Wednesday, 10 June 2015

10 on 10 Photography Circle - June



This month Miss 15 turned the big '16' !!  Since she is draining our finances dry with an exchange trip to Japan later in the year a birthday party was out of the question.  Instead she went out to dinner with a few of her friends over the weekend.

Possibly suffering sunstroke from a day at the soccer fields watching Miss 10 play in a gala day I decided that 48 hours was more than enough time to make an anime themed birthday cake to sneak up to the restaurant for Miss 16's birthday!  Awesome idea yeah??

Well maybe an awesome idea if you are an experienced cake maker.....shit idea if you are not lol !!!

Don't worry guys I've totally got this!  Well kinda maybe!


Thursday afternoon....
spend copious amounts of money at the cake supplies shop.


Thursday night.....
have massive fail in the cake baking department....as in MASSIVE FAIL!!


Friday morning.....
buy new set of chocolate mud cake ingredients and attempt to make cake again! Eventually overcook mud cake but by now don't give a shit!!










Friday night......
read instructions re decorating a cake with fondant.  Oh crap apparently you have to make ganache so fondant will stick to cake.  Google how to make ganache. Can't be that hard right!






Even later Friday night....
realize that ganache has to cool before you can proceed to use it...bugger!


Really late Friday night...
cover cake with ganache....ending up with a lumpy surface that you don't give a damn about!!




Ridiculously late Friday night......
try to turn a rock hard lump of fondant into a lovely cake decoration !! Eventually realize that when it said to make sure you had a smooth surface with your ganache that it was actually important!  Attempt to keep going without repairing ganache by making a thick fondant face and hair to cover the boo boos!!  Attempt to draw on anime face and eventually realize that you should give up and go to bed!    

Go to bed hoping that the cake fixing fairy comes during the night!











Early Saturday morning.....
wake up and realise that cake fixing fairy was a no show!  So google how to make fondant flowers and cover blemishes on cake with flowers....lots of flowers





Saturday afternoon.....
pray that all of the flowers stuck on will withstand the car trip to the restaurant.  Sneak cake in, explain that it's my daughters birthday and ask them to surprise her with the cake after their meals.






Go home and hope to never see cake again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Make sure you keep following this great photography cirlce by popping over to see Jenny's photos here...  There are a lot of great blogs to visit in the circle!!




37 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - fondant is my worst nightmare! I think you did an ace job - perhaps cake making is your new vocation in life!?

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    1. That is totally the word for it Sammie...'nightmare'!! Pretty sure I don't have the patience for cake making lol !!

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  2. Sounds like you enjoy cake making as much as me. From where I'm sitting, your cake looks great and just right for a 16 year old.

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    1. Yes I think we are on the same page Pam!! At least it looks good in photos...that's what counts!

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  3. wow that cake looks amazing! You did a fab job lovely!!

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    1. Looks better in the photos than real life...believe me lol !!

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  4. OMG I love your story that goes with your pics. I find baking SOOO STRESSFUL. Like you I stay up all freaking night making the darn cakes. You did an amazing job. That cake is hot! And to take photos on the way.... I applaud! JT xo

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    1. Yes stressful!!!! And then staying up half the night so you are exhausted...ugh!! Glad I'm not the only one lol !!

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  5. The cake is fantastic! I did think you were going to say "and the restaurant tells me we don't let you bring your own cake..." - which would have been a nightmare, so glad it all went well!

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    1. Haha Shan I called them and asked....because it wouldn't have been pretty otherwise !!!!

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  6. All's well that ends well, eh? It looks fabulous! I hope it tasted amazing too. Great photos but even better commentary!

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    1. Haha the commentary could have been a lot more colourful!! I had to bite my tongue!!!!

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  7. Oh you did a great job! I bet she loved it! Great words too. Xx

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    1. Thank you Shannon! She did love it....that's what counts!

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  8. Oh your cake looks awesome for someone with no fondant experience! I did a cake course to learn how to do it and it was too bloody hard so I just pay people now much to my husband's disgust! Awesome photos!!

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    1. yes it is just too hard lol !!!! I think I should pay somebody to save my sanity hehe!!!

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  9. Why do we torture ourselves with birthday cakes? Who started this tradition anyway? You're turned out super cute but I completely understand your frustration and that feeling of never wanting to see a bleeping birthday cake ever again. xx

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  10. Ha ha I love your commentary! You've nailed the cake prep panic perfectly! But that cake turned out fabulously- you did good! x

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  11. Oh poor thing! I wish I was here to help with the cake! The final result is very pretty! Very funny 10/10 dear! xx cathy

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  12. You came out trumps! I bet she loved. Love it when a nightmare planning actually comes together just right! Well done. Now for the next birthday?..... Lol!

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  13. good work Mum! what a gorgeous cake! Hope ms 16 had a lovely surprise!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! Yes she loved the surprise

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  14. Fabulous effort and perseverance. Beautiful result. Nifty stuff up cover ups. Great doco photos. That is all. ������

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    1. Thanks Diana! Never fear you can always cover a mistake somehow!!

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  15. What a great thing to do for your daughter! Totally aced it in my opinion. Did she like it?

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    1. Thank you Erik! She did love it....that's all that matters in the end!

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  16. I actually think that cake looks AWESOME. Well played, I say.

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  17. I have never ever tried cake fondant for this very reason but the end result looks fantastic!

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    1. You are very wise to stay well clear of fondant!!

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  19. That is seriously awesome!! You are being WAAAY too hard on yourself. I hope she enjoyed every bite. Jx

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