I'm getting more and more requests for soft-iced cakes in lieu of fondant at the moment. I must say that I'm loving these cakes more and more, particularly when topped with fresh flowers, the whole cake just stands out. This cake was especially made to celebrate Jessica's bridal shower. White chocolate mud cake was covered with a caramel flavoured buttercream in a teal colour. The floral arrangement was made beautifully by Verdaflore florist in our Oatley NSW.
Pink, white, and gold theme this week for two separate bookings! The pretty 2-tier rosette ruffle cake featuring a wafer paper butterfly was especially made to celebrate Eva's christening. This cake went together with Eva's 1st birthday cake which followed along the same theme, a butterfly cage adorned with hand-cut fondant butterflies painted with edible gold glitter. And just by chance, the third cake made for a wonderful client of mine matched perfectly with Eva's cakes (not my design and requested by my client, if you know the original designer please email me and I will add credit to this blog post).
I don't get to use many shades of purple when cake decorating, for some reason it is not a colour that is often requested. So I was glad to have the opportunity to show how pretty purple can look, particularly in fondant ruffles! This carousel cake looks just as nice with or without the carousel topper, which was supplied by my client. The floral garland around the gold monogram was handmade using various silicone molds to match the flowers on the carousel. Custom made fondant cake to celebrate Gabriella's first birthday.
Three very different cakes for three very special people - GABRIELLA - HUGO - ANTHONY. Couture Cupcakes is now fully booked out in August and September, with very limited spots available in October, November and December. Thank you all for your support, it is very much appreciated!
Time to break up all the 'prettiness' with this super fun superhero cake! Being a last-minute cake I slotted in for my Godson, I headed straight for wafer paper in order to save on time. There are lots of clever design you can purchase on digital paper through Etsy, the one use in this cake can be purchased through ClipArtopia.
Hugo's mum wanted a simple cake that would bring together various elements that she liked from different cakes, that being silver foil, damask, a monogram, and a bow tie. The damask pattern was applied using royal icing in cornflower blue. The same shade of blue was used to create the fondant monogram and bow-tie, which worked well against the silver foil. A cake like this serves around 80 coffee/ 40 dessert size portions.
A nautical cake to celebrate Anthony's christening, this would by far have to be the most popular theme for little boys. Featuring a sailboat cake topper made from sugarpaste/ fondant and wafer paper sails. The rope effect featured on the middle tier is also made of fondant using a silicone mold. This 3-tier cake was custom designed to match Anthony's christening invitation.
Our final ruffle cake for the week was based on a design by The Vanilla Bake Shop. The top tier was left next to the same as the original design, however we changed the bottom tier to ruffles, added some tiny sugar pearls as well as an acrylic custom name topper. This pretty mermaid cake in varying shades of teal and pink serves around 70-80 finger size portions, and can be modified to suit your theme and serving needs.
'Very Wang' inspired ruffles feature on this 3-tier fondant cake in a gorgeous shade of powder blue. The middle tier was covered with fondant icing, silver leaf was then carefully brushed on before a damask stencil in royal icing was applied. And finally the top tier incorporated a satin bow that featured throughout the christening decorations. This cake was based on the original design created by Cakes 2 Cupcakes. Dessert table/ candy buffet by Kidz N Style, and last photo courtesy of Insight Photography.
There were lots of ruffles this week, beginning with this pretty 3-tier cake for Sienna's christening. The bottom tier consists of fondant ruffles, which were made a lot fuller than normal, and the shade of pink is more on the coral side than baby pink. The quilted middle tier is ivory, in contrast to the white top tier (not so obvious in the pictures unfortunately). Sugar pearls, a name plate with Sienna's name piped in royal icing, and a sugar peony were all added as finishing touches.
I'm still doing many variations of the 'Eva' cake week-in week-out, this one is much more simplified although I did end up adding a name plate after I showed my client this image. Generally I draw up sketches for my client's approval before I make a cake, however sending them an image when the cake is complete gives my client's the option to make any minor changes if need be. Happy customer = happy caker!
A simple 2-tier cake made to match our client's christening invitation. The elephant cake topper is made from fondant (i.e. sugarpaste), and the round balloon is made from crispy treats. We hope you had an enjoyable day Phillip!
Couture Cupcakes and Cookies is closed over the school holiday period and will re-open on Monday 14th July. As well as spending some much needed time with family, it's also a great time to finally catch up on blog posts! First up we have a nautical chevron cake featuring gold roping and an anchor for Christian's baptism. This design is based on a previous nautical cake that has been made in various different colours and designs.
Last week I stumbled upon the brilliant Concrete and Honey blog, and came across these images of a ruffle cake and cupcakes I made for the ever-so-talented ladies at Sugarcoated Events. Let me tell you that both blogs are truly worth a visit, their photography is swoon-worthy, and I love the way they have captured these images of my cupcakes and cake.. not to mention their gorgeous styling.
I did this hoot the owl cake a little while ago for Aidan's 1st birthday. I was lucky enough to do Aidan's christening cake, so being asked to make another cake for him was extra special. After doing lots of pretty cakes for the girls, it's nice to do something for the boys every once in a while.
This week's cake of the week would have to go to my lovely client Jomana, who organised a 2-tier cake, cupcakes and cookies for her brother's engagement. Jomana liked the concept and styling featured in our Taronga Zoo wedding table that can be found here. Because we changed the look of the cake's shape with a double-barrel bottom tier, I placed the fresh flowers in the centre of the cake instead of having them as a topper. Heart shaped cookies were layered with sugar lace, and raspberry marble cupcakes were covered with fondant and featured some soft piping and a flower topper.
A pretty little ruffle cake incorporating pearls and a magnolia sugar flower on top for a Christening. Credit to Sweet Bloom Cakes for the original design of this cake, which featured a princess crown as a topper rather than the flower as pictured.
Late last year I worked with Suzanna from Mon Tresor on Claire's 21st birthday. Her theme was Secret Garden and comprised of gorgeous florals and beautiful bright colours, including musk pink, bright orange and lavender. The cake also incorporated these colours, featuring a fresh floral posy as a cake topper to match with the musk pink buttercream icing around the outside of the cake. The finishing touch to the cake included a little bit of vine, giving the cake a rustic feel.
Sometimes it's nice to do something a little different from the norm. A couple of weeks ago I made this Minecraft cake, a hugely popular game among kids. This particular cake was a replica of Minecraft TNT, featuring a mosaic picture on the top of the cake, made up of around 260 little fondant square tiles. Ganaching a square cake takes much more time and effort compared to round cakes, combined with little mosaic tiles and custom mixed fondant colours, this 'simple' cake was definitely a labour of love!