Communion and Family Day Cake

Last weekend I made aMichelle's Labyrinth cake for a First Holy Communion. I was honoured to be asked to make this cake as the occasion is a very special day for those that follow Catholic beliefs. I was also happy as it meant a new challenge! Thankfully they had an idea of what they wanted the cake to look like so that saved me some time of researching and making decisions.

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As soon as I found out about this cake I asked the lady at cake decorating training for a suggestion about how to make a goblet. Yes a goblet! It was the one thing that scared me about this cake. She suggested wrapping a plastic cup in fondant, because nothing (in the cake decorating world of Perth!) was drying due to the weather. I was hoping that is what she would say! :)


This cake was my 8th cake in 6 weeks, throw in a few cupcakes, some chocolate modelling and everything else and I was starting to ache! I made the goblet, the cross and rosary on Monday and then painted them on Wednesday. Thursday night I made the cakes. I made a 2 layer cake this time, instead of one big cake as I was a little scared of ruining it. I had had a couple of silly mishaps over the past month. Then on Friday I covered the cake, made the Bible and added it all together. So I felt this was the least onerous cake I have made because I started early! Saying that, I did sleep all of Sunday to recover from the previous 6 weeks!

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Michelle's Labyrinth

Now this was an extra special cake because it was also the little boy’s 7th Family Day. Now what is a Family Day you ask? Well this little boy was adopted and it was 7 years to the day since he joined his beautiful family. I remembering meeting this little boy for the first time at Dome café in Kalgoorlie about 6 and a half years ago. I was left with this smiling baby while his mum and another friend went to order coffees. He was such a happy baby and he has turned into a beautiful boy who knocks people over with his brilliant smile!

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I do hope he liked his cake. His mum wrote to me and said “Michelle, you should have heard all the ooh-ing and Ahh-ing over your cake last night!! Everyone thought it was amazing! And it tasted divine, too, even the icing. I usually don’t like that kind of icing to eat but it was delish!”

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What an awesome hobby I have! I have fun making the cake, learning new techniques, playing with new tools or ingredients and then I get beautiful responses like that :) I hope you like the cake too!

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Work, Cakes and Friends

I’m falling into some bad habits again. I am back working and have been working pretty hard already; trying to get on top of things as well as make improvements as I go. I have been working some odd hours trying to fit everything in – work, cakes, training, socialising, playing with puppies and keeping house! Everything seems to be left to the last-minute…. :(

I am also feeling quite unorganised and scattered! I used to have a terrific memory, but now I keep forgetting things, especially when I am in the zone of a particular setting. Like if I am at work I generally remember all work things, and when I am not working I remember non-work things. But I don’t seem to be able to cross remember things! I am not sure if it is too much to remember, or if I am getting old!

I have started to do up a schedule so I have time set aside for everything. I got a reminder the other day I am three months into my six month Training and Assessment course and that if I am falling behind then I should say no to some things on my schedule. No? What is the meaning of this no? Well I will let you know how I go with my schedule and if it helps this bad memory of mine!

I have been very lucky to have some supportive friends that have been encouraging me to make cakes for all sorts of occasions. One friend asked me to make a baby shower cake for her friend back in May (yes I am behind in my blog posts about all the cakes I have made!). The cake was to be gender neutral and also not too babyish. The party was a mix of a house-warming and a baby shower and the new-mum-to-be didn’t want too much fuss.

I did some research on baby shower cakes and sent some examples to my friend, and she chose one and I did something similar. This is how my cake turned out:

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Michelle's Labyrinth

I as a bit annoyed with my giraffe as he started sagging almost straight away – but I have since learnt a trick in cake decorating class and should have added some Tylopur powder (also known as Tylose powder) as it is a hardening agent when added to fondant.Michelle's Labyrinth

I will also explain the elephant butt. Some of my older friends from high school and university would have seen my elephant butt before, it became a bit of signature back in those days. It was just something that I was good at drawing! I continued the tradition and have signed some of my niece’s and nephew’s birthday cards with the elephant in, and after I made this cake I showed my niece and nephew and they chuckled greatly! Oh, and when my niece broke her arm earlier this year guess what she wanted me to draw on her cast!! :) Michelle's Labyrinth

I think this was the first two tiered cake with different flavours I made – chocolate on the bottom and rainbow swirl vanilla on the top. My friend said everyone was over the moon with the cake and amazed with the decorations and the rainbow top layer and the chocolate frosting in the bottom layer.Michelle's Labyrinth

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I was over the moon to be asked to make it and thank you again to all of my friends that continue to support my creative side! And also thank you to all the readers of my blog! It’s lovely to know that people enjoy reading it :)

So if you would ever like me to make you a cake, please ask me! The worst thing I can do is say no because I have prior engagements. There is that word ‘no’ again :) I think some of us need some courage (like the Lion from The Wizard of Oz) to say ‘no’ more often! I know I do :)Michelle's Labyrinth




One Direction, Puppy and Green Lantern All In One Weekend

My niece and nephew are born 5 days apart, so it usually means one busy cake making weekend! They sometimes have a party the same day, or have separate parties. This year they had separate parties at home and each was themed.

My niece’s theme was One Direction. Now when my sister told me this I did panic for a while. How the hec was I going to made a cool One Direction cake? If you had sat next to my niece at the movies while the 1D3D (One Direction 3D) movie preview was on and saw her jump around excitedly, you would know that the party theme was inevitable. But that still didn’t solve my cake problem… except a couple of days later I was told that my niece really wanted a puppy cake! Yay!

My nephew chose The Green Lantern as his theme. I have watched the movie and liked it and having Ryan Reynolds in it doesn’t hurt at all. So I thought this was an excellent choice! :)

I saw the kids the weekend before and asked them what flavoured cakes they would like, with the idea of colouring vanilla if it was chosen. My nephew said vanilla first, then changed his mind to chocolate. Then my niece said “Chocolate, but said no I want vanilla and can it be coloured!” She is a little smart for her own boots sometimes!! Colouring wasn’t going to be a surprise now! She asked if she could have purple, red and blue! Then my nephew piped up he wanted green, black and white. I told him that I couldn’t colour chocolate, but I had a plan in mind!

So here is the colouring of the cake mix for my niece. I thought the off-cuts were really pretty! I had to share them :)Michelle's Labyrinth

I then Googled white Maltese Shih Tzu cross and used these photos are inspiration.

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So here is my puppy cake :)

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I used two new techniques on the puppy. I used brown edible paint for some of his patches and then also used crushed chalk to colour in some black and light brown. Just a couple of things I picked up in cake decorating class :)

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I spoke to my niece on her birthday and we chatted for a while. After she had told me about all her pressies, her day and caught up on a few other things I told her I better go and clean the kitchen because I have to make something. She obviously knew I was speaking about her cake and said “Yes you better go and get busy”, or something along those lines. She cracks me up!

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My niece kept the puppy, bone and ball. She wanted to keep the bowl but I told her it was cake. So of course every girl then wanted a piece of bowl :)

Here is my beautiful niece Aimee who is now double digits!!!! How can that be so? :)Michelle's Labyrinth











I made a two tier cake for my nephew and made the top-tier vanilla and coloured it black, white and green! Michelle's Labyrinth

Here is my Green Lantern cake. I based the little guys on Lego pieces. My sister and niece knew they were Lego men, but my nephew disagreed! Humph!Michelle's Labyrinth

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Well I think they look like Lego men. I was going to give them hands, but it took me the following movies to make this cake – The Green Lantern (You’ll never believe my luck. I have the movie but on Blu-Ray and I don’t have Blu-Ray player in the living area that is next to the kitchen. I was scanning Foxtel (pay TV) just after 6pm it said that The Green Lantern was starting at 6:30pm – WOW! Yippee!), You’ve Got Mail (I had watched Sleepless Seattle the night before and wanted to watch another Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks movie. Love them!), and then Bridget Jones’s Diary and finally Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. So no hands for the Lego Green Lantern men, I was getting pretty exhausted!

Both my sisters did a lot of work and set up both parties all coloured themed. Here is the table setting for my nephew’s party.Michelle's Labyrinth

And here is my gorgeous nephew Sean. I asked him if he liked his cake and he said “I love it!”. Can’t get better payment than that :) And do you like his Green Lantern outfit? So cute!!!Michelle's Labyrinth

And just because my sisters and I naughty, we used this as inspiration for the cake and the party decorations! LOL!Michelle's Labyrinth


P.S. I apologise if there are any spelling mistakes. I just updated WordPress and now I cannot find the spellcheck button!

P.P.S. I am so sorry Sean. I just realised I didn’t call you after school today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! xxx


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