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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been doing a few cakes of late with free hand decoration providing the background and representing a theme. Sleeping Beauty, Under the sea and this Jungle cake amongst them. The lion, elephant and monkey peep out from amongst the leaves and vines to make a fun and pretty cake for a 6th birthday party!
I’m as fond of brightly decorated cakes as anybody but I have always felt that the more natural the cake the better. Fantastic ingredients and cakes covered with delicious and beautiful Italian meringue buttercream have always been the signature offering at The Lavender Bakery. I happily put colouring in the piped decoration – it can be removed easily before eating – and occasionally in the cake or frosting by request (hello Red Velvet cake lovers!) but I just love the idea of nothing but natural, fresh ingredients in a cake and these edible flowers make beautiful cakes that are perfect for a special birthday, a tea party or a summer wedding. They can be ordered in an array of bright colours or in a single colour of your choice. The price will depend on the exact design but do get in touch to discuss your ideas and requirements. A combination of flowers and fruit would be wonderful too!