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!

Michelle's Labyrinth Castle Cake

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!

Michelle's Labyrinth Flower Pot

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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Boss Wants a Party

Overcrowded officeRecently at work we moved into our own office premises. Where we were was getting a tad overcrowded (picture source: http://www.gabeclogston.com/?p=791) and the business was still growing! So of course we had to have an office warming party when we moved. Unfortunately when we had the office party originally planned, the premises weren’t ready. We were told the day before we were supposed to take the lease that the premises still needed to befunny_office_party_personalized_invitations painted and cleaned! We still held the party in the old office for some awards that needed be handed out.

When we had been in our new office  a couple of weeks I got the request to arrange the office warming party – take 2! The day we planned for the party was my hubbie’s (and The Boss) actual birthday. Not only that, but there were 3 other birthdays that week and hubbie asked if I would make a cake. (Picture source: http://www.zazzle.com.au/boss+christmas+party+invitations)

‘What cake should I make for an office party?’ was the next problem that needed to be solved. It was actually hubbie that came up with the idea and that was to do a cake of our head company’s mascot – Albert the Silver Pig!

I let my brain mull over how Michelle's Labyrinth PigI would make the pig for a couple of weeks and then it just came to me one day – I would make a ball cake (like my Christmas Bauble) and add legs! And by golly gosh it worked! If I had more time I would have tried to smooth Albert’s legs better, but I was quite happy with the end result – especially happy with Wilton’s Silver Color Mist!

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I also wanted to do a little somethingMichelle's Labyrinth Martial Arts special for each of the birthday people. One guy does various martial arts and I know he doesn’t wear a karate gi for all of them, but I hoped that everyone would work out who the karate boy was meant for.

Michelle's Labyrinth EaglesThe next guy is into Australian football and has started playing again this year. So made a little West Coast Eagles player – who is a bit of a mixture of Darren Glass (the captain) and the birthday boy!

 

I wracked my brain really hard about what to make the birthday girl. All I know is that she works hard, has 4 boys (2 children, 2 adults) at home. I thought of making her a handbag, but just wasn’t sure if that was the best I could come up with… I also stalked her Facebook page, but the only things she seems to like are diamond rings and clothes!! Then I thought of flowers… Since I am making a lot of them this term in cake decorating class and there have been a few I really liked, I thought I would make the birthday girl a bunch of everlasting daisies and put them in a vase. And lucky I didn’t make anything too personal, because on the day of the office party we found out one of our new starters birthday was actually on that day too! So I snuck 2 candles in front of the flowers so all the birthday people had one to blow out :)Michelle's Labyrinth Flowers

Lastly was my hubbie and I really wanted to make him an aeroplane. He has his private pilot’s license so I have been thinking of making him one for years – but how would you get the wings to stay up! Then the week before making the cake Coxie’s Cakes made an aeroplane cake with some clouds holding the plane up – what a great idea! So I made my hubbie a low wing Cessna – because that is the next plane he would like to learn to fly. Apparently the aeroplane took me an hour to make – I was online with a friend in the U.S. giving her updates on the cake, and she pointed out that it only took me an hour to make. All I knew was I had red paint and blue dust EVERYWHERE!

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This cake was fun to transport – look at my travel companions!

Michelle's Labyrinth Travel Companions

Finally some pictures with the cake all together!

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So I hope you like my latest cake with 5 stories! The guys at work seemed to like it :)

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