Happy birthday to Plain Stitch

It was a typical winter’s day on Thursday with lashings of rain and dull, grey skies.  However this was not a day to stay tucked up under the blankets – because I had been invited to a birthday party!   
Deb, from Plain Stitch, was celebrating her first anniversary since opening her workroom and shop in Wendover. 
You can’t go to a party without a present so I made these pretty little cupcakes to help celebrate the day.  
There was certainly lots of fun and laughter at the party.  Just look at all the smiling faces. 
Congratulations Deb and Plain Stitch on a successful first year.  

Love at first bite

Red velvet cake is such a pretty cake.  The gorgeous crimson red colour is a lovely choice for many occasions – Christmas, ruby wedding celebrations, halloween and, of course, Valentine’s day.

Cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of red cake crumbs is the traditional topping for red velvet cakes.  I’m not really a fan of cream cheese, so I piped roses in vanilla buttercream instead.   Much prettier and just as delicious.

These ones were the just desserts of the ladies at the Sewcial on Tuesday at Fabric HQ.  

Such a delightful way to end a great evening.

Let it snow

When you need to make a batch of cupcakes in a hurry, then snowflake decorations are a lovely option.  These were a last minute request for a work event.


Delicious chocolate cupcakes smothered in yummy chocolate ganache.  The fondant snowflakes were brushed with lustre dust to give them a bit of wintery, Christmassy sparkle.    

Chocolate ganache is the perfect topping for those who don’t like their cake indulgence to be too sweet.  I always make a little more ganache than I need.  It saves any last minute panic plus the leftovers taste fabulous on warm toast and make a great mocha when added to a mug of coffee.

Spook-tacluar Sewcial at Fabric HQ

The nights are drawing in and soon it will be time for ghosts and ghouls to roam amongst us during Halloween.  These mummies got a head start, making an appearance at the Sewcial tonight.


And they weren’t the only ones.  There were monsters too, 
as well as giant spiders, scaredy cats, ghosts and even a haunted house!
Those brave souls undaunted by these fearsome creatures found a ghoul-licious chocolate cake and dark chocolate buttercream hiding underneath.  Turns out most people found these monsters rather sweet and not frightening at all!

Everything’s coming up roses

Congratulations to Fabric HQ who celebrated their third birthday last week.  To wish them happy birthday, I made this lovely bouquet of flowers for the Sewcial last night.
To make the bouquet, roses – in white or graduated pink tones of buttercream – were piped on vanilla cupcakes using a 2D nozzle.  The roses were then attached to a foam ball (not as easy as it might look! but fortunately I had a fantastic teacher – the lovely Natalie from Faircake, London), creating a pretty ombre effect to the arrangement. 

Beautiful to look at, the roses have a gorgeous vanilla scent and are delicious to eat.  I think a cupcake bouquet makes the perfect birthday present.  Happy birthday Fabric HQ and wishing you many more.

Anyone for chocolate cake?

It was the Sewcial again last night.  The first one in the new Fabric HQ shop and Make HQ studio.  After all their cutting, stitching and sewing, the ladies deserved a treat.
And here it is.  Decadent chocolate cupcakes (yum) smothered in dark chocolate ganache (yum, yum) and topped with a chocolate flavoured fondant flower (yum, yum, YUM).

Teacher cupcakes

These cute cupcakes were a gift for a lady who is beginning a new career as a primary school teacher.  I wish her good luck and every success in her new role.

Another Pretty Witty Cakes tutorial by Stephanie Janice was the inspiration for these cakes.  Stephanie has the most amazing attention to detail in her designs – the inset stars; the page effect and spine detail on the little books; the tiny rubber at the end of the pencil.  My favourite part?  Drawing the little cat.  Or is it a tiger?  

New shop launch for Fabric HQ

Congratulations to Fabric HQ on a great opening night for their new shop last Thursday.  Ok, so George Clooney wasn’t there but he sure missed a great party.    

Rae and Jacqui had kindly asked me to provide some cakes for the launch.  So here we have cake pops masquerading as pins in a pink flurry fabric pincushion.  The cake centres are a mix of crumbed cake and vanilla buttercream – dreadfully sweet but irresistible.

Plus sewing cupcakes in Fabric HQ corporate colours as a special gift for Rae and Jacqui, with heartfelt thanks for all their support and to wish them every success in their new location.        

I love the new shop space and Make HQ.   It is light, bright and airy.  A perfect place in which to create beautiful things.  

Fabric HQ is moving….

Fabric HQ is relocating to a new location.   Finally they will have all their lovely fabrics in one place with loads of space for workshops and classes.  
Where are they moving to?  These cakes I made for the Sewcial last night will give you a clue.
Yep, you guessed it.  They are moving to a farm – Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, HP22 5XJ to be precise.  Grand opening is next Friday, 12 September, 10am to 2pm.  I can’t wait!

Sew pretty

Sewing themed cupcakes?  The perfect accompaniment for the Wendover Sewcial last night, of course.

Decked out with all the essentials, including pins, needles, ribbon, scissors and even hand-painted fabric. 

Based on a Pretty Witty Cakes tutorial by Stephanie Janice, these were great fun to make.  I particularly liked the use of the fondant plaques.  They are very easy to do and look fabulous perched on top of their buttercream swirls.