Sentimental Flowers

In the middle of 2013 my friend’sMichelle's Labyrinth Flowers Mum asked if I would be able to make her sister’s 60th birthday cake. Of course I was pleased to, but this request had a twist. My friend’s Mum had flowers from her grandmother’s 90th birthday cake that she wanted me to put on the cake. The grandmother was born in 1895, so the flowers were from 1985! I didn’t see a problem with using the flowers so I was entrusted with the flowers that were safely stored in a Quality Street chocolate tin!

Michelle's Labyrinth DogI asked if she wanted anything else on the cake and I was told about the birthday girl’s dog and also that she often had kangaroos on her front lawn and big eucalyptus around her house because she lived out of the city. I had until October to work out what I was going to do so I let my sub-conscious contemplate it.

 

When it came time to seriouslyMichelle's Labyrinth Dog Kangaroo 2 think about the cake I opened the flowers so I could see the colour of them. Then I did something I rarely do, and I don’t know why I did it. I smelt the flowers! I am not usually a “sniffer”, like one of my sisters is. I would much prefer not to smell bad things. Now the flowers didn’t smell, but I got a shot of very old dust up my nose! It was unpleasant to say the least! I guess it let me know that I would need a protective layer between the cake and the flowers, so I made a fondant base for the flowers.

I knew I would make the dog, especially after seeing a photo of her (what a cutie!) and I thought I would do a kangaroo. I wish I had made the dog and kangaroo earlier, because they weren’t exactly comparable sizes!

I wasn’t sure about the colour scheme of the cake. I tried my best to match the pink and green in the flowers. I wasn’t overly keen of the outcome, but I do have an aversion to pink! So I hope the end result was ok.

Michelle's Labyrinth Dog Kangaroo 1

While writing this post I decided I was a bit bored of seeing black or brown/wood backgrounds to my cakes, so I decided this cake needed a brighter background. Well turning 60 is a joyous occasion and I was lucky enough to be invited to this 60th luncheon where 4 generations were at the table! I was also lucky to taste the butter and sultana cake – I think it is one of my favourites that I make :)Michelle's Labyrinth Dog_GardenAnd because it’s my birthday weekend I wanted to spread even more brightness so I brightened up my Olaf cake! I hope you are having a bright weekend!

Bees’ll buzz
Kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz
And I’ll be doing whatever snow does
In summer

Michelle's Labyrinth Olaf Beach

P.S. Check out the gorgeous black forest (cream-free) cake my sister made me for my birthday. It was delicious! I am very spoilt :)Michelle's Labyrinth Cream-Free Black Forest Cake

 

 

 

Possum Magic

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t readPossum Magic  Possum Magic by Mem Fox or want to re-fresh your memory I highly recommend watching this 8 minute reading on YouTube – because my blog post is going to give the end away! (Click here for Possum Magic)

I absolutely loved the idea of the cake I made this week. My friend’s daughter turned one today and my friend wanted the theme of the cake to be Possum Magic. Not only that, but she had a specific idea of how she wanted the cake. When she told me it sounded very interesting, but I had no idea what she was talking about! So I watched the YouTube reading of the book and absolutely loved the idea and loved the book!

Possum Magic is about Grandma Poss (possum) and how she uses her best bush magic to make Hush (granddaughter) invisible so she is safe from the dangers of the Australian bush and of course so Hush can have adventures. But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way around Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more. And here is the spoiler – the three foods that make Hush visible are Vegemite Sandwiches, Pavlova and Lamingtons. Three of the best Australian foods in my opinion!

Michelle's Labyrinth Possum Magic 1So here is the cake with Vegemite Sandwiches, Pavlova and Lamingtons. My friend didn’t have any expectations of me making Hush the possum – but I wanted to! I hope I did her justice.

Michelle's Labyrinth Possum Magic 5Michelle's Labyrinth Possum Magic 6

My friend said the cake was just likeMichelle's Labyrinth Possum Magic 2 she imagined! And then she told me about the birthday party she had planned. They were going to a park and they were going to read Possum Magic and then they were going to eat Vegemite Sandwiches, Pavlova and you guessed it – Lamingtons! What an awesome idea! And then they were going to have the cake! Such a beautiful idea and now I am craving Vegemite Sandwiches!!!

Michelle's Labyrinth Possum Magic 3Michelle's Labyrinth Possum Magic 4

I know I have a few readers outside of Australia – hello :) Well just in case you didn’t know, Possums (on the left below and that are from the Eastern Hemisphere – Australia, New Guinea, and Sulawesi and introduced to New Zealand and China) are different from Opossums (on the right below and that are from the Western Hemisphere). I think I only worked that out a couple of years ago, I guess I never thought of what an opossum was. And I love the word Opossum and I think they are funny looking creatures, and they sure look like they could get up to some mischief! :)

http://davidcook.com.auhttp://www.wildliferescuerehab.com/

Okay, Aussie possums can get up to mischief like this greedy one! But opossums are considered nature’s minivan!

Michelle's Labyrnth http://animalia-life.com/opossum.html

My friend also asked me if I had time to make a second cake for her daughter so she could take one to playgroup. I did stay up pretty late finishing off the cakes, but I also left them to the last-minute. I suffer really badly from procrastination-itis! I definitely could have prepared on the weekend,Michelle's Labyrinth Bee but I chilled out in front of the TV instead. So I really did have time! Let’s hope I am a good girl for the next cake!!

I asked my friend if she wanted a pink themed cake and she said no! She said she wasn’t bothered by pink, so how about yellow. She is a girl after my own heart. I have never liked pink. I occasionally wear it, the only reason is so that it breaks up the blue and black! When I thought of yellow I thought of bumblebees and Winnie the Pooh! Pretty lucky girl getting two cakes! I hope she liked them and had a wonderful 1st birthday!

Michelle's Labyrinth Winnie the Pooh

Source Possum photo: http://davidcook.com.au

Source Opossum photo: http://www.wildliferescuerehab.com/

Source Opossum with babies photo: http://animalia-life.com/opossum.html

 

 

 

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