Cake makers share their secrets to success
THERE are plenty of people in Gladstone who love decorating cakes, and their talents have been on show on The Observer's Facebook page this week.
On Wednesday we put the call out for people to share photos of their cake creations, and were overwhelmed by the response, and the range of amazing cakes being made.
We've chosen a small selection and asked the makers to tell us about the work that went into their creations.
Cake by Hayden Whiting, 14
THIS cake is a six-layer Caramel Maple Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream and a Chocolate Drippy Glaze.
I did this cake as a present for one of my favourite teacher's 40th birthday (Mrs Williams).
Probably the biggest challenge was working out a technique to apply the drippy glaze so the drips looked even but natural on the outside of the cake.
I like to do cakes with personality, and many things and people inspire me.
I wanted the cake for Mrs Williams to be bright, cheerful and fun, but smart like she is.
I like it because it matches her perfectly. The design of this cake is inspired by the amazing Katherine Sabbath.
Minion cake by Sherryne Skopp
When I was pregnant, his nickname was Minion, so we had a Minion-themed party.
To create the cake body I cooked seven different coloured butter cakes to create the rainbow centre.
I used butter cream and fondant to wrap it, and attached the body parts I created by looking at images of Minions.
I couldn't make my mind up about whether to make a yellow or purple Minion, so that's how I ended up with half and half, which I think makes the cake.
I personalised it by making the logo on the overalls a K, for my son's name Kade.
All the kids (big and small) enjoyed it! In the end the most challenging part wasn't in creating it, it was cutting it!
Cake by Jenna Mitchell (details shared by proud mum Di Bryce)
THIS owl cake was made by Jenna for our dear friend Rebecca Battye's 10th birthday.
It is a gluten free chocolate mud cake with buttercream 'feathers' and fondant accents.
The precision in the buttercream is a testament to Jenna's love for cake decorating, as this was the first time she had tried this technique.
Jenna became interested in cake decorating after attending a class with her aunt JulieAnne Bryce, run by Kelly Shannon of OMG, it's all about Cakes, here in Gladstone.
From her very first cake we could see she had a flair for this art, and with the lovely cakes she is producing at 15 years old, I can only imagine what she will achieve with more practice as she gets older.
Cake by Nellie Norton
MY two cakes were made with chocolate and vanilla sponge cakes with fresh cream used for the icing.
The best part is putting it all together to make the caterpillar shapes and the crocodile shape.
I had to cut the cake into several different shapes to make them.
The blue crocodile is made with a piping bag individually squeezing each spot into place.
The red scales were made from fondant.
The hungry caterpillars as made with fresh cream icing coloured with food colour.
And then decorated with hundreds and thousands.
This cake was by far my most challenging to make because of each individual section of colour, but I love making cakes.
Cake by Kerry Myers
My sister-in-law had arranged a dinner for my niece (Tahnie Bradbury) for her 11th birthday at Harvey Road Tavern, with all of the family and some of her school friends.
It was her first birthday since the birth of her little sister Frankie.
I jumped at the chance to build her cake, wanting her to feel super special.
What stared with a simple chocolate cake turned into a three-tiered monster high fondant-covered masterpiece.
The top tier was an egg-free vanilla cake because my daughter Georgia is allergic to egg.
The middle tier was zebra layered chocolate and vanilla cake, and the bottom tier chocolate mud cake.
The cake itsself got so much attention as it passed through the restaurant to our table.
My niece was so surprised. It was worth every minute spent on it to see her beautiful little face light up.
Her friends were so excited. I'm so pleased I was able to have this effect on her with a little bit of time and a lot of fondant.
Cake by Katie Sorrensen
THE pirate ship cake I made was my first ever fondant cake. It was for my son's 4th birthday party.
I liked this cake because it was a full pirate scene and it was my first.
There was a few challenges making this cake, like imprinting the wood grain on each fondant piece and placing it neatly in position.
I have learnt a lot about cakes since then.
My son loved it and that's what really matters to me.
Cake by Rochelle Radburn
I MADE this cake for my niece's first birthday. It was a two-tier vanilla sponge cake.
It took quite a few hours to make, especially all the little ladybugs, leaves, bows and flowers.
The whole cake was edible.
I loved how bright this cake turned out. This would be one of my favourite cakes that I have made.
The hardest part with this cake was that I made it in Biloela, but it needed to be transported to Gladstone.
Cake by Suzanne McKenzie
THIS cake was made for a close friend's grandson.
It was a dinosaur themed party, but the little man wanted pirates. This was our compromise.
The most challenging part was the shaping of his head.
I had a lot of fun creating this cake and Koda loved it.