Made It Monday: NOT CAKE. (ah ha ha jk of course its cake)

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

OF COURSE. O:)

Look, when I made the other two last week, or whichever week it actually was, I did a double batch of the recipe. But because I was not making GIANT WEDDING CAKES Y’ALL, it turned out that a double mix was enough for three cakes. And then same with the buttercream. So I had a spare cake, with spare icing – just enough to cover it.

Small kiddo/baby/creature is finishing up at her current daycare at the end of this term (ish; long story; at the time of cake making she defs was >.<) and I had tentatively scheduled a ‘thank you’ cake in my diary for them anyway, so YAY! Spare cake = daycare thank you cake (because they really are awesome and adore the no-longer-a-baby so much and it is delightful and warms the cockles of my hearts much muchly).

I literally had nothing planned in the house to decorate this with, and really needed to deliver the cake post haste before it became stale after sitting in the fridge all weekend, and WOW there was a spare box of Lindt balls in the pantry because when Dear Husband had picked some up for me for the other cake/s, they’d been half price and he’d snagged an extra box. Clever man.

So: Lindt-bally cake it was. Rawr.

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Made It Monday: Whoa, It’s More Cake!

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Shocking, right? O:)

Anyway, these were just a couple of quick ones I threw together for work/my son’s school. And yes, they literally were quick, and yes, I literally threw them together, they are messy and technically very unsound I AM NOT TRYING TO BE MODEST OR MAKE MYSELF LOOK AMAZING I PROMISE THEY ARE JUST QUICK, MESSY CAKES, OKAY?* *panting*

* This because every time I said something like Eh, this was just a quick messy cake, is really nothing, people are all OMG BUT IT’S SOO AMAZING YOU MUST JUST BE SAYING THAT NO REALLY THIS LOOKS LIKE YOU LABOURED FOR HOOOOOOURS. Which is flattering and all, but guys. Seriously. Took me like 2.5 hours *total* for both these cakes, 3.5 if you count having to duck down to the shops for more butter and wait around for the chocolate shards to set. 2.5 hours over two nights is NOTHING. This one took sixteen with two of us working on it. Really. 2.5 hours for two cakes? Yes. That is *literally* a quick, messy throw-together. Promises :3

 

Right. Now we have *that* out of the way, le cakes!!

Is chocolate mud cake (slight overcooked, grump grump stupid unpredictable oven) torted and covered with salted caramel buttercream, drizzled with salted caramel sauce, decorated with chocolate shards and Lindt balls (the full ones are dark chocolate, the halved ones are salted caramel, naturally). Om nom nom.

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Made It Monday: Cake The Fourth

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Cake four, tonight, because that’s the order I made it in in the epic line-up of cakes this quarter πŸ™‚ This one was a white chocolate mud cake with (obviously) blackberry buttercream, filled with white chocolate ganache and lemon buttercream because I had one serving of each stashed in the freezer and figured I might as well use them! πŸ˜€ Also, if you’ve been following along on twitter/insta, this is the cake I bought the alyssum flowers for. A few flowered in time, enough that the cake looked kind of decorated (:P), but OF COURSE they all popped out like the day after *eyeroll*.

Anyway, the cake was super tasty. The lemon/blackberry/white chocolate combo is one of my favourites yet πŸ™‚

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MadeItMonday: Cake the Fifth

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Yes, I’m posting these out of order, because I only just realised that I hadn’t posted Cake 4 from the holidays yet. So why am I not just posting it today? Because I promised you the Star Wars cake this week! πŸ˜€ So, this week Star Wars, next week Cake The Fourth πŸ˜‰

This one’s a gluten-free chocolate cake, filled and covered with raspberry meringue-buttercream, topped with white chocolate ganache, and wrapped with a white chocolate collar that I painted a la Star Wars πŸ™‚ The brief was pretty + light blue + Star Wars, so yeah. This was my eventual interpretation! Wrah.

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MadeItMonday: Star Wars Cake Design

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This week we have pre-cake (just for a change, HA). I was commissioned to do a Star Wars cake recently (pics next week ;)) and this was a sketch of one of the early designs. Even though I didn’t end up using it, it was super fun to create! And I’m kind of tempted to allocate a couple of weeks over the Christmas holidays to trying a bunch of new cake decorating techniques, and I might use this as the basis for one of those. Whee!

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MadeItMonday: CAKE THE THIRD

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Yet more cake! Because cake is glorious, cake is wonderful, cake is life, the universe and everything. Clearly.

Anyway, this one was another commission, this time for a 60th birthday party. The birthdayee requested a sheet cake, which I don’t do many of, so I went for something a little different for the decorations. I’ll be honest, I haven’t had an 80% freakout* with cakes for a while (at least not since the heart one back in June), but I totally did with this one. But then I called my husband, who greeted me with, ‘Cake looks great!’, and I calmed down, realised what was throwing me off, and fixed it. Insanity: For all creative pursuits, not just writing! *confetti*

So this one’s a pretty glorious coconut cake, filled with raspberry jam and raspberry buttercream, covered with vanilla buttercream, and decorated with more vanilla buttercream, toasted coconut, fresh raspberries, and Lindt balls in both white chocolate and mango flavours. (I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the mango ones have no added nasties, and use pumpkin and tumeric for the colouring, heh. Go Lindt.)

Anyway, cake! Yay!

(And yes, that’s totally plotting for Sanctuary book 3 there on the table in the background, HA.)

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MadeItMonday: CAKE THE SECOND

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Okay, another apple-spice cake this week (see last week’s post for reference). I was commissioned to make the one I posted last week, and since making two cakes at once is barely any more work than making one, generally speaking, and since I, y’know, had a book come out around the time I was making these cakes, and since I wasn’t planning to have a formal launch since it’s a book 2 in a series and idk, that just seems weird to have a formal launch for? but since ALSO I knew there were friends who wanted a copy, I decided pretty much on the spur of the moment to have an informal launch party at home.

(10/10 highly recommend, if you have supportive fam+friends. It was SO cool to just hang out with everyone, and not everyone bought a book and that was TOTALLY FINE, but wow, quite a few people did!!)

So, I figured I might as well make that additional cake and have CAKE AT MY OWN PARTY WHAT EVEN IS THIS I MADE A CAKE LIKE ACTUALLY ENTIRELY 100% **FOR MYSELF**. Whoa. Up is down and cows are round.

So, same principle as last week in terms of flavourings, but I went with super simple decorations so it only took about 35 mins to assemble and decorate the whole thing. Woot woo!

You’ll notice the streaks in the caramel topping; I don’t know, I think I must have overcooked the cakeΒ CARAMEL, I MEANT CARAMEL when I’d made it the day before, because overnight it set SOLID. Normally it has a nice, chewy sort of texture, but this time, NOPE. BRICK SOLID. I hadn’t burned it, but obviously I did something differently. IDK. Never mind, still tasty. BUT it meant I had to do some serious melting of it to get it to a pourable consistency, and then it was – shockingly enough – HOT, and wow, did you know that buttercream is made primarily from BUTTER, and butter MELTS when it gets HOT?!

Like, I knew this, and there really wasn’t anything I could do except let it cool as much as I possibly could and then dump the whole cake in the fridge the instant I’d poured it, desperately poking and prodding to stop the caramel melting the edges of the icing and dripping down the sides…. πŸ˜€ THAT succeeded, but because I was chilling the super-firm caramel asap, there were a few little holes in the top of it, and then because it was hot and the buttercream melted, the buttercream seeped up and made those smears. BUT NEVER MIND I actually don’t even care because it was amazingly tasty and it was just for a book party so eh.

Also: YAY MORE CAKE.

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MadeItMonday: CAKE THE FIRST

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Okay, buckle up: it’s the Month of Cakes!! First cake off the bench is this gloriously messy number, which was commissioned for a work birthday party. It’s a spice cake (my own recipe, primarily cinnamon and ginger, a little like gingerbread but… not?) with apple curd* filling between the three layers, covered with salted caramel buttercream**, drizzled with salted caramel sauce (this amazing recipe), and topped with candied apple slices and some toasted oats+honey for a little crunch.

The devourers tell me it went down a treat. Yay! πŸ™‚

* Apple curd is super easy: make lemon curd but use real-lime-juice-lime-cordial 50/50 with water in place of the lemon juice, and add in about 1/4-1/3 of a cup of stewed apple instead of lemon rind!

** I pretty much always use Italian meringue buttercream, which is rich, siiiiilky smooth, and not as intensely sweet as regular american or vienna buttercream (though it’s much richer).

YAY! CAKE!!! <3

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MadeItMonday: CAKE.

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

Okay, getting back on track with this whole blogging thing, I promise. I spent the last few weeks dealing with horrendous deadlines and blogging died ded – but hopefully I can resurrect it now and all will be well again πŸ˜€

And what better way to kick this off again than with a (slightly belated) Made It Monday about CAKE!!!

Dude. Of course it was going to be cake. Of course.

Anyway, this is the cow cake I did for the small girl’s birthday a while back. If you’ve been paying attention at all this year you’ll have heard me talk about switching from the narwhals to the cows – and I’m pretty happy I did. It turned out really well. Hopefully I’ll do a post tomorrow or Thursday wrapping up the How To Have A Pinterest Party (Without Going Insane) series, and you can see how it all turned out then πŸ˜€

For today, CAKE!

I only have a picture of it with its ears cut off, but I nabbed one with the birthday girl from my sister’s facebook page, bwa ha ha. So here you have it: plan, cake, and post-cutting. Woo! Cake!

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PS This cake was so easy – it was literally just a circle cake. I cut two ‘leaf shapes’ out of it, one on each side, rounded the snout off a little, trimmed the leaf shapes so they would butt up against the cake flat – and each leaf became one ear + one horn πŸ™‚

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Made It Monday: I Heart Cake

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

AH HA HA, I HEART CAKE. DO YOU GET IT?!?! …Okay so maybe scroll down for the pictures and then it will make sense. Ish. Inasmuch as I ever make sense. HAR.

So this is the birthday cake I baked the other week, transformed into pretty + tasty. Birthday family was super pleased. Yay! :3 Dark chocolate mud cake (my special recipe) filled with salted caramel meringue buttercream and dark chocolate ganache, covered with vanilla meringue buttercream. I was going to have three layers of filling, alternating caramel-chocolate-caramel, but I accidentally split the cake into 3 layers instead of 4, so never mind. It still tasted great, just not quite as caramelly as it could have done, and the inside doesn’t look symmetrical, which makes me moderately cranky (but honestly, I was too sick that weekend* to care too much, so eh).

* Did not infect cake. Promise.

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