Monster High and Spider-Man

I am so lucky to have friends and family that encourage my cake decorating! By being asked if I can make their kid’s (or other family member’s) cakes, it gives me the chance to practice, learn new things and do something I really like doing – although my heels and calves sometimes disagree!

This is the second year my friend asked me to make cakes for her 2 children with birthdays 5 days apart and this year my friend asked me if she could make them with me. I hadn’t made a cake with someone since I was about 12 and made my youngest sister’s troll cake! I am sure I let my middle sister help! :) But we had the best day today and it was amazing that we got the 2 cakes done in 6 hours!

My friend’s daughter knew straight away she wanted a Monster High cake (or Ever After High)…. I had no idea what that meant! So I did some Googling and worked out they were both doll franchises and cartoons. I looked at what cakes others had made and thought maybe it was time to explore my girlie sideMichelle's Labyrinth Monster High Abbey Bominable some more and make a doll cake! My friend liked the idea and asked me to get a blue Monster High doll. Yay! Blue is my favourite colour remember 😉

There just happened to be a sale on at Big W and I bought the doll cheap for my friend. There were two blue dolls and I chose Abbey Bominable – apparently she is the daughter of a Yeti. She has light blue skin, fangs, and white hair with blue and pink highlights. Here is a picture of the doll before we put her in a ball gown (she is in her slumber-party wear!)!

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I ended up buying a Dolly Varden cake tin and I am so glad I did! I made the cake the night before my friend came and iced it with chocolate buttercream and made sure I put a hole down the centre so the dolls legs could go somewhere. I then de-robed the doll and wrapped her legs with Glad-Wrap.

It has been a long time since I played with a doll’s hair and I thought it wasn’t very user-friendly! So I decided a nice sophisticated bun would look nice! I also made sure that her blue and pink highlights could be seen from the sides.

The first task I got my friend to do whenMichelle's Labyrinth Monster High Cake d she arrived was colour some blue and pink fondant for the dress. We decided to add some pink to go with her hair and the ribbon around the board. While my friend was doing that I was preparing the second cake, that my friend made the night before, for icing.

Once the colours were ready (I had bought pre-coloured black) we then attempted to frill the fondant. I admitted to my friend that I hadn’t done “frilling” for a year and my memory of doing it (and also from watching some You-Tube videos the day before) was that frilling was a lot easier than how we found it today! But we managed some frills – just don’t look too closely.

While we were frilling I told my friend I had watched Parenthood and Beetlejuice the Michelle's Labyrinth Monster High Cake aday before. Yeah I know I have watched those 2 movies (again) in the past 2 years, but I know them well and I can imagine them as I hear them, while I am doing other things.

I thought Parenthood was a good movie to watch in honour of my friend – she has 4 kids and a bit of a mixed family. I love Parenthood and all the different types of families within the one extended family and how they all come together and just accept each other for what they are. And that living life like a roller coaster is better than a merry-go-round… I needed that reminder this week.

As soon as I hear the opening credits of Beetlejuice my spirits lift – even my puppies decided it was a good time to go a little psycho. I also reprimanded myself for not having the Beetlejuice soundtrack yet! I just love it so much… so I might download that tonight :)  I thought this was a good movie to watch because of the “monsters” in it – this is why I added some black stripes as background for the above picture (if you have seen the movie you’ll know why!).

Michelle's Labyrinth Monster High Cake bMy friend and I were so happy with how her dress turned out. But I had one more trick I wanted to try – adding some bling to her dress. I showed off my new air brush tool to my friend and we were super happy with the shimmer it gave the blue of her skirt. If you know the Monster High dolls well, you’ll know that Abbey Bominable has glittery light blue skin – she is part Yeti from the Himalayas! So the blue shiny skirt went perfectly with her skin – well that is what we thought. I hope you like our Monster High doll cake!

 

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It was time to start on my friend’s son’s cake. He chose Spider-Man! I had found some cake ideas and sent them through to my friend and she asked for a red cake with a Spider-Man on top. I bought the pre-coloured red fondant and was so glad I did – it was the perfect red for Spider-Man!

 

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After the cake was covered in red I modelled the Spider-Man while my friend played with the cobweb, name, stars and balls. I wish I had a better pen to draw on fondant, but the cobweb on Spider-Man looks pretty good – my friend did a great job.

I really hope my friend’s kids love their birthday cakes. I had such a lovely day with my friend and I cannot believe we did these cakes in 6 hours. Four hands are definitely better than 2! But boy it was good to sit down, eat something and enjoy a cidar while recuperating. I am sort of glad my friend knows how hard cake decorating is and how fiddly it can be, and you also need a fair bit of equipment to make a cake! As she said – it sure is a labour of love :) <3

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My Other Biggest Fan

Two posts I wrote that got me thinking about my biggest fan… Back in January 2013 I wrote about My Biggest Fan – my niece! Then in April 2013 I wrote a blog about the cakes I made my sisters – Sisters are Blossoms. While I was cropping and uploading the photos of the post about my sisters I realised that my nephew gets very excited about my cakes too! Then I looked at the photos of him and his cakes and I don’t think you could get a bigger smile. So I may have thought my niece was my biggest fan because of the squeals, but I think my nephew is equally my biggest fan – just a little more low-pitched and with a massive grin! (Yes I have been thinking of writing this post for over a year! I have had the photos ready for the post for ages as well. It was just a matter of finding some time to write it. Where of where does time go?)

So… My other biggest fan is my nephew Sean! Last year I made him the Green Lantern cake to which he said “I love it!” – ahhh heart melting!. These are the cakes I made him prior to that – some of you may have seen them on Facebook already, but I hope you like seeing them again :)

2009 – Animal Cupcakes (3rd Birthday)

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These were made in the days before I knew what fondant was! The animals were store bought and the kids loved the bright coloured butter icing – YUM!

2010 – Buzz Lightyear (4th Birthday)

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This was the equal second fondant cake I ever made (made with my niece’s fairy castle cake). I was pretty happy at the time with this cake. I have never been an artist and people’s faces – especially noses – are hard for me to do.

It was also the first time I tried playing with edible glitter. I thought I would be able to lightly dust the blue to create a space effect. It did look better in person than what the camera picked up! But at least you can see it is glitter so I am not fibbing about what the blue splotches are!

I received so many compliments for this cake, including compliments from the girls working at the play gym where the party was held and IMichelle's Labyrinth am sure they see a lot of cakes. Little did I know at the time what was really possible with cakes!

My nephew yesterday saw my Toy Story alien cake for the first time and he was super impressed. Here is my little guy again – one of my favourites cakes so far!

2011 – Castle (5th Birthday)

For Sean’s 5th birthday I asked if I could choose the theme because I had bought a couple of cake decorating books by Debbie Brown and just had to make some of them! I chose a castle cake – mainly because I love castles! :)

Michelle's Labyrinth Castle Cake

This cake was a challenge for me because there was a lot of fondant to colour, roll and lots of cake to cover! The turrets of the castle were store bought mini swiss rolls – I thought that was an ingenious idea of Debbie Brown!

I have two favourite moments with this cake – the first was my seeing my nephew as we sang Happy Birthday to him. He was laughing his head off and conducting our singing! It was priceless and I think one of my most favourite moments ever! Check out his grin!

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The second moment was after everyone had a piece of the cake, most of the boys went back to play on the gym except for Sean’s best friend who sat and finished his cake. I hung around because I didn’t want him to be left on his own. When he was done eating he went up to the cake and picked up one of the cannon balls and then proceeded to make it explode from the cannon! ADORABLE! With those two moments I knew my cake was a success with the boys.

As I have mentioned before, my niece and nephew are born 5 days apart, so they sometimes have a joint party or sometimes their parties are a day or two apart. This time they were the same day – so here is the fairy toadstool and castle together – both based on Debbie Brown cakes!

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2012 – Iron Man (6th Birthday)

In 2012 the action hero of the day Michelle's Labyrinth was Iron Man! I challenged myself that I wanted this cake to be different from the face cake like Buzz Lightyear. I browsed Google and found a cake with Iron Man bursting out of the cake. I loved the idea so gave it a whirl!

Here is a photo of Iron Man where I am trying to dry him out and ensure his arms stay in position – like he is flying.

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I am not sure if you can tell, but I painted the face and heart of Iron Man with gold edible paint. Do you like the big beautiful smile on Sean? What a cutie :)

The next photo is where I was trying to be a smart and used some icing sugar to create an exploding effect! It makes me smile – sad I know!

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Thanks for letting me catch you up on Sean’s cakes! His birthday is in a couple of weeks and I have been given the theme. I am not very familiar with the theme he chose this year, so I hope I do it justice!

And thank you Sean for your big smiles and saying you love my cakes!

 

 

The Flower Pot

Bill and Ben Flower Pot Men is all I can think of! I usually try to create a witty title for my blog posts, but today my post is about a flower pot and I cannot get past Bill and Ben. I have no recollection of watching
Bill and Ben, although I rememberMichelle's Labyrinth Flower Pot having discussions with Mum about it in the car (quite specific!). I just Googled it and Bill and Ben were originally aired (in TV Series Watch With Mother) from 1950-1974 so I reckon it was a show Mum watched and she tried once or twice to be smart about the names Bill and Ben… but maybe I am wrong and I watched it with Mother! (Sad joke? 😛  )

So to the actual flower pot in question! This term in cake decorating class we made flowers. Lots of flowers and of different varieties. The only flowers we coloured during the term were the 2 hibiscus – the rest we left until the last day to colour and then plant in a pot!

Michelle's Labyrinth Flower PotThe first night we made the centre of about 4 different flowers (everlasting daisies, hibiscus, formal roses and gardenias). The second week we made a gardenia and some primulas.

The big cream flower with pink edging is my gardenia – I only made one full one. The primulas are the small blue and purple ones. They are a great “filler” flower and they come in a wide range of colours in real life!

 

Despite my Dad being an amazing gardener and my sister being a botanist – I have no idea what plants and flowers are called – besides roses, Geraldton wax and frangipanis. I don’t even say “plant” right by most Australians – I say “plarnt” not plant with a short A! That would be because of my British parents! So each week as I was making these flowers I Googled their names to see what they looked like!

We then made some formal roses  – these are more open compared to the other roses I have made and they have stamens. I ended up colouring these roses pink and a deep red. You can see one of the deep red ones hiding under my orange hibiscus.

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Michelle's Labyrinth Flower PotWe also made some orange blossoms, which I love, and they will be another great filler flower. I believe orange blossoms should have yellow or orange heads on the stamen, but I liked the pink ones and I thought they looked quite pretty once they were together. I also like how the orange blossoms look nice draping over the pot.

 

The following week we put another row of petals on our formal roses and made everlasting daisies. I loved making the everlasting daisies and you may remember I made some extra ones for the office party cake I made. They are so easy and really pretty! I am sure you are going to see more of these in the future.

Michelle's Labyrinth Flower PotWe then made our 2 hibiscus flowers. The petals were quite hard to place just because of the size of them (and you can’t drop the petals because they will crack!). But I got each one to a position I liked and put florist tape around the stem to keep the petal in place. The same night we made them we coloured them – with Wilton’s Colour Mist! I have been a bit dubious about buying the colour mist in the past – well it comes out of an aerosol can so there must be chemicals in it! But it was so much fun colouring the flowers with mist! And I was able to blend the colours a bit. Two things you need to be careful about colour mist is that if you haven’t shaken the can well, or if the colour is running out, it can spray drops onto your work. Also it fades fast! I usually put all my fondant creations in my kitchen cabinet, but I left my flowers out the whole term. By the last week the pink hibiscus was showing lots of white! I just dusted it on the last night – so it wasn’t the end of the world.

The last flower we made was the water lily. I love the colour of my water lilies – so bright and vibrant! I should have another row of pink petals on the water lilies – but that was going to be another hour or so of work! I think I made the right decision to leave them that size because they would have been too big for my pot – plus one of my formal roses was not put in my pot because I had run out of room!

I would like to thank Lyn at My Delicious for the awesome term and for arranging my flowers in my pot. I am really enjoying my cake decorating classes. The ladies are lovely and we always have a great laugh – at the expense of children, “sausages” are spoken of and we laugh (or swear) at Lyn for making us make hard decorations! I am looking forward to next term – but I am keeping the topic a secret – I am very excited about it!

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Just before I go, since I mentioned colour mist and how I liked the idea of it. Well I have been very keen on learning how to use an airbrush. There is also a cake that I am making soon that I think will be perfect with some airbrushing, so my research into it became more vigorous. After a particular trying week hubbie said I could buy an airbrush (to brighten me up!) so the next day I went into Cake Tinz n Things and asked them if they recommended a particular brand. The newMichelle's Labyrinth Airbrushing owner came up to me and said that she was about to announce a special for an airbrush and a hands on demonstration in the next couple of days.

So Saturday just gone was the demonstration and it was great! We were given 2 cupcakes, a rose, some small flowers and a chocolate lolly pop!

Two hours later they were all coloured and I was quite pleased with my first play! I cannot wait to practice some more on fondant. I also learnt one strange thing (the lady taking the demonstration is an artists and knows all about colours) and is that pink is one of the fasted fading colours. Don’t ask me for specifics, but I thought that was interesting since it was the pink that faded on my hibiscus!

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On Sunday I tried airbrushing on buttercream, but it seems to spot a bit. I am not sure if I wasn’t allowing the airbrushing to dry enough before putting more on, or if it was reacting with the buttercream. The cupcakes we made in class were piped with Dream Whip (or some soy version).

I guess I’ll just have to practice!  And no I didn’t make the dinosaurs – they are a Coles brand. I didn’t have time to make special cupcake toppers because it was end of financial year! I hope I can write more soon. And I hope you liked my Flower Pot!

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