This week was my best friend Becki’s birthday. The plan was to have nibbles and drinks at hers before going out so I thought I would make her some birthday cupcakes to share with everyone. They were inspired by the wrapping paper for her present. I knew it would be perfect as she loves sweets and we always get pick ‘n’ mix at the cinema. The cupcakes were vanilla filled with raspberry jam and topped with a few of her fave sweets including white chocolate jazzies. I love how fun they look and that you could easily customise with any sweets that take your fancy. Happy Birthday Becki! x

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

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

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

This cake was duh-licious. Before I start going on about mini doughnuts let me tell you about the cake. I used Hummingbird Bakery’s Chicago Fudge Cake recipe found in this book. It’s so easy to make and don’t worry if they look super flat, that’s kind of their thing and they taste amazing. I filled it with peanut butter frosting and a layer of salted caramel. Oh yes. This cake was for my cousin’s 21st birthday (woop!) and I thought I would continue with last year’s theme of a stack of something on top of the cake. Last year it was cookies and so this year I thought it would be cute to top it with a pyramid of mini doughnuts. I made a vanilla doughnut batter and baked them in this mini tin. When they had cooled I dipped them in the extra chocolate ganache that I used to cover the outside of the cake. To finish I hung this adorable cake bunting I found in Paperchase. Happy Birthday Fabian! x