Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Sugar Crafted Gluten Free Lalaloopsy 6th Birthday Cake

Well, it's been a while since I had a moment to blog, but the kids are outside playing and I have a few spare minutes so here goes!
It was Evie's birthday on the 13th July and she asked for a Lalaloopsy cake - I had NO idea what she was talking about and had to google it! We brought her a Lala dolly, so I was able to use that as a guide for scale and shape. It was a challenge and I learnt more things along the way but I got there in the end! As I was so pushed for time, my lovely Mum made the actual cake and base iced it so it was a combined effort - and gluten free!

As you can see, the doll has strange dimensions, a very large head and
spindly legs (plus the button eyes!). Mum made two layers of vanilla sponge and
decorated it with pale pink icing.
I made large sugar paste letters, a number six and a variety of simple
flowers to decorate the cake edges.
Anyway, Evie loved it and that's what counts!
Happy birthday sweetheart xxx

Thanks for looking!
Jill x

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

First published cake project in the docrafts Creativity Magazine!

Phew, it's been a long time since I posted on this blog, but I had the incentive today, as I have had my first ever cake project published in the docrafts Creativity magazine (issue 40)!

I was given the brief of designing a cupcake bouquet using the Little Venice Cake Company products. Since this issue is summery, I chose roses (complete with a rose flavouring), and a pretty pink colour theme - and most importantly for Evie and I, the cupcakes were gluten free and this is made clear in the magazine's editorial, which is fabulous for coeliac awareness. (We did have a few spare at the time of making which were demolished pretty quickly!).

I have been trialing different gluten free cake recipes since I was diagnosed nearly two years ago, and, although I LOVE Phil Vickery's flour mixes (he is a gluten free God in our eyes!),
I made these cakes with Orgran gluten free self raising flour as I find it really easy and
effective to work with.
I have to say a MASSIVE thank you to my Mum, Diana Millis, who on the day of decorating and assembling the cupcakes, was AMAZING and kept me calm and focused when things got a little sticky! She is also the root of my inspiration for cake making, as I grew up surrounded by icing sugar, piping nozzles and her commissioned cakes (I now understand why she used to get a little prickly when we were transporting her works of art around the county!)
The docrafts Creativity magazine is available at all good craft stockists as well as Tesco's and Asda and is well worth a read! Click here for more information.
Thank you for looking!
Jill x