Archive | October, 2011

Captain Jack Sparrow Birthday Cake

30 Oct

Now half term is at an end – boo hoo – I have made a little time to upload pictures of the last cake I made.  I was asked to make a pirates themed birthday cake for a little boy and was told Pirates of the Caribbean-esque rather than cute, so I set about doing a little bit of internet research.  I was inspired by a picture of a cake I found on the web for this cake but cannot now for the life of me find it to credit it.  Basically it was the treasure map idea that inspired me although personalising the map for the birthday boy was my own idea.  As I recall the treasure map had the aged look that I have aimed for here with the sepia-like tones.  It was great fun making the Jack Sparrow with his big mass of hair and eye make-up, although it was a hard job spending so long looking at pictures of Johnny Depp but someone has to do it.  The cake itself is an 8″ madeira layered with vanilla buttercream and raspberry jam.

Happy Birthday Benji!


Cake for ‘Budz by Helen Jane’

13 Oct

Well, they say blog updates are like buses…you wait two weeks for one post and then you get two in two days…I’m still catching up with everything I’ve got to do…

I was very pleased to be asked to make a cake for the opening night party of ‘Budz by Helen Jane‘ – a new florist’s business in Adlington, near Chorley and Bolton.  The brief was to utilise the logo of the business on the cake and this is what I came up with.  It is an 11″ square vanilla madeira to serve around fifty.  The cake was to have fresh flowers on top as well hence the space at the top.  I am not a very experienced piper but as with most things the key is practice and I was pleased with the end result.  I’m looking forward to doing some more piping soon, maybe on some Christmas cakes.  

Congratulations and all the best Helen on your new business!

Mystery Machine Cake

12 Oct

It has been a strange couple of weeks and it has taken me a bit longer to upload these pictures of my daughter’s birthday cake than I would have liked.  

My daughter and her dad are huge Scooby Doo fans and she basically nicked what was his idea for his birthday cake – cheeky!  It is the Mystery Machine – the favoured mode of transport of Fred, Daphne, Shaggy, Velma and Scooby Doo.  It is made from a vanilla madeira which I made double height and carved.  The logo is painted on as I found it just too tricky to cut sugarpaste or flowerpaste to size.