Panda cake parties in Melbourne

Panda cake party

This is Ninas’s 11th birthday party. Nina saw the 21st Birthday Panda cake I made for Jamie.  She asked if I could design a party where they would learn how to make the panda cake. The panda on the top of the cake is called Tarepanda.  He is kind of flat because he is tired and he moves by rolling. We used a black and white theme for the tablecloth and the placemats.  The cakes were covered in white fondant, with green bamboo reeds and red dots and hearts. The girls did such a terrific job of making their cakes. We made the fondant pandas together. Each one turn out a little different, which gives them their own little personalities. I really enjoyed hosting this party. The girls were a delight to teach. So enthusiastic, happy and willing to listen. They gave me a hug goodbye at the end of the party, which was very sweet!

Friday Night Cake Decorating Parties

 Here is Ayla’s 10th Birthday party in Mitcham. The 8 girls had a lovely time making their own versions of this colourful rainbow cake with name hearts and flowers.
This is one of Elegant Cakes and Party Dates Friday Night Cake Decorating Parties. I do quite a few Friday night parties. Given that so many people have other commitments on the weekend, hold a party on Friday night, can be a really good option. Especially if you live close to Manningham.

The girls spent the full two hours decorating their cakes. I like the way each one turned out a little different, and the bright colours make them all look so appealing. First the girls covered their cake, then I showed them how to add the rainbow and the heart with their names on it. Then they spent the rest of the time adding different flowers, borders and other finishing touches to their cakes.

Happy Birthday Ayla!

Cupcake Decorating Party Melbourne

Chloe’s 11th Cupcake Decorating Birthday Party.

Number of guests that attended: 17

The party was held in Chloe’s home in Melbourne, Victoria. Chloe selected our Teddy bears and Flowers Cupcake Party. This consists of four cupcakes:

  • A cupcake with their initial or age
  • An animal, teddy bear
  • A bunch of flowers
  • A bow
The colours used for the Cupcake Decorating Party

Green, yellow, blue and white fondant are great colours to select for a cupcake theme. The colours really compliment each other. The children at this party were all around 10 years old, with a couple of younger kids. The teddy bear is a new cupcake to choose from. I like to mix things up a bit when it comes to parties and are more than happy to come up with new designs. The bunch of flowers made from ribbon roses is also another new design.

Who was at the Cupcake Decorating Party?

There were both girls and boys at the party. I thought at first the boys wouldn’t want to make the flowers and bows, but they didn’t mind at all. They were a great bunch of kids to work with, chatting animatedly all the way through the party. I think there was even a bit of karaoke at one stage. The children had a long discussions about who they were going to give each cupcake to, which I thought was rather nice. Below are the cupcakes made at the party.

Who is this party suitable for?

If you are considering booking a cupcake decorating party for your child, this is a great option for both girls and boys. I would recommend this party for children aged 9 years and older.

Happy Birthday Chloe!

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Christmas Decorating workshops in Melbourne

Christmas Cupcake Decorating Melbourne

Christmas Decorating workshop in Melbourne. 

Number of guest that attended: 6.  Aged: between 4 and 6

If you are looking for fun way to get into the Christmas spirit this November and December, why not consider a Christmas Cupcake Decorating Party? These fun cake decorating activities can be shared with friends, grandchildren, cousins, as an end of year break up party for a club, etc, etc… All you need is to gather a group of 6-8 people. Select someone’s house to hold it at, and you have a great Christmas Party organised. Different designs can be organised depending on the age and number of the guests.

A party for the grandchildren

Zoe, thought this party was great idea. Her Grandmother organised the party. She said that she always like baking and making Christmas things. Zoe’s Grandmother booked the party treat for not only Zoe, but all of her grandchildren.

Christmas cupcake party

The girls were between 3 and 5 years old. The decorating lasted about an hour and a half. The children decorated 4 cupcakes each. They had fun making a Snowy Owls, Christmas Trees and Snowmen. For the last cupcake, the children learnt how to use the tools and cutters I brought with me. They were then able to create their own multi-coloured cupcake design. This is one Christmas party options.

Gluten Free Owl Cake Decorating Party

Tamara’s 10th birthday.
Number of guest that attended:  7.
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I have a lovely owl cake decorating party to share with you today. Tamara found my website and saw the Owl Cake Decorating Party we organised for June’s Birthday in Bentleigh. She thought the owl cakes were really cute. After handing out the invitations, Tamara found that two of her guests were not able to eat cakes containing gluten.

 Special dietary requests – Gluten free

Inviting guests with allergies or special dietary requirements is not an issue, as long as we are notified in advance. So, for this party it was very easy to make a couple of gluten free cakes. The two girls decorated gluten-free vanilla cakes. For the rest of the girls Tamara selected Chocolate mud cakes. The icing is all gluten free, so everyone gets to decorate their cake with the same fondant. At the end of the party, you cannot see that some guests started with a different cake, and they all have their names on them.

Selecting the design

I let Tamara select some of the colours we would use to decorate the owl cakes with. She selected dark pink owls on pink cakes. Tamara also wanted to add their names to the front of their cakes using blue fondant. On the top the girls made branches and leaves. They then added various flowers to their cakes.

Happy Birthday Tamara!!

Tiffany Cupcake Party at Wonga Park

This is Lexie’s 13th Birthday Party. The girls were all aged between 12 and 13 years. Lexie selected Tiffany themed cupcake decorating party. Here are the four cupcakes she made with her friends:
  • A cupcake with a bow.
  • 2 box shaped presents.
  • 3 sweet ribbon roses.
  • A heart padlock.

Tools and equipment

All you need to provide for our hosted cupcake decorating parties is an area with a table and chairs set up for the guests to work at. It is best to have it covered in a plastic table, not only to protect the furniture, but to make it easy to clean up. Each guest is provided with a placemat to work on. This is where they roll out all their fondant and make their decorations. Aprons for provided for the duration of the party and 99% of the time, everyone will choose to wear one.

I also bring all my tools. From rolling pins, cutters and silicone impression mats and lots of other things. My main focus is teaching cupcakes that can be made using only a few tools. I do this so that the children have the opportunity to be able to recreate things that they make at home, without having to buy a whole lot of expensive equipment. These parties are a lot of fun!

Tiffany cupcake party

The girls were all given their own pack of fondant icing to use. The colours included were white, pale blue and little bit of green. In keeping with the Tiffany theme, each of the cupcakes were covered in light blue. The first thing to do is to cover the cupcakes with icing. The girls were all able to use the various texture plates provided to imprint patterns on the fondant, before they applied them to the cupcakes.

Tiffany Bow Cupcakes

The Bow Cupcake, is one of the most popular cupcakes made at our Cupcake Decorating Parties. There have been lots of different versions. These include dotted bows, bows with stripes and lots of different colours. Today we are making white bows at our Tiffany themed party. The greatest thing about making a bow is, you only need three items- fondant, a rolling-pin and a knife.

Ribbon Roses

In addition to making bow cupcakes, the girls were shown how to make ribbon roses. Ribbon roses are simply made by rolling up stripes of fondant. Adding little green leaves finished off this cute cupcake.

Present Boxes

The next cupcake had Tiffany inspired boxes on it with little white bows. These were hand modelled.

Padlocks

Some of the girls made the fondant padlock with their age imprinted on the front of it. This padlock was made using white fondant, which was painted with silver lustre dust to make it look like jewelry. The silver paint comes in powder form, you just mix up a small amount at a time.

Optional Extras- Birthday Cakes

Here is Lexie’s Birthday cake which I made for her to complement the theme of her cupcake decorating party. At each party there is always the option to order a personalised Birthday cake. This one was a yummy chocolate cake!

So what did Lexie and her family think of the cupcake decorating party?

Here is a review of Lexie’s party written by her Mum.

Using cupcakes to make cute puppies

Elegant Cake and Party Dates hosts mobile parties in your home. Each new party class is tested by a bunch of kids in the Elegant Cakes and Party Dates kitchen, before it is added to our party menu.
We want to make sure the techniques used are age appropriate, and the activity is lots of fun.
Today we have the results of a new cake decorating party theme. Modelling new little animals out of fondant has always been popular, but making these puppy cakes was definitely taking it to the next level! I think what the children enjoyed the most about making puppy cakes was adding the little touches. Different faces, expressions, ears and things for the puppies to play.

The process

Each puppy is made from two little cakes, which are baked in a special pan. The cake mixture is similar to a chocolate truffle.

 

When it came to making the faces, there were lots of ‘Ohhs” and “Ahhs” and “Look at mine!”

Plan your own puppy party with us

 At the party each child will be able to make 2 puppies. The class runs for 2 hours. The cost is the same rate as our cupcake parties. If you would like more information, contact us.

Fairy Cake Party for Lydia

 

Numb Lydia’s 10th Birthday

Number of guests that attended: 6

I had the pleasure of hosting a fairy cake party for Lydia’s Birthday recently. She was so excited! .This is the second time I have hosted a party at Lydia’s home. The first time was two years earlier, when Lydia’s older sister Hannah, turned 10. At Hannah’s party the family promised Lydia that she could have a cake decorating party when she turned 10. So, when their Mum contacted me to organise the party this time, I was very happily surprised. In fact, we had a great time catching up, as they arranged for me to come for a coffee and a chat before the party.

Deciding on a theme

Funnily enough, when selecting the theme for the party, Lydia chose the same theme as her sister. Both sisters enjoyed the party so much last time, that they wanted to make the mini fairy houses again. At first I wasn’t sure if it was such a good idea, but it was a different group of girls, that were Lydia’s age and they hadn’t done the class before. The girls put in so much effort into these cakes, they really didn’t want to stop. The results are so cute!

Fairy Cake Party
Happy Birthday Lydia!
 

Mini Cake Parties, new themes

We have a lot of different cake designs that we make at our mini cake parties. Owls, rainbows, volcanos and many more. If you have a creative bunch of kids, making a mini cake could be the perfect activity to keep them entertained. I always take note of what the children like doing the best when they make their cakes. This new mini party cake came about after I discovered that kids love creating all the tiny details.
This cake design is just a little different to our Fairy house cake class. We still make the mushrooms, flowers and leaves. However, instead of making the cake look like a house, all around the base of the cake is decorated with a garden On top we add a tree and select an animal or scene to model. Here are some of the items you could add:

The party flags on the front of the cake can be used for your name, to write a message or for your age. This design encourages the children to add what ever little touches they like. They will be shown how to make each of the items and I am there to help with anything extra ideas that they come up with. What would you choose?

 

Easter Fairy House Cakes

Helena’s 10th birthday party.

Number of guests: 7

Look at all the fairy house cakes! Theses little houses have been so popular. This time we were making them at Helena’s party. The girls were very excited. Each child started with their own 5 inch round cake. 2 hours later, we had this lovely collection of bright and happy fairy house cakes. There are little rabbits hiding in the gardens, birds hang out on the roof. Magic mushrooms have started popping up all over the place. There are tree and flowers and decorations on the windows.

The children enjoy this cake decorating class so much, as they get to add their own creative finishing touches. They also learn a lot making these houses. How to cover a cake. How to make a magic mushroom roof. Windows, door and all the other special touches. They get to use rollers, cutters, texture plates and anything else they like to do with. The parties are very social and fun. A very popular party activity for those turning 10!

 We actually had this party outside on the deck. It was warm, but not too hot. The deck had those plastic sides, so we were protected from the elements.
 It was getting close to Easter, so Helena wanted to know if we could make rabbits. So we did. Then I was telling the girls how sometimes we add birds to the houses and suddenly they all wanted to make flocks of birds for their houses.

All the cakes turned out great. I especially like the multi-coloured magic mushrooms. If you look closely, you will see there are little rabbits hiding in the gardens, birds hang out on the roof. There are trees and flowers. The windows have all been decorated. Each child got to create their own special touches, using different colours of fondant icing from their icing packs. Another successful party and more pretty houses to share..

Happy 10th Birthday to Helena!

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Designing cupcakes, birthday fun!

Bianca’s 14th Birthday Party

Number of guest that attended: 10

designing cupcakes
These are photos from Bianca’s cupcake decorating birthday party in South Yarra. The cupcakes Bianca selected for the birthday party were:
1. A dotty bow cupcake
2. Flowers and a message
3. Pinwheel cupcakes
4. Butterflies and flowers
I found this party rather interesting. The girls were happy to see the cupcakes Bianca wanted to make, but they  ask if it was ok to make some of their own designs. So some of the guests basically followed the designs that Bianca selected and others that had fun designing their own cupcakes using the icing I provided.
Designing cupcakes

During the party I taught the girls how to use all the tools and cutters I brought with me. My role at this party was to assist the girls with cupcakes they wanted to create. We had a great afternoon!

Happy birthday to Bianca!

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Ava’s 10th Birthday Party

Number of guest that attended: 9

I have a new party theme to share with you today. This was a request for Ava’s 10th Birthday party. Ava wanted to decorate cakes for her birthday, so we came up with this cute, mini cake design with ribbon roses.

Changing the location of the party

The weather on the day of the party was a lot hotter than expected. It was in the high 30’s by the time the party started in the afternoon. Originally the party was going to be held outdoors. They had a nice covered patio area out the back, but it was so hot out there.It was decided the best option would be to move a table into the living room. It was a little cramped, but at least  it wasn’t as hot.  Fondant becomes very soft when it is heated. So with hot hands, it becomes sticky and more difficult to work with. Inside the fondant was still ok.

Decorating the Cakes

 The afternoon started with the girls covering their mini cakes. Next they made all the ribbon roses for the top of the cake. These are made out of roll up strips of fondant. The Minnie mouse face was made in stages. First the white part of the face, then the black ears and head. The eyes, nose, mouth and tongue were added. The cute little red bow was added last.
The girls had a great time together. Unfortunately some of the photos came out a little blurry, but hopefully you can see all the effort that each child put into their cake
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Making Teddy bear cupcakes in Malvern

Penny’s 8th Birthday party making Teddy bear cupcakes 
We had a lovely afternoon in Malvern decorating these fun Teddy bear cupcakes and cupcakes with the children’s age or initial on them. There were a total of 25 children between the ages of 6 and 10 years old that took party in the cupcake decorating.  Penny’s Mum hired chairs and tables. This was so she had enough seating for the  cupcake decorating party which was held in their home. A few of the parents stayed and were treated to afternoon nibbles and drinks, while watching their children decorate. At most parties, the parents leave, but the majority of children were under 8, so that might have been why.
Catering for a large group
The children were all very excited. They couldn’t wait to start. This party was a little different to my other parties as each child was given 2 cupcakes each to decorate as we didn’t want the party to run any longer than 2 hours. Decorating two cupcakes instead of 4 is only an option if you have more than 24 guests.teddy bear cupcakes
The first thing the children did was  to cover the cupcakes with the rolled out fondant. We then made the teddy bear face together, so they were able to spend the rest of their time playing with the fondant and using different tools. Below are the photos of cupcakes they made!
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Monster high cupcake party

Chloe’s 8th Birthday Party

Number of guest that attended: 11.  Aged between 6 and 10

 I have Chloe’s 8th Birthday party to share with you today. This is the second birthday cake and party I have done for the family. The first was for Chloe’s sister. That time we Tiffany Cupcake decorating party for her 8th Birthday. This party was held in their backyard at home. This time for Chloe’s birthday, the family decided to host the party at their restaurant in Richmond. It was a great venue, with plenty of room.
The theme Chloe choose for her party was Monster High. The four designs for the cupcakes were:
A skull with a purple background.
A pink and black cupcake with stripes and a sparkly heart.
A black cupcake with a  scary mouth.
And for the final cupcake with used blue icing with black dots and a star with their initial on it.

The party was held in the morning so the girls could enjoy lunch at the restaurant after. They were all very enthusiastic and did a fantastic job decorating each of their cupcakes. You can see their results below.

I also made the birthday cake for the party. A Monster High
 skull with a pink bow. The cake was vanilla, with vanilla buttercream.
Happy 8th Birthday Chloe!
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Butterflies and flowers with a little minecraft..

This party theme was designed for Shannon’s 13th Birthday party.  There were five girls invited to the party and Shannon’s  11 year old brother also joined in.
This is a new mini cake design, Butterflies and flowers.
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He didn’t want to make the butterfly and flower cake, but he did sit at the table with them while he made a Minecraft TNT cake bomb.  Unfortunately my phone ran out of battery, so I don’t have photos of his cake. Here is the cake it was based on though. His cake was a 4 inch square cake. This is equivalent to a 5 inch round cake. He was then given 300 grams of red fondant to cover his cake. His icing pack also had white and black fondant, and some green to place around the board as grass. The cake shown below was actually a birthday cake I made for a different family.

 Meanwhile the girls covered their cakes and then used all my different flower, butterfly and leaf cutters. We went through how to make all the different types of flowers.
butterflies and flowers fondant cake party
 We used textures plates to imprint the design on the 13. The butterflies were made using a special tool, that both cuts of the shape of the butterfly and embossed it at the same time. By adding a couple of coloured balls of fondant to the mold, we were able to get the multi-coloured design.
Shannon’s party was held on Friday night, starting at 7pm. The girls had dinner first and then spend 2 hours decorating their cakes.
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