Michael’s special birthday was due to fall while he was away in Tenerife. We needed to make a cake that would travel safely in the hand luggage – so we picked a rich, nutty fruit cake that would fit snuggly into a sturdy tin. Florence wanted the cake to reflect Michael’s love of Flamenco dancing as well as his home overlooking the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the holiday view of Mount Teide. And the whole thing was to be a surprise. Well, I got the cake made, smuggling it to Tenerife without Michael seeing was Florence’s problem!
Karen asked for a small cake to celebrate her daughter’s 30th birthday at home with the family. What better than to dress up a lemon drizzle cake as a Tiffany gift complete with bow and locket. Happy birthday Caroline
Freya is 7 and a big fan of JoJo Sewa. She is having a party at a music studio and wanted a chocolate cake with a singer on it. I did my best to make JoJo recognisable!
Debbie and her mum had organised a big family party to celebrate her big birthday. She wanted purple flowers so, as it was meant to be spring, I went for a circlet purple primulas. Unfortunately it was the weekend that the ‘beast from the east’ struck and the snow led to the party being cancelled. So two dozen purple cup cakes went on hold but the birthday cake was shared between Debbie’s colleagues at work, so nothing was wasted.
The ladies of Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club wanted to celebrate Annie’s big birthday. Two plain Madeira cakes iced with pink flowers in the shape of her age gave plenty for everyone as well as some to take home after the party.
The only instructions that I had for this cake was that it should be dairy free, lemon flavoured sponge and decorated in both pink and blue. It was for a father and daughter double birthday tea following a celebration family lunch. I filled the cake with a squishy lemon curd and then opted for a simple design to suit all ages.