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!

 

 

My Biggest Fan

My biggest cake fan would have to be my niece Aimee, my sister’s daughter. She has told me I make the “bestest cakes ever”! So here are the cakes I have made for her since moving back to Perth:

2009 – Fairy Cupcakes (6th Birthday)

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This was early on in my cake making activities. I thought the store bought fairies were cute. I thought they were too cute to eat, but I saw my niece chomp off one of the fairies heads! I guess she liked them :)

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2010 – Fairy Castle (7th Birthday)

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I asked my niece for suggestions this year, as I had made my first fondant cake in July of 2010 and was now open to a whole new world of cake ideas! My niece wasn’t determined to request a specific cake (like her brother was – Buzz Lightyear!) and seemed happy with my fairy castle idea. I bought the fairy (inedible) and was hoping to make the dragon. But my niece and nephew are born 4 days apart, hence two cakes needed, so I didn’t have time to make a dragon and ended up using one of my dragons, from my collection, to peer at the fairy! Aimee got to keep the fairy, but the dragon was quickly snatched back by me once the candles were blown out. It was mine! This was also the first cake I worked out that children love bright coloured icing – a piece of cake with the rainbow was demanded by most!

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2011 – Fairy Toadstool (8th Birthday)

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I had bought a couple of Debbie Brown’s cake decorating books off Amazon.com and wanted to try and couple out. So this year the cake for my niece (and nephew) was a surprise! I made the Fairy Toadstool cake from 50 Easy Party Cakes. My niece seemed suitably impressed and this was the year she said I made the “bestest cakes ever”!

The fairies went down well too. I left it up to the birthday girl whether she wanted to keep them or share them. Keep them of course! This caused some crying by one of the other girls, so my brother-in-law gave the crying girl one of the wings. My niece told me later that she ate the fairies all by herself over the next few days and they were delicious!

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2012 – Equestrian (9th Birthday)

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The most recent cake I made Aimee was an Equestrian cake which was Aimee’s top choice. In late June or very early July I had asked my sister to get some suggestions for the cakes this year. My niece had obviously been discussing the Olympics at school and asked for an equestrian cake. My lovely sister thought that may be a little difficult and asked for a few more suggestions. When I heard equestrian I honestly did feel stressed. I was still working at the time, in my last couple of weeks of work, so my stress levels were elevated anyway. But after I finished work and had some time to Google, I found some good ideas.

When I walked through the door on Aimee’s birthday she jumped up and down and said it was exactly what she wanted! I asked her later on which cake she had liked the best over the years and she said it was the equestrian one. It is hard for me to pick a favourite cake I have made, because they are all so different, and for different people, so mean different things to me! If that makes sense. But I loved making this cake. I loved the challenge my niece set for me, and the horse and rider lead me to some new ideas for other cakes, like my pirates cake!

Do any of my readers have a favourite cake I have made and blogged about? And why?

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