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Yesterday was my Grandmother’s (Grandy’s) Birthday. She loves whites, yellows and greens and whenever we buy her bunches of flowers it’s always in these colour tones. I wanted to replicate the birthday bouquet we were going to give her as the theme for her birthday cake. To do this I made just over a dozen hand moulded roses (like this but Peggy Porschen’s book has a great tutorial too) to arrange in clusters on top of the cake with some sugar leaves. I made some solid white and yellow then a few with lighter yellow centres and white outside petals, then dusted them with ‘Primrose’ edible dust. The cake turned out super cute and fresh looking and I think she loved it. Happy Birthday Grandy! x

Oh boy did I learn a lot while making this cake. The thing is, I never really make square or box cakes let alone panel them, so it was a lot of figuring it out as I went along. And measuring, oh the measuring. I am however, pretty darn pleased with how it turned out and I love that I can now do something new. This cake was for my friend Eddie’s birthday. As you may have guessed he’s majorly into watches so we decided to make a watch box and showcase a few of his favourites. I was so preoccupied with making the cake I forgot to take many pictures. I can only apologise and describe to you how I made it. Firstly I baked and cut three chocolate sponges into the oblong shape. I then ganached the outside, making the edges as sharp as I could. I then covered the whole cake in cream fondant to get the inside of the box colour. To make the outside of the box I rolled out black fondant with a bit of that special powder that makes fondant harden slightly and cut out the rectangle panels. For this I used a template that I drew and I let them dry out a bit before attaching them to the sides of the cake with royal icing. I repeated this process to make the lid border for the top of the box. For the watches themselves I printed the faces in advance so I could get the level of detail on the watches I wanted and then hand cut and modelled each watch to make them look as realistic as I could. This involved quite a few tools and a lot of silver and gold dust. I really like how the cake came together and that it’s super cool and manly. Happy Birthday Eddie! x

I haven’t made bows in a while. It took me a few goes to remember how to make them but once I made a couple it came back to me, and they turned out really sweet. I wanted to make something girly for Laura to celebrate her 20th birthday and knew that bows would be the right design for her. I love that it kind of looks like it belongs in Beauty and the Beast. Must be the colour and bow combo. At the moment I’m really in to making everything a bit shiny and have been opting for lots of silver and golds in my cakes and this one is no exception. I accented the cake with shimmery gold dusted bows and finished it with matching gold ribbon. Happy Birthday Laura! x

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