August 17, 2017

Cake Decorating Hen Parties – what fun!

I love teaching at cake decorating hen parties and always feel very privileged to be part of such a happy and joyful get together. Amusingly, when I mention this to my friends and family they look at me strangely. I guess hen parties sometimes get a bad press. However a cake decorating hen party is, by it’s very nature, quite civilised. Don’t get me wrong, the parties I run are by no means quiet and studious. Parties are designed to bring laughter, to be fun and help a group of girls, that may no all know each other, bond.

cake decorating hen parties with Lindy Smith

Cake decorating hen parties are always so much fun!

Without exception, all the cake decorating hen parties I have taught have been a delight to teach. They are often part of a hen weekend and one of a number of activities. I find the cake decorating hen parties I am involved with, often take place in large light and airy farmhouse kitchens or characterful period holiday cottages. Lindy’s Cakes is based on the Shropshire Herefordshire border, near Ludlow, so there are plenty of lovely properties to choose from. However as long as there is a table large enough to seat everyone, most locations will suffice. After all the focus is all about having fun whilst learning a few potentially useful cake decorating techniques.

cake decorating hen parties with Lindy Smith

Two participants very proud of their creations

Bride and groom cupcake decorating

Last Saturday, I was over at Ryton Grange, a wonderful old building not that far from Shrewsbury. The girls were connected via the military and had come from far and wide, to spend the weekend together. Their chosen cake decorating activity; bride and groom cupcakes, what fun! Only one of the girls had done any cake decorating before. I was therefore really impressed by what was achieved and how creative everyone became as the morning drew to a close. I’ve used some of the cupcakes the girls created on the poster below – aren’t they delightful…

Cake decorating hen parties by Lindy Smith

Bride and groom cupcakes to inspire

 

Cake decorating hen parties

If you would like me to run a similar cake decorating session for you, why not get in touch. And yes, I do travel.

Hoping you feel inspired and a little creative

Lindy

Gooseberry Streusel Recipe – a Summertime Bake

Gooseberry Streusel recipe is a delicious alternative to crumble and is an excellent way to help use up a bumper crop. To me it is a true taste of early summer. The recipe is easy to bake and simply delicious. Serve it warm as a pudding with ice cream or cream or enjoy a small slice with a cup of tea as a teatime treat. … Continue reading

Ideas for creating textures using sugarcraft cutters

“Ways of creating textures in sugarpaste please” is one of the most recent requests I have received from my students. There are, of course, countless ways to do this. I always like to throw something new into the mix, so decided to experiment using cutters and this blog is all about the 3 dimensional textures and patterns I discovered. Can I inspire you to experiment too? Here are some of… Continue reading

A Bauble Maker, A Colour Maker and Me – A Cake Decorator

Everyone has a story; my story includes a bauble maker and a colour maker, but what about yours? Have you ever wondered what it is about your genetic make up that makes you who you are? Do you sometimes wonder where your skills and talents come from?

My story has always intrigued and fascinated me. Over the years I have gleaned more and more details, but now, because of… Continue reading

Learn how to make edible gelatin baubles

Edible gelatin baubles, or bubbles if you prefer, are a really effective eye catching cake decoration. I know this as whenever I decorate a cake with these baubles, everyone seems totally fascinated by them. The visiting crowds of cake decorators at last weekend’s Cake International show at Alexandra Palace in London, were no exception, they seemed equally enthralled by the ‘bauble’ cakes on my stand.  The gelatin bauble demonstration I gave, received a wonderful response, a… Continue reading

The best chocolate drip recipe for decorating cakes

I am sure you will agree,  there is something quite irresistible about cakes that have chocolate dripping down their sides. They look simply delicious! Now may be this is because I’m a bit of a chocolate fiend but all I want to do is to take a fork and dive in!  Chocolate drip cakes over the last year or so have become increasingly popular, so when I was asked to teach… Continue reading

Tips on creating beautiful sugar embroidery patterns

‘Tips for recreating your beautiful sugar embroidery patterns please’, is a request I have received a few times recently. Everyone seems to love my ‘Fair Isle & Beyond’ set of mini cakes, they have even bought the embroidery grid embosser to enable them to have a go… BUT it seems some people get a little stuck on how to proceed. Let me help you out with a few… Continue reading

How to use a sugar shaper – sugarcraft gun

A sugar shaper, sugarcraft gun, sugar extruder, clay gun…is a wonderfully clever cake decorating tool known by many different names. It is a tool I wouldn’t be without! It’s part of my essential cake decorating kit. I have had one ever since I started decorating 25 years ago and now I have three. Why? Well I am hoping by the end of this post you will know. But first of… Continue reading

Girly Fashion Cake Inspiration plus Cake Decorating Tips

I simply loved putting this girly fashion cake together. The idea, as so often happens, came from a number of sources. Firstly Kate, who was my 1-2-1 student last Friday, she wanted to learn to doodle using a fluid writer. Secondly, the redesign of our Lindy’s Cakes website and online shop. This is a massive project! I’ve been adding photos to the new site to illustrate how I have used… Continue reading

Colourful Mandala Cake Design Project for Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine

I loved creating the colourful Mandala cake design that appears on the cover of the current issue of Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft magazine. I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to create this cake for the magazines special ‘colour issue’. As many of you will know, colour is my trademark. I love working and experimenting with colour and trying out new combinations really excites and inspires me. I… Continue reading

How and when should you use pastillage and what is the recipe?

When talking to my students in class or engaging in conversations with enthusiastic cake decorators on social media, I often find either no one has heard of pastillage or that they have, but they think it’s a paste that’s bit perplexing. The questions I’m often asked include:

  • What is pastillage?
  • How and when do should use it?
  • Where can I buy it?
  • How do I make it?

Pastillage… Continue reading

Find out more about cake designer Lindy Smith and her wedding cake book – Interview with Italian Magazine Casa Chic

When I was launching my wedding cake book last year, I was approached by the Italian magazine Casa Chic to give an interview. I always try to say yes to interviews as I know many people are curious to find out a little bit more about me and my cake designs. Interviews these days are usually organised through email and answering the questions fully and comprehensively takes time and consideration. I… Continue reading

Decorate a Heart Cookie for Valentine’s Day – super easy when you know how

I don’t know about you, but I love receiving a card and may be a chocolate or two on Valentines Day. Sending tokens of love on the 14th February is a very old tradition that can trace it’s roots back to ancient Rome.

simple yet effective decorated cookies for Valentines day

Simple yet effective, decorated cookies for Valentines day

Cake decorating – the pursuit of excellence or is ‘good enough’ good enough?

I knew that updating the Lindy’s Cakes logo and branding was never going to be easy but until this week I hadn’t appreciated just how tricky it was going to be. I’m working with a talented graphic designer but it’s tough as I’m feeling the pressure to get it right.

I made a comment to this effect on Facebook and interestingly one of the comments that came back said… Continue reading

Success and what it means to be a successful cake designer and decorator

“How would you define and describe success?” is one of the more tricky interview questions that Cake Central have asked me. I often receive requests for interviews but this is the first set of questions from an American cake decorating magazine and is probably the reason why I’ve never been asked this question before. It has got me thinking…

What is success?
The traditional view of success is… Continue reading

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