Writing 101 – Day 13 and 14 – Vignettes/Recreate a Single Day AND Photo Challenge: Change

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

I have decided to complete 2 challenges in one, so this post meets the task for Writing 101 Day 14, to write through a series of vignettes about 1 day, and the Daily Post Photo Challenge: Change. In this case the photos are showing the development of 2 cakes I created for Mini Mister’s Christening and 1st Birthday Party. The day this covers is Saturday 26th September 2015.


Thankfully the cake is finally out of the oven and detinned. 4 hours cooking for 1 cake! And the mix didn’t fit in my Kenwood Chef. I ended up going through a bowl, killing my hand mixer, overflowing my Chef, and dumping it all in hubby’s maslin pan to finish mixing it. So much mess! Anyway, it looks fine. The recipe (in its original 8in round form) came from the lovely Janet at Quaint Cakes. Now to get some sleep…


101 questions from Maxi Mister. I can’t cope as I need all my limited (as not had enough sleep) brainpower to think through the plans for today. He is driving me crazy already! When does the cake shop open???? And why is it I have every lustre spray except gold?


Successful visit to the cake shop. I now have gold spray, 2 mini cake cards, a brown decorating pen and a pot of ready-to-use royal icing (thank the Lord for that, since I am rubbish at making royal icing, it is impossible to only make a small amount, and I need only a tiny amount). Thank you also cake fairies who decided that royal icing is deserving of a place in the ready-made aisle. Final cake stages can now commence.


Mmmmm! Dark chocolate ganache ๐Ÿ˜Š



Blitzed up the rice pops to make smooth RKT.

birthday cake 1

Lots of butter on my gloves to stop it sticking. Squidge most of it into a hemisphere and plonk on smallest cake card. Hopefully it will set OK. The remainder tastes OK, but I think I am not a huge fan of RKT.

birthday cake 4

Now to get the rest of the Christening cake sorted – cover the cake, put cake on pre-covered board.

Make lots of 5g balls of sugarpaste for round the bottom.

Stick the balls on in a neat pattern (I have used 3 colours).

Make some a bit smaller so the pattern works properly.

Make a few more a bit smaller.

Oh for Pete’s sake, why won’t they fit? Squish a few up so they do.

Voilร !

christening cake 8


Hubby and Mini Mister are back from swimming, which is a good thing as Maxi is constantly asking for food, despite having had a big breakfast and a snack. And now the in-laws have arrived too.

Break out the royal icing to finish the cake. Will the letters stand up on their own? Add the train and its trucks to the cake. It is simple but I do like it. In fact, I nearly cried when I went to show it to Hubby. Not sure why. I am very tired though!

christening cake final

Lunch break! Yay!!


Well, I managed, with hubby’s help, to torte, fill and restack the cake. Into the fridge it goes to set. It is enormous! Now to work on the models. I sprayed the aerial gold (did it in the garden as that lustre stuff gets everywhere!) and am leaving it to dry stuck into the polystyrene dummy I am reusing. I got it originally for my Sugarcraft Diploma for my final presentation cake. This rather wonderful little company made it for me, to my specifications, and sent it out fast so I had it within a couple of days: Dummies Direct

Now I am going to use it for the back of the boat. Hopefully it won’t be too tall…


Quacky birds made, although they have no feet or wings or beaks (they are still drying). Twirlywoos now have appendages even though it is the only part I have made. Now back to the cake…

I have cut a template for the boat. I have a picture and I have Mini Mister’s little bath toy version as a guide. I am still terrified about cutting into this gargantuan cake. If it goes wrong, I can use ganache to stick some of it back together, but I don’t know if it will all work…


Done! I really didn’t need a cake that big (I turned an 8 inch recipe into a 10 in square one, so doubled the size of the mix). I have cut off a huge amount. I have built up the top using off-cuts and checked that the dummy fits. I am quite pleased with the shape, although it is difficult to see it with just a ganache covering. It is now back in the fridge chilling again. And breathe ๐Ÿ˜Š



Tea break!


Checked that things are drying properly. Stuck the RKT dome to the top of the dummy. I really need to get on with these models. But first the children need tea and then me and hubby need to go to collect the food order and buy the rest.


Oh what a nightmare! The whole world and his wife were in Costco buying stuff. We queued for half an hour just to pay and then still had to go to Sainsbury’s to get mini sausage rolls and sausages as Costco was out of them. At least the sandwiches and wraps look good! The children are in bed, thanks to the in-laws, so I need to get on with covering the cake. I don’t have long as it has had to come out of the fridge so we can get all the perishable food for tomorrow in there. I wonder how long til the ganache gets too soft…


Break for dinner – Chinese take-away. Mmmmmm!

I got the board covered and then transferred the cake onto a fresh piece of baking parchment (ganache beginning to soften). Somehow the sugarpaste rolled out large enough to get it over the whole thing. A lot of smoothing and remoulding has taken place, as well as sticking the dummy on (had to chop a chunk off it as it was too tall). I have now marked the sides of the boat to make it look like planks, and added round blue patches for portholes. Using piping tubes, I have cut some rims for the portholes, added them and painted them gold using clear alcohol and edible dusting powder. It actually looks like the original boat, almost. Need to smooth the paste a bit more, so excuse the lumps and bumps.

birthday cake 4


Now I need to get the models finished. So much to do.


We can all go to bed. I have made 4 Twirlywoos, 1 Peekaboo, finished the Quackybirds and put the cake on the board. I wish I had the time to have made better models. I added some blue and white paste round the bottom to represent waves, as well as to hide the join. A bit of soft brown sugar looks sand-like enough, I think. A red ribbon will finish the board and I will just have the models to add when they are dry. Such a long day so far.

Not the best models I have ever made, and a lesson for me that I really need to begin things like this well in advance. Everyone else loves them. I just see the errors!

Not the best models I have ever made, and a lesson for me that I really need to begin things like this well in advance. Everyone else loves them. I just see the errors!

birthday cake 5

9am – Sunday 27th September 2015

And here they are. Mini Mister’s Christening and 1st Birthday cakes. What do you think?

Boys Christening Cakeย  ย  ย ย ย  ย Twirlywoo cake

13 thoughts on “Writing 101 – Day 13 and 14 – Vignettes/Recreate a Single Day AND Photo Challenge: Change

  1. Amazing, love the Twirlywoo design! do you have step by step that you dont mind sharing? wanted to make this exact design for my little ones 1st!


    • Thank you! I haven’t got a tutorial for it, especially as I forgot to take a load of pictures which I meant to. Was it the cake, the Twirlywoos, or the whole lot? I could have a go at a tutorial as it is something I have planned to do for a while and not got round to it.


      • The cake, the process of stacking it carving it. So clever! You won’t believe I have planned this cake from the past month and been looking at random videos to help, and then I stumble across ur cake! I need it for the last week of October!!! So even if u can talk me through, plus recipie tips etc!!! Would so love!!!


      • I will have a go, although the cake I made was so huge that I didn’t need to stack it! I wouldn’t advise doing one as big as I did, because I didn’t need to have so much. Maybe I should try again with a smaller one…


  2. I attempted it this weekend and all I can say is, it was such a flop that I need to think of an alternative as I dnt think I can risk it going wrong again for the actual day! Well done! However you made it!!! Such a fab cake! Any suggestions or ideas will be hugely appreciated!!!!


    • What happened? I am baking tomorrow (first chance I have had due to work) so will attempt to do something then. If you need help sooner, let me know and I can try to complete a tutorial tonight without baking again.


      • Bless u how lovely! Tutorial would be lovely but in ur convenience. I will b making final cakes 27th (next week) making 2 cakes as we are having 2 events both for 20-30 pple!!!

        I’m sure u understand my stress now!


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