home made cakes for special days and elevenses

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Jungle Cupcakes and Cake Pops

It's been another busy weekend with lots of fun cake orders and a few late night/early morning finishes. Unfortunately due to the gloomy weather and a shortage of time I don't have many decent photographs to show for any of it. Luckily one of my clients has come to the rescue with some of the best photographs seen on this blog so far (I really must do something about my photographic skills as they are distinctly lacking!).

Lovely Sandra from fashion blog The Lilac Pages got in touch and asked me to make some jungle safari themed cupcakes and cake pops for her son's party. I had no idea that Sandra was a fellow blogger until after the party, something I was glad of as I may have felt a bit of pressure, knowing that the cakes were likely to feature on a client's blog. Thankfully Sandra was happy with her cakes and wrote some lovely things about them (for which I am very grateful).

Checkout Sandra's blog to see some more fantastic pictures from her son's party. She decorated her house beautifully with some great decorations. It looks like a lot of work, but I imagine it was well worth the effort.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Primary Colour Cake Pops

We spent half term by Lake Orta in Italy, with lots of family, celebrating my mother-in-law's 70th birthday. The weather was mixed but the ice cream was consistently fabulous. Violet and yoghurt turned out to be a surprisingly good flavour combination, and the amarreto biscuit one was a bit special too. Our lovely week in Italy ended on a bit of downer when we returned to the airport car park in driving rain, only to find that my husband had left the car lights on for a week. This led to a prolonged spell playing Top Trumps with the kids whilst we tried to get the battery fired up again.

As soon as the kids were back to school and nursery I got stuck into an order for 350 cake pops. Luckily my poor sister was visting so I had a helping hand. The order was for a large corporate event being held at One Mayfair, a rather splendid old church just off Oxford Street. The client had engaged the services of Brian Olsen, a performance artist who paints huge canvases using lots of primary colours. He paints to music, using his fingers, elbows, arms and up to three brushes in each hand. To reflect his colours, I made vanilla cake pops covered in white chocolate and decorated with squiggles of red, blue and yellow Candy Melts. I prefer using chocolate to cover my pops as it tastes so much better, but Candy Melts are great for coloured details.

The cake pops were displayed around the old font. Unfortunately the photograph I have been sent is not great, but it gives you an idea of how they looked. It was hard work making 350 cake pops in two days, but very satisfying, and it's great to see them all in situ.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Jubilee Baking

Apparently there are 86 street parties taking place in Ealing this weekend. I'm afraid that I am no royalist, but I do like a good party. We are going away tomorrow for a big family celebration as my mother-in-law has just turned 70. Were it not for that I would be baking up a storm and seeking out one of the Ealing parties. Strangely I don't really remember the Golden Jubilee, but I do have a very vague memory of the Silver Jubilee, perhaps reinforced by this photo I rediscovered the other day. My mum used to put quite a bit of effort into fancy dress costumes!

I haven't missed out on Jubilee baking altogether as I was asked to make a Jubilee themed birthday cake for a little girl turning three this weekend (who just happens to have a suitably regal name).

This gave me the perfect opportunity to submit an entry to Homemade by Fleur's Blogging Jubilee Baking Competition, sponsored by Appliances Online. It sounds as though this has been a popular blog event and Fleur will have lots of fantastic goodies to show you when she does her round up in a few days.

It was still very hot in London when I made the tiara, and I was a bit nervous that it would flop. I built it around a tin of Bird's custard powder, which is just the right size and shape for a cake-topping crown. Luckily the heat did not get the better of me and there was no flopping.

I am also sending my Jubilee cupcakes over to Fleur for her lovely competition. I made 75 of these yesterday for a big BBQ taking place by the river. It's been fun, but that's my Jubilee baking done now as I'm off to Italy tomorrow to eat bucket loads of ice cream instead. Have a fun weekend everyone.