Monday, September 27, 2010

English Country Garden

Invites for my daughter, Libby's, 5th birthday party, with a garden theme.

And then the food, the flower cookies...

... the cupcakes...

... and finally the birthday cake, designed by Libby, constructed by Mum.

And here is the birthday girl blowing out the candles...

Happy birthday beautiful girl!


Friday, September 17, 2010

Sleep, or lack there of...

This is a Sleeping Beauty cake for the lovely Ella's 5th birthday party.

And matching cookie pops to go with...

Happy birthday Ella!


Monday, September 13, 2010

A wedding cake's second life...

This cake was the top tier of my friend, Lisa's, wedding cake. She asked me to spruce it up to use as the cake for her son and daughter's christening, more than 5 years after they were married!

And cookie pops for her daughter's first birthday, which coincided with the Christening.

Happy birthday Lexi!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

The beginning...

Hi and welcome to Baking For Goats!

You may be wondering why anyone would bake for a goat, and if they did, what would they bake? Sorry to disappoint, but this is not a blog about how to feed your farm animal. Let me explain...

For some time now my passion for cake decorating has been growing from hobby to obsession. I have lost days pouring over cakes on Flickr, dreaming that one day I may be able to produce something half as good. I have taken every opportunity possible to develop my skills: making cakes, cookies and cupcakes for friends and family, and anyone who will let me. One day I had dreamed to start a business from home...

Unfortunately, as I investigated doing this, I found that my local council made that almost impossible (unless I was willing to build a second kitchen solely for cake decorating - wonderful yes, practical no). Basically, as I understand it, the moment I received any money for one of my cakes, even to cover materials, I would be violating a bunch of laws and putting myself at risk of litigation. Talk about your dream crusher (boo council, boo).

Then I thought, what if I didn't get any money for my cakes? What if I made people cakes for free, and they just donated some money to a charity? The main reason I want to make cakes isn't for the money anyway, it's for the creative outlet and pleasure it brings. So I decided to link my cake decorating with my favourite charity, Tear Fund Australia. They have a Useful Gift Catalogue which allows you to purchase items for people in need as a gift for someone who isn't so needy. You can even buy someone a goat. Hence the idea for "Baking with Goats" was formed.

This blog will serve to record my adventures in this cake decorating/charity journey. For people who want me to bake for them, they can use this to see what I can do.

I should point out that I am not a professional cake decorator, and if you want a professional, you should pay for one. I am just looking forward to baking some cakes and hopefully helping some people far worse off than I.