02 February, 2011

Happy ??th Kate!

This is most definitely one for the majority of my followers. Thanks to Abby, I get a load of traffic from fashion and beauty bloggers. Hope you like this one, I'm not going to go into immense detail from now on about my big cake projects - unless I come across a really amazing recipe. The story behind this cake is that it was made for my other half's auntie. She recently hit a big milestone birthday, but she has no idea that anyone other than her own sister knows her true age... So I treated her to a nice cake, and she love love LOVES designers - this cake is very fitting for her :)
However, this particular cake was fairly hard to complete - and included a hysterical breakdown in my kitchen that my mother had to calm down because I broke my new icing syringe on the first use... Drama drama drama. I used some new techniques too, so I'll tell you about them:

- This was the first time I had covered a cake board in sugarpaste icing. Really easy to do, just roll out enough icing to cover your cake board, brush over a titchy bit of water onto the board and transfer your icing onto the board. Cut off any excess from the edge of the board and leave to set OVERNIGHT. Very important you let it set, as the next day when you assemble your cake you won't leave any fingerprint impressions in the icing.
- This was the first time I used edible glitter. The cake shop lady told me you can roll it into the sugarpaste, but I didn't find this very effective, unless you use a massive amount of glitter, which is just a waste. I used Sugarcell for the first time, too. This is effectively a cake glue, which sets like wallpapering paste and you can paint onto cake surfaces and icing - this is how I got the glitter to stick to the icing and how I got the zip and Chanel logo to stick, too.
- This was the first time I got to use my new ribbon cutter tool. At £11 it wasn't cheap for a tiny contraption with different wheels to create even ribbons. There was a serated edge wheel that I used for the stitching effect of the quilted purse. Effective!
This cake isn't perfect, I know. I know it tilts, and you can see the individual layers of sponge through the icing. I think I just got pissed off with it really and just 'made do' in the end. Once I attatched the logo onto the cake, glitter got EVERYWHERE. So it was a case of sprinkling glitter all over the entire piece to make it fit in. Hmm. I think I should have used dowels in the sponge too, since it has no support in it.

I may include some videos soon. I have another Uni assignment this term to do with interactive media. Hmm, food for thought, anyways...

Happy Baking x

12 comments:

  1. Completely amazing! I love it :D Screw the imperfections it looks perfect! xx

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  2. You would say that :P If I haven't said it before - thankyou for my blog layout! Remember the other day we were talking about your snowflakes in the background? I still couldn't see them on my pc, or on Jim's. And the buns look like you can only see the edges on here but on Sherelle's PC you can see pretty much the whole bun... My pc's messed up - but thankyou I know how it looks on other's screens! Love you xxx

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  3. That cake looks amazing! You are super talented!

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  4. Thanks so much! I've got three cakes to do in like 2 weeks so I'm gonna be a busy bee! xxx

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  5. O gosh!! Amazing ! I fall in love...

    http://aleksandradrzewiecka.blogspot.com/

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  6. You are so talented! I just came across your blog for the first time and it took me a few minutes to figure out that it was a CAKE and not an actual purse!!!

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  7. Thanks Robyn and Aleksandra! Haha I've had a few people make that mistake... The more I look at it though the more I see flaws so I'd like to do this one again sometime... xxx

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  8. Wow, so amazing cake! I actually thought it was a purse. Wish I would have patience to do something like that!

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  9. Kirsten, I've literally just looked at your blog, after you were recommended by The Roxy Loves, and all I can say is WOW! You are unbelievably talented! I wish I'd seen your blog sooner, as I turned 21 last Christmas, and would have LOVED one of your cakes (instead of the french strawberry tart I got - don't even like them!) Keep up the brilliant baking, and let us all know as soon as you've set yourself up professionally. I'm sure I'll be buying from you A LOT :D

    Steph xx

    Check out my blog at sbabet.blogspot.com

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  10. SO impressed, I'm obsessed with cake anything! I always wished I had the ability to bake/design because I think owning a bakery would be awesome--looking forward to seeing your next cake :)

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  11. OMG all your cakes look so amazing! Such talent - they're all so beautiful I wouldn't want to eat them!!! x

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  12. You're all too kind! Thanks for all the sweet comments! xxx

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