday where big days! We completed our training with a square 2 tiered magnolia cake. Learning how to make a sugar flower was fantastic, something I have wanted to try out for a while. And my squares while not perfect where definately improving! We learnt some very useful tips and tricks!

I thought with my knowledge of cuppies I would have an edge but seriously this cake business is a whole new ball game, and with me being a perfectionist I found it a little stressful at times. But oh my gosh it was so worth it and I can't wait to hopefully get back next year to complete the intermediate course!

Happy Caking,