Friday, 22 April 2011

Baby Shower Cake

My first baby shower cake!

They don't know the gender of the baby so it was decided to go with some vintage/lilac/bunting kind of theme.  This bunting and table decorations were bought for the shower so I tried to incorporate this in the cake design.

Here's the cake!

Hope they like it!


Monday, 18 April 2011

I like...Nadine's Cakes and Cakes by Tess!

I don't know what the story is with these two ladies but they appear to be friends and both make the most beautiful cakes and produce the most beautiful photographs of their most beautiful cakes! 

Here are some images from Nadine's Cakes.  I love her use of colour, beads and lace. I first found out about her work when she started following my blog and now she is in my favourite cake blog list!

I found Cakes by Tess through Nadine and also added her to my cake favourites list!  Her work uses delicate shades, texture and extreme prettiness!
Enjoy! x

Friday, 15 April 2011

Giraffe Cake

Do you remember the roses cake I made in January for Paige who attends a prestigious ballet school in Birmingham?  Well, this cake was for her sister Kayleigh who also attends the ballet school.

Kayleigh is a giraffe lover so we went with a giraffe/jungle kind of theme...

Monday, 11 April 2011

I love...Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture

I met Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture at the Designer Vintage Bridal Show in February and she is really the loveliest lady!  Her designs are AMAZING and I wanted to share a little bit of her with you!

Tell me a bit about your company?
We design and make luxury wedding dresses and headpieces for the discerning bride using luxury silks and satins and laces. The service we provide is a personalise design and fit process whereby all brides receive a free initial consultation receiving expert advice on the shapes fabrics budgets and styling advice. During the consultation brides can try on samples from the existing collection. Some brides may have an idea of the dress they like I am also able to design one around their ideas. We also design and make headpieces also using luxury silk and laces. The headpiece can also be made in the same fabric of your dress. We work very closely with all our brides to ensure each piece is unique and individual.

How did you get into wedding dress design?
I have wanted to be a bridal wear designer since the age of 10 so I knew I would pursue a career in this area. So I went straight to Art College and did a Btec National Diploma in Clothing which equipped me with basic pattern cutting and construction skills. I then went on to further my studies and graduated with BA Hons in Fashion in 1997. During that period I also worked for various wedding dress designer based in London gaining valuable experience. I have also love following bridal fashion and would collect bridal magazines. During my work experience I realised I wanted to own my own label. So I started working from home making wedding dresses to local brides. I got funding from the Princes Trust which helped me to buy a cutting table, tailors dummy and other tools of the trade.

My favourite part of the whole process is the designing. I love draping developing styles on the stand and pattern cutting. I love transforming a drawing into real life dresses. Bring the dream into a reality is a real buzz.

Do you have a favourite dress you have designed?
I have a few dresses that I like Rosetta being one of those which is a heavy crepe dress with a rose in the front. I also like Antonia which has a real vintage feel and 1930s look made in ivory crepe back satin. Imogene which is a gold dress in vintage lace.

I would love to make a wedding dress for Sienna Miller and Kate Moss both women are the epitomise style and glamour.

Do you have any exciting plans for the future?
I would like to keep showcasing my dresses at vintage bridal shows. Develop relationships with bridal boutiques. I would also love to get my dresses into Browns Bride London. I would eventually like to have my own shop.

Which designers do you admire?
I have several bridalwear designers I like Phillipa Lepley who produces classic elegant dresses. The cut and fit of her dresses are exquisite. I admire the quality of her dresses. I also like the designer Jenny Packham, David Fielden, Amanda Wakeley. These designers have a fresh and modern approach to bridalwear. I also love Elizabeth Filmore an American based designer I love a stunning collection of dresses.

Thank you Kate and hope to see you soon! x

Friday, 8 April 2011

Gruffalo Cake

This was the second Gruffalo cake I have made.  Last year I made one for my nephew Leo's 2nd birthday on the 3rd April...this year it was for Oscar's 2nd birthday on the 2nd April (which I find a little co-incidental...or is that just me?!)

Anyway, I was really pleased with how it turned out but for any further orders I really need to work on that Gruffalo jawline!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Anatomy of a Cupcake

I saw this picture on a fabulous blog that I follow called domesikated and it made me smile so I thought I'd share:


Friday, 1 April 2011

Shoe and Bag Cake

A cake for a very sophisticated 10 year old!    

The initial brief was a cake with lots of shoes and bags and clothes decorating it but this eventually evolved into the design below.  We went with kitten heels rather than high and a clutch bag rather than shoulder but tried to bling it up with the addition of some gold!  I used dusky pink colouring which I love!

The shoes and bag were only lightly secured on the cake so that Izzy could keep them if she wanted a memento (I know I would have wanted to at her age!)