18s and 80s

All sorts of delicious fun

All sorts of delicious fun

After a long period of dormancy I’ve got some serious catching up to do on my posts! After enjoying a little bit of local fame thanks to my successes at the Perth Royal Show, I received a flurry of requests from friends and colleagues to decorate cakes for them. Four requests to be precise – two for 18th birthdays and two for 80th birthdays. And all of them boys/men!

Some shaky piping

Some shaky piping

This Licorice Allsorts cake was actually relatively simple to do since the cake itself was just a layered rectangle. The Allsorts themselves are real since the birthday gent┬áloves them. The greatest challenge was finding packets of Licorice Allsorts that contained more than just the striped ones and plain bits of black twists. Actually that’s not true – the biggest challenge was controlling my shaky hand to pipe the message on the side. I wasn’t entirely thrilled by the result.

The second 80th birthday cake was for someone who used to fly Cessnas as a youngster and so I came up with this creation.

Cessna side view

Cessna cake side view

The struts under the wings are the only non-edible part. they are made from cake pop sticks. The letters on the side include the initials of the recipient.

Cessnas away!

Cessna away!

Apparently the children at the party were much taken with picking off the sheep and cows. They were my favourite part too!

Teeny tiny sheep

Teeny tiny sheep

Fo the first of the 18th birthday cakes I had to come up with something to reflect the birthday boy’s love for anime. This cake was modelled on one I saw somewhere on the net, but can’t remember where, and is a stylised depiction of Bleach (apparently!)

Are you scared yet?

Are you scared yet?

It was actually quite fun cutting out a template for all the parts of the face, which I traced and created using Photoshop. It was not so fun covering a cake entirely with black icing…

Bleach cake

Bleach cake

The second 18th birthday cake had no particular theme requirements so I just went with a general celebration theme.

Two tiers of sparkle

Two tiers of sparkle

This was my first ever attempt at a two-tier cake, and using cake dowels. In hindsight I realise that the top tier should probably have been a bit smaller, but it still worked out. I had a lot of fun making the candles and stars out of icing.

Icing candles

Icing candles

Everyone was pretty happy with their respective cakes. Now I’m looking forward to some requests for cakes for girls!