Sunday, 24 November 2013

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant.

All of a sudden, Christmas seems so close. So here are some yummy seasonal cupcakes and lovely fragrant gingerbread.

What's that stench? It's fantastic.






Thursday, 7 November 2013

Colin Firth Christmas sweater cupcakes

Since the shops are full of them already, it's time to show these fun Colin Firth Christmas jumper cupcakes I made recently. 

Max, help me... I'm feeling



All right, you're a reindeer. Here's your motivation: Your name is Rudolph, you're a freak with a red nose, and no one likes you


    The Christmas jumpers are tiny, measuring 1.5 inch high  and are completely edible.They are cut and fashioned by hand from sugar icing,  The reindeer sweater, being a first try, took nearly two hours to make.      The cupcakes were buttermilk vanilla but a cinnamon apple, gingerbread or eggnog flavour would be so fitting for this design, this is how I will make them next time..   


 Then, one day, Santa picks you and you save Christmas. No, forget that part. We'll improvise... just keep it kind of loosey-goosey. You HATE Christmas! You're gonna steal it. Saving Christmas is a lousy ending, way too commercial. ACTION!


 

Friday, 1 November 2013

Just out **Wedding Cake, A Design Source** Magazine issue 49 featuring Other Cake Stories signature wedding cake

See my beautiful signature wedding cake  **Powder Pink**  in the latest issue of Squires' **Wedding Cakes – A Design Source** magazine.



Powder Pink


 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Baby face, you've got the cutest little baby face

These baby-suit cupcakes are really adorable and luxurious, and make an enchanting display on a birthday or baby shower sweet-table.  They're delicious too, made of lovely soft vanilla sponge, chocolate buttercream and all edible icing decorations.
 





Cuz I just fell I fell in love with your pretty baby cupcake face


Baby face I'm up in heaven when I'm in your fondant embrace





The inspiration behind the cupcakes.     Christmas show in the 1960s.  My first life
disappointment... not getting the white costume and getting a brown one with all the boys!
 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

A horse of course

Other Cake Stories
White horse chocolate cake


So hungry you could eat a horse? Then why not eat this lovely chocolate one.   Beautiful horse cake, and below in unicorn version. 




Unicorn cake







Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Mad Max

This cake was for a sweet lady, Chrysanthe, for her mum's birthday.  The main focus was the sugar figurine of Maxie, a much loved super smart family dog with a comical weakness for balloons.    

This is what Chrys thought of the cake:

Hi Anne,
Just to let you know the cake was a huge success :).   My mum squealed when she saw it, then cried then I thought she was going to pass out.     Maxie was obsessed with the little figurine  of himself and just kept staring at it (and the balloons).  I was greedy and had 2 slices.  It was so good.  I'm not even a huge fan of sponge (sometimes they are too dry). I love Greek cakes which are similar to gateaux. My fiancĂ©'s reaction (he who doesn't like cake at all) was "wow this is wonderful ...."     Thank you so much for everything Anne you've been truly amazing.
P.S It's all gone :( 






Maxie loves balloons too much to give them all away and kept one for himself




Friday, 9 August 2013

Japanese Baubles

Japanese style cake baubles are perfect for weddings.  Luxurious, original and so delicate and beautiful when presented as a large group on a stand scattered with fresh flowers or Japanese flower posies such as shown below.  They look quite magical in large numbers on a wedding display.


My Japanese is getting better, we speak English now

 
 

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Why you want to leave me?

Welcome Back birthday cake from relieved parents on return from their daughter's long backpacking trip.



Monday, 22 July 2013

No crown is worn but angels worship Him

To celebrate Prince George's arrival, here is a baby cradle cake I made last year as a gift.  Everything on this project is hand modelled in sugar.    I liked how the little sugar baby looked so real and so peaceful, tucked in his sugar cradle.   I thought the woven ribbons in the board finished the design so nicely here. 











  

Monday, 1 July 2013

Under the moonlight

Wedding Dance Silhouette Cake with elegant monochrome lines and modern high tiers iced with clean sharp edges. Sweet on one side and silly on the other.  The second version shows a fun take on the Thriller wedding dance.
 
  you see a sight that almost stops your heart

something evil's lurking in the dark
 

Monday, 24 June 2013

Could it be magic

Amazing cake in the style of Tim Burton's characters, but a real challenge to make!  Several long days of very detailed instructions.  This is a complex and big cake.   There are 3 small tiers in the dress and 2 tiers in the umbrella, supported entirely by one standing leg. It weighs 15kg, stands 2.5 feet tall and makes an amazing centrepiece.  The design is adaptable.



Spirits move me





Such a sweet little face... and you can eat it too

Sunday, 23 June 2013

It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk

This bespoke bride and groom topper is elegant, modern and fun and stands perfectly well on this impeccably white wedding cake adorned simply with a white peony
 



It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Like a Rolling Stone

This picture was taken by famous photographer David Montgomery (www.davidmontgomery.org) and I still can't believe that the man who took those pictures of HM The Queen and those iconic shots of Jimmy Hendrix, Mick Jagger and so many others, decided to take one of my humble doggy cupcakes just because he liked them. 

Now what?

Friday, 19 April 2013

Pass the biscuits, please

Gold Medal Wedding cookie favours

At the recent  C a k e   I n t e r n a t i o n a l   2 0 1 3   C a k e  a n d   B a k i n g  h o w   held in London (hosted by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood),  I entered the competition in the new "wedding decorated cookies" section.

The entries were judged on appeal, sugarcraft skills, baking quality and of course, taste.  Quite a few of my cookies were eaten by the judges... including my best one.

The wedding cookies received a gold medal and first place.  

Royal Iced cookies are very special and make pretty and elegant wedding favours either placed on the plate setting or wrapped individually in a bag tied with a pretty ribbon ready for guests to take away.  



At the prize giving ceremony with two talented sugarcrafters from Japan


Gold medal and best in class

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

A you're adorable, B you're so beautiful

 Baby shower cakes for boys and girls
 
A you're adorable
 

 


 
B you're so beautiful



 
 

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Can I call you Dotty?

 
Two versions of beautiful modern 4 tier wedding cake with dotty icing and an opulent sugar flower toppers
Can I call you Dotty?
 
Can I call you Dotty?

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Fondant fancies for charity

Tonight, I am pleased to be one of the sponsors of the launch of Fairtrade Rug company Node's special collection at the Design Museum in London by providing these 50  F o n d a n t   F a n c i e s   for the event.     Node works with designers and illustrators and convert their images into high quality hand-made fair trade carpets.   Their rug makers are a founder member of Fair Trade Nepal whose employees are taught literacy and skills. In addition to fair wages, their work supports a school of 260 children and an orphanage of nineteen.   Tonight's event celebrate a new collection of rug designs by 18 artists and illustrators



Saturday, 9 February 2013

Chocolate

A big chocolate birthday cake, and a lovely comment received from someone "passing by" and getting a slice at the party:


 Ms Rolley,
...  I am generally not a great fan of black forest cake but if I may say so the cake you created is the best black forest I ever had.
It has the right texture on the sponge cake (most others I tasted are very crumbly and thick) whereas you sponge cake is soft but not too soft at the same time it is not dominating in the cake. The layer of chocolate mousse on-top was at the right texture and both this chocolate mousse layer and the cream where not hiding the flavours of the fruit by being too oily or buttery. The dried chocolate pieces on-top had the right texture and crunchiness. A truly superb cake where all flavours and textures came together naturally. I have never, ever tasted such a great texture cake.  ...Thank you, it was wonderful.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Colin Firth cake

Colin Firth book cake with sugar tea cup and sugar cigarettes


Colin Firth cake, packed for a flight.   On arrival, fake tea was poured in the cup to look like a half finished cuppa

This is my "Colin Firth cake"  made some time ago for my sister who lives in France. 

It was a rich fruitcake, her favourite, carved as a book, and covered in icing, with a sugar cover of the novel's first edition (edited to include a picture of the magnificent actor).  From the teacup to the cigarette pack, everything on this display was edible and made of cake and sugar pastes.  Fake sugar tea was poured in the cup before serving. Real tea would be easier but would melt the cup.

I really enjoyed making this and bringing it to her in France on my surprise visit.  I love making personalised cakes that reflect a person's life and interests. People are always amazed when they receive a cake that's about them and their story.


A different sugar cup on a different cake, but this is how it looks once the fake tea is included.

Some recent baking

A la recherche de la parfaite tarte aux pommes