Sunday, 28 November 2010

Royal British Legion poppy cupcakes

To mark the Kent Poppy Launch in association with The Royal British Legion, I was commissioned to make lemon and poppyseed cupcakes each topped with an edible poppy. The Legion are also celebrating its 90th anniversary along with one of the veterans attending the event, so I made 90 cupcakes which were presented as a number 90 in the middle of the buffet table. The Royal British Legion do amazing work safeguarding the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. Although Remembrance Sunday has passed for this year, it is not too late to make a donation to the Poppy Appeal.

A few cupcakes had been eaten before the photo was taken!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


I had a last minute commission from a client who was celebrating his 30th birthday with a Hallowe'en themed party shared with two of his childhood friends. The party was set to be huge, in a private members club called Paramount at the summit of Centre Point, with panoramic views of the city. Although he was expecting 500 guests, he wanted a cake that could be cut early in the evening to share with close family and friends, but he still wanted a fairly sizeable cake that would feed up to 100. Although my design ideas had to be approved, I had free reign in my execution of them and went to town with gothic literary references, maggots in mud and spooky trees. I always feel more attached and proud of a cake when I am given the freedom by trusting clients to unleash my imagination.

Count Dracula's bleeding grave stone and buried bones

"I told you I was ill" is the epitaph on Spike Milligan's gravestone and it's always made me laugh.

Edgar Allan Poe's grave with a raven perching on top. I also made gravestones for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Pumpkins, spooky trees, a big red eyed spider, worms and maggots

A bat flying through the night sky which is glittering with gold stars and an iridescent full moon.

The photos aren't great quality, but the light was very strange at the top of Centrepoint at delivery time and just before I left, I placed a number 30 sparkler in the top to be lit later.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Becoming an Observer Food Awards 2010 runner up turned me into a pumpkin

It's been a busy few weeks. Not only have I been working with some wonderful clients on wedding and celebration cakes, I  discovered that Victoria's Cake Boutique came runner up in The Observer Food Awards for Best UK Independent Retailer, 2010. Needless to say, I am completely thrilled by this news, but still haven't held the special edition of The Observer Food Monthly in my actual hands - I was on a Roman holiday when it came out - but my wonderful friends, Claire and Matt, saved me their copy. 

Aside from this exciting news, I was also turned into a pumpkin for Flora's Halloween recipes. You can see my "northern lass" pumpkin in Meet the Pumpkins Episode 1: Easy Pumpkin Risotto, where I narrowly avoid getting picked as the main ingredient in Flora mum's tasty Halloween recipe. Needless to say, I am not really from the North East of England, I grew up in Kent, so my sincere apologies go out to any Geordies amongst you. You can catch me again on Meet the Pumpkins Episode 2: Magical Pumpkin Mash with Pumpkin Crisps. This time I'm not so lucky. I get roasted, sliced and mashed but, don't worry, if you watch to the end, you'll see I quite like being magical mash after all! The last time you can catch me as a pumpkin, you can find out how to make a delicious pesto and pumkin tart in Meet the Pumpkins Episode 3. This time I manage to escape the chop - phew!