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I wanted to share a few speedy snaps I took of these cupcakes because I think they will make you happy. They totally sum up how I’m feeling about these welcome bursts of spring weather and hopefully they brought some sunshine to two ladies celebrating their birthdays this week. Flowers are always cute for girly birthday cupcakes and I made these ones by using two different size flower cutters and layering them on top of each other with a sugar pearl in the centre. I made yellow ones for the lemon cupcakes and pink for the vanilla. Wishing you a Happy Birthday Sharon and Traci! x

Ok so I’m trying my best to do some catching up with you guys this week. Let me start by telling you about the amazing event I made some cakes for a couple of weeks back. It was for my local florist Moonflower. They are incredible all year round but make especially magical creations around Christmas. Every year they transform our house with their beautiful arrangements and I always love seeing what they come up with for each room. The build up to Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them installing some sort of masterpiece above our fireplace or on our dining table (I’ll try and share some photos when it’s all up!) Anyway, for the first year ever they had a preview evening to showcase what themes and gorgeous things were on offer this year. I was asked by the lovely Lia to make some cakes to serve at the party. They were to keep with the white and crystal theme so I made mini cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream and crystal flake sprinkles. I also made some macarons which I sprayed using pearl lustre to give them a pretty shine. When I filled them I rolled the edges in clear sprinkles for some extra sparkle. It was such a nice evening and between you and me it was rather nice to have a mid week glass of champagne and hear some cheeky christmas music before December 1st!

It’s been a while. Too long in fact and I’m sorry. I have a pretty good excuse though, so hear me out. I’m currently doing an internship in an amazing cake shop. Working as hard as I can and learning a lot. I’m there most waking hours of the week so outside of work have only made a few cakes here and there over the past six weeks. They have also had to happen mostly in the dark at night so I haven’t had a chance to take many proper photos. Ok excuses over. Let me tell you about this cake which happened over a weekend where there was time and light. Exciting. I’ve been wanting to make a peachy coloured cake after seeing one at work and also fell in love with the shade of this ribbon. The cake was only a baby 6″ one filled with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream. I made some flower decorations using two sizes of cutter in cream flowerpaste. When they were dry I dusted them with pearl shimmer and made a centre which I covered with tiny pearl balls. I liked that the decoration went with the vintage stand which I got for it to sit on.  

You can’t really go wrong with flowers. In most cases flowers are always a good option. Whether you’re remembering an anniversary, thanking someone, finding a way to jazz up your hair, deciding what to put on an empty table or choosing how to decorate a cake for your Pilates teacher. In my mind, flowers are the way forward. I wanted this cake for my teacher, Donna, to be both simple and pretty, with a little touch of birthday sparkle. I’ve only made sugar flowers a couple of times and clearly still have so much to learn (I’ve since been taught even more about making roses!! yay!) but I loved making these ones especially in these colours. The pale peach and yellow seemed fitting for a late summer birthday and I finished them with some edible glitter. Happy Birthday Donna! x

Today was my Granny’s 90th Birthday. I don’t even know how to begin describing her to you, for she is the most incredible person. Granny tells the best stories about her childhood in New York and countless other tales from her interesting life. All her anecdotes come with every detail as if it happened yesterday and I love hearing all her memories. My favourite accounts of hers are about the amazing foods she remembers, such as halloween ice cream cats from Manhattan or famous cookies from Boston. I hope she will be recounting her 90th birthday cake to people for years to come. I of course wanted to make something extra special for such an important birthday. I had the idea to make a cake version of a painting I did for her one Christmas. For the cake I made a three tier vanilla sponge and sandwiched the layers with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream. I covered the outside of the cake in a layer of white vanilla buttercream, then added the colour on top. To achieve the paint-like appearance I mixed the white buttercream with food colouring as if I were mixing paints and used a palatte knife to create the brush strokes. I topped the cake with flowers I made in advance and let dry. I learnt how to make flowers out of flowerpaste especially for this cake and I loved it. I started with the roses as I vaguely knew how to do those and used the internet for help where I needed it. I made up how the other flowers would look just based on the painting and created the purple one by stacking lots of cut out flower shapes in different shades. I finished  the cake with a ribbon that matched the border of the painting. I think it really does look like the painting, almost too pretty to eat. Almost. I absolutely adored making this cake, especially as it combined painting and baking. But mostly I adored making something special for a very special Granny. Happy 90th Birthday! x