These are the previous cakes we have made (with the latest at the top).
Rebel Helmet (Star Wars) cake
To tie in with the release of Rogue One, we made this Star Wars rebel pilot helmet. The decoration marks it out as Red Five - Luke Skywalker's helmet, naturally!
The visor is made from clear sugar, tinted yellow.
England flag cake
Just for fun during Euro 2016, we thought the England team should relax with a nice cup of tea and some cake - with the England flag inside, of course!
Brazil Flag cake
For 2016 the St Michael's School summer fair had the appropriate theme of The Olympics, and we made this Brazil flag cake for their 'guess the weight of the cake' stall. Good luck to all the athletes!
Radley Bag cake
Nothing beats a Radley bag, right? How about a pink Radley bag... that you can eat! Emma's cake came with handles, zip, and the charming little scottie swing tag.
Team GB cupcakes & biscuits
Back in Summer 2016 we made cupcakes and biscuits for the Team GB launch at Fitness First, Angel. Five separate biscuits make up the Olympic rings!
Grumpy Cat cake
Maria loves cats - however our cake cat looks extremely grumpy at having to join in with celebrating her 30th birthday! Don't worry Maria, it's the thought that counts.
Mack's sixth birthday had a Nerf theme - so we made him this larger-than-life cake of a Firestrike pistol! Although not visible in the photos, the inside of the cake was also camouflage-patterned when cut
Train Wedding cake
It was our pleasure to make the cake for Lydia and Colin's wedding yesterday. A tower of three different cakes, decorated with roses and topped with hand-made bride, groom and train models. Congratulations to the happy couple!
Superheroes 2 cake (& cupcakes)
For Josh's birthday we managed to fit four superheroes onto one cake by dividing it into quarters. Then we made individual cupcakes with one superhero on each - all hand-made decoration. Phew!
Big Yellow Teapot cake
Hands up if you had a Big Yellow Teapot when you were little? Karl had to wait until he was grown up, but he finally got one.
We made him this replica cake, along with little figures of the family and dogs.
Spurs Shirts cake
When father and son have birthdays close together, it's fortunate that they have a shared interest - in this case football, and particularly Tottenham Hotspur! We made them customised Spurs shirts... in sizes small and large, naturally.
Star Wars R2-D2 cake 2
May the Fourth... well you get the idea! Here is a droid cake to wish you happy Star Wars day. R2-D2 is the first one we've done, at least in recent years.
Star Wars BB-8 cake 2
BB-8 is becoming a bit of a speciality as people keep asking us for him!
Star Wars cake (& biscuits)
Theodore is such a fan of Star Wars that he had a starry cake ready to be decorated with his own figures! He also had several sets of hand-decorated cookies featuring characters from the film.
My Little Pony cake
Ella likes My Little Pony, so we put as many toys as we could on her cake. Presiding is Rainbow Dash, atop her sonic rainboom, while below are all her friends. We decorated the side of the cake with their respective 'cutie marks'... of course you can identify them all?
Art Deco cake
What's black and white and silver? This art deco cake, made for Angela's speciaL birthday today! We went for something understated and elegant with a retro feel. We hope you have a lovely birthday, Angela!
Frozen Elsa cake
Mishka wanted a cake of Elsa from Frozen, so we used a real Elsa doll to make this cake around. There also had to be some eggless cake, so we made a separate cake at the bottom to serve as a base.
Wine Crate cake
A nice bottle of wine for Stella's 50th birthday... we made this (100% edible) bottle of red in its own crate. The bottle sports a custom-printed label. The straw packing is white chocolate shavings!
This cake was for a retiring ophthalmologist who might now have more time for his hobby, cycling. We took great care over the bicycle, which is entirely edible apart from the wire spokes!
Grand Piano cake
To mark the leaving of the Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital, we made this detailed grand piano cake!
Wedding-cake pillars made good legs for the piano, and we printed his favourite song out to make edible sheet music.
Football pitch cake
Sophie and Daniel share both a birthday and a love of football, so here is our football pitch cake showing them in their respective colours. The goals were made from piped royal icing!
Adventure Time cake
What time is it? Adventure Time! This cake for Thomas features all the characters from his favourite cartoon!
In all their edible glory: Princess Bubblegum, the Ice King, Beemo, Gunter, Finn and Jake!
We put Thomas's name on the sword to personalise the Adventure Time logo, and around the back hovers Lumpy Space Princess.
Electric guitar cake
There wasn't a lot of advance notice for this one, but since Dan is musical we made him a nice simple cake with a detailed electric guitar on top.
Hallowe'en Pumpkin cake
Happy Hallowe'en! We made this madeira-cake pumpkin using hemisphere tins. The buttercream is flavoured with lemon juice. We finished it off with some gentle airbrushing.
Christmas bauble cake
This was our Christmas cake last year. Spherical cakes are always tricky, but it held its shape all season!
George Pig cake
Dominic is 2, and for his cake we made George Pig! George is shown with his favourite toy Mr Dinosaur, both of them splashing in muddy puddles.
Back to the Future 2 cake
It's all about Back to the Future this week! Oliver's birthday is on the date to which Doc Brown and Marty time-travelled. We marked this with a cake featuring the time circuit LED displays (done as edible prints) - the readouts customised, naturally!
VW Polo cake
Reece is 18 now and he loves his VW R-Line Polo, so we made him one in cake form. Happy Birthday, Reece!
All girls are princesses, and for Alisa we made this Cinderella-themed cake in elegant blue with beads, pearls and ruffles.
When your birthday surprise is a boat trip, naturally you need a nautical-themed cake to complete the day! This two-tier cake has a distinctly aquatic colour palette. We covered the lower half with flotsam and jetsam, including life-belts, sea-shells and anchors. The boat was modelled after photos of the real thing.
Champagne Bucket cake 2
Carole liked our champagne bucket cake, so we made one for her! Slightly different shape and size, but still with an edible bottle and personalised label!
The whole bucket was sprayed with silver for a metallic effect.
We used clear mints for the 'ice'. We gave the ice bucket decorative handles too!
Minnie Mouse cake
Toni is wild about Minnie Mouse, so there was only one choice for her 18th birthday cake!
Sugar paste was used to apply Minnie's face, and the white polka dots around the side. The bow was made in 3D from sugar paste. after we came up with a technique for embedding the polka-dots. This way we didn't have to try and add the dots after the bow was made.
Harry Potter Books cake
For a Harry Potter fan like Hovig, what could be better than a complete set of the books? A complete set of edible ones, naturally! We made this bookshelf using printed covers applied to vanilla cakes covered in white chocolate ganache.
Hovig's favourite book, The Chamber of Secrets, is removed from the row. It even looks slightly dog-eared!
We added a wand made from modelling chocolate.
Remarkably, we have got this far without making a 'Frozen' cake! Well, this week that particular oversight was corrected. Chocolate cake underneath, decorated with a sugar paste 'castle' backdrop, three toy figures and a sprinkling of frosty glitter.
Secret bonus effect: a blue LED underneath Elsa, illuminating her cape with a magical glow.
If your child is born close to Christmas, why not give them a party in the summer? That's what Sam had, and that's why we made a cake of the robot Baymax from the film 'Big Hero 6'.
For a golfer like Luke, what could be better than a golf cake? Complete with ball, hole, marker, tees, scorecard and pencil. All 100% edible, of course!
The side of the cake is decorated with an argyle pattern. The bottom of the cup is scattered with chocolate 'earth'. The ball and tees were moulded from real ones, then cast using white Candy Melts. Finally the pencil was cast in Candy Melts and painted with cocoa butter.
This is a big cake - showcasing four well-known superheroes. Of course you know who they are?
The cake was enough to feed a party of 100, and consisted of one chocolate cake in between two vanilla ones.
Hulk's fist was made from fondant-covered chocolate rice krispies.
Aston Martin DB5 cake
Déjà vu? Karen liked our James Bond DB5 cake so much that she requested one just like it for her husband's 50th. We were happy to oblige.
The car was all chocolate cake, filled and covered with a chocolate ganache. Headlamps, grille and guns were painstakingly added... and 007 himself stands guard!
Working from a photo provided by the client, we made this BMW logo cake. The logo is printed but the key is hand-made. We even used real silver leaf for the first time, to make the key nice and shiny!
Flying Scotsman cake
For Mr John Sloper, an ophthalmologist retiring from Moorfields Eye Hospital, we made this large and detailed cake of the famous Flying Scotsman steam engine.
The billowing steam was made from white candy floss. The 'coal' was actually crushed Oreos! The wheels showcase the classic 4-6-2 configuration.
We put on as much detail as we could, down to the buffers at each end.
We made a Minecraft cake! Chocolate cake covered with custom-stencilled icing tiles, plus hand-made figures and an edible lake.
Can you see the gold block? But watch out for that creeper!
Stencilled ganache cake
A nice chocolate cake, sandwiched and covered with milk chocolate ganache for a smooth finish, then decorated with white royal icing applied through a stencil. A little apricot jam in the middle adds just a touch of zing.
This weekend we made a very large whale cake. The occasion was a joint birthday party for nine children! They also each got a personalised biscuit with their name on it.
So happy birthday(s) to Ava, Isabel, Joshua, Mackenzie, Maja, Maya, Nathan, Samuel and Theon!
New baby cake
Several techniques went into this new baby cake: white chocolate ganache, sugar paste beads, lettering, and a hand-made teddy bear. Congratulations to Maria and Jason on the birth of Jacob!
This was a cake design inspired by a dress we saw! It was also a chance to try a madeira recipe instead of the usual sponge. Can you guess how many little discs are on the cake?
Highlight for answer: 154.
We had some 'Cake Lace' (a product which can be moulded into intricate shapes) but had never had the chance to try it out. We made a chocolate cake and wrapped it with a frieze made from metallic green Cake Lace. It's tricky, but the results are nice! (And completely edible.)
For Maria, as a more portable alternative to cake we made these biscuits in the shape of bunting. Each biscuit was hand-finished with royal icing and a white chocolate letter. They were then strung together on a ribbon to form the message 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA'.
This is our football cake for Robert's sixteenth birthday. Chocolate ball cake, suspended in mid-air thanks to a clever new support system by Cake Frame Ltd!
Each panel was cut and added individually, then marked with 'stitches' and decorated. We made custom vinyl stencils through which we stippled edible paint in two colours. Did you know that a football is covered with twelve pentagons and twenty hexagons?
Pink cake 3
An 'ombre' cake for Emma, piped with roses in three shades of pink. We also hid a surprise inside: a secret cache of pink Smarties!
Harry Potter golden chocolate egg
Happy Easter! Fans of Harry Potter might recognise our custom-made egg from The Goblet of Fire. We made the egg from dark chocolate, with patterns engraved by hand and the owl on top sculpted and cast in chocolate; it was then dusted with gold powder. As a final surprise, the egg is full of Smarties!
"Come seek us where our voices sound,
We cannot sing above the ground.
An hour long you'll have to look,
To recover what we took."
Another robot! This week's cake was a detailed reproduction of VINCent, the little robot from the 1979 SF film The Black Hole. To get him to 'float', we made a supporting base out of clear plastic. VINCent is vanilla sponge with chocolate ganache, covered in sugar paste.
"There are three basic types, Mr. Pizer: the Wills, the Won'ts, and the Can'ts. The Wills accomplish everything, the Won'ts oppose everything, and the Can'ts won't try anything."
Betty Boop cake
For Jane's fortieth birthday we were asked to make something that had her favourite things - horses and Betty Boop!
Working from a photo provided, we made this gum-paste figure of Betty to stand atop a two-storey red cake decorated with white hearts and ribbons, plus horses in white and chestnut (just visible around the bottom).
We used ganache to stick chocolates all over this fancy birthday cake for Debi. A little gold trim completed the effect!
Paxton Pig cake
Baby Paxton is lucky enough to share his name with a character on the children's programme Timmy Time, so for his Christening we made this cake with an edible model of Paxton Pig on top.
Paxton is surrounded by his favourite thing - apples!
Club Penguin cake
Luc is into the online game Club Penguin, so for his seventh birthday we made him this cake of his personal penguin avatar. We added seven stars for some extra bling!
William is keen on science, so we made him this cake with a conical flask overflowing on top. There are various chemical formulae piped around the sides, and a message made from chemical symbols.
The spelling is slightly off because we limited ourselves to using real elements! The question is... can you name them?
BB-8 (Star Wars Episode VII) cake
In the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII we are introduced to a new character - a ball-shaped, rolling droid named BB-8. We challenged ourselves to try and make him in cake form!
BB-8 stands on a sand base and has a moveable head. All of the body detailing had to be guessed at, since in the video he's all blurred.
Gladstone bag cake
This cake was for Doctor Alison Salt, a paediatrician at Moorfields Hospital who was leaving. We made a classic doctor's Gladstone bag, full of the tools of the trade: tape measures, patella hammers, toys, stethoscopes... we even sneaked in a passport for her!
Christmas red and white cake
I don't think we showed you our Christmas cake, so here it is! Simple but effective, in red and white.
Moorfields Hospital logo cake
For the occasion of Raj's retirement from Moorfields Hospital we made this cake using a printed image on top. We then used sugar paste to add the message and a decorative border which continued the peacock theme from the hospital crest.
Each gold ball was added by hand using tweezers. There were 352 of them!
X-Men Wolverine cake
Are you a fan of the X-Men? Noah certainly is, and the character he likes best is Wolverine! We made a two-tier chocolate cake with the characteristic blue and yellow outfit, bulging biceps and lethal-looking (but edible) gum-paste blades.
For Annalisa's 18th birthday she requested something Disney! We made her this giant-sized cupcake surrounded by normal-sized ones decorated with characters from some of her favourite Disney films.
Lego builders cake 2
Armaan really likes his Lego, so once again we made a cake with a 'partly-built' effect (see inset), and then the family decorated it with figures and vehicles to look as if it was under construction. We think they did an excellent job!
Yvonne and John are keen bowlers, so to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary we made this cake themed around their hobby. The golden trophy is, of course, edible - formed from sugar dough and sprayed gold.
Gabriel is seven and loves Skylanders, so we made him the Portal of Power from Swap Force. It was fun to try and match the 'stone-built' effect, which we did by sculpting one arch, making a mould, and dry-brushing with silver.
Thomas likes Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, so we made him a cake of Luke's family homestead on Tatooine!
Everything except the photo background is edible: the landspeeder is sugar paste, painted and weathered; the 'igloo' is built around chocolate rice krispies; and the vaporator is put together from gum paste pieces. The cake is surrounded by a starry black border.
James Bond Aston Martin DB5 car cake
Hovig's birthday again, and this year he likes James Bond cars. That could only mean... Aston Martin DB5 cake! 007 is leaning casually against the car, with a raised eyebrow and gun at the ready.
'Q' Division have outdone themselves, with detailed wheels, clear headlamps, twin machine guns and a personalised number plate.
Discworld (Great A'Tuin) cake
Here's a cake we made for Andrew and Debi's wedding anniversary. The turtle is Great A'Tuin (from Terry Pratchett's Discworld books). On his back he carries a map of the world with flags showing many of the places the couple has visited over the years. The world is balanced on four Tardises, because they like Doctor Who... and he's wearing a Scout scarf because they are both active in the Scout Association.
The turtle's scales were all painted by hand!
This cake was made for Isabelle, a paediatric ophthalmologist who was retiring from Great Ormond Street hospital. The top has a custom-made 'vision chart', and the sides have hospital logos.
Hannah plays the euphonium, so for her birthday we made a euphonium cake! The euphonium was carefully hand-sculpted and cast in solid dark chocolate, then sprayed silver.
Something a little different for photographer Jason: 24 cupcakes with a birthday message and little model decorations. Cameras, flash, lens, tripod and logo all made from sugar paste.
We made these ring cupcakes for a jeweller friend. The 'jewels' were added individually using melted sugar and a cocktail stick. There were 192 of them!
Golf ball cupcakes
In the rough? Gill is a keen golfer, so for her birthday we made these cupcakes: each one has a moulded candy golf ball surrounded by long (buttercream) grass!
Lots of cupcakes lately! This time the order was for six different superheroes, plus duplicates.
Can you identify them all?
Aliens APC cake
It was our privilege to make a 50th birthday cake for Harry Harris, pre-eminent collector of props and costumes from the film Aliens. The subject we chose was the armoured personnel carrier (or 'APC') from that film.
Details were individually hand-made from sugar paste and added one by one. To save time, a wheel was made from plastic and moulded, then four wheels were cast in black Candy Melts. The gun turret on top was free to swivel.
The cake was approximately 19" x 7" and the base was a specially-designed view of the hangar floor from the film, printed and mounted to a board.
Gothic engagement cake
Rob and Marilena wanted an elegant cake with a personal twist - figures on top representing a gargoyle proposing to a pixie. The colour scheme of the cake was kept to ivory and purple.
The figures were made from modelling chocolate and painted using powder colours and cocoa butter.
Lego builders cake
Mac is four, and he wanted a Lego-themed cake that was 'under construction'. He lent us some of his Lego workmen and vehicles, and we made a mould of some real Lego bricks so that the top of the cake would look realistic. Notice the two Lego workmen on the right, who are having a tea break!
The workmen appear to be busy covering the Lego with white icing. Only the workmen and the vehicles are Lego; everything else is made from sugar paste.
Champagne bucket cake
Susan and Donald celebrated twenty-five years of marriage with this champagne bucket cake.
The bucket, bottles, labels and ice are all edible. (The only non-edible things were the gold foil
and the sparkly '25'.)
Greater London North (Scouting) cake
This is a cake of the logo of the Greater London North Scout district, for the retirement of the county secretary.
Shoe box cake
Here is Maria's birthday shoe box, decorated with butterflies. We added a personalised label and some (non-edible) bling.
Cutting the cake revealed the second shoe! A blue silhouette anyway, running through the length of the cake so that every slice had a shoe in it.
Queen Square cake
This cake was for an ophthalmologist who was retiring. It included the hospital logo as well as small representations of her hobbies: shoes and knitting.
For Nick's 40th birthday, an X-wing cake (from Star Wars). (The ship is Luke Skywalker's, naturally - Red Five.) Sadly the wings are not edible but everything else is!
We portrayed the X-wing flying across the surface of the Death Star. The sides of the cake are decorated with small chocolate Star Wars characters.
White and blue cake
A 70th birthday cake for Margaret: a white cake covered in white flowers with blue centres.
Emma's birthday again, so time for a new way to say 'pink'. Calling on our recent experience with the rainbow cake, we made a five-layer cake in different shades of pink. The outside was covered with a generous scattering of hydrangea blossom.
Celtic Rainbow cake
Lisa's birthday cake was relatively unassuming on the outside, being decorated with a simple Celtic 'tree of life' design in two colours of buttercream.
However inside was a different story. Seven layers of cake in all the colours of the rainbow!
Crinoline Lady cake
This is a version of a traditional 'crinoline lady' cake. The body is a porcelain figure which is perched atop a dome-shaped cake. The dress is then added using sugar paste.
This was a nice chance to use a 'frilling' technique.
Budgie Stick cake
Louise was retiring from her job as an orthoptist at a London eye hospital. This cake was a giant representation of a budgie stick. (A budgie stick is used in ophthalmology for vision testing - you can see an actual budgie stick in the photo for scale.)
The cake was to feed a hundred people at a party and so we made it three feet long. It was quite heavy!
Strictly Come Dancing cake
Our first cake of 2014 - for a fan of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The base had tiny balls individually inserted to represent stars. The mirrorball was covered with dozens of separate squares and sprayed silver.
Finally everything was doused in edible glitter!
Shakeh Armenian cake
A special birthday cake for our dear friend Sharon. The top says 'Shakeh', her Armenian name. The tree design around the sides was hand-painted in gold.
Each letter was picked out in two colours and had a 'jewel' highlight.
Vector (Despicable Me) cake
Thomas loves the Despicable Me films, so we made him a scene of the 'supervillain' Vector relaxing in his lair. We made the orange couch for him to lie on, plus his remote keyboard and Wiimote.
Vector wears his warm-up suit and bum-bag* while his pet shark circles below. The sides of the cake were of course adorned with minions. Why not?
* I believe Americans say 'fanny pack'.
Superheroes cake 2
This cake was for Noah, who is into superheroes - specifically Batman, Spider-man and Captain America. We picked colours and designs that represented each hero - a Gotham nightline and Bat-symbol for Batman, red and black webbing for Spider-man, and the classic red white and blue uniform of Captain America. The cake was topped off with the Captain's shield.
Back to the Future cake
Peter's birthday celebration included a special showing of Back to the Future, so naturally that had to be the theme of the cake. We made the top of the cake into the Twin Pines car park, with Doc and Marty watching as the car speeds towards them, trailing fire.
The iconic DeLorean was constructed by cutting the various panels out of gum paste, which dried hard; they were then glued together like a model kit. The car was then sprayed silver and decorated to match the car in the film. The fire trails were achieved using three colours of buttercream, teased by hand into flames
Red and black cake
For Sharon's birthday cake we wanted something elegant, with a faint eastern influence. A smooth red covering was enhanced with a lacy border, which was then picked out in black. A red and black flower on top completed the look.
Capital Radio cake
Another cake, this one for a party celebrating 40 years since Capital Radio began. Hard to believe it was forty years ago! We used the red and blue of the logo, and large sparkling numbers for the '40'.
This was a birthday cake for a gentleman who is the proud owner of a Triumph Bonneville 850 motorcycle. We made the bike and rider, on a road with a 'speed limit' sign. The sides of the cake are suitably 'metallic' and the road has a subtle sparkle. The bike was carefully modelled in pieces, then glued together and decorated with metallic cake paints.
Gulliver's Travels cake
For Hovig's birthday we were asked to do a cake based on a film he loves: Gulliver's Travels, starring Jack Black. The sides of the cake are decorated to resemble some of the grand Lilliputian architecture seen in the film (in reality, Greenwich). The Gulliver figure was sculpted from modelling chocolate, then 'clothed' with fondant and carefully painted.
Hovig is special to us because the cake we made for his birthday last year was the first to feature on our website!
Shopping trip cake
This cake was for Reece, whose mother wanted it to feature some of his favourite things - shopping, clothes, music, and of course sweets. The idea was of a shopping bag spilling over after after a successful trip out. We tried to incorporate as many things as possible, from edible socks to Dr Dre Beats!
The clothes were all made from sugar paste and had to reflect certain designer labels.
Outland baseball cap cake
Just for practice, we made this (roughly) life-sized baseball cap cake.
The design is based on the hat worn by Sean Connery in the 1981 film Outland.
Harry Potter cake
Gabriel had a Harry Potter party for his sixth birthday!
This cake was done at short notice, but fortunately we had all of the materials to hand.
Golden anniversary cake
This is a 12" square cake to feed a large group of people!
The design is simple but elegant - quilted sides with golden pearls, and gold lettering on top.
Congratulations to you, Kay and David!
House plan cake
This cake was for a lady who was an architect, so the design called for an edible reproduction of a house plan. Once again we kept it as neat and tasteful as possible.
Pink cake 2
Back to a more traditionally decorated pink cake. The observant among you may notice that this cake is almost identical to one we made a few months ago, but with the positions of the colours swapped round!
These days it seems as though everyone is doing Harry Potter-themed cakes, so for Hannah we wanted to do something more personal. We made a detailed reproduction of the Gryffindor house crest, but with Hannah's name in the correct lettering. The cake was finished with a 'scarf' decoration wrapped around the base.
Dumb Ways to Die cake
'Dumb Ways to Die' is an amusing but effective railway safety warning cartoon, featuring a catchy song and a succession of cartoon people getting themselves killed in avoidable ways. (You can see the video here.) For Emma's ninth birthday we made a two-tier cake in chocolate and white chocolate flavours, then decorated it with many of the characters from the video, carefully cut from sugar paste and then individually finished.
A surprise thirtieth birthday party for James was our chance to tackle a tricky subject - the mighty AllSpark cube from the film Transformers. Making an exact cube was a new challenge, but once it was done we clad each side with sheets of sugar paste, carved with the arcane glyphs and designs of Cybertron. The whole was sprayed silver, then we set about it with a variety of paint effects to achieve the worn, 'aged' look.
This was our largest order so far: a cake for a wedding, but with an emphasis on the children present. Nick and Moira asked for a fairy tale castle, with a brunette Rapunzel and a blond knight to represent the happy couple. The castle was made from six layers of chocolate cake and the towers from chocolate rice krispies, moulded into cylinders. The cake was covered with grey sugar paste, impressed with a 'stonework' texture sheet. Buttercream grass was added, and finally the 'moat' was filled with tinted piping gel for a convincing watery effect. The cake also featured gold roofs, monogram flags, and, of course, cannons.
Commodore 64 computer cake
For Oli's 40th birthday he requested a cake version of his first computer, the Commodore 64. We made our cake as accurate as possible (but at slightly reduced scale). The screen and the keys were printed icing. We were told that at first glance some people mistook it for a real computer!
This Is Your Life cake
Karen wanted to treat herself to a cake which encompassed some of the many aspects of her busy life! We made a 'This Is Your Life' book to represent this theme. In the centre stands Karen herself, surrounded by small models representing her various interests, including her sons and cats.
Kermit the Horse cake
Thom's birthday cake was to feature his favourite horse, Kermit. Working from photographs we sculpted the horse from modelling chocolate, with fondant mane and tail. A fence was made from piped royal icing, allowed to dry into rigid 'planks' and then glued together. The scene was completed by a 'trough' full of tinted piping gel.
On the outside these were relatively elegant cakes in ivory, with a quilted effect and gold trimmings. However when the cakes were cut into, they revealed a big secret - each had the flag of either Britain or South Africa running through it. It took some careful planning and even more careful execution but it really made an impression!
Every slice was a perfect rendition of the flag. These did attract some nice attention on the social media! As far as we know, this has never been attempted before.
When we were told that Andy likes gardening and flowers, we came up with the idea of a flowerpot on a 'patio' base. The pot was chocolate cake and was topped with individually hand-made roses and daisies. We added an accurate gum-paste trowel for extra visual interest.
Thomas is on a modelmaking course at university, and for one of his projects he chose to re-interpret the 'Luggage' creature from Terry Pratchett's 'Discworld' novels. Working from photographs of his model, we tried to match it as closely as possible. Having sculpted the shape upon a specially raised base, we clad it with 'wood' panels, ribbing and copper rivets, then added barnacles. We made the many legs from strawberry laces - cut up and shaded with the airbrush.
Scout camp cake
For Malcolm's 60th birthday he was treated to a day out with friends from his Scout group. We made a cake representing a scout camp, including a Niger tent, Force 10 tent, dining shelter, camp oven, raft, flagpole and of course a campfire!
Mac is three, and so are his friends Theon and Maya. Their parents cleverly opted for a joint birthday party with a carnival theme, and this is the cake they requested. With three tiers, hand-coloured lettering, a striped tent and edible bunting, this is probably our most elaborate cake to date!
A birthday cake for Rona was made by applying buttercream through stencils. The results are gratifyingly elegant.
Roomba cat cake
A recent hit on YouTube was this surreal video of a cat sitting on a Roomba (robot vacuum cleaner), while dressed in a shark costume. For Maria's birthday we decided to recreate the epic scene.
The cat was first sculpted in chocolate rice krispies (which sets to form a base which is light but strong) then covered in sugar paste and suitably clothed. We altered the cat to look more like Maria's cat. The Roomba was a complete cake by itself. The tiled floor was created using a 'rag-wash' effect in pink and grey.
Hot Cross Bun cake
In honour of Easter, our hot cross bun cake! Ten inches across, the buttercream was flavoured with spices and we sandwiched it with orange marmalade instead of jam. The toasty-looking surface was airbrushed on and then studded with 'raisins' (actually chocolate raisins) and 'dried fruit' (wine gums carved into shapes).
Spots and Stripes cake
This cake was a leaving gift. We kept the design clean and neat.
A birthday cake for lovely Emma who likes pink, so we took that as our theme. We used two techniques here: a quilted effect on each tier, and hand-made roses on top. A little glitter didn't go amiss!
Elegant flowers cake
A three-tier cake, with daisies in shades of yellow and orange, and hand-made yellow roses on top.
St Valentine's Day Heart cake
This cake was made relatively simply, using a heart-shaped pan. We used a spray glaze for a nice shiny finish. The cake was flavoured with strawberry to continue the red/pink theme.
Rainbows and butterflies cake
This cake was for baby Ella who has a smile like sunshine, so the bright colours seem appropriate. Working from a photo of a cake found by her parents, we adapted the design slightly and used strips of rainbow-coloured icing to form the lettering. Daisies were stamped from sugar paste with separate white centres added individually.
Lego Batman... and Star Wars cake
Luc loves Lego, especially Lego Batman and Lego Star Wars. Naturally his cake had to incorporate these two disciplines... oh, and "be round".
For our design we settled on a cake of grey Lego, decorated with minifigures, studs and Luc's name. We saved some time by making moulds from the real minifigs and pressing out edible sugar paste copies. Painting them all took a while!
We were told afterwards that Luc liked the way "Batman made your tongue go black"!
Monster Book of Monsters cake
Daniel was visiting the Harry Potter tour for his birthday, and his parents asked for a cake of the 'Monster Book of Monsters' from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Starting with a simple slab cake, we covered it in brown sugar paste with sculpted tentacles around the edges. Eyes, teeth and tongue were modelled separately. We then used the airbrush to add detailing, from the shading around the nostrils to the yellowing teeth!
The book's title was hand-painted in gold. We also personalised the book by writing Daniel's name on the spine.
Thomas wanted a cake which included his favourite superheroes: Batman and Spider-man. After scratching our heads for a while we arrived at this solution. The lower tier has webs piped on to represent Spider-man's costume, while the upper tier has a Gotham City skyline, plus the Batwing silhouette against the moon.
The cartoon on top was researched from the internet, then drawn freehand and painted with edible colours.
Happy birthday, Thomas!
Steampunk Top Hat cake
This cake was made for a sixteenth birthday party. The brief was "a steampunk hat". We weren't entirely sure what that was, so we headed for the internet, did some research, and decided that it was probably something like this.
As usual everything is edible. The goggles are gum paste with lenses made from poured sugar, and the feather is royal icing which was piped, allowed to harden and then brushed with metallic lustre dust.
Cherry Blossom cake
An elegant two-tiered cake with a tasteful colour scheme, piped with cherry branches. Flowers and butterflies were made from gum paste then airbrushed and finished by hand.
Gift Box cake
A simple and effective birthday cake.
Wedding Invitation cake
This was for the wedding of a graphic designer, who had designed their own invitation. The brief was to reproduce it exactly, which we did by cutting out the design in sugar paste and spraying with gold.
Only Connect cake
This cake was for someone who enjoys watching the BBC quiz programme 'Only Connect'. The tiles can be moved in order to 'resolve the wall'. Half the fun was working out a full set of answers that would be personal to the recipient.
This cake was carefully made using photographs of the recipient's caravan, and we tried to get everything as close as possible. Features include peppermint 'glass' windows, piped grass and a mug of tea with tiny biscuits.
This photo is large because it was a large cake! The rocket was a complete half-model on top. The moon was sculpted from buttercream, then airbrushed for shading.
Bin Weevil cake
'Bin Weevils' is a video game which involves growing things, so we edged this cake with flowers and grass.
2012 Logo cake
This cake was made just for practice.
LogMAR Vision Chart cake
The vision chart here was carefully redrawn on the computer and then printed onto an icing sheet. Although it might appear to just say 'Happy Birthday To You', if your eyesight is good enough you can read the whole song including the recipient's name!
Pirate Treasure Chest cake
This was a fun cake for a pirate-themed party. The chest was stacked and then carved, while the lock and the sea-monster carvings were sculpted in Plasticine and then moulded so that multiple copies could be pressed out in sugar paste.