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Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Here at The Coloured Bubble Cakery all my cakes and cupcakes are lovingly hand baked and decorated to the highest standards and the tiniest of details. My blog is here to update you on my recent projects along with lots other exciting news about the Cakery. You can also follow the cakery on Twitter and Facebook for a more interactive way of staying up to date, if that's the way you roll. Cakes and Cupcakes are available to order for any occasion. Please feel free to contact me at, through the contact me tab on Facebook or give me a call on 01242 698698, all enquiries are welcome, Rachel at The Coloured Bubble Cakery :) x NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON!!

Monday 15 April 2013

Maevy Gravy's Owl Cake

Being in the cake decorating business I have the pleasure and privilege of putting smiles on my family's faces when it comes to their birthdays and this April meant it was Maeve's turn, also known as Maevy Gravy in case you were wondering about the post title, she is actually known as a number of endearing terms but I'll keep those ones in the family!

I asked my sister-in-law if there was anything Maeve would like and she suggested designing the cake around the super cute invitations & partywear that she'd picked up in her local supermarket and when she sent me the image I loved it!!  
So sweet and perfect, just like Maeve... sometimes! 

It was only a little party so it was only a little 6" Vanilla & Jam sponge but Mavis loved it...

And here she is, the little smiler....

Lots of love, 
Auntie Rachel

Saturday 6 April 2013

Grannys Canon Camera Cake

For the fanatical photographer on her 70th Birthday.

A clean and simple Vanilla and Jam sponge topped with a hand painted 'rice crispie cake' Canon camera.. yum!!

Friday 5 April 2013

Viking Helmet Cake

It's the Year of the 40th's...

My lovely big brother will turn the big four-oh in June which means his school mates are turning 40 this year too and so I had the pleasure of making a Viking Helmet Cake for Mark's aforementioned 40th birthday.

I was pretty excited about this one but didn't fully take into account the logistics of attaching rice crispie cake 'horns' to a chocolate sponge 'helmet' before setting about the task... and if I'm honest the whole experience very nearly finished me off... but as I'm writing this you can assume I lived to tell the tale...

[Here comes the all too regular lack of photos apology...]
Sorry, really should've taken some photos of my progress along the way but as ever I didn't think of it until the chances had passed, so you'll just have to imagine what the photos would've looked like if I had taken some if that's ok?

Sooo... just in case anyone's wondering...

First, I modeled the horns using rice crispie cakes* (you can get the recipe and details here) onto plastic cake dowels and let them set in the fridge for half an hour or so; then I smeared them in buttercream to avoid a bumpy rice crispie texture and finally wrapped them in fondant and left them to set (cleverly propping them up in the middle of a couple of rolls of kitchen towel!).  Once the icing had set I airbrushed them both and popped them back into their kitchen roll nests to dry again.

 After carving and covering the chocolate cake, I used a fabulous favourite of mine, the PME Lustre Sprays, to colour it... using both silver and gold as I couldn't decide which would look best...typical Libran!

Once I'd added the details to the helmet I tentatively spiked the 'dowel-mounted' horns into the cake and prayed... unfortunately the universe wasn't paying attention at that moment in time and the horns decided to pay attention to that fiddly gravity type thing and started sinking through the cake!!!  Argh!!!!!!!  I should probably add that this was all happening 1 hour before delivery... and I had to fight my way back from the verge of tears before continuing.

1 hour and counting and I had to totally rethink these horns.  I just couldn't think of a way to support them until I remembered a handy hint that I'd read about a year or so before, and used just the once.  I personally think it's a sneaky little trick and I love it!!  
Basically, you water down fondant icing to the consistency you need, in this case cement/tiling grout, and liberally slap it on the spot you need it and stick!!!  Simple!!
I added some extra support around the base of the horns with some sausage shaped fondant icing, supported the whole lot with those big fat air filled packaging things and stepped away!

Phew!  The horns and their helmet made it to delivery and the birthday boy loved his cake!! Success!!

Here's Marks cake...


* Known as RCC's in the trade ;)