The hero of this three tier chocolate cake was a singer in Havana nightclubs in the 50s, when the city rivaled Hollywood for glamor. His daughter wanted to remind him of his halcyon days, so I designed this cake with a nod to the famous Tropicana Club, featuring the iconic concrete arch. I changed the Tropicana sign to his name, Flavio, and air-brushed the cake to give it a night-time feel.
This little one tier birthday cake featured a hand-modeled fondant Marshall dog. The flavor was gluten-free Funfetti with vanilla buttercream.
It looks like these happy kids are planning to save their canine topper!
This tropical Tiki Head cake was ordered from a favorite client in Newport Beach and made its way down there strapped into the front seat of an Uber during rush hour traffic on a Friday night! Thanks to a careful driver and lots of air conditioning, it arrived in one piece!
The head was covered in modeling chocolate that was tooled, shaded and buffed till it looked like wood.
The bamboo was made from white modeling chocolate.
Without a doubt the most fun cake project I've ever worked on, CakeTown took a whole week to make. Each building was a different cake flavor and their names reflected that: Battenberg House, the Funfetti Bakery, Cafe Ganache, The Black Forest Pub, Carat Cake Jewelers and the Tres Leches Town Hall. Everything you can see was 100% edible.
The inspiration for the town came from memories of Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, England, with its beautiful Georgian buildings.
This birthday cake was made for a grandmother who was a ballerina in her younger days. According to her daughter she is "loud, and loves big jewelry!", so I designed the cake to feature lots of handmade sugar jewels and a pair of ballet pointe shoes on top.
Close-up detail of the front plaque
These beautiful sugar ballet shoes were handmade by my assistant, who is also my daughter, Charlie - she is an AP art student and a fully certified food handler - not bad for 16!
This Scandanavian style cake was made for an elegant Finnish lady celebrating her 95th birthday! The invitation featuredgorgeous blue Marimekko poppies, which were the inspiration for this blue and white design. The bottom tier was carrot cake and the top tier was coconut cake.
These two cakes are what happens when the folks at Google need cakes made to match their team names for a new project! One of the names they'd picked was Battenberg, a rather old-fashioned English checkerboard cake covered with marzipan. After many phone calls to Los Angeles bakeries that were greeted with a baffled "Batten-what?", they luckily Google-d yours truly who, being English of course, not only had heard of it but also knew how to make it!
Opposing Team Battenberg was Team Funfetti, whose cake had sprinkles not only all over the outside but baked into the cake itself.
Next week the cakes are Ganache and Tres Leches - watch this space!
This red and white version of my popular black and white Parisian striped cake was made for a 21st birthday party. The cake was banana, filled with dulce de leche buttercream frosting, and was topped with a handmade rose.
This was definitely one of the most enjoyable cakes I've made so far this year, and the smile on Little Mermaid Brianna's face made all the hard work worthwhile!
All the details were hand modeled, except for the Ariel figure which was supplied by the client.
Every year but one I've had the pleasure of making Sweet Caroline's birthday cake (last year I had no kitchen as we were renovating the house we'd just moved into!), and this year, for the first time, she got to share it with her adorable brother Andrew. The theme of the party was Alice in Wonderland, so this cake incorporated some of their favorite motifs: the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and of course Alice!
It seems the cake world has been taken over by a herd of unicorns lately! A trend first created by Jenna Rae Cakes in Canada, unicorn cakes have been popping up everywhere, from christenings to thirtieth birthday parties - it seems no-one can get enough of these fantasy creatures. My version was for little Juliet's 3rd birthday, and featured a mane made out of tiny meringues. The cake was accompanied by three dozen cupcakes topped with matching gold unicorn horns.
I've been wanting to make one of Katherine Sabbath's amazing "Drip" cakes for a while now, so I was delighted when I was asked to make a more casual cake for a family birthday dinner. This cake was chocolate cake filled with a kid-friendly milk chocolate buttercream, which was then drizzled with chocolate ganache and topped with an array of candies and cookies. A gold star topper with the number 5 was the perfect finishing touch.
I was excited to make this Thomas The Train cake for Ethan's 5th birthday - it seems a very long time since my own son used to watch Thomas The Tank Engine cartoons back in England, so it was definitely a trip down memory lane! Both tiers of the cake were chocolate cake, filled with kid-friendly milk chocolate buttercream frosting instead of my usual Dark Belgian Chocolate filling. The design drew from K Noelle Cakes' wonderful Thomas cakes, with my own additions and twists. How adorable is this photo of the birthday boy with his cake?!
This "Baby Jam" style musical instrument cake was made for two adorable twin boys celebrating their first birthday with a music-themed cake. The three tiered cake featured hand modeled maracas, a xylophone and a drum. The bottom tier was chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, the middle tier was vanilla cake with raspberry buttercream, and the top tier was banana cake with dulce de leche buttercream (my favorite!).
Even though I generally believe in the old advertising adage that there's nothing like the freedom of a tight brief, every now and then I love it when a client says "I don't know what I want, do whatever you like!" In this instance, I chose to make a double-barreled chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream, decorated in Parisian stripes with an "ormolu" plaque. Happy birthday to Tammy, Danielle and Krystal!
I created this design for a wonderful couple celebrating their recent wedding in the UK with a dinner for American family and friends at the incomparable Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon. I wanted to capture the rich tones of Fall, while keeping the mood elegant and uplifting. The bottom tier was chocolate cake with salted caramel, the middle tier was gluten-free pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting, and the top tier was spiced apple cake with blackberry frosting.
This cake was made for a wonderful couple who were married on the beach in Santa Monica at sunrise this week. Octopuses (yes, that plural is correct - I checked!) are a special theme for this couple so it was important to put them front and center of the design. The bottom tier was chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting, the middle tier was vanilla cake with rosewater buttercream and the top tier was chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream. Congratulations to Michael and Alison!
This wedding cake represented a first for me, since I attended the wedding and actually ate the cake I made! David & Barb are avid paddle-boarders and their beautiful wedding ceremony was held at the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna, with a dramatic beach backdrop.
The three tier cake featured chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream on the bottom, chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream in the middle, and chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream on the top.
I was so impressed by her fine motor skills! Her little fingers were perfect for attaching all the delicate decorations.
Recently my four year old niece, Molly, was visiting me from England and like most girls of that age, she has a bit of a thing for Frozen. She asked me if I would make a cake with her, and how could I say no?! I decided that we would make a "fake cake" with a styrofoam cake dummy, so that she could take it back to England with her, and together we set about bringing Olaf and Sven to life. We packaged the finished cake in a box and she carried it on the plane all the way home - it arrived in perfect condition and is now sitting on a shelf in her bedroom!
I recently made this cake for my husband's birthday. We had planned to go and see the new James Bond movie that evening, so I thought I would make a Bond-themed cake for him. I originally cut the logo in the traditional format, with a revolver after the number 7, but as I was laying it on the cake I suddenly thought how much more appropriate it would be to have a drill as my husband is a massive DIY enthusiast. After that, "License to Drill" was all but inevitable... See if you can spot his eggstremely punny breakfast!