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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Our Nightmare Before Christmas (NBC) Wedding Cake

So you may not know this, but my husband and I had a Nightmare Before Christmas themed Wedding.  Yep, that's right, Jack, Sally, the whole shebang!

When we were planning our wedding I found it quite difficult to find Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding items that weren't super OTT or tacky.  This is probably why we kept ours subtle, with just a few placements of the actual characters (Invitations, Stationary and Wedding Cake) and why I made or designed it all myself and not because I'm a control freak!

Originally I was going to make my cake myself, (I do like to make things as stressful as possible) but luckily I finally listened to reason and we found a wonderful local hobbyist to make it instead :) She had never heard of the film, and when I showed her the toppers I could see her struggling to hold onto her smile lol.
I showed her my design and she diplomatically told me that it was definitely possible.  I was prepared for the fact that my cake may not look as great as I had imagined, but boy was I wrong - it was even better!

We thought our wedding was pretty normal - we did have Richard Cheese playing during the sit down meal, and we picked our entire evening reception playlist (with requests from guests every third song) so we could have Slipknot, Mudvayne, Foo Fighters etc, but we also played my favourite cheesy hits like Saturday night, YMCA and even Lil Chris!  However we later heard through the grape vine, that staff and the DJs had nicknamed it the goth wedding!  I'd love to see their faces if they catered or worked at an actual goth wedding ;)

Rockabilly Giant Cupcake Baby Shower Cake

So two of my closest friends are about to pop!  Seriously, they are both due within a week of each other and there is now less than a month to go!  So when I was asked if I could make the cake for one of my friends surprise baby shower, how could I refuse?

This friend and I have very similar tastes.  I am in awe of her amazing clothes, cats eye glasses and ever present trade-mark red lips.  So I knew if I liked the cake, she would too ;)  This friend had the most rocking wedding cake ever!  I was seriously up against some stiff competition in the awesome factor.  Take a peek if you don't believe me;

A few of you may remember I made a giant cupcake for my mother in law a few years ago, (you can find the original post here) well in keeping with my friends wedding cake, I thought it would be awesome to do another giant one :)

I really wanted to make this cake personal to my friend, and knew that a plain giant cupcake just wouldn't fit the bill.  In my head I knew I needed polka dots, swallows, tattoos and of course leopard print!  I wanted to do the cake base in a really dark blue and polka dot fondant, with the cake iced in blood red 'roses'.  In my head it looked awesome, but I knew that pulling it off may be a bit trickier.

Yep, I'm sure you've noticed the flowers are pink :( I wanted blood red and even bought coloured food GEL to achieve this, but for whatever reason the icing would just not budge from pink!

Man was this cake heavy!  I ended up having to use our black Wedding Cake board just to easily transport the thing.  It seriously weighed more than both our dogs put together!

I did toy with the idea of a rolled fondant leopard print board, but when I found this fab ribbon in my ever expanding craft stash, I knew it would be perfect :)

We know they are having a boy, but the name is being kept top secret until the birth, so I anointed him Crouch Junior ;)

My last cupcake also featured a chocolate shell casing, but I had severe melting issues when applying the ribbon :( I learnt from my past mistakes and increased the chocolate quantity and switched to all plain - It held up fantastically.

I did consider making this out of painted fondant, but I wisely chose to print it instead (using the print and cut function on my silhouette cameo of course!).  I figured this way it could be removed and scrap booked as a memento should my friend want.

The cake and frosting are orange flavored, and coupled with the thick plain chocolate shell, it was divine!

I love giant cupcakes, as they are fairly easy to decorate and look fantastic!

If you would like to make your own, please check out the links to all the different components :)

To make this super orangey, I substituted the vanilla essence for 4 teaspoons of orange essence, and decreased the milk to only 2 table spoons.
You can also add the zest of an orange too!
I had enough batter left over to make two small Victoria sponge cakes from too :D

I doubled the quantity of this as I wanted enough to assemble, crumb coat and pipe the roses
Again, substitute the vanilla extract for 4 teaspoons of orange essence - you may need to add a bit more icing sugar to get it to the right consistency

My friend love the cake, and went so far as to say it was far better than one they had recently had professionally made for £90 - Happy face!

Us Vs Life

Hi guys, I'm afraid that I've been awol for a few weeks as my poor husband is really ill again :(

We've had lots of hospital visits (in the next county over) to deal with, and have learned he has heart failure, and je will need a major operation.

To say that the house is feeling a bit low is quite the understatement.

We are trying to remain positive, and I will post when I can.

Spare a thought for us