Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Coxie’s Cakes is a small homeMichelle's Labyrinth run business based in North of the River, Perth. Last year when I left work and had some time I was surfing Facebook and checking out all the amazing cake decorators out there. Somehow I stumbled upon Coxie’s Cakes (I believe it had something to do with her Alice in Wonderland cake) ( and have been following her ever since. Considering how big the world is, it is pretty cool how I found another cake lover living so close to me. She officially became a business on 27 September 2012, so she has been going strong for nearly a year. She even won Australian Cake Decorating Network’s Decorator of the Year 2013 for her Me To You Teddy Bear.

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I often share Coxie’s Cakes on my Michelle’s Labyrinth Facebook page ( and my friend’s daughter saw the unicorn cake above in June and requested it for her birthday. So I have had a couple of months to think about this cake. I wanted to make it a bit special, so I thought of making it a rainbow cake! Rainbow cakes are also a favourite of Coxie’s Cakes so I have seen them often and have wanted the opportunity to make one!

A rainbow cake means making the actual cake the colours of the rainbow. It has been a while since I thought of the order of colours of a rainbow, so I checked Wikipedia for what the colours are: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet! I swear we had a rhyme of the acronym for rainbow colours, but I cannot recall it. Can anyone remember? Michelle's Labyrinth

Since I had to buttercream between each of the 7 layers I thought I may as well colour the buttercream icing the same colour. I also wanted to make it a little different from the other rainbow cakes I have seen. I was quite happy with the result :)

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So here is my Rainbow Unicorn cake with ‘Uni’ the Unicorn on top :)Michelle's Labyrinth Michelle's Labyrinth

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And here is a close up of “Uni”, who had to be hidden from a Great-Uncle and a Grandpa who threatened they were going to eat her! Michelle's Labyrinth

Now I had to include a photo of the birthday girl. She is very hard to capture on film! Although her brother is definitely not camera-shy :)Michelle's Labyrinth

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I was chatting to my youngest sister about this cake and she said “Don’t forget to put a fae star in it so the lucky child that finds it can see faeries for a time”, so as usual the cogs of my mind started turning. I had an idea that the birthday girl may like to keep her unicorn for a while, but I know that kids love to have a bit of fondant to nibble on while the cake is being cut, or with their slice of cake. I have had a couple of children cry over my cakes because they wanted a fairy, or they needed a piece of rainbow, or they had to have one of Buzz Lightyear’s buttons! So now I try to find out how many children are going to ensure they have their piece of fondant! This year there was going to be approximately 5 children at this birthday gathering, so I thought I would make them a rainbow each – I was on a theme! Since the birthday girl turned 8 I figured I may as well make 8 rainbows – with a fae star on the end so they could see fairies for a time!

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I received a SMS at 8:30pm saying the kids were on a sugar rush. “So hyper!” But maybe it was the fairies and pixies stirring them up! And hey, who let them have 2 rainbows each because there were only 4 kids! :)

Now it was a toss-up whether to leave you with the words from “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” (which I sang a few times during the wee hours of the morning while making the layers of this cake) or with the other thing my sister sent me when she heard I was making a Rainbow Unicorn cake… so here you go – both at the same time :)

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Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can’t I?






Luck Dragon for a Best Friend

Michelle's Labyrinth One of my favourite movies growing up was The Neverending Story. I loved the concept of the never-ending story and how it was written as you read the book. I guess at the time I didn’t grasp the fact that we actually do write our own storiesMichelle's Labyrinth  as we go, through all our life choices. I probably skipped that thought and just wanted to be transported into a book to visit Moonface and Silkie in the Faraway Tree, or get into trouble with Blinkie Bill, or have my very own Secret Garden or wishing I found a secret sixth Golden Ticket so I could join Charlie Bucket at the Chocolate Factory!

I share the love of The Neverending Story with one of my best friends. I am very lucky to have such a great friend since highschool. We did lose touch when I moved to Kalgoorlie. I lost her address, so I sent a Christmas Card one year to her parent’s house hoping they hadn’t moved. My friend kept the card and meant to write to me, but misplaced the card. However we got in touch through that school friends website (which was quickly trampled by Facebook).

Once I was back in Perth we caught up and rekindled our friendship. She introduced me to card making and now we see each often! Then a couple of years ago when she moved house, guess what she found on top of her fridge? The Christmas Card with my Kalgoorlie address I sent her! LOL!

It was a bit of a last moment idea,Michelle's Labyrinth but I made her a cake for her birthday. I needed to test out of white chocolate mud cake recipe and what a great way to test it, but make a cake for my best friend and take it to craft for everyone to eat.

So I made her a Falkor Luck Dragon cake for her birthday and she seemed pretty stoked with it :) It’s always nice getting surprises on your birthday! Plus everyone seemed really happy with the white chocolate mud cake! Yay!

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I really enjoyed making Falkor. It was a fairly quick cake, well the cake decorating was quicker than usual. However making white chocolate mud cake too ages to bake! I hadn’t made a mud cake before, but I guess that is why they turn out so heavy!

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Can you believe my friend’s children wanted to eat Falkor!? She took him home to show them (and they got a slice of the cake) and her daughter asked if she could eat just one eye! I still can’t think of the correct word, but how malicious, satanic, ferocious!?!

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So I hope you like Falkor, and here is to many more years of friendship with my “birthday girl” friend and with you! :-)

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