Monday, January 31, 2011

The year of the flower

It is the year of the flower here at Planet Cake and we are really excited to announce that renound sugar flower artist, Jacqueline Butler of Petalsweet, San Diego will be making a special guest appearance here at Planet Cake later in the year. 

We are in the process of finalising dates as we speak to keep an eye out over the coming weeks because these are going to sell out fast!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Holy Cow it actually worked!!!!

Yep, it really, truly happened!!!!

After just a few short hours of sleep, Paris was back in the studio, Australia Day morning some time around 6am. While the rest of the country enjoyed a sleep in, blissufully unaware, we struck yet another hiccup, one which we had most certainly not bargained on. After hours spent trying to find a refrigerated truck big enough to ferry 800kg of Opera House cake extravagance, we faced the very real possibility that the cake would not actually make it inside the truck. But fit, it did and so began the final step in our most monumental project to date.

For those of you who weren't in Sydney, Australia Day morning, much to our dismay dawned much the same way as the entire last week, that is: hot (REALLY hot) and muggy. Or in other words, total and utter cake kryptonite. Against all odds, the cake actually made it to Sydney City's Martin Place in one piece (I'm attributing it to some higher cake power looking over us) where it appeared on Chanel 7's Sunrise.

HUMUNGOUS (think bigger than the cake) thank-you's to everyone who was involved. It truly was the most spectacular and magical experience Planet Cake has ever been involved in and none of it could have happened without the following people:

No.1 Our Volunteers!
Abeni Lawback, Amanda Eising, Belinda Smith, Deanne Cesario, Elizabeth Wright, Gemma Jennings, Jade Nguyen, Kate Jordan, Katrina Baldwin, Leticia Euston, Linda Hemmert, Marnee Pirri, Merlinda Montano, Meysienti Supandi, Michelle Arvaj, Morina Sutedja, Razilla King, Shannon De Costa, Trudy Harris, Vicki Keith and Laura Smith

And of course the entire PC crew who you know and love...together we really did make magic!

Some of the final moments of production 

Just four of the hundreds of miniature people

A very special volunteer whom we were very sad to say goodbye to

Margie helps Betty to relax ? 

A tired, yet VERY happy Paris 

Finally making it into the truck 

 AM, Margie and Paris discuss the possibility of the cake not making it out of the truck!

At last...eating the fruits of our labour!! 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Special Delivery

That's right folks, Planet Cake is now available in German!

Check out all the mayhem on Planet Cake TV

This cake really just might work!

We are heading into the pointy end of things and as we speak the magic is taking place. It's that special moment when we go from chocolate blob to seriously cool cake.

Yep, it really just might work out after if only we could find a truck big enough to carry it...seriously!

World's largest Opera House cake ganached? Tick!

I was greeted by some seriously wan faces this morning when I came into the awesome sight of what looks like it really could become the worls'd largest Opera House cake. The whole crew was here until late into the evening and back for a 6am start, but the fatigue has paid off (I'm not game to tell them that just yet!) and they are already underway with the covering.

I love these pics of the guys in their overalls, the place really does look like a scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and with the amount of sugar I've comsumed already I'm beginning to feel a little like I'm in one myself!

Kind of like a grown up version of making mud pies? 

 Jean Michel and his reference, roughly one millionth of the size of our cake

Our youngest volunteer, the very lovely Laura 

Ganache -tick!!

THANK YOU!! Model-Tech 3D

Planet Cake would like to thank specialist architectural model makers Model-Tech 3D based in Surry Hills Sydney for their help and support in making the Worlds Largest Opera House Cake!!
THANK YOU Russell!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Where are you from? Manly, Sydney

How long have you been decorating for? I discovered my passion for decorating when I bought Planet Cake's first book about a year ago and after completing Basics 102 last year am now totally addicted!

What inspired you to join the Opera House team? Basically I saw the whole project as a really great learning experience...and for free...who could say no?!

Favourite Simpson's character? Definately the Comic Book Guy


Where are you from? Sydney's eastern Suburbs

What possessed you to get involved this week? I made the decision this year to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, be it hanging from the Eiffel Tower or trekking the Himalaya's. When I saw the project advertised I jumped at it, knowing this is something I will definately never have the oppurtunity to take part in again.

The biggest challenge you've faced this week? Finding a babysitter!

Definately no 'piece of cake'

For those who think cake decorating is all sugar, spice and all things nice, think again....

Did we mention that it's about a thousand degrees outside this week? 

Betty and Margie trying to hide from us in the 'Styro Cave'