Purple 30th birthday cake.
A 10″square lavender birthday cake for a 30th birthday party at a pub in central London. The large number 30 on the cake and the stars are made from royal icing and the colour was my best attempt at matching the colour of the dress worn by the birthday girl!
A bit of test baking this week; I’m working on some recipes which should be available on the Lavender Cooks blog soon. I am making sourdough challah for Rosh Hashanah this year; with swirls of grated apple, tahini and honey, it is a full flavoured bread which keeps well and isn’t overly sweet. It has taken a long while to get sourdough challah to work so I’m very excited about it. They are available to order and not just for the holidays, do get in touch if you need a very special challah; it can be collected from East Finchley by arrangement.
The meringues below are baked Italian meringues, they are small and delicious. I made two versions today; one with dark chocolate, honey and tahini and plain tahini ones. I am now having visions of an amazing tahini pavlova with honey whipped cream and chocolate ganache… Meringues also available to order, email for more information.
Red racing car.
A couple of boys birthday cakes made recently for East Finchley locals. The racing car cake wass for a lovely boy who claims I am the best cake maker in the world! He wanted chocolate cake and a racing car for his birthday cake and got both! The dinosaur cake was gluten free chocolate sponge. I replaced the flour with Dove’s Farm gluten free flour and it worked very well. It was slightly crumbly – the gluten in ordinary flour has more of a binding effect – but the taste and texture was not impaired so I would recommend it for those baking for the gluten free.
Dinosaurs and dragonflies.
I love orders that have several opportunities to work a theme into the decoration. This order was for a joint sibling birthday and by using bright colours for all parts of the order it was possible to have two distinctly individual cakes which were complimented by the party favour biscuits and the cupcakes. The birthday cakes were raspberry and chocolate cakes – both covered in vanilla buttercream. The cupcakes were lemon and the biscuits, gingerbread.
Pirate themed decoration.
Flowers and butterflies.
Pirate ship party favour biscuits.
Flower gingerbread party biscuit.
Pirate and flower cupcakes.
Joint birthday party cakes.
This cake had to travel to Kent via public transport and I’m pleased that it made it in good condition! It is a vanilla cake filled with jam and decorated with flowers for a 50th birthday surprise party.
I continue to contemplate why there seem to be more Christening cake orders in August. Here are a couple from last week; one with animals and swirls for the Christening of two slightly older boys and another for a little girl.
Monkey, elephant, giraffe and lion on a cake.
Christening cake with flower border.
This is a salted caramel cake; vanilla cake with a layer of homemade salted caramel inside and folded into the buttercream. I made extra and had some on ice cream the next day! A cake for someone with varying interests, it doesn’t get more personal than this. A rugby ball, a TV, bottle of whiskey, pint of lager, dark green Mini and a tent to represent various aspects of the recipients interests. I kept the images simple and had to do a bit of juggling to make sure they all fit on the cake but was pleased with the overall effect.
Salted caramel birthday cake.
Dark green Mini on a cake.
Rugby and lager cake decoration.
I hadn’t attempted sunflowers in royal icing before; I’m not quite sure how I have managed to avoid it. I think they would look fabulous on mini cupcakes as well. The Sunflower cake was a lavender cake with a touch of lemon and the cake below was another rendition of the popular Spring cake for a 40th birthday.
Sunflowers and lavender.
Are they still called video games? Every time I get an order for these types of design I turn to Google images and double check with my customer to make sure I have identified the right ones. I have no frame of reference for such things but get the impression they are hugely popular amongst boys under ten. I also have a feeling that Sonic and Minecraft will become familiar to me beyond images on cakes in a few short years as my boys get a little older…
TNT Minecraft cake for Louis and Sonic Hedgehog cake for George; both chocolate cakes with vanilla buttercream.
These cakes were for a joint Superhero birthday party. Alex and Apollinaire chose their favourite superhero from the selection on their party invitation and I duly iced them onto their respective cakes though Spiderman and Ironman looked cute rather than scary on this occasion! Mini cupcakes with superhero masks and details from the invitation completed the order. The cakes were vanilla sponge with jam and apparently they went down very well.
4th birthday cake
Superhero mini cupcakes.