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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!

These cupcakes are for a guy called Keith at my sister’s work who is leaving. He’s such a lovely guy who has been at Found the longest out of anyone and I’m sure is gonna be majorly missed. I used gold foil cases and made both vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, because I never know which people prefer. For the toppers I did this funny little bear drawing by hand, scanned it in to the computer and coloured him. Then I had the image made in to cake toppers. Let me explain the drawing…I’ve always liked doing funny animal drawings, they kind of really amuse me. So as Keith plays the ukulele and they are so tiny I chose a big bear to exaggerate this. He also does KaraUke. Yep that’s right karaoke to ukulele. Yep awesome. We should all go. Don’t worry, I’m aware that this is totally not a normal cake to give someone, but I think its kinda cute and I hope he likes it!