SURPRISE 50TH

I decided to plan my work colleague a surprise birthday meal for her 50th birthday.

I spent the past 5 weeks planning and organising the night. This included planning a cake and running round getting decorations.

Keeping it a secret was such a hard task, especially when she was moaning about wanting cake on her actual birthday!

I provided a decoy on her birthday with these cupcakes, she didn’t moan!

I booked a table of 11 at a restaurant close to us, The Boatyard. Its a fairly new restaurant, but exceeded expectations.

Lovely homemade food!

Everyone was so excited to see the cake I had made. When they brought it out her face was a picture!

We all had a lovely night! And I’m so glad it went to plan!!

Hope you enjoyed the read! Thanks for reading!

With Love, V x

BIRTHDAY GIRL

10th September, 2017

I’m another year older! Can the world please stop so I can get off?

Time is flying by far too quickly for me, I’ve been trying to spend every year making the most of it and i just can’t keep up!

On Thursday 7th, I celebrated with the work girls. We all had a lovely meal at Pesto’s. Lots of laughs and being surrounded by the people who have made such an impact on my life. I have such a strong friendship with them and I’m so grateful for them all.

On Friday 8th, the work girls suprised me with a little party in the afternoon. Good 90’s tunes and lots of cakes!

On Saturday, my boyfriend took me to Manchester for a night away. I couldn’t tell you how much I needed to get away!

We arrived at the train station and decided to get a bite to eat and of course, a pint of beer and a glass of wine!

The heavens had opened so we waited a little while before heading to the hotel.

We stayed at Malmaison, which is absolutely gorgeous!

They decorated the room for my birthday which i thought was lovely of them and I received 2 free drinks in the bar.

The city centre is literally 5 minutes walk, so we did a bit of shopping for our holiday next week.

I was wined and dined at Bella Italia by my boyfriend. With it being my birthday I also received a free bottle of prosecco!!

For the starters, I had Pizza Spirales. Which is just mozzarella stuffed inside bread with a dipping sauce. Jay had the meatballs, which were really yummy.

For our mains we had, Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne and a Meatball Calzone. Both meals are very big and filling. We ordered fries with it but for me it was just too much food.

I didn’t take a picture of our desserts but we only had ice cream.

On my birthday morning, I woke up to all my presents layed out on the side.

I had the best birthday ever to date!

Thank you all for reading. I hope you enjoyed my post.

Have a great day!

With Love, V x

I Believe in Unicorns.. ūü¶Ą

Hey Everyone! 

I’ve been having a magical time making my favourite cake to date. Its the number one trend of 2016/17 and I’ve finally been able to make one. 

It was my sisters birthday last week, so on Saturday I had to have a cake ready for when family came round. 

I spent hours baking the cakes and letting them cool before stacking and filling them with Strawberry Buttercream and some Strawberry Jam. 

I used vanilla Buttercream on the outside to cover the cake and the Unicorn hair is also vanilla just coloured. I always use a gel or a paste, as the colours are much much brighter and I always reach the perfect shades. I also used my Violet paste to make the inside purple. I attempted an ombre and came out perfectly. 

It took me a couple of hours to create the horn and pipe the flowers for the Unicorn mane. I used a yellow icing for the horn, which I twisted to create the shape. I use yellow because my gold glitter spray comes out a lot nicer on top of yellow than white. I added edible glitter to the horn and stuck it into the cake using long cocktail sticks/kebab skewers. 

I also bought some little icing flowers from tesco which had shades of pinks, purple and blue. I didn’t use the purple as it was more maroon/burgundy which was too dark for the flowers I piped. 

I had so much fun doing this cake, as I’m not the best at Buttercream coated cakes and piping. I’m really proud of my result! And even more so that my ombre purple turned out spot on. 

Below, I bought my sister a few simple, low priced birthday gifts, as the cake cost me a lot. 

For a fun idea, I went on the website www.boomf.com and made a pop up gift. I chose photos of us from times we’ve spent together at concerts etc. You can add your own message to these too. The box jumps out and throws confetti everywhere. They do other gifts including marshmallows. This was ¬£5.99, slightly expensive for a paper box what throws confetti everywhere but worth the reaction (which I never even saw!!) 

I bought the Unicorn Bath Bomb from www.bombcosmetics.co.uk which is called ‘I believe in unicorns’. This was ¬£2.50. 

Oscars Coolers are available in most supermarkets but I actually bought this one in Aldi. I can’t remember how much for but as a gift it’s a cheap and awesome thing to give. Who doesn’t like alcohol? 

I also bought her some Krispy Kreme doughnuts from Tesco for ¬£5 and she practically ate them in one sitting. 
Thanks for reading guys! Hope you enjoyed the read. 

Have a magical day! 
Love, V x

Birthday Celebrations

Last weekend me and my family celebrated the birthday of my Grandma. She’s now 85! 

I had been planning a cake for her for a couple months to get it perfect. The flavoura I chose were cherry and almond. This was such a great combination of flavour in a cake. 

I bought a large white rose online as the topper. I’m not very confident in making them yet myself. So I made rose petals falling down the cake, then added pearls made out of icing. 

We went out for a meal on the Sunday to The Leigh Arms. Very nice food and wonderful staff. 

I bought a bottle of prosecco as I don’t drink very oftenand had about 4 glasses out of it, oops! 

For the main course I had the Chicken Sunday lunch and Jay had a cheeseburger. His did come with chips, on the side.


After, we headed back to my grandma’s for coffee and cake. I was so full from my dinner but managed to eat a couple pieces. You have to have a piece of every cake at her house! Haha 

She had a wonderful day, and as gifts she received some garden plants, a watch and a dinner tray. I don’t have pictures of the others! And the below is what my mum had sent me. 

Thanks for reading guys! I’ll be putting another post up this weekend about another birthday and my bank holiday antics. 

I hope you all have a fantastic day, fingers crossed the weather stays nice! 
Love, V x 

Happy 21st Birthday 

Birthday planning for me can take an awful long time to pull together so I started off 6 months in advance for my other halves 21st birthday. 

I started off with planning what to buy as a special gift. One that he would keep and treasure for a long long time. 

The watch I bought him is Hugo Boss and is the trendiest watch I’ve ever laid eyes on. He’s always wanted a watch and I couldn’t think of a more perfect 21St gift. 

I also bought him a watch stand so he keeps it away from being damaged. I found the stand on a personalised website, you can probably find one easily enough. 

We went out for his birthday meal to a lovely curry restaurant with his family. Jay absolutely hates public arrays and was so embarrassed when they sang happy birthday to him. 

After the meal we went back to his mums so he could cut the cake I made him. He demanded there would be donuts on it! 

The cake had 6 layers with a Chocolate Fudge filling. I added gold ’21’ sparklers when I got to his mums. 

I booked a surprise stay at the hilton in Manchester for us for a night and I also booked a surprise meal while we were in Manchester to make it extra special. I booked the table for us at the rosso restaurant. 

I can’t go anywhere without having a pornstar martini! 

We both had a lasagne for our main and shared a sorbet for dessert. The food here is absolutely gorgeous! All fresh and the waiters are very polite and attentive. 

I would highly recommend the rosso restaurant to anyone who hasn’t been. 

When we came back home I set up some coffee and cake for the afternoon so my auntie and nan could give Jay his presents. 

About a week later jay’s birthday continued as we went out for another meal as a present off my auntie. We went for Mexican food at chiquitos. 

This starter was amazing! Spicy chicken parcels. 

Obviously Jay had garlic bread! I even tried jalape√Īo poppers which weren’t even spicy/hot like at all! They were cream cheese stuffed jalape√Īos and coated in bread crumbs. 

TACO’S. Love them, just hate the onion part but I did eat them on it until the last two as they were cold. Yes, I can be fussy with food haha 

So after all the birthday celebrations, we’ve been waiting for his last present for the past month. I’ve booked for us to go Amsterdam!! Only a few days to go. 
Sorry for the very late post on this one guys! I’ve been exhaustingly busy again, I’ll be glad to get this break! 

Love, V x

Peppa Pig Fun 

Hey Everyone! 

Hope you’ve all had the best weekend possible! 

My week has been a very busy one in preparation of my neices 1St birthday yesterday! I have had the absolute joy and pleasure of making her 1St birthday cake. A Peppa Pig cake. 

I decided to spread making the cake over several days as the sooner I cover the cake the fresher it will stay. 

What a better way to start by making a chocolate cake! My sister-in-law requested the cake to be shaped as a 1. So I went an bought one last month from Hobby Craft which was ¬£10. 

I baked the cake on Wednesday night ready to cover on Thursday. I find this a lot easier as when I put the icing over the top it has time to set in the perfect place. 

The only thing I found with the cake tin is that I made 2 of them and did it in 4 layers. If I had used just the one cake it wouldn’t have looked 3D enough for the size of the board I used. 

My sister-in-law had sent me a picture of a Peppa Pig cake she had found and I thought I’d use a dark pink for the icing to make the cake stand out more as the baby pink was washed out looking. 

I then added all the extra details to the cake. 

As you can tell I’m a very messy Baker! 

I also made Peppa Pig out of icing, which was a challenge! Especially the hands! 

It took me around 2 hours to get Peppa Pig how I wanted it. One of the highlights of being a perfectionist! 

I added my nieces name on to the cake in baby pink icing and sprayed with silver sparkle to make it stand out. 

I then added the last details to the cake with a few daisy’s around it on the cake board and then cleaned up the cake ready to take to her birthday party. 

I am so proud of my cake and I’m so glad my nieces loved eating it! Haha 

Incase you wondered what we bought for her birthday we got her a George pig weeble from sainsburys which was ¬£4 and a Fisher price mood toy which you spin the face and it changes the mood and makes a sound.That was from tesco for roughly ¬£15. We also paid halves on the cake with her nanna. 

Thanks for reading guys! Hope you liked the cake ūüź∑ 

Love V x 

Frantic February 

Hi Everyone! 

We’re finally out of January! Yes, I know I’m a bit late but these past 2 weeks have been hectic for me! I’ve kept pushing my blog back after being so exhausted from big Bakes and being very busy in my full time job. 

Last week I had a challenge of making a two Tier Marvel Cake for somebody. I had an absolute nightmare! 

The cake was chocolate tier and vanilla Sponge tier. 

Baking it was fine, but as you may know I absolutely HATE royal icing!! I always manage to do it though. 

At first, I covered the bottom cake with white icing. That was easy. Then I went to cover the top cake in the blue icing. The first time I covered it the icing ripped and had a huge hole in the back of it. Great. So.. then I did it again with a new pack of blue icing. Same thing happened again! I always use renshaw icing as the colours are prefect. But for the 3rd go I used tesco own new blue icing. It was manageable but still not perfect. 

So then I began decorating over the top. I had to include superman, captain America, spiderman and batman. I found it really tricky using a stencil to cut out little tiny pieces from the superman logo. But I managed it. This cake again, was another one I had never done before. 


Trying to measure and cut the right size logo for the cake was hard too! I needed everything to be as symmetrical as possible. 


I wasn’t 100% happy with the cake but for my first attempt I think I’ve done pretty well. 

I started making cakes for other people because I like seeing other people’s faces when I’m done. Some people you get who don’t really appreciate your time and effort to which knocks your confidence! But I have quite a few people who compliment me for my cakes and that’s what picks me back up again! 

Today I have just finished off 40 Cupcakes (my biggest job yet) for a lovely customers mum. Its their salons 1st anniversary of opening this weekend. My pictures aren’t the best as I have finished them today. 

The little hairdressing Toppers were quite difficult even though I used a mould. Some of them had really thin parts which just kept braking off so I used the ones which kept the best shape. 

The Cupcakes were 2 flavours. Vanilla and Chocolate Fudge. 20 of each. 

I hope you liked my post! 

It’s time for me to chill out ready for overtime tomorrow! Boo 
Thanks for reading everyone! Have a great weekend. 

Vicky x

Busy Bakes

So I’ve promised I’d do more blogs and I’ve broken it already!! 

I have literally had no spare time in-between Christmas and new year. All of my time had been spent doing baking and spending time with family. 

So here’s a few Bakes I’ve done through these past few weeks. I have been experimenting with different flavours and I had a request of my friend to have malibu Cupcakes for her birthday! 

I was so keen to try this out so I made her some successful Cupcakes. She also wanted jammy dodger ones too. 

I’m not really into malibu myself and I never get the urge to eat cake when o bake for people, but, I tried these malibu ones and MY GOD!! They are so amazing! I cannot get enough. Any malibu lovers out there you won’t be able to stop! 

I then made some more for her as a birthday present to her Mother-in-law. I then added extra desicated coconut to the top of hers so they were slightly different. 

I have also had a last minute 21st birthday cake to do as well. This was just last week too. The girls mother had wanted a last minute 2 tier cake doing as her daughters friend was going to bake one but her oven broke. I stepped in and helped as I personally wouldn’t like to have no cake on my birthday. 

The cake isn’t perfect I know, but I absolutely HATE fondant icing!! I’m slowly getting better with bigger cakes now and I seriously love a challenge! 

The most important thing is that the customer said it was amazing and all her friends asked at the party who made it. 

I’ve also made dinosaur Cupcakes for my friends step daughter. This was a disaster and I can’t stress it enough! The worst colouring I have ever used is green! I despise the stuff now! 

The green colouring made my icing so runny, but it felt like it was pipeable. It struggled to stay in the shape I piped so I let it mould to a flat surface and stuck the dinosaur moulds of icing in. I woke up the next morning to the green icing pouring off the Cupcakes and into the box. Disaster! 

So, I’m never using it again! I managed to get a picture of them before the green ones were completely ruined. On the plus side my friends 14 year old step daughter absolutely loved them! 

I thought by January that all the cakes would die down but it’s managed to puck itself up again and I’ve been baking every week since the beginning of December. 

I’ve got a big order of 40 Cupcakes to do for a salons 1st anniversary in the beginning of February. All of these need a hairdressing theme. Eek!! 

Best get my bake on! 

Vicky x

Zone of Comfort

Hi guys! 

I know I haven’t posted for a while, I apologise! But today I want to share with you my new project and the struggles. 

So, I set up a Facebook page called “T-Cakes” I sort of want to create my own business. Obviously cakes!! But for the time being I have set up a page for my non-profit-making cake business (hopefully for the time being)

At first I thought.. Yeah! Let’s go for it stepping out my comfort zone and putting myself out there as a cake maker. 

I had seen loads of people posting in those for sale pages about being let down by other people. To me, a birthday cake is special and always essential! So, i got my idea from that. 

Personalised Cakes for a Birthday Boy

So, I set up my page and created myself a little logo for my profile picture and didn’t invite anyone to like it until it was perfectly set up. 

I published my page later on that night and I got some great hits! Likes after likes and comments not so much. I’ve been trying to attract some customers nearer my area with pictures of cakes I have made etc. 

Minnie Mouse Inspired
Lemon Drizzle

With my business being cake based, I’m finding it hard to attract the customers in. I’ve had good statistics of who has seen the posts and pictures but not many people have been enquiring. I mean I know I have just started off booking people in, I just thought people may have questions. For example; Do I make gluten free cakes? 

Haribo Cupcakes

Tonight, I have thought of an idea to attract people to definitely want to be more involved. I uploaded a post asking if anyone was interested in participating in a competition. This included winning 4 free Cupcakes. 

Baby Shower Cupcakes
Baby Shower Cake

I thought with the post including the word free, that most people would be like a swarm of flies on a cats dinner. Pardon the disgusting phrase haha!

Anyway, the post didn’t get so many people into it. The competition isn’t official I just wanted an idea of who would be interested. A few people commented but not as many as I’d hoped. 

This has all got me a little down at the moment as it’s completely knocked my confidence. ūüėĒ I am usually a creative person, but I can’t think of much else to get there attention to start it off. 
Has anyone got any ideas that they wouldn’t mind sharing with me? All will be appreciated! 
Thank you Guys x

Hope you’ve had a wonderful day. 

Cupcake Day 

So on the 16th June it was Cupcake Day in support of Alzheimers. I decided to join in as I love baking!!

This isn’t a charity close to my heart but it is to a work colleague so I did it for her. She’s rubbish at baking haha.


At first I just didn’t have any clue on how many cakes to make. This is because I don’t have many friends or family who eat cake.

So I decided to make 3 batches of 12 cupcakes. I tried to get as many ideas in my head of which ones to bake. These cakes needed to suit a very wide range of audience.
I decided on making;

  • Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and haribo sweets.
  • Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and maltesers.
  • Vanilla cupcakes with a sour cherry centre with plain icing and a chocolate drizzle.

I got in to work and put my cakes down ready to go round and hopefully sell as many as possible. Due to being in a different building most people had already helped themselves. Most of them were gone by 10am!

By the end of the day all of my cakes had gone and I had some at home left for family members.

I was completely shocked when I counted how much I had raised. A whopping £60!! Yet I was so worried no one would buy any!

I am so happy at how much everyone had supported me. My boyfriend included as he isn’t a cake fan unless it’s chocolate gateaux. He helped me raise as much money as I could and was such great support!


I find so much joy making cakes and I’d love to one day have my own cake baking business.