Lucky Louie had a Gruffalo cake for his birthday and it was nearly as big as him! I just forgot about the knobbly knees but he had everything else a Gruffalo should have. This was also a bit of an engineering trial but I’m glad to report that his head stayed firmly in place until the appropriate moment of cutting the cake. Phew!
I’ve long been meaning to update the blog with more cake pictures so finally, I have a chance to do this today.
So, looking back through the archives, I don’t think you’ve seen Snakes on a Cake! I think this was for Gilbert’s birthday (or it could have been Edgar, sorry boys!)
And a few more of Jenny’s mum’s cake as it was quite nice!
Our lovely neighbour and friend Eva left to go back to Malaysia the other weekend so Amy threw her a big party.
I made her a cake with London landmarks on it to remind her of her time here. I was going to make her a big cat cake but thought that was too mean.
(She REALLY hates cats!)
This is the O2 (not a bridge EVA!), london bus, taxi, Gherkin and pigeon
Policeman, crown jewels, big ben, phone box, union jack, underground and GLA building
Eva and her Aunty Amy
Phil’s grandad turned 90 in January but he wasn’t well enough to celebrate his birthday so it was postponed until April. So we all went over to a pub in Essex to celebrate. Irene made a fruit cake for me to decorate and we agreed on his love of gardening and growing vegetables. He’s also got a little pond in his garden, although perhaps this one is a bit too like a mini swimming pool.
One day I might learn about scale but for now I’ll keep making giant vegetables and ladybirds!
I also have to pay tribute to Jo at Icing on the cake for giving me lots of inspiration and ideas for this cake!
Fleur was 5 this week and had a birthday party on Saturday with a horse theme. My good friend and neighbour Wendy (who has been a bit of a regular addition to sugar paste evenings) once again came to my rescue with her insider knowlege of horses and ponies. I thought these were really lovely and am really grateful for all Wendy’s hard work.
We had our first house party on Saturday night as Phil wanted to do a ‘Chilli Con Carnival’ which was also Halloween. 45 of our friends and neighbours joined us to eat lots chilli, cakes and puddings and go on what must be one of the biggest trick or treat groups our street has ever seen!
It was great fun and the kids managed to stay up all evening having fun with their friends or entertaining the adults with apple bobbling. I didn’t have very much time to decorate the cakes so did some really quick and easy toppings. Next year I’d like to have a go at something a bit more exciting! White cases were vanilla with a dollop of strawberry jam and brown cases were gluten free mocha.
The home made punch went down really well and we will be putting our empties out with embarrassment on Friday!
Thanks to all who came and made it such a brilliant night.
Phil very kindly made me this montage of most of my cakes so far! A really nice collection and I’m hoping that they are starting to look like my own style. Hopefully there will be many more to come.
My sister’s friend Jo asked me to make her some cakes to take to a hen night with her for an Indian bride. She didn’t give me too many restrictions on what I could do so I decided to use the mehndi patterns found in henna designs as my inspiration. I do love a paisley pattern and had bought this background paper the other week. I actually think I bought it to give to my sister for a book paper but I think I might have to keep it! Sorry Sarah!
Anyway here are Jo’s cakes. Her friend is dairy and wheat free so I made the butternut squash lemon cakes from Harry Eastwood’s new book with some minor adaptations. I thought they were really tastey actually, nicer than courgette cakes which have a bit of an after taste. So the white flooded fondant cakes were the butternut squash lemon cakes and the red flooded buttercream cakes were just regular vanilla.
All were hand piped with royal icing and hand coloured with gold dust. I really enjoyed doing these, a lovely way to spend a friday evening.
Next week I’ll be testing out my teaching skills on a group of locals….should be fun, hope it’s not chaos in the kitchen!