I had wanted to post this in like FOREVER but I kept postponing it for unknown reasons. I don’t quite know why because I sure was excited making them. So I decided that I had better get this up before the kid turns two in a month’s time! TWO!! TWO! Warp speed I tell ya!
At one years old, the kid did not have anything that she can closely relate to. She had no favourite toy, no favourite cartoon character and no special security item. So instead of deciding on a cartoon character for her birthday cake, I decided to make a figurine of the kid and her “favourite” pal, Rosco, our four year old Westie. I’ve made plenty of figurines with polymer clay before so yes, I’ve got this covered!
Swiss Meringue Buttercream (SMB). Ahh, the very word that makes plenty of people quiver with fear. SMB, if you are not familiar is not the same as your normal buttercream. SMB is made of egg whites, butter and sugar. It’s quite temperamental so it has to be handled with care. One wrong move and you could waste your whole bowl of egg whites (which you have PAINSTAKINGLY separated!). If you want to know how to make SMB and all the steps to make sure you do it right, visit Sweetapolita. I was an absolute newbie to SMB so I googled for it and this website was the only one I needed. Thankfully, I got my SMB right on my first try!
I didn’t particularly want a one coloured SMB cake nor do I want the typical pink coloured one for girls. I wanted something bright and cheerful so I chose a gradient of orange colour. I loved making the swirls! It is really so easy to make but you would need a turntable for this. If you would like to find out how to make this, please check out this video.
I used the extra SMB from the cake to ice my cupcakes. As you can tell, I still need a lot of work with my piping skills. Not exactly a masterpiece there. :)
The cake was a hit with everyone! The chocolate cake was amazing and combined with the SMB, it was heaven. What I love about SMB is that it is light and not too buttery. It’s a perfect combination with banana cake too!
A few months, 50 boxes and a flight later, it was the husband’s birthday and for the longest time, I have been dying to make him a Millennium Falcon cake because I can’t exactly afford the Lego ones. I’ve searched online for an easy, not too advanced one to “copy” but it was hard to find one that I have in mind. It has to be two things; Lego and Millennium Falcon. Finally, I just had to imagine it by looking at the actual Lego set online.
Introducing my homemade Lego Millenium Falcon Chocolate cake! I had a lot of fun making this! I had thought that it would take me a long time to make it but if I combined all the hours, it was probably only a day’s work. I used piping tips to make the round lego bits and the figurines were real Lego ones. This was my first sculptured cake. In fact, I was actually pretty nervous about making this one but I am quite impressed with how it turned out!
I have only ever used fondants from Bake With Yen which I found too be too sweet. I wanted to try another brand while I am here so I used Bakels fondant and I liked it. It was easy to handle with the cold temperature, didn’t crack easily and and most importantly, it wasn’t too sweet.
For this chocolate cake, I used the recipe from Sharon Wee’s cake book. It was as great as the one I made for the kid.
Since it was just the three of us at home, I made the husband take the rest of the cake to work and I am glad that they liked it!
It was such fun designing, sculpturing and baking the cakes. I would have love to turn this into a business but the hassle of getting the approval is just too much here. Still, I am no where near making perfect cakes. I’ll just have to make do with my home audience. :)
And the next time I’ll be baking is when the kid turns two! She has more interests now so I would probably make her something that she can relate to but I still can’t decide which one I would make. Hopefully I will remember to document a step by step of the cake making process this time. I can’t wait to make it!