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“Cakes by Vivienne”

         Tips, Techniques and Tutorials for the Beginner Cake Decorator

My progress in photos!


Buttercream No 1 Birthday Cake

Buttercream Train Cake - 2nd Birthday Cake

Buttercream Racing Track - 3rd Birthday Cake

The following photos track the improvement in my cake decorating since I started undertaking some courses in late 2013 just before I made my son’s 7th birthday cake. Up until this time I had just decorated with little idea on the best ways to tackle things and so some of the cakes took me hours to complete.

Perhaps one day I will have a go at redoing some of the early ones for fun!

Buttercream Racing Car - 4th Birthday Cake

Fondant Pirates Treasure Chest - 6th Birthday Cake

Buttercream ‘Reeves’ Cake - 5th Birthday Cake

Lego - 7th Birthday Cake

Frozen Theme Olaf & Sven - 8th Birthday Cake

Toothless from How to Train your Dragon - 9th Birthday Cake

I’m not a professional or expert - I am a full-time working mum who took up cake decorating as a hobby so I could make cakes for my son.

My husband, son and I live in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

My son is anaphylactic to nuts and is also now dairy intolerant so I initially made his birthday cakes so that I knew what ingredients were in them.

His first birthday cake in 2007 was a number 1 with blue buttercream icing and butterflies made from chocolate freckles.

Each birthday I challenged myself and found it to be a very satisfying creative outlet. Then family members, friends and work colleagues asked me to make cakes for them - so in November 2013 I started taking some basic cake decorating classes to learn some of the decorating techniques that I thought I should master.

I started this website to showcase my cakes and provide information I have learnt along the way that may help you in your hobby of cake decorating.

About me and my hobby - Cake Decorating!

Harry Potter Book - 10th Birthday Cake

Gravity Defying Red M & M - 11th Birthday Cake