Thursday, 31 May 2012

Three tier, square, ivory wedding cake with fresh flowers

Each tier of this wedding cake contains 4 layers of chocolate mud cake filled with chocolate buttercream. The cake was covered in an ivory sugarpaste and given a light covering of pearl lustre spray.

The flowers for the cake were provided by Butterfly Flowers Wedding and Events Florist. Take a look at the table centre pieces they made too. I love the huge martini glass style vase!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

UGG bag cake

This UGG bag cake was made from chocolate mud cake and has credit cards, keys and keyring, lip gloss and nail varnish spilling out from the bag all modelled from sugarpaste.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Diamond Jubilee cupcakes

Here in the UK, the Queen started her official Diamond Jubilee celebrations back in March, beginning with a Nationwide tour. Now the country is gearing up for a 4 day weekend to celebrate with official events including the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, the Big Lunch and the BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace. Schools, shops, pubs and High streets are all proudly displaying union jacks and there is a buzz in the air (no doubt helped by the fact that the summer has now arrived!)

The cake making profession has also been gearing up for this celebration and there have been some incredible works of art produced ......

The Military caterers created an amazing 3 tier cake with a replica of the Queen's coronation crown on top all modelled from icing which was presented to the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee parade and muster at Windsor Castle on the 19th May.

Dr Oetker teamed up with food artist Prudence Staite to create a portrait of the Queen using 2,012 cupcakes

The military caterers spent 500 hours producing their cake and the cupcake portrait took around 300 hours .... works of art like this are unlikely to be recreated for the average street party! So I've come up with some cupcake ideas that require no particular cake decorating skills or specialist icings, colourings or equipment which will hopefully provide some inspiration for your street party this weekend. Everything I have used is available from your local supermarkets or shops.

I baked a dozen vanilla cupcakes and topped with vanilla buttercream as these are my personal favourite. The cupcake cases I used are from Marks and Spencer, but there are lots of Jubilee themed cases around at the moment.

Add crown cupcake picks - these came with the Marks and Spencer cupcake cases.

Add flag cupcake picks - these ones came from Lakeland.

And now for the healthy ones! ..... Add fruit. I opted for blueberries and strawberries as these looked the nicest in the supermarket yesterday morning, but raspberries would work really well too.

Marks and Spencer also had some "white chocolate sprinklies" that I placed on a couple of cupcakes. These are large white chocolate buttons with sprinkles on top.

Then place the cupcakes randomly on a cupcake stand or plate and voila!

Now stand back and admire your work for a moment ... then enjoy!

A big thank you to Linda Scannell Photography for the amazing photographs taken yesterday.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Mario Cupcakes

These Super Mario cupcakes were made for the school cake sale. All money from the cake sale goes to buy new IT equipment for the school - so its such a great cause.

The toppers are all made from sugarpaste and include Mario, Luigi, Piranha plant, Goomba (my personal favourite!)and they are sitting on top of vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting.

Friday, 25 May 2012

LEGO Star Wars cake

This cake was made for a little boy celebrating his 7th birthday. This LEGO star wars cake has LEGO minifigure style characters all modelled from sugarpaste including Yoda, Darth Vader, Anakin, Obi Wan Kenobi and a Storm trooper.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Louis Vuitton handbag cake

This cake was made to celebrate a 21st birthday and was great fun to make.
The birthday girl celebrated with a Louis Vuitton handbag cake, Jimmy Choo shoes and Tiffany gift box all modelled from sugarpaste icing.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Gruffalo cake

I love Julia Donaldson's books and the Gruffalo is a particular favourite so I was so excited when I was asked to make a 3D Gruffalo cake for a little boys birthday.
Its chocolate mudcake with chocolate buttercream inside, covered in chocolate sugarpaste.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Purple Bow Wedding Cake

This wedding cake was made to compliment the bride and grooms purple and ivory colour scheme. Inside is chocolate mudcake with chocolate buttercream, covered with an ivory sugarpaste with a hint of sparkle. Purple and ivory sugarpaste ribbons and bows, with diamante brooches complete this classic wedding cake. This was delivered on a beautiful day last summer to Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Harry Potter birthday cake

I have got very behind with my blog and have not posted any of my recent cake pictures .... so I've made a resolution to catch up! So firstly, here is a cake I made for a Harry Potter fan for his 7th birthday. The cake is complete with Harry Potter's wand and glasses, Hogwarts scarf, the sorting hat, golden snitch and Dobby the house elf.