home made cakes for special days and elevenses

Monday, 23 February 2015

Birthday Cake Round Up

I have made a few new birthday cakes recently that I haven't shared yet, so here's a little round up. First up is Paddington. We went to see this film on Christmas Eve, and the whole family loved it. I can't say that happens very often, so it's a real winner for us. I was really pleased to be asked to make a Paddington birthday cake last month, complete with a handmade figure on top. 




I made two little girls' birthday cakes perfect for the winter weather in January. One was a big jolly penguin (which must have given all the party guests black teeth and lips!), and the other was a new version of my Frozen cake, with a few printed images on the side.







Moving away from little girls' parties, I also made a Wonder Woman cake, for a lady celebrating her 40th. 


  


Belated birthday wishes to all the birthday girls - Frieda, Charlotte, Edie and Lynda. 




Saturday, 14 February 2015

Live Love Local Winner - Best Cake Maker 2014

Thank you so much to anyone who voted for me in the West London Mum Live Love Local Awards. I am thrilled to tell you that Vanilla Frost Cakes won the coveted title of Best Cake Maker. This put a big smile on my face, and I am very grateful to all my lovely customers who took the time to vote.

Click through to the West London Mum web site to see which other local businesses were named as winners and runners up in their categories.



Sunday, 1 February 2015

Chocolate Chilli Cake

I think I have a new favourite cake. A friend of mine commissioned a chocolate chilli cake last week, and gave me a few ideas as to how to decorate it. I'm really pleased with the look of the cake, and she tells me it tasted pretty awesome too, so thumbs up all round. I'm excited about how this can be adapted with other flavours, and can't wait to try out some other ideas. 

This version is a chocolate mud cake, filled with chocolate ganache, coated in vanilla buttercream and decorated with melted dark chocolate. I made some marbled chilli chocolate shards to stand at the back, and on the side of the cake, and decorated the top with some posh chocs from Montezuma's, and edible glitter.




  


Sunday, 18 January 2015

An Elegant Wedding Cake for the Painted Hall

Last Saturday I was very excited, and a little nervous, to be setting up one of my wedding cakes in the beautiful Painted Hall in Greenwich. Set in the Old Royal Naval College, and dating back to the early 1700's, the building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. The walls and ceiling were painted by Sir James Thornhill, and are magnificent.

For such an elegant setting, the cake really needed to look the part. Hilary and Richard, the bride and groom, chose a simple ivory cake, with fresh roses. I piped rows of dots on two tiers, which were finished off with satin ribbon, and on the other two I piped a pattern to resemble the lace on Hilary's dress.




I hadn't visited Greenwich in a while, and I had never seen inside the Painted Hall, despite walking through the grounds before. It is free to visit, and well worth a look. 

Many congratulations to Hilary and Richard on their marriage. I hope you had a fantastic day!




Saturday, 10 January 2015

West London Mums - Live Love Local Awards

I am really pleased to start the New Year with a nomination for 'best birthday cake maker' in West London Mum's Live Love Local Awards 2014. Some fabulous local businesses have been nominated across the various categories, and I am delighted to be included. Voting closes tonight, and I would be very grateful for any last minute votes. Many thanks, and happy New Year!




Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Pudding Macarons

Time for a little seasonal blog post, before the big day arrives. We love macarons in our house, and chocolate is my favourite. I have added some simple decoration to these to make them a bit more festive, but not so much to take away from the delicious chocolate and almond taste. My preferred recipe is by Yotam Ottolenghi, as it consistently gives great results. I sometimes freeze the shells before filling them, and once they are filled, macarons will keep for a couple of days in the fridge. These would make a lovely Christmas gift, and they are great served with bubbles.






Wednesday, 17 December 2014

West Six Garden Centre Cafe

I have baked a lot of gingerbread cookies over the last few weeks, and many of them have gone to the gorgeous new cafe at West Six Garden Centre in Hammersmith. This is the second of two lovely venues that I now supply cakes and biscuits to. The garden centre is situated on the edge of Ravenscourt Park, just off King Street, and the cafe is located in one of the railway arches, just at the back of the garden centre. It is a beautiful space, with bare brick walls, lots of greenery and a large wooden bar area in the centre. The furniture and little bits of garden ornamentation give the cafe an appropriate outdoors feel. 



The menu at West Six is locally sourced, with meat coming from Chiswick butchers, Macken Brothers, bread, pastries and cakes from Sally Clarke's Bakery in Kensington, and other cakes and biscuits from little old me in Hanwell. The menu looks delicious, and I can vouch for the pastries and coffee. There is a warm winter vegetable salad that I have my eye on for another time.




The garden centre often holds events, such as window box and wreath making. It also plays host to children's outdoor theatre shows, with performances of The Snow Queen scheduled for this weekend. More details are available on the West Six web site and Facebook page.

The cafe has only been open for a few weeks, but seems to be thriving. Do pop along if you are local, it's just lovely!