This fire engine is made with a rice krispy treat (essentially, rice bubbles and melted marshmallows mixed into a sticky mess and 'set' in a tin). When cooled and set, I carved the block of rice krispy treat into the basic shape of a fire engine, and then covered it in fondant. I followed the instructions for Debbie Brown's fire engine cake and was very pleased with the result, even though I changed things a little to suit the slightly smaller scale of the cake topper.
This year I had the opportunity to participate in the PANDSI Cake-off, a fundraiser for the organisation held at the Hyatt Hotel. The theme of the Cake-off this year was Canberra in cake, so I decided to showcase Canberra's four seasons. I enjoy modelling in fondant, and making cute figurines is what I do best, so I decided to make four little bears enjoying the best of Canberra's seasons.
When Mr 3's birthday came around this year, most of my cake decorating supplies were still in storage after our recent around-Australia-trip. So I had to improvise a little and concentrated on the cake topper only, using the limited tools that I had. I made Dory, studying pictures carefully to make her look just right, and sat her atop a coral reef which then became the cake topper. I iced the cake simply with buttercream icing and was very happy with the final result.
A solar system cake for my space-mad six-year old! The planets were hand-painted and attached to the cake when dry, and I flicked the cake with white food colouring to give the effect of tiny stars. I tried to make the planets fairly accurate, and had my six-year old as my advisor; Jupiter has its storm, Earth its continents and the Sun a rough surface of flames and solar explosions!