Archives for category: Gold

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

Today is sweet Shannon’s 21st Birthday! I heard her favourite flavour is Oreo, so inspired by the cool greyish colour of the frosting I went for a silver and gold theme. To decorate the Oreo ones I handmade toppers using flowerpaste and shimmery dust. For the vanilla cupcakes I sprinkled them with these┬ánon-pareils and small sugar flowers in a matching gold. I think this might be my new fave colour combo, especially the warm gold colour and I love that the cupcake flavours kind of matched too. I hope Shannon had a brilliant day and a memorable birthday! x

I’m baaaaaaack. Although I had the best trip and I can’t wait to tell you all about it, it’s nice to be back in the kitchen. While I was away it was my cousin’s birthday. We celebrated with her this weekend and I made her this colourful cake. I was inspired by these adorable cake flags I picked up before my holiday. I was drawn to the colours mixed with the gold highlights. Eloise is not a massive fan of cake but loves macarons (hence this macaron mountain I made her last year) so I chose to make a tiny cake that was topped and surrounded by them. The macarons were raspberry and dusted with gold powder to give them a shine. The cake was vanilla with raspberry jam and for the outside I tried out this technique. It was pretty simple to achieve and I really like the effect and how the sherberty colours blend together. Happy Birthday Eloise 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

There are people in my life that I just know I’m going to be friends with forever. I know this because I can be far away from them and only exchange a few funny texts from time to time, but when we do get together it’s like they were never more than a few streets away. The distance doesn’t really matter. They are equally as important to me as the friends that I love and see most days, but it’s special when they come home to visit and I get to see their faces. Andrew is one of these people. I’ve known him for most of my short life and it was really annoying that he decided to move to Dubai to work. Stupid. He came back to visit this week and requested some baked goods and blog love so I made him these. Vanilla cupcakes with maple syrup frosting topped with crispy streaky bacon. I wanted to make these for a couple of reasons. They reminded me of the road trip we took across America a couple of years ago and being at an IHOP. Also because we laughed at him a lot for going via Canada to meet us in LA for the roadtrip. Stupid. So the maple bacon combo was perfect for reminding him of this. These cupcakes have the same feeling as pancakes, fluffy and kind of comforting. One of the best things about making these was the smell of bacon that lingered in the kitchen all morning, my favourite. If I made them again I would add some blueberries to the vanilla cake to make it extra pancake like. I hope he liked them and comes back again soon!