A Bunny Birthday Cake For Littlest Squirrel’s 2nd Birthday


Littlest Squirrel turned two almost a month ago now, so I thought it was time to publish a birthday cake post…

I had been planing her birthday cake since the New Year, and knew straight away it would have to be a bunny cake as her favourite toy is a little cuddly bunny that she cannot be without! As usual my cake inspiration came from Pinterest with this sweet little bunny cake…

The little bunny was super easy to make with some modelling paste, and I decided to introduce a little more colour with green fondant icing and some coloured flowers and little butterflies.




We had a lovely little celebration in our home with some of our neighbours, and I loved to watch Littlest Squirrel’s face light up when the cake was presented and everyone sang Happy Birthday.

A Unicorn Cake For Little Squirrel’s 3rd Birthday


It took me a while to decide what the theme of this year’s birthday cake would be for Little Squirrel. I wanted to make something special for her, as I didn’t get round to making her a birthday cake last year with Littlest Squirrel only weeks old.
Little Squirrel really loves all things magical and fantastical such as fairies, unicorns, and mermaids. I settled on the unicorn theme, when a few weeks ago she told me she would like a pet Unicorn called Unicornio for her birthday! (Dora The Explorer fans will understand where this comes from). As usual I took to Pinterest for some inspiration. Here were my favourites from Pinterest…

I stuck to Nigella’s Old Fashioned Chocolate cake for the cake itself and I used a free online tutorial by Celia Adams to create the little unicorn.


The trickiest part of this cake was creating the rainbow stripes that went round the circumference of the cake. I used regular sugar paste and modelling paste to create the stripes but it was much too malleable and I found it very difficult to keep the stripes uniform and tidy. If I was to do this again, I think flower paste would be the answer.

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Unicorn Cake for Little Squirrel’s 3rd Birthday

Most importantly Little Squirrel absolutely loved her cake.

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Little Squirrel & her Unicorn Cake

This is definitely one of my favourite cakes so far. I love the unicorn, I love the bright colours of the rainbow stripes and I love how happy it made my big 3 year old!

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Cutting the cake…

A Woodland Themed 1st Birthday Cake For Littlest Squirrel

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When planning a celebration cake I often turn to Pinterest for inspiration. For the Littlest’s 1st birthday cake I knew I wanted to stick with the squirrel/woodland theme that I followed for her big sister’s 1st birthday cake, but wanted something new and different.

It was through Pinterest that I came across these two cake designs, and I knew immediately that this was the theme that I would follow…

I loved the stronger colours of the cake on the left, but loved the details of the cake on the right.

It had been two years since I had last baked and decorated a celebration cake, so was a little nervous. On top of that I was coming down with flu on the day the cake was to be baked and decorated, but I had been planning this cake for months, so just had to push through and get it done!

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I had already made the little figures to decorate the cake. The trickiest bit was getting the lettering completed. I am a little disappointed that the finish isn’t as clean as I normally aim for, but I was feeling so ill I just had to get it done!

Birthday Cake Collage.jpgAll things considered, the cake turned out well, and I was really pleased with the bake. On my friend Frances’ recommendation I used Nigella’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake recipe. Many Thanks to Frances for her advice on this bake. If you love beautiful cakes then take a look at Frances’ blog, her cakes are simply stunning!

As for the Littlest, she seemed to enjoy her first taste of chocolate cake. Now, I just need to decide what sort of cake to create for her big sister’s birthday in March!…

Little Squirrel’s 1st Birthday Celebrations


So first things first, what sort of cake to make for Little Squirrel turning 1?!
It has been around 18 months since I last created a celebration cake, but this was the perfect excuse to dust off those sugarcraft skills.

I found this beautiful woodland-themed cake by Cake Avenue, Sydney, Australia while searching cakes on Pinterest and knew straight away that this would be my inspiration for Little Squirrel’s cake.

Stunning cake from http://cakeavenue.com.au

Stunning cake from http://cakeavenue.com.au

Initially, I had thought of recreating this cake as it is so beautiful. However, I soon decided that it would be more apt to create a unique cake for Little Squirrel featuring none other than a Little Squirrel. This is how it turned out…

A Little Squirrel cake for Little Squirrel

A Little Squirrel cake for Little Squirrel

Love these little toadstools :)

Love these little toadstools 🙂

Aerial view!

Aerial view!

I have to be honest, despite a little stress when it came to covering the cake, I am thrilled with the end result. Many Thanks to my friend Margaret and the incredibly talented Frances of Frances Bakes for their advice and reassurance via email during this process!

Next, what to do to mark the occasion of Little Squirrel’s 1st birthday?!…
We don’t have a lot of family nearby, so decided we would like to get together with some of our closest friends to mark the occasion. We live, at present, in a 2 bed traditional Glasgow tenement flat, and there just isn’t the space to host more than a couple of guests. We had thought of booking a table at Pizza Express in Princes Square in Glasgow, but they weren’t keen to host us as we would have used up 8 of their highchairs.

Then just the other week, we were out for Mr Hungry Squirrel’s birthday lunch at The Waverley Tearoom in Glasgow’s Southside, when we noticed they have a private area (Book the Box) available for bookings.

I approached the Manager, Chris, to enquire about booking this space. He couldn’t have been more helpful, and was happy for us to book.
8 highchairs is a lot of highchairs to accommodate, so we decided that we could arrange for some of the guests to bring their own highchairs with them… perfect!

So 2 days before Little Squirrel’s birthday we had a birthday lunch in The Waverley Tearoom’s glass box. It was a huge success, as we had our own private space to catch up with our guests, open presents, and to present the cake. What’s more, there is a little soft play area at one end of the main restaurant to keep the little ones entertained once their table threshold has been surpassed!


The Box at The Waverley Tearoom

I can’t Thanks Chris, and the lovely Dean, enough for hosting us on Sunday at The Waverley Tearoom… much appreciated!
I highly recommend the Waverley Tearoom as a great family-friendly venue. The Box is just perfect for private dining.

Thanks to our good friends who came for sharing the day with us, and for your generous gifts and cards.
Little Squirrel loved her Birthday gathering!

Happy Little Squirrel!

Happy Little Squirrel!

Cushion & Cake – A West End Tearoom

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Last week I made my first visit to Cushion & Cake for a tea and cake date with the lovely Briony from The Glasgow Food Blog.

Cushion & Cake is a friendly and inviting tearoom run by the very lovely Pamela Clocherty. It is situated on Old Dumbarton Road in Glasgow’s West End.
The decor is extremely pretty with pastel-coloured walls and furniture, and there is a lovely selection of crafts for sale.
The menu includes sandwiches, soups, platters, and a beautiful selection of cakes. There is also a fabulous selection of loose-leaf teas to choose from.
Cushion & Cake is the perfect place for afternoon tea, sheltering from the rain and comforting yourself with a warming herbal tea, or just indulging in some top notch cake.

I opted for Apple Spiced Fruit tea and a slice of Apple & Cinnamon Cake (was feeling all Autumnal). I have to say both the tea and the cake put a big smile on my face and made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

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Apple Spiced Fruit Tea and Apple & Cinnamon Cake… Applelicious!

Can’t wait for my next visit to this little tea and cake haven!

PS Will definitely be making another visit to Cushion & Cake very soon (Novemeber 28 to be precise) for their festive pop-up shop, Yuletide

It is going to be a great evening with crafts to buy, mulled wine, carol singing, and reindeer!…

Yuletide Cushion & CakeSee you there!


Birds Of A Feather Photo Shoot – Cakes & Cookies


Just over a year ago I received an email from a group of wedding professionals explaining that they were planning a post-wedding celebration photo shoot for Mandy & Mark. They asked if I would be interested in providing a cake for the shoot.

The theme for the shoot was to include birds and subtle shades of Spring/ Summer.
After looking through the mood boards that the girls had come up with I decided that the colour palette lent itself well to a romantic, peachy, floral two-tier wedding cake, complemented by some pretty cupcakes decorated with doves and delicate flowers.
I also decided to attempt some iced cookies, as I had recently found a beautiful dove cookie cutter which I thought would complement the theme nicely.

The Cake


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I love this soft peach colour, and the cascading flowers – so romantic!
This was my second attempt at creating a rose with Florist Paste, using the skills I picked up from my cake decorating classes with Mrs Jones.

The Cupcakes


As for the cupcakes, I thought these little dove cutters were just perfect for the theme of this shoot.
To tie in with the cake, half of the cupcakes were adorned with the same flowers as the tiered cake.


The Cookies

This was my first attempt at iced cookies… The hearts with polka dot decoration were pretty easy to do, and am pleased with how they turned out.

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I love these little dove cookies – so sweet.

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Bird Shoot Cookies Details

I had a great day at the photo shoot, and really enjoyed meeting such a lovely bunch of friendly, creative people.
Thankyou to you all for asking me to be part of this shoot.
A special Thanks to the photographers, Kristin & Hannah, for letting me use their beautiful photos.

To see more photos from this beautiful shoot, take a look at this blog post on We Fell In Love… Stunning dresses, beautiful flowers, fantastic styling and gorgeous make up!

Oh, and please take a look at this beautiful behind the scenes video of the shoot by the very talented Steven of Gryffe Weddings.


My Week With Paul Bradford – 5 Day Intensive Cake Decorating Course

I definitely have the cake decorating bug!
What started out, last year, as a cupcake obsession has now graduated into a fully fledged love of celebration cake decorating. So far, I have just dipped my toe in to the water of celebration cakes, and feel I still have a lot to learn.
I have found the online tutorials from Paul Bradford’s Sugarcraft School a great way to learn new techniques from home, but had been really keen to book one of the courses at the Sugarcraft School, to learn from the man himself.
So a few months ago, I bit the bullet and booked into the 5 Day Intensive Cake Decorating Course.

Paul Bradford is an incredibly ambitious and talented individual, who couldn’t be any more helpful and approachable. Along with his business partner David Brice they run Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School Ltd.

“Their mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials. This is backed by a wealth of business experience that can help you become a professional cake decorator.”

The course ran last week, and I am thrilled with what I have learnt.
Along with 7 other students, I spent 5 days creating three fabulous celebration cakes, was introduced to sugarcraft flowers and modelling, and to making a business out of cake decorating.

I had already made a little teddy bear for my Father’s Day Cake using Paul’s online tutorial, but this was my first time attempting people…

Room for improvement here, but I know where to start now when attempting human figures.

This little dog is just so cute…

This lion face cake was really enjoyable to make. Great for children’s parties, and I just know my nephew Struan would be thrilled with a cake like this.

This Jimmy Choo shoe cake was a labour of love. Surprisingly the difficult bit was not the shoe,  but the shoebox.
Paul makes it look so easy when he demonstrates this (as with everything he does). Mine definitely has room for improvement, but for first attempt I am happy enough with how this turned out.

Finally, the stunningly decadent Chocolate Wrap Cake. This is a beauty of a cake, perfect for any occasion.
I would dress this simply and elegantly for a wedding, or themed with gold/silver/ruby decorations for a special anniversary…

This cake also looks great adorned with mixed berries…

As well, as learning many new cake decorating skills I also met a bunch of really lovely people. Check out our lovely group and our cake creations…

Finally, a huge Thanks to Paul for all your hard work and patience. What a great week I had.

Paul & Me

If you are in any way interested in learning more about cake decorating, or you wish to recreate some of the above cakes, I would highly recommend you have a look at Paul’s online tutorials, or even better book into one of his courses in his new Glasgow premises!