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Queen Elizabeth II - 1926-2022


Today we say goodbye to our late, dear queen. A truly wonderful woman who will forever be in our hearts. Sleep well Elizabeth. 


Floral Tribute


Evening will come, however determined the late afternoon,


Limes and oaks in their last green flush, pearled in September mist.


I have conjured a lily to light these hours, a token of thanks,

Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022. Rest in Peace Your Majesty.

Yesterday certainly did not turn out the way any of us expected. Yesterday we lost the light of the country. It has been like losing a member of our own family. She has always been part of our lives for so many of us. Always with such a beautiful smile. I've seen some beautiful words written in memorial of her.



You may remember I recently started offering Memory Cakes as something for you to remember those who are no longer with us. On days where you want to celebrate your loved ones life and the fact they are no longer with you. Shawna McGreevy of McGreevy Cakes has made the most wonderful Memory Cake in memory of a wonderful little boy, Ian. The blog she wrote to accompany the cake is so moving, it had me in tears. (So please have your hankies at the ready!)

Memory Cakes are such a wonderful way to remember and celebrate our loved ones and in the words of little Ian, "Don't worry mom. Just believe."



To read Shawna's beautiful blog about this marvellous cake, "In Memory of Ian", just click on this link



If you yourself would like a Memory Cake, please don't hesitate to contact me eith

er via the Contact Form, or give me a call on (07810) 285191.

Elementary My Dear Watson

It's been a while since my last blog post, so I apologise.  However, I would like to share with you my most recent cake! It was for a lovely lady celebrating her 60th birthday. She loves reading, Sherlock Holmes and detective programmes. I thought, you can't get more apt than a cake in the shape of a Sherlock Holmes book. When it comes to designs, I love quirky. So, for a 60th birthday, what could be more appropriate than a book of the 60th adventure of Sherlock Holmes! 

Mincemeat's A-Mixing....

I've just started up my first batch of mincemeat - delicious raisins, sultanas, currants, apricots, dates, apples, the wonderfully aromatic mixed spice and a smidge of brandy. Seven days of stirring and mixing and the mincemeat will be ready to go! It'll be £3.60 for a 400g jar. Get your orders in now!

Are You Ready for Friday? It's Going to Be Good!

Right now, there is the smell of a deliciously fruity Simnel cake emanating from my kitchen along with a batch of chocolatey Easter cupcakes. From now up until Easter, I am selling Easter design cupcakes and Simnel cakes. 

Cupcakes come in batches of 6/12 and prices start from £10.20 for 6 plain sponge cakes. You can choose from any of the four designs pictured - you could have all of one design or a mixture. The choice is entirely up to you! Prices for a Simnel cake start from £32.00 for a 6" diameter cake. 

It's Nearly THAT Time Of Year Again.....

Ok, I know it has been quite a long time since I last posted a blog! Life has been rather busy and blogs seem to have taken quite a back seat for a while! I've had birthdays, weddings, our first family holiday, a Memory Walk and my husbands' *ahem* big birthday this year as well! Good old Facebook 'reminded' me that this time last year, I was starting to think about making Christmas cakes and mincemeat.... This means that over the next few weeks, I shall be mixing up my mincemeat and taking orders for Christmas cakes! One of my favourite part of Christmas is making my mincemeat. All that glorious fruit, the spices, the brandy! (or rum for that matter!). I love the smells that waft from my kitchen when I've been baking. Right now, it's chocolate cake! Nothing beats my great-gran's 70 year old war-time recipe. I've tweaked it before so I use Horlicks instead of cocoa. Filled with vanilla buttercream, the result is a cake that tastes just like Malted Milk biscuits!

Anyway, back to Christmas cakes and mincemeat! The design ideas are endless when it comes to Christmas - ranging from the traditional holly leaves and berries to the silhouettes of the Three Wise Men on their camels following the star. Round, square, or even cupcakes, the shape and size of your cake is entirely up to you! I do cater for any allergies/dietary requirements, so if you require a 'free-from' cake, please let me know and I will bake accordingly! My Christmas cakes will be mainly rich fruit cakes that will have been fed for maximum of 8 weeks. (dependent on when your order is placed) However, you do not HAVE to have a fruit cake as your Christmas cake and you don't even have to have it 'fed', you could have a sponge, chocolate, carrot....the choice is up to you! If you have a design idea in mind for your Christmas cake, feel free to ask me about it and I can arrange a quote for you.

I shall be delivering the Christmas cakes in the week before and leading up to Christmas (starting from 19th December), so it is best to get your cake orders in by the 24th October. This will give your cake the maximum 'feeding' time!

I shall also be attending a Christmas Fair at Buckminster Primary School where you can pop on down and pick up a cake (or two), mince pies, jars of mincemeat and maybe even some of my blood orange marmalade too! I have a few recipes I want to try out for lots of other Christmassy goodies, so pop on over to Buckminster Primary School on the 29th November between 3-6pm!

Prices (quoted without delivery. Collection, obviously, is free!)


Mincemeat - 400g (approx) jars.  *Allergens - sulphur dioxide and milk (butter is used)* - £3.50


Christmas Cupcakes


Delicious Christmas fruity cupcakes with a snowy meringue icing. These are sold in batches of 6/12.

6 Christmas cupcakes = £15

12 Christmas cupcakes = £30

Alternatively, for sponge Christmas cupcakes, these are also sold in batches of 6/12 at a cost of £12/£24 per batch.


The Three Wise Men Christmas Cake

Round (or square) Christmas cake.

These come in various sizes (portion sizes being about 1"x2") -

7", 9" or 10" round cake (to feed approximately 18, 32 and 38 accordingly)  


6", 8" or 9" square cake (which will feed approximately 18, 32 or 40 accordingly).

Holly Christmas Cake

7" round / 6" square = £40

9" round / 8" square = £55

10" round / 9" square = £65

To order your Christmas cake/s, choose your size and design from those featured in this blog, pop over to the Contact Form, fill out your details and I shall be straight back in touch with you!


Alternatively, if you have a design idea in mind or a budget, please don't hesitate to contact me and ask. I am more than happy to work with you!

Tea, Cake and Fond Farewells.

Today we said farewell to a wonderful lady - my grandma. A wonderful woman who may be gone, but most definitely will not be forgotten and will forever be in our hearts! She always loved tea accompanied by a slice of cake with copious amounts of icing.. So I thought, the nicest way to celebrate her, was to create a 'Memory Cake' incorporating little things that reminded us of her.

Her creativeness : She was always creating things - embroidery, cross-stitch and quilting. She made some extremely beautiful pieces. Over 900 pieces she has documented over the last 30 years up to 2013! I do believe there is one piece housed somewhere in Leeds Castle. Her quilting is one of my fondest memories of her. Lots of tiny pieces of fabric that she would cut out and carefully piece together into beautiful intricate patterns. 

Tea and Cake : Food always played a big part in our childhood (and some adult) visits to her and my grandads little bungalow. One of my most favourite memories from when I was really small, was sitting around the kitchen table at tea-time with both my grandma and my grandad, this amazing spread of food with this giant comb of honey sitting proudly in the middle of the table waiting for someone to carve the first piece out. Tea-time also meant SO much food, we would be fit to burst and were allowed to take home little goodie-bags. These would inevitably be filled up with cake and biscuits! What person doesn't love cake and biscuits? Pudding at lunch came with the choice of either ice cream or custard to go with it. My younger brother when asked whether he would like ice cream or custard one time simply said "Yes please". After that afternoon, it seemed to be a thing to have both custard AND ice cream with our puddings!

Before tea though,there would be card games, board games and afternoons of general silliness. 'Happy Families', 'Uno' and 'Sorry' were just a few of our favourites. 

She also kept her garden looking lovely and full of flowers. Especially fuschias. The bright pink and purple blooms drooping in beautiful bunches. And the red pillar box? She loved them and I remember her taking photos of most (if not all) of the ones she would come across.

There are so many special memories that we (my family) have of her. She will be missed by us, but there will always be something that reminds us of happy times with her.

Cake and Bake Show, Manchester 2015.

The 13th of November showcased the start of the Cake and Bake Show in Manchester at EventCity. 3 days of solid cakey goodness with celebrities, lots of stands and a plethora of competition cakes. Having not been to a show before, I thought I would toddle along to see what I was missing! I even treated myself to a ticket for a demo by the fabulous Danielle Gotheridge in one of the classrooms at the show on the Saturday.

It was like being a small child in a sweet shop seeing all the lovely stands crammed with cakes, sweets and baking goodies. It was tricky to know where to start. I decided to have a mooch around the competition bakes first. I have to say, there were some seriously good bakers and decorators that had entered. Some amateur, some professional and even a junior section! It was interesting to see how other people work with cake, icing and structural materials when they create their masterpieces. But it did give me a few ideas on new materials I can use for my future bakes! It has made me want to enter one of my creations into a competition. That'll come next year at Cake International I think!

The demo that was run by Danielle was very interesting and quite eye-opening when it came to her talking about the tools that she uses. There are lots of fancy gadgets, utensils and gimmicks that you can get to use when you are creating your cake masterpiece, but, in agreement with Danielle, I like using the bare minimum. Treating the cake and covering like an edible sculpture. It takes me back to when I was small. Playing with plasticine and Playdoh was the best thing ever! And that is what I class cakes as. Edible plasticine/Playdoh. A cake doesn't always have to be just a plain round or square shape. It can be turned into something spectacular! My favourite tools I use when I am constructing and carving my cakes are simply and small serrated knife, my icing smoother, pizza wheel and my hands. I always start with either a round or square cake as my base and then carve away from there! I still remember the first ever carved cake I was asked to make. This was going back at least 6 years ago or so and it was a Spiderman mask. I must have placed my knife on the top of the cake dozens of times before I finally plucked up the courage to chop away the first part of the cake! All it takes is time and confidence.

After watching the delightful Lisa Faulkner at the Cake & Bake Super Theatre, I came across one rather lovely stand that sells THE most deliciously naturally flavoured icing sugars - Sugar and Crumbs. When you get asked "Would you like to try a sample of the apple crumble icing sugar?". Of course the answer is a resounding yes! 

Oh. My. Goodness! It was absolutely divine. It was just like eating apple crumble. Who knew you could do that with icing sugar? I have now bought their pink lemonade and their Jaffa Twist flavoured icing sugars to try out on my cupcakes. (Which, by the way, if you fill out a Contact Form or give me a call, you can order some from me!).

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Cake and Bake Show this year and it is an experience which I would most certainly love to do again next year. Who knows, one year I may even have my own stand!......