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! :)

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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!

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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!

 

 

More Cakes and Stuff!

Hello! I feel like I haven’t posted to my blog for a while, so although it is 1:29am I really felt like blogging instead of sleeping. I finally feel like I am getting on top of my accounting work and personally have just lodged my sister’s tax return, 98% completed hubbie’s and even started inputting my tax return into eTax! It is always good to feel like you have accomplished something :)  Michelle's Labyrinth

The reason I said “accounting work” is because I listed the tasks I have been performing the other day, just to remind the boss why I hadn’t finished the accounts and they were tasks like HR, payroll, accounts payable, continuous improvement and training, process/policy/guideline setting, and change management… oh and compliance is in my title, but that has been lacking too. As soon as the accounts are finished tomorrow, then compliance goes back up the list :) Isn’t it great owning your own business, you can do what you and when you want it, but you have to do everything!!!

So I thought I would show you the cakes I have made my mother-in-law over the years (since I have those saved to my computer, and I will post my Halloween cupcakes very soon!).

July 2010 – Mouse Cake

Michelle's Labyrinth This is the first fondant cake I made! I cannot remember how I found out about fondant, nor how I worked out how to colour or roll it. But I do know I have learnt a lot since then, both through researching, practicingMichelle's Labyrinth and now going to cake decorating class (I have finally taken photos of my results from cake decorating class on my SLR, but they haven’t made it to my computer yet! Soon!).

I had left over fondant, so I thought I would be able to shape a mouse, and it seemed to work out :) So I was pretty happy with my practice run, and then made my niece and nephew’s cakes the following month in fondant (you may remember seeing my niece’s fairy castle cake http://michelleslabyrinth.com.au/wordpress/my-biggest-fan/ ).

July 2011 – Beehive Cake

This is still one of my favourite cakes! It is based on Debbie Brown’s Beehive Cake. I love these little bees and I still have one of them in my cabinet. What also made this cake special was that hubbie chose the flavour – butter sultana cake. Delicious!!

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July 2012 – Bird

Always finding it hard to buy pressies for my parents-in-law that are different from previous years and not wine (as per hubbie’s suggestions!), I was browsing through Myer one day and saw all the lovely Royal Doulton etc china and had a light bulb moment and thought I could buy my mother-in-law one of them. What felt like over an hour later, after checking out David Jones as well and internally debating my preference of a tea-cup (over what I thought my mother-in-law might like), I chose the Wedgwood Cuckoo Pink Teacup & Saucer Set!Michelle's Labyrinth

Then it came to working out what cake to make and how to decorate it, which sometimes is an easy task and others not and I browse through every cake decorating book I have and then also scan the internet. This time I had a light bulb moment (a second one this month!) and thought I would base the cake on her new tea-cup set!

The day I was supposed to make the cake I woke up with one of my bad headaches (too many light bulb moments?) and after taking some medicine I just didn’t have the energy to make a cake. That afternoon hubbie took me to the shops and we bought a light fruit cake and I decorated it that night.Michelle's Labyrinth

I can’t remember how I did those flowers, but I was pretty happy with them! I must have watched something on YouTube to get some idea of how to make flowers. I have since learnt how to make roses, but I have notes and specific cutters to do that!!!

Unfortunately I didn’t get to make a cake for my mother-in-law this year. But my parents-in-law were up for hubbie’s birthday, so they got his first birthday cake made by me! Hubbie was away for work, so we didn’t go down south the visit them. I did make an executive decision and sent her flowers, just so she had something on the day and in case with time zone differences, hubbie missed phoning her on the right day!!! I think he did well and phoned her :) (I am just Michelle's Labyrinth recalling that hubbie was away on my birthday this year and how when I first spoke to him on my birthday he didn’t say anything about it! Oh dear :)  )

Well there were a few gaps in my memory about a couple of those cakes – which is why I am writing my blog! I just know my memory is not as good as it used to be! And I really want a good record of my cakes, my travels and even any special Sci-Fi and Fantasy events that occur. Plus I love to write! The past hour has gone so quickly for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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