Sunday, 27 January 2013

New Adventures for a New Year


2013 looks set to be an exciting year for us here in the back of beyond.  First up is the challenge of returning to work after my year of illness that marred 2012. I am very lucky that my employer is allowing me to have an extremely gentle phased return back into the work which therefore still allows time for my baking and cake decorating which has become something of a passion for me.

Secondly, the wedding that inspired my new love of cake decorating is now only 10 days away and I am looking forward to (and being anxious about in equal measure) the challenge of a 6 inch cutting cake and 65 cupcakes all individually decorated with handmade roses, I am starting to look at what my next challenge will be after the vows are exchanged and the cake is cut. I have been playing around with the idea of going into the bakery business for a while now and have finally taken the plunge and asked the local environmental health to inspect and certify my kitchen for commercial use. Once this is done I plan to advertise my services for cupcake and occasion cakes as well as general biscuit and cake baking for the local area.

I have already had my first enquiry for a box of cupcakes delivered to the south west of England, some 90 odd miles from us here in the back of beyond! Now, as one to enjoy a challenge, I have managed to find some packaging that claims to transport cupcakes via post with no damage to the cakes whatsoever. Watch this space for my testing of this product when it arrives!

To help extend my decorating skills and practice my fondant work I have tested out cakes and my skills on a batch of cupcakes for my darling niece's baby shower. She is due to have her second baby in mid March and already knows that she is having a boy  I was able to theme the cupcakes appropriately, with lots of buttons and booties in shades of blue. I also created an fondant icing model of Elmo as this is her family pet name.
My second cake challenge of the week has been buttercream roses. I have seen lots of lovely pictures recently of cakes decorated with buttercream flowers which looks fabulous.  After a quick trawl of Youtube I found that they are extremely easy with the right nozzle (a Wilton 1m nozzle ), a piping bag and a large quantity of buttercream.

For the sponge I used the Great British Bake Off - (How To Turn Everyday Bakes Into Showstoppers) recipe for simple sponge cake. I had this book for Christmas from Gem and have been bursting to try out some of the recipes! This recipe was really simple and turned out a nice cake so definitely one to keep. I used my standard buttercream recipe with the addition of 50 grams of Cocoa powder. You can find the recipe for the buttercream here: http://backofbeyondbaking.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Vanilla%20butter%20cream

Simple Sponge cake

250g unsalted butter, softened
250g caster sugar
1tsp Vanilla extract
4 large free range eggs, beaten
250g self raising flour, sifted
50g cocoa
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons of milk
Preheat the oven to 180c
grease and line a 20cm round cake tin

Place the butter into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl. Beat until very creamy with either a wooden sponge or electric mixer (I used my Kenwood with the K beater).
Gradually beat in the sugar and then the vanilla. Continue to beat until the mixture is pale in colour and very fluffy in texture.

Gradually beat in the eggs a tablespoon at a time. Add 1 tablespoon of the weighed flour with each of the last  2 portions of egg to prevent the mixture curdling.

Sift the remaining flour, cocoa and salt into the bowl and fold in using a big metal spoon. Fold in the milk until a soft dropping consistency is achieved.

Transfer the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 60-70 minutes or until a cake skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Decorate in anyway you wish!






Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Cake creations



From now on all my cake creations will be on this page.
single tier sandcastle birthday cake

cheese and biscuit wedding cake

2 tier my little pony cake

2 tier pokemon cake

unicorn cake
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40th birthday cake music and exercise

minecraft cake


watercolour cake
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parachuting cake
modern bright christening cake


pink sprinkles birthday cake


vegan 1st birthday cake

horse stables themed cake

ruby wedding cake


vintage birthday cake

boys square christening cake

harry potter hufflepuff cake

75th birthday cake

4 tier flower cascade wedding cake

pony themed birthday cake

lindor Chocolate drip cake

country shooting cake

starburst cocktail glass birthday cake


lego batman cake

thuderbirds 3d cake

rugby pitch, cricket pitch cake.

boy christening cake 2 tiers

computer and children birthday cake

pink & grey teddies and ruffles baby shower cake


40th birthday cake signpost and bike

riddle me this birthday cake



meringues and chocolate dip strawberry drip cake

horticulture theme cake

Fireman Sam, Penny and Jupiter cake

ombre ruffles cake

minion birthday cake

85th birthday cake men


Levi Attack on titan cake

starwars lightsaber cake

needlework birthday cake

40th birthday truck cake
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make up and iphone pink birthday cake

saints  football shirt cake

 2tier handbag cake


1st birthday cake

marvel superheroes cake

25th anniversary roses and lace cake

shades of blue flowers cake


baby blocks, teddy and sleeping baby christening cake

2 tier trains and teddy christening cake

mini gift fruit cakes

White ruffle rose and quilted 2 tier cake

Sophie the giraffe 1st birthday cake


woodland and beach birthday cake

cheese shop cake

Pink girls ballet birthday cake

Rainbows and unicorn birthday cake

Elsa and Anna princess cupcakes

tartan and white roses

3 tier square wedding cake

white rose square wedding cake

White roses and tartan wedding cake

Glass house birthday cake

undersea theme birthday cake

rainbow ruffle cake

death by chocolate birthday cake

pink ombre ruffle christening cake

quited wedding cake white silver

minecraft birthday cake mosaic


noddy face cake

cupcakes.

wrestling ring cake

 LD Shadowlady minecraft cake

Soap and glory box cake

gold tiara birthday cake


50th birthday cake

Peppa pig George cake

Black white and pink birthday cake
rainbow ruffle cake

Herbie  birthday cake

minecraft Steve cake


4th birthday cake boys

beer theme cake

hen party cake

castle cake sofia the first

unicorn birthday cake

star explosion birthday cake


garden theme cake

baby blocks and bunting owl christening cake

minion cake

pink and lilac birthday cake

white poppy and black lace cake


hedgehog cupcakes

dress maker, black labrador, yoga, prosecco birthday cake

handbag birthday cake

football, dogs wellies cake


2 tier chocolate cigarello cake


Peppa pig castle cake

Minion birthday cake

4 tier cerise roses and navy butterflies cake

bunting and baby block christening cake

Baby clothes baby shower cake



peppa and george picnic cake

peppa pig and George Birthday cake

Avengers assemble boys birthday cake

Marvel avengers cake

Avengers assemble cake

4th Birthday Elsa Olaf Birthday cake

digger cake

stars and stripes birthday cake


10th anniversary tractor and farm animals cake


Children's christmas cake

Treasure chest boys 5th birthday cake

Christmas cake


























60th cake

girls christening cake







owl, bunting and letter block christening cake

1st birthday cake ideas

floral cupcakes




minion cupcakes


girls birthday cake



Chicken themed birthday cake

Cream and gold giant cupcake


Dark green rose wedding cake and cupcakes

Elsa and Olaf birthday cake

Snowflake cupcakes

iphone cake



cheese board anniversary cake

Christening cake and matching cupcake

80th birthday cake

Christening cake

Christening cake flowers

Doc McStuffins and Lamby birthday cake


Chocolate cigarello birthday cake

Crochet flower cake

Girly owl cake
Tractor Cake


2nd Birthday cake

30th birthday cake



70th Birthday Cake

bunting birthday cake



ice skate cake


pink Christening cake

three tier navy and ivory wedding cake





Elsa Birthday cake
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60th wedding anniversary cake

henna cake

21st birthday cake idea

octonauts face cake

life line cake



50th birthday skier cake

Sunflower cupcakes

number one cake



18th birthday football shirt cake



ruffled rose cupcakes

1D picture cake

ballet shoe cake

fondant make up

upsadaisy and iggle piggle cake

one direction photo cake

Vanellope von sweetz cake

Woodland fairy Birthday Cake

topsy turvy cake


Gin bottle cake


Tiger cake

Ballet shoe cake

70th birthday cake


fairy Birthday cake


Christmas tree cake
first of this years Christmas cakes!

purple sewing cupcakes

Mini Christmas cakes

Lion king pumbaa cake

50th birthday cake

giant cupcake for 6 year old girl

6 year old girl cupcakes

Mr Bloom Birthday cake
 Mr Bloom Cake- the veggies
Mr Bloom birthday cake
Mr Bloom's Nursery cake



7 year old girl birthday cake

Giant cupcake daddy


red and blue themed cupcakes



R2D2 Cake




Chocolate digger Cake



mini fruit cake cupcakes

giant chocolate cupcake

70th birthday cake

hungry caterpillar cake


chocolate guitar cake

Chocolate cake with chocolate fondant

cadburys purple wedding cake

cadburys purple cupcake toppers

pink giant cupcake

Halloween Birthday cupcakes

Girls birthday cake jessie and bullseye

Superman birthday cake


princess crown cupcakes

boys birthday cupcakes
cute girly cupcakes for 5year old

pink spotty birthday cake

Cupcakes by post

Chocolate airplan birthday cake

 birthday cake for a 5year old


spotty handbag birthday cake
A special Handbag for a dear friend


Spider man
A family birthday cake.


tractor themed cakes
1st birthday cupcakes


Over the hill cake
For a Hill walker named Gilly.


40th birthday cake
A birthday cake for one of my closest friends


rude cupcakes
Rather rude hen party cupcakes


customer's picture of the giant cupcake




Mr V-C's chocolate fudge birthday cake with chocolate fondant

Cupcakes for my first craft fair


30th birthday cake
30 birthday version of my girly birthday cake


birthday cupcakes for a joint birthday party

7 year old girl giant cupcake



Christening cake for boys


pink and purple birthday cake
A lemon sponge with lemon curd and lemon frosting 30th birthday cake




knitting themed cupcakes
Arts and crafts cupcakes


artists cupcakes
Arts and crafts cupcakes


girls giant cupcake
Giant cupcake blue theme


baby shower cupcakes
baby shower cupcakes

Marathon runner cupcakes

My 40th birthday cake. Yes I made it myself!



purple themed birthday cake
sweet 16 cake.


1st birthday cake
My version of the many Minnie mouse birthday cake's images availble on the web!


fondant motor bike
The bike is modelled on a photo of the bike belonging to the recipient of this cake.



birthday cake for 8 year old girl
Cake for a pony ride party.


sugar free birthday cake
This was a sugar free banana and raisin cake


some of the many Mother's day cupcakes I produced.

My 1st birthday cake commision


Girly cupcakes for a 2year old

Spotty cupcakes for Alice.


Birthday Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes by post
Chocolate and Vanilla cupcakes

Birthday Cupcakes by post.

Valentine's day Cupcakes

Welcome home cupcakes by post.




My big Sisters Birthday cake

Gluten free cakes to trial cakesaway postable cupcake box
Cupcakes for the girls
wedding cupcake tower
Cupcakes and cutting cake 

The cupcakes for Sean and Sammi


A impromptu hen party cake with dark chocolate decorations