Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A quick behind the scenes of KylieCupCakes.

It's been a long while since Ive done a blog post my passion for photography has slightly taken over most of my free time. Anyway making up for lost time.
I thought I'd give you all a sneak peek of how the photos in KylieCupCakes where created.
After baking the cupcakes and decorating look for fabric,pillowcase decorative paper in which I can use as a background for underneath the new cupcake design. In the photo you can see two possible choices one being a piece of patchwork fabric the other is a Laura Ashley pillow slip. I try to choose patterns that match my cupcake designs and don't distract too much. Apologies for the bad the photos it was raining when I did these photos and so used the pop up flash which I find is never flattering.

In this photo you can see I've place the cupcakes onto a piece of patchwork fabric. I always group the cupcakes to make a rectangle this seems to look better in the photographs!

Once the cupcakes are in place on the fabric,paper etc.. now its time to get out the camera.

As you can see in the photographs, I use a piece of white poster board behind the cupcakes to reflect the light. You'd be amazed at the difference it makes.

When shooting the cupcakes I use a large aperture which allows the background to blur.

Viola the end result!

Would love to see some of your creations be sure to visit

KylieCupCakes Facebook fanpage and upload your creations.

Happy baking

Monday, May 2, 2011

Blast from the past cake inspiration.

I have fond memories of flicking through mum's old Womans Weekly Childrens cake book dreaming up which cake I would have for my coming birthday. What where your favourites? I always dreamed of the castle with the smarties.

We recently had the privilege of having some friends stay with us and they brought a bag of goodies and in it was a copy of Children's Birthday Cake book. I was so stoked as my kids have loved my copy to bits as it has pages that are missing and loose.

I also came across this great kids party book which was published in the 1990's

What are your favourite birthday cakes?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

What everyone needs to know about having a successful kitchen tea party.

Do you want to impress your guests and make the kitchen tea a real success? With just a little bit of organising and some attention to detail here are some ideas to get your creative juices going. What is a kitchen tea you may well ask?

Kitchen Tea:

A specialised type of wedding shower is the kitchen tea. This has predominately remained a female-only occasion and involves guests giving gifts for the kitchen, as it still remains, even today to a large extent, as the woman’s domain.

There are, however, many things that are changing, and remember there really are no hard and fast rules, so make your own decision on what suits you best. You may even choose, as many already are, to have a bathroom or bedroom shower where gifts are given specifically relating to these rooms.

Here are some ideas to inspire you.

  • To add a special touch go op shopping and pick up enough tea cups for all your guests. Then with some tea bags cut off the paper tag and using scrap booking paper or other decorative paper, cut small squares using the paper square tag you cut off as a template. Staple the new decorative tag in place. You could tie in the tags with your colour scheme. When setting these up on your table be sure to put a place card beside saying something like please choose a pretty tea cup and write your name on the tag and take home as reminder of today.
  • Make an apron or you could buy one with a plain design. Have a laundry marker near by and have guests sign the apron then get the maid of honor or brides maid to present it to the bride to be.
  • Have a special journal where guests can share with the bride to be, recipes, verses ,poems or advice.
  • and lastly, what is a kitchen tea without the popular wedding dress toilet paper game. Have your guest divide into teams, each team needs to choose one person to be the bride and make a wedding dress using toilet paper. The timer is set and the race is on.

As I was surfing for more ideas I came across this great site with many more great games

and check out this link for more inspiration