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Buttons, Bows and Baby cupcakes


These adorable cupcakes were ordered by a lovely lady for her Baby Shower.

I love the blend of colours and the little sleeping babies perched on pillows of pink buttercream!

Each of the decorations were hand made from fondant and let me tell you with all the rain this week getting them to dry was a lesson in patience, the weather has been playing havoc with the completed sugar decorations, one day it’s hot and humid, the next it’s cold then right back to wet and humid… rinse and repeat. Arggghhhh  🙂

Just when I thought they were all dry it rained and they reabsorbed moisture from the air causing them to go soft again…very trying indeed lol

Fortunately the end result was what counted and they worked out perfectly, I had to bring a delivery helper with me on this one as the venue was at a lovely home which sat on top of a large hill with a VERY steep driveway, way too steep to drive up and hope they wouldn’t topple sitting in the back by themselves, so my assistant had to hold the cake boxes and pivot them to keep them level as we ascended.

The rain slicked driveway was a nerve wracking experience carrying boxes of cupcakes while repeating “don’t fall, don’t fall” under my breath, but they made it to the table unharmed and looking gorgeous, pity the same could not be said of me in all my rain sodden and wide eyed glory 😀

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Vintage Cupcakes


I received an order for some cupcakes from a lovely lady as a thank you to a large medical practice, so I suggested a Vintage theme because they are always popular and lets face it, who doesn’t like Vintage cupcakes!!

I know I do!

I had run out of the large inserts that hold the cupcakes steady in their box and had a distance to drive so I was being very,very,VERY careful, the last thing you want is to open the box at the destination and see a mess of icing!

Driving 10km under the speed limit did not make the other drivers happy and I was cursing myself for not putting the “cake on board” sign on my car, I’m such a perfectionist, that if one little bit of icing is out-of-place I feel compelled to redo it, not possible in transit though 🙂

Of course it was raining….again  (where is our Aussie summer?) and I had to drive through traffic, over road works round several roundabouts, but all was well in the end, fortunately they arrived unscathed and pretty as ever, after delivery I then headed straight to the packaging supply store for more cupcake inserts..no more delivery stress, I am locked and loaded for the next cupcake journey  😀

These little cuties were Vanilla Butter cake, with Vanilla butter cream icing and hand made fondant Bows, Roses and flowers, that had been highlighted in edible petal dust, they turned out beautifully and were very much appreciated by the recipients.

As I mentioned I particularly like Vintage themed cakes, there is something so timeless in their pretty elegance and the combinations are endless.

I can’t wait for the next ‘Vintage’ order so I can try something new!

Here they are below!

Feel free to comment on any of posts, feedback is always welcome.

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Lemon Diva Cupcakes


MMMMM…now let me tell you, these are GOOD !!  (I am biased as I am VERY partial to lemon lol)

If you like Citrus cakes of any discription you will absolutely adore these, this is Julie Goodwin’s recipe for Lemon Diva Cupcakes, they were an invention test winner on Masterchef Australia.

I have even had those that normally wrinkle their nose at Lemon concede defeat and declare they are good.

There is also a “Lime Sublime” and “Clockwork Orange” variation at the end of the recipe below.

Give them a try you wont regret it , they will be a big hit !

Lemon Diva cupcakes – makes 12

All measurements are Australian

Ingredients:

100 g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup (165 g) caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
finely grated zest of 3 lemons
2 eggs
1. cups (200 g) self-raising flour
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk

Icing
125 g unsalted butter, softened
2 cups (300 g) icing sugar mixture
11/2 tbs lemon juice
yellow food colouring (optional)
yellow liquorice allsorts, to decorate

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

1 Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan-forced). Line a 12-hole medium muffi n pan (1/3 cup capacity) with paper cases. Using electric beaters, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and creamy.Mix through the lemon zest.

2 Add the eggs one at a time, beating well a er each egg. Gently fold through the fl our and milk in two alternate batches. Divide the mixture evenly among the paper cases.

3 Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and springy when touched. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

4 To make the icing, use electric beaters to beat the butter until light and creamy. Add the icing sugar a little at a time, beating constantly. Add half the lemon juice and beat until well combined. Add the remaining lemon juice a little at a time, and tint with food colouring if you like. Using a 1 cm fluted nozzle, pipe the icing onto the cooled cupcakes.

Note: To make Lime Sublime cupcakes, substitute the zest of 6 limes in the cake batter and 2 tbs of lime juice in the icing. For Clockwork Orange cupcakes, try using the zest of 2 oranges in the batter and 2 tbs of orange juice in the icing.

Sugar’s Tip: Decorate with a small lemon shape cut from a yellow piece of liquorice allsort, jellied fruit slices or candy some slices of lemon, lime or orange alternatively just grate some corresponding zest on top of the frosting, delicious!.

Mother’s Day


I hope Everyone enjoyed a Wonderful mothers day, for once I got to spend the day relaxing and having others wait on me, if only that would happen every day LOL

I made my Mother a cake, which she adored and took home with her uncut !!!

“Too pretty to cut !” she exclaimed …… but..but….

Mind you I was already too full from an indulgent lunch to complain with too much enthusiasm  🙂

When we were kids the street was lined with trees covered with beautiful pink cherry blossoms that used to swirl like a snowstorm when the wind picked up, so I chose a vintage cherry blossom design out of sheer nostalgia.

Did I mention I love all things vintage!

The cake was a light moist and chocolatey mudcake…..is Chocolatey a word? Ahh well it is now if it isn’t already !

The mudcake was coated in a good amount of chocolate Ganache, followed by a layer of white fondant which was then decorated with fondant blossoms and royal icing piped branches .   Yum!

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Hello Everyone!


Well here I am!

I finally bit the bullet and decided to create a blog because so many of you asked me “where can we see your cakes online and see regular updates and discussions !”

Until now the majority of my orders were via word of mouth, so after much Uhmming, Ahhing and indecision I settled on a Blog as a way to ‘get myself out there’.

Unlike many other options it seemed to me that there was so much more freedom and interaction to be had via Blogging, it felt much more personal, which of course suits me, after all I do make one of a kind custom cakes  personally designed specifically for individuals, corporations, Special interest groups etc etc.

It all made perfect sense.

Not only can you all see my cakes, but you can comment, ask questions, arrange orders, or just chat, I’m really looking forward to it !!

Eventually, as my Cake Blog Journey progresses, I will be adding recipes, how to’s, Tips and tricks and all sorts of Interesting bits and pieces, as well as the weird and wonderful.

Sounds like a plan to me !!

~ Lisa