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Heart Wedding Cake


This is a wedding cake that I did in December. My client sent me a picture of what she wanted and said it was to look ‘exactly’ like the pic. So, that’s what I did.

3 Tier Heart Wedding Cake

I loved making this cake – it was so stylish in it’s simplicity, yet still had the wow factor. The 3 tiers were Red Velvet, Chocolate and Carrot at the bottom.  The only problem I had was the heat.  The wedding at was the seaside and it was hot and very humid.  So the sugarpaste went from hard to soft, the hearts moved and it was a bit of a stressful day for me.  But i think it still came out ok.

I also made mini cupcakes decorated with a swirl of Vanilla Buttercream, sprinkles and rice paper hearts. Too gorgeous.

Mini Heart Cupcakes

I took the liberty of taking some photo’s of the venue and tables as I was struck by the absolute beauty of the venue – a marquee on a bowling green. White, silver and hints of pink/purple.

Love the French accents in the detail

Simply Beautiful

The attention to detail is really what amazed me.

Slops for when your feet were sore from high heels

Seating Plan

And then the Candy Bar (the brides name was Candice). Such an awesome idea.

Candy Bar


The Milky Bar

Gorgeous yes?

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Authored by: Shayne on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 09:02
Categories: Cakes, Cupcakes

How to | Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows

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Earlier this week I featured my daughters Rainbow Party, and I promised there would be some “Tips & Trick’s” to follow.

I’m going to start by sharing How To make these completely moreish Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows.

Rainbow Marshmallows

Rainbow Marshmallows

You Will Need:

Bag of Marshmallows
Bar of Milk or Dark Chocolate
M&M’s (or smarties)

How To:

Simply arrange you marshmallows on a large plate or tray.
Break your chocolate into squares and place in a microwave safe bowl, and place in the microwave for a couple of minutes. The time the chocolate takes to melt is completely dependent on the wattage of your microwave. I would check every 30 seconds to be on the safe side.
Once the chocolate is melted stir quickly to get rid of any tiny lumps.

Then the FUN begins!

Simply dip the top of the marshmallow (obviously a flat side) into the chocolate, and place bottom side down on the plate. Do a few in quick succession and then start decorating.
Place the M&M (or smartie) in the middle of the marshmallow.
You need to do this whilst the chocolate is still slightly soft in order for the M&M to stick.

Leave to set (away from little fingers) and then serve.

So easy and so effective

So easy and so effective

I like to use M&M’s as their colours are vibrant.

This is also a super easy sweety treat for the kiddies to make!

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Authored by: Shayne on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 16:01
Categories: How To

Under The Sea Cupcakes


One of my recent orders was for Under The Sea Cupcakes.

And this is what I made. I decided to use for bright colours and only only colour per ‘animal’, so that it would give the ‘wow’ effect when on the table.

Under the Sea Cupcakes

And wow it did. My client was absolutely delighted with them and couldn’t wait to show her colleagues! I have to say that the octopus was definately my favourite of them all!

For the frosting, I used a combo of a blue and white swirl to make it look like the sea.

I had a ball making these and was thrilled with the outcome!

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Authored by: Shayne on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 09:01
Categories: Cupcakes

Rainbow Party

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This past weekend it was my daughter’s 7th Birthday. A couple of months ago she decided that she wanted a Rainbow Unicorn Party. So that is what we did. We had such fun planning everything. My daughter assisted me with all the goodies – from what to say on the invite, to the sweeties on the table and also the decor of her cake.

So i thought I would share the party with you, including the cake and eats. I shall be doing a separate post with the tips and tricks for the eats, and creating the Rainbow Invites, Buntings etc.


Rainbow Bunting

Party Packs & Rainbow Juice

Gift Basket

Rainbow Pegs!

Rainbow Birthday Table

Two Tier Rainbow Unicorn Cake

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Marshmallows

So easy and so effective

Painting Table

The many uses of empty jam jars!

Painting Essentials

Busy hands

The completed work of art

Yummies for the Mummies

Simple, but elegant

Your comments (and questions) will be welcomed.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

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Authored by: Shayne on Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 11:01
Categories: Cakes

Baby Shower Cake Pops

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Cake Pops are just divine. Not too much cake, or too little. No mound of icing, just a nice hard layer of chocolate with a bit of heaven inside.

Vanilla & Chocolate Cake pops for a Baby Shower, simply adorned with royal icing decor.

Chocolate Cake Pops with Sprinkles and Sugarpaste Decor

Vanilla Cake Pops with Sprinkles and Royal Icing Decor

Simple, but oh so sweet!

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Authored by: Shayne on Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 12:01
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Bunting Baby Shower Cupcakes

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A friend is expecting her first baby, and I was asked to make the cupcakes for her baby shower. She is very creative herself, and I know how much she loves buntings (don’t we all?).

Aren’t they cute?

Bunting Cupcakes - Carrot with Cream Cheese frosting.

I simply too twine and made the butings from washi tape – and tied them round toothpicks. So effective, yet so simple.

Baby Boy Cupcakes

The balance of the cuppies were Vanilla Caramel simply adorned with Sugarpaste Buttons & B’s.

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Authored by: Shayne on Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 11:01
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Rainbow Cake

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Well, actually a Pegasus Cake (which was added upon delivery).

A dark chocolate 10” cake, filled with chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Rainbow Cake

Decor was relatively simply, as the Pegasus that was being added was rather large.

Covered and decorated with Sugarpaste.

I loved the simplicity and the colours – so very pretty and girly.

Authored by: Shayne on Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 11:01
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Nemo Birthday Cake

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Happy Birthday to dear Jay!

And to celebrate this day, he chose a Nemo Themed Birthday Cake.

Vanilla Nemo 3rd Birthday Cake

Vanilla, covered and decorated with Sugarpaste.

Cute huh?

Authored by: Shayne on Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 11:01
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Garden Wedding Cake & Cupcakes

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In September (yes last year! am very behind with posting) I did a Garden Wedding Cake and Cupcakes.

My brief was brief. A colourful garden wedding. Cake & cupcakes to match.

What fun I had with this. The wedding cake was carrot (the groom’s favourite) and the cupcakes were an assortment of vanilla caramel, red velvet, chocolate and carrot.

Mini Carrot Wedding Cake

Cupcake Tower

Toadstools and Flowers

Blossoms and Butterflies

Bugs and Bees

The cutest dragonfly you ever did see

Snails and Ladybugs

Toadstools, Bumble Bees and the other cute dragonfly

My client was thrilled with the finished display, as was I :)

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Authored by: Shayne on Monday, January 21st, 2013 at 11:01
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Rainbow Cake

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I thought I would share with you today, the rainbow cake I made a while ago for a first birthday party.  I don’t normally share my recipes on my blog, however, this is a fun cake to bake (especially for kids) and I’m not really giving away my recipe, just giving you some guidelines to empower you to make this gorgeous cake yourself.

 I started off by mixing a batch of Vanilla Cake that I would normally use to make 2 x 9″ round cakes.  Line and grease your tins – i only have two, so had to re-use them 3 times as there are six colours.  Once you have mixed together your cake batter, divide it equally between six bowls.  I did this by weighing each empty bowl, clearing the scale and then adding in the batter.  I *think*, but cannot quite remember, that I put 150g worth of batter in each bowl, but don’t hold me to that measurement.  Basically you need to finish all your batter between the six bowls.

 You then need to colour each bowl of batter.  I used Cake Flora Gel Colouring in the following colours:


Electric Orange

Egg Yellow

Super Red

Regal Purple

Electric Green

Sky Blue

 You need to add as much colouring to get to the colour you desire.  Remember, the colour of the uncooked batter is that same as the cooked cake – it doesn’t darken or lighten.

 Once you are happy with your colours, pour into your greased cake tins and bake for between 10-15 mins @ 180.  Just keep an eye on them as they are fairly thin. Repeat this process until all the colours have been baked, and then allow to cool.


 I then mixed up a batch of Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and set about assembling my cake.  As violet is the bottom colour of the rainbow i started with that too, adding a thin layer of frosting and topping with your next layer (mine was blue).  Repeat this process until all the layers have been used and then frost the top and then the sides.


 My client wanted this cake covered in Kit-Kats round the side and then topped with M&M’s, but quite honestly – I LOVED the look of the cake without any adornments at all!


 Happy Baking!  And please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions :)

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Authored by: Shayne on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 10:09
Categories: Cakes