Sunflowers and summer blooms…

 

Matt and Jemimah – Photograph kindly supplied by Ben Photography, Truro
When Matt and Jemimah asked me earlier in the year to make their wedding cake I was over the moon to be given the colour scheme of powder blue and sunflowers especially for an August wedding when the sun should be shining high in the sky. There was something distinctly seasonal about their wedding with the bride choosing to have her bouquet made of only the flowers that would be blooming at this beautiful time of year.  This is perfect for a wedding in Cornwall where we are all proud of the produce and seasonal beauty available here.

Summer Blooms – Image kindly supplied by Ben Photography, Truro

It is particularly lovely when a bride and groom have a few simple asks and then they allow you to create a cake that is unique to their special day and Matt and Jemimah were very much the perfect customers!

Flavour wise a rich, indulgent fruit cake would fill the first two tiers of the cake – matured over several months and happily soaked in delicious spiced rum.  The final tier of the wedding cake; a simple vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream to please those with more simple tastes in life.

The cake was then decorated with summer blooms and wildflowers in mind – the sunflowers being the centre stage of the design that cascaded around the cake as though a gently breeze had guided the flowers in their path.

I wish the beautiful bride Jemimah and her new husband Matt all the very best for the future!

The cutting of the cake! Image kindly supplied by Ben Photography, Truro

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Ombre Buttercream Ruffle Cake

I have recently been addicted to the different effects you can achieve on larger celebration cakes with the various piping nozzles I usually use to decorate cupcakes.

When I was asked to create a retirement cake for a lady who was off to lead the life of leisure after 40yrs of service as a quality and curriculum manager it seemed the perfect opportunity to give it a go!  The ruffles are in various shades of teal – each batch of buttercream slightly darker than the last to give the ombre effect.

If you are having a go at this yourself remember to take it slow and steady with the piping bag, use a turntable and have lots and lots of buttercream on hand!!

I think the final effect was quite pretty and I look forward to experimenting more! Claire x

Secret Garden Cake – Spring is in Bloom!

You may remember me mentioning I was working on a very special cake that remained top secret to ensure the Birthday Girl did not find out – well that cake has now been revealed (and devoured) so I can finally showcase the Secret Garden Cake.  The cake was for a 60th birthday celebration and I wanted to make it extra special as Caroline deserves only the best!

Caroline has an absolutely beautiful garden which blossoms with lots of bright colours and really lets you know when Spring has arrived and Summer is on its way.  With it being an April birthday a Spring Garden themed cake seemed entirely appropriate but I wanted the cake to have that overgrown, enchanted feel about it.  The birdhouse was suspended on the cake using a wooden skewer and then the edible vines entwined their way up on to it finished with beautiful little pink flowers and a carefully piped number 60.  The characters; A Snail, Caterpillar and happy little ladybirds are happily sitting amongst the green buttercream grass and the terracotta plant pots are overspilling with bright spring blooms.

The cake itself was a very rich dark chocolate cake (by rich I mean 12 eggs and over 600g of dark chocolate!) filled with a gooey chocolate fudge buttercream.

There are a lot of photographs of this cake because there are so many details I want you all to see! Enjoy…

Cascading Floral Beauty

You may remember a couple of weeks ago I put up a post titled ‘Turtle Power’ showcasing a two cute little fondant turtles I had made in anticipation of a 12th birthday cake I had been asked to make for twins Billie & Frankie.

The cake was inspired by a hint of vintage (of course!) combined with the girls love of pink and flowers so I decided to theme the cake as though the turtles had been caught in a gust of wind that had blown beautiful flowers cascading down all around them.  This is to date my favourite cake to have made and I really hope that when the two girls in question see it for the first time they are as happy with it on their Birthday as I was to make it for them.

Claire x

‘Capturing’ 30th Birthday Memories

A good friend of mine turned 30 this week and of course an event like this cannot be allowed to pass without the addition of a birthday cake to remember! The birthday boy in question is an architectural photographer (you can check out his work here!) so naturally it seemed right to create a camera out of cake…overambitious? yes.  Up for the challenge? erm yes. Camera Cake here we go…

It started with some different angled photographs taken of his very own Canon EOS 5D Mark II – If I was going to attempt a camera cake then it was going to be his camera for sure!  I then baked a huge 14″ chocolate cake to carve all of the relevant pieces out of once baked and cooled using cardboard templates I had drawn out using the photographs.  As I was carving the cake the word ‘overambitious’ sprung into my mind again and there was a definate moment of panic where I wondered what I could do with the now massacred, sorry I mean carved, cake.

I covered each of the relevant pieces in black fondant – and just so you know what a job that is in itself, I still have black fondant adorning my work area!  I then proceeded to assemble the cake using chocolate buttercream as an edible glue.  All that was remaining was to mix some edible white paint with clear alcohol and start adding all the details that stop the cake looking like just a big black blob!

As I finished the last bit of hand-painting a took a step back, a sigh of relief and a small but sure smile crept across my face as I realised that it did actually look like a camera, and not just any camera – his camera – happy days!

Turtle Power

I thought I would share these adorable little sugar paste turtles that I spent yesterday afternoon making ready for a 12th birthday cake I will be making in a couple of weeks! (full cake post then)  They just have that ‘awww’ factor that perfectly suits a cold winters afternoon snuggled up in doors!

Claire x

All that Glitters is Gold…

This weekend it was the wedding of my favourite Uncle…Stuart or ‘Stu’ as I prefer to call him!  His daughter and one of my best friends (and cousins) gave me a shout to ask if I would make the wedding cake for this happy event and I couldn’t have been more honoured.  The only restrictions I was given were that the wedding ‘theme’ colours would be glittering gold and a deep chocolate brown (both of which I love!).  I decided to create a 3 Tiered Brooklyn Blackout Chocolate Cake covered in fondant icing and then finished with beautiful golden cascading flowers, ribbons and elegant piping detail.  I hope you like this as much as I do and it offers you inspiration…

Claire x

P.S I have taken pics in both natural and artificial light and have decided to showcase a few of each as the cake really takes on a different ‘persona’ as it were dependent on the light, see what you think!

It seems appropriate during this post that I also introduce to you my new God-Daughter Lacey-Rose, who was born on Saturday 14th of December to the aforementioned Best Friend and cousin Kelly and her husband Mikey. I am already dreaming up Christening Cake plans and only the best will do for my God Daughter!

Monochrome to Paris with Love x

Here is another birthday cake made in the month of December for a 90th Birthday Celebration.  The cake is a very simple and stylistic monochrome two-tiered creation. 

The birthday boy…no, gentleman (probably more appropriate) has a love for the wonderful architecture in Paris and so the cake was themed around this.  The cake is a rich and delicious carrot cake spiced with cinnamon and frosted with a sugary vanilla cream cheese buttercream. 

It was finished with a hand drawn Eiffel Tower using edible ink – for which I cannot take the credit – The talented Gareth Thyer  bravely took on that task!  I think the finished cake was very elegant and appropriate for a 90th birthday, take a look…

Frolicking in the meadow

During December I was set the task of creating a birthday cake that had a little old lady and a black labrador on top – descriptively I was told it should look just like my labrador friend Louie…I have to say I had so much fun making this cake!

I decided to sit the old lady in a green meadow picking flowers in the grass with her faithful friend sitting next to her, the final characters turned out so cutely!  I have since found out that the birthday girl who received this cake loved the little characters so much she wanted to keep them…but her actual doggy companion had other ideas and quickly devoured them whilst left alone for only a few moments! All I can say is typical labrador behaviour!

The cake hidden under the fondant icing is a rich dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache buttercream.

how did Justin Bieber end up atop my Christmas Cake?

Before we start strange blog topic I know.

It is now January 4th and hopefully everyone is well rested, stuffed to the brim with sweet goodies and ready to kick their New Year’s Resolutions into 2012 with a bang! A couple of weeks ago I posted a sneak peak of the choir boys that would sit atop my Christmas cake this year and without knowing it (and completly oblivious to it until my 15yr old sister pointed it out!) I had created the pint sized pop star Justin Bieber out of sugar….not sure realistically how I feel about this but I still think they are all super cute!

So below are the final pictures of my Christmas Cake for 2011 I hope you enjoy and it gives you something to think about when you attempt a Christmas Cake in 2012!

 

Happy New Year to all the readers of this blog – I hope 2012 brings much love, happiness and cakey goodness into your lives!

Claire x