Chanel style handbag celebration cake Crawley Sussex

Posted by Mandi on July 9th, 2013









A commission came in from Crawley West Sussex for a cake in the style of a Chanel Handbag  and Heels.

This rather large Chanel Handbag Cake was made for a very special young lady in Crawley West Sussex who sadly lost her life at 18 to cancer and was for the celebration of her life along with a mountain of brightly coloured cupcakes.

Her love of all things bright, fun and girly was the order of the day and the skies above Tillgate Park in Crawley West Sussex were full of balloons as her family and friends said their goodbyes.

This cake was a fun one to make, just like the wonderful young lady whose life was being celebrated.  It was filled with a delicious vanilla sponge with strawberry and vanilla buttercream and covered in black fondant and hand crafted.  The chain was a bit of a challenge I can tell you but I think she would have laughed at this!

I wanted it to look as though she could just come along and pick it up!  The mauve dancing shoes were added as mauve is her favourite colour and I wanted this cake to be beautiful and a true representation of this amazing and courageous young lady.

The room was full of all her friends and family and was the celebration of her life that she had planned.

A truly inspirational young lady who will never be forgotten.

Mands xx




 The Hotel Du Vin in Brighton East Sussex was the gorgeous wedding reception venue for the Vintage Style 3 tier Wedding Cake for our beautiful bride Kim.

The bride and groom were getting married in their local Church in the pretty village of Falmer and then moving  on to The Hotel du Vin for an evening of celebration.

The sun shone brightly on Hove seafront and the whole of East and West Sussex was out enjoying the sunshine!

To compliment the bride’s vintage style wedding the cake consisted of 3 huge tiers with a cascade of handmade vintage style sugar roses, pearls and both blue satin and lace ribbons to match the bridemaid’s colour schemes.

The softly sparkling pearls and the cream roses fading from a dark centre bud to the paler outer leaves and dropping gently down the tiers made this a truly stunning vintage style cake.

The soft vanilla fondant was in a pale ivory colour to match the bride’s dress and was scattered with falling rose petals.

The bottom tier was a soft buttery madeira sponge filled with a fluffy vanilla buttercream and a strawberry conserve.

Tier number two was a decadent rich chocolate mud cake filled (rather generously!) with a rich and delicious chocolate buttercream beneath the fondant which is every bit as delicious as it sounds!

The top tier was a moist and lightly spiced fruit cake filled with fruits and my secret ingredient! The whole cake weighed a ton!

The cake design was inspired by Kim’s love of vintage and the bride was thrilled with the finished result!

It was an absolutely beautifully sunny day and very hot which was fantastic after the rainy weather we had been having during the week!

I thoroughly enjoyed making all the roses for this cake and guess what…. no daisies this week!

Have a great week everyone and it is all about handbags and birthdays next…

love Mands xx

Phew!! What a mad and fun month it has been for weddings and I have been baking and flying around East and West Sussex; what a globetrotting bunny I am!

The first wedding of the month set at the stunning Ravenswood in Sharpthorne, West Sussex was for a very large topsy turvy cake with a tea cup on the top surrounded by beautiful cupcakes and mini cakes all depicting a spring show of hand crafted sugar flowers and of course the obligatory 850 daisies!  I fondly call this my mad hatter cake and it really does fit well within The Ravenswood setting and the ‘innards’ were  sublime madeira cake with a fluffy organic vanilla buttercream and a strawberry conserve; it was iced with my very special fondant icing that really has the most wonderful taste.  The mini cakes were a contrast of madeira and fruit, which gave the guests something really different to tuck into.  The final embellishments in the form of the cupcakes was a dainty vanilla and zesty lemon sponge; fondant topped with a generous layer of buttercream that makes them extra special and yummy.

The bride and groom Claire and Paul had an absolutely fantastic day with lots of laughs and fun and as the bride was a school friend of mine it was of course an extra special wedding cake!  I must say that Claire’s choice of arrival car was particularly fantastic and for all you men out there it was a Ferrari, oh yes a Ferrari; now that is one classy lady 🙂

Claire chose to be married in their new outside venue and I was so pleased that the weather held for her, it really was a glorious day and I was so pleased that the sun shone down on them both.  I was informed that the cake went down a storm and there were numerous visits to the cake table to just taste a little bit more.  Those are words to a cake designer’s ears as cakes should really taste as good as they look.

So that’s it for this week all but keep checking back as I have some other yummy delights to share with you!  If I say yummy delights young Nell becomes very attentive all of a sudden…I wonder why 😉

Have a great weekend,



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