My friend Lucy’s folks were celebrating their 70th together, so we concocted a pair of matching suitcase cakes.
Each one has luggage labels relating to places they’ve been and things they’ve done. Johanna’s bag is rather overpacked! Apparently she always take slippers with her wherever she goes. Good to be prepared for relaxation.
A couple of nice birthday cakes I did this summer involved bottles of fizzy pop.
One was a giant fizzy cola bottle sweet.
Apparently the birthday girl in question liked to pretend to shake a cola bottle sweet before passing it to her friend, who would then pretend it had exploded when she opened it. Heh heh. More pics here.
The other was an ice bucket with a bottle of champagne.
All chocolate cake and sugar paste! The ice was fox’s glacier mints. More pics here.
I was asked to make a cake for my friend Anne, to say thanks to everyone at the nursing home while she gets better.
It was to be delivered for their Burns night celebration on Jan 25th, so I thought a Robert Burns themed cake was in order.
The cake is a big block of granite, on which sit a haggis (knife plunged in), a quill pen and inkwell, a swathe of Burns tartan, a wee bottle of whisky dated the year of his birth, a scroll with some lines of poetry and a little gold portrait of the great man.
The lines of poetry are Burns. I wanted something that said thank you. Brawlie means ‘very much’.
It’s all edible. The haggis and bottle are made with a crumb and icing modelling paste – similar to what cake pops are made from.
I was particularly pleased with the portrait. I used a fine food-colouring pen to draw it.
Making it set in the mood for a Burns supper, but I had a terrible difficulty getting some haggis on the 25th. Ended up with individually wrapped microwaveable haggis slices, which was a bit tragic.
A silly cake for my sister Meg’s birthday. She said she was thinking of getting some kittens when she moves into her new flat. So I put the kittens in a basket. With wool. They were meant to be uber kitsch so I gave them huge eyes. Still not quite creepy enough for my liking.
My dear friends Kirsty and Alistair got married at Rowardennan Lodge on Loch Lomond.
The inspiration for the cake was actually an old railway poster of Loch Lomond, which they printed in their order of service.
I took the colours from the poster and used them in stripes on the cake, with different tiers representing different areas – sky, mountains, woods, water. My pasta roller came in very handy for the stripes.
Topped with a model of the bride and groom. I had to rather guess at the bride’s dress, as she hadn’t finished making it a week before the wedding!
(Cake’s gone a wee bit shiny in the last picture – that’s the danger of plastic marquees.)
It was a great day. I even went for a dip in the loch the morning after. Congratulations you two!
My friends Ginny and Gavin got hitched in Edinburgh with a very bijou wedding for just 10 guests. I was one of the lucky few. We had dinner over the road from the registry office then crossed the road again to the pub for some band karaoke.
Such a neat and tidy wedding needed a dinky cake. Or 10 of them. One for each guest.
I still made them too big – we only managed two between all of us.
Apparently these are called ‘Elopement Cakes’. I made them in a rainbow of sugarpaste and tried lots of different piping techniques. Each has a flower with a G in the middle.