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Thursday, June 23, 2011
I have not blogged in a while as I had my mother and father staying with me for the month of April, I was made redundant at work and then had 10 uni assignments due last month!
What I did do cake wise since my last blog was my very first 2 tiered cake for my engagement party! I was so proud of it – it took 10 hours and I did bite my mother’s head off a bit and it isn’t perfect but the I was so chuffed that I managed it without paying $100s on a cake course!
The imperfections that I could see were that the fondant was a little wrinkly if you looked up close. That was because I worked it too hard. It took me 5 goes to get the circumference of the fondant large enough to cover the bottom tier, meanwhile drying out each time. The ribbons are also a little cracked as I wasn’t working at a professional speed. The bottom tier must have been a little wonky as there is a slight gap between the tiers but I tried to hide it with some ribbon. Also the rip isn’t quite as good as in the Planet Cake book but better then my last 2 attempts!
The bottom tier is carrot cake with white chocolate ganache – the cake was perfect and moist – no shrinkage at all making it very hard to ganache! The top is chocolate mud with dark chocolate ganache. Both tiers were a great hit at the party. As my fiancé and I were cutting it I remember saying we should keep the top tier to eat later as that would be too much cake but it all went – in minutes! 10 hours of work in about 10 mins!
But it was worth it.
I am looking forward to the time in my life when I have no uni or a full time job and can practice lots and let our kids and school friends be the tasters!
After this I didn’t make a cake for 2 months due to the stressful time of the redundancy and uni, but then I had a baby shower with the theme ‘Cupcakes & Champagne’ and I thought I MUST make some cakes!
I tested the waters again with the white chocolate mud cupcakes with lemon butter cream which I hope to use for my wedding favours (more on this woe later...) and I tried 2 new ones – raspberry cake with white chocolate butter cream and a chocolate sponge. I had planned to make a chocolate icing for these but it was 10.30pm at night and there was plenty of white BC left so on that went!
So that night after work I made and iced 34 cupcakes – the icing wasn’t my best as I gave up trying that late at night so I took no photos. However, they were all a hit and now all I have to do is work out what will be best for the wedding!
Oh AND.... I did all this in my swanky new pale pink Kitchen Aid which I was very lucky enough to have been given on my 27th birthday thanks to my very thoughtful fiancé and lovely family!!!
Friday, March 4, 2011
I've made Tim Tam pops before as seen in my earlier posts but these look adorable! And I bet they are delicious!
I will HAVE to try them sometime - maybe one of my friends needs to have another baby so i can try this design!:-)
Monday, February 28, 2011