Semi-Naked Woodland Cake

Hi there,

How beautiful and delicate is this cake style? It feels like being  in a fairy woodland, somehow magic… Sometimes the simplest and most natural looking things are the most special! That semi-naked effect of the chocolate cake going through the thin and random layers of buttercream… Those little piped leaves… Nur made a wonderful choice for her daughter’s first birthday. 

The deers were made out of fondant, trying to give them an appearance of wooden figures (Ostheimer  and Holztiger make amazing wooden animals!). The flavour of the cake was chocolate and rum -girl’s dad favourite flavour -. I’m personally not a fan of rum, but honestly that combination worked so well and even I enjoyed it!

Hope you get inspired by this little joy.

See you soon,

Sara

Semi-Naked Baptism Cake

Hi there,

Last month of December I made this adorable semi-naked cake for Victoria’s daughter baptism. A handmade sugar topper of the little girl wearing her baptism outfit was placed on top of it, as well as some delicious berries dusted in icing sugar scattered around the cake.

Semi-naked cakes started to be very popular a few years ago and they never seem to stop being on trend. I honestly love the rustic/vintage look of them, whether they’re decorated with fresh flowers or tasty berries, seasonal fruit…

 

Hope you like it!

Have a nice week.

Sara

Rustic Woodland Cake

Hi there,

I can’t believe I started my blog in 2012. In June it’ll be eight years already! Time flies. I started with a lot of effort and enthusiasm. However, when I got pregnant two years ago, my life became sooo busy in so many ways that I couldn’t continue updating my so much loved blog. Before starting uploading new cakes recently (now that I feel I can have more time for myself), I thought about changing my professional name, not being acup4mycake anymore. But actually, there’s so much history behind it and so many years of learning and effort, that I felt I couldn’t change it. I will continue with what I willingly started one day many years ago… :)

During my maternity I’ve met many wonderful mothers and other people who have encouraged me to continue with my cake decorating ideas and plans.  I’m so grateful for all that support.

Last year, I made a cake for one of these mums, who relied on me to make something very special for her daughter’s first birthday.

Many people, like me, don’t like eating fondant (and I say eating because I love working with it, specially modelling characters). The perfect alternative to this preference, as well as to having a beautiful decorated cake, is to make a delicious buttercream cake with fondant models on top, which you can keep as a decoration for few months, even years -if well kept-.  This woodland cake is a nice example to that.

Don’t hesitate to email me about this cake if you’d like to make it and need some advice.

See you soon!

Sara

Paddington Bear Cake

Hi there,

It’s been a loooong while since I haven’t posted anything! My personal life’s been very busy and unfortunately I haven’t been able to focus on the blog at all. Now I have a beautiful cheeky monkey who will steal most of my time -happy about it, no doubt!- but I’ll try to do my best to keep the blog going with new cakes.

This is a Paddington bear cake I made some time ago. The cake itself was covered in yellow buttercream, ideal for those of you who don’t like fondant. The bear and the side decorations were made out sugarpaste. The good thing about this combination, is that you can enjoy a tasty buttercream cake being able to keep the model for a long time to decorate your kid’s room, etc.

Have a great weekend!

Sara

Beauty And The Beast Cake

Hi there,

Beauty and the Beast was one of my favourite Disney’s films when I was a kid. Since then, I’ve watched it countless times… And of course, I recently went to watch the new cinema version, which I really really loved!! Anyway, my cake is based on the cartoon movie from the 90′s.

Belle’s details (dress and roses) are fully made from buttercream and the Beast’s ones (horns and bow), out of  fondant -with cmc-. There are several ways to pipe buttercream ruffles but I decided to use a leaf nozzle, piping from bottom to top. The roses are simple rosettes piped with a large open star tip.

 

Hope you get inspired by it!

See you soon,

Sara

Easy Turkey Cake Ideas for Thanksgiving

Hi there,

I’m back again!

Yesterday, I posted a selection of cute Thanksgiving cakes. Today I’m going to post a compilation of several ways to make easy sugar turkeys to decorate your cakes or cupcakes this season. You’ll find the source under each image.

If making a buttercream turkey, you can pipe the buttercream feathers with different nozzles.

  • Open Star nozzle 

Pinterest. https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/313492824046476369/

 

  • Petal nozzle:

Petal nozzle. Piping ruffles.
By @ke_ideas_bakery. http://www.imgrum.net/user/ke_ideas_bakery/437608812

Petal nozzle. Piping ruffles.
https://www.punchbowl.com/p/easy-thanksgiving-dessert-recipes?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=Punchbowl-Pins&utm_term=content-portal&utm_content=thanksgiving&utm_campaign=100915-6

Petal nozzle. Piping single petals.
http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-fun-thanskgiving-turkey-cakes/#

 

  • Round nozzle. Dots + spread them with spatula:

Cake Central. http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/2861545/thanksgiving-turkey-yellow-cake-with-chocolate-frosting By Kadeebo

 

If you prefer to use fondant rather than buttercream, look at this two easy ways to make the feathers:

  • Leaf cutter:

Cake Central. http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/1893658/thanksgiving-thankful-cake

 

  • Heart cutters:

Heart cutters to make the feathers and the beak.
Bunnie Cakes. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/restaurants/thanksgiving-2016-a-guide-to-a-vegan-holiday-in-miami-8921882

 

  • Crinkle round cutters:

Crinkle round cutters. Overlapping different sizes and colours.
Pinterest. https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/534732155730477651/

 

Also, it’s a good idea to change the perspective and look a round cake from the side (instead of the top):

The First Year Blog. http://thefirstyearblog.com/turkey-cake/ 

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Or cut a round cake in half and make this “3D” turkeys…

Madelines Cakes, Youtube Channel. https://i.ytimg.com/vi/5-33y7XnwXs/maxresdefault.jpg

Popsicle blog. https://www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com/orange-county/knotts-take-home-thanksgiving-dinner/

 

It could be a cool and easy idea to make a pull apart cake (made out of cupcakes):

Pinterest. https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/494059021595315651/

 

And now, I’ll show you how to make your turkeys out of popular candies and chocolates:

  • Oreos & Candy Corns:
Bitz & Giggles.  http://bitzngiggles.com/wide-eyed-turkey-cupcakes/
We heart parties.
http://www.weheartparties.com/blog/post/2014/10/easy-thanksgiving-oreo-turkey-cupcake-toppers
  • Reeses (peanut butter cups):
insidebrucrewlife.com
  • Smarties:
Your Cup Of Cake.http://www.yourcupofcake.com/2014/10/turkey-cupcakes-thanksgiving-cupcake-decorating.html
  • Marshmallows:

TBSP. http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/chocolate-dipped-marshmallow-turkey-cake/885b24fa-4005-4b41-aad6-35605d3b968b

  • Teacakes & Maltesers:

Cake Central. http://www.cakecentral.com/tutorial/39456/make-turkey-cake-balls

Aren’t they cool??

Hope you get some inspiration to make yours.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sara

Dog Cupcakes

Hi there!

My friend Isabel is a passionate dog walker. Like me, she was a cake decorator, but she decided to change cakes, flour and sugar for the love,  joy and loyalty that dogs bring. Few weeks ago she asked me to make some “leaving” cupcakes to say goodbye to some of the owners. Personally I am a big animal lover and I was so excited to make them. But I was even more excited to see these pictures that the dogs’ owners sent her when they received their gift! Omg, how adorable are they?? So cuuuuuute! Looooove!

Labrador

Redbone Coonhound 

Maltese

Pomerian

Dachshund

Yorkshire and poodle mix

What’s your favourite one? Are you in love with any particular dog breed? I love all these cuties! But look at the Pomerian’s eyes… Could they be more  bright and playful? Aww!!

One of the dogs tried to eat itself… Really! lol. It’s impossible to cope with such a dose of cuteness!!

Have a lovely and doggie weekend!

Sara