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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 

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

Lovely Dominique asked me to make some cupcakes for her 30th birthday. She was having a garden party so I figured some girly flowers would go nicely. I chose to make some little cherry blossom flowers, by making super pale pink flowers and dusting them with a slightly darker shade and dotting the middle with an even darker pink. I matched the flowers with some of these sprinkles and pink cases. The cupcakes were vanilla with raspberry jam and chocolate with nutella AND they were gluten free. Yay! Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Dominique! xx

I remember not long ago saying that I thought I was reaching the age where my friends might start asking me to make their wedding cakes…so when my friend Roderick got engaged to the gorgeous Lizzie and asked me to make their wedding cake I was thrilled. I couldn’t imagine making my first wedding cake for a lovelier couple. The cake was to be a surprise for the bride so Roderick and I worked on a design and came up with this colourful creation. Roderick was brilliant and knew exactly what he wanted, including incorporating smarties in to the decorations! Roderick chose a three-tier cake made up of Victoria sponge, chocolate cake and lemon cake covered in traditional white fondant. The decorations were to be a little less traditional but matched the whole wedding perfectly, which used multicoloured details and flowers that were perfectly suited to the fun couple. The final design was to have two tiers with different coloured sugar gerberas with mini smartie stems in a random pattern around the cake. We kept the middle tier simple and had tiny Roderick and Lizzie sitting under the word love. I adored making toppers for the first time, especially getting to recreate the couple’s distinctive hairstyles. I can’t begin to tell you how good it felt to have made my first wedding cake and how pleased, proud and excited I was to see my cake being cut and then enjoyed by everyone at the wedding. It was such an honour to be a part of such a special day for two very special people. Congratulations Roderick and Lizzie xx

This week my friend Alexia took me to the flower market with the intention of picking up something to decorate a cake for my Grandmother’s 91st birthday. Last year I made sugar flowers so this year I thought I would opt for some fresh ones. We got up early, had a wander around and ate some killer bacon sandwiches. The market smelt uh-mazing and there was so much choice. However, as soon as I saw a bouquet of candy coloured roses I knew they were the ones. They featured enough pinks (her favourite colour) along with pretty purples, soft creams and pops of red, yellow and orange. For the cake itself I went for lemon filled with lemon buttercream and lemon curd and covered it in pale pink fondant. Being a flower pro Alexia came over and helped me wire and wrap the roses so that they could be easily placed in the cake. They then chilled in the fridge until I needed to use them. Once the cake was iced I simply pushed the wire stems into the cake arranging them in a sort of circle, then the middle and finally filling in any gaps with the rose leaves. This was one amazing smelling cake and it tasted pretty great too. Happy Birthday Granny! x