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Making Olaf

I have been asked to make a Frozen cake for one of my work collegues for her neice’s birthday.
They asked for a round cake with Olaf on the top.

Now I have to be very honest here and admit that I have never seen Frozen, C is too little and I havn’t had the opportunity to go and see it in the cinema and we havn’t bought the bluray.

I agreed as I love to bake and it would be a new challange,  I decided to make a Olaf out of icing with added tylo powder to make it set so I can stand him on top of the cake.
I made Olaf on Wednesday evening to give him enough time to set properly.

 I don’t often make models for cakes so I used a picture tutorial I found online by Puckycakes and used a picture of him in this pose to go off.

I took a few pictures as I made him and here they are.

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I used Tesco’s white fondant icing, and a little black and orange icing for he details. I added Tylo powder to the icing to aid it in hardening and prevent him melting.
He still needed arms and twigs in this picture as the brown colour icing I had wasn’t dark enough.

I ended up having to use black as I couldn’t get dark brown icing anywhere.

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 He isnt perfect but for a 1st attempt at him with basic tools to use went very well. He seems to look like Olaf and has set up nicely.
He took me about 50 minutes to make.

That’s Olaf, I’ll put up another post to show all the cakes later

xxx

Decorating Christmas cakes!

This year I only have 4 Christmas cakes to marzipan, ice and decorate.

I make one every year for my Uncle Steve, His girlfriend and their family, One for my Nan and Granddad, One for our family and I have also made one this year for my secret Elf (in a gift exchange I am doing with friends)

So I made my cakes a few months ago and have been feeding them by injecting them with brandy.  Today I covered them all with apricot glaze and marzipan.

Here is a photo diary of a step by step of how I marzipanned the cakes :-

This is the glaze I am using this year, 1 jar did all 4 cakes.

This is the glaze I am using this year, 1 jar did all 4 cakes.

Remember to heat your glaze to make it easy to spread on the cake

Remember to heat your glaze to make it easy to spread on the cake

Cake 1- ready to marzipan

Cake 1- ready to marzipan

I used ready rolled marzipan for this cake, It still needed rolling a little though

I used ready rolled marzipan for this cake, It still needed rolling a little though

out of the packet marzipan

out of the packet marzipan

Dont forget icing sugar on the surface to prevent sticking

Dont forget icing sugar on the surface to prevent sticking

Lay the marzipan over the cake after spreading the apricot glaze over

Lay the marzipan over the cake after spreading the apricot glaze over

Smoothers every bakers friend

Smoothers every bakers friend

smoothed cake ready to be left to dry out a little

smoothed cake ready to be left to dry out a little

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used ready rolled marzipan (dr oetker which costs about £3.99) on the one round cake but used Tesco’s own ready to roll marzipan on the others which costs about £1.74 for 500g.

I marzipanned the cakes a few days before icing them, I put a little water on to stick the icing to the marzipan and used the same techniques of laying over the icing then smoothing the icing down with the smoothers.

Icing rolled out ready to ice the cakes

Icing rolled out ready to ice the cakes

 The edible lace decoration that I used to decorate the cakes I bought at the BBC good food show but they can be purchased online or in lakeland. You use a silicon mat that has an impression cut into it to create the lace. The powder needs to be mixed with water and a gel to make the the paste. Once made the paste will last in the fridge for a week. 

Mixing the paste

Mixing the paste

Spreading the paste onto the silicon mat using a spatula

Spreading the paste onto the silicon mat using a spatula

Scrap off the excess and leave to dry overnight

Scrape off the excess and leave to dry overnight

Peel off

Peel off

Gently pulling it out as not to damage it.

Gently pulling it out as not to damage it.

  Once set and taken out the lace will last on greaseproof paper until the expiry date on the tub of powder. 

iced cake ready to decorate

iced cake ready to decorate

Edible glue, made from tylo-powder and water.

Edible glue, made from tylo-powder and water.

put a little glue on the cake ready to stick the lace on

put a little glue on the cake ready to stick the lace on

carefully sticking the lace on, using a turntable to make it smoother and easier to apply.

carefully sticking the lace on, using a turntable to make it smoother and easier to apply.

This cake took ! and a bit lengths of lace so there are joins

This cake took ! and a bit lengths of lace so there are joins

The join at the back, not perfect as the pattern didn't match up completely

The join at the back, not perfect as the pattern didn’t match up completely.

finished applying the lace

finished applying the lace and left to dry.

the side and top of cake 1

the side and top of cake 1

Decoration on the top of cake 1

Decoration on the top of cake 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have finished 2 of the cakes up to now, still 2 little ones to go. Will update once they are finished!

Cake decorations

I am making a Dedication cake for my cousins little boy as well as a 1st birthday cake for him.

Both occasions are coming soon so I decided to make the teddy to sit on the dedication cake now as Its the 1st figure I’ve ever made.

This was my 1st attempt just using sugar paste 

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He started off looking lovely, but unfortunately by the following day he looked like this 

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Although cute It wasn’t what I wanted him to look like.

So I went back to my local cake shop, Create a cake , where I bought the sugarpaste to make the teddy and bought some tylo powder to mix in and make the sugarpaste more stable, and also makes it harden quicker.

This is the final teddy I’ve made, I’m hoping that they love him on the cake.

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Cakes

I’ve always loved baking, since I’ve had Baby C I havnt had much time to bake, only the odd batch of scones and muffins, but I will be doing more soon.

I went through pictures of cakes i’ve made in the past and decided to share some pictures with you. I have made all these cakes for various people over the last 5 years.

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