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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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Friends!
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!

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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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!

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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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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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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