Beetlejuice - It's Showtime!

I created this three-tiered Beetlejuice cake for a Halloween party. My original design had the head rotating on a concealed turntable (like the graveyard scene in the movie) but as the client's budget did not allow for that, we scaled the design down to a more manageable size.  The head is carved styrofoam, covered in fondant and modeling chocolate - this was to keep the overall weight down and to save having a lot of leftover cake as only 30 servings were needed. The middle tier was carrot cake and the bottom tier was chocolate with nutella buttercream.


Concealed green LED lights lit up the tree


Havana Nights


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. 


Paw Patrol Cake


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!

Tiki Head Cake

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.

Ballet Shoes Cake

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!

Marimekko Poppy Cake

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.

Marimekko Poppy Cake
The Invitation


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!


Google Funfetti Cake

Sophisticated 21st Birthday Cake

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.

Sometimes I can't make up my mind which ribbon to trim the cake board with!

Sometimes I can't make up my mind which ribbon to trim the cake board with!

Red & White Striped 21st Birthday Cake

A Very Merry Un-Birthday to Andrew & Caroline!

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!

Fantasy Unicorn Cake

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.


Chocolate Drip Cake

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.


Thomas The Train Birthday Cake

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?!

"Baby Jam" Toddler Music 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!).


Parisian Stripe Cake

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!


Peony & Gold Sequin Ruffle Wedding Cake

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.


Octopus Wedding Cake

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!

Laguna Beach Wedding

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.