Once again most of the reason I do most things myself is driven out of a dislike for mass made things as well as being absolutely gob smacked at the prices business are charging for baked goods! I recently sent away for a quote on some cake pops for a baby shower I was hosting and was quoted $5 per item with 12 being the minimum order. Now I understand these things take a lot of time to make, (trust me I appreciate it and know), but seriously $5 for a piece of cake on a stick?!!! Well, for me it was motivation enough to jump on you tube and have some wonderful people out there teach me how to make them myself! I highly recommend it, if you are not in a position or refuse to pay $5 for a piece of cake or for one fondant biscuit, trust me, if you put your mind to it you can make them! All it takes is a few attempts and a few late nights surfing you tube!
The cake is a Donna Hay vanilla pound cake with a thin layer of buttercream topped with a thin layer of rolled fondant icing. I use a good quality corn starch as my bench duster when rolling out. I advise to do this the night before as you need to be in a good space when working with fondant! The only important point to mention is that the fondant will dry out so make sure you have a cloche over the cake once the fondant is in place. I then placed the unicorn topper (purchased from ebay), along with some ribbon (Spotlight) and using water and little balls of fondant stuck lots of sugar flowers purchased from Woolworth’s on top. Voila, a cake that any Mother (and child) can be proud of as well as not being charged an arm and a leg for!
The cookies are my own interpretation of some fondant cookies I have seen on the internet. I find even if you try and copy something it always ends up looking like ‘yours’ anyway! I have to give special mention to the Unicorn cookie recipe and tutorial on the blog site Bubble and Sweet. The recipe is hands down the winner and the cookies come out perfect. That said she recommends only 10mins in the freezer, I double it and do 20 minutes and it seems to work better in my oven. Linda who writes and owns the blog is an amazing baker and her ideas astound me, she is inspirational. As she recommends I also use corn starch for bench duster. For my unicorn cookies I used fondant and the same sugar flowers from Woolworth’s. For the clouds I used fondant, an edible marker and edible duster for the rosy cheeks. I saw a version of these clouds on Etsy but unfortunately they did not deliver to Australia so I made them myself!
The cupcakes are my never fail party table must! I can’t believe I am going to give away my secret but they are simply the Aldi vanilla cupcake mix cupcakes! I throw away the icing mix part and make my own buttercream icing as it always tastes better. Can I also recommend purchasing a cupcake icing tip and bag as it is very easy to use and gives them the professional edge! The recipe is:
125g unsalted butter (room temp)
2 1/2 cups quality icing sugar (quality makes a difference in the piping so worth the extra dollar)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon of hot water if the mixture gets a bit to stiff
For the decorating, I always let the girls choose there own theme. I only have a few rules, I determine if it is age appropriate and nothing based on movies or television characters. The reason I say this is not to be a ‘mean mummy’ but because my children’s favourite television or movie characters are very fleeting and from one week to the next it can change. I like to start collecting things a few months out to try and spread the cost of the party out, so if I bought something from one movie and then a few months later they are well and truly over it! I also believe picking a theme away from mainstream images helps them build creativity and I get the girls involved in the decorating and setting up, even though they are only five and four years old!
Spotlight is an amazing resource!
Decals The Lovely Wall Co.
Handmade paper raindrops Concrete Honey
Unicorn and cloud cookie cutters Cookie Cutter Shop
Cake supplies: Somethingforcake
Cloud cupcake toppers, paper straw covers, lolly bag tags all hand made by me using the Fiskars X large cloud cutter that I purchased on Amazon.com
Drink dispensers Leo and Bella
Felicity Dicksmith 2014