Saturday, 1 February 2014

Baking up a Winter Wonderland!

Happy February!!  ... As I sit down after finishing up my husband's birthday cake ready for his birthday celebrations tomorrow and Monday, it is finally time to tell you all about last week's super exciting cake and cupcake project I was so happy to work on.
Contacted by a friend of a friend on my Facebook page, I was asked if I could make a 60th birthday cake, as well as 2 dozen cupcakes each with different messages on, as their family had a whole lot of celebrations going on at the same time!
The order was for an Earl Grey cake with lemon buttercream, just like I made for the bridal shower cupcakes, and nautical themed summer cake, this time with some cute Winter themed decorations, and no fondant icing, just buttercream to coat the cake. 
Although the request for the covering of the cake was not "too sweet", and no fondant icing - I did ask if I could create the decorations with fondant which was fine by them, so I got to work creating my stars of the show - the fondant penguins that would be sitting on top of the cake, showing off the idea of a winter wonderland!
Did you see these on my Facebook page, or the sneak peek of the picture below on Instagram?!  I love showing off a picture or two, but in this case couldn't show much more before the cake had been delivered!  To see early previews of my projects, follow me on Facebook/ Instagram now!!!!
The same time as I made the penguins (who I didn't want to give away!!!) I also created a tree made out of 2 colours of green fondant cut out with star cookie cutters, of a few different sizes so it could gradually get smaller towards to the top.

The lake was a pale blue cut out of fondant, with blue glitter writing icing piped around the outside of the lake to give a water/icy look to it.

A winter scene, with blue buttercream tear drop shaped piping around the bottom, and the Happy Birthday message as requested by the family piped around the cake board.

They also wanted 2 dozen chocolate cupcakes with mint buttercream icing, with the tags, similar to my bridal shower cupcakes, and winter mini cupcakes I made last year. 
I went for a pale green and pale blue colour card stock, with the same Love Letter Typewriter font as I used on my previous tags with a similar design.  

I also made some green/blue mini snowflakes out of fondant that I used on each cupcake, either one or two on each cake. 

There were SO many different celebrations happening in the family, I did 24 cupcakes, with 12 different messages... so each person/couple had 2 cupcakes with their personal message on.  I love how the tags make it so easy, but yet so effective to customise to anybody's celebration.  I really enjoy crafting before baking as well, so I'm pleased people keep requesting these on their orders - I love making them!! 

Here they all are, ready to be delivered! 

I took a quick snap of the cake and cupcakes all set out, just as I delivered them.. Here they are, ready to be enjoyed!  Hope the whole family loved them :)  Congratulations to everyone for everything you're celebrating!!


  1. TOO cute Hannah, Brava on your latest commission!

  2. Hi Hannah,
    This was my cake (Jen's mom, 60th birthday). I wanted to celebrate all the happy, wonderful events going on in my family in the month of January (and a couple in February too) since we were all going to be together. This was so wonderful . . . what a creative, cute, fun way to celebrate all the events . . . and everyone got their own piece of the action! Well done! May your business thrive and bring such happiness to many others! Thank you so much! It was BEAUTIFUL! Thank you also to my beautiful daughter for finding the perfect touch for this event!

  3. Love these adorable penguins! What fun!

  4. Super cute and delicious! Pinned your penguins:)

  5. OMG I AM IN LOVE WITH THESE!!!! How cute are those penguins!! What a great start to the morning. Thank you for posting

  6. Wow, that's a lot of custom work...and they turned out just darling! Everybody loves penguins! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

  7. Adorable, I love the cake and I just LOVE penguins!

  8. I love the penguins! Great job.

  9. They look great! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again this weekend.

  10. What gorgeous penguins!
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Marigolds' Loft


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