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 

About a week ago we organised an early birthday brunch for our friend Jane. It was a perfect leisurely celebration where we had mimosas, fruit salad, a boat load of bagels (I’ve just discovered blueberry bagels!!!), and this coffee cake  along with plenty of tea. Jane is a big coffee fan so the flavour was an obvious choice and for the design I decided to decorate it by making a cookie version of her dog Cooper. Cooper is one super cool dog. He is ridiculously cute plus I’m pretty sure he has more clothes than I do. I made cookie Cooper by drawing a template based on one of Jane’s photos of him and cutting it out of vanilla biscuit dough. I then used royal icing to create his furry look using a nozzle similar to this. I placed cookie Cooper on top of the simple buttercream cake and filled the edges of the stand with these chocolate coffee beans. It was so great that we got to see Jane and celebrate her birthday while she is in town. Happy Birthday Jane! x

I’ve been enjoying the tennis this past week. While in Wimbledon I couldn’t resist visiting the Sugarpova Pop-Up shop in the Village for a sweetie fix. We took some silly photos and browsed the shop. I picked up a few things but my favourites have to be these mini chewing gum tennis balls in a variety of colours. I thought they would be cute to put on cupcakes to serve to our friends Arthur and Catherine (and baby Austin!) who regularly visit for Wimbledon. The cupcakes were vanilla with raspberry jam and decorated with rainbow sprinkles in similar colours to the tennis balls.

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