Rachel contacted me from afar. Her mum lives locally and the extended family planned a celebratory Sunday lunch at a well known brasserie in Highcliffe.
She sent me a picture of something she liked and I think we managed to pretty well copy the original. This is a five layer sponge cake (pink and white stripes inside but you will have to take my word on that) sandwiched and covered in pink and white vanilla buttercream. It is topped with white chocolate ganache drip icing and then lots and lots of pink and white chocolates and sweets. The whole thing was finished off with a golden cake topper message.
I delivered the cake cake to the restaurant in time for the party. Rachel was kind enough to message me the next day “ I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing cake. It was perfect and my mum loved it!”
Mo, Paul and their family have achieved a lot this year. In spite of Mo and Paul still being in the midst of unpacking boxes after their move, the family have all gathered this weekend for a party to celebrate across four generations. We needed a double cake so that Chris’ birthday was given special mention and we took the opportunity to make one side lemon and the other chocolate to please everyone. Congratulations to you all
Jason is 50 this week. He has three passions (that I know about anyway). Number one, polo, number two, Hurst Castle. His third passion, Dawn asked me to make him a birthday cake to celebrate his milestone. So this 4 layered vanilla sponge is filled with jam and butter cream and iced with a vague representation of Jason riding his polo pony on the top and a seascape including the castle, lighthouse and the Hurst ferry around the sides. Happy birthday Jason.
Stuart has just finished making a magnificent doll’s house for his grand daughters and now Mandy, not to be outdone, is starting on a tree stump fairy house. It is her birthday and so what better than a gooey, chocolate-covered cake fairy house of her own. Everything is edible (apart from the cake board). Happy birthday Mandy.
Joan had her 90th birthday this week and her neighbour Sheila asked me to make one of these flowerpot cakes to celebrate. This is a rather atmospheric early morning photograph! Inside the flowerpot is a lemon sponge layered with home made lemon curd. The soil is chocolate and all the decorations, including the trowel are hand made in sugar. Very many congratulations Joan.
Another of these popular chocolate box cakes. This one is for Nigel who is staying down here for a week with his multigeneration family to celebrate his 60th birthday. As well as being a lifelong chocolate lover, he is a passionate Manchester United supporter and Angela asked me to incorporate a nod to his favourite team into this 5 layer vanilla sponge cake. Inside is buttercream and jam, outside plenty of red amongst the chocolates piled high.
Rather than cupcakes, Kelly asked for 18 iced chocolate brownies for her movie-buff son’s 18th birthday this week. Here are some of them. A strict monochrome palate adds to the theme. Chocolate overdose for al his family and friends.
Football crazy Dylan was visiting his grandparents at the seaside for the day on his 11th birthday. Angie asked for a cake to cut after the family barbecue and a walk on the beach. Underneath the icing is a spherical vanilla sponge layered with jam and buttercream.
Karen’s dad is 90 today. A life long cricket enthusiast, this cake should fit the bill. Inside is a triple layered gluten-free lemon sponge filled with home made lemon curd. Hope that the sun shone for your outdoor celebrations and congratulations everyone.
Karen was kind enough to write to me afterwards
Dad had a fantastic time and the cake was out of this world! Everyone loved it, probably the best gluten free cake we’ve had! My dad loved the design of the cake and got really choked up when he saw it 🙂 Thank you for doing such a wonderful job Liz. I can honestly say I couldn’t thank you enough for the taste, the design everything. Best wishes, Karen
It is Stuart’s big birthday today. No Prizes for guessing his musical hero! This sparkly Purple Rain inspired celebration cake contains a vanilla sponge cake layered with jam and buttercream. Happy birthday Stuart.
Rufus is 16 today and a snapshot of his bedroom seemed an apt way to celebrate. Here he is with his scooter and skateboard, the computer keyboard, the pizza, discarded clothes and all the empty bowls and dishes, oh, and Jumble who spends much of her time at the bottom of his bed. Somewhere underneath is a vanilla sponge cake. Happy birthday Rufus.