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!

 

 

3 Siblings’ Cakes

I have another friend who has been a very supportive and encouraging my cake decorating and I am very lucky that she has 3 children… well actually just before Christmas it became 4 beautiful children! So this post is about the 3 cakes I got to make for them in 2013!

Her son and middle daughter are both born in July and they had a joint birthday party this year. I can’t remember how the themes of these cakes were decided. This is part of the reason why I keep a blog, so I don’t forget, but I guess I missed the boat this time! I think Chayse was having a Toy Story themed party (I recall Buzz Lightyear on the party invite) and I think Alyssa as getting Barbie toys for her birthday. I said how I had made a Buzz Lightyear before and had really wanted to make a small green alien because it is so cute! The clawwwwwwwww! So my friend said to why not make a green alien cake for Chayse! Yay! And I think the Barbie car for Alyssa was my idea – it was the only Barbie thing I could think of!

I was a little scared about making the alien cake. Would I be able to get him to stand? How would I do his arms? How would I do his ears? And how would I get his antenna to stand up?! I made three chocolate cakes the same size and rounded the tops of them with a knife. With two of the cakes I put the flat side together and that was his body! To ensure the cakes balanced I put a ring of fondant around the base to make it more stable. It seemed to work!

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I was sneaky and put my iPad on my recipe holder so I could check out the green alien to make sure I didn’t miss anything! I was pretty happy with how he turned out. I hope you like him.

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Check out my cute passenger op the way to the party!!

I had some fun with the Barbie car – it was a pink vanilla cake with purple swirls!Michelle's Labyrinth

I love the colour of the pink once it was cooked! And I believe a few girls at the party quite liked it too!

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I bought a half Barbie from the cake store (yep she has no legs!), I had originally thought of making a Barbie/lady but with making the alien cake and also a few others around that time I knew it would be too much for me. Measuring, shaping the cake was interesting! I kept placing the Barbie in the car to see if it looked okay. The car isn’t perfect and I got a bit upset at the windscreen, but it was pretty late and I didn’t think I had enough time to make another windscreen – one that would stay upright. Michelle's Labyrinth But you can tell what it is and Alyssa definitely liked the number plate! And I was very happy with the colour!! So here’s Barbie driving off into the distance :)Michelle's Labyrinth

The eldest daughter’s birthday is just after Christmas, but because baby number 4 was due just before Christmas her party was held in November. So at the end of November I got to make an owl cake! I love owls! I have actually made another owl cake that I haven’t blogged about yet, however Emily has seen this owl cake and when she did she very excitedly said that was the cake she wanted! I was happy with that!Michelle's Labyrinth

I had such fun making this cake! Played with lots of colours. No measuring. All free hand :) I hope you like it – from all angles! Well I wanted you to see all the flowers and the tree!

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Emily said she really likedMichelle's Labyrinth it, which is the main thing. It is also always lovely getting big hugs when they see the cakes!

I almost forgot what colours I made the cake in, but thankfully my friend sent me a post-cut photo! I love how the cake colours turn out. So bright! I don’t know why I am surprised they come out so well, I guess I cannot comprehend how the baking doesn’t affect the colour. Oh well, I am just glad they come out and I can add that specialness to my cakes!! Until next time, I hope you having a hoot of a week!Michelle's Labyrinth

 

 

 

 

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