Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Wonderful World of Nemo....

I knew I wanted to make a Nemo cake for my daughter's third birthday since a year ago. After some research, I was inspired by the Nemo cake by Spring Lake Cake. However, I decided to bravely go ahead and make my own figurines instead of using plastic toys. I hand-crafted all the decorations and figurines using gumpaste and fondant. Some details are piped with royal icing, including the 'Happy Birthday' message and the little bubbles.

Voila! Ze Cake. The bottom tier is dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, my daughter's favourite. Top tier is strawberry cake with lemon buttercream.

Left side of cake. Oh and there's Dory! :)

Back of cake. Here is Pearl, the cute little octopus, amidst some anemone and sea grass...

Right side of cake. More coral and anemone.

Dory looks like she found something in the sand, which is just brown sugar.

Another close-up of the back of the cake.

Here's Peach, the starfish.

Nemo and his dad, Marlin. They were a little hard to make, but I had fun creating them.

Welcome to Metro City.

My sister LOVES Astroboy! She requested for an Astroboy cake for her birthday. I wasn't very confident with my figure-making skills yet at that time, so I created a cake for her with a 2D image.

I chose an octagonal shape for the cake just for extra quirkiness. It's chocolate butter cake with coffee buttercream inside, covered with yummy chocolate fondant.

I piped the Astroboy image out of royal icing on top of a gumpaste circle.

The buildings are created out of gumpaste, and details all piped with royal icing.

Texas Hold 'Em

My dear Uncle Alan turned 70 this year. To celebrate, we had a big bash for him at his favourite restaurant. And of course, a big bash calls for a spectacular cake. My cousin gave me the idea for the cake, and I took it and ran with it. The concept here comes from the Chinese term for 70-year old - "chat cheong" (seven cards literally), and no change. LOL!

It is chocolate and vanilla butter cake with coffee buttercream on the bottom tier, and chocolate and vanilla cake with orange zest buttercream on the top tier.

The decorations including the deck of cards are all hand-crafted from gumpaste. I handpainted all the cards with food colouring gel paste.

My uncle and aunt posing with the cake. Happy Birthday uncle!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Birthday Cupcake Tiers for 1-year old Boy

I was requested to make a cupcake tier for Eshton who celebrated his very first birthday in March. His mum asked for something really cute for the little tot so I designed something in blues and greens on cream for him.

These were marble and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream.

All fondant pieces are handcrafted including the 3D letters that spell ESHTON and the number 1.

'Happy Birthday' spelled out on half of the cupcakes, and the other half had a cute blue-green star adorning the top of the buttercream swirl.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Chinese New Year cupcakes

I should be shot for posting this blog in April. Business has been picking up and I've been very busy juggling my duties. Hopefully most of you have been visiting my Facebook page, for more up to date photos and postings.

I designed these CNY sets according to traditional symbols usually seen during the festivities, ie. mandarin oranges, plum blossoms, and the 'fook' character 福.

All decorations are handcrafted from fondant. The 'fook' character is piped in royal icing and then painted with edible gold paint.

The mandarin oranges are sitting on a circle of chocolate fondant.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Royal Cookies

An old friend of mine from college days contacted me about cookies for her wedding. She and her husband have always teasingly referred to themselves as the King and Queen, so naturally they wanted crown-shaped cookies as favours for their wedding.

I've always remembered D to be a fun-loving and vivacious girl, and I wasn't at all surprised when she wanted spicy gingerbread cookies instead of the usual sugar cookies. I was able to come up with a design she liked. Something that included some simple details and the bride's and groom's initials as the centre of attention.

I liked how it turned out and the contrast with the cookie is really nice. Perhaps for their anniversary I'll make a small batch of extra spicy gingerbread cookies for her with full icing regalia.

Ze Royal Cookie.

All prettied up with a ribbon bow.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fuchsia & Orange Wedding Cupcakes

What a beautiful way to start the new year 2010! Congratulations to Saki and Edward on their special day.

Flirty hearts and the double happiness "hei" character for the special couple.

The bride requested for smaller tiers for both her home and the groom's.

The daisies are inspired by the wedding invitation, and the flirty hearts are the reverse of the ones at Saki's home.

Five-tiers for the church reception.