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  1. A couple of weeks ago I went on a beginners royal icing course with Ceri Dz (www.ceridz.co.uk) over in Cardiff. I love royal icing and think it's making a come back after years of people thinking it old fashioned and out of date. The course was fantastic, Ceri was a generous and helpful tutor and we learnt heaps. I was so, so nervous, but actually, was quite pleased with my efforts! I plan to go and do the intermediate course after some more practise with what I have learnt.

    Royal icing class

     

    I state in my FAQs that I am happy to provide a naked cake for people to decorate themselves or that I am happy to decorate a cake baked by someone else. Well, I had both options within a week! Firstly I supplied a 9" round fruit cake for a wedding, it had been maturing for about 6 weeks, so would have made a delicious cake. Secondly, I was presented with a (delicious looking!) 9" sponge to transform into a Christening cake.

     

    Floral Christening cake

    9" fruit cake

    This cake was my first go at a quilting effect and I think you'll agree that it turns a very simple cake into a really stunning cake. This was a 9" vanilla sponge filled with cherry jam and buttercream.

    Purple quilted anemone cake

     

    This striking cake was an 18th birthday cake. It was very pink, very fluffy, very sparkly! It made a real impact. The bottom 9" tier was chocolate and the top 7" tier was lemon. Probably my personal perfect flavour choice!

    Hot pink 2 tier 18th birthday cake

     

    This cake was designed alongside the mum of twins, Aaron and Natalie. We met a few weeks ago and this is the design that evolved, incorporating Aaron's love of football and Natalie's love of hockey. The ball and hockey stick are cake pop mix and everything was hand painted/decorated. The cake is a 9" vanilla filled with chocolate buttercream.

    Twins 18th joint cake

     

    Humty Dumty sat on a wall, Humty Dumpty...... got gobbled up and eaten, by all accounts!! Humpty himself is an Easter egg which I decorated and his wall is a yummy chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream. I've made all of Samuel's birthday cakes so far.

    Humpty Dumpty cake

     

    This is a photo cake, but with a difference. Rather than just stick an edible photo across the top of a cake, I wanted to put it in a photoframe. The photo is of Will's new car. He's keen to pass his test. Very keen, he had his theory test booked for the morning of his birthday - and he passed! 8" chocolate cake.

    Picture frame cake

     

    I'm pleased to say that I have a busy few weeks coming up. Actually, make that a busy few months! I'm fully booked until the latter part of March and even after that, availability is quite limited. I even took and order for July 2015 the other day!! If you would like to order a cake, it really is never too early.

     

     

  2. Wow, how bad is that, I have not updated this blog since before Christmas! My excuse? Cake!

    Honestly, my lovely customes love to keep me busy. Luckily, the range of cakes I'm asked for is so wide and varied that I could never get bored of cake and I still get such a buzz from handing over a cake and seeing the reactions they are met with. All of my galleries are up to date, so I won't post a load of  photos here, I will try and keep more up to date with it now though. Promise!

    I will show some photos of a wedding cake I did this weekend, even if I do say so myself, it's beautiful. I set it up at Ashton Court Manison where Andrew and Aimee were holding their reception. The cake was a 12" fruit, 10" lemon,8" vanilla and a 6" carrot. They also ordered a mini cake that was gluten free for Aimee's mum so she could enjoy a slice of cake too.The couple had chosen these flavours after tasting samples at our wedding consultation back in September. All wedding cakes that are booked with me include a consultation where we meet, discuss design ideas, colours and of course eat cake! If you are getting married, feel free to get in touch for an initial chat if you think you'd like me to make your cake.

     

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