It was as though the second Mike and I set foot back into the city from the cottage [after labour day long weekend], we stepped straight into a whirlwind of ‘busy’. September flew by and now at the end of October, and on the eve of football week 8, I am writing my 1st in-season post. It was an eventful 2 months and though I had been documenting the weeks, I’m beyond behind on posting.
So, let’s rewind to September to when I took on the challenge of baking a Shopkins birthday cake; my 1st buttercream creation!
After baking a [belated] bday cake in honour of my fellow July-baby colleagues, I was asked if I could bake another. This request was for a Shopkins themed birthday party for a soon-to-be 10yr old. On a tight deadline and knowing very little about Shopkins, I Googled the characters, Insta-searched cake inspirations, and YouTube-d cake decorating tutorials.
[cake inspiration pics from @katherine_sabbath Instagram]
The end result was this hybrid Ice Cream Kate + candy cake.
To create this cake I utilized the following tutorials and recipes
- Ice Cream Kate decorating Tutorial by Renee Conner [note, I crumb coated before decorating]
- Ron Ben-Israel’s swiss meringue buttercream recipe
- Swiss meringue buttercream colouring Tutorial by Renee Conner
- Cake Boss chocolate cake recipe
Like all things I think I plan sufficiently for, this cake took longer than expected. Though my ganache melt drips could use some work, I was ecstatic with how my cake came together; not bad for my 1st! All things considered, I decided that this buttercream cake was a lot easier than my passed fondant cakes, however, transporting it was not – definitely a 2 man job.
During football wks 1 to 7, I baked, decorated, baked some more, planned a trip, went on a trip, ate a turkey dinner, got over a cold [twice]….eventful to say the least.
Stay tuned as I work to get up to date.