Happy Memories Cake

This is a cake that I made to commemorate the long and happy life of a very special lady who passed away earlier this year. Her family gathered from far and wide to remember her together. She had a wealth of interests but especially golf, bridge, her garden, embroidery and jigsaws. She was well known for her intolerance of squirrels, so I sneaked one on as the picture on the puzzle. Every last bit edible of course.

Table tennis and scrabble

I made a sailing boat birthday cake for Don and a year on, he rang me to request a reciprocal arrangement for his wife. Sheila’s hobbies include table tennis, Scrabble, Rummikub and her garden, so here is the jam filled vanilla sponge that we came up with.

Champagne birthday

So Gemma has reached the big 40. what better way to celebrate than with a glass of champagne? This is a vanilla cake filled with jam and buttercream topped with a sugar bottle and glass. All edible, cheers!

Sailing boat

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.

Golfers cake

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.

Family Book Cake

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.

Roller-skating cake

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

Lawn Bowls

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.

Football cupcakes

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

Glider pilot

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.