The 26th July marked my nephew’s 5th birthday. We decided to have his party at the local fire department, Lonehill fire station They offer a venue with jungle gyms, trampolines, bunnies, goats and birds. They supplied all tables and chairs and a jumping castle.
The party includes a safety talk by the fireman on duty (conveniently, the one who did the talk’s name was Sam), a slide down the pole and a ride in the fire engine. The birthday boy and his friends having a safety talk:
It was so awesome to see all of the kids light up like that.
We made some fire cupcakes and an awesome fireman same cake. My mom, sister and brother-in-law helped with the cake while Chris constructed Fireman Sam and did an amazing job of it!
Enjoy the pics.
Have lots of orders coming up in the next couple of weeks.
I got a cake order from one of my sister’s friend for a 30th birthday cake in the shape of a beer glass. Since the birthday boy’s favourite beer was Hansa, here is his cake:
My mom has been in town for the past week and she took us away to an amazing game farm last weekend (thanks mom), hence no baking for a while. Mom really really helped me with this cake and she is such an awesome helper gives me that honest opinion.
Lauren, birthday on 15 July needed birthday cupcakes for work. She chose caramel cupcakes. I had never made them before, so I went on the hunt for a recipe. I found an amazing caramel cupcake & caramel icing recipe. I had to make 50 of them and I definitely had fun making them.
The caramle cupcake recipe I got from a contributor to Nigella’s website as follows:
- 125g Unsalted Butter (softened)
- 125g Caster Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 125g Self-rasing Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2-3 tbsp Milk
- 1 tin Caramel Treat
- Oven on 180C, 356F
Serves: 6 – 8
- Place all ingredients (except for milk and carmel) together
- Mix until smooth
- Still mixing, alternate between pouring milk and caramel (this makes it extra smooth)
- Pour into cupcake cases in cupcake tray
- Bake for 15-20 minutes
I quadrupled this recipe in order to make about 52 in muffin cases.
For the life of me I cannot find the caramel icing recipe on the internet, but will post it soon.
These cupcakes were so moist and delicious, and sometimes it really is nice having some cupcakes that aren’t vanilla, chocolate or red velvet.
Max the giraffe giving us a death stare
The 15th July 2012 marked my very special friend’s birthday. I told her I would make her a cake, but she must choose what she wanted. She said giraffe….
The research began… I eventually found an instruction on YouTube for a baby giraffe which Chris made – TWICE! We are still using the run-off yukky fondant we found and so when we left him (We named the giraffe Max) overnight, he totally slumped and became a fatty, with fat rolls and everything. Chris then redid him, we even stuck him in the freezer and he still slumped. At least this was the last of the different fondant we bought.
The birthday girl even helped make the giraffe’s “spots”.
The square layer at the bottom was red velvet with cream cheese icing. I used Buddy Valastro’s recipe on the O Magazine website, although I didn’t use his cream cheese recipe, but rather made normal buttercream and added cream cheese after wards.
The top round layer was plain vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream.
I had a piece of the cake and it was uber uber yummy!