Friday, June 20, 2014

Raewyn Read

We are so excited to be having Raewyn Read coming to Cakeriffic this July.
Her work is fantastic and she's a lovely person too.

Raewyn will be doing some demos for us as well as mingling with you all - make sure you get your photo taken with her and post on your facebook pages.

Here's some of her work for you to enjoy:

There's a tutorial for the tiara by Taart van Ilse.

Fashion-inspired cake in silver and white:

A cake that flew 3161 kms across the ocean to New Zealand for Raewyn's Aunty and Uncles 50th Wedding Anniversary:

You can find lots of free tutorials on a variety of techniques from Raewyn on Youtube.

Catch Raewyn at Cakeriffic 18th-20th July in Melbourne.
Demo timetable here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cake wall stuff.

Ashleigh Webb of Sugar Sisters 
from Pakenham in Victoria was one of our prize winners 
at Cakeriffic last year. 

She won a prize from putting a photo of a cake she made on our Competition Cake wall. There were around 300 photos on the wall and Ashleigh won a fabulous prize of products from Queen (the Aussie company not the band - although that also could have been good!). 
Scroll to the bottom of this post for info about how to enter this year's Queen Competition Cake Wall.

Here's a few of her cakes:
Love this cute-as toy chest for a new-born baby.

The wee ballerina can actually spin on this lovely jewellery box cake. 

 Gorgeous elegant cake in green and yellow.

The Competition Cake Wall is on again this year at Cakeriffic.

How to enter: Bring along 2 photos of your cakes. Photos must be standard size of 15cm x 10cm.

Put your name, email address & phone number on the back of the photo. If you have a cake business please include your facebook or website address. 
Gold coin donation to enter on the day.

Categories are:

Professional - for those who make cakes for fun and profit.

Home Baker - for those who make cakes for family and friends but do not make any money from their cakes.

Kids - under 12s who make cakes for fun.

3 prizes donated by Queen a great Aussie company since 1897.

Note that photos will not be returned and may be published on the Cakeriffic facebook, web or blog sites.

All credit will be given to the cake maker/decorator and if you have a business we will include a link to your internet site if we use your photo.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Take the cake and...

Whilst blogging about the James Bond cakes last week I was impressed by the cakes at It Takes the Cake based in Alfred Cove, Western Australia. So impressed was I, that I thought I'd blog exclusively about them today.

Look at this fabulous "old radio" cake. How fantastic is that!

Hilarious lolly-eating big shark. Love this!

Love the London bus. Great idea for the older pommie!

Gorgeous pastel colours for the baby celebration.

I had to put the next one in because the DH is Scottish - makes me want to get married to him all over again just so we could have cute cake toppers like this!

I'd love to show them all here but go and have a look yourself and like them on facebook
They also do cupcakes and cookies. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

007 reporting for duty

007 continues in celebration of the creator of James Bond.

From Kidacity in Brisbane comes these fantastic cupcakes.
Good clear images from the franchise and I love the dinner jackets with bow ties.

Natti's Cupcakes from Canvey Island, Essex makes cakes for family and friends and made this Bond cake.
She has included the main things you think of when it comes to James Bond - the tuxedo, poker chips, cards, dice, James Bond himself, the logo and gold gun. 
Luckily the cake was for a seven-year-olds birthday so the Bonds's spy number fitted very well and is also featured on the dice - I like little details like that.

A slightly different and perhaps not necessarily a "Bond theme" is this shirt with lipstick on the collar. 
Love this. Found here at Cake Central.

These awesome cupcakes are by Mossy's Masterpiece.
Love the Goldfingers, the martinis and the images of Bond.
Each cupcake quite simple but together look brilliant - although those torsos look a bit difficult to do (must have used a mould me-thinks).

The iconic spiral design Bond image has been changed a wee bit to reflect the age of the birthday boy.
Sue Harrison's Amazing Cakes from Sydney made this fabulous cake.
Sue says that this cake mix was "shaken not stirred" lol.

These cookies use piping and flooding methods and what a great job Jill from Custom Cookies by Jill has done.
Check out her other work in the photos section. This lady is clearly an expert at decorating cookies.

The World is Not Enough

Elektra King: “I could have given you the world.”
Bond: “The world is not enough.”
Elektra King: “Foolish sentiment.”
Bond: “Family motto.”

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bond, James Bond.

Continuing the theme of James Bond this week. 
Today would have been Ian Fleming's birthday.

Happy birthday to those who share their birthdays with the creator of James Bond.

First up, from Takes The Cake in Western Australia comes this fantastic Bond cake which has ingredients of the James Bond persona - golden gun, poker chips.

Another iconic Bond image is the Aston Martin car seen here in cake form from Etoile Bakery in London, England.

Do you know how Ian Fleming decided on his super-spy's name?
He wanted an unassuming name rather than something like "Peregrine Carruthers" and hunted around for inspiration. 
This came in the form of the author of a book about birds which he had in his collection and which he used often as he was a keen birdwatcher (a bit like Bond who also liked to "watch birds").

I love the sentiment of this next one: "licensed to thrill". lol.

How cool are these cupcakes in the Bond theme made by Cassandra Hickling of Cupcake Creations in Yorkshire, England. Brilliant cupcakes using some of the film titles for inspiration.

See you in a couple of days.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Shaken, not stirred

This week is the writer Ian Fleming's birthday.
For those who don't know, 
this is the man who created James Bond.
During World War 2 Fleming worked as an assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence in the Admiralty in London, privy to many secrets. It was his experience in this job that was to provide many of the characters and incidents that he was to write about later in the Bond books. 
He also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for his son.
Sadly Fleming passed away way back in 1964 
at the age of only 56.

There are some great images associated with James Bond and they are used in these cakes.

From Little Wish Cakes in Perth Western Australia comes this fabbo Bond cake. The image shows all four sides as well as the fantastic cake stand. 

The Cakeworks in County Durham, England, made this James Bond birthday cake which is quite different from the one above. I love the wee Bond Figure sitting on the edge of the cake in typical Bond pose.

There's a whole party theme here including these Bond cookies with the birthday boy's image on them.
These were made by Casey's Confections in Arizona, USA.

At Variedades Dalila is this totally awesome James Bond scene  - everything is edible including the helicopter.

I love these "baddies" - brilliant!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Always a fashion statement.

I recently went along to have a look at the CDAV cake competition at their seminar in Melbourne.
The competition featured cakes decorated in a 
black and white colour scheme, which (ask any cow) is always a fashion statement!

Here's some of the cakes that were on display:

Here's an amazing blingy-type cake from 
Villa Chateau in Melbourne.

A couple of b&w cakes from Wild Sugar Cakes 
of Pakenham, Victoria.


I love this stunning cake from Red Polka-Dot Designs 
(used to be "Give Me Some Sugar")

They also made this cute-as Panda cake.
I think the piped buttercream really suits this theme:

See you in a couple of days.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Paper cakes

This posting is going to be a shameless plug wearing my other hat - apart from the Cakeriffic expo I also organise the "From Picture to Page" papercraft show which is on this weekend at The Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham Victoria.

The thing that is common to both of these shows is our 
Kids' Creative Corner.
This run by Janita who is an incredible talent and comes up with all sorts of fantastic projects for the kids to make.
Paper Japanese dolls, to paper teddy bears and
...paper cakes! (see how I did that).

From Paper and Glitter comes this paper cake.

This cake found on a pinterest board, has edible paper appliqu├ęs with royal icing embroidery technique on top. 

This cake reminds me of being in school and cutting out shapes from coloured paper. They are in fact fondant.

This three-tier cake from So You Think You're Crafty is made from paper. Each tier is made up of eleven individual paper cake slices that are attached to each other. The pieces come apart easily, so when the party is over, each guest gets to take a piece of cake home.

Fill each cake slice with candy or any other special treat. 
The cake makes a great centerpiece. You can use an infinite amount of color combinations based on the occasion. Imagine how beautiful the cake would look made out of white paper for a wedding! Make it out of pink or blue for a baby shower just like this one from Paper Creations by Kristin.

She has heaps of other samples on her blog for themed paper cakes.

Our papercraft show is on this weekend at 
The Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham Vic.
Kids under 16 are free entry as are reluctant husbands. Everyone else pays $10.00. 

Back on "real" cakes next week.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ooh La La

Featuring beautiful cupcakes from Ooh La La Cupcakes who are based in Narre Warren, Victoria.

I love these gorgeous cupcake flowers. So pretty.

Apart from baking to order they also offer a mobile cupcake decorating party service. This is a great  party idea for a child’s birthday or ladies event.

In 2011, Ooh La La Cupcakes started an initiative called ‘Cupcakes for a Cause’. A percentage of every order placed is donated directly to charity and selected charity events.

I think it's worth also mentioning that in 2013 Cupcakes for a Cause raised enough money to donate money for a local community in Fiji and provide shoes for almost 60 school children. Resources such as books, learning aids and administration tools were donated by a number of local businesses partnering with Ooh La La Cupcakes to make a difference where it is needed most.


They were the winner of the 2013 Home Based Business award in the Casey Business Awards and have also been announced as a 2014 Finalist.

I'm going right over there to like them on their facebook page.
Fantastic work - both with the cupcakes and the causes!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Cakes from bayside

I'm concentrating on the cakes of Ethel Fetterly today. 
I came across this cake artist a few months ago and was knocked out by her designs and the finish on her cakes.
Based in Edithvale Victoria. 

Here's a few examples for you to drool over:

Awesome show for a KISS fan!

I love this bucket of prawns. Brilliant!
Check out Ethel's facebook site and like it if you so feel to do.

Monday, May 5, 2014

So I missed it!

So I missed May 4 and the opportunity to go around say "May the fourth be with you!" aagh. 
So I'm "celebrating" it today with some great pictures of 
Star Wars cakes and stuff.

One of my favourite cake artists is Richards Cakes from Manchester England.
Here's one of his May 4th cakes:

Charlie's Yarra Valley Cakes are based near me in the beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria. 
They made this Yoda cake a while ago.

Coca Cakes from Rowville in Victoria has a lego Star wars cake on her facebook page.

Another fantastic Yoda cake 
- this one from Creative Cake Art in Melbourne, Victoria.

Shut Up Eat Cake offer this different take 
on the Star Wars theme. 
They are based in Middle Park, Victoria.

Ending with not a cake, but my niece's little boy 
dressed up and ready to go!