Sunday, 18 December 2016

Gingerbread auction

Thanks to very generous colleagues, 9 of my Gingerbread houses and 50 or so cookies raised an amazing £2855 last Thursday when auctioned at work, with all proceeds given to a new initiative organising a special Christmas Day event for one hundred elderly people who would otherwise be alone.    Bids went as high as £1000 for the Frozen large Amboise style house below. 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Baby shower cake

When time is limited, decorating a supermarket cake can produce good results and save a few hours. Here is a very acceptable £6 Waitrose plain iced cake decorated as a baby shower cake. I spent just a couple of hours making this realistic baby figurine on a pillow, a teddy bear and some fanion lettering for a colleague.  Baby Elisa was born early January and even looked a little like the figurine.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Gingerbread houses and cookies

Here are some pictures of my gingerbread collection this year.  I designed various sizes and styles including "Amboise" based on a beautiful house I saw in the Loire Valley last month. I likedthe perfect proportions of this house with its high pitched roof.   At least 8 of these houses and many cookies will be sold and auctioned next week with all proceeds to a benevolent cause set up by a colleague who is organising an event to provide a special Christmas Day to a hundred elderly and isolated people who would have otherwise spent it alone. 

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Macmillan Nurses Cancer support coffee morning

A few weeks ago, our coffee morning at work raised over £900 + the same matched by our company, giving a total of £1830.57 for the Macmillan Nurses charity, who offer support to cancer patients.     

Monday, 14 November 2016

Christmas Market, Sunday 27th November

If you are in the area, please visit my stand at the Redbourn, Hertfordshire, one day Christmas Market of Sunday 27th November from 11am to view my beautiful one of a kind themed Gingerbread Houses in various sizes, as well as cookies tree decorations.

 Redbourn is off the A5, near the towns of Hemel Hempstead, Harpenden, and
St Albans.    Find more details here

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Bull cupcakes

Bull cupcakes for colleague Erica's birthday.  She is just mad about bovines  Last year, I made her a sheep cake.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Lambeth style wedding cake

This recent wedding cake is decorated in Lambeth style Royal Icing.  The art dates back to the Victorian times when intricate and layered designs were hand-piped on wedding cakes using a heavy meringue piped through various nozzle styles. In the 1910s-30s, Joseph Lambeth published a rare but still available compendium of this method which sealed the method as his own, although it had existed since the 1880s.    

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Thinking of Christmas

This is a quick design practice for a Christmas Fair where Other Cake Stories will have a stall of gingerbread decorations this coming December north of London.  There will be fully decorated houses in various styles and tree decorations for grabs,  iced in vintage Royal Icing style.  Details will be posted in November.   

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Baby shower and Wedding favour cookies

Here are some Easter cookies, wedding favours and baby shower cookies in my signature style.  



Sunday, 21 February 2016

Baby Shower cookies and Wedding favours

Here are some baby shower cookies and wedding favour cookies I'm currently working on.  The cookie base is vanilla biscuit and all cookies are flooded with Royal Icing and the decorations handpiped, a painstakingly long process for a fine porcelain finish.  

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

First cake of the year

First cake of the year. Chocolate truffle cakes layered with chocolate buttercream and ganached all over, covered in fondant and sugar paste accents.

Apple pies and pains au lait