birthday

Thank you for looking after my fish

I love you.

Thank you for looking after my fish.

Get well soon.

Happy Birthday.

I love the fact that you invited me for coffee.

You’re fab.

I brought dessert.

Happy yellow day*.

There are so many reasons to buy someone a cakey gift. But it can be tricky to think of a theme for some people, especially if they don’t really have a ‘thing’. Do you know anyone like this?

Look no further than a little set of Really Yummy cupcakes. Choose a classic buttercream swirl, or take a look at some of our recent, more generic themes. Each set comes in a lovely presentation box, ready for gifting.

Smiling cupcakes

Smiling cupcakes

Purple pinwheel cupcakes

Purple pinwheel cupcakes

These were made for a birthday, but the decoration was up to me. I love a pinwheel, and these could be made in so many different colours.

These cupcakes were made for a Winchester family dentist, to say thank you. The brief was smiles. Just smiles. I loved it, and hand-painted as many smiles as I could. Gorgeous!

Sunflower cupcakes

Sunflower cupcakes

Reeses peanut butter cupcakes

Reeses peanut butter cupcakes

These sunflower cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous, in any colour. And fit so many occasions. I’ve done orange sets, pink sets, deep red sets, and these multi-coloured ones looked fabulous together.

Reeses peanut butter cupcakes. Peanut buttercream, and a Reeses topper. One of my favourites. And so delicious they couldn’t get enough. The customer came back for the same order a week later!

Classic car cupcakes

Classic car cupcakes

Handbag cupcakes

Handbag cupcakes

And handbags this time. This lovely customer always leaves colour schemes up to me, and I happened to be working with these colours on another cake. I thought they looked so funky, I ended up using them for these too!

Classic car cupcakes. A popular choice, especially for those hard-to-buy-for men. I’ve done a couple of these sets, and tweaked them slightly each time. For this set I picked some great retro versions of the brand logos.

 

So there you have it, cupcakes. Did you see anything you like? Has it given you any ideas? Join the discussion in the comments below.

Is one of these cupcake sets yours? Did it fit the bill? Head here to leave a review and I’d be so grateful!

And it’s never too early to book your own cake, even if you aren’t too sure what you want yet. Head here and save the date. Or get in touch here and we can discuss your ideas.

Or just put your feet up and head here, to read all about the day to day goings on, behind the scenes.

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And have a great day!

Love from Really Yummy HQ x

*I don’t think Yellow Day is actually a thing. But maybe it could be….

Last minute 21st birthday cake

I’m not very good at ‘last minute’…. Anyone who knows me personally will know how I can’t be late, I have contingency on my contingency time, and the idea of doing something ‘last minute’ terrifies me!

But a little while ago I made a ‘last minute’ cake. And I really enjoyed it. I normally need at least two week’s notice, but this lovely, but slightly panicked customer came to me on a Wednesday, and needed the cake for Saturday. No time to design, or mull it over even. I had to hit the ground running, in a week with two other cakes.

21st birthday cake with bow

21st birthday cake with bow

So I was honest, and gave three cake options, all of which I had done before, and could be in the customer’s chosen colours. I then realised that it was actually fairly easy to fit in. No uncertainty with using new techniques, templates, or shapes and sizes. The stuff I normally enjoy, could be put to one side this time, and I would enjoy making the little tweaks instead.

So, if you are happy with a few options, and you’ve left it a little ‘last minute’, please get in touch here and we can discuss your ideas.

Or just put your feet up and head here, to read all about the day to day goings on, behind the scenes.

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And have a great day!

Love from Really Yummy HQ x

Forty and fabulous

Your loved one is turning 40! Such a great excuse for a celebration! And you’ve been tasked with sorting the cake?! Don’t panic, you’re already in the right place. Have a look at some of our 40th Birthday Cakes. Such different themes, and each one unique and perfect for the birthday boy or girl.

Retro 40th birthday cake

Retro 40th birthday cake

This one was for Julie, who loves 80s music, and her hubby wanted a retro feel to the cake. I remember a band in the 80s who dressed in polka dots all the time, and I wanted to give the cake a glamorous feel, so included silver stripes and a massive bow. It was made up of a chocolate tier and a vanilla tier, and was made on one of the hottest days of last year. Delivery to the venue involved sitting with it on my lap, with the air con on full, and getting stuck behind a herd of cattle in the New Forest, but she did love her cake!

Yoga 40th birthday cake

Yoga 40th birthday cake

Another brief from the husband here. Jo runs a very successful holistic business, and has a beautiful yoga studio in her house. Her brand colours are gorgeous, and formed a super starting point for the cake. It makes me want to lie down!Another example of a cake that travelled beyond the walls of Winchester, this one ended up in London.

VW Campervan 40th birthday cake

VW Campervan 40th birthday cake

This was one of the cakes in my ‘blue campervan’ phase! My cake studio looked like a VW showroom for a while last year. This was a cake in his footie colours, with a sugarpaste camper on top. Loved it!

VW Campervan and Police birthday cake

VW Campervan and Police birthday cake

This one was for a camper-loving copper? A gift of a theme. Loved it completely, and the design hit me almost immediately. Such a fun cake to do, despite the extreme heat that week. Again.

40th birthday cake with bunting and flowers

40th birthday cake with bunting and flowers

This is still one of my favourites! I used the invitation for the colour inspiration and the chalkboard ’40’, and I love the way the bunting and the stripes complement each other. I’ve done this cake again for a little girl’s 10th birthday, and I’m just about to do another one for an 80th. A classic.

Retro dressmaker's dummy cake, with polka dots and bows

Retro dressmaker's dummy cake, with polka dots and bows

The brief for this one was to make a fun cake, with a bit of sophistication. Hannah loved the idea of a dressmaker's dummy, so I used these lovely retro colours, and she was over the moon with it.

VW Beetle cake, in blue and white

VW Beetle cake, in blue and white

Another car cake - I really did go through a phase! - this time a VW Beetle cake, in the birthday boy's favourite colours. Cars are a little tricky to make, as they always look wrong until the very last minute. Gotta have faith!

So there you have it, a selection of cakes for a 40th birthday. Obviously any of my cakes can be for a 40th, and I would love it if you came with a totally different theme! But it was fun wandering back through time, and pulling it together.

What would your ideal cake look like? Join the discussion in the comments below. Is one of these cakes yours? Did it fit the bill? Head here to leave a review and I’d be so grateful!

And if you want a cake for a fortieth birthday, it’s never too early to book your own cake, even if you aren’t too sure what you want yet. Head here and save the date. Or get in touch here and we can discuss your ideas.

Or just put your feet up and head here, to read all about the day to day goings on, behind the scenes.

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And have a great day!

Love from Really Yummy HQ x

Behind the scenes, a Queen’s Hat

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A while ago, I was asked to make a cake, fit for a Queen. Very exciting, it was for a street party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. No design requirements, it was up to me, it didn’t need to be big, but needed to make a big impact.

As always, I excitedly said yes, and felt fairly confident that a design idea would come to me.

A day or so later, I was flicking through images of the Queen, her family, and special occasions, and it struck me that there was always a hat! Every occasion had such different associations, from Buckingham Palace, the crown jewels, London, Balmoral, her dogs, the countryside, the Union Jack, gold carriages, wedding days, street parties. The list went on and on, and it was getting tricky to narrow it down. But there was always, always a hat.

Bingo.

So I began to browse images of her hats. It needed to be structurally ‘cake’ shaped, not too intricate, but have enough impact when made as a cake. The one I chose was a gorgeous blue, with feathers and loops, and had enough interest in its shape, without needing to carve too much of it away.

The texture was applied with a burlap roller, and the colour was given depth with blue shimmer dust, black petal dust and cornflower to ‘dilute’ the colour intensity.

The board was built up with foil, to a raised centre, and covered with sugarpaste for the brim.

And every time I saw it on my workbench, I thought it was a hat.

Job, very much, done.

So what do you think? I’d love to hear, feel free to let me know in the comments below.

And it’s never too early to book your own cake, even if you aren’t too sure what you want yet. Head here and save the date. Or get in touch here and we can discuss your ideas.

Or just put your feet up and head here, to read all about the day to day goings on, behind the scenes.

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And have a great day!

Love from Really Yummy HQ x

A cake for a 50 year old train driver

South. West. Trains. That was it. The extent of the brief, from a lovely repeat customer, who ‘trusted me 100%’….

Crumbs…. I googled and found a colour scheme. But I was really concerned that a cake with a train on top, would instantly look like a kids cake. And I knew I wanted to make Steve, and in my vision(!), he was perched on the edge of the cake, red lanyard and all! The advantage of doing this, was that he didn’t need to be the same scale as the train, or just in the window.

And standing too close to the track would imply a train-based problem …. He he, I sometimes take this all a bit too seriously ….!

So….

I knew I wanted the train to be bigger than the cake size would allow a full train and carriages to be, so suddenly I saw it coming out of a tunnel. No need to make room for the rest of the train, and Steve could take his rightful place at the front of the cake.

I’d done a striped cake in the same week, and the train colours were all ready to go, sitting there next to it. They looked fabulous together, so I decided to stripe them around the edge, to strengthen the scheme.

The tunnel – I could see the tunnel in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in my head as I modelled this! I knew that tunnel edges needed to come forwards as well as out to the sides to look realistic. And they were generally grassy, bushy areas.

And the cobbles came to me very last-minute. I was looking for a surface that Steve could sit on securely, but also one that would look right next to the tracks and up against the grass. Cobbles!

South West Trains cake

South West Trains cake

So there you have it. The meandering story of this cake design. And a small window into the workings of my mind….

*Grin*

And it’s never too early to book your own cake, even if you aren’t too sure what you want yet. Head here and save the date. Or get in touch here and we can discuss your ideas.

Or just put your feet up and head here, to read all about the day to day goings on, behind the scenes.

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And have a great day!

Love from Really Yummy HQ x