All posts tagged: cake

Happy happy birthday!

In November it was my 21st birthday! Woo! To be perfectly honest, it’s not quite as big of a deal here in Australia as it is in USA. We can drink and drive (not at the same time hah) at 18, but it’s still a big deal. It means I’m actually turning into a scary adult! The ladies at Flower Market Expresso sent me some absolutely beautiful flowers including lovely white, pink and red roses and a big, beautiful pink peony! What a surprise that was, I was sitting in my pyjamas eating chocolate when I was surprised by a courier. I awkwardly had to accept them in my terrible, terrible.. just terrible, smurf pants.   I was very spoiled and my wonderful boyfriend even baked me a cake.Β Last year he tried to bake me one and it was such a disaster, haha! It had so much food dye it didn’t rise past an inch, so it was this dense blue cake that stained everything it touched. Needless to say, I loved it oh so …

Neapolitan Cakes

I was on pinterest I think, and I saw someΒ little neapolitan cupcakes. I loved the colours and it reminded me of my childhood. We always had neapolitan ice cream because my mum loved vanilla and my dad loved strawberry. I immediately thought I should make something neapolitan, but not cupcakes, I wanted something a little bit different. After finishing my never-fail brownies (the recipe is coming soon!) I didn’t really know what to do with them. At the same time, I also had a craving for some nice vanilla cake, so I had baked a nice big one and then I had an idea. Why not make theses into neapolitan cakes? I searched the house for some small circle cutters and found none, so I used shot glasses. Folks, I do not recommend this! When I pushed down on the brownies they got stuck inside, so I had to use a skewer to gently pry them out of the glass. It was not fun. When I got to the vanilla cake I cut around the …

Thomas the tank engine cake

My workmate wanted me to make her lovely little boy a colourful cake for his 5th birthday. Something to do with trains was the only criteria and since heΒ adored Thomas I knew what to do. This was the first time I worked with fondant, using it only for decorations such as the tunnel entrance, train tracks and train signs. I had thought about covering it in fondant but honestly, I’m sure a 5 year old little boy would like the taste of frosting much more than fondant. I have to admit I was pretty pleased with my effort. I spent a little time just thinking about what it should look like and asked his mum if he had some spare trains I could borrow for it. Lucky for me he had the whole gang, which she took in a very sneaky fashion. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the inside but I can assure you it is bright orange and blue. Very bright orange and blue. This was the 3rd cake I have been …

Pink ombre cake

This is only the second cake I have ever frosted, so I think this recipe will be super helpful for beginners! This cake looks very pretty and you can pick any colour for it. I chose pink because the person I was making it for loved pink, but I can imagine it would look amazing in shades of blue or orange. The limit is your imagination! First of all, make sure you have a reliable vanilla cake recipe as your base and choose your colour! You’ll want to make three cake layers and colour each a different shade of the main colour, light to dark. I used some food colouring drops to control the colour. When I baked the layers I used two lots of cake mix. One I split into two batches and coloured one batch the lightest pink and the other the darkest shade of pink. For the second cake mix I used it as the main section and coloured it a medium shade. Bake each of the cake batches according to the …

Banana (or carrot) cake

This was the first cake I mastered in high school. It’s the perfect beginners cake because it is so super easy and even if you make a mistake it’s ok, it’s very forgiving. One time I forgot the bananas and it turned into a yummy spice cake. Now that is foolproof when you can forgot the major ingredient and not destroy it! My mum was given this recipe from a friend, well actually it was for carrot cake, but if you omit the carrots and walnuts and add bananas, it makes a moist and delicious cake. How great is it to have a recipe that can make a banana or carrot cake? It’s so simple to make that it honestly only takes a few minutes. I got a friend to time me and it took 8 minutes! Not too shabby. I urge you to keep this recipe handy, you never know when you’ll need to whip up a cake in a few minutes. I know it has been a lifesaver in tight situations. Also, this …