Sunday, 16 February 2014

She Touched My HEART and I Said YES !!

I know you all must be thinking here she goes again......... I don't want to go into too much explanation as to why I did this but the Title says it all I think....A 40th birthday cake for a musically inclined friend of ours requested by his dear wife. A Indian Classical Music Stage setting with few of the classical instruments. The base or the stage is made of vegetarian chocolate cake and the accents (Vennai, Mirudangam, Thamboolam with flowers floating, Indian Cymbals and the Leaf ), with fondant/ gumpaste. I didn't have enough time to experiment to see if I could make the Vennai (or  Venna,  a classical Indian musical string instrument ) all edible hence some parts of it like the strings etc is non edible.

As for my hands....I caused it, so have to go through with it. This time, it was especially taxing physically and time wise( I was asked  last Monday and till Wednesday I was still thinking of what to make while baking the cake, only on Thursday started doing something and finished it 4am Saturday!). At the end I was quite satisfied with what I was able to make  and very happy that they loved it but going through it again is what I wouldn't do till I fix my hands somewhat.......I know I am playing around with my hands instead of looking after it and there has to be a stop somewhere........ and hopefully it is from now on......

Monday, 3 February 2014

Happy Birthday to Meeeeeeee............................

I know I had already said I had done my last cake for the next 6 months in my last post I go breaking it......For the FIRST TIME I made a cake for my birthday ...Yeah yeah you heard right "FIRST time a cake for MOI, all lovingly made by MOI and little bit of self indulgence and what is wrong with that I say :-)

Self indulgence is okay but to stay up till 3:00am doing it while your hands are paining brings CRAZINESS to a new level.

Till two days before the D-day I hadn't even decided whether I will do anything, didn't feel like and was missing my parents a lot........ This decision sort of grew on me ....The kids wanted a cake, there was extra cake, fondant, buttercream etc... from last week, there were two roses I had made long time back ( A black/Burgandy rose and a two toned 'Osiria' rose)  and the centres for a Red Ranunculus which I made last year inspired by a photograph by Julie Scholz but never got around to finishing (How it ended up becoming a hybrid between a Red Ranunculus and Red Poppy  on the cake is a result of time and laziness)  and most of all I wanted to do something to keep myself occupied so that I don't think too much about my Parents and get myself down.

So the day before my birthday and on my birthday  I was still making the cake,  the flowers and doing the finishing touches. I wanted to try something colourful to keep my spirits up, I don't know whether it reflects ME but here you go MY BIRTHDAY CAKE. Hope you like it . Thank you so much for all your support.




Tuesday, 28 January 2014

A Princess Cake For Our Little Princess.

My darling daughter wanted a princess cake  and she wanted Princess Ariel because she had seen me do one before for a friend's daughter but I didn't want to repeat the same thing  and wanted to have a different twist on it so Ariel had a swing  to sit on which actually moves and then Frozen was supposed to be released and Princess Elsa and Olaf was a great temptation and it sort of snowballed on from there I ended up making  3 princesses and their friends for her 3rd birthday. Was she happy?......... well she was ecstatic from the expression on her face when she saw the I was pretty pleased too :-).

Also wanted to push my limits with this cake since it is going to be my last cake for a while ( at least 6 months to rest my hands and hopefully temptation doesn't step in :-)). It did take a while to create from loads of planning , to creating the cake board ( numerous visits to Bunnings the hardware store, to using the driller, hack saw, putting in all the support, ensuring that it is all food safe), to doing the figurines, to setting it up , making the cake and carving and putting it all together. It has been made with butter cake, chocolate cake and red velvet cake, orange flavoured butter crean and chocolate buttercream..

Few hiccups along the way and few things not very happy with..... The party for the family was supposed to have been end of last year but due to unavoidable circumstances was postponed to yesterday. I had real trouble restarting the cake after the X'mas/ New Year break and being sick just after,  only managed to waddle through beginning of last week and somehow managed to finish it, cook and arrange the party . Luckily I have found out that I seem to work better under pressure, I also had most of my figurines ready( Ariel, Jasmine, Elsa, Olaf were done last year but Flounder and Rajah were done last week) and I had so much help with the food and desserts; Thank you so very much, your help is greatly appreciated .

Today I have a splitting headache and my hands are gone, feel like a bulldozer had just driven all over me. Well I guess I will survive and all this for the love of my daughter :-).

Overall pretty pleased with the outcome. Hope you love my creation.  There is also a little video(not full size) to show Princess Ariel on a moving swing,  and princess Jasmine on a flying carpet ( This backfired a bit, initially she was going to be just on one support but I underestimated how back heavy she would be come and had to add another support :-( )......all this handmade my MOI......Hope my technical experimentation and my cake making is worth having a look :-). 

Thank you so much all you wonderful people for your awesome support so far.





Dessert made by my Sister-in-Law
Lovely green dessert by my Aunt.