Monday 23 September 2013

A cake for a VIP

A few weeks ago, when it was still Summer (doesn't it seem so long ago?) I made a very, very special special VIP birthday cake. It was for my Mum who turned seventy (if you could all please leave comments saying you can't believe it, and that she looks so young, you will make her giddy with happiness!). I had planned a Frida Kahlo inspired cake, but then I received directions (via my Dad) that she wanted a cake that would make reference to various times of her life. Mmm... I thought, a fussy client! 

So I decided to paint some vignettes of her garden, which has been transformed from a literal wilderness to a beautiful, peaceful haven by both my parents. 
My Mum's early career was as a jazz and blues singer, she had a couple of albums released and still loves to sing at any opportunity to this day. So I incorporated some lyrics from one of her songs, fittingly enough they are about a garden. She has since trained and worked as a fine artist, so I copied one of her paintings onto the cake.
Just as she was born a butterfly flew into the room and my Nana always called my Mum her 'butterfly', so I had to include that in the cake.

(My Mum's photos from her Facebook page that I used to create the design)

Finally, on the reverse, I created a slightly unusual family tree made made up of penguins, my Dad is a potter and these are one of his best sellers, every member of the family has received one of these beauties at some time or other. 

She was delighted with her cake, and as all three tiers were made from fruit cake my parents are still eating it!


  1. Oh your Mummy is super gorgeous, and it is obvious where you get your style from. I would love to see your sketches for the Frida Kahlo cake, I love her work, and funnily enough so does the designer for the amazing jewellery company I work for, and she designed this necklace with her in mind, she inspired a whole collection in fact! . Thank you for your blog, I'm just in love with your style, I perv over your cakes and bix always, and one day I hope I have a fine excuse to order one. Kisses, Pen.

  2. It's extraordinary! So beautiful and so sweet. Well done, you!

  3. Your cake is stunningly beautiful as always, but I love the references to your mum on this one. I bet she absolutely loved it. I love the bit about the butterfly.

  4. I love the cake and your mum looks lovely, a very pretty lady (and young!) how fabulous to have such creative parents. Betty

  5. This cake is so beautiful and so is your mom.