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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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

30th Birthday Cupcakes

30th birthday cupcakes with silver 30s, bows and blossoms.
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bunsen Burner / Science theme cake

Small world or what, eh? :D I had an enquiry for a cake - the customer had found my details on Google. She wanted a cake for her husband's 30th birthday... and as he is a science teacher, she wanted it themed to reflect that. So we discussed various options etc... then I had a thought... and asked her "Does your husband teach at 'X' school?" And she confirmed her does. HE'S MY SON'S BIOLOGY TEACHER!!! LOL! I do love a nice coincidence!! Big thumbs up to my son for keeping it secret - my boys are well trained and have previously kept cake secrets from friends and family, so no need to worry on that count! So happy birthdy 'Sir'. Edible bunsen burner, beaker, test tube and a couple of text books, with a periodic table-inspired inscription (and for those scientifically-inclined, yes, artistic licence was used for the J!)
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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Social Media Bar Mitzvah Cake

And so the final cake of 2016 was this social media themed Bar Mitzvah cake, for a party on New Year's Eve at the Hallmark Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell.
Mazeltov to Alex and all his family!
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Wedding Cake 'Amanda'

This elegant wedding cake was for Mandy & Tim's wedding at Chigwell Hall last month.  4 tiers of cake, with edible cake lace and swathe of fantasy flowers, roses and peony in metalic shades.

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Pink Drip Sweetie Cake

Chocolate orange cake, covered with pink ganache, topped with pink chocolate drips and just lots and lots and lots of goodies, including home-made meringue kisses; Oreo cookies; Party Rings; a doughnut!; white chocolate cigarellos; flying saucers; liquorice allsorts; dolly mixtures; Smarties... plus more! 
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Wedding Cake 'Sima'

At the beinning of December, it started like this:
Customer: Hi.  I know it's a bit short notice, but I need a wedding cake.
Me: OK...  how short? When's your wedding?
Customer: Sunday next week [that was 8 days away...!]
Me: gulp!

So Sima sent me through some cake photos that she wanted to use as inspiration and we created her own bespoke cake design.  If I say so myself, I think her cake was gorgeous and even if we'd had 8 months, this couldn't have looked any better!  It fitted the venue - The Great Room at The Grosvenor House on London's Park Lane - and the room decoration perfectly.  

As you can see from the first photo, I didn't get a great photo, but I had the photo edited to enhance the colour and lighting and the second photo is much better.  But the last picture is a close-up I took at home which shows the true colour and closer detail.  

My warmest congratulations to Sima and Rajan 

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Chocolate Drip Cake

These drip cakes are like buses, LOL!  You wait ages for the opportunity to do one then two come along at once! (well - the same week!)  Chocolate cake covered with white chocolate ganache and decorated with a dark chocolate ganache 'drip'.  The 50th birthday cake was topped with the birthday girl's favourites - Toblerone, Maltesers and Daim.  And the 15th birthday cake (for my son!!) had Maltesers, Crunchie, Curly Wurly, Matchmakers, fudge and marshmallows!
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Bridesmaids Cookies

 I'm more than a little bit in love with these!  I just love how JoĆ«lle presented these cookies to her sisters and friends, asking them to be her bridesmaids.  Hand-cut, royal iced cookies with free-hand piping.  Thank you for the photos! x
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Born to Shop

This 70 years young lady loves to shop and so her daughters knew exactly what sort of cake they wanted for her (in caramel flavour sponge with caramel flavour buttercream!)  Wishing her the happiest of birthdays!
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Dear Zoo

From the moment I received the enquiry about doing this cake, I smiled... it brought back such lovely memories of reading this over and over again when my boys were babies. No edible images used - all the decoration was hand cut / hand drawn and hand-modelled. 
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