After much deliberation over what cake Fran wanted for her parents big surprise anniversary party, we came up with something from the past. It’s based on the bouquet that the bride had 20 years ago! The wedding photograph was placed next to the cake when presented, cute. To start off I painted a yellow water-colour wash over the base and to finish, I highlighted the painting with royal icing details. The whole cake was lastly glazed with a shimmer spray, to give it a pearlescent light. And if you are wondering, it’s a Victoria Sponge…
I’ve said it before, Spring is the best time of year and I feel like I’ve celebrated this with my Wisteria cake. Sugarpaste flowers are dotted around but they aren’t the star of the show, the frills battle it out with the dark cascading blooms for the top spot. I love the ‘billowy’ nature of this design – I feel like if a summer breeze was to whistle by the frills and the wisteria would sway around lazily. Or maybe I’m just a little swept up in the joy of seeing flowers popping up to say hello everywhere I look?! Anyway, here’s a few close up pictures (apologies as I kind of went picture crazy on this blog entry!)
I’ve always wanted to bake a Stollen and was told Dan Lepard’s recipe was a goodun’… So I went for it.
I’m a huge fan of Christmas breads and love all the spices, however, I’m never happy with the dry ones you get at the supermarkets and hate paying a fiver for a tiny slice from a Christmas market (oh hello Scrooge!)
So I made this one, IT WAS MASSIVE! So I’ve wrapped up slices to give away to friends for a tea time treat (not so Scrooge-like)
The funky paper is from my very talented friends Polly and Chris’ magazine, Wrap, check them out for inspirational illustration and wrapping paper galore.
I did leave the bread to rise all day as needed to go Christmas shopping, but it was in a big bowl and it didn’t go beserk, so feel free to mix it in the morning and then get on with your day and in the evening, make the house smell AMAZING and bake the beast!
I just realised that I had forgotten to post this cake! It is for the up-coming wedding fair this weekend. I can’t decide quite what to call it but I guess that’s hardly important (suggestions welcome!) The roses are all hand-painted and … Continue reading
This is the final display cake for my wedding fair stand which is next week, The Floating Garden, and my rather self-explanatory title for this post you can sort of tell what my inspiration was for this wedding cake. Art Nouveau illustrations of flowers, floating lotus’ and oriental gardens. The middle tier has a sugarpaste flower floating in the centre which is an idea that I really look forward to expanding on in the future. The entire cake is hand-painted and then dusted in a pearlescent shimmer, creating the glow in the light, reflecting the inspiration of the water gardens and the constant dappling light on its surface. This is only a very short blog post but below is a collection of detailed images of the cake, I hope you like it!
So I seem to have unintentionally created a few cakes which ‘talk’ about meadows, fields and gardens. But I really can’t help it and as I have said before, my favourite time of year is spring and meadows encompass that. … Continue reading
Today I delivered this cake. It was chocolate fudge with chocolate buttercream, the Cakery’s best seller.
The brief was: a gentleman’s 60th Birthday, who likes all things older guys love (?!) for instance, fishing, gardening and golf. However, I was also told that he has a certain love for the ‘Wind in the Willows’ – so this has inspired the design quite a lot.
If you have seen any of my cakes you will know that I don’t do novelty designs and my work is more illustrational and heavily set in patterns and graphical drawing. So to ensure the inspiration from the ‘Wind in the Willows’ didnt look like the cake was for a child, I went for the riverbank setting rather than looking at the characters (which I love by the way). So we have Ratty’s rowing boat amongst the reeds and a fancy looking heron (just because I thought he would look cool) and two playing dragonflies.
I used an edible black pen to get the finer lines and it gave me a lot more freedom and allowed for the over look to be more like it’s taken from a story book; which I am very happy with,as I don’t consider storybooks childish at all, they often contain my most favourite of pictures.
The overall style is teetering on the Art Nouveau, I think it’s because of the finer lines of the pen and also, of course, because I added the swirly sea, like in a few of my other cakes. I love the feel this brings and I will keep playing around with this element of my work in my future cakes.
Oh and look! Check out my stickers for my cake boxes, posh eh!
2012 aims: Learn new skills and enter cake competitions… TICK! This cake was for Cake International, a big cake show in Birmingham – they are famous for being rigorous judges and even disqualifying cakes for minor errors according to the rule book, so a fun/scary thing to be a part of for me! I entered the most basic of categories (there were loads of different groups to enter!)
I chose, ‘The Decorated Celebration Cake’ *all edible decorations*
There was no brief to the cake design, so I was free to go as ‘Cakery’ as I wanted. So, as Autumn was upon us I chose to illustrate a woodland scene, crisp leaves and fallen trees which create a wonderland for wildlife to appear and play in. The hare has become a sort of Lorna’s Cakery mascot and I am keen to let it pop up in designs from now on – obviously or discreetly, depending on the cake.
Texture was key in this scene – so I concentrated on layering all the way through the process – from dying and marbling the icing to washing the backdrop with subtle tones like a water-colour, then finishing with fine brush strokes.
This little squirrel danced on the top of the cake with the sugarpaste flowers I made…
I like this part of the cake as it shows the flowers being kicked up by the stupidly large footed hare, little touches like this give an energy to the design and a narrative. I always think of these hares as chasing each other into a warren that is hidden from predators by fallen branches and golden autumnal leaves. Possibly resident to a silly grumpy hedgehog…. just a thought!
Cake International had SO many awesome cakes that were entered into different categories – unfortunately I didn’t know who did what cake as they weren’t labelled but here is a little selection of some that I loved. I know that two of these are by the very talented Queen of Hearts Cakes – based in Shepherds Bush, London.
This is the table and category that my cake was up against, and the judges hard at work…
This was an order from Maggie, a previous Cakery customer (the Miro cake for her arty husband Mark)
So last week it was an order for her sister’s surprise 60th birthday, the brief: “Fiercely Scottish!”
So, to avoid Loch Ness monsters and Haggis, I chose a much more intriguing aspect, the beautiful Scottish Heather’s, very underestimated in my opinion! They bloom in the most hazardous locations, and battle ferocious weathers – yet remain solid and colourful. I am a massive flower head and have often spent friday night’s in watching gardeners world, Monty Don is a legend! Not that this should surprise you anyway as most of the stuff I write is pretty WI isn’t it?! If I had more time I would look up my local group and join, maybe one day.
The Heather’s are painted tartan, obviously. I really like the look and distortion this gives the design – not too explainatory but very Scottish none-the-less. I also decided to paint around the icing on the board too, and really think it works, gone are the days were I will leave the silver board bare!
My recent cakes have been using these two main colours – the green and plum. I am a very seasonal designer and am constantly inspired by the weather and in turn the atmosphere it creates. You wouldn’t see me painting cakes like this in Summer! Spring and summer and much more yellow.