Last year I made my friend Ro a birthday cake. It was huge. So, this year when she invited me to her 30th birthday celebrations, I asked her if I could make her a giant birthday cake again. Her response was “that is possibly the silliest question I’ve ever heard”. In the end though, it wasn’t as big as the previous year – I think it would have been hard to beat it! Click here to keep reading.
Last weekend it was my Grandma’s birthday. She loves knitting so when I saw these in one of the Hello Cupcake! books I knew I had to make them for her. I thought they would be fairly quick to make and decorate, and they were. However, I didn’t quite leave enough time for th cakes to cool down before I had to ice them so I ended up icing them while they were still warm – not something I would recommend! Click here to keep reading.
Later this year I’ll be making my sister’s wedding cake. She wants one of the layers to be a chocolate biscuit cake, so, as a trial run, I decided to make a couple of the layers of her 30th birthday cake as chocolate biscuit cake. I wanted to try two very different recipes to see how they tasted and how easy they were to marzipan and ice. My mum made the top layer – it was a very rich, fruity, and slightly alcoholic chocolate biscuit cake. I made the middle layer – a biscuit cake which was more similar to rocky road. Click here to keep reading.
After I made a dinosaur cake for David’s son’s birthday, he asked me if I could make an Easter cake. As soon as he said he wanted a silly (rather than serious) cake, I came up with an idea… I loved the style of the drunk robin cake I made at Christmas and decided to make it Easter themed – so instead of drunk robins on a tree trunk, I wanted to make bunnies who’d eaten too many carrots on a raised vegetable bed. The problem is, now I’ve made it, I want to keep it! Click here to keep reading.
My big sister turned 30 last weekend – HAPPY BIRTHDAY BECKY!! I wanted her to a have a really special day and of course, that included making her a birthday cake she would never forget. Like me, she loves baking and decorating cakes so she probably would have liked to make her own, but when I saw a picture of this cake here a while ago I knew straight away that I had to make it for her – she’s a triathlete so what could be more appropriate than a 3 tier triathlon cake?! If she feels that she’s missed out on the baking and decorating, I guess I’ll let her make mine in a couple of years! Click here to keep reading.
I’ve been wanting to make these cupcakes for ages and they were definitely worth the wait. The caramel cream cheese buttercream is probably one of the best buttercreams I’ve tasted for a while – the texture was so smooth and silky and it had just the right sweetness. I could have eaten the whole bowl! If you want to find out how to make this yummy buttercream (and the cupcakes!) keep reading…
I wanted to make some cupcakes which looked amazing for the bake off in the office yesterday to enter into the showstopper category. I’d looked through my Hello Cupcake book on Monday night but nothing jumped out so I asked Bertie in the office for ideas – she said I should make “the bear”… I think she was getting mixed up with Children in Need! But it did give me the idea of making Red Noses. This year’s noses are pretty cool and even have feet (they’re meant to be “di-nose-saurs”) but I decided making them 100% identical would take too long given I had other stuff to bake too, so I took the simplest one and based it on that. Keep reading if you want to make “Dinomite” in cupcake form.