What could be more enticing than a fresh summer fruit and chocolate cake to grace the table of a garden party on a warm evening? This lady wanted a light and refreshing dessert to serve her guests, but also a real show-stopper to finish the gathering in style. I think I achieved this aim with some finesse in this light vanilla sponge and enormous mound of carefully-selected summer strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Surrounded by heavenly milk and white chocolate cigarette scrolls, this beautiful cake would find its place in the window of the best French patisserie and certainly was most appreciated on this occasion.
Gluten-free Christmas cake
Having specific dietary requirements can sometimes mean facing a real lack of choice when it comes to enjoying traditional cakes and pastries. This gentleman was keen to have a Christmas cake of his own for once and I was able to create this beautiful, classic design to suit the needs of someone with Coeliac disease. Carefully chosen gluten-free products allowed me to adapt my recipe to bake a moist and fully-flavoured cake, covered in a perfectly crisp white icing. The sparkling red base is reflected in the beautiful snowflakes trailing across the cake and in the highlighted lettering that has an attractive raised surface. White snowflakes and tiny snowballs finish off this elegant, modern look and I was delighted that this gentleman could indeed have his Christmas cake and eat it!
Christmas is such a feast of different baking and cooking specialities, but a traditional cake is certainly my favourite of the season. This rich fruit cake was baked using the well-loved mixture of dried fruit, nuts, spices, alcohol and a rich covering of wonderful marzipan to keep everything beautifully moist. This family, who love penguins, wanted a simple, fun design to cheer up their Christmas table. I set about creating a classic snow and ice scene, complete with an igloo and plenty of snowballs. The adorable model penguin parents and children are clearly having fun and the whole cake was apparently almost too lovely to eat!
Mother's Day cake
This lovely, homely looking cake was made as a gift for a 75 year old mum. Knowing that her favourite activities centred on growing and collecting flowers from her beloved garden, I baked a moist, delicious carrot cake and set about transforming it in to a basket of blooms. The carefully piped wicker-work of the brown basket is reflected in the handle arching over the top of the surface, on the stalk of the flowers and in the beautiful lettering. I created a multitude of daffodils and their bright yellow is also picked out in the lettering and the centres of the other delicate, smaller flowers. A contrast is provided by the green leaves, giving an overall effect of warmth and simplicity.