First Canberra Cake

June 19th, 2009

This was the first cake to come out of our Canberra kitchen.  Looking at the cake, you can probably guess what it is… Yep – it’s an Engagement Cake!

I tried a new chocolate cake, and frosting combo, and hand painted all of the decoration. It seemed to go down well, and gave me a few new ideas for the future.

Little Monsters

May 19th, 2007

My in-laws have birthdays fairly close together, and a family get together was arranged for a little town half way between Canberra and Sydney.  So, I decided to surprise them with a birthday cake.  Given that everyone was going to be travelling, I thought it might be a good idea to create a cake that could be easily divided and taken home.  Although I made and iced the cakes, Clayton decided to lend a hand with creating the personalities.  I like to think that you can identify most of Claytons family within the cakes!  This was my first cake attempt in Australia, and the point when I realised that I had really missed doing it, but would like a better kitchen than the one we had in our Sydney apartment.  So nothing more came out of my kitchen in the form of cakes until we moved to Canberra.

Christening Cake

November 19th, 2004

This was made specially for my first nephew, and was one of the last cakes I made before leaving Australia.  Looking back, I am really thankful that his name is Ben, as it would have taken so much longer to make enough building blocks to build almost any other name. I wish the travel between Australia and Scotland was shorter, that way I could make it home to make more cakes for my niece and nephews.  It’s just fortunate that I am from a family of talented ladies who are more than capable of making wonderful cakes.

Roddy and Alex’s wedding cake

October 16th, 2004
I shared a flat with Roddy for a couple of years at University, and he and his lovely wife are two of my favourite people. When they asked me to make their wedding cake, it was an absolute honour. When they wouldn’t tell me what they wanted, it became officially stressful. Actually, that’s a lie – they didn’t tell me nothing, they told me they didn’t want anything traditional – which didn’t really help much!

I actually took time off work to make this cake, and I definitely needed it. Even with the time off, I was still up until 4am on the night before I had to deliver the cake, but was fortunate enough to have Clayton to entertain me, and take pictures – which I think explain a little about how the cake was put together. I think the most worrying point was during the delivery – I had no idea whether they were going to like it.


Fortunately it went down a treat, the smell of the cake filled the reception with the most amazing chocolatey aroma

. Definitely my most challenging cake to date.

First birthday cake

May 19th, 2004

For the ultimate train lover.  This is one of my favourite cakes.  Topping a cake with liquorice allsorts can only be a good thing.

Assorted Christmas cakes

December 25th, 2003

So, I went slightly nuts this year and made a few Christmas cakes.  Made using Mum’s fruitcake recipe for that traditional Christmas feel. One for each of my sisters, one for my parents, and one for my sister’s work.  A  bit of a crazy time, but nice to put a personal touch to Christmas.

This is the first time I experimented with modelling people.  It was fun, and I am sure that I will improve with practice and patience.

Gillian and Gary’s wedding cake

March 29th, 2003
Gillian and Gary's wedding cakeThis was the first wedding cake I had ever made (the ivy and roses are fake, but were purchased and put together by me!), and at the time the most stressful. It was for very good friends, who unfortunately we don’t get to see as often as we would like – although we have manage to bridge the gap slightly (just the span of Australia). At this point of my life, I was in the midst of accounting exams, and had a week off to study while making the cake. And, to top it all off, I had to transport the cake from Edinburgh to Glasgow the day before the wedding. Now, I know that from an Australian perspective 40 miles is nothing, but it felt like it was the longest hour of my life. I am just really glad that I had Clayton in the car with me (as transport engineer) to calm me down.
This was also my first foray into chocolate cake – and for some reason chocolate cake seems to keep coming into my life. I’m not sure why – I don’t really like chocolate flavoured things. But, chocolate on it’s own – can’t say no to that!