home made cakes for special days and elevenses

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Owl Cookies

I have been very good recently and managed not to buy any new bits of cake decorating kit for some time now. However when I saw these cute owl cutters on the Purple Cupcakes site I thought it was time for a treat and ordered myself a set. These are part of a range by Cakes by Bien, who are based in the Netherlands and have come up with some very pretty and unusual cutters. Purple Cupcakes now stock a good selection.

I made my cookies to sell at last weekend's inaugural Northfields Night Market, which was a fantastic event showcasing lots of great local businesses and organised by Ealing Mums in Business. My owls were very popular, and will definitely be making another appearance before too long. I would love to use the cutters to make a big birthday cake too, and I have my eye on a few more of Bien's lovely cutters.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Banana Cakes for the Good Food Channel Website

These two recipes are a great way of using up the left over, brown bananas that always seem to be lurking in my fruit bowl. One is a very simple banana loaf, perfect for a picnic or an after school treat for the kids, and very quick to make. The other makes use of that delicious pairing of Nutella and banana; so good in a pancake and just as tempting in a cake.


Photographs by Sharron Gibson

I developed these recipes for the Good Food Channel web site. Please do visit the site to see them in full.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Gibson Les Paul Guitar Cake

We have a fantastic community Facebook group in my area, providing locals with all sorts of useful information and advice. Occasionally people ask for cake makers' details and I have been lucky enough to see Vanilla Frost Cakes recommended several times. When a lady recently asked for someone who could make a cake to resemble her husband's Gibson Les Paul I was more than a little nervous to see my name popping up. I had never attempted a guitar before and was not sure where to start.

I went to see the guitar and took a few pictures, then ordered the biggest cake board I could find. I used this to determine the size of the cake and drew an outline of the shape on to greaseproof paper. Then I then baked two enormous rectangular cakes in my biggest roasting pan, and used my paper templates to cut out the shapes.

I tried to create a wood grain effect by painting the light brown sugarpaste I had covered the cake with. I was pleased with how this turned out but would have liked a shiny finish really. All the knobs and twiddly bits (I'm not particularly musical!), are hand made from sugarpaste and painted with gold and silver lustre dust.

I really enjoyed making this cake, and had a great time listening to 6 Music's coverage of Glastonbury whilst I worked on it. A perfect pairing.