Archive | January, 2014

Game of Thrones cake

26 Jan

This weekend was a friend’s wedding. I made him a groom’s cake as a gift. Nick and his wife Helen both are fans of the TV series – Game of Thrones, so am I. The idea was from the bride and I thought it would be fun to make, so here it came out like this. This cake took me about 15 hours to complete. It was the most difficult cake I have made so far, also it was my first two tiers cake!

Honestly there were lot of things could be better. The fondant work wasn’t great. I think it was because I rolled the fondant out too thin, it cracked and tore off. I had to change the design a little bit to cover the holes. Overall it had wow factor and I was happy with the result. The groom was truly amazed! 🙂

If you have watched the TV series, I hope you like it too. If you haven’t watched it, then go to get it (I can’t recommend more)!

Game of Throne cake

Game of Throne cake

Sword cake topper

Sword cake topper

Weird wood and house shield

Weird wood and house shield

Cake pops

19 Jan

If you read my previous blog you know I made some cake pops for Felix and Pixel (my nephew-in-law and niece-in-law) on Christmas. We were invited to Felix’s three-year-old birthday party last week. My brother-in-law emailed us and said “by the way your cake pops are Felix’s favorite food now. I’m not hinting that you should make more but we use them as toilet training”. Haha, I totally got his ‘subtle’ hint therefore I made more for his birthday!

Cake pops were first introduced to me by Bakerella. Her cake pops looked perfect! Also I found this step by step tutorial quite useful. The hardest part for me is to make a perfect round ball, which I still haven’t achieved yet! Melting the candy melt in a right consistency is very important too. If it is too thick it can’t coat the cake balls evenly. A helpful tip is to add some vegetable shortening into the candy melt.

I am not telling you how to make cake pops here but I want to share an idea of presenting the cake pops. I have seen Miss Melicious using a flower pot to present cupcakes before. The cupcakes were decorated like flowers coming out from the pot. I stole her idea for my cake pops – are they lovely? 🙂

You need:

1 polystyrene ball (can find in a craft store)
1 flower pot that can fit the polystyrene ball in
Wrapping tissue
Green confetti

  1. Wrap the polystyrene ball with wrapping tissue.
  2.  1/3 to 1/2 of the polystyrene ball should be sticking out of the flower pot but I couldn’t find a perfect matching one, so I put some confetti at the bottom of the flower pot to raise the polystyrene ball up.
  3. Use glue or double-sided tapes to stick the confetti on top of the polystyrene ball, so they look like leave or grass.
  4. Last but not least, push the cake pop sticks into the polystyrene ball.
Cake pops on a flower pot

Cake pops on a flower pot

cake pops

Cake pops close up

Red velvet cake

9 Jan

Today is the last day we stay in the current office, tomorrow our team (only our team) will be moved (I use “be moved” here because it is against our will!) to another office – a different location. It was sad to say goodbye to some colleagues as we became friends in the past years. It was my last chance to impress them so I decided to make a red velvet cake for morning tea.

If there is a chart board for most popular cakes, I am sure red velvet will be in the top of the list. For my curiosity I looked it up, basically it is just a chocolate cake with red food coloring. Why do people like it so much? Bearing this question in mind, I wanted to give it a go and find out myself. My cake was adapted from three recipes: Anna Olson, Martha Stewart and Diva Can Cook, it was moist with a hint of chocolate but it wasn’t over powering. The cream cheese frosting was delicious! Trying something different in this blog, I am putting a series of photos to show how the cake was assembled.

Why red velvet is the most desired cake, because of its color or taste? I am still not sure. If anyone know please post a comment here 🙂

Red velvet cake

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp double strength vanilla extract (or 2 tsps normal vanilla extract)
  • 1 tsp gel red food coloring
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee
  1. Preheat oven to 175ºC.
  2. Sift and mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt) together.
  3. Use a mixer to mix oil and sugar together. Add the egg one at a time until combined, add vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Stir the white vinegar and food coloring together and then add this to the cake batter on low speed.
  5. Scrape the bowl and add hot coffee and mix together, the batter will be runny. Divide the batter into two prepared 8-inch cake pans.
  6. Bake the cake for 35 minutes or until it is done. Cool the cake complete before frosting.

Cream cheese frosting

  • 226g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 340g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat the butter until fluffy, then beat in the cream cheese until well blended and smooth. Add the icing sugar in 2 additions. Beat in the vanilla.

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