Karen was meant to be taking Kevin on holiday this week to celebrate a landmark birthday. Unfortunately the holiday was cancelled so we had to do a very quick turn round on this gluten-free lemon sponge layered with fresh lemon curd, so that at least he had a cake to cheer him up.
Tiffany’s dad is a keen golfer and is over in the UK from his home in Tenerife to celebrate his big birthday with his children and grandchildren. Underneath this golf green is a vanilla sponge layered with raspberry jam.
Gill asked me to make a cake for her daughter Jo’s 50th birthday celebrations. She saw pictures on this page of my old book cake and liked the idea so we have gone with something similar. The family are split in their cake tastes so underneath the sugar pages, I made one side of this book chocolate cake with squidgy chocolate ganache filling and the other side a vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream. Jo’s family is the centre of her universe so a little picture of them (plus the dog and cat of course) went on the frontispiece.
Ophelia loves to roller skate. For her 7th birthday party, Ophelia’s mum asked me to make this three layered sponge cake in ‘mermaid’ colours topped with sugar roller-skates to share with all her friends. Happy birthday Ophelia
Ann needed a 90th birthday cake to feed a crowd. This is a jam and buttercream filled Madeira cake iced to represent Gordon’s love of lawn bowls. I hope you made it up to the party alright Ann and that everything went well for the birthday boy.
Jack came down to his granny’s by the sea for his 7th birthday. His mum messaged me and asked for 12 gluten free, dairy-free cup cakes topped with sugar reminders of his beloved (FA cup winning) Liverpool FC for the celebrations. Hope you all had a great day on the beach
Carol’s mother in law is 90 this week. She is a real adventurer, a glider pilot and a keen gardener. This is a rich fruit cake, with marzipan and then iced as a garden, complete with sugar bird table and, of course, the glider flying through with the birthday girl waving from the cockpit.
Karen has been organising a surprise 90th birthday party for her husband Peter. She has bought some little models to represent his main interests and is planning to put them round this cake, iced to look like an old book. Inside us Peter’s favourite, a plain Madeira cake. I hope it all went to plan
Marie-Claire’s mum is 80 today. She should really be out on the golf course on a beautiful spring day like this but a big family celebration will be much more fun. This is a vanilla sponge filled with jam and buttercream. Have a lovely day.
Jenny’s brother is visiting the UK for the first time since before lockdown. It is his birthday and he is a spitfire aficionado. So Jenny asked me if I could make a cake with a spitfire ‘flying over it’. Hmmm, not quite suspended but here is my version of the sugar plane soaring above the clouds. Hope you all had a lovely day.