Turtle Power!

Cowabunga! I made a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake! It is actually the second TMNT cake I have made, but I really enjoyed this one. I did a couple of funky things, so I wanted to share it straight away.

This cake was a fairly late request and I ummmed and arrred whether I should make it. But I haven’t made any cakes so far this month, so I said yes! Plus I have seen so many cool TMNT cakes that I wanted to try another one.

It was my friend’s Mum who ordered the cake for her Grandson. I don’t know who likes my cakes more: my friend or her Mum! Her Mum loves the fondant and my friend the buttercream. I am more of a buttercream girl myself – I think I have played with too much fondant and smelled too much of it. Bit too sickly for me now. But a little bit is always nice! :)

My friend the other day shared a video on Facebook of how to make a checkered rainbow cake – the actual cake, not the decorations. So I thought I would give it a go. Even if the checkers failed it would still taste nice!! So this is what the inside looked like.Michelle's Labyrinth TMNT Michelle's Labyrinth TMNT

I loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles growing up. My middle sister and I started Karate around the same time TMNT started on TV, so I think we thought it was pretty cool that we did martial arts as well! I loved that they loved pizza; that the heroes were teenagers and were a little goofy; and I seem to recall Splinter shaking his head more than once, so it was cool that the heroes weren’t perfect! So here is the cake I made that was based on someone else’s design:

Michelle's Labyrinth TMNT

I found this cake quite therapeutic. I was so happy the bricks turned out okay, I didn’t really measure the first (vertical) lot of lines and then when I went to do the horizontal ones I was worried I had made them too thin or thick because I didn’t think it through. I was very lucky they worked out! I then painted the cake with silver dust mixed with dipping solution. I think it was the painting I found so relaxing. Especially since it was all one colour so I didn’t have to worry too much about where I was putting it.Michelle's Labyrinth TMNT Michelle's Labyrinth TMNT

Everyone seemed to love the cake and my friend and her cousin made TMNT cards for the birthday boy too. They looked very cool together.Michelle's Labyrinth TMNTSo here is the big reveal! The inside of the cake! The kids (and adults) were very impressed with the colours.Michelle's Labyrinth TMNT

Sorry I haven’t written too many blog posts recently. I know life is full of trying times, I just feel like I have seen a little too many recently, so I haven’t felt very creative nor entertaining lately, and I really want my posts to be somewhat entertaining! But I read some very wise words today, so I’ll share them with you and will write some more posts very soon!

Leonardo: We turtles don’t know the meaning of the word ‘defeat’.
Michaelangelo: That’s right. We never bothered to look it up in the dictionary.Michelle's Labyrinth TMNT

 

 

 

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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