My Extraordinary Best Nine …

Welcome back to my first proper blog of 2019. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and an even better new year!

What a year it has been … I had the privilege of making some of the most awesome cakes for some even more awesome people. Here are my best nine …

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Top Left: This is one of my all time favourite cakes that I made. It was for a little girl called Amber. It was a chocolate cake with Swiss meringue buttercream, ganached and with a fondant covering. The cake also had some gold leaf and luckily enough, peonies were in season so I was able to use these fresh flowers to make a simple but beautiful floral display. The cake also came with matching cupcakes. The whole look was super elegant, simple and overall stunning.

Top Middle: Isn’t this cake just the cutest! This cake was made for my nephew Zachary who just loves ice-cream. It was a chocolate sponge which I carved into the shape similar to a cone. I also baked a half round chocolate sponge to use for the top of the cake. I applied a light covering of ganache all over before covering with fondant. My favourite thing about this cake are the biscuits. Zachary just loves biscuits so I painstakinly made his favourite biscuits: Jaffa cakes, custard creams, bourbon biscuits, jammy dodgers and of course chocolate chip cookies. The biscuits came out really well and I was ever so pleased with them. The finished cake came out so cute … just like Zachary. Very kawaii!

Top Right: This cake was for a little boy who is crazy about football! His father is an avid Manchester United fan … I think the cake was really for him. I used a sphere cake tin to make a chocolate sponge. I also made the rectangular football pitch out of sponge too. This was to allow the ball to sit comfortably on top of it. It was quite tricky to get the ball to sit securely … it did have a little wobble. I added the scarf around the cake to give the whole look a bit more personality. I bought some Manchester United logos that were made for edible rice paper and just stuck that onto the ball and scarf to finish off the look.

Middle Left: This simple giraffe cake was made for my daughters 10th birthday. Giraffes are her favourite animal and it was a no brainer that I would make this cake for her. Four layers of chocolate sponge, ganached and decorated to make it look look like a giraffe’s head. Sometimes the simplest cakes are the best cakes.

Middle Right: This beauty of a cake was made for a fabulous lady celebrating her 40th birthday. I loved the contrast in colour and style in this cake. The contemporaty black and white stripes against the elegant rose gold drip. The seasonal flowers just finished off this perfect look. It definitely was a stunner. Pure perfection!

Bottom Left: My neighbout asked me to make this Yu-Gi-Oh for her son who was turning 21. A coming of age cake for a young man who was still a kid at heart. A gorgeous vanilla sponge, ganached and covered with a deep purple fondant. I then used a paint brush to splash on some white edible paint. This was to give the cake a bit of a cosmic look … like the night sky with stars. I hand cut the Yi-Gi-Oh logo which was made of fondant. I try to make all aspects of my cakes edible, down to the little things like the logo. I also hand made the character (I forgot what his name was) and the ancient pyramid which I painted using gold edible paint. It was quite a tricky cake to make although it looks so simple. But the end result was great!

Bottom Middle: This cake was made for an old friend. It was her birthday and we all went out to a Korean BBQ restaurant in Soho for dinner. I decided to make this cake for her. I always wanted to try this tree trunk cake so I thought I would make it for this occasion. It took me almost 2 hours to make just the tree-trunk alone. The process invoved tediously rolling out little long slivers and individually sticking them to the cake. Then using a Dresden tool, I scored each sliver so that it looks like little pieces of bark. It did take a long time, but the result looked amazing! It was worth the trouble. I also made the little fondant fox on top of the cake. All the kids at the restaurant was fighting over it.

Bottom Right: Lastly, this awesome cake was for another nephew’s birthday. This little man loves Pac-Man so I challenged myself to make this. Pac-Man (although I do think he looks more like an emoji – it’s the eye brows … I did the eye brows a funny shape). It was a chocolate cake made using a sphere baking tin. Pac-Man was sitting on top of a rectangular sponge box. I had to have the box to allow the round cake to be able to sit securely on something. This cake came out better than I expected. Full of character and such a fun cake. My nephew is crazy about balls too so I made some balls on the side for him to admire.

I hope you like my best nine of 2018. It was an amazing year and I was given loads of opportunities to get creative and adventurous. I am so looking forward to 2019. I have so many plans and ideas that I can’t wait to share with you. I already have three cake orders next week so it’s getting off to a wonderful start! I can’t wait to share it with you all!

Have a great week!

~ The Cake Lady xxx

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