I imagine if you have a birthday that falls on or around Valentine’s day you probably end up with roses or heart shaped gifts quite frequently! This chocolate cake was for a very sweet four year old and I enjoyed the opportunity to get the heart shaped cake tins out! The chocolate Italian meringue buttercream is always nice to work with – it is easy to get a lovely, smooth finish and the resulting cake was pretty and perfect for a birthday in mid February!
I was pleased to make this Charlie and the Chocolate factory cake for two reasons. The first being that I have been making cakes for Amara and her family since she was a baby and I can’t believe she is 6 and old enough to enjoy the delights of Charlie and the Chocolate factory! The second is that I’m a fan myself; I remember having it read to me at school when I was about the same age (and reading it myself numerous times since then) and adoring everything about it – I can’t wait to read it to my boys.
The Golden ticket on the cake is edible – it is made with royal icing and painted with edible gold paint. I don’t buy Smarties (Nestlé is evil) so these sweets came from M & S and actually I prefer them – the muted colours were pretty without being too bright and flourescent! It is a chocolate cake covered in vanilla Italian meringue buttercream and the matching mini cupcakes were vanilla with swirls and not-Smarties!
Another local Christening cake and one that traveled a little further out of London. Pretty and simple with the name and flowers. Loving the recent Christening cake orders!
This Christening cake was a lemon sponge cake soaked with lemon syrup and covered in Italian meringue buttercream. The colours were bright and cheerful and matched the design of the dress worn by the little girl on the day. It was tall; more than 50% higher than usual with four layers of sponge but a great way of keeping the traditional round form while ensuring it would serve 70 people! My customer was kind enough to write to me afterwards and gave me the following recommendation:
I came upon The Lavender Bakery’s website and fell in love with Michelle’s amazing piping and decoration work. We asked her to create a cake for our daughter’s christening and were absolutely delighted with the result. The cake looked gorgeous – it was a work of art. Unsurprisingly, it tasted even better! So many people commented on the sumptuous lemon sponge and buttercream and asked me where I had got it – I should have had Michelle’s cards on display!
I would wholeheartedly recommend The Lavender Bakery to anyone who is a fan of beautiful cakes that taste as divine as they look.
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.
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.
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.
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.