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Raptor cake

 

Last time my nephew came to visit, I decided to make him a Raptor cake, as that is his favourite dino. Here are some progress pictures I took of the project. 

I used MDF for the board and (this time) I remembered to glue some foam board squares underneath the board to make it easier to move the board/ cake around. I just cut some small squares of foam board and hot glue gunned (yes..I do use this as a verb…I used my hot glue gun so often that it needs to be used as a verb in my world!) 2 layers on 6 different locations on the board. You can buy special diy items for this, but A. I can never remember what they’re called and B. I find this option much cheaper! 

 

I used Liz Marek’s tutorial to create the crackled board effect to make it look like hot lava! Check out her tutorial here: 

And then I added my copper pipes to create the structure. I used tape around the tubes to make it food safe. 

For the head I just used polystyrene, because I ran out of Rice Krispies Treat! :-D! And also, I wanted to play with my hot wire foam cutter! (Link to the one I got here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N3OK6O4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1) 

I then did some work on the inside of the mouth and tongue. For this I used fondant and some lustre dust to add more shades of pink. 

After ganaching the whole cake structure, I added some fondant details to the head, neck, thighs and legs.

And then added another layer of fondant on the whole thing. 

I painted the eye with some food gel colours and a little alcohol. 

And then airbrushed the rest of his skin, because nobody’s ever seen a white dino….

Doesn’t he look cute and adorable with no teeth or claws!! 

Mani-pedi time! 😀

And there is he is finished…in all the glory of my blurry pictures at 3 in the morning, because hey….Who needs sleep?! …

 

My kitchen aid looks so small next to him…

 

Edible prints

I have recently decided to invest in an edible printer in order to have more freedom with what I print for my cakes/cupcakes. I’ve always found it quite reliable to order from edible printing companies, but I sometimes lack the organisational skills to order my prints on time, and also I thought it would enable me to have more spontaneity with my prints.

So I ended up ordering a new Canon printer, which isn’t specifically for edible prints but as long as it’s never had actual inedible ink used in it, then I figure it’s fine to use with edible inks.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009D07OVQ/

I also bought this bundle of edible ink, which was surprisingly easy to set up –
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/6042525026/.

Obviously there are many different printers to choose from, as well as edible inks, but these are the ones I went with.

I must say I’m quite happy with my purchase. The quality of the prints is very good – this is marketed as a photo printer.

Also, I bought some icing sheets and rice paper sheets to be able to print on.
I find the quality is much better on icing sheets, but rice paper is fine to use for images that don’t require very fine detail.

So here are some examples of the prints I have done so far.
This one I printed on rice paper. It is an image on a screen that I did for a cataract operation scene for a charity event. I think it came out really well and I don’t think I would have been able to get that amount of detail on it by doing it by hand (and that’s not even mentioning the time it saved!)

I also printed these cupcake toppers on an icing sheet. First of all, I got the images into word processing software (something that allows me to draw circles and give me ‘real life’ measurements) and also cut some fondant discs, which needed to dry first. As the icing sheets are quite thin, I felt that they needed something to sit on in order not to be floppy.

 

And here is the result of the cupcake with it on:

I also made these on icing sheets using the same principle:

And last but not least, I also made these adorable little cupcake toppers, by scanning my daughter’s drawings and then printing them on icing sheets. We made them for her last day at nursery to give to her teachers and I was very pleased with the end result. I was also very proud of my 4 year old, as she made the cupcakes, the buttercream and cut the disc of edible drawings. (Note for those who’d like to ask their children to do this: give your child a printed page with the size of the cupcake discs to make sure their drawings fit on the cupcakes :-D)

Well, I’m off to think of clever ways to utilise my oh so wonderful printer!

PS: Please note that if you don’t feel ready to invest in an edible printer, there are loads of companies that will print them out for you at a reasonable price. I have on many occasions used www.edibleprints.co.uk and they are fantastic. Really fast and reliable service.

PPS: I also came across this company that offers edible image software solutions. Go check them out: https://topperoo.com/

Aubergine shaped cake

This is the aubergine cake I made for my mum’s birthday. She loves aubergines so I thought, why not! That being said, the cake was not aubergine flavoured, just aubergine shaped. I tried an aubergine cake, but wasn’t happy with how it tasted… Oh well! you try and learn! So this was a red-velvet chocolate cake with salty caramel swiss meringue buttercream!

Had lots of fun making it, especially the stalk and the slices of aubergine which had lots of different lustre dusts on it to replicate the real colour of the aubergine.

Peppa Pig House Cake

One of the things I love about being a cake decorator is that people take the decisions of the cakes they want for me! Every year, when my daughter’s birthday is coming up, I go through hundreds of ideas for what I could do for her cake (I’m not even going to go into the ideas for the rest of her birthday preparation, such as the party, decorations, the venue etc…)

So this year was no different, and every time I asked my daughter what she wanted (over the course of a couple of months prior to her birthday) I was given a different answer…(I’m not sure why I’m expecting anything different…she is only 3 after all)! After weeding out a few themes, it came to a toss between Frozen and Peppa Pig! The decision making was THAT excruciating that I almost followed my husband’s idea of creating a hybrid of Anna & Peppa Pig (His idea was to make a 3D Peppa Pig dressed as Anna :-D). Sadly this idea never saw the light of day; but you never know, it might be something to do on one of those rainy Sundays!

So anyway, after 2 months of decision making torture and decision grids extravaganza, the results were in: A Peppa Pig House Cake!! (I realise that this doesn’t come as that much of a surprise seeing as that’s the title of my blog post…)! Once that was decided, the rest of it was all Sunshine, lollipops and rainbow! :-D!
Here are some photos of the finished projects!

I think my favourite part of this cake was being able to offer kids ‘sandwiches’ 😀

Sadly, amongst the mayhem of planning and hosting a birthday party for a toddler, I never got a chance to take a ‘nicer’ photo of the end result, so you’ll have to excuse the clutter of my living room bookshelves!