Thursday, 28 November 2013

A Chocoholic's dream come true

 
 
As most of my regular readers will know, we here in the Back Of Beyond are chocoholic through and through, so when we were given the chance to visit Cadbury's World courtesy of Superbreak we jumped at the chance! I had visited many years ago with Master Vander-Cave when he was a pre schooler so my memories were pretty hazy.  The one thing I remembered was the melted chocolate taster which I enjoyed reaquainting myself with.
 
Joining  us on our trip was Gem from Life with Katie and her family. We agreed to meet at Cadbury World for a leisurely lunch before exploring the museum and play area before of prebooked tour time.  Gem and co were driving up from the city, which on a normal day would have taken them two and a half hours, whilst we were coming from the Back Of Beyond which took us an hour. We did take an hour to get there whilst Gem took nearly 5 hours! Road closures and RTA's took their toll and they eventually arrived 5 minutes after our prebooked time. During our wait for the rest of our party the staff at Cadbury world were fabulous. They directed us to what we could do even without all our tickets (Gem had them with her!) and once our friends arrived they got us straight to the front of the queue for the next tour. Anyway back to our waiting time. Our first stop was the Cadburys cafe where we had freshly prepared baguette  with our choice of filling and a Cadburys hot chocolate. The service was quick and the food and drink enjoyable with good portion sizes for a reasonable price. With our tummies full (well our lunch tummies, not our chocolate tummies!) we headed to the Bourneville experience. This is a museum about John Cadbury and his work in providing excellent housing and working conditions for his workers and development of the Bourneville village. Also in this museum is a sweet shop frontage with a display of chocolate bars through the ages and reminded us of some of our long forgotten childhood favourite sweets. Master Vander-Cave's favourite exhibit was the design a chocolate box interactive display. Once designed one's advert is then displayed in the above mentioned sweet shop window!
 
Our next stop was the Cadbury's shop as Master V-C didn't want to see Santa in his grotto (he's way too cool for that these days!). I did pop my head into the grotto which looked amazing and the queue's were short and well managed. Once inside the shop I really did turn into a kid in a sweet shop and came out with way too much "bargain " chocolate.
 
And finally we got to the main event the Cadbury tour which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Anything that starts with being handed two bars of chocolate has to be good in my book! I won't spoil it all by going into to detail but one thing I will say was the melted warm chocolate covering my selected treat of jellybabies was well worth the wait and the look on Gem's son Pip's face was fantastic when he got his first ever taste of melted chocolate! (but there were subsequent tears when it was all gone). Oh, and make sure you see the purple planet which kind of messes with your mind!
 
After a long day of chocolatey fun we all headed back to our barn for dinner and a bit of grown up time with Gem and TMC. I had planned to make a chocolate pudding enhanced with Nutella on Saturday evening but we mutually decided we were all chocolated out (not a phrase you will here often here!) so it became pudding for all after sunday lunch. These chocolate pots from Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries are coeliac friendly as they contain no flour and are quick to make. A perfect pud for Gem and me! Young Pip was most enamoured with further chocolately goodness as he doesn't get chocolate very often and was not keen to share with his daddy! I wish I could show you a photo of his face, it really was a picture!
 
Hot Chocolate pudding
 
200g dark, fine quality chocolate (I use 70% cocoa solids)
100g caster sugar
3 eggs
60g butter
2 lightly heaped tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella or similar)
 
Set the oven at 200 degrees C or gas 6. Butter 4 small ramekins or oven-proof cups.
 
Break the chocolate into rough pieces and put it in a bowl suspended over gently simmering water. Melt without stirring.
 
Separate the eggs then beat the sugar with the egg yolks until thick & creamy. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until airy and stiff.
 
Stir the butter into the chocolate and leave to melt, then gently stir in the hazelnut spread.
 
Fold the chocolate mixture into the yolks and sugar, then carefully fold in the beaten egg whites with a metal spoon. Take care not to overmix. Make certain there are no floating bits of egg white.
 
Scoop into the four dishes and place on a baking sheet.
 
Bake for 12-15 minutes, till risen. The tops should be cracked and the centres still wobbly. Should you open one too early, it can go back in the oven.
 
Serve with double cream in a jug and be ready to pour extra cream in once you've started eating!
 
 
 


Monday, 21 October 2013

Cake and Caching


Last weekend we left the Back Of Beyond and went to visit our friends in South Gloucestershire for the day. We get together 3 or 4 times a year taking it in turns to host and enjoy each others culinary skills. As Mr SG used to be a chef he often does most of the cooking at our weekend get togethers. This time Mrs SG made pudding, which she admitted she hadn't practiced before so we were her guinea pigs, and very lucky guinea pigs indeed! Her white chocolate and raspberry bread and butter pudding was fantastic, topped off with a trickle of double cream, and I was in food heaven. So much so that I had to get a picture and the recipe so I could share it here!

After the delicious lunch we decided to do a bit of Geo-caching which the SG family had introduced us to earlier in the year. Our initial reaction to Geocaching was lukewarm, but after a few goes during the long summer holidays (when we were looking for cheap activities to entertain Master Vander-Cave and some friend) we caught the bug and is very much on our to do list for free time fun. Geo-caching is like a treasure hunt using GPS and the internet. A "cache" is hidden, something small and innocuous looking, along with a log book(for people to sign to say they found the cache) and sometimes little treasures to collect or leave,then the cacher put clues and co-ordinates to where it is hidden on Geocaching.com . When you find it, you log it on the website. Mr SG has become a Geocaching Jedi over the last year, finding a cache most days, and has even hidden a few himself.  He had selected three caches to find, all within a short walk of each other. We managed to find all three fairly easily (although one did require a 4pt bottle of water to access it), have a lovely walk and explore an area we wouldn't have visited if it hadn't been for the Geocaching.  I have to say I find it fascinating that this activity is going on all around the world and mostly you wouldn't think that someone might have hidden things, in a global treasure hunt, on your street or local park and that other's will be looking for these silly inconsequential objects just for the fun of finding them. And actually it is a real sense of achievement when you have searched for ages and finally find something that is almost hidden under your nose! So thank you SG family for introducing us to Geocaching and for such a lovely day. Hope to see you again soon!


White chocolate & raspberry bread and butter pudding
12 slices white bread, crusts removed
50 g butter, softened
250 g fresh or frozen raspberries
200g white chocolate, chopped, or white chocolate chips
4 eggs
450 ml double cream
225 ml milk
125 g caster sugar
1 tbsp granulated sugar, for sprinkling
cream or vanilla ice cream, to serve


Butter the bread and arrange four slices, buttered side down, in a single layer in a 20x25cm ovenproof dish. Scatter over half the raspberries and white chocolate, then cover with four more slices of bread, buttered side down again. Add the remaining raspberries and chocolate, followed by a final layer of bread, placed buttered side down.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs with the cream, milk, caster sugar and a pinch of salt, pour this mixture over the bread. Cover the dish with cling film and leave to stand for an hour, or in the fridge overnight – this will allow the bread to soak up the egg and cream mixture.

When you’re ready to bake the pudding, preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the pudding, and then prepare a bain-marie. Place the pudding dish in a large, deep-sided roasting tin and pour in enough boiling water to come about halfway up the sides of the pudding dish. This regulates the heat in the oven and ensures the eggs don’t scramble.

Carefully transfer the dish and bain-marie to the oven and bake for about 1 hour or until the pudding is crisp and golden on top and just set in the centre – a skewer inserted into the middle will come out clean.


Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and serve warm with cream or vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy!


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Summertime fun

 
As usual I will need to start this post with an apology for my tardiness in keeping up with this blog.  A special apology goes to Nanna who has been missing my blogging particularly. Sorry Nanna! I am regularly updating my cake photos but beyond that life and two jobs has given me precious little time off! Having said that we did get our annual trip to sunnier climes where I did little more than work hard at getting a tan. ( I worked very hard at this, lying still for hours under a blue sky and a sea breeze!). Sadly the lack of WiFi stopped me blogging so I had no choice but to relax.
Anyway I am back and finally have a few moments to update you all on my latest cakey escapades!
The summer seems to have flown by with lots of cake challenges for me to get my teeth into.  The greatest of which was the bird cage cake, with 40 cupcakes, all decorated with teapots and tea cups. As my first paid wedding cake I felt extra pressure to get it right! Thankfully, with lots of time and effort (and a few expletives) it was alright on the day and the feed back from the bride was very complimentary (pictures of these cakes are on the cake creation picture page.) Now finally cake orders have settled down (for the next couple of weeks) so I have been able to try out a new recipe. I have had the Hummingbird Home Sweet Home book for 6mths now and have managed to try out 3 recipes from it! (I know it's not good enough!) I think part of the problem has been a lack of cake testers and the recipes I've wanted to try have been ones I know Mr Vander-Cave wouldn't like, and Master Vander- Cave and I can only eat so much cake without starting to look like Violet Beauregard after eating the chewing gum! Anyway I digress.  Last weekend it was the 3rd Christine Wilde Foundation charity cricket day which we fielded a team for, comprising of my two Vander-Cave boys Gem from life with Katie's husband, my niece's new fiancĂ© Geordie and his bff Pricey and a couple of old friends. Considering this team had never played before they did well to reach the semi finals but the day wasn't really about winning, it was about having fun and raising money for a wonderful charity. My contribution to the day (other than donating to the bar's profits) was  a lemon and raspberry cake for the cricketers tea, well most of it for the cricketers as I had to test it obviously! This recipe is a three layer cake with a lemon cream cheese frosting, which I think may be my favourite frosting ever. I have since used the leftover frosting on some vanilla cupcakes.  Divine!
 



Monday, 10 June 2013

Everybody else's cake

My trial giant cupcake

Since starting the Back Of Beyond baking business in February I have hardly had a cake free week. I'm not complaining, far from it, but the cake tin in the Back Of Beyond barn only ever gets over bakes or trimmings these days. I feel a bit guilty as Master Vander-Cave is a big cake fan and so far he hasn't complained about the lack of family favourites but I think I will have to rectify the situation soon. Otherwise I can see myself having a mutiny on my hands! The other aspect of baking that is suffering is the experimentation and exploring other recipe books. I find I am experimenting with fondant techniques rather than the cakes underneath. The creative urges are being sated by this but unless you are a fellow fondant fiddler, probably very boring to hear about.

In the last three months I have only experimented with two new recipes, both of which are chocolate, and both of which were for other people. The first cake was an order for a giant chocolate cupcake requested by one of my best customers. Prior to this order I had only tried out my giant cupcake tin once and only as a vanilla sponge. Thankfully the trusty Google search came up trumps with a lovely moist chocolate cake by the very talented Victoria at Victorious cupcakes. I wasn't quite brave enough to make the cake for the order without a trial which is silly because Victoria does know her stuff. I baked a trial cake for one of my gorgeous girlfriends and her equally gorgeous babies who came to visit us in the back of beyond. It was a resounding success with all saying how scrummy and light it was.  My customer was just as happy with her giant cupcake and another success for Back of Beyond Baking.


Victorious giant chocolate cupcake

500g plain flour
300g golden caster sugar
125g Light muscovado sugar
60g cocoa powder
2.5 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
4 eggs
Small tub of sour cream (150ml)
1.5 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
220g of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
150ml of corn oil 
375ml of chilled water

Method

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Grease your tin/mould. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and salt. 
In another bowl or wide-necked measuring jug whisk together the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until blended. Using a freestanding or handheld electric mixer, beat together the melted butter and corn oil until just blended (you'll need another large bowl for this if using the hand whisk; the freestanding mixer comes with its own bowl), then beat in the water. 
Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix together on a slow speed. Add the egg mixture, and mix again until everything is blended and then pour into the prepared tin/mould. Bake the cakes for about an hour, or until a cake-tester comes out clean.
Cool the cakes in their tins on a wire rack for 15 minutes, and then turn the cakes out onto the rack to cool completely.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Too busy to blog!


This really is a flying visit to my little blogosphere to say a thousand apologies for not keeping up with my blog but I seem to have become a victim of my own success!
Since setting up Back Of Beyond Baking 'the business' and returning to my day job, I seem to have very little time to write about the cakes I make. I am not experimenting with new recipes because I am busy making the standard sponge cakes either for celebration cakes or themed cupcakes! The great news for me is that my decorating skills are being regularly tested and expanding and if I do say so myself; improving quite quickly! I have had only two weeks where I have had no cake orders and most weeks I have had multiple cakes to make. Out on the farm, lambing has been and gone, the hedgerows are finally showing signs of life and spring is most definitely sprung, and to be honest I have missed it all in a whirl of fondant, ribbons and lots and lots of cake!
During the course of my absence from this corner of the back of beyond I have made my first rainbow cake for Master Vander-Cave's Birthday, along with ombre icing in shades of blue (his request), made my first motorbike out of fondant and gum paste and used rice krispie treats (or RKT as they are known in cake decorating circles!) for modelling under fondant. So lots of firsts. There was one other cake related first, which I will dedicate a whole blog post to soon. I attended my first Clandestine Cake Club meeting and met lots of lovely bakers, got to try some gorgeous cakes and take some cake away with me! That was a real highlight for me and something I will definitely be making time for in the future!
In the mean time I will keep all my cake creations updated on the Cake creation page

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Full steam ahead!

My new advertising bag!
I  really do not know where to start with all the goings on here in the Back Of Beyond over the last few weeks. We had the family wedding of the year which entailed the making of the 6 inch cutting cake and 65 cupcakes.  Prior to that I tried out the Cakesaway postable cake box and since then made cakes for my nanny girlfriends, invited the environmental health inspector round to approve my kitchen and also produced Valentines Day cupcakes in a gorgeous cupcake handbag. Oh and bought www.backofbeyondbaking.co.uk so you can find me easily!


Let's go back a couple of weeks to the postable box. This little box is the cupcake makers dream. It allows one to post 6 cupcakes to anywhere via Royal Mail (special delivery recommended) and have the cupcakes arrive in perfect condition with the recipient. The secret is the domed pod that the cupcake sits in and the manufacturers provide cupcake cases so that the cupcakes are the correct size and will sit happily in their pod.  If tipped upside down the cake won't slide into the lid. I was a little suspicious about these claims which is why I sent my dear friend Gem a box to test one out. The last thing I wanted as a new business was to send out cakes that ended up squished in transit! I made gluten free cupcakes which are particularly fragile and decorated them with a variety of toppings to check the best topping to transport as the ultimate road test. I waited with baited breath for Gem to get in touch once she recieved her cakes. Well I should not be such a doubting Thomas because the picture she sent me was almost identical to the photo I had taken prior to posting!

Before

After! Can you spot the difference!
From this trial Back Of Beyond Baking cupcakes by post has been born! I have already had two orders posted out and 3 more due next week. 

All set up and ready to go, more photos on the cake creation page
So Moving on to the wedding which really has galvanised the desire to make cakes for a living. In the weeks leading up to it I was fairly nervous but developed a plan of action for the cake making days and stuck to my plan. By 10am on the day of the big cupcake bake I had all the cakes out of the oven and then the production line of producing the finished item started. I had Mr V-C on washing up duty and then as the hours ticked down I had him buttercreaming  the cakes and kneading fondant ready for rolling. He was an absolute star and I couldn't have done it without him. By 4pm we had 72 cupcakes baked and decorated (including 6 for the nannies decorated with buttercream hydrangea flowers and chocolate hearts). Poor Mr V-C had the unenviable task of driving us the 150 miles to the wedding venue with all the cakes on board. I had prepared for possible mishaps with a spare large rose and small flowers, roses and fondant icing all ready for repairs. Thankfully all travelled beautifully, no repairs necessary and we definitely breathed a sigh of relief when we delivered and set up the cake. The Bride and Groom were very happy with their cake and apart from a few timing issues at the beginning of service the day  passed smoothly. In fact I can happily say it was one of the best days I've had in over a year! And more importantly I recieved tons of compliments on the cakes! Having now done this I feel more confident in my ability to cope with a big order in future, so bring it on!

And finally this week I have had enviromental health visit to check my kitchen which was a bit underwhelming (I had scrubbed my kitchen from top to bottom and she didn't swab anything!) and was swiftly certified as satisfactory for manufacturing cakes. Sadly I am exempt from the new rating system so don't get any gold stars but the officer was quite happy with everything I have in place and my cleaning practices. I will just have to give myself a gold star! So now officially I am in business!!

For details about how to order  delicious cakes and cupcakes  please click here




Sunday, 27 January 2013

New Adventures for a New Year


2013 looks set to be an exciting year for us here in the back of beyond.  First up is the challenge of returning to work after my year of illness that marred 2012. I am very lucky that my employer is allowing me to have an extremely gentle phased return back into the work which therefore still allows time for my baking and cake decorating which has become something of a passion for me.

Secondly, the wedding that inspired my new love of cake decorating is now only 10 days away and I am looking forward to (and being anxious about in equal measure) the challenge of a 6 inch cutting cake and 65 cupcakes all individually decorated with handmade roses, I am starting to look at what my next challenge will be after the vows are exchanged and the cake is cut. I have been playing around with the idea of going into the bakery business for a while now and have finally taken the plunge and asked the local environmental health to inspect and certify my kitchen for commercial use. Once this is done I plan to advertise my services for cupcake and occasion cakes as well as general biscuit and cake baking for the local area.

I have already had my first enquiry for a box of cupcakes delivered to the south west of England, some 90 odd miles from us here in the back of beyond! Now, as one to enjoy a challenge, I have managed to find some packaging that claims to transport cupcakes via post with no damage to the cakes whatsoever. Watch this space for my testing of this product when it arrives!

To help extend my decorating skills and practice my fondant work I have tested out cakes and my skills on a batch of cupcakes for my darling niece's baby shower. She is due to have her second baby in mid March and already knows that she is having a boy  I was able to theme the cupcakes appropriately, with lots of buttons and booties in shades of blue. I also created an fondant icing model of Elmo as this is her family pet name.
My second cake challenge of the week has been buttercream roses. I have seen lots of lovely pictures recently of cakes decorated with buttercream flowers which looks fabulous.  After a quick trawl of Youtube I found that they are extremely easy with the right nozzle (a Wilton 1m nozzle ), a piping bag and a large quantity of buttercream.

For the sponge I used the Great British Bake Off - (How To Turn Everyday Bakes Into Showstoppers) recipe for simple sponge cake. I had this book for Christmas from Gem and have been bursting to try out some of the recipes! This recipe was really simple and turned out a nice cake so definitely one to keep. I used my standard buttercream recipe with the addition of 50 grams of Cocoa powder. You can find the recipe for the buttercream here: http://backofbeyondbaking.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Vanilla%20butter%20cream

Simple Sponge cake

250g unsalted butter, softened
250g caster sugar
1tsp Vanilla extract
4 large free range eggs, beaten
250g self raising flour, sifted
50g cocoa
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons of milk
Preheat the oven to 180c
grease and line a 20cm round cake tin

Place the butter into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl. Beat until very creamy with either a wooden sponge or electric mixer (I used my Kenwood with the K beater).
Gradually beat in the sugar and then the vanilla. Continue to beat until the mixture is pale in colour and very fluffy in texture.

Gradually beat in the eggs a tablespoon at a time. Add 1 tablespoon of the weighed flour with each of the last  2 portions of egg to prevent the mixture curdling.

Sift the remaining flour, cocoa and salt into the bowl and fold in using a big metal spoon. Fold in the milk until a soft dropping consistency is achieved.

Transfer the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 60-70 minutes or until a cake skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Decorate in anyway you wish!






Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Cake creations



From now on all my cake creations will be on this page.
vegan 1st birthday cake

horse stables themed cake

ruby wedding cake


vintage birthday cake

boys square christening cake

harry potter hufflepuff cake

75th birthday cake

4 tier flower cascade wedding cake

pony themed birthday cake

lindor Chocolate drip cake

country shooting cake

starburst cocktail glass birthday cake


lego batman cake

thuderbirds 3d cake

rugby pitch, cricket pitch cake.

boy christening cake 2 tiers

computer and children birthday cake

pink & grey teddies and ruffles baby shower cake


40th birthday cake signpost and bike

riddle me this birthday cake



meringues and chocolate dip strawberry drip cake

horticulture theme cake

Fireman Sam, Penny and Jupiter cake

ombre ruffles cake

minion birthday cake

85th birthday cake men


Levi Attack on titan cake

starwars lightsaber cake

needlework birthday cake

40th birthday truck cake
Add caption

make up and iphone pink birthday cake

saints  football shirt cake

 2tier handbag cake


1st birthday cake

marvel superheroes cake

25th anniversary roses and lace cake

shades of blue flowers cake


baby blocks, teddy and sleeping baby christening cake

2 tier trains and teddy christening cake

mini gift fruit cakes

White ruffle rose and quilted 2 tier cake

Sophie the giraffe 1st birthday cake


woodland and beach birthday cake

cheese shop cake

Pink girls ballet birthday cake

Rainbows and unicorn birthday cake

Elsa and Anna princess cupcakes

tartan and white roses

3 tier square wedding cake

white rose square wedding cake

White roses and tartan wedding cake

Glass house birthday cake

undersea theme birthday cake

rainbow ruffle cake

death by chocolate birthday cake

pink ombre ruffle christening cake

quited wedding cake white silver

minecraft birthday cake mosaic


noddy face cake

cupcakes.

wrestling ring cake

 LD Shadowlady minecraft cake

Soap and glory box cake

gold tiara birthday cake


50th birthday cake

Peppa pig George cake

Black white and pink birthday cake
rainbow ruffle cake

Herbie  birthday cake

minecraft Steve cake


4th birthday cake boys

beer theme cake

hen party cake

castle cake sofia the first

unicorn birthday cake

star explosion birthday cake


garden theme cake

baby blocks and bunting owl christening cake

minion cake

pink and lilac birthday cake

white poppy and black lace cake


hedgehog cupcakes

dress maker, black labrador, yoga, prosecco birthday cake

handbag birthday cake

football, dogs wellies cake


2 tier chocolate cigarello cake


Peppa pig castle cake

Minion birthday cake

4 tier cerise roses and navy butterflies cake

bunting and baby block christening cake

Baby clothes baby shower cake



peppa and george picnic cake

peppa pig and George Birthday cake

Avengers assemble boys birthday cake

Marvel avengers cake

Avengers assemble cake

4th Birthday Elsa Olaf Birthday cake

digger cake

stars and stripes birthday cake


10th anniversary tractor and farm animals cake


Children's christmas cake

Treasure chest boys 5th birthday cake

Christmas cake


























60th cake

girls christening cake







owl, bunting and letter block christening cake

1st birthday cake ideas

floral cupcakes




minion cupcakes


girls birthday cake



Chicken themed birthday cake

Cream and gold giant cupcake


Dark green rose wedding cake and cupcakes

Elsa and Olaf birthday cake

Snowflake cupcakes

iphone cake



cheese board anniversary cake

Christening cake and matching cupcake

80th birthday cake

Christening cake

Christening cake flowers

Doc McStuffins and Lamby birthday cake


Chocolate cigarello birthday cake

Crochet flower cake

Girly owl cake
Tractor Cake


2nd Birthday cake

30th birthday cake



70th Birthday Cake

bunting birthday cake



ice skate cake


pink Christening cake

three tier navy and ivory wedding cake





Elsa Birthday cake
Add caption

60th wedding anniversary cake

henna cake

21st birthday cake idea

octonauts face cake

life line cake



50th birthday skier cake

Sunflower cupcakes

number one cake



18th birthday football shirt cake



ruffled rose cupcakes

1D picture cake

ballet shoe cake

fondant make up

upsadaisy and iggle piggle cake

one direction photo cake

Vanellope von sweetz cake

Woodland fairy Birthday Cake

topsy turvy cake


Gin bottle cake


Tiger cake

Ballet shoe cake

70th birthday cake


fairy Birthday cake


Christmas tree cake
first of this years Christmas cakes!

purple sewing cupcakes

Mini Christmas cakes

Lion king pumbaa cake

50th birthday cake

giant cupcake for 6 year old girl

6 year old girl cupcakes

Mr Bloom Birthday cake
 Mr Bloom Cake- the veggies
Mr Bloom birthday cake
Mr Bloom's Nursery cake



7 year old girl birthday cake

Giant cupcake daddy


red and blue themed cupcakes



R2D2 Cake




Chocolate digger Cake



mini fruit cake cupcakes

giant chocolate cupcake

70th birthday cake

hungry caterpillar cake


chocolate guitar cake

Chocolate cake with chocolate fondant

cadburys purple wedding cake

cadburys purple cupcake toppers

pink giant cupcake

Halloween Birthday cupcakes

Girls birthday cake jessie and bullseye

Superman birthday cake


princess crown cupcakes

boys birthday cupcakes
cute girly cupcakes for 5year old

pink spotty birthday cake

Cupcakes by post

Chocolate airplan birthday cake

 birthday cake for a 5year old


spotty handbag birthday cake
A special Handbag for a dear friend


Spider man
A family birthday cake.


tractor themed cakes
1st birthday cupcakes


Over the hill cake
For a Hill walker named Gilly.


40th birthday cake
A birthday cake for one of my closest friends


rude cupcakes
Rather rude hen party cupcakes


customer's picture of the giant cupcake




Mr V-C's chocolate fudge birthday cake with chocolate fondant

Cupcakes for my first craft fair


30th birthday cake
30 birthday version of my girly birthday cake


birthday cupcakes for a joint birthday party

7 year old girl giant cupcake



Christening cake for boys


pink and purple birthday cake
A lemon sponge with lemon curd and lemon frosting 30th birthday cake




knitting themed cupcakes
Arts and crafts cupcakes


artists cupcakes
Arts and crafts cupcakes


girls giant cupcake
Giant cupcake blue theme


baby shower cupcakes
baby shower cupcakes

Marathon runner cupcakes

My 40th birthday cake. Yes I made it myself!



purple themed birthday cake
sweet 16 cake.


1st birthday cake
My version of the many Minnie mouse birthday cake's images availble on the web!


fondant motor bike
The bike is modelled on a photo of the bike belonging to the recipient of this cake.



birthday cake for 8 year old girl
Cake for a pony ride party.


sugar free birthday cake
This was a sugar free banana and raisin cake


some of the many Mother's day cupcakes I produced.

My 1st birthday cake commision


Girly cupcakes for a 2year old

Spotty cupcakes for Alice.


Birthday Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes by post
Chocolate and Vanilla cupcakes

Birthday Cupcakes by post.

Valentine's day Cupcakes

Welcome home cupcakes by post.




My big Sisters Birthday cake

Gluten free cakes to trial cakesaway postable cupcake box
Cupcakes for the girls
wedding cupcake tower
Cupcakes and cutting cake 

The cupcakes for Sean and Sammi


A impromptu hen party cake with dark chocolate decorations