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

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

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 (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!

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

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 – 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...