A sweet celebration



Tate & Lyle are celebrating 140 years of sweetness this year.  To mark the occasion, they created this colossal cake, which showcased family favourites over the last 14 decades and inspiration for the future.

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The 15 tier cake, created by the Tattooed Bakers.

The 15 tiers comprised of:

  • Future
  • Rainbow
  • Sprinkle
  • Chocolate lava
  • Red velvet
  • Black forest
  • Pineapple upside down
  • Baked Alaska
  • Carrot
  • Cherry
  • Eton mess
  • Royal icing
  • Victoria sponge
  • Fruit
  • Battenberg

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The cake was created by the fabulous Tattooed Bakers.  Nick James, marketing director at Tate & Lyle Sugars, said: “Cake has always been at the centre of every celebration and it’s clear tomorrow’s consumer will demand hyper-personalisation, with cakes tailored to their specific needs and desires. We look forward to celebrating the joy of cake with the nation for another 140 years.”


Here’s me and my daughter Phoebe. We were the first to be photographed with the colossal cake. All this fun before heading off to school. #welovebaking

The cake was on display at London’s King’s Cross station and I had to head down to see it.  Here’s a picture of me and my daughter with the cake.  The first 200 people who came down to view the cake were given a box of two delicious Galaxy Cupcakes – chocolate cupcakes with a galaxy swirl of buttercream, topped with pearls and a pipette of chocolate chilli ganache,  a special thank you.  Guess who was first in line?  Just guess!


As I tucked into my celebratory cupcake, there was only one thing to say to Tate & Lyle:

Us bakers couldn’t create the desserts, cakes, cupcakes and cookies without you.

Here’s to 140 more sweet years!





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Wherefore art thou

Just over 30 years ago, I went to Art College.  I’m sure I have mentioned this before in previous posts.  But for those of you who didn’t know, I spent two years fine tuning my artistic skill to no avail.  During this time I met some big personalities who have gone on to fabulous things in product design, theatre and fine art.  I’m in touch with a few people, thanks to social media.

I met up with one of my classmates from that time, fine artist Justin Bradshaw, who is now based in the centre of the universe for all things art, fashion and design; Italy. We hadn’t seen each other since college we still recognised each other (and apparently, I haven’t aged).  Over a full English breakfast and copious cups of coffee, we put the world to right.


We spoke about how the world of art has transformed, digital technology, being true to your work, inspiration and creativity.  It was a refreshing day for me.   It’s good for me to step out of the Delights Kitchen, every once in a while.  We even took in two local exhibitions near the University of Arts.


He paints – people, places, expressions and possessions.  I create cakes…that sometimes happen to be works of art.  I created this cupcake in honour of Justin.  A chocolate cupcake piped with chocolate buttercream, topped with a framed mini masterpiece. I was chuffed when he said it looked like a combination of a Jackson Pollock and a Monet.






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Back to Black

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Jacket – model’s own

Here’s my slightly different take on the Monogram Cupcake trend, which has been inspired by Sophia Mya Cupcakes.  For me, it’s more edgy and a step away from all things pink, pretty and fluffy.  The cupcakes are decorated with different textures of piped black buttercream, edible glitter, dragees, studs and metallic edible motifs.

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Celtic Cross Cupcake

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Black buttercream cupcake with a sting!

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Black Buttercream cupcake with love token heart

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Angel Wings Cupcakes


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You wait around for ages and then two orders for whisky themed birthday cakes come along at once.

Bob turned 75 this year.   His family wanted to celebrate with a cake.  I created a cake with an edible label of his favourite tipple, paying homage to ‘The Famous Bob’.  Now, little did I know what a great combination chocolate and whisky are together.  Bob’s cake was a rich chocolate cake, soaked with a sprinkling of whisky and sandwiched with a lavish layer of chocolate and whisky buttercream…delicious!


Tony turned 90 this year (is it me, but does a drop of the good stuff every now and then, give you longevity?).  So to celebrate, I created an alcohol-free bottle of Johnny Walker Whisky – rich chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream.



Both birthday boys loved their cakes.  From what I hear, they went down a treat.  And I get a new flavour to add to my repertoire.


Cheers, Tony and Bob!

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If you were a cake

I’d be Chocolatey Buns…which is about right?  What would you be?

Cake names

Share your cake name below (I dare you)…

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Pop Life


It’s time to celebrate! You can’t have a party without popcorn, right…
Trader Joe’s have recently launched Trader Joe’s Birthday Cake Popcorn. Described as a party in a bag, it’s here to make your day-to-day life, just a bit more fun, festive and equally delicious. This party classic has been juzzed up with a covering of sweet vanilla glaze and finished off with colourful confetti sprinkles.

What’s even greater about this ‘birthday cake flavoured’ treat is that it is made without using any artificial flavours or synthetic colour s, unlike some other ‘birthday cake treats’. Instead, the delicious flavour and colours come from vanilla extract and natural flavours. The sprinkles are coloured with black carrot juice concentrate, cumin and red radish powder.
Now, just when I am about to get super-excited and squeal with delight, I realise that this product is not yet available in the UK (if you know otherwise, hit me up)…It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.

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