This month I have a million and one projects going on, and it really does feel like a 'flying by the seat of my pants' month.
It has come to the point where I have said yes to every opportunity that has come my way, along with needing to fulfill orders, secure new booking for 2017 and 2018, and also find time to develop the product range, whilst also putting out fun new content. It is mad, I love it, but I also do not know where my head is sometimes.
So in the last week, I managed to do two things that I have been planning for a while. First, make a flamingo themed birthday cake, and second, create a Kransekake.
My mum's birthday provided the perfect opportunity to put these two creations together.
The Kransekake is a Scandinavian treat, typically made from an almond biscuit, hand shaped into wheels of dough and baked. It is then traditional to stack these into a tower and can be finished off with royal icing and flowers. Here is just one take on a beautiful design.
I am happy to add this to the wedding cake portfolio, and you can now order these freshly baked towers for weddings and other events. They can be baked taller than that featured here.
They are great as a centerpiece, and I have definitely fallen in love with these.
The flamingo cake was a must! These pretty birds are everywhere this season, and of course, this was perfectly fitting for a club Tropicana themed party. Featured is a rich chocolate sponge cake layered with ganache, fresh raspberries and a fresh raspberry and rose water Swiss Meringue buttercream.
Hand made sugar frangipans finish the cake along with violet and pink hydrangeas. I added a floral crown to the flamingo to make it more boho.
This cake lasted in freshness up to one week after being baked without loosing any moisture, and a little trick I learnt kept the raspberries extra fresh. I bake a lot of cakes, and most often turn down a slice due to being around cake all the time. But when it comes to experimenting with new flavour combos, even I couldn't stop eating this one.
Nothing says birthday celebration better than this photo!
So after a hectic week, it was time to set off on a spontaneous break to the New Forest (Southampton) with my mother. Where we had a lovely girly retreat, filled with cycle rides and afternoon tea at The LimeWood Hotel.
And my, what a place that hotel is! Absolutely heaven, surrounded by a meadow, herb shed, bee hives, smoke house, botanical rooftop garden... must I go on. We didn't book a stay at the hotel unfortunately, but of course booked an afternoon for tea, and it was perfect!
Me and mum on our holibobs!
It was the perfect weekend break to take time out and reflect on the start of this year and all the great projects I have had a chance to work on. Being a business owner is tough, and we are always the hardest on ourselves. This weekend helped me to be so appreciative of how far Cake Me By Surprise has come, and to be even more excited about where it is going.