Frozen birthday cakes are pretty much a given on our order list each year. Yes, even in the glaring heat of summer it won’t be odd to find us crafting an Olaf from scratch! They’re too much fun… perfect for birthdays. Above is a cute single tier version we created recently. A special little lady turned 2 whole years old and obviously needed a cake to celebrate. You can read more about the different aspects of this sweet design below!
Cute Frozen birthday cake
For a more sleek look we stuck to just a few design elements on the cake itself. On a pale ice blue cake we added some stylised mountains in a blue a few shades darker. A flurry of fondant snowballs trim the base and sparkling snowflakes featured on the front. We then added little Mila’s name in glittering silver painted letters. Obviously for that extra frosty look we lightly dusted the surface with an edible pearlescent lustre.
Yay! Olaf is pretty cool to make (pun intended). The trickiest part are those skinny eyebrows that we cut via hand. We end up working with such tiny features that we do wonder if we should get jeweller’s goggles sometimes! To finish his look Olaf gets a wide toothy grin, big excited eyes and a cute carrot nose to finish.
Of course would it even be a Frozen cake without Elsa? We nestled her on top with Olaf having fun in the snow. We are totally loving Elsa’s hair on this cake too. We experimented with a few different ways to give her a dramatic side braid. First we sketched out ideas and then tested some. We settled on the final version because we thought the chunkiness of it looked cartoon-like and fun.
Elsa’s outfit was somewhat simplified as we thought that would lend well with the overall look of the cake. We definitely had to keep her cool train though. We angled it to sit a little to the side. What’s the point of a train if you can’t see it right?
Finally, we finished the this cute Frozen birthday cake with a shimmering silver painted 2! We even debossed it with a sweet snowflake print.
In the middle of a freezing cold autumn we created this fun and tropical inspired flamingo cake! It definitely brightened up our day. Smoothed with pale pink passion fruit ganache and adorned with a flurry of ice and blush pink candy feathers, pink macarons and soft blush roses this flamingo inspired cake is pretty fancy!
For the gorgeous textured ‘feathers’ on this flamingo cake we created custom coloured mixes using Wilton Candy Melts in pink and bright white. This had to encompass two different light tones of pink. We added a few of the melts to the standard pink for the slightly darker tone. Then for the pale edible brush strokes we combined half and half of the pink and white. Using WiltonCandy Melts made the feathers a lot more durable than if we used chocolate. It may have been cold weather, but we needed to think about in car heating too. Chocolate is great to use, but we didn’t want to risk the feathers softening and melting at all.
By the way… we have a tutorial on how to make those brushstrokes!
Pretty in pink flamingo cake!
We used a pale pink modelling / gum paste (fondant with CMC powder added) to create the chic flamingo head and neck. The neck was kept a little shorter to keep the whole piece nice and stable. This also had to be created a fair few days in advance so that it had enough time to set well. We freehand sketched a template on parchment paper making sure it stuck to a good size / dimension. Facial features were added using black fondant and sweet little blushed cheeks from some pink edible petal dust!
The overall cake had to stay pretty pale in colour, but getting a few different subtle tones in helps add interest. For this we created the flamingo head and board out of the same blush pink, but kept the ganache on the cake a shade or two paler. We then added different shades of light pink around the cake; making sure each element was kept a couple shades lighter or darker.
The Lemon & Passion Fruit macarons nestled amongst the feathers and roses were in our popular blush pink tone. If they were any paler they would have began to look peach-like due to the slight caramelisation when baking (it adds a yellow tint to them). To incorporate this colour we made the darker feathers to almost match.
The pretty pale pink roses dotted around this flamingo cake were from The Orange Grove flower shop in Hessle. They were quite large and full with a few shades of pink in them. These added a luxuriously soft and ruffled look sat amidst the macarons and candy feathers!
This was such a pretty cake (and oh so pink) that we didn’t want to see it leave us. It did, however, need to fulfil it’s cake destiny so off it went to be the toast of the party!
This mermaid birthday cake has to easily be one of the craziest fun cakes we’ve been asked to create so far. The inspiration behind this was little Emily’s love for a My Little Pony movie about unicorn mermaids (seriously… why didn’t this exist when we were 5?!?). Armed with images of her rainbow streaked and glitter covered party invites we had all the inspiration we needed. Our idea in the end was of a giant pink marshmallow (where else are unicorns going to live?) floating Île de Floattant style on a turquoise sea inhabited by mermaids. This possibly makes us sound insane, but sometimes it helps for us to build a small story behind the design of a cake. We think it helps add a little extra fun.
Recently the lovely The Shire Bakery sent us some pretty cool sprinkles. These included lots of metallic rods, tiny star studded mixes and a fun sea / mermaid themed bottle! We needed certain colours for this cake so we created a more custom mix out of some of our favourites! In went the sugar pearls, shimmering sea shells, giant pink confetti pieces, baby blue seahorses, pastel yellow stars and pink/rose gold metallic rods! Perfect for a mermaid birthday cake!
Nestled on top was Emily’s own magical unicorn, a huge rainbow 5 and a cloud with her name in gold! The fondant number 5 was tricky as it needed to be larger than the unicorn, hold itself up and be heavily decorated. Any added weight can make a custom fondant number or letter snap. To get around this we created the piece in advance and added a hidden support structure inside.
Unicorn and mermaid birthday cake
We doa lotofcakes topped with fondant unicorns so we try to make every single one different. Some have pink ombré hair and some sport a rainbow style. Some unicorns are star studded and some have a little added glitz! We gave this little cutie a super excited expression with a slightly upturned head, closed-tight eyes and a cheeky smile! We also dusted her with edible lustre and added rainbow stars in her wild rainbow mane.
Loving the board on this beauty! We created fondant mermaid tails with bright fondant and edible gold paint. We then surrounded these with sprinkles meringue kisses as ‘rocks’. The pretty turquoise meringues were studded with tiny gold sprinkles from Fancy Sprinkles! These added a little extra fun to the plain pink kisses with the texture and extra gold.
Also, running down the cake is a seriously so-bright-you’ll-need-sunglasses hot pink drip! We used a cocoa butter based food colouring for this as normal food colour is generally water based. We all know what happens to chocolate when a bit of water hits it… it seizes up! Yikes.
Now for a final look at this magical rainbow covered mermaid birthday cake! We loved it from start to finish. What’s not to love really… cute unicorn… mermaids… rainbows… stars… cake!