Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I know there is only 30Michelle's Labyrinth minutes left of the weekend, but I wanted to put my well wishes out there. I learnt one thing about Easter this year and that is the U.S.A. don’t have any public holidays for Easter. I guess I had never thought about it before, but because I have staff in the US I was curious. Then I was a little shocked because the US has such a large Christian population and I thought they would carry the tradition, but apparently not. So I don’t want to rub it in, but we had a lovely relaxing 4 day weekend!

So to end the Easter weekend I wanted to show you the Easter cupcakes I made a couple of weeks ago. We did a lot of piping this term in my cake decorating class, and I was pretty happy with my butter cream grass! I think butter cream and chocolate were my favourite piping mediums.

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Michelle's Labyrinth I’ll let you know a secret – if you ever forget to put eggs in your cake mix do not fret! You still get lots of compliments about your cupcakes and how light and fluffy they are! Boy, I am a shocker! hehe

The eggs I used on these cupcakes are M&M’s Speckled Eggs – I saw Coxie’s Cakes use them and then saw them at the shops and couldn’t resist. They are such a great idea :)

 

Today we went to my sister’s for lunch and I thought my niece and nephew might like to try the Cake Push Pops – plus I thought my Mum and Dad might like to try them too. So I made some kids chocolate cake push pops with real cream and star sprinkles. For the adults I made black forest cakes!

These were the first push pops I madeMichelle's Labyrinth at home and I was super happy to find out that I had a circle cutter the exact size! You need to be careful not to cut the cake too thickly, otherwise it is hard to fit 3 layers of cake in the push pop containers.

Then I started layering my cakes, cream, sprinkles and black forest cake ingredients! As I was doing this I thought it would be fun for kids to do too! I have seen cupcake “stations” at kids parties, maybe you could have cake push pop stations instead and they can build their own cake combinations!

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I was quite happy with my black forest version, although I would have liked more alcohol next time! The bottom layer was super yummy!

Michelle's Labyrinth I didn’t put my fondant cake toppers on until I it was time for desert, because the fondant actually starts to melt into the cream. The colour of the sprinkles melts into the cream as well… but I didn’t mind this time as the sprinkles weren’t the main decoration – just thought I would let you know in case you want to make them.

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I hope you all had a lovely Easter however you celebrated it. If you were lucky like my nephew to have enough Easter eggs to build an Easter House (castle) out of them, then please don’t eat them all at once!

Not to rub it in about the public holidays, but we have another one this coming Friday in Australia for Anzac Day – so enjoy your short work week, or if you are taking advantage of taking 3 days off work to get 10 days off in a row – please have fun and keep safe on the roads!!!

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What Are Cake Push Pops?

Over the past week I have had to describe what Cake Push Pops are quite a few times. I must admit I asked “What the?” late last year. I thought the cake decorating teacher meant Cake Pops… but no, she meant Cake Push Pops. So here are some examples to show you!

First off, to avoid confusionMichelle's Labyrinth these are Cake Pops. Little balls of cake on a stick. I haven’t made any yet because they look fiddly! And also you don’t get much cake! hehe

Source: http://123parades.com/modern-handmade-easter-egg-cake-pops-2014/

For Christmas last year we madeMichelle's Labyrinth some Cake Push Pops in cake decorating class and it was so much fun! And the possibilities are endless. The Push Pops are made in a plastic container (I saw these in Spotlight the other day, or try  Michelle's LabyrinthMy Delicious cakes in Bibra Lake).

You put in 3 layers of cake in the containers, with cream between layers and cream and decorations on top! As easy as that!

To eat the Push Pops, you slowly push the stick up and the first layer comes out.

For the Christmas Cake Push Pops we also put Christmas sprinkles at each layer and you could put anything in the cake layers – chocolate chips, small marshmallows or even fruit! Anything goes! We also decorated the containers with ribbons, wrapping paper and stickers. We just used glue sticks and they washed off okay in hot water so you can use the containers again.

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For our Easter Cake Push Pops we kept it a little more simple and just used coloured Dream Whip.

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I hope you have enjoyed your Easter weekend with your family and friends. We have one more Easter date – a BBQ at my sister’s. And guess what I am making? Yep, Cake Push Pops! I’ll try and so a quick Easter post tomorrow and show them to you.

 

 

My First Wedding Cake: Part 3

Michelle's Labyrinth So now I have arrived to my final partMichelle's Labyrinth about My First Wedding Cake! The delivering of the wedding cake had been playing on my mind: Should we take the cake assembled or take the 3 tiers separately? How would the flowers be placed? Would the reception room be ready (i.e. no reason for anyone to move it once we left)? Would the reception room be air-conditioned? Would hubbie be able to carry it (safely!)?

I had even read lots of blogs and FAQs about delivering wedding cakes and I even asked my cake instructor if it was okay to take the 3 tiers already assembled. In the end I did deliver it assembled as you know and I am glad because of the Michelle's Labyrinth cracks issue – that was my concern about assembling the at the venue! It also worked out quite easy to assemble the flowers because they were on wires and I had already placed the flower spikes (plastic holders that you stick the stem of the wired bouquet in) in the right spots of the cake.

I was happy and starting to get a little excited. The cake was there, it looked beautiful with the ocean backing (just couldn’t get any great photos with the right lighting on the cake and being able to see the colour of the ocean). My only concern was if anyone noticed the imperfections of the fondant or if the colour of the flowers didn’t go well with the rest of the room. Would the bride like it?!

Now you may have noticed the little cakes with A and M on them. They were my little surprise. This beautiful couple have 2 little girls and after getting Miss A’s approval of my pink frangipanis I got the idea of making her a flower arrangement of her own! The little cakes were vanilla ones in case the girls didn’t like fruit cake. And when we delivered the cake to the venue a table for the children had already been set up with colouring books and after activities, so I was so pleased that it was a children friendly wedding (as I thought it might be!). During the reception when I was taking some sunset photos of the cake I heard Miss A telling someone that the cake with the A was her cake and the other one was her sisters! It didn’t take her long to work it out :)

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So the cake was delivered, photos were taken and there wasn’t anything else I could do! Well except go home and put on a dress!

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Michelle's LabyrinthAs I have mentioned the wedding was Hawaiian themed and the men were allowed to wear shorts! Hubbie had his favourite Hawaiian shirt that he bought in Bali in 2002. I found a nice dress with flowers on it before Christmas. So it was easy getting ready! And I remembered to drown myself in sunscreen including the part in my hair (which was still recovering from its last burn!).

The weather was absolutely amazing. It was forecasted to be 37 degrees Celsius and there was not a cloud in the sky. Hubbie and I had lunch before the ceremony outside and it was pretty hot so we were a little worried it might be too hot, but once we got down to Trigg beach and under the trees it was just perfect!

Michelle's LabyrinthEveryone really embraced the Hawaiian theme and the it was such a colourful affair. The groom was relaxed, their daughters were adorable and the bride was stunning – with even a frangipani in her hair :) I also liked how the celebrant dressed in theme.

I loved the photo above with the wedding couple carrying a daughter each and I love the back of the head shot of Miss M and the beautiful mother-of-the-bride! Michelle's Labyrinth

After enjoying a few cocktails at the Soda Sunlounge it was time to go to the reception and god I was hoping the cake was still standing and everyone liked it.

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When I saw the coloured hand-printed canvas on the table I was so happy. Lots of colours! And not only that, there were different coloured lanterns hanging around the room. I felt quite confident the colours of the flowers went well with the theme!Michelle's Labyrinth

It was a cocktail reception rightMichelle's Labyrinth on the beach and it was an absolutely beautiful night. The weather continued to be perfect and there was still not a cloud to be seen. Usually clouds make for great sunsets, but I thought this night’s sunset was stunning!

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I received many compliments about my cake, lots of photos were taken and I was even congratulated! As I said it was a bit of an epic journey so I’ll take those congratulations that I had made my first wedding cake and survived! I really hope the bride did love the cake and I am completely honoured to have been given such a responsibility!

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I am always asked if I am upset when the cake is finally cut into. Strangely I am not. Once I have my photos all I want is for the cake to be enjoyed and that means eaten! I was given some compliments of the taste of the cake too, which is an added bonus. One lady said it was a “good nine” – I’ll take that! We caught up with some of the family today and a few of them had enjoyed a piece last night and said how moist it was. Yay! My cake has been eaten and enjoyed! That is all one can ask for :)

I hope you enjoyed my cake and the journey of making it. I’ll leave you with Miss A claiming her cake once the bride and groom had cut into theirs. I love that Miss A loved her cake!Michelle's Labyrinth

 

 

 

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