Image Brides Alchemy Editorial Shoot

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Having always been a fan of the chic Irish fashion and lifestyle magazine, Image, it is no surprise that it's sister magazine, Image Brides, has become my go-to read for following trends and finding inspiration in the wedding industry. It was hence a delight to have been invited to design a cake for an editorial in their current Winter/Spring edition.

Cascading Peonies and Ballyfin

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Every once in a while a cake deserves a little more attention than a photo and quick mention on Facebook and Instagram. I'm sure all cake decorators can recognise the delight when the loveliest of clients walks through your door with a fabulous vision for their wedding cake, a stunning venue and a dream team of suppliers lined up. Such was the case for a recent order for a peony cascade cake at Ballyfin.

Macarons – Rose and Raspberry Recipe

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Having found what macaron method works for me in my kitchen I am now addicted to making these beautiful treats and playing with flavours! So here I have decided to share some of what I have learned and what methods I use as well as a favourite recipe.

Vegan Chocolate Pistachio Cake with Raspberries

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My children love a family birthday and never let one pass without having candles on a cake! With my birthday falling just a few days after Easter this year I decided to bake a cake which was a bit more wholesome after the chocolate-laden weekend my children had experienced the week before.

Earl Grey, Lemon and Lavender Cake

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This cake was a winner when taste tested by my family, so much so that I plan to add it to our wedding and celebration cake menu, perfect for something a little different!

Clementine Cake with Star Anise and Cinnamon, Cranberry Curd Meringue Buttercream and Pistachio

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With Christmas around the corner we are inundated with images and recipes for all sorts of delicious baking so I thought I would add to the mix with this seasonal spiced Clementine Cake with Cranberry. I think it looks so beautiful with the subtle orange and pink tones from the clementines and cranberries further contrasted with some green pistachio macarons! It has a lovely moist texture and paired with the silky meringue buttercream, would make a lovely light alternative to some traditionally heavier seasonal cakes.

Botanical Glamour Styled Shoot

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I was thrilled to have been approached by Lovebird Designs to design a cake for a styled shoot at the beautiful Kilshane House in Tipperary.

Caramelised White Chocolate

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I can't remember where exactly I first came across caramelised white chocolate but having heard of it needless to say it was something that I had to experiment with. I mean the words alone: caramel, white chocolate, caramelised white chocolate...what could there be not to love!

Inspirational Shoot at Horetown House

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We were thrilled to be asked to design cakes for a recent inspirational…

Jenny Packham Inspired Wedding Cake-Design Inspiration and Process

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My style is naturally minimalist but I have always adored the exquisite beading of Jenny Packham bridal gowns which are simultaneously decorative and yet elegantly understated. For some time I have wanted to translate this into a cake design and with one of my cake resolutions of 2015 being to embrace more decorative elements a recent week off gave me the perfect opportunity.