It’s been a few weeks now since the Hampton Court Flower Show was on but I’ve been waiting to share this post until I made this cake. I had the best day at Hampton Court with my flower-loving friend Alexia, and while the weather wasn’t amazing, the displays sure were. We wandered through the show gardens, browsed the stalls and enjoyed a demonstration from top florist Simon Lycett. I went away feeling super inspired by all the incredible plants and flowers. Their textures and colours were fascinating but mostly I ended up looking at everything and wishing it was made out of sugar. Typical. While in the rose tent one particular flower grabbed my attention for its gorgeous colours. I regrettably, in my excitement, didn’t take down the specific name of this English rose but going off the photos I took, chose to roughly recreate it for the top of this cake to be served at an afternoon tea. Luckily I recently purchased this unbelievable book where I followed its step by step guide on how to create an English rose. I made a few alterations from the original flower, choosing to make it in a more ombre orange to pinky purple colour to go with the cake better. In addition to Peggy’s instructions I included an extra layers of petals so the rose was larger and I bent back the petals on the outer layers. I love how it turned out, especially the colours and how fluid the petals look, and I’m excited to use other flowers I saw in future cakes.  You can see more pictures from our visit here…

I love getting unusual cupcake requests and this has to to be one of my favourites. I was asked to make Ancient Egyptian themed cupcakes for our friend’s children and I was so excited. I chose to make fondant toppers shaping them in to pyramids, pharaohs, hieroglyphics and mummies. I aimed to make them as kid friendly as possible using pastel colours and made the pharaohs smiley. I used gold shimmery dust to make a few of them sparkle so they matched the gold cases.

I don’t really know how to talk to you about my love of Frozen. I could tell you just how many dozens of times I’ve seen it. Go into detail about how it’s one of the most adorable films I’ve seen in ages. Or how all of us 24+ year olds sang along to the soundtrack in the car on my recent road trip in LA. I could even tell you how many times I’ve asked someone if they wanted to build a snowman even though it’s July. However it’s probably in my best interest to just tell you about these cupcakes and my friend Janay’s awesome Frozen birthday party. Man, was it awesome. It involved an amazing BBQ, Frozen karaoke and some unbelievably dressed male Elsas. Janay, of course, was Olaf, and not wanting to show up empty handed, I whipped up these Oreo cupcakes with her favourite character on them. I used fondant to shape each one, so their expressions all turned out slightly different which I kind of like. Happy Birthday Janay! x 

This Friday night we travelled back in time for a 90s themed sleepover. Lovely Alexia agreed to host a bunch of us girls for a sleepover full of old school food, retro board games, plenty of cheesy music and our favourite childhood films. We began the evening by twisting and clipping our hair back in to the 1998 styles we used to rock and listening to some Britney and Backstreet Boys. Of course we kicked off the evening with a game of Dreamphone and then tucked in to some classic Turkey Dinosaurs, Potato Smileys and My Little Pony Spaghetti Hoops. Then for dessert we had a Vienetta which totally took me back. I made some Oreo cupcakes for us to snack on during the movies (we of course watched 10 Things I Hate About You. Swoon!), opting for some themed toppers. Along with an “I heart 90s” logo I chose to recreate one of my favourite and most irritating toys of the time the Tamagotchi and represented some of the 90s fashion trends with a tie dye topper with some daises. I loved this nostalgia overdose and as I sat in my PJs eating Pop Tarts and watching Never Been Kissed I was reminded and so grateful of how much fun my childhood was. 

I can’t say I’ve ever watched a whole (or even half) of a cricket match. It’s definitely not my sport of choice, however, this cake might possibly be one of my new favourites. The cake was for my neighbour’s adorable son Jack who was having a cricket birthday party. I knew I wanted to use my mini hemispherical tins again to create a cricket ball just as I did here with the tennis balls. This time I wanted to give it more of a fun twist that the rest of the kids at the party would think was super cool. Filling it with mini smarties seemed perfect, so that they would pour out when he cut the cake. Just for you I made an extra cricket ball so I could show you the inside, as I wasn’t going to be there when the cake was cut. Don’t say I don’t spoil you. The rest of the cake I kept simple with green fondant, a bit of ‘grass’ piping and some flower paste cricket bats. The trickiest part was piping the stitching on to the ball, but I found that using ribbon and some sterilised pins as a guide worked best as it gave me straight lines at even distances. I totally think I would be more likely to watch cricket if it rained smarties occasionally when they hit the ball. Happy Birthday Jack! x