home made cakes for special days and elevenses

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

'Pom Pom is Super' - a cake to celebrate publication day

Pom Pom the panda is a gorgeous character created by the very talented Sophy Henn. She writes and illustrates beautiful books for pre-school children, published by Puffin Books. Last week the latest Pom Pom book was published, and I made a cake for Sophy and Penguin to celebrate.











Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Bollywood First Birthday Cake

This weekend I made a very special birthday cake for a little boy celebrating his first birthday. His mum had designed some beautiful party invites in rich, Bollywood style colours, and wanted these to be used on the cake as well. She also asked if I could model some of her son's favourite toys, and sit them in a little hamper, to look like his toy basket at home. One toy in particular, Cassie the Cat, was very important to him, as it had been given to him when he was very poorly. Therefore, Cassie got to sit in the middle, in charge of all the other toys.





I also made some iced cookies to match the cake, using the same lovely colours, and some piped royal icing patterns, painted gold.





Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A Naked Cake for a Sunny Ealing Wedding

A couple of weeks ago we were bathed in glorious sunshine here in West London, though it seems hard to believe now. It was on a lovely Saturday afternoon that I went to the Duke of Kent pub to set up a big naked cake for a wedding party.

As the reception was in the garden we had to be a bit careful about keeping the cake out of the heat of the sun, so it was set up quite late in the day, when the reception was in full swing. This meant that all the wedding guests were watching me work, and several were taking pictures. This was the first time I had worked under such scrutiny, but everyone was very complimentary and so I didn't feel the pressure too much, especially with such a lovely atmosphere. There were a few little girls in their very best dresses, all dying to know when they would be allowed to eat the cake, but being very patient. I gather there wasn't much cake left at the end, so I think everyone got stuck in.






 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Birthday Cake Catch Up - featuring Paw Patrol, Postman Pat, a garden and a puppy

It's almost February already! It's been a while since my last blog post, and I have lots of news and cake pictures to share. It's been a very busy time in the kitchen, with plenty of corporate orders for Christmas keeping me busy throughout December, as well as my regular work for the two lovely cafes I supply in Hammersmith. January has been a busy time for birthday cakes, and I have been working with a new partner at their beautiful party venue in Ealing. More news on this to follow in my next post!

For now, here are some of my cakes from the last few weeks:
















Sunday, 1 November 2015

Sweet Treats for Halloween

Half term week has just flown by in a whirlwind of dancing and baking madness. My daughter was competing in a dance festival which took up most of the day time hours, and I had a few exciting cake orders to fill the rest of my time. One of the orders was for my lovely customer at the Lilac Pages, who was hosting one of her fabulous parties to celebrate Halloween. As ever she sourced some fantastic goodies online to decorate her house and feed/entertain her little guests. She has kindly sent me some photos of my cupcakes, cake pops and cookies, but it is worth visiting her blog to see pictures of the rest of her decorations too. 











Saturday, 24 October 2015

Science Party Goodies

I loved making this science themed cake, with its bubbling beakers of brightly coloured chemicals. I used a Rice Krispie treat recipe to model my beakers, and covered them in sugarpaste, which worked well and was surprisingly quick.





I also made lime macarons and cake pops for the party, which were displayed alongside petri dish jellies, test tubes full of jelly beans and flasks of juice. Happy birthday Amelia, I hope you had a fabulous day!








Wednesday, 30 September 2015

An Intergalactic Celebration

I have been sent some gorgeous photographs of the goodies I made for a space themed party recently. The party host has written a post on her blog, The Lilac Pages, but has kindly allowed me to use her fabulous pictures here as well. I love the way she has displayed the cupcakes and cookies on her home made props, all beautifully hand crafted.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Halloween will bring, as there is another party being planned!