Tag Archives: Birthday Cake


3 May

This is a first birthday cake that I made recently for Tom’s birthday in a Waybuloo theme.  It is an 8″ vanilla madeira.  

I wanted to create a simple but visually appealing cake in a ‘clean’ design.  My aim was to replicate the colour scheme of Waybuloo with a simple 2D Yo-Jo-Jo on top.  To make the template for this I hit the CBeebies website and printed off one of the colour-in pictures, cut this up, and transferred the shapes to card.  It is a bit of a fiddly job to cut the pieces neatly, but you can really see the character come together as you go along.  You can also check your progress off the cake which is always a bonus!  The only criticism I have of the character with my nitpicky head on, is that I may have got a bit carried away with the eyelashes – he looks a bit “because I’m worth it”, shall we say.  Perhaps if Yo-Jo-Jo’s career in children’s telly ends he can look into adverts as an alternative.  Or perhaps not.

Happy Birthday Tom – Buloooooooo!  


Steam Train Birthday Cake

19 Apr

This is the birthday cake that I made for my grandad’s 90th birthday party last week.  He is a big steam train fan so this was where the idea came from.  It is a similar design to the Thomas the Tank Engine cake that I made previously, but I tried to make it appear more ‘grown up (though the train did still end up blue!)’.  

The cake is made from an 8″ round madeira which I cut in half vertically, and then put both halves on their side to create a hill/tunnel effect.  This simple idea could easily be up or down-sized, and a sugar model of a toy train is also lovely on a Christening cake in pastel or primary colours.  If you wanted to make something like this at home you could also substitute a plastic model train.  

Happy Birthday Grandad!

Wigan Warriors Birthday Cake

17 Apr

This is a birthday cake order that I had last week.  I was asked to recreate this cake for Karl’s fortieth birthday, together with some cupcakes for his party.  The cupcakes were vanilla flavour and topped with grass effect buttercream and sugarpaste rugby balls and gold trophies.  I delivered and set up the cakes myself and was really pleased with the final display and had some great feedback after the party on my Facebook page.


Many Happy Returns Karl!

Tow Mater Birthday Cake

30 Mar

Meet Tow Mater – last weekend’s birthday cake and the one that I nearly threw through the window in its early stages!  I often check out character cakes on line – I should have realised that Mater was going to be a challenge when I didn’t see as many amazing cakes as I would have expected.  I fought a brave fight to get the brown icing on and I’m still not sure if in one go was the best way with the angles involved. 

Underneath the brown sugarpaste is a vanilla madeira cut and shaped from an 8″ square cake with the usual raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream.  Mater’s hoist is strengthened with spaghetti (raw, for anyone wondering) but the rope is just icing which was carefully extruded (love that word!) through the craft gun.  Finally, the cake was brushed with rust and blue dust colour.  Despite the initial frustration I really loved the cake by the time it was finished – it had a little personality of its own.

Happy Birthday Joshua.

Princess Castle Cake

16 Mar

This is one of the cakes that I made last week.  The brief was a pink and girlie princess castle birthday cake for Neeve who was turning one.

The cake is a square 7″ double height madeira cake.  This was covered in white icing and the stonework impressed sugarpaste on the sides was painted with food colour ‘paint’ to add detail.  The turrets are made from pastillage tubes which were attached to the square cake and topped with sugarpaste tiles.  The hollow tubes made an ideal home for the handful of surprise pink Smarties I popped inside each of them!  The sides of the cake (unseen) had heart shaped windows.

Happy First Birthday Neeve!

Tweak Bunny Octonauts Cake

3 Mar

I was asked to make a birthday cake for a little boy whose favourite Octonaut is Tweak Bunny and this is the result!  It is a vanilla madeira cake with the back of the cake a whopping three layers high.  Tweak is the Octonauts’ engineer so I stood her in front of a control panel in the launch bay (I think that’s the right name!) holding a spanner and with a carrot on the screen behind her.  The screens are also tailored to the birthday boy with the use of a ‘B’ for his name and his age.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Octonauts might be my most popular theme for a birthday cake, as this is the third one I’ve done now.  It is a fantastic programme with an educational element and a great female role model in Tweak.

Many happy returns to Ben.

Leopard Print Handbag Birthday Cake

28 Feb

This is the cake that I made for a dear friend, for her 40th birthday the weekend before last.  It is entirely edible (apart from the cake board and ribbon!).  I was inspired by the handbag cake project in Lindy Smith’s Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible.  Those that know this book, will know that I took my own direction with the surface design (and the exact shape too, if I’m honest!), but the starting point was definitely Lindy Smith’s.  Thanks Lindy!

The cake was carved using templates and then sugarpasted, panel by panel.  I haven’t iced a cake this way before and it was definitely the tricky bit, and slightly wasteful as the offcuts were tainted by crumb and buttercream so could not be re-used.  I persevered though and you could see it come together when the beading went on and covered the joins.  The leopard print effect was painted on with food colour.  I really like the clasp and the hoops, which were another tricky bit actually now I come to think of it!

I was extremely pleased overall with the end result.  It was strangely satisfying when a mutual friend of the birthday girl couldn’t see the cake across the venue because she assumed it was a bag (ok, so it was dark but even so!).

Many Happy Returns Jane.  I’ll do a Re-Take That Cake for your 50th!!! xxx