Monday, May 7, 2012

Cake Mojo

Late last year, with the general stresses in life, I lost my caking mojo for while.  The thing is, when you lose your mojo, everything just seems that much harder and frustrating.

A cake you're are making collapses, and you have to do it again, the next cake you make does the same, you open a new batch of dodgy icing that is ultra soft and sags on the cake you're making...and you have to cover it again.... you make another cake that you dislike so much - that you dont even care that you didnt photograph it...even the chocolate ganache splits and has to be thrown out....3 batches of white chocolate...  Sigh, and white chocolate costs $20 a kg.  Sniff sniff.

I was so sad.....I had lost the mojo and didn't know where to find it again.  Luckily, the support of some really cool caking friends offered some great advice and got me through.  It took a while to get the groove back, but happily, I've found the love again and this last month has reminded me how much fun caking is!

 This truly fun cake for little Tai, with all the great characters from Madagascar (except the penguins) - I am an animation fanatic.  Once upom a time I wanted to be cartoonist when I grew up.....funny how life works that way!  So naturally I loved making this cake - even though it was a tad fiddly. 

An equally impressive Hollywood themed cake for Peggie's 30th.  Complete with sugar popcorn and photos of Peggie over the years and her family.  Peggie's response was "Thanks for the cake, love love love it very much :) "  Awww shucks!

Another fav is this Mexican themed one for Cory & Erica's 24th birthday party.  Design inspired by Julie McMaster.  It was fun to make and gave me a chance to dust off the airbrush!

More fun with the much loved Thomas the Tank cake for Isabelle.  Apparently no amount of pleading by her doting parents to choose a more "girly" themed cake design was to any avail.....all Isabelle wanted was a Choo-choo cake!

Less cute, but definately more girly, a white chocolate & raspberry cake with macarons to match for a high tea sweet sixteen. Hmmm, what I wouldn't give to be 16 and know what I know now!

Talking about high teas, this amazing set up by the very stylish boys at Blissful Affair.  140 sets of antique tea sets and lawn games for the birthday tea for Rebecca, who was also getting married on the day!

Stunning set up at the Cottesloe Civic Centre overlooking the Indian Ocean.  Custom made mirrors spanned the length of the tables and a walkway decked out in fairy lights.  It really was one of those magical weddings!

And a couple of more stylish weddings, for Emma & Andrew at the Lake Karrinyup Golf Club - the lovely flowers by the talented Jessie Anne.

and the wonderful Tracy and Keith at Frasers with this Maggie Austin designed cake.

Just perfect for a romantic Autumn wedding!

We've just finished a whirlwind fortnight of classes with Handi.  I'll post up all the amazing results soon!

Hope you all enjoying the much needed rain (of course its only enjoyable when you are rugged up on a couch with a mug of something yummy)


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