About a month ago, my colleague told me she will order a cake for his boy's birthday from me. She had told me initially that her boy likes Thomas The Tank Engine Train. Then I immediately thought of baking a cake covered with fondant and moulding Thomas. As I've not done this kind of moulding before, I asked You Fei of Loving Baking about her experience in her fondant birthday cake. She was really very kind and helpful. Not only did she shared with me her experience, she pointed me to a site which has a step-by-step guide on how to mould Thomas the Tank Engine Train. I was quite diligent...I went through the steps, studied it carefully.

Then three weeks ago, my colleague told me, his son wants a Little Einstein birthday cake. I almost fainted. Gosh! Now I'll have to search for Little Einstein images. From our conversation, I reckoned she wanted a simple cake with frostings and not those fondant kind. I remembered that Rei had posted up quite a number of cakes on whipped cream frostings. So I dropped her an email to check with her about the details etc. She was really very nice too! She was really patient to explain to me the details, how and what. And her responses were very fast too. I was really appreciative of her kind advice even though she sells her cakes, she was so willing to share what she does! So I've gotten an idea how I should decorate the cake.

One of my workshop buddy gave me a recipe for good chiffon sponge cake which I tried too. I was gearing up, preparing for my first big cake order. However, beginning of this week, my colleague told me that her in-laws wanted a simple cake for their small celebration on Thursday. I (so daringly) propose to bake one for her. We settled on a simple Orange Cinnamon cake with buttercream frosting on the 8" cake. I suggested the Orange Cinnamon cake because my blogger friend, Adel, sent me a recipe for it as she & I were just great fans of this combination. She knew that I had previously attended a workshop which provided this recipe and that I cannot sent her this recipe, she formulated one herself. She was really kind enough to share this recipe with me! Heehee... So my cakes were made with so many help from so many blogger friends!! This blogging has really brought me more benefits than disadvantages!

So on Thursday, I delivered a smaller cake to my colleague. And I started preparation for the bigger cake to be collected on Saturday.

Finally, the cake was done. I was really satisfied with the final cake design. My colleague came to collect the cake on Saturday morning.

Then I proceed to bake another cake!! My sister ordered a birthday cake for her friend the following day. I suggested a chocolate fudge cake. As I've tried this cake before, I was confident of the richness of this cake. It's really a keeper. I did some simple frostings to make it more presentable. I hope the group likes it.

For the success of my bakes this week, I must really thank You Fei, Rei, Adel and DH for sharing their experiences and recipes so readily! ;)


Honey Bee Sweets said...
November 1, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Such lovely birthday cakes Jane. :) And so nice of everyone to help *envy*. Best of luck and hope more orders will come your way.

Passionate About Baking said...
November 1, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Thanks HBS. Ya, all these bloggers are very helpful, and so are you! ;) Yup, wish me more properous with orders! :)

thecoffeesnob said...
November 3, 2009 at 9:59 PM

I especially love the one with the rocket. It looks right out of a bakery! I bet Elliot was thrilled!

Passionate About Baking said...
November 4, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Hi Laureen,
Thanks! Guess because the colour is bright, that was why it looked fresh! :) Yup, I hope Elliott is happy about his edible rocket!

Honey Bee Sweets said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Such lovely birthday cakes Jane. :) And so nice of everyone to help *envy*. Best of luck and hope more orders will come your way.

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