Cake problems and solutions

Phew! What a day its been!

Today Nazeera and I attempted a massive 90 cut birthday cake and everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. Now, usually when I’m baking cupcakes and one cupcake isnt quite right or is ruined for whatever reason, I can give it to Jaaved to eat 😛 or use it to make cake pops. I realised with an actual cake, you definitely cant eat the part that didnt quite turn out right!

Here are some things that went wrong while making this cake and this blog post is to help people who have been in that situation before and to help overcome these problems.

1. The chocolate for the ganache overheated. We used thickened cream and I overheated the chocolate so it started to stiffen and curdle. In a panic, I was about to start a new batch, but instead, we let the ganache cool, drained out the excessive liquid, added a bit more cream, and after about an hour or so, it was ready to use!

2. We applied the ganache, smoothed it over and we were left with a 9 and a 0 that was just covered in blue staring at us. We were lost for ideas for a moment, then decided to pipe around the number to give it a more defined look. We tried colouring the ganache, but the oil based food colouring was giving us some funky colours so we ended up with a teal look, which actually worked quite well!

3.The ganache for piping was too runny this time though, so we had to keep it in the fridge for a while before piping queen Nazeera piped neatly around the numbers. ( I so wish I had taken photos of this whole process!)

4. Since the theme of the party was blue, we decided to make it a white polka dot cake. We cut out fondant with a cutter (rolled it over a texture sheet) and applied it around cake and on top. I couldnt help my self when I saw the white circles around the cake and decided to put some flowers on them 😛

5. Finally, we put circles on the cake board vertically, and piped “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” on it.

So next time you feel overwhelmed with a cake to decorate and everything seems to be going from bad to worse, here are three things you need to help you get through and produce a beautiful cake

1) Patience. Be patient and let your mind think things through and then proceed.

2) Moral support. The whole experience was so much better because we decorated the cake together and chipped in where we could to get the end result.

3) Breathe. Just breathe.

And 4 hours, 6 packets of chocolate melts, lots of blue colouring and even more patience, we came up with this…

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90th Birthday Bash

Today Jaaved’s grandfather (Hajee Pe) turned 90 and to celebrate this special occasion we decided to make a very special birthday cake for a very special person! We are so grateful to have Hajee Pe amongst us all the time to give us advice, guide and always pray for us. We wish you a very Happy Birthday and may you have many more years of happiness, good health and many more memories.

Nazeera and I worked together on the ’90’ cut birthday cake and although we encountered many problems (I will be blogging about this later HERE!), we managed to work through it all and came out with a much loved cake by all. The theme for the day was blue (Hajee Pe’s favourite colour) so we made the cake to match with blue coloured ganache and white polka dots.

On this blog, I want to share some family photos of the party we had and of course of the cake!

Enjoy!

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Cupcakes for a cause

Hey Everyone

Here are some cupcakes that were made in effort to fund raise for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

A few of us have got together to fund raise for the National Breast Cancer Foundation by losing weight in the 1 Million Kilo Challenge . You can find out more info about our Fundraising efforts here and donate whatever you can! Thank you!

I took these to work where everyone chipped in to help us reach our target and in return, they got some yummy vanilla choc chip cupcakes, topped off with whipped ganache and toppers with the breast cancer logo!

Whipped ganache is perfect for piping nice swirls on cupcakes as they hold shape so well. It is also light and fluffy and so easy to make. Substitute fresh regular cream with thickened cream, heat it up and add it to desired chocolate. Once it has cooled, whip the mixture with a whisk and ta-da!

Please donate whatever you can here and help us reach our target. Thank you to everyone who has supported us!

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more purple and pink!

I seem to use a lot of the purple and pink colours when I make cupcakes, and here is another lot! Eeeek! I need to move on to different colours now.

Anyways, here are some cupcakes I made and I used my texture sheets and cutters that my awesome mum sent for me as a gift 😉 Again, very simple to make.

  1. Vanilla cupcakes.
  2. Purple ganache piped around the cupcake.
  3. Purple fondant rolled on a texture sheet.
  4. Fondant cut with a cutter.
  5. Applied on cupcake.
  6. Flower made from fondant with a flower cutter.
  7. Left on a paint palette to get the curved shape.
  8. Applied leftover ganache to the centre of the flower.
  9. Stuck flower on the purple topper.

The End

Enjoy!

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Fondant cake – Attempt #1

I attempted my first ever fondant cake last week for my sister Sumaiya’s birthday. I decided to make a pink and purple (I seem to love that combination!)  vanilla cake with white chocolate ganache.

I have a few pictures to show how I attempted it. Unfortunately, I dont have photos of the entire process mainly because after the third photo, it got a bit umm.. kinda messy :S

Here is my cake. I made two separate cakes and filled the middle with ganache (not enough I realised after we cut it!) and then started applying the rest around and top of the cake.

Heres the cake smoothed out on top.

Remember how i was saying it got messy? Yeah, this is where it started! I managed to smooth it out even more than the above photo. I then put it in the fridge and started working on the fondant.

I coloured my fondant and and rolled it out according to the measurements of the cake (which ive forgotten :S). I applied it on and then worked on the bow. I learnt how to make the bow on this video and for a first time, it turned out pretty good!

I then added the flowers on the side and using the Wilton lettering set, wrote HAPPY BIRTHDAY on it 🙂

The fondant was a bit dry so I had issues on the side with cracking, but I’ve learnt my lesson so hopefully my next cake will be smooth! 🙂

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUMAIYA!

And here it is!

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Choco toppers

I had some left over chocolate from the cakepops and cupcakes that I just couldnt throw away! I also had some leftover pink frosted cupcakes that needed a bit of a make over, so I decided to use the chocolate to make some chocolate toppers!

I added some leftover white chocolate and added to the leftover purple chocolate to give it this light purple colour. I then used a mould and filled it with chocolate and put it in the freezer to fast track the process. Whenever you make anything with chocolate, make sure you are working in a cool area ( I have my aircon on full blast!)

Pulling it out off the mould, and this is what you get! Use some melted chocolate as glue to stick them to the cupcake and ta-da! choco topper cupcakes 😀

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DEJAN SEO branded cupcakes

I’ve been sending cupcakes and cake pops to Jaaved’s work (DEJAN SEO) for a little while now and thought I would try something different – making branded cupcakes!

These vanilla cupcakes were coloured green (as part of the whole branding thing) and I piped vanilla frosting over it before adding the toppers. The toppers were made using fondant. Firstly, I cut out the circle and then placed a 1cm by 1cm green square on top of it. I then used the remaining frosting for the lines to create the logo! Easy!

The employees loved it so much, they even blogged about it on their company website! Check it out here

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