I had forgotten how busy life can be with a new puppy... And what a challenge it is trying to run a business baking cakes at the same time! I just get started in the kitchen, wash down the surfaces, wash hands, don apron... and then the puppy needs to go out. Remove apron, see to puppy, come back, wash hands again, put apron back on, oops, now time to feed puppy, remove apron etc... you get the idea. My hands have never been so sore from washing! But there have still been cakes - it just all takes a lot longer, especially as I am still not very mobile. So I might just manage to post this on Friday... if Hector stays asleep!
1. A Wedding Cake
As a rule I won't usually do wedding cakes because I don't really feel I have the necessary skills... and I have a friend in the village who has a business just doing stunning wedding cakes. But this was for another friend who just wanted something informal and I felt I could cope with that. Should I admit that the decoration was entirely influenced by where there were little cracks in the icing... no, probably not!
2. An 18th Birthday
I do get some interesting briefs when people come to me for cakes... I've got one coming up later this month that is going to be a real challenge, but mostly they are fun. This one was for an 18th birthday cake for a young lady mad about ponies. It had to be pretty but definitely not pink, preferably funky colours. Her grandmother later told me she was so thrilled she almost put her glass down!
3. Butterflies and Bees.
This was very straightforward... I was asked for a square sponge, with white icing, pink and yellow flowers with butterflies and bees and "Happy Birthday Esther". I'm hoping this will make a little four year old happy tomorrow.
4. A 140th birthday!
Well obviously not one person who will be 140... but three people so three cakes. A father who is 70 and his two daughters who are 40 and 30 the same year. I pretty much had free reign on this one so opted to make three separate cakes that reflected their different interests. An engine for Michael who is keen on trains..
pulling a carriage to reflect Kirsty's interest in surfing...
and finally a camera carriage for Ashlie. Their party is on Saturday so I hope they are pleased (I am assuming they won't be reading this but their Mum might!)
Not easy to get a decent picture of all three together.
5. The Puppy
Just because I needed to make it up to five... this is what the puppy does when I am baking. He's not always very impressed at being confined to his end of the room!
Joining in with Amy for Five on Friday