Beautiful wedding cakes, cupcakes and favours from Baby Cakes of Bath

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Arabian Nights party cake…

Ohh, I loved making this cake waaay back when it was warm and we had a sort of summer…

[Shivers as sits typing in clothes still damp from the school run]

Warm colours… spiced chocolate orange cake…

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Too early to eat a mince pie?

So, it was summer time and I had a lovely job: a joint 18th Arabian Nights Party with an open brief. So, my immediate thought was, ‘A tower! What this party really really needs is… a tower!’

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And those spiky things on the top, they need to be made of meringue. Painted with gold.

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Perhaps with some piped lines in between for funsies:

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These meringues are brushed with Edable Art Bright Gold. What’s going on with Edable Art anyway? (Why so hard to get hold of their stuff?) By this time I’m in love with the colour combination of pink, turquoise, green and gold. Can’t… stop… piping… so I carry on right round the back…

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… until there really isn’t any more space to pipe and I have to stop :-/

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But then I got kind of tied up with these colours and I couldn’t stop, so the next few orders might have had a similar look to them…

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And more…

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Hows that? Feeling any warmer? Let me know if you want to see a tutorial on how to make those royal icing flowers… I might just make you one.

Thanks for looking x


A morning with the Rainbow Trust!

This week I had a fantastic time with the Rainbow Trust at the Woodside Children’s Centre in Bristol. They kindly asked me to go along and bake with them to raise funds for their Big Hour initiative. We decided it would be a good idea to make a rainbow fruit cake that families could take home and raffle to raise funds for the trust.

So… we started off by chopping up fruit! A loooot of fruit!

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Oh, and maybe there’s a little bit of icing there too. Here is a picture of me (being bossy) showing how to decorate the rainbow fruit cake….

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And here we have one of the Star Bakers:

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And now… the winner of GBBO 2103! Oh, wait, getting carried away again… but his brilliant design was the winning one.

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Even George got stuck in…

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And here are just a few of the brilliant finished articles:

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Look, how faithful to the Rainbow Trust logo?

The Rainbow Trust community support workers offer incredible support to families with terminally ill children. It was an honour to spend the morning with them.

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The indefatigable Genni: who could tell she had been up since 5am? Not me…

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Thank you for welcoming me. I would love to come and help again some time.

If you would like to find out more about the Rainbow Trust, clink on the link above and see how you can get involved.

And many, many thanks to Booker of Bath who kindly donated a great deal of the ingredients used to bake these cakes.

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Different ways with christening cakes

I have been extremely lucky with some lovely requests for Christening cake orders recently and I can’t resist showing them off, just a little. So, first up is … Esme! The mum that ordered this particular cake really liked this wedding cake that I made for a ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. So with a few modifications and a tweak here and there, it became a naming day cake for Esme. Aw, I love a bit of soft pink:

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This one was for a little boy who loves elephants and bumble bees (good choice, Henry, good choice) …

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And this one for a mum that loves sunflowers — a nice happy choice, yes?

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And finally, this one made it through to the final four because it is so nice and traditional. Ah…I love a pretty colour scheme.

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Thanks for looking! Here’s to the next batch! x


Statement Cascading Rose Cake for Melani

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I loved everything about this wedding. Bride, Melani, has a very good eye, as these beautiful photographs by Ria Mishaal show.  One of my favourite colour themes is green and white and the gorgeous weather and beautiful venue, Barnsley House, set it off perfectly.

For the cake, Melani was clear that she wanted a simple design with a large cascading rose in pure white, so that is exactly what I made. But now to show you a little more of the wedding. Honestly, there is a pile of photos here that I want to show you, but I’m going to cut it down to just a few…

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Barnsly House countryside retreat and gardens. Such weather!

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The ceremony was held outside in the dappled shade and beautiful grounds.

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Simple chairs adorned with spectacular flowers by Flowers by Passion.

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Please, I have to show you a close-up!

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Exquisite table setting…

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… and I can’t resist showing you this close up of the herb place settings and favours.

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The beautiful bride and groom cutting the cake! See how sturdy those milk glass stands are?!

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Melani, you did a great job of art directing this cake. It was a joy to work with you!

And thanks again to Ria Mishaal for providing these wonderful pictures. You can view more of her work here.


Baby Cakes makes it into American Vogue

When asked to think ‘My Fair Lady, lilac and hatboxes’ for Hamish Bowles’ 50th birthday party, my first reaction was ‘Yes, please!’

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Lilacs were a must, but fresh ones were sadly out of season so I just had to rustle up a few from sugar:

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What a party it looked to be!