vrijdag 25 maart 2011

Victorian charm necklace

My friend wanted a cake for her birthday and because she loves my designs, I was free to do whatever I wanted. That's always nice to hear :)

Last week I've made a petite necklace cake and because I loved it so much, this cake would have one too. Wanting to try out my new cameo mold and some other molds I haven't used yet, the design was there in a second.

Than the choice was between peonies and roses, it became peonies..

At the beginning there was a little doubt about the colour combination, but I'm soooo happy with the result and gladfully she loved it too :)

Happy birthday Sandy!

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zondag 20 maart 2011

Birdcage on a necklace

My friend Tessa showed me this stencil (in combination with two lovebirds) and I just needed to have it.. It reminded me of my own vintage birdcages, one in white that I've painted gold and a big one in blue.

A dear friend celebrated her birthday with a high tea, and as always I wanted to make something special and decided to make a vintage-style cake with the birdcage on a pearl necklace with gold tiny bows.

It was my first attempt stencilling something on a cake and it didn't quite go as I wanted it.. I've painted the gold-dust on mixed with alcohol and although I was very carefull, the gold didn't just stay on the spots I wanted it to stay.. In the end, the cake looked very cute to me, I just love love the bow necklace in combination with the cage..... If there would be a real pearlnecklace like this, it would be mine! ;)
Next week another friend will get a cake, and guess what.. There will be a pearl necklace on it too...

In Dutch:

Mijn lieve vriendinnetje Tessa liet mij deze stencil zien (in combinatie met twee tortelduifjes op een stok) en ik was meteen verkocht! Het vogelkooitje herinnerde mij aan twee kooitjes die ik heb, een goudkleurige die ik wit gespoten heb en een grotere blauwe.

Mijn vriendin Anouk vierde haar verjaardag met een high tea. Zoals altijd wilde ik iets speciaals maken en besloot een vintage-style cake te maken met het vogelkooitje aan een parelketting met mini-strikjes in goud.
Het was mijn eerste poging met stencils en het ging niet helemaal zoals ik in gedachten had. Het kooitje is met goudpoeder en alcohol op de fondant geverfd en ondanks het feit dat ik heel voorzichtig was, is de verf toch uitgelopen. Toch vond en vind ik het een ontzettend schattig taartje. Vooral de parelketting in combinatie met het kooitje.. Zou deze ketting bestaan, werd hij meteen gekocht ;)

Volgende week heeft een andere vriendin een taart besteld en drie keer raden, ook hier zal een parelketting gebruikt worden..

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donderdag 17 maart 2011

Wilton Course 1 Decorating Basics, lesson 1

My first official course I'm following. Thinking it would be nice to learn some new technics, I subscribed for the Wilton Decorating Basics Course with my friend Angela. We started two weeks ago on march 4th. Today is our second lesson and I'm looking forward to it.

The group is so nice and the first evening we finished 30 minutes later than we had planned. Well, six women talking about and working with cake is always a good combination ;)

Here are some pictures from my first lesson:

That's me, very concentrated ;)
my first try-out with buttercream icing stars

My friend Angela, also very concentrated hihi.

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maandag 14 maart 2011

A second time on Jitterbug Weddings...

Hi everybody!

Yesterday I recieved again a message from Nicola from Jitterbug Weddings, this time about my birthdaycake.

She loved the cake & dessert table and would like to write a topic about it, showing only my cakepictures. Couldn't believe what I was reading and I'm sooooo happy with this topic!!

"Gorgeous vintage-style cake..."

Realy looking forward to all responses and hoping it will bring some new orders ;)

~ Especially thanks to my little sister, who lent me her house for my party. The pictures of the dessert table are made in her livingroom, using her table, plant and candleholders! X ~

In Dutch:

Dit is het adres van de nederlandse site:

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zondag 13 maart 2011

My first dessert table

On the internet I always see so much pretty dessert tables and I realy wanted one at my birthdayparty. I was lucky enough to celebrate it at my little sisters house and she has a lovely wall and even greater dinertable that I could use. The lace tableclouth and decorations on the table are mine :)

The table isn't full of food, but a first I think it makes a little pretty dessert table.

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Pink lady

This cake was finished today, a colleaque's husband asked me if I had the time making a cake for a big fan of my cakes hihi. She loves pink and I wanted to use my filigree mold again,
so I combined these things. An hour ago I delivered the cake and she loved it.

Happy faces when the people see their cake makes me happy too :)

Have a great evening!

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zaterdag 12 maart 2011

Happy Birthday to me ;)

Tonight I'm celebrating my 26th birthday with my friends at my sisters house. I wanted to make a big cake (it's my first all by myself..) in blue&white.. This colour-combination I've loved  for such a long time and I'm sooo happy with the result. Hoping my gasts will love it too.

The fillings are chocolatecake with chocolate fudge cream and vanillacake with cherryfilling.
The bows, baroque-applications and cameo's are made from molds and the sugar pearls are put on by hand (I believe there are about 300 of them...). The lace-border is real :)

Working all week on it and it was a good practice as I have another three-layered cake in a month.

I'm already wondering which colours will be used on my next birthdaycake ;)

Have a great weekend!

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woensdag 9 maart 2011

Eggplant elegance

Today I finished my eggplant-cake. I'm very happy with the result, never thought I would love this combination of colours so much.

The picture that I used for inspiration was with me all the time as I tried to make these colours.. And that was soooo hard. I mixed and mixed and mixed, and finally I've got the desired eggplant and purple. The lace-border at the bottom is real, I just love this lace!
It's going to be on my birthday-cake as well ;) 

Although it took forever to make the pictures.The first cake-stand that I used was to big and without the cups the picture looked empty.

I'm hoping that my friend's sister in law will love her present and I can't wait to make another cake in eggplant-elegance ;).


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dinsdag 8 maart 2011

Happy International Womensday!

For some years now I know that my birthday is on the international womensday, the 8th of march.  And this year is the 100th anniversary!

Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

A second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands.

In Dutch:

Internationale Vrouwendag is de actiedag van de vrouwenbeweging, jaarlijks op 8 maart. Internationale Vrouwendag werd voor het eerst uitgeroepen door Clara Zetkin op de internationale vrouwenconferentie in Kopenhagen in 1910, waaraan 100 mannen en vrouwen deelnamen uit 17 landen. Hoewel de aanleiding de massale staking was op 8 maart 1908 in de Verenigde Staten van vrouwen in de textiel- en kledingindustrie voor een achturige werkdag, betere arbeidsomstandigheden en kiesrecht, stond de strijd voor algemeen kiesrecht aanvankelijk centraal.

Great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

Happy Womensday!

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zondag 6 maart 2011

Something new to work with..

My friend wanted a cake for her friend's birthday in the colours eggplant and purple. 
I never made a cake in these colours, so I tried finding inspiration on the internet and asked my friends Monica and Tessa for help. Finally I've made a design inspired by this picture:
Picture from eventhouseblog

Today I coloured the fondant, but didn't realize that eggplant as a colour is so hard to make.
My fingers and hands still have a dark purple colour...

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dinsdag 1 maart 2011

My cake on another blog & my latest cakes!

At sunday the 5th of february I've got a message from Nicola, that she loved one of my cakes and added it in a topic about vintage wedding cakes on her blog. I couldn't be happier!

And here are some of my latest cakes:


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The first..

For a while I wanted to make a blog about my baking&decorating. In May 2010 I started my own Hyves-grouppage, it's like Facebook but only for the Netherlands -> www.nadinescakes.hyves.nl. It's in Dutch and since I have contact with English and American bakers, I would like to share my baking stories with them too.

So, here it is.. Now I'm hoping that people will follow me, or more important, read this blog..

If you like what you see, please do follow/read this blog and maybe put comments on it.. Thanks!

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