28 July 2013
My dearest friend Evelyn asked me to do a cake for her daughter - our beloved Gabrielle who turned 8 on Sunday. She was telling me that Gabby and her best friend are really into Monster High at the moment. Gabby found a cake she wanted when searching for ideas that I saw a similar design on the CakeCentral. As soon as I completed the sketch of what I wanted, I was so excited to make it.
This cake was a 4" and 6" round tiered checkerboard mud cake, iced in ganache with fondant accents and a bling number 8 (she wanted one as soon as she saw my birthday cake) on the side. I thought I used the original design to create a gum paste initial G for the topper.
The top tier was covered in pink fondant and decorated with purple pinstripe diagonal pattern. The stripes were made using my pasta maker - you could get the same effect with a ribbon cutter. The bottom tier was covered in true black fondant and decorated using diamond cutters and white stripes by using my gum paste gun to make the argyle pattern on the sides. The ball border is fondant in purple, black and pink.
I worked on making the rolled gum paste skull a week before the birthday from a picture of the skull I downloaded off the Internet; then transformed it into a template for cutting the gum paste. I then painted the bow with pink shimmer lustre dust that was mixed with Vodka. I love the extra shine added to the look.
I created a matching birthday card. Please check it out via "巧比工作坊“. I hope you enjoy looking at this cake, I know I can not take my eyes off it.
Happy 8th birthday, Gabby!
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15 July 2013
Oh my, I am now half way of my 30s. God bless me with a good hubby, a cute son and many wonderful friends. This year, I had a birthday party at our local park where it provides kids friendly playground of all ages and a few BBQ stations.
My party theme was Chevron print in pink and blue. Hence, I have a Candy Table filled with pink and blue sweets for my guests i.e. French Macaroons, Strawberry Yogurt in a jar, Popcorns and Mini Marshmallows.
My design of the party was inspired by chevrons in of course. A simple & chic pink and blue chevron cake accented with a handmade sugared Ranunculus, some store bought hydrangeas and bling number 3 & 5 toppers were included in my design.
The cake itself was a checkerboard using our delicious dark chocolate and white chocolate mud cakes (I decided on this way before the show from The Australian Greatest Bake Off if you wondered where I got this idea from). Sorry that I haven't got a chance to show you inside the cake because we finished it pretty quickly.
I hope you enjoy my own birthday creation. I can't wait to share my next cake in two weeks for our dearest Gabby's 8th birthday. She wants a "Monster High" Cake. Hopefully I can meet her expectation. She wants a checkerboard cake as soon as she saw my cake. I hope I have time to photography it next time.
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