Saturday, 12 July 2014

Spotted Zebra Birthday Cake

This evening I thought I would share this funky 30th birthday cake I put together for a friends birthday a couple of weeks ago. Shopping, fitness and fun were what I was given as a brief and here is what I came up with. This cake is made up of an 8inch base, 5 inch middle tier and 3 inch top tier. I opted for red velvet as the bottom and largest tier and chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing for the other two. 

I created a zebra print effect on the bottom tier by layering black and white fondant. Using a circle cutter and 5 shades of purple I went for a polka dot theme on the second tier. The board is a large 13inch board which allowed me to add a birthday message and additional fondant
decoration which reflected the birthday girls personality. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Tomato and Tuna Miniature Quiches

After a lovely evening with my wonderful other half, and a nice dinner out on the town, one would think I had my fill of indulging in deliciousness. Alas, when I arrived home I thought what better way to top of the evening than share these fantastic miniature quiches I made at the weekend. These quiches are one of my all time favourite summer time foods. Served with a tasty spinach and rocket salad, these little quiches melt in the mouth and will leave you looking for more. Don't be put off by the pastry, I had these made, cooked and eaten in under an hour......impressive.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Dark Chocolate and Cream Cheese Mousse

I had a great weekend at home in the west with my parents. Sun, food, wine and family made for a tasty and relaxed break after a full on work week. This incredible dessert was the result of sheer determination to use these fantastic Martini glasses that I got as an engagement gift (over a year and a half ago). I wanted to create something really visual and striking as the finalĂ© to a pretty spectacular three course meal. This mousse fitted the bill nicely. All in all, the mousse is easy to prepare and the impressive stripes of sugary bliss make for good dinner conversation!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Cats & Dogs Birthday Cake

Last night and this morning I was busy with this weekend's cake order. The brief was from a colleague in work who was looking for a fun and colourful cake for a very special 2 year old's birthday. The lucky girl in question loves cats, dogs and going to the park. This fun two tiered creation is what I came up. The 'starburst' on top gives the cake some extra colour and height. The cake is comprised of a 5 inch bottom tier (4 inches in height) and a 4 inch top tier (4 inches in height). Chocolate cake was the order of the day, with my favourite chocolate fudge icing inside.