Two birthday cakes for a girl!

Last Saturday, I suddenly received a call from my cousin, who wanted to order a birthday cake for her daughter's school celebration. After much discussion, it was decided to be chocolate cake. Anything chocolate, period. As I already had plans on Saturday evening and Sunday whole day, I panicked. I asked myself if I can cope or not. If not, I'd better reject him, otherwise, it'll be too last minute for him to customise an order!

After much hesitation and consideration, I decided I shall try my best to do. He wanted to collect on Wednesday afternoon. He wanted to have Ariel as the main character. I had to scout around the house for Ariel's picture. Luckily I have a daughter who loves princesses! Thank goodness, there was a colouring book, with full colour of Ariel.
So on Sunday night, I got down to colour out Ariel first, using white compound chocolates. I had to admit that the colours weren't that perfect though. Then he suddenly message me again and said that he wanted another smaller cake for another separate celebration! Gee... so stressful to make two cakes for the same person. However, he was very very kind to state that if it was too much trouble, I could make both cakes the same. I likened that idea. Saved some work for me.
However, after thinking through again, I thought it might be better to be different, especially if the smaller cake is to be eaten on the same day! So I made an orange sponge cake, with orange buttercream. Similarly, I used white compound chocolate to colour Flounder. I'm sure Ariel would like to have Flounder around.
I was told they loved the chocolate cake more. However, the birthday girl loved the orange cake design more as it was more colourful! Whatever it was, I was glad they enjoyed the cakes.  At least my hours of effort put in were not wasted. Isn't Tasha a lucky girl?

15 comments:

Bakertan said...
August 6, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Hi Jane,

Looks like you had a busy day last sunday. The chocolate truffle cake is a must have for chocoholics. I will choose it anytime over the orange buttercream cake, haha.

Great job on the decorations for both cakes. I supposed the orange buttercream is meringue based? Swiss meringue? I like meringue buttercreams. Buttery,smooth and not too sweet. Btw what is the type of colouring used for the compound chocolate?

Cheers and cya on sunday =]

Passionate About Baking said...
August 6, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Hi Bakertan,
I was busy from Sunday all the way to Tuesday! Hahaha... Ah yes, the chocolate truffle is truely for the chocolate lovers.
Yup, it's meringue buttercream. I love it too! It's light and creamy isn't it?
I used Wilton's colours to mix in the compound chocolate.
Can't wait to meet all the nice bloggers, see you on Sunday! :)

Jess @ Bakericious said...
August 7, 2010 at 5:34 AM

Hi Jane, I am chocoholic so I wil choose chocolate cake anytime :). The cakes are beautiful, I prefer flounder cake more cos of the colors but both cakes are as beautiful. I better dun let my daughter see them or else if she ask me to do it for her I will be doomed hahaha...

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...
August 7, 2010 at 8:51 AM

The two cakes are equally gorgeous! I would be really stressed if I were you, but you pulled it off wonderfully. Fantastic job, Jane!

ReeseKitchen said...
August 7, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Hey Jane, both cakes were perfect!! I like both the Aerial and Flonder. The colour was perfect too. Infect my niece is going to celebrate her birthday end of this month, and she wants Aerial too..;p I got reference here..heehee!
Btw, happy belated birthday to Tasha..:)

quizzine said...
August 7, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Oh so these cakes are for the lucky girl! The cakes look yummy and I like both the pictures u did on the cakes. I have not learn how to do it yet, u teaching?

Passionate About Baking said...
August 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Hi Jess,
Actually I prefer the chocolate cake too. Heehee... But I prefer the Flounder design. I guess my cakes can never be perfectly nice? :p

Hi Ju,
Thanks. I'm sure with the stress, we'll be more motivated to do well, won't we? :)

Hi Reese,
Oh, isn't that a coincidence? I think you'll be better off searching in the website. Heehee... Ariel's shell bra should be liliac. Kekeke... Good luck chef Reese! :) Thanks for your well wishes too.

Hi quizzine,
Thanks. Oh, I've not thought of teaching this chocolate transfer yet. However, you've given me an idea. Thanks friend! :)

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Jessica said...
August 7, 2010 at 11:18 PM

You should be proud of the job you did on both those cakes. They're beautiful!

I'm sure your cousin appreciated all the work you put into them!

jessyburke88@gmail.com

Passionate About Baking said...
August 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Hi Jessica,
Thanks very much for your compliments. Yeah, I'm proud of the outcome of the cakes. My cousin was very grateful for the time spend on making the cake, and the taste of it. :)

thecoffeesnob said...
August 12, 2010 at 12:27 AM

Hi Jane. I would have been so thrilled if I had these cakes for birthdays as a kid! Ariel and Flounder both look right out of the movie- and I bet both cakes tasted just as great as they looked! :)

thecoffeesnob said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Hi Jane. I would have been so thrilled if I had these cakes for birthdays as a kid! Ariel and Flounder both look right out of the movie- and I bet both cakes tasted just as great as they looked! :)

Passionate About Baking said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Hi Jessica,
Thanks very much for your compliments. Yeah, I'm proud of the outcome of the cakes. My cousin was very grateful for the time spend on making the cake, and the taste of it. :)

quizzine said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Oh so these cakes are for the lucky girl! The cakes look yummy and I like both the pictures u did on the cakes. I have not learn how to do it yet, u teaching?

ReeseKitchen said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Hey Jane, both cakes were perfect!! I like both the Aerial and Flonder. The colour was perfect too. Infect my niece is going to celebrate her birthday end of this month, and she wants Aerial too..;p I got reference here..heehee!
Btw, happy belated birthday to Tasha..:)

Jess @ Bakericious said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Hi Jane, I am chocoholic so I wil choose chocolate cake anytime :). The cakes are beautiful, I prefer flounder cake more cos of the colors but both cakes are as beautiful. I better dun let my daughter see them or else if she ask me to do it for her I will be doomed hahaha...

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