Friday, May 26, 2017

Thank you cupcakes

Last week was my elder son's last day at school - only returning to sit his A Level exams.  I made these thank you cupcakes for him to take in - 3 subjects; 2 teachers per subject; plus one for his head of year and one for the head teacher.  Rosettes for the Government & Politics teachers; calculators for the Maths teachers; USB sticks for the Computer Science teachers; and a mortar board for the head teacher.  Lemon cupcakes with lemon curd buttercream and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate caramel flavour buttercream.

I also made these cupcakes for a very special member of staff.  Louise has been with my son throughout his entire education. At primary school, she was the LSA for a boy in his class, from nursery right up until he left. And then, when Matthew left primary school to go to the shiny brand new secondary school (because his was the first year it opened...!) Louise also left to take up the role of Student Manager (I think that was her title!) at his new school! So think - she's known my son only 3 years less than I have! LOL!! Louise is a very special lady and I'm probably more grateful to her that she realises.  I've asked, but apparently she isn't looking for a new role in a university somewhere... 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

First Holy Communion Cake

Quilled cross communion cake
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Silver bling cake!

Do not adjust your screen! Yes, this cake is ENTIRELY silver.  When too much bling is not enough, this is pretty much the perfect cake!  I hope Eloise had a fabulous 21st birthday party, celebrating with friends.
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One of the rare occasions when decorating the cake board takes a lot, lot longer than the cake that's going on it!  But I had to ensure there were 13 stripes - 7 red and 6 white.  And there are 50 stars in the blue square.  Apparently, the birthday boy hasn't been the USA and so his present from his wife was this cake, two tickets and some US$ spending money!  What a wonderful way to celebrate a milestone birthday.
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Map Cake

My friend asked for a cake for her very well travelled mum's 80th birthday.  She wanted to include a world map, and a model of her mum (in white trousers and a long purple cardi) pulling a suitcase on wheels!  The edible image flags around the side of the cake depict some of the countries she's been to.
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50th Birthday Drip Cake

Happy 50th Birthday to Lynn who celebrated with a birthday meal out with friends. Chocolate sponge with vanilla buttercream, covered with whipped milk-chocolate ganache and dark-chocolate ganache drips... topped with Maltesers. How do you make a decadent chocolate cake EVEN MORE decadent? By having gold Maltesers! And why not?!
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Silhouette Wedding Cake

Congratulations to Samantha & David who were married at Gayes Park back in April.  
Samantha chose this pretty hand-painted silhouette wedding cake with yellow blossoms in shades of yellow and gold.
Many thanks to Abbey Weddings for the photographs. 
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Congratulations to Chandni & Mandeep who celebrated their wedding in The Ballroom at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane. Chandni chose a 5 tier ivory wedding cake decorated with edible white cake lace and hand-made dusky-pink sugar roses and their initials hand-piped in royal icing.
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Engagement Cake

Pretty hand-painted silhouette engagement cake, ordered by the bride-to-be's mum... She (and subsequently, I) knew that Chris was going to propose on holiday before Nicole did!  She ordered this cake as a little surprise for their return at a family dinner tonight.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Henna Inspired Wedding Cookie Favours

Just a small selection of the henna-pattern inspired cookies for Devina & Amrit's wedding... I love the bright colours and beautiful patterns! They may have taken me longer than anticipated, but seeing how thrilled the customer was when she collected them - and the lovely 'thank you' hug she gave me was certainly worth it!!  Royal icing flooded cookies with hand-piped royal icing detailing. There were 180 cookies in total, 3 cookies per bag. The customer had 60 beautiful boxes to place the bagged cookies in at home - boxes had peacock pattern on the front, with the bride & groom's name.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Caviar Birthday Cake

Happy 18th birthday to my first-born baby!
I look back and smile (and, yes, have shed a tear or two recently) at all the wonderful memories of his childhood, but my heart is full knowing what a wonderful young man he's become: Kind, caring, honest, hard-working, funny, loving, clever, intelligent....
As he is starting to appreciate the finer things in life this was a perfect cake for him (and I'm proud that he asked for a fruit cake for his birthday! I have taught him well!) x x x x x
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

18th Birthday Cake

Pretty, pink, girly, lilac, purple...  all words that the customer used to describe the cake she wanted for her daughter's 18th birthday.  Unfortunately, due to my (lack of) photography skills, you can't see the hand-piped inscription. I hope Francesca had a wonderful birthday - I know they enjoyed the cake as I got this lovely message
"It was just what I asked for and tasted delicious. Thank you so much again for a brilliant masterpiece xxx"
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