Saturday, 15 April 2017

Easter Pancakes Recipe

Pancake with Easter Egg Pattern Displayed on White Plate with bunny

Hello Cakey Friends!

I hope you're having a fantastic Easter long weekend! Thought I would quickly share with you my Easter pancakes. My kids (and husband) love these as a fun family Easter morning breakfast treat! Why not make some for breakfast or lunch this weekend?!

I have always wanted to try this out after seeing countless teddy bear faced pancakes in my various news feeds over the years (you have seen them too right?) Well this weekend I FINALLY tried it out. And as you can see it really does work!

The trick is to put some of your pancake batter into a piping bag or a sauce bottle. I find the piping bag works best for me (phew another way to justify all my cake decorating equipment purchases to the hubby!) Then pipe your chosen design onto your low-medium heat greased pan. Let the design cook for a bit until you see the edges starting to brown.



Steps 1 to 4 on how to make a design in pancakes


Grab a spoon and pour some batter over the top of your precooked cooked design. Cook and flip the pancake as you would normally do.

Now, you can pretty much use any pancake batter. Premix, shake & pour, gluten free, Grandmas recipe... the options are endless really. Just in case you don't have one, or just want to try something different I have included my basic recipe below but be warned it's mostly made up in my head however I can assure you there are never any left overs! I use buttermilk because it makes my pancakes fluffier.

And remember this isn't just an Easter activity! I experiemented with other shapes and themes too, including love hearts, flowers and even Pokemon Pokeball inspired pancakes (These were a big hit with the kids and I now have school lunch box requests - oops what have I done!)


Love Heart Pokemon Pokeball and Flower Themed Breakfast Brunch Pancakes


Basic Butter Milk Pancakes Recipe

This is my basic pancake recipe. I don't really have conversions or exact amounts as I usually just throw everything in together very liberally and just kind of wing it. I've done my best to quantify everything although you may need to tweak it to make it yours.

Ingredients

2 eggs
2 cups of self raising flour (If you want thicker batter just add more flour)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups buttermilk (Yes, you can use plain milk)
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 -2 teaspoons cooking oil  spray (For greasing a nonstick Pan)


Method

Following the basic add liquid to dry rule, put flour and sugar into a mixing bowl.
Make a well.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Gradually stir in buttermilk and continue to mix until smooth. (I use an electric hand held mixer for this step however you can just mix by hand)
Use your prepared batter to make the Pancakes above. 


Thanks for sharing some pancakes with me!
Naomi xx


 Happy Easter!
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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Aloha! Luau Tropical Engagement Cake!

Luau Coconut, Pineapple, Flower Lei Fondant Toppers by Cake Decor in Cairns
Aloha My Cakey Friends!

I cannot believe it's been almost TWO YEARS since I last posted on my blog! Yes that's right 2 whole years! Have you missed me?  I have most certainly missed you! If you're new to my little cake corner of the world - welcome! I have come back online because I wanted to share with you what I feel is my best cake ever!  My niece's Luau Tropical themed Engagement Cake.

What started out as a simple idea to cross off making sugar / fondant frangipanis from my "cake bucket list" turned into a fully decked out Luau themed cake with all the tropical trimmings! Miniature fondant coconuts, flower lei necklaces, pineapples, Tiki mask, hibiscus and even a ukulele! 


Teal Chocolate Ganache Cake Fondant Frangipannis Hibiscus Grass skirt Pineapple Coconuts Tiki Mask Mats
Aloha! Luau Themed Engagement Cake.
All the tropical fondant trimmings!
Now I will not tell a lie - this cake took an incredible amount of time. As I said, it's the best cake I have ever made! And you know that "The Best!"  isn't something I can pull off the night before. 

The very first edible item I made for this cake was the fondant / gumpaste frangipanis (plumeria) - one of my all time favourite flowers. Nothing screams more tropical than a beautiful frangipani. This theme is so close to my heart - considering that I live in the best tropical city in the world!

I kid you not - these seemingly simple flowers were NOT so simple to make! I read a few tutorials, gumpaste flower books  etc and rolled and destroyed MANY trial flowers! Every tutorial pretty much said the same thing "simply roll petals together" well ha ha jokes on me because every time I tried, my dear fingers seemed to squish each one! Eventually I figured out that I needed to work with each petal individually and extremely slowly to painstakingly get those petals to join in some kind of a frangipanni manner!  Moral of the story? If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again. If you still don't succeed try experimenting and working with your own ideas and methods and keep trying until you win!


Fondant/Gumpaste Frangipani dusted yellow pic tutorial
Fondant/Gumpaste Frangipani dusted yellow.

Thankfully the other flowers were not so challenging, just time consuming, imagine punching out all those little fondant flowers you see pictured and then imagine yourself punching out about a thousand more! I had so many ideas I wanted to try so I made so many unnecessary extras "Just in case!" 

Luau Themed Fondant Cupcake Toppers Flower Leis, coconut, pineapple,
Luau Themed Cupcake Toppers

There are so many elements I want to share with you, however I feel I would end up writing a novel on just one cake tutorial! (No one's got time for that!) So let's have a quick look at some helpful tips when making Luau themed fondant toppers.

Tip 1. Grass Skirts:

To make these for the cupcake and cake toppers I used a Jem strip cutter. These sets are super useful for cutting strips (as the name says) in different widths. For this instance I used the skinniest one to make the grass strands of my skirt. Make sure your fondant is rolled out thin and slightly dry for best results!

Fondant/ Gumpaste Grass Skirt! Use Gem cutters to make the grass.
Fondant/ Gumpaste Grass Skirt!

Tip 2. Mat / Weave 


To make the mat / weave look on my brown topper bases I also used Jem Strip Cutters to create a woven mat impression. I dusted every second line with brown edible dust as pictured.

Cut out Circles, Gently imprint Strips - not too hard, and dust.

Fondant Gumpaste Pineapple. Grass skirt frangipanni tropical leaf flower necklace chocolate cupcakes
Edible Tropical Fondant Toppers! Aloha! It's  Luau Time!


Saving my favourite part to last, I had the most fun creating the main topper. I absolutely love wooden peg people so I jumped at the opportunity to make my very own fondant ones! Complete with an edible flower necklace and blue ukulele, these are the cutest bride and groom to be luau cake toppers on the tropical block!  

Luau Tiki Engagement Cake Edible Fondant Couple Toppers Grass Skirt and ukulele
The Creation of Luau Fondant Peg People Cake Toppers:
In The beginning there were two shades of fondant!


And of course it wouldn't be me if I didn't tell you that I used Teal Coloured Ganache to cover my cake in! I don't use special chocolate colourings - who has money to waste on more colours??! For this ganache I used normal Wilton Teal gel colour. If you're new to my signature cake covering style, you can check out my Coloured Ganache method by clicking here!

Teal Coloured Ganache Luau Tiki Hawaii Engagement Cake Edible Toppers Tropical Flowers
Luau Tiki Engagement Cake: Cake Decor in Cairns


Thank you for stopping by and sharing a bit of cake with me!


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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!

And don't forget to sign up below so you are one of the first to know when I am back blogging and sharing my journey with you all again!

(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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