Lorraine’s party package

Lorraine is a long-time client of my mom’s so I only felt a tiny twang of performance anxiety when she booked me to bake cupcakes for her birthday party.

After some deliberation and weighing up all the options, I received an order for 60 chocolate cupcakes topped with Lindt & Amarula ganache, a malted puff ball and a rose petal or two.


Order confirmed, our conversation soon turned to my very famous courgette cake.  Or to be more exact, my version of Flora’s Courgette Cake, as featured in Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess.  I told Lorraine how all my clients’ reactions went from the initial “eeuuww” to “THIS. IS. THE. BEST. CAKE. EVER.” once then have taken a bite.  So she decided to order one too.


I was quite nervous about the outcome of the cake, especially because I’m usually around when people take their first bite.  But there was no need:  I got an e-mail this morning, singing its praises 🙂

Looking back at all my blog entries until now, I think that Flora Woods’s Courgette Cake has probably received the most coverage.  Of course, I added my own secret ingredients to give it the Cake Revolution stamp, and I developed an additional lemon curd topping (thanks Flora – your curd recipe is tops too!!), but I need to thank Flora Woods once again for giving Nigella this recipe and, in turn, inspiring me to bake something truly great.

I owe you one!

Triple Treat

The global credit crunch is much more than a motivation for us to tighten our belts and turn over our cents; new terms like “recessionista” have been coined in women’s glossies while  clothes swapping parties are becoming more popular.  It has even reached the party circuit!

So when my manager told me that she was planning to host a recession party for her birthday – complete with tombola table – I decided that the best gift I could give her was to bake her favorite cake.

But which cake to bake?

Now, Fridays are usually met with great anticipation at the office as I often bring any left-overs from the orders I usually get. And if I can single out one specific favorite, then it must be my adaptation of Flora Woods’s courgette cake:  I have personally witnessed how colleagues on diet finish their fifth or sixth slice!!

But I knew that there would be around 40 guests and one cake wouldn’t be enough.  So I decided to bake three ring cakes:  Aletta’s beloved courgette cake, a carrot cake and a lemon-granadilla cake.

From what I’ve heard the party was a blast and cakes were a hit, even if the cakes were never arranged on the stands as I had intended them to be displayed (and after strict instructions to the restaurant manager)!

cakes on stand