Baby Bootie Cupcakes

Baby Bootie Cupcakes For An NCT Meet

It is hard to believe it is nearly 6 months since Baby Squirrel entered our lives!

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While I was pregnant Mr Squirrel and I attended the NCT antenatal classes in Glasgow’s West End. We couldn’t make our NHS antenatal classes, so on the recommendation of a friend, we booked on to the NCT antenatal course. These classes were of great use to us as first-time parents-to-be, with a wide range of information covered.

The best thing to come out of our NCT course however, was the friendships we have made with the 7 other couples who attended with us.
Small groups of us meet up regularly, however yesterday was the first time when all of the couples and all the babies could make it (sadly the Turpin family couldn’t make it at the last minute due to family commitments – you were missed!).

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Bonnie Babies!

Rachna & Ash kindly offered for us to meet at their beautiful home.
I decided to bring some cupcakes to Thank Rachna & Ash for hosting us, and also as a celebration of the beautiful healthy babies we have all brought in to the world!

I often use Pinterest as inspiration for baking and cake decorating. It was here that I stumbled across this tutorial for the little baby booties cupcake toppers.

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I love how these turned out – so cute, and so simple to make.

I think these are really effective on the cupcakes, and are just perfect for a Baby Shower or as a New Baby gift.

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The finishing touch was to box the cupcakes up, complete with Hungry Squirrel sticker.

Baby Booties Cupcakes BoxedLooking forward to our next NCT get-together already!

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Birds Of A Feather Photo Shoot – Cakes & Cookies

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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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Bird Shoot Cake Details Collage

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

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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.

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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.

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Cupcakes For A Baby Shower

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I have finally dusted off my sugarcraft kit after a period of extreme sickness during pregnancy, followed by the birth of our beautiful baby daughter.

One of my childhood friends, Sonia, was having a baby shower this weekend, so I decided this was the perfect opportunity to make some cupcakes.
Sonia has kept the sex of her baby a surprise, so pink and blue were the colours to work with.

I think these Little Bunny Cupcakes are just perfect for a Baby Shower…

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I love the curved heart cutters which I used in my Valentine’s Day Cupcakes, and think they look perfect with the Pearly 100s & 1000’s I found in Waitrose.

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Waitrose Pearly 100's & 1000's

I love how the 2 designs work so well together, with the little bunnies symbolising the bond between Mother & Child and the little curved hearts representing the love for the precious little baby.

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Here they are all boxed up and ready to go…

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I thoroughly enjoyed creating these cupcakes, and hope to be baking more and more.

I would also like to wish Sonia & Alan all the best over the next few weeks as they wait for their precious little one to arrive. Being a parent can be tough and tiring; but it is all worth it! Smiles, giggles, and cuddles from Baby Squirrel make Mr Hungry Squirrel and I incredibly happy and proud of this special little person that we created.

Can’t wait to meet your little one Sonia & Alan…

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The Glamorous Mum-To-Be

Cupcakes For Baby Ella

Isn’t social networking great?
I have recently had the pleasure of meeting with some lovely people I have been chatting with on Twitter through our shared love of baking at a Charity Cupcake Bake-Off in Edinburgh.

About a year and a half ago I was contacted on Facebook by Jill, who I hadn’t seen in over 10 years.
We went to the same High School in Lisburn, Co Antrim, but were an academic year apart.
Jill contacted me after I had put a comment on Facebook about being out and about in Glasgow one day. It turned out we live a 15 minute walk from each other in Glasgow’s West End, so we quickly decided to meet for coffee and cake!
From this quick catch up over coffee and cake, Jill and I have enjoyed many coffee and cake dates over the last 18 months, with the occasional glass of wine too!
As two Northern Irish gals with shared life experiences, living in Glasgow, married to Scots, we have plenty to chat about!
I now consider Jill as one of my closest friends, so was thrilled when she first told me she was pregnant!

In March 2012 Jill gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and named her Ella.
I had been planning these cupcakes for this little one long before her arrival into the world.





Congratulations to Jill & Iain on the birth of their gorgeous baby girl, and Thanks to Facebook for putting me in touch with Jill… a great friend! xx

Spring Flowers Cupcakes

Today I attended a Cupcake Bake-Off at Sofi’s Bar in Edinburgh, to raise money for the MS Society.
The event was planned by 3 very lovely Edinburgh Cake Ladies; Fiona, Katey and Victoria.

I had a lovely afternoon. I met some lovely people who love to bake as much as I do, and sampled some seriously delicious cupcakes! My personal favourites were Melissa‘s Lime & Coconut Cupcakes.
Most importantly, the afternoon raised £460.56 for the MS Society, so well done Fiona, Katey and Victoria, and Thankyou for all your hard work in planning and organising this event.

The theme for the cupcakes was Spring.
Inspired by a recent issue of Cake Craft & Decoration magazine, and Paul Bradford’s How to make a Sugar Daffodil video, I decided to go with Spring Flowers for my decoration, and raspberry & white chocolate for my cupcake. Half were fondant topped, and half with the traditional buttercream.

Of the fondant topped cupcakes the Daffodil, Hyacinth, & Rose cupcakes are my favourites.




For the buttercream-topped cupcakes, I went for a simple flat top of buttercream with a swirl, adorned with rainbow-coloured Hydrangeas.


All boxed up, and ready to go…



There was a great turn out today, with so many delicious cupcakes. I was thrilled and surprised when it was announced that my cupcakes won first prize!
I can’t wait to book my prize of a Chocolate Connoisseur Evening at Coco in Edinburgh. Just have to decide who to take with me…

St Mirren Cupcakes


I have to confess, I am not really a football fan… but, I am married to one, a lifelong St Mirren fan at that.
As part of Mr Hungry Squirrel’s “big” birthday celebrations, I baked him a chocolate celebration cake, but couldn’t resist baking him some St Mirren – themed cupcakes.

As usual, I used Top That Edible Cake Toppers for the St Mirren logo cupcake toppers.


For those of you who haven’t heard of St Mirren (I have to admit I had never head of St Mirren before I met my husband – sorry St Mirren Fans), the mascot for the Paisley-based football club is the infamous Paisley Panda…

So, I just had to have a go at making these Panda Cupcakes…


I used Paul Bradford’s Panda Bear tutorial to create these little pandas.


Mr Hungry Squirrel was over the moon, as were my niece and nephew!

Mr Hungry Squirrel’s Big Birthday

Mr Hungry Squirrel celebrated a rather significant birthday at the beginning of March.
A special birthday called for some special cakes…!

I have limited experience in decorating celebration cakes… my first was last year’s Christmas Cake.
However, I have recently attended an Introduction To Cake Decorating evening class at a local college, and have picked up some tips, and gained some more confidence, for tackling celebration cakes.

I baked a deliciously moist chocolate cake, sandwiched and coated it with a rich chocolate buttercream, before covering in a layer of chocolate sugarpaste, followed by a layer of ivory-coloured sugarpaste.

I decided to keep the decoration simple, opting for a colour scheme of ivory and chocolate-brown.
I had been looking forward to trying out my new Funky Alphabet & Number Cutters, and was thrilled with the results. They were a little fiddly to use at first, but I soon got the hang of it.

Sadly I didn’t manage to get any photos of the sliced cake, but I was thrilled with how the cake turned out, and it didn’t take long for it to disappear!

I also baked some rather special cupcakes for the birthday boy.
Blog post coming soon…