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Fondant Footballs!

Fondant Footballs!

Here’s how to make my football cake toppers!  It is a little time consuming creating the hexagon pattern but they’re not hard to do and they can be made well in advance of when they are required.   For my toppers, I used a small hexagon cutter as pictured (each side of the cutter is 1cm long) which… Read more

Jolly Scary Cupcakes!

Jolly Scary Cupcakes!

With Halloween fast approaching, here are some simple ideas for creating fabulous cupcakes – great for your Halloween party or for spoiling the trick or treaters! These ghosts are very easy to make. Simply add a swirl of buttercream to your cupcake, then roll a small ball of white sugar paste and place on top of… Read more

Daddy Monkey Bunting!

Daddy Monkey Bunting!

Just a quick post today to share with you my ‘Daddy Monkey’ bunting!  My husband had requested his favourite chocolate & banana cupcakes for his birthday this week and this was an easy decoration to make them special!  You can read all about creating cake bunting on my earlier post ‘Jolly Cake Bunting’ published on 29 August 2015…. Read more

Creating Realistic Natural Effects

Creating Realistic Natural Effects

Knowing how to create realistic effects like soil, water or sand on your cake can really make a difference to the end result. For example, you could use pale brown icing for a beach and it would look fine, but using light brown sugar actually looks like real sand!  Here are some more ideas: Soil  I use… Read more

My Jolliest Chocolate Cupcake Recipe!

My Jolliest Chocolate Cupcake Recipe!

Although this a cake decorating blog, rather than a baking blog, I have been asked several times recently for my chocolate cupcake recipe, so I thought it was worth sharing here. This has to be the best recipe I have found for making chocolate cupcakes. It can also be used for large cakes but it… Read more

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

    Even the neatest join between the bottom edge of the cake and the cake board looks better if it is in some way ‘finished off’. Traditionally, a piece of ribbon around the bottom of the cake did the job perfectly, and still does … but there are lots of other jolly good ways… Read more

Jolly Good Hints & Tips!

Jolly Good Hints & Tips!

Today I thought I’d share some really useful general tips to help make it easier to turn your cakes into jolly good cakes! ♦ When covering a cake in sugar paste, use a pizza wheel to trim the excess icing around the bottom of the cake.  The smooth, continuous motion makes a much neater finish than… Read more

Colouring in Cakes!

Colouring in Cakes!

For a woman of my age, I was far too excited when I got my full set of coloured edible felt-tip pens!  Well I’d only had a black one before!  If you have some artistic talent, you can create some wonderful designs on your cakes with edible pens. However, if your drawing ability hasn’t improved since you were… Read more

Blooming Cake!

Blooming Cake!

As I’m always looking for an excuse to bake a cake, I was delighted to see a ‘chocolate cake’ category at my local horticultural society show last weekend! So, I baked my favourite chocolate cake recipe and although the judging was to be based on taste not the decoration, being a cake decorator I couldn’t help but make… Read more