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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Under The Sea Cupcakes


                         


These cupcakes were specially made for a baby shower. I made four different flavours and thought it would be nice to have four different toppers to be able to distinguish between them.

The toppers were made from a mixture of modeling chocolate and fondant and I used gold sugar crystals for the sand.

Flavours included

Boston Cream Pie
Strawberry Cream Tea
Double Chocolate 
Lemon Meringue 

The recipes were from the Hummingbird Bakery and were so delicious. If you haven't already, I highly recommend the Hummingbird Bakery App. It is free and so incredibly useful and even has videos on certain cupcake explaining how to make them. It is worth downloading it for sure!


                                 

                                      

The were displayed on a three tiered cake stand which I drapped tulle around to make it appear like they were under the sea. In actual fact it was my husband who set it up as I had another baby shower to set up at the exact same time! Didn't he do such a great job! What would I have done without him?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah~

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mischievous Puppy Cake


   

This  is one  of my  favourite cakes.  I really  had a lot of  fun making it and everything came together so beautifully and, amazingly, with time to spare.

I made it for my niece who  turned  11 and has a puppy  named Dugger! She wanted her puppy on the top of  the  cake  digging  and then his  brother  Winston, who belongs to my Mum, jumping up on  the side of the cake. They are Cockapoos and are so adorable, which made them great fun to model from!

                                   
                                                                   Winston 

Everything is made from modeling chocolate, except the large bone sign which is made from fondant. The board is covered with fondant which I dusted with black dusting powder once I had done the brick work. I used Bourbon biscuits to create the dirt and I had Dugger sat on a little plaque so that she could save him and he wouldn't just become a headless dog on a shelf after the party!

                                  

Dugger and Winston have so much character and it was great to be able to show that in this cake. Winston constantly jumps up! I honestly think that he spends more time on his hind legs than he does on all fours! Dugger on the other hand is always digging and chewing! My children are really having fun with these two little puppies.

                                   

Olivia loved her cake and she certainly showed it upon seeing it. She is quite the dramatic child which is great when it come to surprises. She never let's you down, by giving just a half hearted thank you, it truly is a full on dramatic thank you. She reminds me a lot of Anne of Green Gables!

        

I am really excited now to start my next project, which involves more modeling chocolate. I am loving this new medium I am working with. It really does give some great results.

Blessings,
Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah~




Sunday, June 22, 2014

Guitar Cake & Ice Skating Cake

It's been some time since my last post here and I've missed quite a few events, so slowly slowly I'll catch up.

Five weeks ago we travelled to England. I can't believe it's been that long as it feels like only two! We are almost half way through our visit here and I am more than half done with my cake orders! These cake orders are actually for all my family. It has been a complete joy to make cakes for such amazing girls, they are my sweet nieces! 

My sister's twins turned 13! I remember when they were born and the excitement that flowed through our family because our little Beth had twins!! They were adorable and 13 years later they have turned into beautiful young ladies! I am so grateful to have been here to make their cakes, which is something I have never done, except their baby shower cakes.

       

They both have similar likes and one went for a musical theme and the other went for an ice theme. I thought it would nice to add flowers to the cake, to give them a more girl feel. Both girls love to try doing new things so one afternoon we had a lesson in making sugar roses! They did extremely well! I was shocked at how quickly they picked it up. I think they were very proud that they got to make something which went on their cake.

                             

                                                            Molly's Cake

                              

                              
                                                                 
                                                         Elizabeth's Cake

                              

I enjoyed making these cakes even though it was a little difficult because I hadn't got all my tools with me and I wasn't using my favourite fondant! Somethings I really depend on when it comes to making cakes, nevertheless they turned out well.

Sugar and Spice Cake Shop, Hannah~

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Rose Cookies


Today is Mother's day and there is nothing more special for me than spending time with my husband and children. I have had a wonderful day with them today and was truly blessed and showered with wonderful homemade cards and homemade gifts. 

I love homemade things, they are so special and thoughtful and take much longer to do than just simply racing to the store to pick something up. It seems these days we have lost the art making things ourselves because we are usually too busy, time is something that we no longer have and so many of us say "time flies" but time really sits on it's hands as we rush by!

Don't rush today and miss the little things in life that one day will become the big things in our lives.

Happy Mother's Day!


Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah~

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hobbit Cake and Party

My eldest son turned twelve in January and he is really into the Hobbit. It was required of him to read the book first before seeing the first movie and even then we edited the movie as it's pretty violent for a young child. He is dying to see the second movie, but I have heard it is even worst then the first so we are holding of until he's a lot older, (unfortunately he's not overly happy about that!)

He had a wonderful party and the best part was that he got to share it with his cousins! They happened to be in town so he was completely stoked!


We held the party at a local park and began the adventure like JR Tolken began the book. All the dwarfs, aka children, came and Bilbo, or should I really say we, provided a very rustic feast. Root beer was handed out and of course then came the burps!


After we were all full, the adventure began! We headed off into the woods and down by the river where we met Gollum, found the ring, answered many many riddles and also found Bilbo's dagger, Gandalf's Staff and Thorin's Key, which were hidden deep in the trees and were only allowed to be retrieved if it had the child's name on it. I am thankful we didn't find any snakes!


It was then back to the main park for cake and presents! I enjoyed making this cake so much. It was great fun making all the little details and my favourite part was actually being able to use the White Elephant Christmas Gift! See our little dragon in the background?! We found a use for him after we actually stole him back from the annual Christmas party we attend!




Each child took home a knapsack full of Hobbit surprises, such as apples, riddles, rings, hobbit pops and best of all second breakfast lip balm!



My boy had so much fun and his face was a delight! My silly Hobbit boys!


 Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah~


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lego Baseball Man Cake

I have missed posting each of my children's birthday cakes from September to now! So I thought I had better add them quickly because September is going to roll round again and I will be a whole year behind! I'm going to work backwards and start with my youngest son's birthday. 

He turned 6 the beginning of April and wanted a Lego themed cake. He really loves baseball, so I thought I'd combine the two and since he wasn't having a friend party I thought I'd really go to town! Note to self: Never be too ambitious! 

This cake was a complete disaster! I know looking at it you may think "wow it's great" but believe me when I say it was a disaster, because it was. I took this picture just before his right arm fell off and then he completely fell forward. I guess he had a big head! Oh should I say it was more me getting the big head and 

"Pride always comes before a fall" Proverbs 16:18. 

The Lord is so good to correct me whenever "I" think "I" can do something amazing. In reality I need Him so much, but sometimes I just don't like to admit it. I really need His help when it comes to caring for my family, meeting their every need and I need Him when I make cakes, because at the end of the day I want to give Him the glory and not myself!

My little boy was so excited to see him stand for 1 second and I felt so bad for him when it fell. He looked at me and said "His belt still looks great Mum!" Sweet boy. At least he enjoyed eating his hat and head and it wasn't sad to cut it as he was already disassembled!



So the only advise I can give you on making a 3D Cake is what not do! The cupcakes on the other hand were a big hit with his school friends and they enjoyed eating the Lego pieces!

Tomorrow I'll post my eldest son's cake, which ended up being great fun!

Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah ~

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines Day Cupcakes

Today I made Valentines Cupcakes for my children's school friends. I decided to keep it simple as I usually go over the top and get so tired that the day is ruined for my husband and myself.

These are Caramel Cupcakes with a caramel buttercream. They are so easy to make and are really delicious.


I made the hearts from fondant using a small heart cutter and inserted a toothpick in the middle so it would stand into the cupcake once dried. Using a piping tip #2 I made small holes around the edge to give a lace effect.  Once dry dust with luster dust to give a pretty shine. 


Place in fun bags and add a tag to make it more personal. 


My children had fun handing these out to their friends and I had fun making something quick and effective!

Blessings,
Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Rustic Tree Wedding Cake

I've been so busy these last few months and finally there is a lull! So I thought I'd take this opportunity to share with you the things that were keeping me so busy.

One of my favourite things to make are wedding cakes and although there is a lot of work involved there is also the great reward of seeing it finished and the bride and groom's delight.

I made this cake for one of my friend's daughters. (It seems odd to have friends who have daughters who are getting married, after all I'm still 21 right?!) She has four daughters and they are the most beautiful girls I have ever met. Their beauty isn't just to behold it shines deep within them, and pours out on all who meet them with their sweet smiles, tender hearts, gentle words and their love for God. They really are godly young girls who will be used mightily by God in whatever He has them to do, whether it be a wife, mother or working on the mission field, I know they will touch many peoples lives because they have already. 

I can not be surprised at this though, because their Mother is the most wonderful woman. Every time I am around her I glean so much from her. I really should get together with her more so she can impart so much more wisdom upon me!! And although I would like to, I can't give all the credit to their sweet Mama because they have a pretty great Papa too!! This family is such an amazing family and have endured so much and God uses them in so many lives. It's pretty incredible to see.


The wedding day was so special and beautiful, and although the weather wasn't quite what everyone was expecting the love these two share warmed everyone's heart!


The bottom tier was a gluten free chocolate cake, which I have to admit I am no expert at gluten free and have had many failures. This one turned out amazing and was loved by everyone, even no gluten free people. (if you would like the recipe, leave a comment and I'll post it up. But be forewarned the flour is expensive)


As the evening wore on, and the fairy lights danced throughout the barn, the guests engaged in light conversation and the Bride and Groom gazed at each other with the overwhelming feeling that this day is the beginning of their new journey together as husband and wife!

Many Blessings to you, Luke & Loraine!

Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah~