Lately

It’s been a busy few weeks with cakes and parties (amongst other things). Here are a few projects I have been working on. Hudson’s mummy put her little boy’s party together and booked Red Carousel for the cake, cookies and chicken sausage rolls. Tableware and decorations came from  our shop and items hired from us for the food table. Pics below.  It was a gorgeous party at the Garden House PreSchool, which is just amazing in itself!
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I made the pony cake for Sophia’s 4th birthday celebrated at Riders Cafe. My girls and I attended this party and the highlight was definitely the pony ride! So much fun for the kids!Ponycake_sm

This was a ‘Milk and Cookies’ cake inspired by one of our printables. I loved the soft colour palette. milkandcookies_sm

Recycled Craft Series for Young Parents Magazine

It’s been really exciting working for Young Parents Magazine again. They comissioned me to create a three part ‘recycled craft’ series. The January edition was Chinese New Year Inspired, with hobby horse, pineapple rattle and a fish lolly box. February was about Valentines Day, where I made heart crayons, a candle holder and paper heart decorations. The March edition, which was just released, included crafts for kid’s bedroom interiors.  

The team at Young Parents are uber professional and I loved how the photos turned out. Great to see our ideas come to life. And of course a huge thrill to see it all in print! young parents March 2014youngparentsfeb2014youngparents_Jan2014

Rainbow Smash Cake

 

 

 

I worked with the amazing Cici from Bamboo Shoots on this cake smash photo shoot.  Really pleased with how it turned out – always a bonus when the little subject is super cute! It was Luca’s first or second time eating cake, so he was a little unsure about the whole experience but we managed to capture a few giggles. 

 

I made a 6 layer rainbow cake. The sponge is a regular butter cake. By omitting the egg yolks in the recipe, brighter colours can be achieved. Buttercream ruffles were used to decorate the whole cake and a handmade fondant rainbow went on top. Here’s a snippet of the piping technique on instagram.

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Lately

 

 

Happy {Chinese} New Year all! I’m just popping in to update you on a few of the projects I have been working on. 

 

Last year, I ended the year in a busy frantic rush but my favourite orders included these customised cookies and the Winter Onderland dessert table below. 

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A little bit about the dessert table…Michelle contacted Red Carousel with her ‘Winter Onderland’ theme and we came up with the rest! I decided early on that we would go with a ‘Snow Globe’ theme.

 

The elephant was drawn especially for the invitation and used throughout the printables. The cake was a lot of fun to make. I purchased the plastic light covering to use as the ‘globe’. The cake itself was a chocolate fudge cake with nutella filling. Yum! 

 

Other highlights include: 

– The snow globes I made using mason jars turned upside down and filled with winter type items such as branches, pinecones, fake snow etc. 

– The cardboard houses I purchased from Etsy and decorated. They were so cute with the flickering fake candle inside. 

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 A few weeks ago I made these two cakes below. The cake based on Epic, the movie was a collaboration with Nirosha from Partners in Cake.

 

The princess castle cake was for the same customer, who was thrilled with both cakes! Win! epic1_sm princesssofia2sm

 

It’s a jungle party!

Here’s my latest cake, the original Jungle cake turned into a Jungle Party! This was a lot of fun to make. I especially liked the new tree style and I’m quite fond of the giraffe :) I also tried spraying some colour mist, which worked well. I Would love to learn airbrushing one day…The bottom layer was chocolate fudge with ganache icing. The top layer was vanilla with white ganache infused with strawberries. My edges are getting sharper too, yay! Not sharp enough but getting there. 

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Ivy’s 6th birthday party: Little Red Riding Hood

I am finally getting around to posting the photos of Ivy’s 6th birthday party and a little write up. You can see more images here on facebook.

 

We had a great afternoon, with lots of guests. Our generous friends gave us free reign of their big back yard for the party, as I wanted a garden to fit in with the Little Red Riding Hood theme. Guests commented that it felt like a carnival with the crowd and all the different ‘stations’ – we had a manned hot dog stand, a jumping castle, face painting and tattoos, balloon sculpting, a craft room and the food area. As suspected, the Singapore weather wreaked havoc with my outdoor plans. It threatened to rain all morning and then an hour before the party, there was a downpour. Then it stopped raining…and became hot! Really really hot! Boy, were we all sweaty…

 

Now about the theme – Little Red Riding Hood was a fun theme to work with. Red is an easy colour to find decorations for and I paired it with white and green as the secondary colours. It was a good unisex theme with lots of creative options to play with.

 

Dessert Table:

I gave the dessert table a bit of a woodland feel, with the backdrop, trees and burlap tablecloth. I made the rag bunting from fat quarters sold at Spotlight. The bunting is simply made with a rotary blade to cut the strips and then tied evenly to a rope. So easy and striking. Most of the presentation items and props you see are available for rent from us in Singapore.

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This year, I decided I didn’t have to be a matyr and enlisted some help! Partners in Cake made the adorable cookies and I dressed them up with the packaging (tissue paper, cello bags and ribbon). Cute hey?! Very popular with the kids!

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The cake…I made a chocolate fudge cake which withstood the heat thankfully. Good old fondant! I had fun giving the cake a little bit of a vintage feel with the wallpapered house, peeking grandmother, bunting and muted colours. 

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Below – drink bottles decorated with lace tape and straw toppers. Drink bottles wrapped with cutom water bottle wrappers (from our LRRH printables collection).LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel15 LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel16 LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel17 LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel19

I made the cupcakes and Partners in Cake made the toppers.LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel20 LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel23 LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel24

Party favours filled with Little Red Riding Hood finger puppets and other cute nic nacs.LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel25 Handmade party hats. LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel32

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Jumping castle from Bouncy Castles in Singapore.LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel38 Playhouse for hire from Red Carousel. LRRH_Party_Red_Carousel40

Handmade Pinata

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Credits:

Concept, design and styling by Red Carousel. Party props and decorations available for sale and hire from Red Carousel including handmade fabric bunting, tablecloth, drinks dispensers, platters, backdrop, paper decorations and balloons (www.redcarousel.com). Cake and a selection of desserts by Red Carousel. Cookies and cupcake toppers by Partners in Cake. Kids tables and chairs by Party Whizz. Jumping castle by Bouncy Castles. Photography by Allen Chong. Little Red Riding Hood party printables here: http://www.redcarousel.com/product/little-red-riding-hood-party-printables