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Bulldozer Cake

The little man requested a bulldozer cake for his birthday (continuing the theme from last year). Inspired by this cake and equipped with some family blocks of Kit Kats, yellow and black food colouring, fondant icing and a napping baby, I attempted to fulfil his wish.

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Most importantly the little man loved it! (Meanwhile I was critical of my fondant icing, which I ran out of time to smooth properly, and my blade being too curved for a bulldozer). I’m hoping he wants a bulldozer cake every birthday – it was quite simple and not time-consuming. I’d recommend it if you have a construction-loving child.

xo

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Afternoon Tea

This captures most of the things I love to do: cook, organise, make things look pretty and entertain. I love small details!

I enjoyed the afternoon, and the opportunity to thank my friends who are so wonderful. I miss those of you in Philadelphia and wish you could have been there too.

We had thai beef spoons; fig, goats cheese and prosciutto forks; chicken, avocado and baby spinach wraps and greek salad skewers. And, on the sweet side, flourless chocolate truffle cake; carrot and drunken raisin cake; chocolate truffles (dark chocolate and almond, and white chocolate and lemon); buckeyes; lemon and polenta cookies; rosewater and roasted pistachio meringues; flower cookies; raspberry sorbet and turkish delight.

xo

(And a special thanks to Binny for those beautiful tulips!)

Birthday construction

For the little man’s birthday dinner with family I wanted a fun but simple cake.

He loves trucks so much that a construction site was always going to make him happy. Playing with these trucks became more important to him than eating cake, and even (marginally) than eating m&ms, although not quite as important as eating ‘hats’.

Adding store-bought details to a cake makes it look effective while being effortless – just a chocolate-raspberry cake, chocolate buttercream, m&m ‘rocks’ and fondant traffic cones/witches’ hats. The whole thing took me about 45min, to both make the components and assemble them (excluding the cake’s cooling time).

If I ever make one again and give myself more time, I will layer the cake so that the inside resembles construction tape like this (so awesome).

xo

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