Festive Yule Log


Nigella is the answer to all things naughty and chocolatey. Behold, my first Yule log in a very long while. I broke my hand mixer so it took me a lot longer than normal to whisk my egg whites. Check out Nigella’s website for the recipe:

https://www.nigella.com/recipes/yule-log

The Yule log barely has any ingredients in it actually, it’s a flour free recipe so it makes a very light sponge. Be careful not to burn it because it doesn’t take long to cook in a shallow baking tin. Best to let the sponge cool too before adding the chocolate buttercream, otherwise you just end up with a lot of melted butter…


I finished my Yule log with some icing sugar snow, holly and a friendly robin. 

Merry November!

Happy Halloween !

I’ve had a bit of a baking dry spell recently and Halloween was the perfect excuse to make a cake and dress up. My friends and I decided to dress up as the Scooby Doo gang. Jinkies!


I made a ghostly green lemon drizzle cake with purple icing. The drizzle syrup was dark green to make the sponge look particularly gruesome. I plonked a friendly little spider on the top. I’m not really a fan of scary things! 

I covered the cake in purple icing and then piped a swirl of white icing on top. I used a cocktail stick to give it a webbed look by dragging it through the icing evenly. 

Voila! That’s the only kind of spider I want to find in my kitchen….
‘Let’s do what we do best Scoob, eat’ – Shaggy 

Eukaryotic cell cake

Where are my fellow nerds out there? An old colleague of mine left her job today to become a biology teacher so I thought a biology themed cake was in order! I used lots of bright, fun colours and big shapes to create the intracellular components. Can you guess what each component is? 


I decorated the side of the cake with a thick plasma membrane and integral proteins to make it look swish. 

Good luck Molly, I’m sure you’ll make a fantastic teacher !!!! πŸ™‚ 

Wishing well cake


My mum turned 60 today so I decided to wish her well with a wishing well! My mum is a proper twitcher so I popped a few birds on it. πŸ™‚ 


I made an 8 inch lemon drizzle cake with lemon buttercream and carved the middle out. I covered the well with grey icing and put some blue icing inside for the water. It took two hours to make the roof by laying sugar tiles carefully on some iced cardboard. I constructed pillars out of doweling and sugar and stuck the roof to it. The roof was quite heavy so I supported the structure with sponges whilst it dried. I made a bucket and tied it to some rope and placed it inside to finish it off. 


Happy 60th Birthday mum! Wishing you all the very best πŸ™‚

Sewing box cake

Best challenge ever! This is by far the funnest cake I’ve ever made. I made a chocolate fudge brownie cake with chocolate ganache buttercream. I used rice crispy squares to shape the top of the box and coated the whole thing in ganache. 


I weaved brown coloured icing together and then plastered it to all the sides of the cake box. 


I twisted some icing together to give the weaved sewing box a nice edge. I made some peach icing to make a cosy lining. I filled the box with a LOT of wool , cotton and buttons. I plopped an iced lid on it too and voila! Finished!


Happy birthday Catriona! I hope you like your cake πŸ˜‹

Winnie the Pooh cake


This week’s challenge was a baby shower cake with a Winnie the Pooh theme. I am a massive Winnie the Pooh fan and was delighted with the idea. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate a baby than good old Pooh bear. Peppa pig just isn’t as good in my humble option. 


Pooh in his thinking spot.


He’s bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, bouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! 


Oh bother. 


I think there are enough characters guarding the cake’s lemony interior. May the baby shower be a roaring success. Good luck to the mum-to-be!!! πŸ˜€

WW2 cake

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I made a WW2 cake for my boyfriend’s grandad’s 90th birthday. Ken was from the East End but somehow ended up in the Welsh regiment of the British Army….. I’m sure there is a story there but I need to dig that one up! The badge on the cake depicts the ‘Prince of Wales’s feathers’ with the phrase ‘Ich dien’ which means ‘I serve’ in German. Ken likes to tell stories about the war without much prompting in addition to where he likes to walk his cat. Thus, it only seemed right to put his cat ‘Bobby’ on the side of the cake.

This cake is a sticky vanilla sponge with a very thick layer of vanilla buttercream and strawberry jam. Happy 90th birthday Ken!

BB-8 birthday cake!

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I made a coffee and walnut cake smothered in dark chocolate ganache for my boyfriend’s birthday. Matt is a huge Star Wars fan and fell in love with BB-8 when the film was released. I saw this as an excellent cake challenge. To make this cake, I used a half sphere cake tin and baked two halves and stuck them together. Icing the sphere was quite tricky but nailed it in the end! Several orange shapes later and a good dusting and BB-8 looked mucky enough to me. πŸ™‚

I popped a candle in BB-8’s belly to give him his ‘thumbs up’. The birthday cake went down pretty well, check out the birthday boy!

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Check out this link for tips on making a BB-8 cake:

One big buttery cake!!!!

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Now, everyone knows I am very fond of butter but I have to say I’m even MORE fond of my sister!! D’accord, I decided to give her the gift of beautiful butter colours shaped to perfection. What a lucky girl. I’m pretty proud of this one… you can probably pick up on the positive butter vibes surrounding this blog post.

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I made 1.75 kg of vanilla buttercream for this cake. BY HAND. My electric whisk died during the first 30 seconds of making the buttercream. I developed several blisters on my hands from making this one – worth it though, but I am looking into another whisk. Β I coloured the icing and then plopped it into large piping bags. I put the cake onto my turn table and piped a layer of each colour round the edge of the cake and spun the table. I tried to get nice even layers with a good amount of buttercream present. I then took my cake spreader at a 45 degree angle to the cake and smoothed it all over whilst turning the table. I put the cake in the fridge to harden up and then put some dowelling in it to support the top layer. Bit of piping round the middle and bon, c’est fini mes amies..

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Happy 24th birthday to my really FUN sister!!!! You deserve a fun cake. πŸ™‚

I have to say the washing up for this was a BUGGER. But that is the price of butter love.

 

Hobbies cake!

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My dad turned 60 at the end of April and to celebrate I made him a very sticky chocolate cake. I have decided that this is my favourite chocolate recipe (see link below) and it’s LOADED with chocolate ganache. I decorated my dad’s cake with a sprinkling of his hobbies… scrap booking, dinosaurs, bird watching, being nosey (hence the binoculars) and a love of cars. My dad also has an unusual habit of placing glacΓ© cherries on top of any starter he makes for fancy dinner parties… prawn cocktails, crab cakes, you name it, if he can float, balance or wedge a glacΓ© cherry on it then it will be present! Naturally, I respectfully put a cherry on top…..

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3092/ultimate-chocolate-cake