Ingredients for Decoration

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Cake decorations used to be wooden or plastic items placed on top of a plain cake. Else, the cake was decorated with different coloured icing. Over time the distinction between cake and decoration blurred, till the cake was made as both an appropriate decoration and as a fine piece of cuisine.

Of course, the many fine decoration elements were made of many different substances. Most contain sugar. But they vary in colour, texture and the way they can be used.

Royal Icing.

A very solid form of icing which is useful if the cake need to support some weight. Used for wedding cakes that support many tiers.

Royal icing is also good for fine lines, piping, boarders and other fine décor work. It preserves well.


Useful for making solid objects. It was used for sweets shaped like fruit or other items long before it was put on cakes. It can be coloured quite realistically. Very useful for cakes with figures or objects on top. Rather like a plastic toy, only edible.

Modelling Chocolate

A combination of chocolate and various syrups that is easy to form into shapes. White, dark and in-between shades of chocolate are quite common, so it is possible to decorate a cake with chocolate alone.

Edible Ink.

A breakthrough in the early 1990s. Photorealistic images could be printed on a cake. This made decorations as unlimited as the photographer’s imagination.

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There are a plethora of ways to decorate cakes for Christmas.

Traditional Christmas cakes in Europe were fruit cakes. And the decor was white icing with a little holly.

As fruit cakes are not exactly common for the rest of the year this type of Christmas cake remains part of the season’s tradition. But there are many alternatives, and there is no reason not to make more than one cake.

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  • Gingerbread cakes are another Christmas tradition.
  • Almost any cake can look Christmas like with figures of Trees, Santa Claus, Snowmen, Reindeer, snowflakes, stars, or presents.
  • Nativity scenes are another option.
  • Cakes have been decorated with images from films like Frozen or The Grinch.
  • Any cake can be decorated with commercial decorations, some of which are edible.

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A custom made Christmas cake can make the occasion distinct. Remember the occasion with the fancy cake you had.

Add some custom made cookies, cupcakes or other treats decorated for the festive season.

Simple Child’s Cake Design

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A cake is partly about the taste (few things taste as good as a cake, and those that do are often part of a cake) and partly about the appearance. We decorate a cake to look good, but even more importantly we decorate it in a manner that is appropriate to the event (or person) that is being celebrated.

Older cake decorations were fairly straightforward. The cake was round or square, and then it was decorated. More modern cakes are shaped so that there is no clear distinction between cake and decoration; it isn’t a matter of a picture or decorations being applied to the top of the cake. Now the cake is shaped to be the decoration.

Being able to bake a cake in a fancy shape either takes considerable cooking skill, or perhaps a how-to-do-it guide for a specific cake; plenty of popular cooking magazine have articles about making a fancy cake from basic parts. But this tends to limit us to what others have done before us. But we can put this aside if we just want to decorate a simple cake.

Cartoon characters

Just about every child has a favourite cartoon character or two. It is not too difficult to put the face of their favourite cartoon character on a cake. These cartoons and comic drawings are based on simple lines and straight forward colouring; there is no shading and minimal complications. It is not hard to reproduce one of these cartoon drawing as an effective cake decoration.

Decorate the cake with hard icing, white is usually the best colour for decorating, but other options can work too.

A Photostat of a cartoon character (or something from the computer printer) is a good template for decorating a cake. Enlarge the design so that it fits neatly on the cake; there should be some space around the sides of the design; go with whatever looks neat.

Cut the Photostat up along the lines of the design, so the pieces fit together like a jigsaw. Reassemble the pieces in the way you want them on the cake. Then trace around each piece with a frosting pen, removing pieces of the template if it makes this tracing easier. There are other alternatives to frosting pens, like edible markers.

Wait till the cake drawing is set, and then fill in the colours using food colouring. A Q-tip is a good way to apply the food colour. It often help to lighten the colours by diluting the dye. If you are not sure if you want the colour to be dark or light then start with the light (diluted) version; you can always darken it further latter on.

An alternative to this is to use a projector to put the image on the cake.

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A fancy cake is the very thing to make an occasion special. Talk to us about the right thing for any occasion. Customers are overjoyed with the results.

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Guerrilla Design

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For many centuries art would mostly work in a frame.  Picture had a frame with all the elements of the art within those four sides. Or art appeared on a vase, a book cover, a floor mural…etc. but in all cases these tended to exist within the limitations of another medium.

Surrealism, guerrilla design, dada, and other art movements of the 10th century challenged the notion of art working within a framework, suggesting that it was a limitation. Guerrilla design ideas would exist as free form physical works that took up as much space as they needed; there was no frame, it was an object that made an artistic statement be existing in the real physical world.

Modern examples of guerrilla design are not uncommon in the advertising world. A park bench painted to look like a chocolate bar, or a street sign made to look like a lollypop, a waste paper bin made to look like a basketball hoop. These consist of everyday objects modified to carry artistic advertising statements because of a similarity in shape. Other examples bound if one uses google.

Cake design is a little like the art movement. Cakes used to be simple shapes (round, square …etc.) with a decoration in the middle. This varies a little with multiple layers of cake, or 3D decorations. Latter, influenced perhaps by Guerrilla design, the cake became the design. Why not be shaped like a football, an animal, a car, a falling building, an animated character or anything else related to the person or occasion of the day?

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Wedding cakes have had a little ‘topper’ decoration for generations. These have often been popular on birthday cakes too. But more recently the cakes have had their decorations as part of the cake itself; the decoration was edible. This completely edible style cake is an impressive feat, though a topper that acts as a keepsake also has a certain appeal.
Using the topper as a keepsake predates photos. Today we have multiple photos of the wedding, and many images of the cake, to remember the wedding by, so we don’t need the topper.
Yet a cake topper decoration can still be incorporated into a cake, wedding or otherwise.
Some poplar ideas:
  • A little bride and groom – a classic idea that never goes out of style.
  • The bride and groom as children.
  • Cartoon characters
  • Cute Animals –  Penguins, butterflies …etc.
  • The married couple as animals that suit their personality.
  • Married couples (new) name.
  • Horse Drawn Wedding Coaches.
  • Light hearted and comical ideas are Okay, but you don’t want to be embarrassed by them when you look back in ten year’s time.
  • Wooden toppers, handcrafted and DIY.
  • Silhouette metal images of the happy couple. These can be laser cut from a single piece of metal. Black and gold silhouettes work well, especially if lit from behind.
  • Any heirloom topper from your (great) grandparents.

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If you have you heart set on a cake topping decoration you can probably have it incorporated into a modern cake design.
Talk to us about your wedding cake design.

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We believe cooking is a creative and healthy pastime. If the number of television cooking show is any indication then home cooking is becoming increasingly popular. Though this may just be an increase in the number Television viewers. Nonetheless, we thought we might discuss some good kitchen habits.
  • Keep a full stock of basic ingredients – Different flours, different sugars, baking powder, plenty of butter and Bicarb of soda. It is horrible to find you have run out while part way through a recipe.
  • Packaged spice is okay, but grinding you own is even better, a small coffee grinder can do this well; or use a pestle and mortar.
  • Most multitasking is risk and nor recommended, but playing music while you cook is okay. You might even time things with the right song.
  • Aprons, tablecloths on benchtops, newspaper over spill areas …etc. all make clean-up easier.
  • Read recipes carefully. It is easy to miss something. Try reading recipes in advance while on the smartphone or other device.
  • Enjoy the process of cooking. Be creative with the process, be social with the results.
  • Good quality ingredients make all the difference. If you are spending your time cooking then make sure it’s not compromised with substandard ingredients. Organic egg, real butter …etc.
  • Room temperature ingredients tend to be better than cold ingredient from the fridge. Room temperature should be medium cool.
  • Line up all the ingredient in advance.
  • Buy some good measuring spoons, cup and devices. Check the accuracy of scales.
  • It can be hard to measure sticky things like honey or syrup as they stick to the spoon. Try coating the spoon with oil first.
  • Put a cloth under chopping boards of mixing bowls to stop them slipping.
  • Make notes in your cookbooks or recipe pages as you learn from cooking your experience.
  • Preheat ovens. This give a more accurate cooking time because you are not including the time it takes for the oven to heat. It also prevent you from making the mistake of forgetting to turn the oven on.
  • Use times for the right cooking time. Many apps are available for this.
  • If you are cooking for family / children’s lunches it helps to make larger batches. Cook enough biscuits to last a week.
  • Experiment in small steps, and in small batches. You will discover a few good ideas this way, and make a lot is mistakes.
  • Appearance of the food is part of the point. Make you tasty cake look tasty too.

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Special occasions often work well with a cake, especially one decorated to suit the occasion.
For those once in a life time events we suggest a professional custom cake. Sydney wide delivery is available for wedding cakes and other major events.

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Wedding cakes often try to combine traditional practices with individual style. Today, with modern technology, this is easier than ever.
The modern internet give us access to dozens of foreign traditions. We can see wedding cakes anywhere from the Middle East and Asia through to medieval Europe. This is a source of inspiration for all. There is always something to inspire anybody and everybody. Often we have too many options to choose from.

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Modern cakes can be fancier than ever. Not only is it easier to obtain every possible ingredient and colour, not only do we have no end of cultural influences from foreign cultures to popular cartoons, but we can even use computers to help us make cake designs.
Wedding cakes are about decoration, style and design, and a cake that tastes great. We can combine your personal style with any traditional that inspires you. Have the cake you really want for the day that is so important for you. And have the best memories possible.

A Little Cake History

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Having a cake at a wedding has been a tradition in many cultures since ancient times. But these cakes and traditions vary greatly. There have been countless styles of cake, which means modern couples have no end of ideas to choose from.
Cakes in the ancient world wasn’t usually sweet. They were more like a bagel or plain muffin, often made from barley. In the rare occasion where they were sweetened they contained a little honey. In many traditions this plain cake was broken over the brides head, somehow symbolizing fertility and good luck.
In some traditions the bridesmaids would pull one of several ribbons from the cake. The lucky girl who pulled the one ribbon attached to a charm was thought to be the next to marry.
Western cultures have seen white as a symbol of purity for several centuries. But the tradition of white dresses and cakes at weddings didn’t really gains popularity till the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is speculated that she may have actually re-introduced an older or fading tradition here, as there are records of white iced cakes before this time. Nonetheless royal icing dates comes from Queen Victoria’s cake. This became popular not only because of the sweet taste, but because it helped hold up several layers of cake and decorations.
A cake for the groom is another old tradition that has crept back into fashion. It actually dates back to at least the 17th century and Britain and parts of Europe. This has continued to be fairly common in some parts of the USA for several past generations.
One of the few recent innovations to wedding tradition has been the cake topper. Prior to photograph this was one items that could be retained as a keepsake.
Keeping the top tier of the cake is another reasonably recent tradition. It was obviously hard to keep this before the advent of the refrigeration. The idea is for the married couple to keep this top layer of the cake for a year and to eat it on the first wedding anniversary.

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For a once in a lifetime event like a wedding we would expect one of the best custom made cakes Sydney has to offer.
The internet allows us to see countless cake designs from around the world. Find something that inspires you, and have the perfectly suited cake for your wedding.