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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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