Thursday, 25 August 2011

Hot cakes! Decorations to be inspired by

When I was at school I read every minute I could. At breakfast, this involved the backs of cereal boxes, but mostly, my mum's collection of party recipe books. I didn't just become obsessed with cake itself, but with the myriad possibilities for decorating cake.

A moment of stunned applause then for what my friend Jess made for her first hosting duties at the book club we belong too, earlier this week.

I KNOW! Literally, when I walked into the flat and saw this cake I made a noise only animals could hear. Oh, and her boyfriend, who threatened to ban me from said flat if I ever made a noise like that again.

Jess has handily blogged about how she made the decorations so I don't need to do that (as, to be honest, I haven't a clue) which leaves me free to post some pictures of my very favourite cakes.

Mario Kart cake by Let Them Eat Cake

My computer game-themed 30th next year is probably the worst-kept party secret in the world, mostly because I keep tweeting food ideas I want to nick for it. This stunning cake was made for a WEDDING. How obscenely cool is that?


I find it deeply unfair that most enormous cakes are deemed to be wedding cakes. What if you just seriously like cake, and have a lot of friends? Brixton baker Maisie Fantaisie makes some deeply lustable confectionary and this one in particular makes me think happy thoughts both of the sunflowers in Plants VS Zombies, and just outside the French town of Lautrec, where huge fields of them follow the sun and look unnervingly like triffids.


Of the ton (and I mean, ton) of shark or Jaws-based cupcake recipes on the web, these are both the simplest and the most effective. While some other cupcakes AWESOMELY have actual sharks coming up out of them, they involve a) a hell of a lot of effort and b) Twinkies, which I'm fairly sure don't exist in the UK. These on the other hand just require card and some decent icing. Win.

I could go on for hours. I realise that a mere four cakes is only whetting the appetite for fondant and fancy, but dude - I want to hear about your favourite cakes. And if you've done any particularly brilliant ones yourselves, link to the pictures in the comments and we'll round up the best ones in our best in show.

24 comments:

  1. This, for my son's girlfriend, who has a Westie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25892625@N06/6079190943/in/photostream

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  2. http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/29121_435740906534_649346534_6155114_7888675_n.jpg

    RAINBOW CAEK!

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  3. LOVE the shark ones. Actually, I love the little beach one, that's a really cute touch. I would make Jaws theme music noises while eating them and be happy forever.

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  4. Patricia, that's AMAZING! Are those from the Hello Cupcakes book? Verse, I love your rainbow cake too. Mmm....

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  5. OMG I want them all...

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  6. I love looking at cake porn, making cakes and most importantly EATING cakes, I made these little babies a while back

    http://christeaandcakes.blogspot.com/2011/07/cupcapers-creepy-cameo-cupcakes.html

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  7. Christea - there simply aren't the words. I bow to your ingenious mad decorating skillz!

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  8. I'm addicted to decorating cakes. It's taken over my life. But at least I don't have to worry about being stuck for presents for people. And then they pay me to make cakes to give as presents to their friends! The circle of cake :-)I made this for my Dad, he's a retired purser and suitcase collector: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22642776@N07/6068669467/in/set-72157627491464826

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  9. Oooh I made this rad pink electric guitar for my pal Fiona's birthday a few years ago! Neeeeooooowww! http://twitpic.com/3liksp

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  10. I've not yet tried these, but I think many of the Sluts will appreciate the look of them, as I do!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=157280861017880&set=a.153050301440936.40103.123617447717555&type=1&theater

    She also does cupcake bouquets! I'm tempted to fall ill JUST so someone buys me one...

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  11. Here's another batch of oven-fresh babies http://christeaandcakes.blogspot.com/p/celebration-cake-pics.html

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  12. Everyone is so talented! Although, Lolly, I can't see yours... the Twit pic leads to no pic!

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  13. Also recently made these Alice In Wonderland cakes http://christeaandcakes.blogspot.com/2011/07/eat-me.html

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  14. These are all terrific, I feel inspired to bake and decorate a cake a NOW! Actually, I love baking and decorating cakes too, and have just started a blog about my creations called Cakealogue. I've posted a few pictures in the gallery with lots more to come. Any comments will be much appreciated.
    http://cakealogue.wordpress.com/gallery-2/

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  15. Susie Chamberlain25 August 2011 at 15:41

    I made these for some builders who had been renovating my husband's business premises. Went down a storm!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweet-talk-cupcakery/5841415473/

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  16. Susie Chamberlain25 August 2011 at 15:43

    And these for a baby shower. I just love cupcakes!
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=186491041405208&set=pu.169046856482960&type=1&theater

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  17. Susie, your cupcakes are absolutely adorable.

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  18. Susie Chamberlain25 August 2011 at 18:59

    Thank you! x

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  19. I've just started (yesterday!) a blog about baking & cake decorating http://www.hiddenunderthestairs.blogspot.com/ I'd love to have some visitors/comments!! x x

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  20. Hi Debs, I'll follow you if you'll follow me! I've added myself as a follower on your blog - just trying to work out how to add comments!
    My blog is
    http://cakealogue.wordpress.com/about/
    Take a look!

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  21. :o) Thanks - can't find a follow button on your blog but the jammy puffs sound awesome!!!

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  22. I've made a few which can be seen here - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.151440484925874.37975.150138548389401&l=637dde2288&type=1 - I also do step by step guides as flickr photosets... :)

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