This was one of my first creations. The main problem with this cake is that it looks like a BIG cabbage as a pic! Lolz! But ya in front it does look pretty. Although it seems to have a lot of hard sugar around, the same can be substituted with fresh cream if used in winters. Another main disadvantage is that it cannot be made in less than 6 pounds, it loses its beauty if done that is. Also while doing a hard crust one, you cannot have any fresh fruit cake fillings!
Purple tongues look good on adults 😉 … it’s Ma’s face that prevent me from putting up an apt purple tongue picture, but ya the cake was yummy! And the best part that it looked so real that a few people actually overlooked it thinking it was a real bag! The little rose was to break the mundane color scheme and add a little zing. Again the challenge was to make it eggless and not have sugar coating. Fresh cream was not possible as it would not survive the evening and so soft sugar was used, but ya again without kids around, it usually goes a waste 😦
The Train Cake:
This was my nephew’s 5th birthday cake and it HAD to be special! Keeping in mind his Thomas fetish I decided on the train birthday theme. Again colours were a constrint, but then I learnt another trick. For train boogies I used hard sugar and smeared the fresh cream color, this ensured minimal use of color and though there were multi colored tongues all over the party, there weren’t any runny stomachs the next day.
The Flower Duplex:
This was to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Ma’s ladies club. The Duplex cake concept was simple enough to design, till I was told that it could only be of 6 pounds, had to be eggless, of fresh cream and couldn’t have nuts! Okay here I must mention that truffle chocolate cake with nuts is much better to bake coz of the goey nature which holds on the cake and helps to keep the design intact.. so it was a Bit difficult, but pulled off well in the end! But I should have avoided the flower colours as there were a lot of kids – I learnt a lesson here about little stomachs!
The Fenced heart:
This was another of Ma Baba’s Anniversary cake. The concept was to celebrate 32 years of secured life and that why I fenced the heart with chocolate pipings. Also, the roses could not be fresh cream ones as it was summer and I wanted white chocolate and dark chocolate roses. Hats, off to the Taj chef who did the cake 3 times to bring it to perfection and gum paste the most yummy tasting dark and white roses!
The Black Rose:
Baba’s Birthday cake had to be special and had to be filled with CHOCOLATE!!! It was the only time Ma wouldn’t object to his gorging on chocolate. The cake was simple to design but the gold glittering was a bit tough coz it just wouldn’t stay and would run off. But then the Taj angel stepped in (Why isn’t he single God!!!!) and we managed to find a recipe for edible gold glitters and there it was CHOCOLATE for the LITTLE BABY BOY ;P
The Tea-Cup Cake:
Again ma’s themed birthday – this time she was sad that she was aging so we the devils decided to rub it in. it was to say that No more Beer Have only Tea now ;P …. It turned out as good as it seems, but the only problem was that the hard sugar coating will go a waste if you don’t have kids who love to go high on sugar!!! The cookies though are real!
This was to celebrate Didi-jiju’s 5th Anniversary. It looked simple and was simple but just coz it had to be eggless, putting those fresh cream flavors and roses was a BIT problematic! Rest it was a breeze ;P
Let me know which ones you liked the best. Am open to suggestions and yes orders too 😉
P:S: Do click on the photos to see enlarged versions!