Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Walking cake

This cake was commissioned for a 65th birthday celebration. The recipient, Jo, is a walker so his wife wanted his cake to reflect that love.  There was only one stipulation....the cake should NOT have a walking pole on it as Jo doesn't believe in them!  Fair enough, no walking pole but an ice axe instead.

It was a beautiful sunny day when I delivered the cake to their home and they had the caterers there setting up for a barbeque in the garden - how lovely.

Do you like my little map?
Feedback:
'The cake was much admired and tasted wonderful. Your details are now in my address book for next time!'

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Inspiration Tuesday...

Have you heard of Cake Face?  Well you should have!  She is based in Melbourne, Australia and is an extremely talented cake designer.  Just look at this gorgeous silver painted cake with bold red flowers - so beautiful!
I love her website too.  I love the font she uses, I love the sideboard where she photographs her work, I love her use of metallics....it's just love, love, love....



Thursday, 24 June 2010

Wedding Favours and Name Settings

Last weekend I completed an order for some wedding favours.  Rich butttery shortbread hearts covered in white icing personlised with a name to be used as favours and name settings - two in one - bargain!

This was the largest batch of cookies/favours I have made so far and they filled the room, every surface was covered!  Imagine this image x 15!

And wrapping the favours and tying with ribbon took just as long as decorating and piping! 

Here's a little selection:  (when I was choosing some favours to photograph I randomly picked four and of course happened to choose the one with the name Nobby emblazened across the front.... I put him back.....)


Wednesday, 23 June 2010

My Cricut Cake...

I finally got the opportunity to have a little play with my Cricut Cake last week.... how gorgeous is this machine?  They could have just make it functional and drab but for starters it's bright red!  And smooth!  And it looks like something you would have on your spaceship!  (can you see my reflection in it's beautiful shiny surface?!)

Ooo, lights!
Rolled flowerpaste going in....
Ready to cut?
Oops!  Think the paste was too deep!
Let's try again.... still a little raggedy...
I added more vegetable fat to the flowerpaste and voila - nice shape!
I had to try the cupcake shape of course!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Hen Cupcakes

These cupcakes were ordered for a hen do.  The hens were staying at Malmaison in Birmingham and one of them wanted to surprise the hen with some cupcakes for afternoon tea!  My client sent me a copy of the wedding invitation as inspiration so in keeping with the green, purple and orange colour scheme the vanilla cupcakes had green cases, purple buttercream and orange sprinkles.
 
I modified the text on the wedding invitation and reprinted to create a custom label for the front of the cupcake box:
And do you like the little stickers I has made recently?  I think they are so cute!

Some lovely feedback from my client:
'Cakes went down very well. Had to take a photo quick before the hen ate the hen! Thanks for doing such a great job.'

And a snap of the hen with the hen!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my Dad!

These photos from our garden have such a 70s feel they remind me of being a kid and swinging on the swings and singing songs..

See you in a couple of weeks Dad! x




Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Wedding Favours

As well as making the Pink and Pearls cake for the wedding at Curradine Barns I also made the wedding favours (it was a busy week!)

There were 6 different designs in total including these lollipop faces for the children and some flower inspired favours below:

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Curradine Barns

The Pink and Pearls Wedding cake I posted yesterday was for a wedding at Curradine Barns and I feel compelled to write a post about the venue too as it is gorgeous!

Located in Shrawley, Worcestershire it is only a short drive from the M5 (so guests shouldn't get lost along the way) and it's set in beautiful countryside.

The buildings are former barns with beautiful flagstone floors, old brick walls and lots of warming wood beams.  We arrived so early with the cake the venue were still cleaning ready for the wedding (so I was slightly concerned as delivery boy Dave carried the cake across the well mopped floors!)

This room is used for the wedding breakfast - I even like the wooden chairs they use...

The view from inside to the courtyard:
The wedding cake set up by the stairs:
This huge barn is used for the ceremonies:
Love the 'balcony'!:
And here's delivery boy Dave!:
View of the courtyard:
All in all a beautiful venue in a beautiful location and lovely staff!