Archives for category: Macarons

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

It’s always so great when my friend Jade comes to visit. We spend the whole time laughing at stupid things, reminiscing and eating far too much. This trip she visited with her lovely boyfriend Brad and we managed to lure them out of London this weekend for a family BBQ. On her last visit I made all of these but this time I went for something a little smaller scale but super tasty. We used to live on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at school and when we discovered that putting Marshmallow Fluff with it was a thing we thought it was amazing. I don’t know if Jade and I were just easily amused back in school, but we found the name Fluffernutter ridiculously funny and there was an equally hilarious song that went with it. To make the macarons I used this recipe and added a little ‘Chestnut’ food colouring to make them a little peanut coloured. I filled them by piping a circle of peanut butter frosting and blobbing a bit of this jelly in the middle. I then piped a bit of Marshmallow Fluff on top and sandwiched the two halves together. I’d like to think that turning our school snack into macarons somehow sophisticates the concept but as soon as I saw them oozing I knew otherwise. They tasted so good and gooey and most importantly Jade loved them. Come back soon Jadeo, I miss you already! x  

Peanut Butter Buttercream

250g icing sugar

80g unsalted butter

25ml milk

2 big spoonfuls of Peanut Butter (I used Jif)

Beat the icing sugar, butter and peanut butter and milk together until smooth. Add more peanut butter to taste if necessary.

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

It’s always good to stop and appreciate the amazing people in your life. That’s why I love days like today. My Mother is one of the most amazing people I will ever know. She is always there to guide me, teach me new things and give an honest opinion about which sprinkles to use. Having said that, these macarons are not for her. Ha. They are for another wonderful mother. My friend Emily asked me to make some macarons to give to her mum and I wanted to make something super pretty. We decided on rose as the flavour so I piped on tiny roses to the shells using royal icing. I used this tip for the rose and this tip to pipe the leaves. I hope everyone had a wonderful day with the special ladies in their lives. Happy Mother’s Day! x

Bonjour! This cake is for the lovely Tiffany who is turning 21. To celebrate she is going to Paris so I thought it would only be right to use this as the inspiration for her cake. It’s a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, covered in pale pink fondant and finished with a pink polka dot ribbon. Amazingly just before I made this cake my parents took a trip to Paris so they picked up an Eiffel Tower for me to decorate the top of the cake. The best thing about it is that it lights up just like the real one. To complete the decoration I piled up some macarons to keep with the theme. Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to make some of my own but I picked up these ones in different colours that went well with the pink. I love the Paris theme and already have ideas about variations including flowers and bows. I hope Tiffany has brilliant birthday and an amazing trip! x