Ava’s 6th birthday cake request was for a Minions movie themed one, complete with Scarlet Overkill, Kevin, Bob and Stewart as characters on it.

We had been to see the movie together so I was really enthusiastic about this one… ok I’m enthusiastic about most of the cakes I’ve done, but particularly love doing movie themed ones.

Minions movie cake
Minions movie cake

The challenge with this one was to do Scarlet.  I had planned to have her standing up.  But I was having problems getting her dress right, the icing kept tearing, so change of plan I sat her down. This worked out better in the long run as she would have been quite tall.

I found the villian-con post image online and printed these to put around the sides of the cake.  I edited the conference date to Ava’s year of birth.

Ava loved the cake and had a fun birthday party with her friends.


I can’t believe my granddaughter is 4 years old.  For her birthday this year she chose her own cake theme.  It did change a bit over time, she was planning ahead.

It started out she just wanted a strawberry on her cake.  Then later she upgraded that to a strawberry and a dog, followed by a strawberry, a dog and a cat.  Next Madeline was added to the list, she just loves the tales of Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans.  The final addition was an angry bird.

Ok, so the challenge was how to put all these elements together in something that made sense….

Madeline and her dog Genevieve having a picnic in the park, and should be able to fit all the elements in.  Here’s how it turned out

Madeline, some strawberries in the bowl of fruit and a blue (angry) bird on the park bench in the background.
Genevieve and  the cat.
Genevieve the dog watching the  cat playing with the fringe on the picnic blanket.
The full scene
The full scene


I’ve always wanted to do shoes on a cake, and for my friend’s daughter’s 21st I got to do just that. In all honesty it was a bit more than I bargained for as it wasn’t a standard pair of stilettos she was after, but platform boots with spikes running down the back!

Well I do love a challenge so got my thinking cap on. How to do this?! Thankfully I had plenty of time up my sleeve so could ponder on it for a while. Eventually I realised I’d better set to work and just give it a go.

Now I’m not a shoemaker or a seamstress so had to guess a bit at how to make a pattern that would work.  I started with the sole and set that to dry in shape (along with a few extra’s just in case). And did the same with the heels, and added the spikes. These also needed time to set before putting it all together.

A few days later I set to work and cut a pattern from paper that looked sort of right. Hmmm, when I tried to piece it all together it just wasn’t quite right, the pattern needed adjusting.  So set them aside and tried again. At this point I was thankful for the extra soles.

This time it worked better. It was very hard to stick it all together as the icing needed to be soft enough to mould without cracking but firm enough to stay in place. I stuffed crunched up Gladwrap (plastic wrap) in the shoe to help to hold the shape.


The cake itself was a triple layer chocolate with gnache filling, simply iced in white with black fondant lace around the front. This tied in with the black and white party theme, and black lace on the invites.


Leeza’s family cake

My neice Leeza had a birthday recently, but to her dismay her party had to be delayed due to her having the chicken pox. She did not think that was fair. Poor wee thing it’s not fun to have the chicken pox, especially on your birthday.

I’m pleased to report she is well again now and we had a lovely birthday celebration for her in the weekend.  This year she wanted a cake with her family on it, a really lovely idea.

So, you know those ‘My Family’ car stickers, well they were the inspiration for this cake. It started out just black and white, but I just had to add colour! Leeza is the dancing girl in dressed in her favourite colour pink.

Leeza's family
Leeza’s family

Happy Birthday Leeza.

Oh, and for those who like the details, it was a chocolate cake, covered in fondant icing and the family characters were piped on in royal icing.

Portal companion cube cake

I can’t believe that one of my boys is now 21!  Happy Birthday Michael.

This cake turned out huge, it had to be a cube shape of course, is 8″ (20cm) square, chocolate cake, fondant iced and chocolate gnache holding the layers together inside.

Portal companion cube cake
Portal companion cube cake
Portal companion cube cake
Portal companion cube cake

For those into gaming it will be clear that this is a portal companion cube.  For those not, Portal is a video game… I’m not much into gaming myself but the kids are.

Each side is pretty much the same, but I added a 21, key, martini glass, champagne flute in the centre of each of the hearts.

I think they’ll be eating cake for a few days to come!