Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Springtime treats

This week I have been making vintage pretties as samples for some of the courses that I am going to be teaching in the second half of the year at Cakeology Ltd.

The first course is a frilly ruffle cake piped with buttercream and decorated with a handmade dahlia. I love making ruffle cakes - they are so pretty and surprisingly easy to put together.

The second course covers 'teaparty cupcakes' - pretty pastel cupcakes decorated with handmade pinwheels, doilies, roses, bunting, umbrellas filled with blossoms, and frilly flowers.

I'll also be demonstrating some simple royal icing techniques to enable students to pipe pretty borders around their cupcakes to give them a professional finish.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

'Cake Craft Made Easy' Book Launch Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of my new book 'Cake Craft Made Easy' this week, I'm excited to be able to run a little giveaway!

There a 3 prizes available to win!

First prize is a copy of 'Cake Craft Made Easy' and an awesome pack of Spring-inspired cake decorating supplies: a Wilton bunny brownie/whoopie pie baking pan, assorted coloured cupcake cases, tubes of pink and green non-pariels, a tube of edible pearls, a lovely shabby chic rose tea towel, a Wilton bows and buttons silicone mould, and 8 Spring cookie cutters!

Second prize is a copy of 'Cake Craft Made Easy', a dual colour piping kit and five 'take a bite' cookie cutters.

Third prize is a copy of my book.


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Springtime Cookies

It is finally starting to feel like Spring in London so I couldn't resist digging out all of my pastel crockery and making a batch of Springtime cookies for afternoon tea.

With a few different piping nozzles, it's easy to make simple, pretty designs in royal icing to decorate your cookies. Below are step by step instructions to decorate two of my Springtime cookies.

Green Scalloped Cookies


Pink Frilly Cookies
Hope you have fun making Springtime cookies.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Vintage Tea Party

Earlier this year I had a second wedding reception in Australia for my family and friends who couldn't join my London wedding last year. I spent months collecting vintage crockery from London car boot sales to send to Australia to recreate a British teaparty for my guests. Here are some photos from the day....

Flower arrangements from my neighbour's farm. Teapot biscuit favours made by me. I also made labels for the teapots that said 'Keep Calm and Drink Tea' to add extra Britishness!
I used paper doilies as name places and tied labels onto store bought jam with lace ribbon to add a touch of class. Table numbers were designed by In the Treehouse. A lovely assortment of cakes and sandwiches were made by High Society.
A candy bar featuring retro sweets, cake pops and meringues was put together by the wonderful Princess Jades Candy Buffet. I made the meringues, and got the lovely Savannah from Savvy Fare to make the pretty 2-tiered white chocolate mud cake, decorated with handmade sugar flowers for the centre of the table - just stunning. 
All our guests were encouraged to take a little bag to fill with sweets from the candy bar - it was so lovely to see the faces on all of the kids there when they saw the candy bar - they thought they were in heaven!
Mini teasets were given to the children to play with in their activity bags. I also filled the bag with bubbles, colouring books and a retro tin of snap cards. I made the activity packs using simple white paper craft bags decorated with handmade paper pinwheels (Tilda paper) with button centres and a little name tag. The kid's activity packs rested on mini chalkboards which made nice placemats for the kids and also provided another form of activity to keep the kids occupied! A single head of white micro hydrangea was placed into a vintage blue Balls jar on each table. There was so much lovely crockery on each table already providing decoration so I didn't need a large flower centrepiece as well.
It was such a lovely day.

Thursday, 25 April 2013


It finally feels like Spring has arrived in London after a very long cold winter. Time to get all of my pastel crockery out and start to adorn the house in flowers. Some of the spring touches I've added to my house this week are above. You can see a sneek peek of a few of my teasets as well. I must admit, collecting old crockery is my absolute favourite past time, apart from baking of course....

Here are a few things coming out of the kitchen at Icing Bliss to bring the sunshine into the house...
Cookie stacks decorated with delicate sugar blossoms
Sweet little bunny biscuits decorated with royal icing
Teapot cookies - they make lovely favours for a kitchen tea
Shabby chic grey and cream cupcakes - gorgeous for an elegant wedding
Frilly flower 6" cutting cake  made as part of a display for a wedding
 Hope the lovely weather is inspiring you all to create lovely bakes this week!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Shabby Chic Cookies

Here are some photos of my cookies which I entered into the Decorated Cookie class at Cake International last weekend. I was really chuffed to get a bronze award as all the entries were incredibly beautiful.

Cake International - London 2013

Cake International was held from 12-14th April at the ExCel centre in London. Thousands of aspiring and professional cake decorators flooded through the doors to see live demonstrations from baking experts and buy the latest equipment in cake decorating from over 100 exhibitor stands. There were also over 500 entries in the competition classes - almost double the number from the previous year. The buzz at the show was infectious and I was really excited to gaze at all the amazing talent in the cake decorating world. Here are a few pictures from the show....


There were so many amazing cakes and you can see many more of them in this great video montage. Congratulations to everyone who won an award at the show!