the Jungle Book

the Jungle Book birthday cake - featuring Mowgli, Baloo & Bagheera“Now I’m the King of the swingers, oh the jungle VIP. I’ve reached the top & had to stop & that’s what’s botherin’ me!”….. I’ve had this song on repeat in my head for three days now. Three whole days of singling like King Louie in my own little sound track… & let me tell you what, the music in my head is awfully loud!
the Jungle Book birthday cake - featuring Mowgli, Baloo & BagheeraIn my defence though, the Jungle Book was one of my favourite cartoons as a child & I used to sing the songs at the top of my lungs back then. Not much has changed.

Maybe that’s why I love making these cakes so much… I’m really still just that child who loves to sing along to disney songs.

the Jungle Book birthday cake - featuring Mowgli, Baloo & Bagheera Do you want to know what my very first CD was? Disney music. It was a gift from my mum & I loved it.

Have to say though, I got incredibly lucky with having Eirini as my partner in crime to make these cakes with…. Not only is she ridiculously talented, she’s also a cartoon freak who gets just as excited as I do.

Thank you Eirini!!!!the Jungle Book birthday cake - featuring Mowgli, Baloo & Bagheera

Now lets just hope that our client loves the cake as much as we do! Wish us luck xxx

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“it’s a nice day for a white wedding”

peach buttercream roses, polka dotted pink pearls & a pink peony on top of a chocolate, gluten-free wedding cake

There have been a whole load of cakes lately on our feed over here at Whatever’s Left… this cake stands out from the rest though since it is the only wedding cake out of the bunch.

I’m so happy to report that this is also the very first wedding cake done in Syros!!! Looks like I may just end up making all my dreams come true after all! Yes, it’s true, someone made a comment once about how I was insane if I thought I was going to have a career on an island as a gluten-free cake designer & how I needed to lower my expectations. Goes to show that I’m persistent!

….because not only did I make the cake, I also made sure that 250+ guests were satisfied with each having a slice of cake. Oh yeah baby, 27kg of rich, moist quinoa chocolate cake later & I can finally say I made it through to the other side of that ordeal alive.

peach buttercream roses, polka dotted pink pearls & a pink peony on top of a chocolate, gluten-free wedding cake

I can’t take all the credit though. I have to thank Ntanos for lending me 12 large baking trays & the use of his truly awesome oven that nearly overwhelmed me with it’s sheer greatness.

I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Eirini P. once again. She kept me focused, inspired, & really helped in an amazing way. She keeps calm & she has solutions. I’m lucky to have someone as passionate as baking & cake design as I am by my side.

 Alright, a little about the cake before I end this banter…

On top we have a beautiful baby pink peony made out of sugarpaste. Next up, it the pink pearl polka dots on the white fondant…. & last but not least is a layer of peach buttercream roses. All on top of my triple chocolate threat cake from earlier last week. Not bad for a weeks worth of work if I do say so myself!

Right, on that note, I am well & truly exhausted…. xxx

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Cinderella at midnight

cinderella at midnight.... a designed cake for the occasion featuring the pumpkin carriage

I can never quite convey just how magical a cake is through a photo.

It’s the curse I tell you, the more I like the cake, the worse the picture of it is.

Like this one for example….

Cinderella getting ready for the ball in the dead of night, with only the starry sky to light the magic of her pumpkin turning into a glorious carriage..

Or the face of the elated little girl who received the cake for her fifth birthday.

Or how about the fact that when you cut into it, it was a gorgeous shade of pink from all of the fresh strawberries that went into the cake?

Yea… there was magic in it alright.

Not to mention I think Eirini & I actually get high off of the sheer pleasure we both receive when making these cakes. I’ve found that I thoroughly enjoy having another enthusiastic body in my kitchen getting just as excited as I do by all the fondant & colours. See, now that’s a girl I can imagine opening a cake shop with….

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merry christmas chocolate cakes!

dark chocolate butter cake with a chocolate ganache

To all of our readers, I want to wish you all a very merry christmas, happy Hanukkah, or whatever else you like to celebrate. Happy holidays!

We haven’t stopped eating since last night to tell you the truth. There were so many recipes flying around the place & too little time that the only thing documented from this whole holiday was the desserts.

This year, I served a dark chocolate butter cake with a rum icing, as well as an apple & olive oil cake with a maple icing. Tonight I’m going to share the chocolate cake since I decorated two of them, both in a festive manor!

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birthday bash basil & chocolate cupcakes

Mel has one of these wonderful cookbooks that is basically just a giant reference of ingredients & flavors that go well with each other. Several months ago, we discovered that chocolate & basil go really well together. I’m sure this isn’t news to quite a few flavor connoisseurs out there, but it was news to us. Back then, Mel used to bake a fresh loaf of bread, we’d pour on a little basil flavored olive oil, and then wrap it all around a chunk of dark chocolate. Incredibly delicious, but not something that I could ever serve up as a dessert.

For a while now I’ve been reading a blog called Desserts for Breakfast, and whilst going through the archives I’d found a dessert that incorporated the chocolate & basil flavors. It was an amazing reminder of all those nights spent standing over the sink engorging on the fresh bread, and as it turns out it was great inspiration for me since I already knew these flavors worked really well together. Her version of the dessert was beautiful, but a little too fancy for an out door bbq, still, I decided I wanted to be a little adventurous with the desserts at my birthday bbq. Yea, sure, everything I made was cupcakes, and really how adventurous are those…. but, I could at least play with the flavors right?

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