Catching up on 2015 cakes – next up scooters and record players

I was asked to make 2 cakes for a special person turning 60.  They were having a weekend away with family and a party – of which both occasions needed a cake!

The theme we went for was the birthday boy’s scooter, his pride and joy he had bought a couple of years ago.

Cake number 1 was a round 8″ chocolate sponge cake covered in white icing.   It had a scarf draped around it in the Everton colours and a model of the scooter and the birthday boy on top.  The scooter was made from ready roll icing mixed with Tylo powder to strengthen it and it had a few lolly pop sticks in it to help it stay stood up.

I have since heard from the birthday boy that he placed the model of himself on top of the scooter and has kept them in a box with all the cake toppers taken from his son’s birthday cakes – they must have quite a random selection in this box including Mike the Knight, Darth Vader and George on a scooter!!

Georges 60th cake 1 scooter and george everton colours

The second cake was for the party and more cake was needed so we went for 2 tiers of chocolate sponge cake, one 10″ square and one 8″ square.

The bottom tier was decorated as a Union Jack flag – this was the only section of the cake that was allowed to have red on it, as the birthday boy is a fanatic Everton fan so it’s blue all the way for him!

The top tier was decorated to look like a record player and we had one of his favourite records playing – Play that funky music.  The arm for the needle was made from a GBS Chocolate mint stick, these are similar to Matchmakers but are smooth on the outside and 1 stick was the perfect size for the record player.

Happy Birthday George – hope you have finally recovered from all the celebrations!!


60th birthday mod record player union jack cake (1)

A special cake for a 60th Birthday – relaxing on the sofa watching The Waltons!

Megan wanted another cake for a speciall family birthday, this time it was for her Mum who was tuning 60.  Megan had sent me a picture of a sofa cake which she really liked and we discussed the detail for the cake to make it perfect for her mum – what she would be watching on the TV, what she would be snacking on, what she would be wearing and the birthday message and colour scheme.

I had a lot of fun making this cake.  The shape of the sofa was fairly straight forward and I got to use my new ivory coloured fondant I had purchased at Cake International – Ivory Silk by Sweet Success and it was lovely to work with and smelt delicious.

Megan had asked if the cake could include marzipan and pistachio, so I made Chocolate sponge with pistachio buttercream.  The buttercream was made using my normal recipe of icing sugar and a mixture of margarine and butter, which I then added pistachio’s ground up as finely as I could get them – it was tasty!  I then made her mum relaxing on the sofa out of marzipan and the purple cushions too.  The TV cabinet was made from rice crispie squares covered in fondant.

The finer detail such as an iPad and The Waltons on the TV were printed by Baby Cakes and Roses and the board was covered with pale blue icing which I embossed using my embossing rolling pin to give it a carpet/rug effect.

Sofa Birthday Cake
Sofa Birthday Cake

Sofa cake close up of ipad megans mums 60th Sofa cake close up of tv screen megans mums 60th Sofa cake close up of slippers megans mums 60th

Spring colours, shooting stars birthday cake

Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate buttercream filling.  A spring coloured birthday cake to celebrate a 60th birthday.  Simple decoration with stars shooting out from the centre of the cake, stars decorating the cake and Happy Birthday message done using my tappits.  Although they should be called flickits as you clearly have to give them a flick to get the icing out, a tap doesn’t do it!

Sping bursting stars birthday cake (1)

Sping bursting stars birthday cake (2)

Everton Football lover cake for a 60th birthday, sat in his armchair relaxing with liquorice

For a special 60th birthday a cake was planned to represent the birthday boy when he is at home relaxing in his armchair.  With an Everton shirt on, Ipad in hand, cup of coffee near by and liquorice and chocolate we had the scene set and cake design sorted!

Sat in a leather chair with a bald head and Chelsea boots on we tried to make it look like the birthday boy, he had a bag of liquorice wheels on the arm of the chair and the Everton blue was used for the writing and decoration.

The main hiccup with this cake was that I made it one week too early!  I had planned my week as I had two cakes to get ready for the Friday and I was all organised by Wednesday night with this cake baked and iced ready for decorating Thursday night, with the cake topper all ready.  I then came to realise on the Thursday that the cake was not due for another week.  This meant we had a 10″ round cake that needed eating as I could not waste it, which work were very happy about as it meant they got cake!  This did allow me to get feedback on the flavour as I had tried something new and was keen to know what people thought.


The cake was custard flavoured sponge, with coconut buttercream and raspberry jam to create a Manchester tart style cake.

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