Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Having a Blogging Break.


Hello and thank you for visiting my little cake decorating hobby blog! I am currently taking an extended break from all online activities.

In the meantime there's loads of past blog posts on here full of hints, tips, recipes and decorating ideas! So don't leave, have a click around and check out the blog archives while you're here!

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(I will be back - I promise!)

Happy Caking! ❤

Naomi x



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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Kids In The Kitchen: Chocolate and Strawberry Heart Cupcakes.

Chocolate and strawberry heart cupcakes for Mother's day!
Happy Mother's Day lovelies! I have been ridiculously busy as usual (the life of a mother is never a dull one!) But I managed to find time today to bake these cute little love heart chocolate and strawberry cupcakes with the help of Lil Miss 5!

Because they are so quick and easy they are perfect for kids in the kitchen. Quality time with my little princess - sharing the love of baking - what a perfect mother's day! I know right?! (And yes it was!) 


Cutting chocolate cupcakes and cutting out heart shapes.
An adult cuts the "top" off the cupcake with a bread knife.
The kids then cut out heart shapes (or any shape really) carefully in the removed top.
kids baking
Kids can then dollop some coloured buttercream
on their cupcake.
Place  top back on.
Now the pretty heart shows through! 

Chocolate and Strawberry heart cupcakes for Mother's day. Easy tutorial for kids in the kitchen.
Bake, cut, frost and eat! 

Do you bake with your kids? What do you guys make? Let me know in the comments section below! (I love comments!)

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Kardashian Kollection Inspired Cake

Kardashian Kollection Birthday Cake Leopard Print Black Dark chocolate ganache Edible leopard print butterflies

Happy Birthday Gabriella the biggest Kardashian Kollection fan I know!

Naked Black Chocolate Ganache, with Edible Leopard print courtesy of The Cupcake Orchard.

Kardashian Kollection inspired logo and accents handmade with fondant and lustre dust by me.


In a last minute rush it was decided that my niece would be in town to celebrate her 21st birthday and I wanted to make something special. I was inspired by Gabriella's favourite Kardashian Kollection leopard print purse.

Edible Leopard Print icing sheet to stick on ganache instead of chocolate hand painting.I am not that confident with my chocolate painting skills so i thought it would be a great excuse to try an edible image from my local cake supplies shop. Alexi was a fantastic help and had printed out a custom image for me in no time.

I was really impressed with the quality, and found it much easier to work with than wafer paper and it sure did save me a lot of time! No hand painting all those leopard spots!

It was so easy to peel and trim to size. I brushed a little piping gel on the set ganache cake (very lightly so as not to soak and tear the sheet) and smoothed it on.

I picked up the edible leopard print wafer paper butterflies from my favourite Australian online cake decorating store Baking Pleasures. Don't they look fabulous?! I know right?! 


Leopard Print Edible Butterflies on Chocolate cupcakes. Cake Decor in Cairns

Fondant Accents:

As mentioned above I did a little bit of fondant accent work to complete the naked chocolate ganache cake.

So here's my best attempt at the Kardashian logo in fondant and brushed gold with lustre dust. 


Kardashian Kollection edible Logo inspired fondant accent for birthday cake.

It proved a lot trickier than I had anticipated, I don't have a steady hand and in hindsight I am sitting here wondering just what was I thinking? I mean, HELLO! I could've gotten Alexi to print something off for me... but at the same time I feel a sense of achievement for giving it a go and hand cutting.



Black fondant, make slits with a blade, colour with cold lustre dust to make your edible zipper for Kim Kardashian Kollection Inspired Cake.
The lettering and zipper side accents were also made with fondant and gold lustre dust mixed with a little decorators alcohol.

Black fondant, make slits with a blade, colour with cold lustre dust to make your edible zipper for Kim Kardashian Kollection Inspired Cake.I cut thin black fondant strips using a Jem strip cutter. I then used the blunt side of my scalpel to make a zipper like imprint.

Then using my trusty little sponge I lightly wiped the lustre dust edible paint across the top ensuring the black indentations were not filled in.



Oh and the 21 is made out of fondant too! Now, I am going to write a little more detail about this golden bling technique next week, so be sure you have signed up to receive my email updates! (You can sign up below)







Oh and.....Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

Yes you read right! Those pretty edible butterfly cupcakes were filled with Nutella!  I used a cupcake corer, but a knife would probably work, to make little wells in each cupcake. Then just scoop a generous amount of room temperature Nutella into a piping bag (using any large tip) and fill each one up. (OMGOSH I am drooling just thinking about it again!)

Nutella filled chocolate cupcakes are the best. Use a piping bag to fill cupcakes with room temperature Nutella.


So there you have it! The behind the scenes scoop on my Black Chocolate Ganache, Kim Kardashian Kollection Leopard Print inspired cake. Now that's written up I think it's time to go enjoy a piece of cake and a nice cuppa! Thanks for reading and I hope to see you back next week!

A slice of chocolate cakes, edible leopard print butterfly cupcake and a cup of nespresso coffee.


Will you use any of theses techniques? Did you like the leopard print? Let me know in the comments section below! (I love comments!)

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Top Tip Friday: How to get the "Doily Look" on fondant toppers.

how to make fondant edible doily, scalloped edges with a circle cutter, Christmas example reindeer, snowflake, tree. Bright colours.
Scalloped edges punched out
to make a pretty doily effect.

I know it's out of season now, but the pretty doily effect on the edges of these scalloped fondant toppers, would totally look fantastic for any occasion, any time of year!

It's really pretty simple and all you need is a scalloped edge circle cutter (I am pretty sure they have lovely oval and heart shaped ones now too)

Cut out your shapes then get  a small circle piping tip and cut /punch out little circles along the scallop line. I find a good dusting of corn flour underneath helps prevent sticking as you go around the circle.

Team it with a bright coloured next size up, plain circle underneath to really highlight the pretty punched out edge or leave them plain - either way they will look great.

A simple yet awesome technique that will give your next edible toppers that extra wow factor!

And they say a picture tells a thousand words so check it out!! 

Making punched out scalloped edges with fondant to make doily toppers.
Cut and punch


Gorgeous Christmas Cupcakes Boxed sets, Great teacher gift idea.
Packaged Cupcakes as Christmas gifts.


Will you use this popular technique? Let me know in the comments section below! (I love comments!)

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Saturday, 3 January 2015

The Great Gatsby Cake

The Great Gatsby Cake, Black Gold, Logo building black ganache.


Hi Everyone I hope your holidays have been treating you well? Thought I would just quickly share my Great Gatsby themed cake with you all!

I have had such a super crazy week and I madly put this cake together at the last minute. My original design was going to be a fair bit different but due to circumstances out of my control I had to quickly redesign it.

I was upset my originally planned flowers and feathers didn't make it - OMGOSH!!  Never and I mean NEVER rush large flowers - they will just not dry in time!  Ooops! And they don't like to be moved before hand!


Have a look at what didn't make it - I think my edible  wafer paper feathers came out awesome! I am super keen to make another cake using edible feathers and flowers in the future - but definitely at a less hectic time of year!

The Great Gatsby Edible Cake toppers 1920,s edible wafer paper feathers,Pantone colour of the year Masala inspired flowers made of fondant.
What was not meant to be!


I feel a bit disappointed that it didn't all work out as originally planned but my friend said she was happy so hopefully she really was! LOL!! And I do feel a lot more confident in attempting large flowers again.

Oh and of course this cake is covered in Black Coloured Ganache. Instead of using white chocolate, I used Dark and coloured with Americolor Super Black. (My normal Coloured Ganache Recipe is here)


Thanks so much for looking! 

P.S. And Happy new Year everyone! I just realised this was my first cake for 2015! 

What do you think? Did I convey the Great Gatsby Theme despite missing the accessories? Let me know in the comments section below! (I love comments!)



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