Archives for category: birthday cake

First off, let me tell you how much I loved making these little penguin guys for this cake. They are so sweet, if a little chubby. The lovely recipient of this cake is being taken to the Antarctic as their birthday present (how cool is that?!) so that was the theme! Since making this cake I’ve learnt that there are apparently no igloos in the Antarctic (doh!). Although, I’m almost certain Pingu lived in an igloo? I moulded the igloo using flower paste and made the penguins out of fondant. For the pole I used a red paper straw that was surprisingly sturdy so held in the cake well. The cake itself was a vanilla sponge with coconut buttercream and raspberry jam – A flavour combination I’m loving at the moment! I hope Richard had a special birthday and has the most incredible adventure to the Antarctic! x

This is a first for me. It’s a sort of virtual birthday celebration! It’s for my close friend’s Grandmother, Judy. She lives in America but I was asked to make a cake to commemorate the day anyway. I love that Judy keeps up with my blog and always writes such lovely comments that mean so much to me. It’s always so nice to get positive feedback on my bakes and she is never short of a nice word or a sweet phrase that always make me smile. I also love that I can dedicate a whole post just for her on her special day. I had the pleasure of visiting her in North Carolina on our road trip across America a few years ago. While we were there not only did she prepare an amazing meal for us, she recommended we visit a beautiful sculpture in Charlotte where she lives. It’s called the Firebird and sits outside the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. I thought I would use this as inspiration for the cake as it is so pretty and reminds me of our visit to Charlotte. My version of the Firebird is perhaps a little bit cuddlier, I made him by cutting the shape out of fondant which I covered in metallic paint and coated in edible glitter. I love that it has the same sparkle as the sculpture when the light hits it and I also slightly love that now even my eyebrows have glitter on them. I’m sorry that Judy won’t actually be getting a slice, but I will be delivering it to the rest of your family to enjoy, and I promise to bake you something tasty on your next visit. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Judy! xx

Bonjour! This cake is for the lovely Tiffany who is turning 21. To celebrate she is going to Paris so I thought it would only be right to use this as the inspiration for her cake. It’s a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, covered in pale pink fondant and finished with a pink polka dot ribbon. Amazingly just before I made this cake my parents took a trip to Paris so they picked up an Eiffel Tower for me to decorate the top of the cake. The best thing about it is that it lights up just like the real one. To complete the decoration I piled up some macarons to keep with the theme. Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to make some of my own but I picked up these ones in different colours that went well with the pink. I love the Paris theme and already have ideas about variations including flowers and bows. I hope Tiffany has brilliant birthday and an amazing trip! x

This cake was duh-licious. Before I start going on about mini doughnuts let me tell you about the cake. I used Hummingbird Bakery’s Chicago Fudge Cake recipe found in this book. It’s so easy to make and don’t worry if they look super flat, that’s kind of their thing and they taste amazing. I filled it with peanut butter frosting and a layer of salted caramel. Oh yes. This cake was for my cousin’s 21st birthday (woop!) and I thought I would continue with last year’s theme of a stack of something on top of the cake. Last year it was cookies and so this year I thought it would be cute to top it with a pyramid of mini doughnuts. I made a vanilla doughnut batter and baked them in this mini tin. When they had cooled I dipped them in the extra chocolate ganache that I used to cover the outside of the cake. To finish I hung this adorable cake bunting I found in Paperchase. Happy Birthday Fabian! x

Sprinkles. So many sprinkles. I love them at the best of times but covering a cake head to toe is definitely my new favourite way of using them. Not only does it scream birthday but it was ridiculously fun to make. Sure, I got them EVERYWHERE but who cares when the end result looks this cool. The birthday girl is a fan of purple so the inside is a purple ombre cake filled with blueberry jam and covered in vanilla buttercream. I layered the cake straight on to the stand and once I had put a few coats of buttercream on I pressed fistfuls of sprinkles on to the outside and the top of the cake. I finished the top off with buttercream kisses and smarties. I made the 16 by making a template and cutting it out of purple flowerpaste which I then secured to cake pop sticks using royal icing. Hoping it made your sixteenth very sweet! Happy Birthday Sabrina! x