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)
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
2010 – Fairy Castle (7th Birthday)
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!
2011 – Fairy Toadstool (8th Birthday)
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!
2012 – Equestrian (9th Birthday)
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?