I don’t really know how to talk to you about my love of Frozen. I could tell you just how many dozens of times I’ve seen it. Go into detail about how it’s one of the most adorable films I’ve seen in ages. Or how all of us 24+ year olds sang along to the soundtrack in the car on my recent road trip in LA. I could even tell you how many times I’ve asked someone if they wanted to build a snowman even though it’s July. However it’s probably in my best interest to just tell you about these cupcakes and my friend Janay’s awesome Frozen birthday party. Man, was it awesome. It involved an amazing BBQ, Frozen karaoke and some unbelievably dressed male Elsas. Janay, of course, was Olaf, and not wanting to show up empty handed, I whipped up these Oreo cupcakes with her favourite character on them. I used fondant to shape each one, so their expressions all turned out slightly different which I kind of like. Happy Birthday Janay! x 

This Friday night we travelled back in time for a 90s themed sleepover. Lovely Alexia agreed to host a bunch of us girls for a sleepover full of old school food, retro board games, plenty of cheesy music and our favourite childhood films. We began the evening by twisting and clipping our hair back in to the 1998 styles we used to rock and listening to some Britney and Backstreet Boys. Of course we kicked off the evening with a game of Dreamphone and then tucked in to some classic Turkey Dinosaurs, Potato Smileys and My Little Pony Spaghetti Hoops. Then for dessert we had a Vienetta which totally took me back. I made some Oreo cupcakes for us to snack on during the movies (we of course watched 10 Things I Hate About You. Swoon!), opting for some themed toppers. Along with an “I heart 90s” logo I chose to recreate one of my favourite and most irritating toys of the time the Tamagotchi and represented some of the 90s fashion trends with a tie dye topper with some daises. I loved this nostalgia overdose and as I sat in my PJs eating Pop Tarts and watching Never Been Kissed I was reminded and so grateful of how much fun my childhood was. 

I can’t say I’ve ever watched a whole (or even half) of a cricket match. It’s definitely not my sport of choice, however, this cake might possibly be one of my new favourites. The cake was for my neighbour’s adorable son Jack who was having a cricket birthday party. I knew I wanted to use my mini hemispherical tins again to create a cricket ball just as I did here with the tennis balls. This time I wanted to give it more of a fun twist that the rest of the kids at the party would think was super cool. Filling it with mini smarties seemed perfect, so that they would pour out when he cut the cake. Just for you I made an extra cricket ball so I could show you the inside, as I wasn’t going to be there when the cake was cut. Don’t say I don’t spoil you. The rest of the cake I kept simple with green fondant, a bit of ‘grass’ piping and some flower paste cricket bats. The trickiest part was piping the stitching on to the ball, but I found that using ribbon and some sterilised pins as a guide worked best as it gave me straight lines at even distances. I totally think I would be more likely to watch cricket if it rained smarties occasionally when they hit the ball. Happy Birthday Jack! x

Today is sweet Shannon’s 21st Birthday! I heard her favourite flavour is Oreo, so inspired by the cool greyish colour of the frosting I went for a silver and gold theme. To decorate the Oreo ones I handmade toppers using flowerpaste and shimmery dust. For the vanilla cupcakes I sprinkled them with these non-pareils and small sugar flowers in a matching gold. I think this might be my new fave colour combo, especially the warm gold colour and I love that the cupcake flavours kind of matched too. I hope Shannon had a brilliant day and a memorable birthday! x

This weekend was full of fun and reminiscing. It started by returning to my past school to see my friend’s youngest brother give his end of year speech as Head Boy at Summer Meeting. It was brilliant being surrounded by familiar faces and reliving all my school memories. We wandered around all the old classrooms, which all smelt bizarrely the same. Especially the science block, ugh. I was particularly pleased to come across some kids piping cupcakes in the Food Tech kitchens. It was great to gather together and celebrate Peter graduating and the school that brought us all together. Which leads me to telling you about this cake. My school friend Beth and her lovely family were a part of the celebrations and attended Summer Meeting with us. She asked me to make a cake for her Mum as they were also celebrating her birthday this weekend. Beth’s Mum, Kate, is always so sweet and supportive about my baking and blog so I wanted to make her something special. I was inspired by this cake I saw recently and fell in love with the stylised flatter flowers. I enjoyed trying to recreate the shapes and colours into a wreath of flowers for the top of the cake and included her name for the centre. It was so great to catch up this weekend and I hope she had a lovely birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday Kate! x