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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

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 

About a week ago we organised an early birthday brunch for our friend Jane. It was a perfect leisurely celebration where we had mimosas, fruit salad, a boat load of bagels (I’ve just discovered blueberry bagels!!!), and this coffee cake  along with plenty of tea. Jane is a big coffee fan so the flavour was an obvious choice and for the design I decided to decorate it by making a cookie version of her dog Cooper. Cooper is one super cool dog. He is ridiculously cute plus I’m pretty sure he has more clothes than I do. I made cookie Cooper by drawing a template based on one of Jane’s photos of him and cutting it out of vanilla biscuit dough. I then used royal icing to create his furry look using a nozzle similar to this. I placed cookie Cooper on top of the simple buttercream cake and filled the edges of the stand with these chocolate coffee beans. It was so great that we got to see Jane and celebrate her birthday while she is in town. Happy Birthday Jane! x

This cake was for my lovely neighbour Gabriele’s 40th birthday party this weekend. She had the most gorgeous garden party with a seriously cool marquee, delicious food and plenty of dancing. I knew a cake that was pretty and elegant would be her style and so I drew inspiration from this black and ivory Peggy Porschen cake for the design. It was my first time making anemones (which I still have trouble pronouncing – why?!) and they turned out really well. I love how the monochrome makes everything look so chic. The flowers I chose to make were unwired and I simply attached them to the cake with royal icing. I lightly dusted the edges of the petals with pink which I then highlighted by placing the cake on a pink stand. To go along with the cake I also made some macarons to match, by decorating them with white sugar flowers which I piped with black dot centres to look like the anemones. Happy Birthday Gabriele! x

If this cake had cheeks I would squish them. It’s so darn cute. This adorable birthday cake is for the awesome Ginetta, Alexia’s mummy. It was great to join forces with Alexia again as making last year’s cake together was so much fun. This year we went for something a little more unrefined. For the base we chose a simple lemon buttercream cake then added some fun accessories. We have been loving seeing these little guys featuring on blogs we both read so knew we wanted to recreate one using a pony toy that looked like one of Ginetta’s horses. This is one pony that is ready to party. I made it a tiny party hat using a cupcake case and this tutorial. Then we surrounded him with a variety of candles in different heights, styles and colours. I loved that it looked a little bit retro and hugely fun. Alexia added some fresh flowers to the stand and took some great photos for me to share! Happy Birthday Ginetta! x