This is my 5th tank-shaped, army-theme cake, done for Alexander’s 8th birthday.
Inside its vanilla cake with vanilla butter icing covered in sugar paste with a green-yellow-brown colour scheme.
There are sugar paste water (or fuel) tanks on the front and on the back of the turret there is a pick, shovel and hammer.
The turret of the tank has “A8″ on the sides and front and the camo net has a few leaves added.
This tank’s driver is wearing a beret and he has gold buttons on his brown collared shirt with studded lapels.
The cake board is covered and I added sugar paste rocks, a plant and a pair of boots.
Prenisha’s little boy’s birthday cake has a vanilla cake first tier and a chocolate cake top tier.
Its covered with a bright blue vanilla butter icing as Prenisha didn’t want more sugar paste on the cake than was necessary for decorating, and the inspiration for the car cake topper is from the birthday boys’ invitation
Well, sort of good news and bad news.
The good news part is this – if you have had my S’mores or creme brulee cuppies before you are officially a part of a very select group of people.
The bad news is that they will no longer be available to order from me.
They are simply too much work for too little money!
Existing orders will be honoured of course, but quotes will have to be changed.
Last week Monday and Tuesday, I wiped the floor with my personal baking record by baking and icing EIGHT vanilla cakes in 4 different sizes, as well as 120 vanilla cupcakes!
On the Monday morning I started by making 10kg of white vanilla butter icing, then baked the cakes which were cooled, stacked and “dirty iced”. On Tuesday I baked the cupcakes and started making more icing which had to be coloured to a fuchsia, mint, cream and caramel (for the cuppies).
Here’s a heads’ up if you want to do the rosettes on a cake – you need almost three times the amount of icing you would need for a normal flat cake covering!
It was a little under 16 hours combined oven time (split between my two ovens) and about 25kg of my vanilla butter icing!
~~the cakes – cooled, stacked and dirty iced~~
~~the cakes after they were covered with rosettes, and one of each of the cuppies~~
The order was for Baytiques Trading (they’re on Facebook too) to form part if their display at SARCDA (the gift, toy and decor trade exhibition), and they got loads of compliments!
Just look how amazing my cakes and cupcakes looked!
After the show, some of the cakes were given to their warehouse staff, a couple were frozen to enjoy later, one was eaten, and the cupcakes were donated to Little Eden. How cool is that!
Thank you for your order Elysia, and for the pictures of your display!
This is Sheena’s 30th birthday cake.
Her husband spent days planning the theme and decorations, and knowing Sheena personally I had great fun making her cake.
The sugar paste decorations represent significant events or aspects of her life, starting with her roots in Durban, her move to JHB, her social media life and work, her marriage to Jon, and her nail art, all surrounding a bee on a pedestal as we all know her as “Shebee”.
Pink is her favourite colour so I did an ombre vanilla butter icing on the outside of a cake which consisted of layers of chocolate and strawberry cake filled with chocolate icing and cream cheese icing. The strawberry cake was made because my strawberry cupcake is Sheena’s favourite, but I definitely need to add more strawberries when I bake it in a cake instead of cupcakes.
The pictures are from Sheena too as I didn’t photograph the cake myself!