Teddy Bear Cakes

Teddy Bear Cakes

Teddy Bear Cakes

Here’s some teddy bear cakes for you to admire! It’s national teddy bear day tomorrow, so what better day to show them off!

I’ll be filling this blog with inspiration, teddy bear tutorials and cool teddy bear cake decorating supplies for your homemade cakes.

First up we have this stunning hand painted cake by Time for Tiffin, Liz does so many awesome designs and this has to be one of my favourites! Mix up your edible paint using Sugarflair Paste colours and a touch of vodka or rejuvenator liquid!

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I stumbles across this cute design on Pinterest… I love it on there! Gorgeous pallet of colour on this one by Torty a la Myska.

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Personally I’m a big fan of those who go the extra mile with creativity on the board! The wood effect on this cake really makes it stand out and it can be created so easily with Impression mats and a little food colouring. Cake by Crafty Confections.

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This airbrushed cake looks so cool! I love the golden shimmer added to it! Created by passioni di zucchero.

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How about a nautical themed ted? This is simply beautiful by Bella’s Bakery. You can create realistic shells using a range of moulds and modelling paste. I personally love the shells and starfish mould by Alphabet Moulds.

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I can tell a Shereen’s Cakes & Bakes cake from a mile away, Shereen just has the most awesome way with colours! I mean how cute is this?!?!

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Romantic Ted! McGreevy Cakes has outdone herself with this one… gorgeous decoupage design. I’ll have this one for Valentines Day please! 😉

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Cute Teddy Bear Picnic Cake by The Cupcake Lady. Create the floating balloon effect using a strong wire or dowel… gravity defying!

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Tea Break for Ted! How adorable by Bake-A-Boo. Love the biscuits on the side!

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Julie Cains Cakes has always really stood out to me! I love Julies individual style of creating texture. Amazing to know: each piece of sugarpaste is rolled to create hundreds of fury spikes! Now that’s dedication from a talented cake artist!

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We love this wonderful design made by Marion Frost. The teddy on top was made using the Patchwork Cutters ‘Make a Teddy’ cutter! Fab ay!

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Again the last contribution to our blog is by Marion Frost over at Patchwork Cutters. Marion has used the large number cutters and teddy bear cutter from the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ set to create this simply stunning cake. Loving the daisy detail on the big 3!

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A cute simple Teddy Tutorial found on Pinterest.

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Check out this vid by Just Cake It on how to make a teddy! It just gives you the ideas to start practicing yourself and remember we have loads of goods to help you on our Online Store so feel free to pop on for the ‘live’ chat option too!

If you liked this blog you can check out our Teddy Bear Cakes Collection here for loads of goodies that will help you with your Teddy Bear Cakes! For more inspiration visit our Teddy Cake Board on Pinterest!

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Nurse Inspired Cakes

14 Nurse inspired cakes to get your heart beating!

It’s International Nurse Day today so here’s our Nurse Inspired Cakes blog for a bit of recognition to all those amazing men and women that heal us all, go the extra mile and keep our hospitals running smoothly. This blog is dedicated to you! A big well done to my Granny for dedicating over 20 years to nursing too!

Also a great read if you are doing a nurse or doctor cake soon… there’s some gorgeous idea’s.

1: I love the bandage on top of the cake… it’s so realistic!

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2: If you’re good at modelling people then this would be a fantastic idea!

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3: It doesn’t just have to be about cake…. include those nurse inspired cupcakes too!

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4: Don’t stick to conventional cake shapes… switch it up and go for a heart shape!!

Nurse Inspired Cakes

5: Love this cake and design… really simple but very effective. Use that football shirt tin for something different and switch to scrubs!

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6: So simple and effective, use modelling paste to get your hats and needles to set firm so you can stand them upright or add a little tylo to sugarpaste to create homemade modelling paste.Nurse Inspired Cakes

7: Giant Cupcakes are always fun to make. You can learn how on our Giant Cupcake Blog.

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8: Stacking up those tiers…. nurses need lots of cake so don’t be tight with it!

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9: A little different with the navy! Love the writing on this, it’s soooo neat!

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10: Give that nurse a cookie! Or several…. Nurse Inspired Cakes

11: For those newly graduated nurses!

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12: Clean, smart and elegant! Nurse Inspired Cakes

13: Nurse Cake Pops…cute or what!Nurse Inspired Cakes

14: The pasters on this one are great! Love the heart on it to…. Katrina you totally deserve this cake!

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Nurse Inspired Cakes

A huge thanks to all our nurses that make a difference every day and I hope this nurse cake blog has inspired you!

Check out some of our other blogs and remember if you are in need of cake supplies we have fast dispatch of over 2,000 products from cutters to cake boards on our online shop.

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Star Wars Cakes

Star Wars Cakes

12 Star Wars Cakes to blow your mind!

Here’s 12 fabulous, nerdy and down right awesome Star Wars cakes that WILL make you smile… if you’re not a fan of Star Wars we advise you turn away now and flip to another one of our cakey blogs!

Number 1:

Just look at thise awesome Star Wars Lego Figure Models.. all hand made! Lucky James!

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Number 2:

BB-8 has taken on a slightly new less spherical shape! I love the design behind this! To get that awesome shine on parts of the cake try using edible glaze.. it’s great stuff!

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Number 3:

I have seen these types with Marvel Comics & DC but this is really cool! A 4 tier stacked cake with everything you could ever want for your Star Wars themed party!

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Number 4:

This is some serious love for both Star Wars & hand painted cakes. Bravo Cakelava!

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Number 5:

Star Wars isn’t just for boys you know!? LOVE this Princess Leia Star Wars Cake for a twist on the usual!

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Number 6:

Star Wars isn’t Star Wars without lightsabers…

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Number 7:

Now this brings a whole new meaning to ‘Chewie’ Cookies!! Love it… Gingerbread men easily made into our favourite fury character, Chewbacca!

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Number 8:

If the Dark Side has cake, then count me in!

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Number 9:

Simply awesome… the force of the Jedi.

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Number 10:

Yes, the ultimate combo: Lego and Star Wars… I love the way they have covered the board on this one… cake design doesn’t stop with the cake!

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Number 11:

What a cool space effect this cake has got!? To get creative, use black icing whilst splattering bits of edible white food colour on top!

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Number 12:

This one is for next level Star Wars fans… Will you marry me Miss AT-AT?

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Hope you enjoyed our Star Wars themed blog. For more Star Wars Cake-Inspo check out our Pinterest board ‘Star Wars Cakes’ which is where we found all these awesome cakes!

Check out some of our other blogs:

Game of Thrones Cakes

10 Cake Textures You Will Love

Chocolate Orange Fudge Cake

8 Creative Ombré Cake Designs

8 Creative Ombré Cakes to admire!

Ombré seems to have grown in strength year on year, it’s now one of the most popular wedding trends of the past 5 years! You could say it’s timeless, working in with the latest colour schemes and I have to say with the elegance it brings, you can see why it has stayed at the top!

Here’s 8 designs that will melt your Ombré loving heart!

1. Dusky Pinks with a floral finish, a cute idea to match your bridesmaid dresses up to your cake to create a lovely cascade of colour throughout. We would recommend Sugarflair Dusky Pink Food Colour to achieve this gorgeous colour for you cakes.

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2. Lemon to bring the sunshine – I like this design, using either Royal Icing or Buttercream depending on your preference add for an inviting simplicity taking us back to the rustic looks that have been so popular this year. A nice big hand made sugar flower to finish it off…. now I’m not going to pretend that part is simple! We recommend Rainbow Dust Lemon ProGel Food Colour to achieve this sunny finish. Picture by The Frosted Cake Shop.ombre_cake3

3. A four tier stacked Ombré Wedding Cake with cascading flowers…. it’s a delight! Go for grapes, violets and lilacs to achieve this combination.ombre_cake2

4. Creating Ombré Cakes with Daisies. This would make a really sweet Birthday Cake. Try using the PME Daisy & Marguerite Plunger to create your flowers in fondant, colour in turquoise to achieve your finish. Flowers will be big for Spring 2016!ombre_cake4

5. This Mint Dream is one of my favourites, using an airbrush they have created a stunning Ombré design and finished with Royal Icing and a stencil to create the ever so slightly embossed detail on the side. Fresh and Floral. We love it!ombre_cake5

6. Add some sparkle to your Ombré, don’t limit yourself, try cutting your hearts and getting some edible glitter to dip them in before attaching them to your cake design. This design is so satisfying but patience certainly needs to be your forté.ombre_cake6

7. Pretty and Pink Ombré – Why stick to just the outside of the cake when you can have it all! Use good quality food colours like Rainbow Dust ProGels or Sugarflair to ensure your food colour is bake stable and then split your mix baking the layers separately to achieve different depths of colour. To create darker layers just add extra food colour…simple! The Rose swirl finish on the outside finishes this cute cake off perfectly!ombre_cake

8. Our lovely customer Gemma from Hassalls Hand Baked Heaven, created this Smash Cake for a 1st Birthday and shared it with us on our Facebook Page! This simple airbrushed cake with handmade bunting really jumps out at you. That blue is beautiful! ombre_cake7

We would love to hear what you love about Ombré and which cake is your favourite. We love the Ombré designs that are set to be huge again in 2016!ombre_weddings

 

 

10 Cake Textures You Will Love

10 Cake Textures You Will Love

So texture isn’t just about the inside of the cake these days, it’s about making something unique, impressionable and down right gorgeous! Here’s some of our favourite ways to use textures to impress when cake decorating.

1. Rustic Royal Icing – Give these designs a go, using a palette knife with a royal iced finish, alternatively you can also do these designs in buttercream if you are not wanting a completely white finish… pretty them up with sugar flowers for details. You can get Royal Icing Mix and all you have to do is ‘just add water’.

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2. Ruffles & Sequins – Yes, it is technically two techniques but my gawwd they go well together! Check out Kara’s Couture homemade sequin tutorial for an easy way to create your very own edible sequins in the video below!texture1

3. Wood Effect – There’s many ways to create these types of texture. I love this one by Ella’s Celestial Cakes. On this awesome cake Ella has created textured buttercream rings on top and modelling chocolate bark on the sides with air brushing and hand painting. You can also get hold of impression mats that will do a lot of the hard work for you!ellascellestrialcakes

4. Mini Texure – Utilising your scissors can create an really sweet leaf effect for your Christmas Tree’s… cute toppers for cupcakes and Christmas Cake details. Don’t write off the equipment sat in the kitchen already!texture

5. Glitter Texture – A great way to make your cake shine! Be sure to use edible not non toxic glitters on your cake to stick to health & hygiene guidelines. Rainbow Dust do a 100% edible range that works great! I love what Kara has done with this simple and fun Halloween Cake!

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6. Polka Dot Texture – Now there’s a really long and boring way of planning polka dots out that takes hours of frustration… OR… and it’s a big and awesome or… Use the FMM Press Ice, they do all the hard work of measuring for you, all you have to do is pipe a spot of royal icing to finish it off! Check out the how to tutorial below if you like the idea of this time saving technique.polka_texture

7. Knit Texture – Love this texture design, a great one although a little fiddly.  There’s always the easier option… use an knitting impression mat instead!texture_knit_weave

8. Lace Textured Cake – This is a hand piped lace cake with small ruffle detail. Lace has been huge this year and you can see why with this simple, yet elegant effect!bobetteandbelle

9. Elegant Brush Embroidery – Ok ok, if you haven’t checked out how to do this yet please see the tutorial I have included by SweetAmbs… It’s the best thing since sliced bread or rolling pins to keep it cake orientated!! Brush embroidery is done with a brush and royal icing, once dried you can highlight in metallic edible paint for this rather royal, gold finish.brush_embroidery_texture

10. 3D Triangle Texture – This effect is really pretty, taking a simple circle and folding it in to a triangle. Use a little bit of edible glue to attach your shapes and voila!! I would recommend using a bit of Tylose Powder with your fondant when doing these, it helps the fondant to dry firm and stops your shapes sagging! textures_preciouspeggys

On our Facebook Page we asked our customers to show us some ways on how they’ve been creating textures on their cakes and I have to say they’ve done such a fantastic job!

Cake below is by Daisychains Cakes – There’s loads of textures on this cake, using an airbrush to create a fur finish and the grass nozzle tube for piping the grass on the board! Just look at those eyes!!

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Cake below by Fancy Cakes by Linda – Using the FMM wood embosser, Ceri has created a textured finish to her fence and bird box! Cutter are available to create the bird house and fencing… much easier than doing it all by hand!

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Cake below by Hassalls Hand Baked Heaven – Gemma has used a number of cake tools as well as the stitching tool to create the realistic leather effect of the super fun Doc Martins cake, just too awesome for words if you ask me!

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I hope you enjoyed this 10 Cake Textures You Will Love blog! For more textured cakes check out our post where are fans shared their designs!

Happy Baking Lovelies!

Using FMM Tappits

Using FMM Tappits

Using FMM Tappits

There’s lots of different types of tappits available from FMM Sugarcraft and in this blog we are going to share their handy downloadable PDF with you as well as sharing some tips we have picked up when using FMM Tappits and some beautiful example cakes of using our favourite Block Alphabet Tappits.

We’ll start you off with using FMM Tappits by FMM Sugarcraft.

Tappits are a unique way of creating decorative designs and lettering to suit all levels of sugarcrafters from beginners to advanced. It is an easy way to decorate and complement cakes for all types of occasions. To achieve good definition it is advisable to use a good quality flower paste. Dust a non-stick board lightly with a little cornflour or cornstarch, then roll out a strip of the flower paste in the chosen colour, very thinly, as you would for flower petals. Place the strip running top to bottom on the board and lightly dust the surface with cornflour/cornstarch. Select the Tappit, placing the cutter across the strip:

(Illustration A)

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Using FMM Tappit Tutorial, the font printed here is The Old English Alphabet Tappits.

 

Press the Tappit firmly onto the paste, move the cutter backwards and forwards to get a clean cut. Tilt the Tappit towards you and peel off the excess paste.

If you are using a design Tappit, before releasing the shape gently press down on the design using a finger dusted in cornflour/cornstarch or a piece of sponge foam: this will pick up the embossing fine detail from the cutter. To remove the design, hold one end of the cutter tapping the other end firmly on the edge of the board/table to release.

(Illustration B)

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The shapes can be attached straight away to the cake and secured using edible glue. To achieve a two-dimensional effect the design/letter pieces can be dried and used as free-standing decorations. Use royal icing or softened sugar paste to secure in position. Additional colour may be painted onto the dried Tappit designs using a selection of paste or dust colours mixed with a little clear alcohol.

Our current Tappits are as follows:

We’ve linked all the Tappits to save you time finding more information. This quick link will give you further tips & advice as well as a great price for you to buy them. Those not linked are not currently available from PartyAnimalOnline.

Download FMM Sugarcraft PDF to print it up > HERE

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Top tips for using Tappits… roll your flower paste thin!

Using FMM Tappits

Tips & Advice from PartyAnimalOnline & Fans

If you struggle getting your modelling paste out of FMM Tappits try these really great tips and never struggle again!

1.  ALWAYS use Flower / Modelling Paste or treated Sugarpaste with Tylo (Approx 1tsp to 250g & wait 6 hours)

2.  Roll your paste thin… you need to be able to see through it almost!

3.  Dust a light lustre of Cornflour on your cutters and paste before you cut. This stops the paste from sticking.

4.  Once you’ve rolled your paste thin, walk away and pop the kettle on if you leave it 3-5 minutes before cutting it releases so much easier!

5.  If all else fails then the TOP TIP is to put a layer of cling film over the paste before cutting, cut your letters and then remove the clingfilm, it acts as a barrier making it impossible for the paste to stick to the cutters!

 

Examples of FMM Block Tappits by PartyAnimalOnline Customers

Click on the pictures to see more of this wonderful artists work. In each picture the lettering used are the FMM Block Alphabet Tappits.

Cakes by She Who Bakes
Cakes by She Who Bakes

 

Cupcake by Victorious Cupcakes.
Cupcake by Victorious Cupcakes.

 

Mayo Cake by The CUP Cakery
Cake by The CUP Cakery using FMM Block Alphabet Tappits.

 

Cake by Cakes and Toppers by Charlotte using FMM Block Alphabet Tappits.
Cake by Cakes and Toppers by Charlotte using FMM Block Alphabet Tappits.

 

Cake by Judy Ryder shared on our Facebook Page using FMM Block Alphabet Tappits
Cake by Judy Ryder shared on our Facebook Page using FMM Block Alphabet Tappits

 

Thanks for those who shared your wonderful cakes with us! We hope this blog helps you make the most of your Tappits!

National Cake Day November 26th

National Cake Day November 26th

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Well today is National Cake Day! I’m so glad we have a national day for cakes… I mean it is one of the better ones… just for clarification it means all cakes consumed on the 26th November are officially zero calorie content, I mean it’s National Cake Day, right, as much cake as you can stuff in your face…. Well that’s how I perceive it, I think it’s good logic!

To celebrate this years National Cake Day we’ve been asking you to share your favourite cake on our Facebook Page and telling us just why you love them so much. I want to share a few of our favourites so far with you, there’s so many to pick from so we’ll list a few so you can drool and dribble just like we have!

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Funky Mamas favourite cake they’ve ever made! Fantastic design and a wonderful contribution to National Cake Day! Bravo!

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The above cake is Cupcakes By Julie’s favourite cake ever made!! I can totally see why… this is a cake for those who love cake & wine….. what a fantastic combo! Julie’s customer was over the moon with this creation, she could hardly believe it was a cake!

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You can’t have a bigger reason than to choose this cake as your favourite when it’s your very own Wedding Cake made with your own fair hands! Michelle’s extra special cake for a wonderfully special day. Made by JakeyBakeyCakey

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Above Photo “This was my ‘proudest’ cake – for a wedding in the magnificent York Minster “- By the extremely talented Fiona Edden from Feendish Delights – Fabulous addition to our National Cake Day Shares!

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“If you ask which is my favourite – this giant burger cake for my son birthday is the best ever because it make him really surprised and happy. All he wanted was a normal burger, but i made this!” by Raja Halida Raja Shahdan – National Cake Day should bring Joy & Happiness and this picture certainly sums those feelings up!! Now that’s what cake is all about!

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Izzy’s Cakes favourite ever cake is this gorgeous looking Peter Rabbit Cake! Stuuning!

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“Hello, sharing my Mothers cake, a mix of matching cupcakes and larger cake with lace. Family cakes are just as important and I love to add my own personal touch and love into them.” by Ann from Madiapple Cakes – Family Cakes are always extra special and this one is particularly beautiful!

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The above cake was made by Maries Bakehouse  we asked her why this was her favourite cake… “This was the Up House I made for a wedding last year. Battled in very hot summer weather with buttercream and ganache that wouldn’t set, but enjoyed every single minute of making this one” – Marie. Bakers everywhere have gone through hell & high water to create their fantastic cakes and nothing holds them back! Well done Marie!

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Cakesakimbo’s favourite cake is this amazing Alice In Wonderland Cake. Here’s some background by Andy… “I made this cake in September, it was my first tiered cake, it came second in our local cake decorating competition and I just love it” This is just amazing for a first ever stacked cake! Wicked cake to share on National Cake Day!

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Wow a fantastic mythical unicorn cake by Cakin’ Faerie – Cake Design and Decoration – “My fave cake has to be Emily’s Unicorn from earlier this year – totally out of my comfort zone and first cake coloured using only the airbrush” – Suzanne Readman from Cakin’ Faerie. I just adore the airbrushed effect it gives such a realistic finish to cakes! Amazing!

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National Cake Day isn’t just about pretty, girly cakes it’s about appreciating the sheer talent and time put in to each individual cake and my goodness this gory, zombie cake sure has that!! Here’s what Zoe had to say about her favourite cake…. ” This is my favourite so far! He stood about a foot and half tall. There’s so much detail to this cake like a missing piece of skull with visible brains, shredded finger nails on the severed hands, popped out eyeball to list only a few but you have to check out the close up photos on my page! I had way too much fun but in order to get the details accurate my internet history looks REALLY dodgy!!” – Posted by Zoe Wynne at The Cake Junction – Hahaha I bet Zoe… now that’s one hell of a cake!

We’ve included the links to all these very talented artists on the posts so if you fancy seeing more of their work, pop by their Facebook pages.

Thanks for all the fabulous shares! We love seeing your work and seeing what you use our cake decorating products to create!

Happy National Cake Day lovelies xxx