April 24, 2017

Twelve festive cake and cookie decorating ideas from sugarcraft expert Lindy Smith

Don’t you just love Christmas? Once the shopping is out of the way you get to indulge your sweet tooth without any guilt, and can treat your friends and family to an array of incredible treats.

This month I’ve pored through a few of Lindy’s amazing books and selected some cakes and cookies to give you a touch of Christmas inspiration… Continue reading

Need cake design inspiration – then look no further than Pinterest!

Pin It Forward UK 2013I simply adore Pinterest, so when I was approached to take part in the Pin It Forward UK Campaign I jumped at the chance. Pinterest is a wonderful tool – its part mood board, part scrapbook, part social platform like Twitter but using pictures rather than words. I love how visual Pinterest is, I… Continue reading

50th anniversary – family create a golden wedding cake

A golden wedding anniversary is always a special occasion and a time of celebration, 50 years of marriage is a huge milestone and one certainly deserving of a very special celebration cake.  I created my first golden wedding cake  for my  ‘Celebrate with a cake‘ book. However when my parents decided that they were going to celebrate their own golden… Continue reading

Sugar and Spice: A Wedding Cheese Cake

There are wedding cakes and cheese boards but who would have thought of a Cheese Wedding Cake?  The familiar three-tiers but made out of the most mouth-watering fresh, natural, local cheese … Cheese Wedding Cakes offer a modern and delicious alternative to traditional cakes – and great for when your guests get a little peckish later in the evening.  Some couples will opt for both a Cheese Wedding Cake and… Continue reading

An Ideal Cause for Cake -The Marie Curie Cancer Care Blooming Great Tea Party

Creating cake really does give meaning to our lives.  There’s something about making, baking and cake decorating that puts everything into its natural and rightful place, a way of celebrating or just getting together – gathering to enjoy and smile, eat and share.  Sugarcraft is the perfect ‘icing’ on this experience – where we can capture our feelings and put them down in sugar.

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Wedding Cake Challenge Story, by Pat Cliffe

As an inspiration in sugarcraft, Lindy, and all of us on the team, love to hear how Lindy’s ideas and techniques have found their way into your world of cake decoration.  A little while ago we ran a creative writing competition and Pat Cliffe was one of our joint runners up in the ‘Amusing Cake Story’ section with her humorous tale of a wonky wedding cake. We thought you all might… Continue reading

Edible sugar buttons perfect for vintage style cakes

What is the secret of a successful sugarcraft design?  There’s certainly no set formula but design is not just something that catches the eye but also that pulls on the invisible, very personal soul strings of our memory … and so it is with buttons.

Do you remember twiddling the buttons on your childhood clothes (perhaps you remember your mother telling you not to!), or sifting through your granny’s… Continue reading

Baking and Street Market Inspiration in Taupo, New Zealand

On a recent trip to my parents home in Taupo, New Zealand, my mother took me to the most wonderful market. The Taupo Riverside Market is a weekly market held every Saturday morning. With a focus on bread, arts and crafts, free-range eggs, baking, second hand goods, Murray’s second hand books, clothing, carvings, Hugh’s hand made furniture, honey, flowers, coffee beans, photographs, natural beauty products… and so much more! A… Continue reading

Cookie pops or biscuits on sticks – what fun!!!

I’ve made cookies on sticks on many occasions as children, particularly, seem to adore the novelty value of eating a cookie as if it was a lollipop!  In my very popular  ‘bake me I’m yours…cookie‘ book I included two examples, with my favourite being my ‘up, up and away’ ballooon cookies – so easy to make and yet so impressive!

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Opalescent colour palette for mini cakes

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment” is a quote from Claude Monet, the founder of French impressionist painting, and yesterday I had to agree with him! I am sure many of you know that I love to use colour on my cakes, I like to try new combinations to see what I can create. So yesterday I set myself the challenge of using a colour palette that is… Continue reading

Matriarch & vegetable inspires winning cake recipe

We are thrilled to bring you the second of our winners in our ‘Creative Writing Competition’.  We loved this entry by Cecille Sia in the ‘Best Cake Recipe’ category.  Cecille is one of our international cake friends and customer! She is from Manila in the Philippines, she grew up here and says that her Grandparents were hugely influential in her life.  To us this story encapsulates what baking

Folk Artist Julie Arkell inspires winning cake!

We are delighted to share with you the overall winning entry from our ‘Creative Writing Competition’. Lindy was very impressed with the presentation of Rhu Srand’s entry, the detail in the story, and how Rhu was inspired to create this beautiful, and different, cake.   We admired Rhu’s attention to detail eg: the stitching , the research that went into the design, the ‘tweeking’ of the cake recipe… Continue reading

Royal wedding, sugar inspirations @ Squires

I’ve just returned from  a lovely day spent looking around the 25th Squires Cake Decorating, Chocolate and Sugarcraft Exhibition, Farnham, Surrey. It was wonderful to meet up with so many cake friends and such a treat for me to be a visitor rather than trader/demonstrator!!!

Unsurprisingly, there was a definite royal theme to some of the cakes and exhibits on display at the show. This large picture… Continue reading

Wedding Cake for Sex and the City 2

It’s not about the movie…. it’s not about SJP…. it’s not about who is Samatha’s latest squeeze… nor is it about the Manolos… it’s about the CAKE! Here at Lindy HQ we’ve been ooohing and aaahing over the recently released photos of the Wedding Cake created for the Sex and the City 2 movie, due for realease 27th May 2010. According to our sources, or rather what we’ve been able… Continue reading

A Wonky Raffle Prize at the School Fair!

Lindy generously donated the cake she made at Friday’s Wonky Cake Workshop to the John Hampden Infant School in Wendover . This is our local school and is where Lindy’s own children went many years ago. It is also the school that all of Lindy’s staff children past and present attend.  What a treat!

Pupils admiring Lindy's Wonky Cake before the May fair!