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    Modern and Elegant Winter Wedding Inspiration at The Charterhouse, London

    Almost a year ago now, I took part in an incredible editorial shoot with a fabulous team of suppliers - I'd shared some sneak peeks earlier this year. We were so pleased when we heard that Love My Dress were going to feature it on their blog as they don't share may styled editorial shoots - it means a lot when you know a blog absolutely loves what you've created. From the outset, we knew we wanted to create something really natural and organic, but also striking and modern to stand o...  Read More...

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    Beautiful English Wedding at Trinity Hall Cambridge

    This year I've been lucky enough to be involved in some incredible weddings. And this one was an absolute favourite. On a summer's day, with the rains pouring, I drove up to the beautiful Trinity Hall College in Cambridge.   Read More...

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    Pretty Spring Wedding at Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond upon Thames

    I'm so excited to have received the photos for this beautiful wedding from the talented husband and wife photography team: Jacob & Pauline. There are so many gorgeous images, that I've had a hard time choosing my favourites to share with you. Soon after the wedding had taken place, back in June, I already blogged a short piece with my own photos - but I'm so thrilled that I can share the professional images with you now. For this lovely couple, their wedding day started over at Orleans ...  Read More...

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    Style Me Pretty Feature in a Stunning British Wedding Venue

    Oh gosh! How thrilled was I when I heard that one of the editorial shoots from the beautiful Fine Art Wedding Retreats was to be featured on Style Me Pretty. It's a wedding blog that I adore, and always find so much inspiration there for my work.   Read More...

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    Beautiful Summer Wedding at Hampton Court House

    I know peak wedding season is yet to be over, but I've been looking back on the season and taking in all the loveliness so far. This beautiful wedding took place in Surrey, starting with a wedding ceremony at St Raphael's Church in Kingston upon Thames and then heading over the bridge to the stunning Hampton Court House. What a lovely couple they were to work with too - the relationship that gets built up in the time leading up to the wedding is so special. The more I connect with t...  Read More...

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    Romantic and Elegant Wedding Inspiration at Wotton House

    I have been so lucky this year to be involved in many beautiful editorial shoots. This lovely one took place at Wotton House - a stunning country estate hotel nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills. The shoot centred around the Italian gardens as well as the impressive pillared library - an amazing space to have your couple portraits.   Read More...

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    Elegant June Wedding at The Orangery, Holland Park

    Tucked away in a corner of West London in Holland Park, you’ll find The Orangery - a classic and elegant venue to get married in. Originally built for Lord & Lady Holland, this glass and stone palace is now licensed for small and intimate weddings. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the English gardens are the perfect backdrop for a civil wedding ceremony and reception. I felt so honoured to be chosen to be the wedding cake maker for this lovely couple who had flow...  Read More...

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    Spring Love Wedding Editorial in the English Countryside

    I've been so lucky to have been involved in some amazing styled shoots this year. Earlier in the year I headed to Boconnoc in Cornwall to join a fantastic team at the Fine Art Retreat. We created two styled shoots and the first one was a gentle elopement look capturing old world details in the beautiful English countryside.   Read More...

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    Elegant Buttercream Cake for a Romantic Wedding at Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond

    I am so lucky to have so many beautiful wedding venues near me. From the moment I was booked, I've been so excited to do this wedding at Bingham Riverhouse which is just a 10 minute drive away from me in Kingston. The lovely couple chose Leigh Chappell to do their flowers so I knew we were in store for some dreamy, romantic floral arrangements.   Read More...

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    Romantic Buttercream Cake for a Beautiful Wedding at Buxted Park Hotel in Sussex

    I've been making wedding cakes for a while now and each cake is so special. As I learn more about the couple, the cake becomes part of their story - it reflects their love and their emotion. This is why I adore making wedding cakes, because it's more than just a tower of foodstuff - it's integral to the whole romantic tale of the couple, and cutting the cake is one of the first things the couple will do together after being united in marriage.   Read More...

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    Buttercream Ruffle Cake for a Spring Garden Wedding at Pembroke Lodge, Surrey

    On the first day of June this year, it was the most beautiful day! I arrived at The Belvedere Suite in Pembroke Lodge to glorious sunshine and stunning views over Richmond Park and the surrounding towns of Kingston, Richmond, Twickenham and beyond. The theme for this wedding was all about the English garden and the amazing flowers of Spring. The florals for the wedding were a combined effort.   Read More...

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    A Forgotten Love Story - Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration at the Beautiful Heritage Venue Somerley House

    Whenever Amy, The Timeless Stylist, approaches me to work with her - I'm always delighted and so very excited. Amy tells the most captivating stories through beautiful details that are elegant and timeless. She always takes the greatest care to bring together talented wedding suppliers who will help bring her stories to life.   Read More...

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    Fine Art Wedding Retreat at Boconnoc, Cornwall

    For me, as a wedding cake maker and designer, I feel it's really important to seek out new things that will provide inspiration. I want to keep feeling a passion for the cakes I design and I want those designs to come about organically - to be inspired by things I see in nature, in architecture, in art. But I also find it comes from connecting with other people in the industry and sharing creative ideas.   Read More...

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    Beautiful Buttercream Wedding Cake for a Luxurious Tipi Wedding in Surrey

    I just had to share some photos with you of this beautifully luxurious wedding that was held in a tipi in the groom's family garden. It just goes to show that with the right furniture and styling, an abundance of flowers and plentiful fairy lights that you can create something really special in any space.When I arrived to set up the cake, I was blown away by the feeling that had been created within the tipi. I loved the use of furs, reindeer hides and rugs to add a sense of luxury to the ten...  Read More...

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    Spring Wedding Inspiration

    Earlier in the year, I attended the beautiful Fine Art Wedding Retreat held at the stunning Boconnoc Estate in Cornwall in March. I was absolutely thrilled that my wedding cakes got to be included in two beautiful styled shoots during the retreat (which I'll be sharing more of soon), especially as one of the editorials is to be featured on the gorgeous wedding blog: Wedding Sparrow in June. But in the meantime, I wanted to share some  images of the beautiful styling we got treated to, a...  Read More...

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    Spring Wedding at Richmond Hill Hotel

    What glorious weather we had over the Easter weekend – who would have thought temperatures would hit 25 deg C on Good Friday. Well, it made for such beautiful blue skies at Richmond Hill Hotel this year for a lovely Spring wedding. A wedding filled with white and ivory blooms, as well as luscious green foliage. The tiered wedding cake was made up of 3 tiers, each one in a different flavour.   Read More...

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    Romantic blush-coloured wedding favour biscuits

    I love making bespoke edible wedding favours. What's not to love in something so pretty and delicious too! There are so many designs and shapes you can create with biscuits, or cookies to bring a unique touch to your wedding.   Read More...

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    Romantic wedding editorial at the historic Charterhouse in London. Filled with modern touches and organic beauty

    I'm so excited to share a few sneak peeks from this beautiful shoot at The Charterhouse, a newly licensed wedding venue in the heart of London. And how fabulous to be able to showcase the modern, minimalist Jesus Peiro dress in Style 107 with its exquisite petal shoulder details and statement back. And the dress has pockets!   Read More...

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    Semi-naked buttercream cake for Spring Pembroke Lodge wedding

    I've started my 2019 wedding season off with a beautiful Spring wedding at the stunning Pembroke Lodge. This gorgeous venue is but 5 minutes away from me and is located in the middle of Richmond Park. A beautiful sanctuary that I escape to most days of the week.   Read More...

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    Beautiful Buttercream Cake for an Asian Wedding at Hedsor House

    I love sharing photos from romantic weddings that I've been involved in, and what a sumptuously gorgeous wedding this was! I felt so honoured to be a part of this beautiful occasion. The wedding took place at the elegant Hedsor House.   Read More...

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    Sumptuous naked wedding cake for a festive London wedding

    Despite the wintry drizzle and chill in the air on this December day, there was so much warmth and love in this beautiful mid-winter wedding. The bride looked stunning and totally rocked that Old Hollywood Glamour style. Pure elegance!   Read More...

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    Watercolour Buttercream Cake for a Coastal-Inspired Wedding Theme

    I have this romantic notion that one day I'll live by the sea. I think I've had that wish since I was a young girl. On one holiday as a child visiting Sri Lanka, I recall falling asleep to the sound of the Indian Ocean waves roaring and pounding onto the beach.   Read More...

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    Old World Coastal Elopement Editorial

    This beautiful coastal shoot took place on the dramatic and sweeping coastline down at Lulworth Cove in Somerset. I grew up on the South coast of England and always long for the sea so it was wonderful to be involved in creating inspirational content for brides- and grooms-to-be who are looking to get married on the coast. Inspired by the Old World, destination wedding planners Willow & Oak pulled together an amazing team of wedding suppliers.   Read More...

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    Summer Wedding at Warren House, Surrey

    This was one of my favourite weddings of the summer. It took place at the beautiful Warren House in Surrey. Seeing as I'm based in Kingston upon Thames - is only down the road from me!   Read More...

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    My most romantic buttercream wedding cakes of 2018

    As the end of the year is approaching, I wanted to share my favourite buttercream wedding cakes of the year. So to start with, this is an epic five tier buttercream cake for a modern wedding combining, eclectic florals by Phil John Perry with a quintessentially English establishment at the Cavalry & Guards Club in Piccadilly, London. All five of the tiers were made of buttery Victoria sponge, including a gluten-free tier for the bride.   Read More...

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    Romantic Barn Wedding at Loseley Park, Surrey

    This luscious autumnal wedding was all about embracing the seasons at the historic Loseley Park. As the guests arrived at the barn for the wedding reception, they found it filled with candles, twinkly lights and seasonal flowers. Kate, the talented florist at The Gorgeous Flower Company combined heavenly flowers for the bouquet and the floral decorations.   Read More...

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    Buttercream Wedding Cakes for an English Garden Bridal Editorial

    I'm so excited to tell you that I've appeared in my first wedding feature! It was a dreamy photo shoot, back in May, with an incredible team of ladies. Our English Garden bridal editorial is now live over on Rock My Wedding.   Read More...

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    Naked Cake for a June wedding at Hedsor House

    Hedsor House. What a very special place to exchange your vows and celebrate your wedding. The house itself is only a short drive away from London but in an instant you get whisked away from the city.   Read More...

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    Buttercream Cake for a Hampton Court House Summer Wedding

    A simple, yet oh so elegant theme for this summer wedding at Hampton Court House. A gentle woodland feel was carried through the house starting with herbs in pretty jars on the steps up to the entrance of the house, continuing with the stunning floral arrangements in the grand hall and the table centrepieces in the dining room as well as foliage arches around the doorways. The house was brimming with luscious green foliage as well as white heady, summery blooms.   Read More...

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    Romantic Buttercream Wedding Cake at Bury Court Barn

    On a gloriously sunny day in the month of May, I travelled down to a rural setting in the Hampshire countryside for a wedding at Bury Court Barn – a beautiful and romantic wedding venue with its lofty oak beams, twinkling fairy lights and the prettiest walled garden. My lovely bride and groom had requested a five tier buttercream cake that would take centre stage in the main barn. I knew everything about this wedding would be incredibly romantic, so to add an extra special touch, I de...  Read More...

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    What a beauty! The naked cake

    Oh I do love a tiered naked cake! They can be beautiful, sumptuous and so inviting.Each cake has its own unique look and feel, and no two cakes ever look completely alike. There are so many ways to decorate a naked cake too, they can be simple and pared back to show off their clean lines and delicious fillings.   Read More...

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    Floral and Cake Inspiration for an Early Spring Wedding

    As we start to leave the dark days of winter behind, we can begin to look forward to the joys of Spring. And what a wonderful time of year to be getting married when there's a whole host of beautiful Spring flowers to choose from. If you adore ranunculus, known as the rose of the Spring, well having your wedding at this time of year might be just perfect for you. The Spring-inspired cake, pictured above, is made of three tiers of sumptuous lemon sponge and is covered in fluffy buttercre...  Read More...

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    Flowers & Photography with Janne Ford

    Over the last year, I’ve had the joy of getting to know the incredibly talented Janne Ford. We found each other through our mutual love of photography and Instagram! Janne takes the most exquisite images of flowers - she is a true master of light and her beautiful images never fail to inspire me.   Read More...

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    Smooth Buttercream Wedding Cake for a Christmas Wedding at Nonsuch Mansion, Surrey

    Winter weddings can be so very beautiful. By embracing the flowers and foliage that's associated with the season you can create an atmospheric feeling to the venue. With your wedding cake, you can have rich flavours that can feel so inviting on a winter's day.   Read More...

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    Wedding Favour Designs

    I love design that captures the feeling of romance and this is certainly reflected in my cake work. I've been working on some new wedding favour designs that I feel would make the perfect addition to a wedding table. When a simple wedding favour biscuit is combined in a beautifully styled place setting, it can be a key component in creating a unique and elegant wedding look. This table setting has a dreamy feel to it with soft linens, silk ribbon, candlesticks, vintage glassware, lots o...  Read More...

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    Gingerbread Spiced Bundt Cake Recipe

    During the winter months, I love baking warmly spiced cakes. In the lead up to Christmas, my house is often filled with the fragrant scents of gingerbread spices. So I've created this bundt cake recipe that captures the flavours and scents of gingerbread in a moist and delicious cake.   Read More...

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    Cake Decorating & Styling Workshop

    What a beautiful day I had hosting a cake decorating & styling workshop with the lovely Emily Quinton of Makelight. Our attendees were welcomed to Emily's light-filled and airy home in South East London - the perfect space for creativity and inspiration. We had new and old friends come to join us and we started the day with wonderful conversations. Each and every attendee received a goodie bag containing delicious Sugar Plum Bakes treats, that also double up as great props for styling, ...  Read More...

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    Autumnal Wedding Cakes

    Autumn is my favourite season. Each year as it comes round - I fall in love with it even more. I love the light, the russet-coloured leaves, the smoky scent that is carried on the air...   Read More...

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    Floral Styling Workshop

    Following on from June's Magic of Peonies workshop, I was so excited to be attending another workshop by Janne Ford & Eden Bloom's Hazel Shaw. This was very much an autumnal themed floral workshop and was set at the magical wedding venue: Bury Court Barn in Farnham. The Real Flower Company provided us with an array of flowers to play with, all freshly picked from their English farm! They are a pioneering flower company, led by Rosebie Morton, who are at the head of a movement to provide...  Read More...

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    Romantic Cake Designs

    I love romance - I am very much a romantic at heart. So I'm always delighted when I can incorporate the spirit of romance into my cake designs. This beauty here was made for Alex and Michael, who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.   Read More...

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    Summer Styled Food Table Scene

    I had the joy of styling a summer food table scene with the lovely Emily Quinton. If you've read some of my earlier blog posts, you'll know that Emily is an amazing photographer and stylist. She's hugely inspiring, so it's always wonderful working with her. This table is so familiar to me too as it features in many of Emily's online styling tutorials - it's full of warmth and texture and so lovely to use as the tabletop for our scene.We created this summery scene in ...  Read More...

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    Mid-week Cake Love: My new Instagram hashtag project

    To be truthful, I wasn’t so sure about social media platforms. That is until I created an account on Instagram just over a year ago. It has a very unique feel to it, and admittedly is going through changes of its own currently.   Read More...

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    The Magic of Peonies Workshop

    I am absolutely loving incorporating flowers into my photography. So when I heard about the Eden Blooms styling workshop with peonies and cakes run by Janne Ford and Hazel Shaw  - I knew I had to take part. On paper, it sounded super lovely but the experience totally surpassed my expectations!The workshop took place in Twyford, Hampshire at the Dutch Masters wholesale flower market, which in itself had so much to look at and take in.   Read More...

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    Cakes with Fresh Blooms

    I've had the joy of creating some rather special cakes recently. Beautifully simple, semi-naked cakes adorned with fresh fragrant blooms - the kind of cakes that I especially love to make. The cake featured above has a collection of exquisite roses.   Read More...

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    Food Styling Shoot with Emily Quinton

    I'm so excited to tell you that I've just been involved in a wonderful food styling shoot with the incredibly talented Emily Quinton. And I feel very privileged to be sharing Emily's stunning photos here of my cakes. For those of you who don't know Emily, she is a tremendously inspiring individual. I came across Emily through her courses that she runs at Makelight (www.makelight.com), of which she is the co-founder.   Read More...

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    Food Styling & Photography for Sugar Plum Bakes

    I've been a passionate photographer for many years now. In fact, I received my first ever camera on my 10th birthday. It was one of those point and click cameras, which would seem pretty antiquated today, but I absolutely loved it!   Read More...

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    Red Velvet Layer Cake Recipe

    My most popular cake flavour requests are vanilla, chocolate or lemon sponge. But it's really exciting to see a different cake flavour becoming increasingly in demand. And it's hardly surprising that it is Red Velvet.   Read More...

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    Romantic love-themed biscuits for Valentine’s Day

    So another adventure begins today on my journey with Sugar Plum Bakes. My very first online shop has been launched in the All By Mama marketplace. This is an exciting step for my business as orders can be placed at the click of a button.   Read More...

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    Fabulous Mermaid Class with Zoe's Fancy Cakes

    I just had to write a blog post about the amazing day I spent with Zoe Hopkinson from Zoe's Fancy Cakes (zoesfancycakes.co.uk). I travelled up to Leeds for a one day workshop with Zoe to learn how to make this beautiful mermaid. It was great to be learning first-hand from such an incredibly talented cake designer. Zoe is exceptional at modelling characters out of edible gumpaste and is well known for her unique bride and groom cake toppers. I would normally model cake toppers from ...  Read More...

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    Layer Cake with Carrots & Cranberries

    I just love eating carrot cake and this is a cake that is frequently made at home. As one of my children has a nut-allergy, I’ve played around with ingredients to create a carrot cake recipe that all of the family can share and eat. So I've removed those infamous nuts but kept a little bite to it with the addition of wholesome sunflower seeds. I also like to add cranberries, instead of the more commonly used raisins, as they have a lighter flavour and a taste of sharpness.   Read More...

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    Vegan Chai Latte Cup Cakes

    These delicious & mildly spiced cup cakes are vegan and dairy-free. This recipe was especially created following a customer request. A lovely mama told me she wanted to send a care package to her daughter studying away from home at University. To really capture the flavour I knew I wanted to infuse the coconut milk before combining it with the other ingredients.   Read More...

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    Gingerbread Biscuits based on a traditional Swedish Recipe

    As we head into winter, there's something about the evenings drawing in that makes me seek out home comforts. I love to make the house all cosy, so as the light fades, I turn on the fairy lights and light all my candles. But what I find most comforting is filling the house with the warming aromas of gingerbread spices.   Read More...

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    Spiced Apple Cup Cakes

    As the winter nights draw in, I find myself seeking comforting recipes that fill the house with beautiful spicy aromas. Making our house feel all homely and welcoming. Like a big, soft blanket to snuggle into.   Read More...

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    Semi-Naked Wedding Cake

    Semi-naked cakes are definitely on-trend for weddings. They are simple yet sophisticated with their smooth finish and clean lines. Depending on the grandness of the occasion, they can be dressed up or indeed down.   Read More...

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    Vegan Chocolate Cup Cakes

    With all my bakes, I like to have a good go-to recipe up my sleeve. And as I frequently get requests for cakes to fit different dietary requirements, I've developed a few trusted cake recipes that are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. I much prefer to use natural ingredients and always avoid recipes that contain 'replacer' ingredients such as egg replacer. I've been honing this particularly yummy chocolate cup cake recipe that incorporates lovely, flavoursome ingredients an...  Read More...

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    Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tiered Cake

    This delectable combination of salted caramel, chocolate fudge icing and chocolate cake is one of my favourites! The rich chocolate and gooey caramel make an utterly indulgent cake which is perfectly fitting for a milestone birthday celebration! This particular creation was for a 40th birthday party with a Hollywood Glamour theme.   Read More...

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    Celebration Drip Cakes

    I'm not one for following cake trends too closely especially as my creative process is often about designing a special and unique cake for each client. But there is one current trend that I am loving! And that is drip cakes.   Read More...

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    Swallows & Amazons Themed Cake

    This project was close to my heart and made me feel rather nostalgic for my childhood years. The cake was designed as a surprise for a lovely lady's birthday. The details I'd been given were that she loves being in the water and her husband had mentioned a possible theme of Swallows & Amazons.Living close to the river in Kingston upon Thames, helps me draw upon inspiration from nature and the outdoors.   Read More...

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    Cakes fit for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party

    Creative Youth, in association with the Surbiton Food Festival, were hosting a Mad Hatter's Tea Party for local children and were in need of some cup cakes. I was delighted to help out this inspiring local charity with a cake donation. With the Queen of Hearts in mind, I thought these cute mini Jammie Dodgers made the perfect little cake topper along with these bright red cup cake cases.Creative Youth are a non-profit charity that work with young people in Kingston upon Thames and the surro...  Read More...

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    Food Styling Shoot Guest Blog by Marion Wotton Photography

    I love baking. Many of us do - goodness but The Great British Bake Off wouldn’t be a raging success if we didn’t! But I must admit that while I enjoy baking, I simply don’t possess that flair, that certain … je ne sais quoi that turns a cupcake into a work of art.It’s fortunate, then, that there are people who cannot only bake a delicious cake, but also create a showstopper!   Read More...

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    Decorating cookies - Kids’ art & craft activity

      This cookie recipe is a variation on my gingerbread recipe. I like to make Easter cookies with my children at this time of year and this cookie mixture is delicious. The cookie recipe is lightly spiced for warmth and flavour and is great for early spring.   Read More...

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    Light & yummy scones

    School holidays are a great time to get baking with the kids. This scone recipe is great for little hands to get stuck into. The scones can be cooked quickly and the kids can get almost instant gratification!   Read More...

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    Vanilla & Salted Caramel Cake

     I love Millionaire's shortbread. That delicious combination of crumbly, buttery biscuit with the sweetness of the caramel and the depth of the milky chocolate to complete it's yumminess! It got me thinking about combining those flavours in a layered vanilla sponge cake.   Read More...

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    Basic Vanilla Cookie

    My tried and tested basic vanilla cookie recipe is my staple for most decorated cookies. It is a great biscuit dough to work with. Once chilled, it rolls out smoothly and is easy to cut cookies.   Read More...

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    Rose Theatre Fashion Show

     I was very excited to be involved, even though in only a small way, in the Rose Theatre fashion show in Kingston upon Thames. Seventy-two VIP guests received goody bags containing lovely little items which of course included a fashion-themed cookie from Sugar Plum Bakes. I love how you can transform an ordinary biscuit into something glamorous and stylish. I decided to keep it simple and play around with designs for a basic heeled shoe cookie.This one is something classic and timeless...  Read More...

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    Banana loaf

    There is many a version of banana cake / bread out there. I've baked and sampled my fair share but I do have a couple of trusted go-to recipes that I use for those over-ripening bananas in my fruit bowl. Recently, a friend of mine served me up some Aussie-style banana loaf.   Read More...

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