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Cupcake Baking Tips – watch this video!

Cupcake Baking Tips – learn how to get perfectly uniform cupcakes every time! Today’s post is all about getting a batch of perfectly even cupcakes everytime. Watch our video to learn the trick: Here is the exact one we use in the video: This one is perfect for mini cupcakes: Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more hints and...

Cheap Party Food Ideas – Recipe for Pikelets (SUPER EASY)

Cheap Party Food Ideas – Pikelets Recipe Today’s post is a favourite family recipe for Pikelets.  It is super easy, cheap and FAST to make.  My little boy actually did all of the work for these…except cooking them on the stove! This is such an easy recipe to make with the kids and is perfect if you are looking for some cheap party food ideas for your next kids celebration. Some pointers: Be sure to use a medium heat. I prefer to use a non stick frying pan and this Tefal pan is the same one I used for this recipe. Use full cream milk for best results (but any will do) Serve with butter and honeyor jam and cream for morning and afternoon teas, or with chopped up fruit, ice cream and some drizzled chocolate for an instant dessert! You can make these larger size or mini size, just adjust your cooking time You may also enjoy this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies if you are looking for more cheap party food ideas. Watch the video slideshow...

Dinosaur Cakes – 5 easy ideas for your next Dinosaur Party!

Dinosaur Cakes plus 5 ideas for your next Dinosaur Party! Dinosaur cakes and parties are a popular theme for boys parties.  We’ve got some fun dinosaur cakes for you to get some inspiration: 1. Dinosaur Cakes < This gorgeous 3D dinosaur cake (above) can be made in any colour to suit your party theme.  It is a really cute design for a young child and can be made to suit a girl or boy. The dinosaur cake below was created to match the birthday child’s favorite dinosaur toy. 2. Dinosaur Cookies Add some matching cookie pops to your Dinosaur party table….we can match the colour to the cake and party theme. Cookie pops also make a great take home gift for your little party guests, or add them to the dinosaur loot bags. 3. Dinosaur cupcakes No dinosaur party would be complete without matching dinosaur cupcakes! If you are not a fan of fondant you will love this chocolate cake complete with 2D dinosaur. Number cake like our number 2 dinosaur cake below can be made in any age! We can also make a Giggleosaurus cake form TV show Giggle and Hoot: 4. Dinosaur Party – ideas for the loot bags! What to put in the loot bags: lollies! coloring crayons or pencils party blowout dinosaur bubbles [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”500″ identifier=”B0023TCKEK” locale=”US” src=”https://dreamycakes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/41U3wxyBZUL.jpg” tag=”dreamycakes-20″ width=”500″] mini dinosaur toys dinosaur stamps 5. Dinosaur party invitations Here are some of our favourites: We hope that has given you some inspiration for your next dinosaur party! To order a cake or make an inquiry please call 0405 136 562 or email...

Christmas Collection 2014

Christmas Collection 2014 Our Christmas goodies are here! You can download our packages here! Delicious cookies, cupcakes and cakes ready to order for your Christmas function or for a special Christmas gift for someone you love. For more information call 0405 136 562 or email:...

TMNT cakes and party ideas!

TMNT cakes and party ideas for your next birthday. With the release of the new TMNT movie this month, we thought it’s a great time to showcase some of our yummy TMNT cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Plus we’ve got some awesome ideas to make your teenage mutant ninja turtles party something to remember!! 1. TMNT CAKES! Of course the cake is the most important thing when planning a party (ok, so we’re a little biased!). Our first design is a cool TMNT cake that is shaped like a turtle face.  We can make the bandeau any colour – to match your child’s favourite character. This design features edible TMNT characters and can be made in many different sizes to suit your needs: Our fantastic TMNT party package includes an edible image cake with matching sugar cookies and cupcakes: This design features some other superhero friends – Batman and Superman: 2. TMNT party invitations We found these fantastic invitations on Etsy from Atom Design.Available as a PDF download – you can print as many as you need! 3. TMNT Party Food Ideas: Get creative with these fun food ideas to serve: 1. Green cordial becomes ‘sewer water’: 2. Turn green applies into Ninja Turtles by adding a few details with an edible marker: 3. Pizza! The Turtles favourite food 4. Green jelly cups 5. Oreo cookies become “sewer lids” 4. TMNT party bags Here is a list of some ideas of what to put in the favor bags for your guests to take home: 1. Green lollies/lollipops 2. Bandanna – in the ninja turtles colours 3. TMNT stickers 4. Party...

Frozen Cakes and Birthday Party Ideas!

Frozen Cakes and party ideas aplenty! The Frozen movie is so popular right now.  We have been busy creating lots of Frozen cakes and cupcakes! We’ve come up with a list of some great ideas for you to throw your own very special Frozen party…..enjoy! 1. Frozen Cakes Of course the cake is THE most important element of the party (right!).  So lets start the inspiration off: This 3 tier Frozen Cake is a gorgeous design for those going all out throwing a large party!  This beautiful cake will serve up to 60 people and features edible sugar characters, snowflakes and more. Here is a smaller single tier version: Your child’s favorite Frozen character can me made into an edible centerpiece. The following cake is a doll cake of the character Elsa.  This cake includes a keepsake Elsa doll for the birthday child. The skirt of Elsa’s dress is made from cake sprinkled with edible glitter! Or Anna (see the matching pink Frozen cupcakes – too cute!) For the more budget conscious, an edible image cake is a great option. Finished in buttercream icing and topped off with an edible print of all the Frozen characters, this cake looks great by itself or matched with our snowflake cupcakes. If you are having a smaller celebration at home with just the family, cupcakes are an easy option.  Our cupcakes are nut free and suitable to take to school or daycare to celebrate with friends. These little beauties feature our delicious buttercream icing topped with sugar snowflakes. To match your Frozen cake or cupcakes we also offer a delicious selection of...

Cakes Brisbane Kids Love – Peppa Pig!

Cakes Brisbane kids love – Peppa Pig There are certain character cakes Brisbane kids just can’t get enough of and Peppa Pig is definitely one of those.  Here we showcase some gorgeous Peppa Pig cakes, cupcakes and cookies – get some inspiration for your child’s next Peppa Pig themed birthday. Cakes Brisbane kids love – character cupcakes! Our cute character cupcakes are iced with our creamy buttercream icing and then topped with an edible photo image of Peppa Pig and co.  All of our cupcakes are beautifully boxed and make a lovely gift. This Peppa Pig birthday cake features a handmade (edible) 3D Peppa character: This cake is a 2D flat design handmade from fondant icing. I really like the daisy border and little ducks 🙂 Our last cake is a very special 3D hot air balloon cake with sugar Peppa Pig character: We also have a range of sugar cookies and cookie pops available to match your Peppa Pig theme party: And George’s ‘dinosaur toy’ cookie pops (these are great for boy’s parties): Check out how one of our clever customer’s displayed her cookies pops at her kids Peppa Pig party…..so cute! And those faces say it all – Brisbane kids can’t get enough of Peppa Pig! (photos of children used with permission) Like to see more?  Check out our latest YouTube video: If you would like to order a Peppa Pig cake, cupcakes or cookies you can contact us via email: mail@dreamycakes.com or call 0405 136 562 – we love to create something special for your child’s...

Birthday Cake Ideas for a Giggle & Hoot Party

Birthday Cake – Giggle & Hoot designs If you are planning a Giggle & Hoot themed party for your little one, we have some great ideas for the party and of course the birthday cake! The birthday cake is the main focus of the party – if you want to ‘wow’ your child on their special day, surprise them with a fabulous cake. This first design is finished in our creamy buttercream icing. Underneath the icing you’ll find 2 delicious layers of our signature butter cake – a moist sponge cake which adults and kids love. The picture on top of the cake is 100% edible – it’s a special icing sheet which we print (in food colouring) and lay over the frosting. You simply cut up the cake and enjoy!   1st birthdays are a special milestone in your child’s life and deserve a special celebration and of course a birthday cake! This design has been shaped into a number ‘one’ and features the 2 little owl characters – Hoot and Hootabelle. Here is another special 1st birthday cake with Hoot and Elmo having a picnic, created for twin boys: If your little girl is a big fan of Hoot’s owl-pal “Hootabelle”, she will be amazed at this 3D Hootabelle birthday cake: And finally to round up our Giggle & Hoot birthday cake designs is this colourful round cake complete with Hoot and Hootabelle, handcrafted out of sugar: We’ve found these seriously cute party accessories to complete your Giggle and Hoot party: these are from The ABC Online Shop.They come in pink too: And these from Etsy: Want...

Character Cakes – Kids Love Them!

Character Cakes With so many great children’s television shows and movies it’s no wonder that character cakes are among the most requested birthday cakes we make at Dreamy Cakes.  From Peppa Pig to Lightning McQueen, come and take a look at these fun character cakes for girls and boys. 1. Peppa Pig Birthday Cake There is no denying how cute these little piggies are. Check out Peppa Pig in cake form. This design is one of the most asked for character cakes… 2. Adventure Time Cake This Cartoon Network hit show is loved by adults as well as kids. 3. Barbie Cake Would you believe the first Barbie doll was invented in 1959? The popular toy is still a firm favourite with little girls.  I love this Barbie Cake design as it isn’t the traditional ‘Barbie with the cake dress’. 4. Elmo Cake Elmo the furry red muppet monster from Sesame Street not only has his own show “Elmo’s World”, but also a popular line of toys following the huge success of ‘Tickle Me Elmo’ back in 1996. Toddlers will love Elmo in cake form too… 5. Lightning McQueen Cake This popular character from the Cars movie makes a fantastic cake for little boys. 6. Monsters University Cake The 2nd movie from the Monsters Inc franchise. ;The popular main characters Mike and Sulley have be sculptured out of sugarpaste and feature on this show-stopping cake. 7. Raa Raa The Noisy Lion Cake This popular show from ABC4Kids features the main character Raa Raa and his little jungle friends. Our Raa Raa cake features all of the show’s characters plus...

Birthday Party Etiquette – What’s Your Opinion?

Birthday Party Etiquette -Question 1 Whether you are a seasoned ‘party-goer’ or have just attended 1 or 2 children’s parties we want to hear your opinion! We have 6 tricky questions related to children’s birthday party etiquette and we want to know what you think. At the end of the poll (over the next week or so) – when all 6 questions have been answered , we will gather up the data and report back to you! If you have other mums and dads who frequent the (children’s) party circuit, feel free to share the poll with them too. You can vote anonymously or login using Facebook, Twitter or Google+ So here is your first question: Keep an eye out for question 2 coming soon – thanks for...

Hosting a Christening Celebration + Ideas for Christening Cakes

Christening Cakes – ideas for Baptisms, Christenings, Naming Ceremonies and Blessings. Christening, Baptism or Naming Ceremony – whatever you choose for your child you’ll want it to be a very special celebration; one which brings together friends and family to celebrate a milestone in your child’s life. In this post we’ll give you some ideas on how to organise a Christening celebration including invitations, venues, food, bomboniere and of course Christening Cakes. Organising the Party After the actual ceremony, some type of gathering, party or reception usually follows. Whether you are planning a huge celebration with lots or guests or a smaller, more intimate gathering, here you’ll find a few tips to help you plan the perfect party: Invitations If you would like to follow tradition and send out formal invitations there are many options. You can have the invitations designed and printed especially for your event or you’ll find some gorgeous designs online – we found these pretty invites from partyandco.com.au: They come in pink and blue and also have a full range of matching party items like cups, plates, gift tags etc.  We love that you can purchase just the invitations or the whole shebang! Where to Hold the Party (or reception) If you haven’t yet decided where you would like to hold the party here is a list of ideas for you to consider: 1. At Home – great if you have a large back yard or entertaining area. 2. Local park – there are some beautiful local parks to hold the party.  As a minimum, search for a venue with a covered shelter large enough...

Birthday Cakes – What is Fondant Icing? We answer your questions

Birthday Cakes – your questions answered: What is Fondant? Birthday Cakes can be created using many different types of ingredients.  In this post we answer all of your questions about FONDANT icing. What is Fondant? Fondant is a type of icing used to finish wedding and birthday cakes.  Traditionally it was only ever used for wedding cakes or Christmas cakes (usually a fruit cake) with a layer of marzipan (a dough made from almond meal) underneath. Here you can see the layer of marzipan underneath (yellow colour) and the fondant icing over the top.  If you are interested in a bit more ‘wedding cake’ history here is a great article. Today fondant is extremely popular on both wedding and novelty birthday cakes for it’s perfectly smooth finish.  It is literally a sugar dough which can be kneaded and rolled (much like playdough) and even sculpted into figures.  It’s a very versatile medium that can be made into any colour. What is rolled fondant? Rolled fondant is what I use for my cakes.It is a manufactured product that is literally ‘ready to roll’ when you open the package.  Once out of the packaging, the fondant is kneaded, rolled out with a rolling pin until smooth, placed over the cake, trimmed and smoothed. You can see on this cake the fondant is ready to be trimmed. What is fondant made of? The main ingredients in fondant are sugar and water.   It also usually contains ingredients like gelatin and glycerin to make it soft and pliable. What does fondant taste like? Fondant tastes very sweet – like a soft sweet, chewy...

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Birthday Cakes for Adults

Birthday Cakes for Adults Do you need a cake for an 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th or 80th birthday celebration (or anything in between) and don’t know where to start?  Look no further.  Here, we have compiled the Ultimate Guide to the Best Birthday Cakes for Adults.  So grab a coffee, get comfy and let the inspiration roll… Birthday cakes for adults can be just as fun as a cake for the kids.  If you are planning a celebration and need some inspiration for a birthday cake for adults, take a look at some of the ideas below: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Birthday Cakes for Adults! Birthday Cake idea #1  – The Dream Car Cake Ferrari, Maserati, classic Mustang….can’t afford your dream car?  Well why not have it in ‘cake form’? There are lots of options for car cakes from a 3-D replica of your favorite make and model to an edible image plaque sitting on a delicious ganache covered mud cake! Dream Car Cakes are a tasty option for the rev head in your life. Birthday Cake idea #2 – Favourite TV Show or Movie TV shows or movies make great themes for cakes. Pick your favourite and use it as the inspiration for your celebration cake.  See our Doctor Who and Star Wars examples: Birthday Cake idea #3 The Fashionista Love fashion, make-up, shoes and handbags? Then a fashionista cake is for you!  Add some interest with a leopard print like in our cake below, or edible fondant ‘make-up’. Birthday Cake idea #4 The Happy Camper Are you a happy camper, or perhaps...

Birthday Party Ideas – 7 Places to Host a Kid’s Party (you don’t have to clean up!)

Birthday Party Ideas! 7 Places to Host a Kid’s Party (and you don’t have to clean up)…. If you are looking for some new ways to celebrate your child’s birthday but don’t want the mess (and hassle) of hosting a party at home, you’ve come to the right place! Here is our Top 7 List of Places to Host a Children’s Party: 1. Farm Birthday Party Pony rides, animal feeding and cuddles from baby animals – what could be more fun than a farmyard party?  At Trevena Glen Farm, approximately 35 minutes from Brisbane CBD, you can host your own farm party. Set on 25 acres there is plenty to do from bottle feeding lambs to bumpy hay rides.  Bring your own cake and party food and enjoy a fantastic day out!     Check out this post for more Farm Birthday Cakes and ideas. Why this is a great party: plenty of opportunity for cute pics with the baby animals 🙂 Here is a recent Farm Cake we created with matching cookie pops: 2. Indoor Rock Climbing Party Looking for birthday party ideas to suit ‘all types of weather’? What about indoor rock climbing? Check out Rock Sportsin Fortitude Valley and Logan City.  They offer kid’s party packages where you can climb for 2.5 hours (that should wear them out!).  They also offer self catering which is a great option to keep your budget on track or you can order ahead for a pizza party. Why this is a great party: burn off all those sugary lollies and wear them out on the climb! 3. Skirmish Party Action...

Birthday Cake Ideas – Adventure Time!

Birthday Cake Ideas – Adventure Time theme! Adventure Time is a quirky, animated kids show created for Cartoon Network. It features main characters Finn (a human boy) and his best friend (and adoptive brother) Jake (who is a dog) and a host of other crazy characters. It’s one of those kids shows I don’t mind watching myself – it’s very funny and a bit different. So I was really excited when asked to come up with some birthday cake ideas inspired by the Adventure Time characters. The customer wanted Jake the dog to be the main cake. To start, I covered the cake board in green fondant icing. Jake was created by hand carving into 3 layers of butter cake, covered with buttercream icing and finished in yellow fondant. Fondant is like an edible playdough. It is made from sugar and can be moulded into almost any shaped. Fondant creates a perfectly smooth surface to work, can be coloured into any shade and is one of the most versatile ingredients to work with and for all of these reasons, is my preferred medium create with. When the cake was covered it kind of looked like an egg or a beehive! Once the base was finished it was time to decorate. I finished Jake’s face and arms and then I started to add some characters. The first is Princess Bubblegum. She is made entirely by fondant and is fully edible: Then the Ice King character was next. He took the longest time to create out of all the characters as his beard and teeth were so fiddly as was the...

Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies – a fun recipe to make with kids

Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies It’s amazing how many children have food allergies these days, my own included. He has a bit of a weird allergy though – an allergy to raw egg white! He can still eat cooked eggs no problem but he can’t come into contact with raw egg whites (or even the egg shell) or he develops a nasty rash and localized swelling. This makes it so tricky for us to bake together (what kid doesn’t love cracking the eggs into the bowl – right? and licking the bowl?) as the majority of recipes call for eggs. I was so happy when I came across the original recipe from www.bunchofcooks.blogspot.com.au. I have converted the original recipe to grams to make it easier and tweaked it here and there. It’s a basic recipe that kids will enjoy making and it is a good one to have on hand in case you have found yourself with no eggs! And it’s a great item to put on your party menu at your next celebration. Here is a slide show of the recipe: I hope you give them a try because they turned out really delicious – my little boy was so happy he could finally “lick the bowl”. Print the recipe card here: Keep an eye out for more recipes coming...

Childrens Cakes – 4 popular designs that are sure to please!

Childrens Cakes 4 popular cake designs for children With so many choices available for party themes – the decision can be overwhelming! Here are 4 of our most popular party themes and our matching cake designs: 1. Under the Sea/Octopus Party You may remember this design from way back here. This design was based on my son’s 1st birthday cake. In this version, the cake was created for 2 little girls so I adapted the octopus to look like a girl and added in some pink. As you can see, it’s a versatile design great for a boy or girl. 2. Barnyard Bash/Farm Party Kids love animals – so it just makes sense that ‘farm’ would be a popular choice for a party theme… For this cake we made these gorgeous matching cookie pops in cows and pigs – too cute! Cookie pops are great to serve with the party food or send them home as a ‘thank you’ to the guests Here is another larger, 2 tier farm design perfect if you need more servings: 3. Teddybears Picnic Party Such a cute theme! And once again easily adaptable for a girl or boy’s birthday. Ask all of the guests to bring their favourite teddy and get ready for some fun! We created these adorable matching teddy cookie pops….too cute to eat: 4. Candyland Party!! What child doesn’t love lollies, candy and chocolate? You’ll have fun too creating a candy wonderland! Here is the ultimate Candyland themed birthday cake to match the party: If you love today’s childrens cakes don’t forget to check out this YouTube video for more...

3 Princess Cake Designs – any little girl will love

3 Princess Cake Designs…for the little girl who loves all things princess by Robyn Bent What little girl doesn’t love a princess cake?  A princess themed cake is one of the most requested for little girls and you can see why when you take a look at the options available.. Step inside the magical world of the princess cake….. One of the very first cakes I ever made for a paying customer was a gorgeous princess castle cake.  Today, the castle cake is still a popular design – I have even made them for some ‘not-so-young’ princesses! With edible turrets, tiny handmade flowers, hand painted vines and  chocolate fondant castle doors, your little girl will be thrilled with all of the edible details. This castle cake is finished in fondant icing and dusted with edible glitter for that finishing princess sparkle. Castle cakes can be customized to any colour – pink, purple or another favourite colour.  Larger cakes with a second tier can also be created to accommodate extra servings for a bigger celebration. No princess is complete without a tiara………an edible tiara! This fondant finished, 2 tier cake comes complete with an edible, handmade tiara that has been dusted in silver to add extra sparkle.  The top tier of the cake has a classic quilted effect, while the bottom tier features candy pink fondant stripes. Matching princess cupcakes You can even add some matching cupcakes to your cake.  These crown cupcakes are finished in buttercream icing and topped with  pink and silver fondant crowns: Barbie Doll Princess Cake The last of our princess cake designs is the classic...

Photo Cake – Moshi Monsters

Photo Cake –  with Moshi Monsters edible photo image by Robyn Bent Today’s featured (edible) photo cake was for a little girl’s birthday..actually it was a party for twins.  You can see the other cake from this post: Monster High Sheet Cake This sheet cake was finished in creamy buttercream icing coloured green.  The buttercream was piped all over the cake to make it look like grass. I next added an edible image of the Moshi Monsters characters and created a border around the edible image from little hand made fondant flowers and leaves.  The design was finished  with a fondant rainbow in the top corner. It turned out to be a really bright and fun cake. I also created some matching photo cupcakes with the Moshi Monsters name and the birthday girl’s favourite character, Buster. The cupcakes were iced in buttercream with the piped ‘grass’ and topped with a circle of fondant displaying the edible image. At Dreamy Cakes, we can create edible photo cakes in any theme or character.  If your child has a favourite t.v character that they love – we can turn it into a special birthday cake. Give us a call to discuss your next birthday cake order 0405 136 562 or email: mail@dreamycakes.com Visit us at our new Google+ profile: Dreamy Cakes...

Boy’s Birthday Cakes – our new YouTube Video!

Boy’s Birthday Cakes  on YouTube Check out our latest YouTube video – “Boy’s Birthday Cakes”.  Lot’s of ideas presented in a fun slideshow of our boy’s cake designs. Please stop by here and check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzwt-vWjoko While you are there don’t forget to subscribe to our channel.  We’ll be loading new videos soon! For more boy’s birthday cake ideas see our gallery. Contact Dreamy Cakes to order a birthday cake 0405 136 562 or...

Hootabelle Cake

Hootabelle Cake – 3D kid’s birthday cake This 3D Hootabelle Cake was made for a 2nd birthday.  In case you are not familiar Hootabelle is a character from the popular ABC4Kids show Giggle and Hoot. Here is how the Hootabelle cake started out.  Layers of butter cake were stacked together and supported by a dowel in the middle to create stability: Next the cake layers were carved into shaped (mmmm I wonder what happened to all those cake scraps?): This is the finished cake carved before the buttercream: The next step is to ice the cake in a creamy layer of delicious buttercream…yum!  We only use REAL New Zealand butter in our buttercream – you will taste the difference! The buttercream is smoothed over and then it’s time for the fondant.  Fondant is a type of sugar dough which can be moulded into any shape and coloured.  It is a great medium to use and makes the cake surface super smooth. I am really pleased how the cake turned out  – what do you think? Side view:  The Hootabelle Cake was placed on a bright blue cake board with the birthday girl’s name written in fondant letters: Here at Dreamy Cakes we specialise in making children’s cakes – we can also make cupcakes to match your cake and party theme. If you are after a special birthday cake please contact us on 0405 136 562 or...

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