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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father's Day

I'm a few days behind in posting these pictures, but we were having so much fun celebrating this special day with my husband that I really don't mind. Our celebrations spilled into Monday too, where we went to a resort and spent the day in the pool and trying not to catch too many of those sun's rays! In Florida it's pretty much unavoidable. 

This year we celebrated Daddy with a golf theme, which actually worked out well since it was the US Open and we were able to watch it drinking lots of Tee! heehee

I love setting the table for tea and bringing out the table cloth and cloth serviettes. This year instead of store bought cards we made shirt and tie cards. The children loved picking out their own tie designs and shirt colours.

Pumpkin Pound Cake and Cupcakes
My husband can't eat too much sugar so I made this cake with 1/3 cup of Agave syrup and 1oz of raw sugar instead of 3 cups of sugar which is what the recipe called for. The icing on the top I substituted for whipped cream with a 2tsp of pumpkin spice, which I also put on the cupcakes. The cupcake toppers were made from sugar paste (I haven't worked out how to make sugar-free sugar paste yet! haha) The children used edible food colourings markers to draw fun pictures on and I couldn't resist in  having a go myself. They turned out so good and it was wonderful to see my husband actually eat a cupcake, minus the topper!

Pumpkin Pound Cake with Tea
We really enjoyed our day celebrating the special man in our lives and he truly enjoyed all his goodies. 

Happy Father's Day to all those hard working men who give up so much for their children

Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah~

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sea Turtle Birthday Cake

When given a theme or colours for a cake most of the time the ideas come quickly and usually I know how I want the cake to look, but with this cake is was quite different. I was given the theme and colours and I knew I wanted a turtle on top of the cake, but that was it. No ideas came. Some came and went. It wasn't until the day before I delivered it that inspiration finally came. It is now one of my favourite cakes.

Sea Turtle cake

Smash cake
The smash cake was a 4" cake and iced with buttercream so the little boy could easily get all messy! I started with a very smooth cake and then suddenly got the idea of making waves so I added a little blue and this was the result.

I loved making this cake and it certainly turned out better than I expected, especially since I had no ideas for it in the first place.

Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah~

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pirate Cupcakes

My daughter was having an end of year school party which was a pirate theme and I was asked to make cupcakes for it, so when I saw Royal Bakery's Pirate Cupcakes I had to make them for the class. Lesley Wright, owner of Royal Bakery is an amazing baker and I love following along the incredible designs she comes up with. She is so talented and loves to share how she makes these cakes with the world. Her tutorials are wonderful, although when recreating someone else's idea it never seems to come up to their standard, well at least it doesn't for me. I feel that in the cake business I still have so much to learn and so much practicing to get that perfect cake. The other thing I love about Lesley is that she is British living in California and not only that but she used to live in Nottingham!! My hometown is Mansfield and Nottingham is our nearest city, where I used to work. I feel like I have so much in common with her.
Ahoy there, Matey!
Treasure Map
Treasure Chest

The kids loved them and they were quickly gobbled up. My daughter had to save her topper and it now sits on her shelf. Funny little girl.

If you what to have a go at making these, Lesley does a wonderful tutorial for them which can be found in her notes. Visit her page Royal Bakery 

Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah~