Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Little Taste of Cupcake Fame

My little cupcakes got a little taste of fame this week...

I got approached by a PR company to make some Cancer Council themed cupcakes for the Sunrise show early this week. With less than 24 hours to come up with a design and to bake and decorate them, the pressure was on!

I can promise you I have never worked quicker... in about 4 hours, all the cupcakes were baked, decorations made and assembled.

I only wish I actually had some natural sunlight to take the photos but they had to be picked up at 5am...

And here they were on Sunrise... They were covered up a lot but I was so excited I took a photo of my TV :D

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Riiiiiibbit... burp!

This little guy has just had a huge meal :) Doesn't he just look all tired, full and sleepy? *burp!*

Made this little guy last week with Lilia from My Sweethearts Bakery. Cupcakes, cookies and picture by Lilia.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Week in My Life

I often wonder where my week has gone as I sit in front of the TV on a Sunday night watching Master Chef... do you guys ever wonder what I get up to? Here's a little sneak peak... my last week in summary :)

Monday - The day is spent at work and I pick up fresh ingredients (butter, cream, eggs) I need for my cakes during my lunch break. At night I prepare the decorations for the weekend cakes. This week it's an all out bling sign for Suren's birthday and some fashion inspired cupcake toppers.

Tuesday - Another day at work. Caught up with a friend for dinner tonight while the boyfriend started on some of the baking - a red velvet cake (yum!). Get home and continued to finish off the cupcake toppers. Made the lemon ganache for the cakes as they need to rest overnight.

Wednesday - Work again during the day and baked the cupcakes for Friday's order when I get home. Started ganaching Suran's birthday cake and headed over to Lilia's (My Sweethearts Bakery) place to borrow some supplies (thank you!) and have a good ol' chat :) Us cake designers tend to get carried away with cake talk when we catch up.

Thursday - Do I need to mention I spent the day at work? Rushed off to Volleyball after work and started on the cupcakes when I got home. Luckily most of the 3D designs are already done so I just had to finish off the overall design. The boyfriend also started baking Aaliyah's cake for Sunday.

Friday - Work again! Friday night is the night when everything all comes together. The cupcakes get picked up and Suran's cake gets covered and painted in a vibrant orange and red. And then it gets covered again and the contemporary circle patterns get cut out.

I'm not usually a fan of orange but I loved how the bright colours of this cake just seem to shine through the white blanket. And the bling sign... oh, I was nervous about it staying up right, but it all worked out in the end :)

Saturday - Suren's cake gets delivered and then it was time for a consultation. The lovely lady wanted to order a cake for her daughters birthday. I'm so excited about the design idea! 

In the afternoon Helena and Danielle came for the beginners cupcake decorating workshop.

This is the first time I ran one with a structured design and the ladies did so well! I was so impressed by what they achieved and so were they.

Helena's Cupcake Set
 Danielle's Cupcake Set

At night, went to my friend's place and to pick up some of her clothes (she's moving and needed somewhere to store them). Treated myself to some San Churros (yummy, crunchy doughnut sticks dipped in milk chocolate.... mmmm) and picked up dinner.

Got home and started (and finished) Aaliyah's cake. I love playing with my airbrush :)

Sunday - Aaliyah's cake gets delivered and got some attention from all the little kids as we walked through Lunar Park. It's so exciting to see the shocked faces and hear all the kids chatter 'wow is that a cake?!'.

I'm not a fan of plastic figurines on cakes but it's what Aaliyah wanted, she even bought them and posted them to me :) But surprisingly I really liked this cake (the boyfriend also declared it one of his favourites!), the figurines and colours all worked out really well.

Then it's home time and time to wrap up the week... replying to emails and working out next week's schedule! Oh, and watching Masterchef :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

You're invited to a cake tasting day!

I've just launched a new flavour menu and would like to invite all my bloggy friends as well as potential and existing customers to come and have some cake! 

I will no longer be offering cake tastings and instead will be running a cake tasting open day once every 3-4 months. This will be a great opportunity to taste a range of our flavours as well as learn more about the creation process. 

I would also love to meet all the wonderful people who have been so supportive with my blog and sugar creations, so I hope you can make it :)

There is no obligation if you book a tasting session but as numbers are limited I do ask that out of courtesy you stick to the number of people you have booked for (please don't say 2 people are coming and show up with a group of 5!). Please also note that this is a tasting session only, any design consultations should be booked separately.

Feel free to email me with any questions and I look forward to having some cake with you!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cupcake Workshops - Bringing out your creative side

What I love best about my workshops are seeing people who come proclaiming 'I'm not a creative person' bring out their inner artistic side.

In the span about about 4 hours, I get to see wonderful people like Jess and Sarah go from never handling rolled icing to creating fun and colourful sugar art. These lovely girls were such naturals...

 Ganaching the cupcakes

Colouring the icing

How cute are the baby booties?

Cupcake art in progress...

Everything is put together with great care...

Ta-Da - the final cupcake group photo! Look at all the cute and colourful creations :)

Jess and Sarah with their favourite cupcakes.

I believe we all have a creative side regardless of who we are or what we do for a living. Sure, some people get to use their creativity more than others on a daily basis but we all have it in us. :)

Want to flex your creative muscles? My new cake and cupcake workshops are ready... check out the workshop page to see what you can learn and to book your spot!

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