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The Skittle Alley Cake

So finally I’m here again to tell you about a wonderful place called Skittle Alley Coffee & Pantry. It was created by two wonderfully vibrant, lovely ladies who are conscious about where food comes from and how it is grow or raised.

The skittle Alley, adjoining the Black Lion pub in Hammersmith is transformed into Skittle alley coffee and pantry each day. It is a calming (even on a busy day!) eclectic place, where they sell all things beautiful, handmade and conscious. Things that are good for you and the world!

This wonderful little hub has such a creative and energizing atmosphere it is infectious!

They make the most wonderful juices, unusual teas and of course I have to say coffee! For lunch they make a mean avocado on toast, they sell delicious jams by Charlotte’s Artisan Preserves and handmade art is always on display. Everything they use or products they buy are lovingly and thoughtfully sourced.

 They decided to start a farmers market to bring even more goodness to this little oasis. Raw milk and meats from Gilcombe Farm, Artisan breads by Sally Clarke and Organic fruit an veg knowing where their food was coming from and being able to talk to the people who produce and grow them.

They made me feel completely at home when I nervously arrived with sample box in hand. I knew I wanted to be apart of their market as soon as I turned the corner and saw the dark blue grey low building with red tile roof.

Everything I looked at I fell in love with. Them, the tea towels, the shelves of wonder (delicious looking jams and chutneys, beeswax paper, seaweed spices, teas)  the ceramics, the coffee and the shed, where the stunning Little Lake Flowers resides. So I was ecstatic when they said they would love me to join them!

So I was recently looking at my phone at some old pictures and I realized it’s been a year!

A year since they said yes, so I thought I really want to say thank you! It’s such a joy to set up my stall there each week. I’ve met such great people, everyone who works there or comes by are so lovely and have really not just me supported me but each other.

And so begins The Skittle Alley Cake…

The sumptuous cushions handmade for them by Floating Island.

The handmade tiles by Gemma Orkin Ceramics.

Gorgeous hand dyed shibori apron from A Life Less Ordinary.

The rustic red tile roof next to the deep blue/grey brick work.

Creating the cushions first as they are the first thing you see when you step through their doors so of course they will be the focal point of the piece.

A mini Skittle Alley begins to emerge.

The vintage Blue basket that contains the bio-dynamic eggs from Brambletyne fruit farm on a Saturday.

  I think I have managed to capture the purity  and naturalness of the tile pieces.

The magic of the Alley makes the eggs giant!

The ceramic tiles make a great representation of the Alley on a farmers market day. Children and dogs run around, people laughing and chatting in the sun. Its such a community and always a great vibe.

I have a bit of an obsession with little versions and big versions being next to one another!

 The marvelous blooms of Little Lake Flowers, always brightening the corner of the alley with their wild flowers and who could forget the delicious and most welcoming (on those cold early mornings) Ozone coffee….mocha coffee beans anyone.

When all the inspiration comes together!

There was such emotion in the air once I had surprised them. They are just so sweet they kept saying we need to thank you! But they make this place and I am so happy they let me become a part of the vision.

The beautiful and talented duo Lyndsey and Georgina.

Come and pop by for a lovely chat, peruse all the beautiful pieces and grab an organic juice to go with that avocado on toast!

Skittle Alley

Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 12 noon

Saturday 9 am – 1 pm (farmers market)

Number 2 South Black Lion Lane W6 9TJ

The Frozen New Forest Cake

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When Emily told me that she needed a delicious piece of art for her friend Lyndsey who would be leaving them all to teach music at a school in the middle of the new forest I was enchanted!

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I could see this vivid new forest cake in all its green and lush splendor in my head, it would be vibrant and whimsical with little woodland creatures. Then she said she was obsessed with the movie Frozen and my forest froze over!

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The vivid greens turned a stark blue and everything was dripping in ice crystals.

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I needed to achieve a balance in this frozen world. Lyndsey is a warm person who loves to teach and share her passion for music with her students so I needed to keep a warmth through the blues and whites.

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In blue hues I recreate the iconic Frozen castle and grand staircase in which all the students can take refuge when the winds start blowing and the snow falls. Here Lyndsey will teach her students.

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She sweeps past the fountain and sits at her grand piano, the soft notes carry through the frozen forest and her beloved tulips dance in the crisp air.

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The great pine trees sparkle and gleam in the morning sunlight, blue ice crystals hanging from the trees send streams of light across the forest floor, which is painted in her favorite food shops stripes (a little inside joke to keep her smiling all the way home)!

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A monochromatic blue toned landscape.

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I hope the Lyndsey is still enjoying her new life and that it has a little bit of the magic that I created in The Frozen New Forest Cake!

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The Secret Garden Cake!

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I loved the movie The Secret Garden as a child, I haven’t read the book, but I am now about to order it! I always wished that I could have been apart of that magical world. The scary but intriguing sprawling mansion and those beautiful grounds, finding that ornate key, following the cute little robin and delving into the untouched walled garden. Oh to be a child again…..

So when Emily asked me to make her a cake for her husband Ben whose a landscape gardener, well now, what a wonderful way for me to revert to my childhood reveries of cobbled pathways leading to enchanted nooks and ponds with lily pads and perhaps a few fairies!

Ben spends his days creating beautiful havens for others to while away their time, but he and Emily haven’t their own little oasis to escape the big city. How perfect to be able to build a miniature realm for them merging all the things he loves!

Yoko Ono – their cat, who Emily enthusiastically mentioned wiggles her bottom! Football, particularly Arsenal, being a DJ and also the people who would be gifting him this creation.

So here we go again, not with the ordinary, but with the magical, the fantastical, the extraordinary world of edible art!

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I wanted to place the names Dad, Rosie and Will as though they had roamed the place themselves and etched them in the wood and stone.

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I really wanted to keep the essence of this cake quite pure and true to the movie so chose an ambiguous reference to football, the stepping-stones in hexagons and pentagons!

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I wanted to keep the realism of the world so the only way for me to create the tree and ivy bush was to cut the leaves out individually!

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Yoko Ono and her wiggly bottom!

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Painting the fondant brings life to the pieces I make, this is my canvas so the layers of light and shade need to be purposefully thought out.

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I could just imagine Ben pushing Emily on the swing he made for them right after they carved a message of love into their tree!

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Every detail is a moment that could have existed, perhaps somebody labored over a fire, painstakingly forging the iron work to create beautifully unique handles and hinges for the wooden gate leading to this hidden world!

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once everything is completed there is but one thing left to do…..

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I wonder where this quaint little pathway leads at the bottom of the garden.

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Yoko Ono took pride of place on the swing with her Arsenal coloured collar!

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Two fish in the pond, one each for Mr and Mrs Pike!

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Music notes gently swaying in the breeze, for Ben’s love of being a DJ.

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Oh and here is one last extra treat, a time-lapse of me building the delicate garden, filmed by the talented guys at New Road Collective, hope you enjoy!

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The Lucie in Wunderland Cake!

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I always love making cakes for people, I bake a lot of cakes, but when someone wants something a bit special that’s when the fun begins (Well some stressful moments as well)!  An ambiguous list of Lucie’s likes given to me by her friend Tanya was the beginning of this creation.

Funny German words, netball, writing lists, wine, the place where her sisters live – Oz and the nickname dog. OK, so this had me worrying just a little. How do I make this work without throwing a netball, bottle of wine and some lists onto a cake? You somehow (Talks with Tanya, having a peek on pintrest, working with the knowledge you only have a few days to do this!) stumble onto the idea of creating a Tim Burton/Wizard of Oz/Alice in Wonderland bespoke world for Lucie.

As for the cake itself, I was told she likes chocolate (Really, why wouldn’t you!) but she also likes something a bit lighter in flavour and with the feel of this cake I thought that I would make her my zesty crumbly lemon drizzle cake with spicy fresh ginger buttercream.

I could just picture them all having fun and laughing together whilst Tanya takes Lucie on a little voyage around Wunderland!

And so it begins…………

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Painting the fondant pieces for me gives them a dream like quality and depth that reminds me of watching Alice in Wonderland as a child. I think detail is everything, even the smallest detail on the simplest cake can change the whole feel.

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Yes this spider does stand by himself! He didn’t quite make it on this cake though, 8 inch’s is not a lot of room. I may have been slightly over zealous!

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The best bit…….Cake iced, set made, time to put this delirious world together!

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When I’m placing the pieces I always just work by eye, I know where I want things to go from my drawings but when it comes to actually working on the cake you really do need to go with the flow!

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The final piece……

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This was originally going to be green, I thought lush and forestry with a feel of Australia, but as my highly intelligent partner so rightfully pointed out I was thinking of New Zealand! Now I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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I had such a blast making The Lucie In Wuderland universe and when I brought the cake to Tanya her face said it all. I have a feeling Lucie felt just a little extra special that birthday!

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