Monday, 28 March 2011

Bring on any Challenge :)

Seriously- I cannot believe that it is going to be April in Friday! Where has this year gone??
Before I get to the cake that inspired the tittle- I have a little housekeeping.
I never mean to miss cakes- but when I get bad images, combined with choosing both from my phone and regular camera, and taking a gazillion shots of each cake- sometimes when scanning through I miss out on watermarking some.
So I thought I would catch you all up on a few that I had not included recently.
First of all was a Lego Cake for my Cousin.
He was up with my Aunt and Uncle and his Brother- in January- and his Birthday fell whilst he was up here.
We had a small family BBQ at my place to celebrate the occasion- complete with his favourite toy- Lego!
Being a last minute wonder the finish is not that of my regular standard- so please excuse the lack of attention to detail- but all in all- it was certainly cute :) 

I had also sent some Cupcakes up for a wedding at Northlakes- which the Bride and Groom collected- and I only had this quick shot of a select few together!
A variation of the Divine Blue Cupcake tower 

With immense gratitude I would like to thank the fabulous Ben Clark of Ben Clark Photography for Kindly providing a copy of the cake from Jacqui and Dylan's wedding day!

You can see more fabulous images from Jacqui and Dylan's wedding on Ben's Blog!

I have only had the pleasure of meeting Ben a few times in person- however he is so very lovely and down to earth- and ever so genuine and generous.......... but more on that in a blog to come ;-)

I had the pleasure of Making Deb and Josh's Wedding cake in Early February.
Deb was so gorgeous- inside and out! I know I always say how lovely my clients are- but really- they are!
Deb wanted something Cheeky and Fun- so she chose a variation of the Bride in Waiting design.
Matched in with her purple colour scheme- it looked pretty cute indeed!  

I love playing with the little details in this cake- like the one bare foot- and a Little cut wedding cake down the back.

Not only did I receive a stunning selection of images form Deb and Josh's day I also received this gorgeous Thank you from the Newlyweds!
"Hi Sarah-Jane
I have been meaning to email you for ages.
We just wanted to thank you so much for your amazing cake.
Not only was it delicious but we had so many compliments - such as the best cake people had ever seen. Everyone absolutely loved it and couldn't stop talking about it. 
Thanks again and all the best.
Deb and Josh"

The last cake I needed to catch up on was a Bright spark for sure.
Designed to match the couples invitations - this cake was Tangerine at the base- with a pearl ivory top with black invitation paper piping over the tier.
 To be honest- I was a bit worried I had made this cake too orange- yes it did match the invites perfectly- but it still had me concerned that the Bride would turn up and decide it was too much colour- but nothing could be further from the truth! She loved it! Phew!

The Third week in February had me tripping from Bribie Island to Sirromet- Seriously!

After a few morning consultations- I was off to Bribie Island to deliver this pretty Cherry Blossom Design.

This design was inspired by an image sent to me by the bride- I am uncertain who the original artist was - but now it has a Cake That! twist on it.  

I really like the soft green banding at the base- and the piped icing pearls- it adds a soft feminine texture to the finish.

After returning home from Bribie - it was time to pack up the car and set off to Sirromet.
My very great friend Natalie was celebrating her birthday in Lurleens that Lunch time- and due to my cake tripping- I didn't quite make it to the actual lunch- but did get a hour or so down time before having to set up the newest "Big Bertha"! of cakes.
This cake needed to be set up insitu. There was no moving his baby once it was together :)

With a reception set for over 170 guests - this couple had organised a dream wedding for sure.
The Restaurant was being filled with gorgeous flowers by Julie Vine.
Stunning arrangements everywhere the eye could see!
A fabulous band- with the most amazing singers rehearsed as we set up.
Personalised Fortune cookies and a Drool worthy Sweet table were being set and ready to go............ all the while my right hand man- Steve- and I set up the tallest cake I have done yet!

The cake itself was 4 double height tiers- set onto 14cm pillars- and filled with fresh Antique pale pink and cream roses between the layers and on top.
Whilst Steve can be the best of helpers- he is also still a man- questioning his own Brides abilities to create such a cake- pfft! Seriously sometimes boys should just learn to trust the designer- and not cast doubt!
Having created countless Fresh flower stacked cakes- this cake was just like any other in my mind (construction wise)- Having a level and sturdy base and great support will deliver a quality- jaw dropping end product! Guaranteed every time!

I always order extra blooms- just so I can pick through and choose which ones I want to use- this time was no different.


 Forming the Base Structure of the cake.

In this design was over 170 fresh roses- enough for one for each guest ;-P

This is the sort of cake that your guests won't miss (or forget) in a hurry.
Standing over 2m Tall once complete! I even got my 197cm Tall Husband to stand next to it for Size comparison :) (mmm and I now notice that he isn't wearing his Cake that! shirt either......)

And for the regular height 163cm peeps out there- here is a shot captured that makes me seem a little taller than I actually am! (the key is to stand back a bit)

Finished in all her Glory!

I loved hearing the whispers of the Sirromet staff........" I am not touching that cake"............"How on earth are we going to move that???"   LOL!  The cake itself wasn't going anywhere- but I can certainly empathise with the staff having to dismantle the monster gracefully.

 And before I end this blog- I have a few other images of the Cake set up- with some of the gorgeous room setting in the background.......... If only I could have captured the sounds of the band to.........

Whilst I absolutely adore this grand beauty- I can only imagine how stunning it would have looked with those sensational blue/green Hydrangeas in between the layers- delicious!

So a mammoth Thank you to Andrea and Anthony- Thank you for choosing me to create your Giant wedding cake!

I have made it most of the way through February now........... slowly but surely catching up.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Rocking it!

 For those of you who have followed my blog over the years may have seen that over the years I have been blessed to make one special little boys birthday cake.

Before my blog began I made Jai's very first birthday cake- and his beautiful mum Bianca had contacted me wanting Cupcakes to celebrate his first birthday.
Bianca came and collected the cupcakes from me - 4 January's ago- and set them up at her home ready for the celebration!

The very next year Bianca organised another cake for Jai's brithday with me.
This year it was all about Shrek!

I had made a 3D Shrek Face, complete with Shrek Lettering on the board- and a Wood-like board (just like Shrek's Cabin) to complete the theme.  

I vividly remember delivering the cake to Jai's house- and how excited he was to see the Shrek face- the kind of stuff that makes your day really!

I really appreciated and valued Bianca returning each year for Jai's birthday cakes.  His third Birthday- unfortunately I was away on Holidays- but Bianca was ever so kind to comission me to make Jai's 4th Birthday cake this January just gone.

I hadn't shared this cake on my January blog post as I only had poor quality images- like this one taken on my phone. 

A last minute switch to a Pirate theme- instead of the previous Toy Story theme- had me making a Pirate on an Island- complete with a Palm tree and treasure chest!
 The cake was topped with a Mini "Capt'n Jai!!" A treasure chest overflowing with Gold n Silver treasures, and a Sugar palm tree. "Capt'n Jai" driftwood and Happy Birthday bunting in the "ocean".
I LOVE how kids are so into cakes- and the little decorations- it brings back memories of when I was a kid and going to parties- and everyone wanting a mock cream piped flower off the Coles slab cake heheheh- but we loved it so much and it was always so very special!

I had delivered the Pirate cake to the Pool where Jai and his friends were celebrating his 4th Birthday.
Bianca was kind enough to send me through a lovely Thank you :

Hi Sarah-Jane

I wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for the cake on Saturday. The cake was BEAUTIFUL inside and outside. I was so happy at how gorgeous the cake was and it tasted amazing - everything was fantastic. I've received many comments about how great the cake looked and tasted. It was certainly the talking point of the party. But more importantly the birthday boy loved his cake and I don't think he wanted to share it!

I have attached a photo for you. This is a photo of the kids discussing who was going to eat what off the top of the cake:) just before the candles.

Thank you so much for making another one of Jai's birthdays so very special.

Thanks again

PS. Thank you for your great service and delivering the cake to us on the day!

So once again- Happy Birthday Jai! I hope your year ahead is super sensational! 

I am sure if you all think back to your childhood you will remember fondly how very special your birthday cakes were- I even feel inspired to dig back through the photo albums to see if I can find my own from all the years past........... we'll see ;-)

Thanks for reading

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Fast February..............

Honestly- where did that month go?

Here are a few faves from the first couple of weeks in February:
First up was a cupcake tower- that had a single Sunflower petal on each cupcake- later the florist placed fresh sunflowers on top :)

Next up was a classic style- with a Twist- literally!

Each tier was slightly twisted from the base- quilted centre tier and sugar roses for the top!  

Last year at the Brisbane High Tea Party I ran a competition for those who bought boxes of cupcakes across the weekend.
The lucky recipient won a tower of 30 cupcakes and matching top tier.

Themes to match in with her Birthday party- she chose a pale pink and green butterfly cupcake tower.
Pretty :)

Quite often I get asked if cakes can be made smaller/less tiers etc... Of course!
Below is a great example.
This cake is a two tier version of the Pure Glamour/four tier drape design

The last one for this blog was for a Birthday/Surprise Wedding!

Keeping in the Birthday theme- Disco Glitter hearts stars and numerals sprung from the top.

It was all about chocolate for this couple!
A chocolate Congratulatory plaque finished off the cake!

Congratulations Lyn and Craig! I hope that your guests were well and truly taken by surprise!

Thanks for reading

Friday, 11 March 2011

Cake That! on Twitter

Hi All
I have taken the leap into the world of Twitter- not entirely sure why- perhaps a bit of boredom on a Friday night! LOL!
So if you are interested you can Follow Cake That! and see what is happening in my world of cake!

And of course if you have any hints/tips or even instructions on how to use it- leave a comment below!
Thanks :))

A real cake blog coming soon