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1969 Mustang Boss cake

Dark chocolate mud with dark chocolate ganache. Board is covered in black vinyl. Mustang car is fully edible and made of LCMs (rice cereal treats) and white modelling chocolate covered in fondant. Shiny look comes from painting whole car with crystalline. The mustang logo was done by getting an outline from google, cutting out thick grey fondant of the outline, then using the balling tool to indent to the shape of the mustang horse on the mustang logo. Once the definition was in place I painted with silver lustre dust. I started with silver airbrush sheen but thought the lustre dust gave a better finish.

Shoebox cake

70th birthday cake for Carole – lovely lady who looked 55 at the most! Cake is orange-almond gluten free. All items are edible except the “bling” – the “70″ and the sparkles over the strap. There is also a wooden skewer in the heel of the shoe supporting it and holding it onto the cake. The shoe took approximately 1 week to dry. It is based on my own massive size-12 shoes, so is quite large, the cake measured 20cmx30cmx10cm (roughly A4 size). I carved a mold to dry the shoe over from styrofoam to give the nice curve in the sole – as I’ve seen a lot of these shoes that have quite sharp angles from the things they are laid over that you wouldn’t see in a real shoe. The other option suggested by many websites is that you use a real shoe – something cheap that you can rip apart – but I didn’t really want to be drying something people would eat over a real shoe (even if it was brand new and never worn :-) ).

The shoe is made out of fondant stengthened with tylose, and painted with Crystalline. My first time using Crystalline, it has a similar consistency to piping gel but is slightly thinner and paints on better (doesn’t leave such defined “brush” marks as piping gel does). For overall flawless gloss effect I still prefer Canola oil but this is a temporary effect that needs to be re-painted just prior to serving so not practical unless the decorator is going to be attending the event or delivering very shortly before cutting.

The C “Label” on the shoe was meant to represent “brand Carole” and was a last minute addition after the shoe snapped in the middle. This label covered up the break nicely and held the shoe together. I learned a couple of lessons with this one: make the sole thicker so it is stronger, and also make a spare shoe. I think it never hurts to have a spare one on hand for those last minute orders we all get but often can’t take because there is not enough prep time or you are busy with other orders – if you have a spare on hand it takes a large amount of the work out.

The board is covered in white vinyl and there is a black ribbon around the edge.

Happy birthday, Mr President.. Marilyn Monroe cake

Marilyn Monroe cake for Michael’s 70th birthday. Cake is dark chocolate mud with dark chocolate ganache. Marilyn is a printed image, in a “frame” – grey fondant with imprint from curly imprint mat, hand-painted in silver.

Orange, ivory, and gold

Two tier cake for Veronika’s 40th. Design started with a request for orange coloured icing, on either a dark chocolate mud cake or and orange almond cake, so I did both. Bottom tier was dark chocolate mud and top tier was orange-almond gluten free. Top tier is patterned with a swirl fondant mat I was given recently (thanks Cel!) and was keen to try out.  It was also airbrushed with pearl sheen for a bit of a “lift”. ”V”s around bottom tier with a combination of continuing the swirly pattern from the top tier and a play on “V”. These are piped and hand painted with gold lustre dust and rose alcohol. Board is deliberately left uncovered because I liked the gold colour with the rest of the cake. Top tier has diamante “bling” around the bottom just because. Birthday message was piped and handpainted with pearl sheen to match the top tier.

Suzuki Hayabusa

Suzuki Hayabusa Motorbike cake for Peter’s 50th birthday. Cake is white chocolate mud filled with white chocolate ganache (PC recipe). Cake shaped then covered. Entire cake covered in black SatinIce, then airbrushed with Spectrum Silver Sheen to give charcoal grey/metallic flecks look. Board is covered in blue SatinIce. Hayabusa symbol handpainted with gold lustre dust mixed with rose spirit. Used http://www.the-blueprints.com to get outline shape of bike – very useful site, has nearly 50,000 blueprints of so many different types of items. Wing mirror modelled and inserted with toothpick. Bike stand, footrests, and kickers all modelled with flower wire and covered in fondant (with some tylose added). Modelled the exhaust in cake, in future I would leave this out of the cake modelling and add later with fondant or gumpaste as I think it made the exhaust look too chunky.

Hawaiian Island cake

Island cake for an Hawaiian themed birthday party. Cake is coconut flavoured with dark chocolate ganache. Palm tree is made by individually wiring each palm leaf and each coconut and then grouping together with florist’s tape. Wire gauge used is 20″, but this was a bit too stiff, I think next time I would go for 22″. Surfboard is made from SI gumpaste and took 3 days to dry. It is stuck into cake using toothpicks. Board is covered in blue fondant and then painted over with blue piping gel, I wasn’t completely happy with it – I think next time I need to use more piping gel.

Risque Business

 

Cake for Hen’s night that is a little bit “naughty”. Cake is white chocolate mud filled with white choc ganache. No leftovers on this cake as the “package” is made out of cake pop mix (ganache mixed with cake crumbs).

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