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Life is a beach

I hardly find anytime to bake cakes these days so I was so happy when my friend asked me to make a beach themed cake for her mother. She found a picture of a lovely cake online and she asked me to make something similar.

The only time  I made a beach theme cake was for my husband’s 40th birthday but this one was a bit different. This time I had to challenge myself and make something I’ve never done before: an edible palm and a beach chair.

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I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal… wrong! For the palm the leaves would just not stay put and no matter what I was using to make them, they kept breaking… until I found the simple solution to support them from underneath with cocktails sticks and it worked! The palm was made out of modelling chocolate and the leaves were sugar paste.

palm on a cake

For the sand I used light brown sugar and to make the seashells I used fondant and a plastic mould. I started making them about a week in advance because they needed to be firm and dry by the time I had to put them on a cake.

beach theme cake

Making the chair took me an incredible amount of hours! Honestly it was so difficult to cut all the little pieces and combining them together. I had to make sure they were perfectly glued (sugar glued!) one to another to make the chair stay put.

This was my first time making edible flower and although they were very simple I thought they looked good.

shells fondant cake

Here the cake, ready to be collected. My friend loved it and her mum too!

What should I bake next?

beach cake

Sofia The First party! Bee’s 4th birthday celebration

What, 4 already?!?! How’s that possible?

Time really flies and yes, my darling Bee turned 4 last week! We obviously threw a big theme party to celebrate it!

At the beginning it was a bit of a struggle deciding which theme choose for her birthday party as she kept changing her mind…one day was Peppa Pig, the next was Belle, then Snowhite, at some point she even mentioned Shrek (oh dear!). At the end I decided to stick to her favourite cartoon of the moment which is the Princess Sofia the First.

To get some inspiration I obviously spent incredible amounts of time on Pinterest and at then end I created a 3 tier vanilla sponge cake filled with strawberry jam, creme patissiere and ganache! The top cake was covered in fondant frills, the second layer had a geometrical decoration and white edible pearl, the bottom tier had oval fondant decorations to recreate Sofia the First skirt. It didn’t take me long to make the cake so overall I have to say this time I was almost stress free!

Browsing online, I found many Sofia the First free printables which I used to decorate the glass bottles, the sandwiches and the yoghurt pots. Regarding the yoghurt pots, I came very close to divorce my husband when I found out that, after all my efforts to have every single detail personalised “Sofia the First”, HE FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE CHILDREN’S TABLE! AAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!

I was so mad!

In fact, a part from the small dessert table, there was a lovely table set for the children and each girl had a Sofia the First balloon filled with helium attached to the little chair. Plates, cups, napkins and yoghurt pots were Sofia the First. The children’s table was sprinkled with Sofia the First confetti and attached to the throne where my daughter sat, there was a giant ballon Sofia the first size (the picture below was taken in our house and I posted it just to show you how huge the balloon was :)).

So I DON’T have a picture of that table! My husband only took few random pictures of the children’s table and they are not even worth it to post here as the light is awful booooo!!

These cupcakes were topped with silver tiaras I made out of sugar and then painted with some silver lustre dust to make them sparkle. For these cupcakes I was glad to finally have found a recipe for the perfect frosting. The result was a very light, not too sweet frosting made with soft cream cheese, icing sugar and whipped cream YUUUM!

As a party venue we chose “Tigerlilys” Cafe which is an amazing jungle theme play centre in Edinburgh which has just recently opened. The place has 2 big soft play areas where children can play with many colourful soft toys while parents can relax on the comfortable sofas in the Cafe area. The toddlers room where all Bee’s friends spent one hour playing, only opened the week before the party so it was such an amazing discover for all the children invited to the birthday!

The room where we had the food was created to look like a strawberry (ceiling is red) hence the green backdrop which wasn’t ideal to match my purple party but we made it work 🙂

Ham and cheese Sofia the first sandwiches wrapped in Sofia the First paper.

These popcorn boxes were so easy to assemble, I found the free printable online here.

Vanilla cupcakes baked in my favourite paper cases!

Vanilla butter cookies covered in fondant.

The children had so much fun playing in the big soft play area and then enjoying the food in the “Berry Sweet” room. Before leaving each girl received a goody bag full of treats, a cupcake and a balloon. The party was a success!

 BUON COMPLEANNO PICCOLA MIA!

PS – Please note the photobomb in this pic…lol!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Mother’s day!

Happy mother’s day beautiful mummies!

For Mother’s day I HAD to bake a pretty cake for myself because a celebration without cake is not 100% complete! Plus I’m trying to find the perfect, light, not too sweet frosting and I think I found it!

Tulips and cake, perfect combination!

Beautiful spring colours!

What is missing now is… a card!! Dadddyyyy!!!!

Well, while I’m waiting for a handmade card I’m going to try this moist sponge cake, yum!

 

 Hope you are having a wonderful day!