A couple of years ago my journey in sugar took a sharp turn into the next level up. I enrolled in a course being run by Sydney’s Planet Cake – being run in Melbourne by the amazing Fran McGregor and Handi Mulyana. I’d always dreamed of doing this course and when it was being held in Melbourne I literally squealed with delight and enrolled straight away.
My in laws play a game with my daughter which we refer to as “Toso!” In Greek this means “This much!” One grandparent will ask, “How much do you love me?” and Julia will either reply “Toso!” or “Koukoutsi” – which means “A Pip” which she illustrates by pinching two little fingers together and laughing at the mock shocked expressions! This little competition between grandma and grandpa can go on all day… and usually does.
My brother Aris has a passion for competitive skeet shooting, hunting, cooking, his family and appreciates the bizarre. So, what to make for his 40th birthday cake? Maybe a present with stars bursting out of the top with an abundance of happiness…um, nope. How about a big 4-0… errr, nope.
Dead animal? Perfect!
This was my first large sculpted cake. It is actually to scale.
I have a red Fender Strat (from my wild, rocking youth… um well, not quite) and I traced the shape out on baking paper and went from there. Cut the guitar out and ganached the body and neck separately, let them set and then joined them on a large board and put another thin layer of ganache over the entire guitar so that it was all uniform and the same height. The frets, knobs and tuning keys are all made of fondant. Read more →
I was so caught up in getting my daughter’s 1st birthday celebration ready that I literally left decorating her cake until the last minute. Yes well, how the heck did that happen??
So I found myself at 11.30pm whipping this little number up – all I knew was that I was going to do something in a chocolate and pink colour scheme so I started to knead fondant and before I knew it – voila! Julia’s 1st Birthday cake was done.
I guess sometimes it pays not to over think a cake design.. maybe I was just lucky with this one!!