Karen is 50!

Karen is a former work colleague of mine who was celebrating her 50th birthday.
Her order was for a cake to celebrate and for 30 matching cupcakes. For this one, I decided to make a deep, vanilla tray bake cake with a pair of flared ‘jeans’ which were cut from an 8″ square cake.
The decoration was in the form of different coloured circles of fondant icing.
The matching vanilla cupcakes had a white swirl of buttercream on top & were embellished with matching circles of fondant icing.



I am taking the plunge…


I’ve been asked recently to make birthday cakes for my neighbour’s two children, Sammah who has just turned 6 and Zain who has just turned 3 along with my daughter’s friend Tegan, who was 11 in March.  I’ve always been a baker and maker of cakes and to have the honour of producing cakes for such special occasions really touched me.

This was Tegan’s cake – a giant cupcake in tones of yellow (her favourite colour) and orange.  I have to thank my husband for taking this photo and making it look so beautiful (Thanks Will! x)

The cake I made for Sammah was this 8″ square one (on the finished version I added her name):

This pond themed cake was for Zain:

(Apologies for the photo quality; they were taken on my iPhone).  I will try to remember to replace them with ‘proper camera’ photographs.

This was made for a friend to say ‘Thank You’ for her kindness

Whilst this one was for my lovely friend Susan’s birthday:

Remember my Whitworth’s cake mix I was given?  Well this is what I made with it and decorated up with white fondant and some bright red and yellow flowers (photographs courtesy of hubby).

Inspired by these cakes and also by the fact that my neighbours seem to love my frequent baking gifts to them, I registered my kitchen with my local Environmental Health Department and am now waiting for my inspection to start a little business doing something I absolutely LOVE to do!

Business cards and postcards have been ordered tonight from Vistaprint.  Although not necessary, my Public Liability Insurance will be organised next week and my Level 2 Food Hygiene course has been booked for the beginning of May.

I already have orders for cakes, starting with a Hello Kitty cake for my great niece Shannon’s birthday next weekend, followed by 4 more for May and June and an enquiry for wedding cupcakes to accompany their wedding cake.

I’m hoping that this is the start of something good.  Wish me luck!


Exciting times ahead….

This cake that I created for my daughter’s friend’s birthday at the weekend as well as two I made for my neighbour’s children on Saturday received lots of praise, interest and compliments.  So many in fact, that it has given me the confidence and boost that I needed to start a proper little business making and selling my cakes.
Lots of internet surfing, phone calls etc. have followed and I can now officially say that I am a bona fide Cake Maker who is registered with Environmental Health.  Although I don’t HAVE to have Public Liability Insurance or a Food Handler’s Certificate (cakes are deemed to be low risk food items), I’m doing this properly and I’m getting them both sorted and under my belt.
All I need to do now is to sort out my business name and a logo to match.
Any ideas or help from anyone?
If you’re local and want a cake, please give me a shout.