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  1. This week has been a busy one with so many cakes and classes my feet have hardley touched the ground. I thought I'd share with you two of my favourite cakes which I hope you too will enjoy. 

    The first was a cake for a boxing fan, this was a cake to feed 40 people and was a lemon sponge. It was really well received and was just perfect for the recipient. 

    boxing collage

    The second cake was for a client's daughter who was turning 40 and loved shoes. I designed the cake around this and went for a Christian Louboutin themed shoe and dust bag. This coupled with some simple red roses to finish the design. My client was very happy with the cake which was then transported to Yorkshire for the party. 

    red shoe 1

     

    Should you need a cake for any occasion please do get in touch and I will be happy to help. 

  2. Men can be pains to buy for so why not make some DIY themed cupcakes for him instead.

    These cupcakes are not only ideal for Father's day but they work great for a DIY themed cake display too. See the photo at the bottom of the tutorial for some ideas on how to display them.

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    dad cupcake 1

    To make these DIY themed cupcakes you will need the following. 
    3 cupcakes iced with fondant
    Small plate or paint palette
    Thin paintbrush
    Clear alcohol
    Sharp knife
    Brown fondant 
    CMC or Tylo powder
    Silver lustre dust
    Veiner tool 
    Rolling pin 
    The smallest, plain hole piping tip you have. Mine is a Wilton #1

    You will also need edible glue and a small brush.

    dad cupcake 2

    First add some CMC powder or Tylo to your fondant to turn the fondant into modelling paste. The ratio for this is 1tsp per 250g of fondant. However if you are using less, adjust this accordingly. 
    Now roll out the paste until it is approximately 3mm thick. Use the sharp knife to cut small rectangles to make the letters. Remember the size of the cupcakes as you do this, as you won’t have long to rectify mistakes once the paste starts to harden. 

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    Once you have cut the strips of paste position them as they will be once finished to check the sizing and layout. Once you are happy with how it looks you can move on to the next step. Separate the strips and lay them flat so they dry straight.

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    To make the grain effect on the wood strips use the very tip of the veiner tool. Make small sweeping lines in the fondant. Think about how the grain on wood looks and try to make it look similar. If you are unsure Google wood grain and you will find lots of photo’s to help you. 
    Once you have done the wood grain use the very tip of the piping nozzle to make a circle at each end of the wood. Try to keep this random and not in the same position on each piece of wood so that it looks realistic. 
    Continue this on all of the pieces of wood until they are finished then leave them to dry for 20 minutes. 

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    Once the wood strips are dry, mix a tiny amount of the silver lustre dust with a drop of alcohol and mix it well to form paint. Use the paintbrush to carefully paint the circles on each section of the wood. This will give a nail or screw effect and will dry really quickly. 
    Once the paint is dry glue the wood pieces together as letters and leave to dry for 15 minutes. 

    D.I.Y. cake set

    dad cupcake 6

    I really hope you like these cupcakes and have enjoyed this tutorial. Please share with your friends and let me know how you get on, I love to see photo's of the cakes you make. 

    However you celebrate Father's day, enjoy yourselves. 

     

    Shelly 

    x

  3. Roses are fabulous on cakes and they vary from the super delicate large wired ones to rolled ones and even fabric effect roses. Today I'd like to show you how I make my mini cupcake roses, it's simple easy to follow and you really don't need any costly tools. 

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    The first photo is one my student made after watching my tutorial just once. I think you'll agree it's a perfect little cupcake rose and very like an english miniture rose. The second photo is a cake I made last year and illustrates how you can scale up the roses a little to make accents for even the biggest of cakes. 

    I'd love to see how you get on, please do tweet me with photo's 

    Shelly x