Wednesday, 25 March 2009

OK- Take a Deep Breath.........

....... A nice comfy seat and enjoy!

Last week I completed more cakes in one week than I EVER had before.
Surprisingly though- I seemed to make it to the end all in one piece.

My week of cake making started on Tuesday- I had a St Patricks Day wedding.
With not a hint of green on the cake, the couple opted for an opulent romantic design- that was totally gluten free too!
This three tier Ivory design had twisted tiers and black leaf and vine detail on the mid tier. A blood red ribbon was wrapped around the base of each cake and then fresh blood red roses were clustered across the cake to finish

With the base tier A Gluten free Dark chocolate Hazelnut and Raspberry cake- the mid tier Almond white chocolate and Macadamia and the top tier A gluten free carrot cake. The Carrot cake contained no added fats- no butter or oil- relying only on the Almond meal. It was delicious ( a perk of the job- making samples for "quality control").

With the Tuesday wedding delivered it was full steam ahead for the remaining cakes for the week.
My next cake was on Friday- at the Royal on the Park.
I had my little sister Alex with me helping me put together this three tier fresh flower stack cake.

I went into a panic right after this cake was done- as I lost my phone!! I was tearing through the rose rubbish, and crawling all over the floor- running back and forth to the car 3 times to check it wasn't in a box there- and then when I had the smart idea to call it with one of the staffs phones- a girl popped up and said "I just picked up a phone off the cake table"!!!!!!!!!AHHHHHHHHHHHH! seriously I know that is where I put it down, but she let me have a serious panic attack for a good 5 minutes, and tearing the place apart before letting me know this- and then she had the gall to say "you will need to describe it to me before I can give it to you"!!!!!!!!! So with my phone in hand and my heart rate slowly coming back down- we headed home to meet a client who was collecting a cake to take to Byron bay.

This cake was for a friend's Brothers 40th birthday. Held down in Byron bay Cupcakes were the cake of choice. A duo of blue and chocolate were the theme colours- and they looked good together.

Because I really wanted to see how this stand was going to look I had Alex do a quick mock up at home before the cakes were boxed up.

It was a very early start on Saturday. I had a cake to send over to Tangalooma Resort. Despite the recent oil spill- the line of traffic to get to the boat was enormous.
After moving my way to the front of the queue- I met up with the functions coordinator and placed the cake ( an 2 kitchen cakes) onto the boat- ready for the trip over to the island.
Being a beach wedding-the couple chose a Frangipani design.

Each frangipani was dusted in a mix of pinks and yellows. The cake had a soft peak royal icing finish.

Being voting day on Saturday meant that there was allot of traffic on the roads- all day. I really don't like voting day, the pushy campaigners shoving how to vote cards in your face, the queues to actually vote, and more often then not- the cake stalls being out of cakes by the time I get to the polling booth- but more on that later...
So with heavy traffic in mind- I came home and packed the car ready for run number 1!!
I always ring every venue the week of the event to arrange a mutually suitable time to deliver the cake. I make sure that the venue knows how the cake will need to be stored, and that all is A OK for the day.
So I was more than disappointed to turn up to the first venue only to have no one there. The venue had requested I be there between 10am and 11am as they had a large lunch function on.
After having Steve carry the cake all the way to the venue, then carry it all the way back to the car, only to re load it into the car and have to return later.

So this three tier twisted design go to go on a road trip whilst I delivered the other cakes on the first run.
The Bride had supplied black lace to match in with her wedding theme to wrap around the base tiers, and the top tier was a bit of "bling" with a double strand of strung diamontes around the base. Some of the rose buds had a hint of mushroom pink in the centres.
Eventually it got to the venue, no apologies on their behalf though.

I headed to the newly revamped Exchange hotel- back in my day it was "Club 131" now it is a funky looking hotel with schmick renovations.

This elegant- yet simple cupcake tower was the couples choice. Mel and Josh were fro Darwin and chose Brisbane for their wedding day. Simplicity of black and Ivory with - what my husband has dubbed- a" Vintage floral arrangement" on top.

Keeping with the black and white theme- I would have to say that this next cake is my favourite from last week- If I had to choose of course ;)
Replicated from and American magazine- I LOVED this cake!
It looks simple- but getting the stripes exactly right , and making the double blooming blossoms fit perfectly around each tier was a mathematical equation indeed. Not only is the cake beautiful, but the bride too is gorgeous- and looks uncannily like my youngest sister Alex! when Heidi and her mum met with me I was mesmorised by how much she looked like my sister. I even sent two mini cakes to replicate the cake, as a gift, because I liked the design that much!

After handing over the cake to the venue it was off to Hillstone- where I had my first of two cakes collaborated with Karen from Bliss floral.
This cake I did for the first time last September- and ever since it has been on my blog- I have had so many requests for it.

It looks allot larger than it really is. A double barrel base and single top tier. fresh white blooms to decorate, and a green organza ribbon around the tiers. The vertical palette marks give the illusion of a taller cake.

The next couple had chosen the same style of flowers and were inspired by the same cake too.
But with the absence of the palette strokes and with a double height top tier- a new design emerged.

It was back out to Sirromet to deliver this cake. I was worried all the way out there- as this cake is very tall, and even though it had internal support- I always have the little element of doubt in the back of my mind. But I am glad to say the cake arrived as perfect as it left my cake room!

The almost "signature" Cake that! Rose Sparkle design was also on order last Saturday. Held in the Quartz room of Victoria park, this pretty cupcake design is just that- really pretty.

I love the lighting in the Quartz room- for taking cake pictures. In my eyes they always look really lovely, and almost "real life" when taken in there.
So after a MEGA 8 hours of delivering it was time to vote :(
Being 4pm in the afternoon I expected all of the cake stalls to have dried up, I had been hearing in the radio all day people talking about lamingtons and chocolate crackles- and I was so hoping for one! It seemed the campaigners were still out in force, and after making my way through- with $6 in change in my hands (yes I had high hopes) I voted and then saw, tucked behind the sausage sizzle at the Alderley Kindergarten- was - what remained of- A CAKE STALL! WhooHoo! With only a few packets of home made biscuits left- I got a pack of chewy choc chip cookies and was a happy girl! My reward for voting!

The long day was not over yet. I had my cousins Birthday dinner that night, so no rest yet!

I also had a christening cupcake tower nSunday- the onl cake I didn't get a picture of form the week!

Well I have had a day of rest, and am in full swing for this week now.
I made it through13 cakes- from Tuesday to Sunday!


Anonymous said...

beautiful Sarah!!! your cakes are getting better and better.
my favourite one is the one with the green organza around it, is it buttercream or icing?

Sarah-Jane said...

The one with teh green organza is butetr cream iced.