After the success of my Uncle Doug’s 70th birthday Wine Bottle Cake, the pressure was on to come up with something equally impressive for my Aunty Ruth’s 70th birthday. After much deliberation, we decided on a 5 layer “Mount Dandenong Fog Cake” – my take on a London Fog Cake, with the butter cream infused with Melbourne Breakfast Tea instead of English Breakfast Tea.
The cake was then drizzled with a thick, sticky salted caramel sauce and finished off with sugar-craft Peonies that took about three hours each to create. Judging by the comments and the pile of plates left at the end, I’d have to say this cake was a resounding success!
Made for a lucky little boy’s 4th birthday, featuring The Hulk’s fist punching through the top of the cake, alongside Iron Man’s uni-beam projector, Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer “Mjolnir”.
Wine bottle cake for 70th birthday
An Esterházy torte with a fondant base and box, sugarcraft grapes and leaves, shredded coconut “straw” and a fondant bottle with edible printed label. Made for my Uncle Doug’s 70th birthday.
The wording on the label reads:
“A well matured blend from our Hampton, Elsternwick and Caulfield vineyards. Bold, and strong with a warm side. Bone dry, yet very approachable, just as happy at home with a burger as a banquet with fillet mignon. A timeless classic.”
The label is a parody of the Bannockburn Douglas label (one of Doug’s sentimental favourites), with the eagle being replaced by an old family favourite, a German Short Haired Pointer. It was designed by my husband Mark and printed by the folks at CustomIcing.com.au
Salted Caramel Fudge
Bite sized morsels of soft sweet caramel, sprinkled with delicate flakes of Murray River salt
Spicy Mexican Choc-Cayenne Cookies
Rich with cocoa, spicy nutmeg and cinnamon plus an extra power-packed punch of cayenne pepper! Utterly delicious, but definitely not for the fainthearted.
Lemon Curd and Salted Caramel Macarons
Crispy meringue shells filled with decadent butter cream in a variety of delicious flavours.
Jam and Coconut slice
Delicious, moist coconut slice filled with strawberry or apricot jam.
Flourless Orange Cakes
Gluten free moist orange cakes with cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of poppy seeds.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Deliciously decadent chocolate flavoured ‘red velvet’ cupcakes topped with a yummy cream cheese frosting.
Chocolate pocky biscuits
The popular Japanese style biscuit that goes perfectly with a coffee or hot chocolate.
These are absolutely delicious if you give them a burst in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.
Cinnamon Donut Holes
Delicious hot donut centres coated in cinnamon sugar and served with a shot of espresso.
Black and White Elegant Wedding Cake
My aunt and uncle commissioned me to make this cake for some young friends of theirs who were getting married in March 2012. This was their wedding present to the bride and groom.
SCUBA Diver Cake
This cake was made for a SCUBA diving enthusiast’s 40th birthday and features a fondant SCUBA diver, fish, shells and sand. The “water” effect was created by marbling white and blue fondant together.
Wyndham Vale Falcons Footy Cake
In an AFL mad state like Victoria, a football cake in your team colours is always popular.
A chocolate mud cake made for a young boy’s christening.
Pink Rose Birthday Cake
Chocolate mud cake with fondant roses and leaves, made for a 40th birthday.
Cupcake tower with white chocolate mud cake topper
50 x white chocolate mud cup cakes, 50 x dark chocolate mud cup cakes all topped with butter cream and a fondant frangipani flower plus a top tier of white chocolate mud cake.
Black and White Bow Cake
An elegant two-tiered black and white cake with white fondant roses and black fondant ribbons.
Black and White Bow Cake
Australia day thong cake.
What better way to celebrate Australia’s national day than with a cake in the colours of the Aussie flag, shaped as a thong (flip-flop) on a sandy beach! The cake was completed with two flag-waving sugarcraft Aussie icons – a kangaroo and a koala.
Red rose cake
A chocolate mud cake with chocolate curls and fondant red roses, made for my darling Nana’s 90th birthday.
Yellow Sports Car Cake
Commissioned for a transport themed going-away party in June 2014.
Commissioned for the retirement of a staff member of Hansard. The design consists of two books that represent the official record of the proceedings of the parliament. The likeness must have been pretty good, because the lady who was retiring walked straight past the table twice without realising that the old books sitting there were actually fondant covered chocolate mud cakes!