Since moving back to Perth (almost 5 years ago now!), after living in Kalgoorlie for 5 years, I really wanted a hobby to explore my creative side. Now I was closer to my niece and nephew and also had other friends/family with young kids I thought I would start cake decorating.
My youngest sister remembers a troll cake I made for her when we were younger (a lot younger!) and encouraged me to make some more. I even loved creating back then; loved mixing colours and shaping the cake/icing until a sugary, buttery, chocolatey masterpiece was constructed! The cake was based on one of those 1980s fads – troll dolls! The cake was the troll’s face with rainbow coloured hair! I cannot find a photo of it though I just may have to make another one
When I told everyone at work I had resigned there was quite a bit of surprise, but a lot of support. They knew how hard I worked and it was not a decision that was made lightly. They liked the idea of me taking some time off and making more cakes! One of my ex-colleagues (I am still not used to saying ‘ex’, like ex-employer!) asked if I would make a birthday cake for her son to get the cake decorating ball rolling. She sent me some images from Google for inspiration and set me my first cake challenge! I loved the challenge!
As you can see it was space themed! I really enjoyed being able to decorate the two tiers as it gives the cake depth. I also loved being able to play with lots of colours (yeah, yeah, I’m a kid!)! I also liked blending colours to make patterns (marbling?) on the planets, and also giving some of the planets rings. While I was making the marbling effects on some of the planets, I thought it would be awesome to make the actual cake look Earth-like, with water marbling through it. I didn’t even consider trying to make it look like Earth! These cakes usually take me 4-6 hours as it is! I was quite please with the end product, and when I walked in my friend’s door her son squealed when he saw the cake! That was awesome!
Since the cakes take me a while to do (and usually my feet start killing me) I watch a movie or three I have been trying to choose movies along the same theme as the cakes I am making. While I made this cake I watched Ella Enchanted and Flight of the Navigator.
I chose Ella Enchanted because it is just so much fun and it always uplifts my spirits! When I made this cake I was supposed to have the day as an RDO, but it was the only day some external parties could all make it to the office. So I was in the office around 4am to finish off the presentation for them (we owed them money so I wanted to ensure I was right!) and then zoomed home just after 11am, well via Red Rooster! So I needed a movie that would definitely brighten my mood! Plus there are many interesting characters (not specifically aliens thought) that would inspire me. I cannot remember hearing about this movie when it came out at the cinemas. I found it at a DVD store and it would have been under $20 so just bought it. So I am guessing Ella Enchanted was very much underrated. So if you have kids around 10 or ones that love fairy tales, I totally recommend it!
The next movie was a 1980s favourite – Flight of the Navigator. When it got to the stage when the boy David is exploring the creatures (“specimens”) on the spaceship and sees a cute one an idea formed. “That is a Puckmarin from Binpuka Minor. He’s not dangerous”. (Pic to the side)
I very much wanted to make an alien like him, but dream on! I am no way near that good. But he inspired the little green slug-like alien. But it did give me the idea to think of other alien movies and what easy-ish aliens I could do – hence I made a Jawa from Star Wars (all from memory)!
I was supposed to cover 3 cakes during this post. But you got a bit of history of my cake decorating and also some insight into my movie obsession. Just another warning (no aliens this time), but a lot of my travel blog posts will reference movies too! I promise a travel post will be coming shortly! I have downloaded all our photos, just just need to troll through them!
PS Although I had gotten up at 4am and it was a long day/night making this cake, I thoroughly enjoyed it and won’t forget the squeal it received