How to Train Your Dragon Cake

Hi there,

Last week I made this How to Train your Dragon cake, based on the popular film.  A simple celebration cake, although cute and sooo tasty. It was a 10 inch moist chocolate cake covered with grey buttercream and some piping on the edges.  I placed an edible image on the top, as well as some tiny cupcakes surrounding it.

I hand crafted a fondant dragon tail coming out through the cake to make it a bit more realistic.

If you’re looking for a simple yet effective How to Train Your Dragon cake, this could be your inspiration!

Have a nice weekend.

Sara

Merry Christmas at Coniq!

Hi there,

These are the Christmas cupcakes I made for Coniq’s customers! As far as I know, they were so happy with them! So am I! :- )

They were mainly purple and white, matching with the Coniq’s icon. As a Christmas decorations, I added fondant Xmas trees, baubles, snowflakes and holly leaves. I also personalised some of them with a hand piped message for their customers. 

Merry & Sweet Christmas to everyone!

Sara

Baby Shower Cupcakes. It’s a girl! (es una niña!)

Hi there,

These are the cupcakes I made for a baby shower last week. It’s a girl! The message says “es una niña” instead because the parents were Spanish ;)

I made some fondant baby toppers, which I decorated with fine royal icing details. I loved piping those tiny decorations, as well as frilling the bibs!

They’re quite cute, aren’t they?

I can also make a similar design for baby boys (blue & white), so any baby shower can be sweetened by acup4mycake :D

Have a nice week!

Sara

Frozen Themed Party

Hi there,

Last week I made these Frozen themed treats for a four year-old girl, since her birthday party was completely based on the amazing film Frozen!

According to her mother, she was very very excited with her Elsa Cake.

It consisted of a real doll inserted in a dress-shaped cake. I carved a round four tier cake to form the shape.  To get more realistic fabric effects, I covered the cake with fondant. The upper part of the doll was also dressed with sugarpaste. And this was the result! My first doll cake!

I matched the cake with some Frozen themed cookies and tiny cupcakes. To get the snow effect, I sprinkled granulated sugar over wet royal icing.

And here are the cupcakes! I tried to get really cold shades and colours to transmit the essence of Frozen. I also used crystal sugar to make the ice effect.

I hope you liked it. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have any question!

Have a nice week.

Sara

Jolly Möh & Pink Floyd Cake… An hilarous combination!

Hi there,

Last week I made a very interesting birthday cake, which I wanted to share with all of you. The person the cake was for, is a big fan of Pink Floyd’s music and Mario Benedetti’s poetry and she loves the cute Jolly Möh sheep and the white roses. So I designed a cake consisting on a single round tier with a Jolly Möh sheep on top wearing a Pink Floyd t-shirt and listening their music! To go with it, also made some hand piped cookies with Mario Benedetti’s verses! And, if that wasn’t enough, I also prepared a bunch of cupcakes toped with… guess what… Yes! More Pink Floyd and Jolly Möh’s! Overall, a very unusual combination that turned out to be pretty fun! Don’t you think? ;)

I coated an 8″ round vanilla cake with scrumptious dark chocolate ganache and pink rolled fondant, trying to make noticeable sharp edges (I’m a bit obsessed with that!!).

Then, I added the rest of the decorations. I mixed 2D & 3D details to emphasize some of them. I really like the earphones that Jolly Möh is using, as well has her t-shirt, haha! She’s also holding a white rose as a gift for the birthday girl. As you can see for her position, she needs a big hug!! Hug me!! ;)

It was particularly challenging to fit Mario Benedetti’s verses on a single cookie! But with a bit of concentration and steady hand, I could pipe them with white royal icing. My friend Mónica advised me that it would be a good idea to pipe white letters over sky blue cookies. She was right!

By the way, I’ve something on the works for Halloween. Something that I haven’t tried before and been wanted to do for a while now… Spooky!! Stay tuned :)

See you,

Sara

Cookie Monster Cake & Sesame Street Cupcakes

Hi there,

Last week I made these funny cakes for a lovely 1 year-old kid. The birthday party was Sesame Street themed, so I couldn’t forget to make the most popular characters in this famous tv show!

ME WANT COOKIE! OM NOM NOM NOM!

To make the cookie monster cake I used a really moist chocolate sponge, which I covered with a thin crumb coat and blue buttercream fur (tip #233). The rest of the details, such as the eyes, the mouth and the candle, were made with sugarpaste.

ME EAT COOKIE! OM NOM NOM NOM!

To decorate the tiny Sesame Street cupcakes, I made modelling paste toppers which I attached on top of each cupcake by means of a plain buttercream swirl (tip #2A).

Here they are! Ernie & Bert, Cookie monster, Elmo, Oscar the grouch and Big Bird. So sweet, aren’t they?  ;)

I also made some animal-shaped cookies (and other shapes) which I iced with white royal icing so that the kids in the party could draw on them with edible markers. Youngest cake decorators ever! :)

Have a nice week,

Sara

Playful Monkeys in a Tree (Cupcake Cake)

Hi there,

Last weekend I gladly designed this playful monkeys’ tree cake for a kid’s second birthday party. It was composed by 38 vanilla tiny cupcakes covered with buttercream and sugarpaste.

Instead of carving a cake to give a specific shape, this kind of composition consists of adding cupcakes to a cake board, creating the desired 2D shape and decorating according to your idea.

I made three shades of green to ice the top of the tree and a yummy chocolate buttercream to pipe the trunk. Some cupcakes were covered in sugarpaste in order to make the monkeys, the balloons and the present.  I used modelling paste to model small details such as the bananas and the bow.

His mother also asked me for some Elmo cupcakes, which I happily made after finishing the playful monkeys. I enjoyed decorating both designs so much!

I’m so looking forward to creating more funny cupcake compositions!!

See you soon.

Sara

Princess Cupcake Cake . 100% Gluten-Free

Hi there,

Last week I made a princess cake to celebrate a little girl’s 3rd birthday. Amongst all the ideas I suggested to her mother, she was happy about the one of a princess formed by tiny gluten-free cupcakes, as it would be a pretty original design and it’d be easier to serve than a regular cake (you don’t have to cut it, so no mess at all!).

“Feliz Cumpleaños” means “Happy Birthday” in Spanish

Using a gluten-free recipe, we take care of all those people with wheat allergy. Gluten-free doesn’t mean tasteless at all! Those cakes can be also very yummy, as well as beautiful, since they can be decorated in many ways.

To make this lovely princess (wheter gluten-free or not), you’ll need:

♥  18″x14″ oblong cake board

2 regular cupcakes + sugarpaste >> Head, plait & upper body → Decorate them before attaching to the board.

30 tiny cupcakes + pink buttercream piped with a closed star tip >> Dress → Pipe them after attaching to the board.

◊ The cupcakes can be attached to the cake board with a bit of buttercream applied on their base. Then, press them against the board. It’ll act as a glue.

What a long plait!

I’d also like to share some tips about gluten-free cakes which I learnt whilst making these ones:

♣  Gluten is a protein that gives structure to the cake.  Our gluten-free cake can be very crumbly, dry and unstable because of the lack ot this specific protein if we don’t take some measures like the following ones:

♠ Use a gluten-free mix (flours and starchs) instead of just one type of flour, specially if that’s low in proteins (like rice flour). In this case, I used 65% rice flour and 35% cornflour. You can also  use commercial gluten-free mixes, easy to find in most of the supermarkets and ready to use.

♠ Use a bit of xanthan gum powder to give more structure to your cake (I use 1/2 tsp per 150 grs of flour).

♠ Use a recipe that produces a pretty liquid mixture  -to prevent the sponge from drying (gluten-free cakes tend to dry quite a lot) and to keep it moister-.

I hope you give this princess a try!

Thanks for reading.

Sara

 

Sant Jordi’s Cupcakes (St George’s Day)

Hi there,

Today, April 23rd, is St George’s Day, the National day for England. This date is also important in Catalonia (where I’m from). We celebrate la diada de Sant Jordi (which is the catalan name) with very nice traditions: women are given a rose and men, a book, usually as a symbol of love and friendship. Due to this, this day is also called el dia de la rosa (the rose’s day) o el dia del llibre (the book’s day).

According to the legend, St George saved the princess from the dragon, which he slew by means of a sword. From the dragon’s blood, a rose bush grew. St George took a rose and gave it to the princess. So all catalan women are treated like princesses today, as we’re also given a rose :- )

I made this rose bush cupcakes to show one of the beautiful traditions in Catalonia during St George’s Day. They were vanilla flavoured, filled with strawberry jam (like if it was the dragon’s blood!). I pipped quick buttercream decorations (swirl, leaves…) and I topped them with handmade red fondant ribbon roses.

Happy St George’s Day! Feliç Diada de Sant Jordi!

PS: My dream garden plenty of rose bushes in a sunny day!! Deep red roses everywhere!

Cake International 2014, London

Hi there,

Last weekend I went to Cake International 2014 in London. I happily spent the whole day there, enjoying like a kid all the demonstrations, competitions and exhibitions that took place in there.

My favourite demonstrations were the ones carried out by the popular Paul Bradford (who showed us how to decorate a fashion cake handbag in less than 45 minutes)  and by Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes (who taught us how to pipe beautiful buttercream flowers and how to arrange a lovely bouquet). They were extremely professional, nice and welcoming.

I loooooved many of the creations that were shown in there. I’d like to share with you some of those amazing competition cakes. You can choose the category you’re interested in or continue admiring all the pictures.

Novelty / Sculpted Cakes

Wedding / Tiered Cakes

Celebration Cakes

Sugar Flowers

Cupcakes

Decorated Cookies

Novelty / Sculpted Cakes 

OH MY GOSH!! So realistic and sooooo cute!!! It was my favourite cake.


















Wedding / Tiered Cakes

















Celebration Cakes









Sugar Flowers




Cupcakes





Decorated Cookies



Aren’t they gorgeous?? There were more wonderful cakes made by great artists, but I can’t share all the pictures because some of them were out of focus, etc.

Congratulations to all the participants! Stunning job!

As always, looking forward to the next edition of Cake International 2015.

See you soon,

Sara