Almost a week later and, much to my husband’s dismay, I am still swooning over the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a love story which proves fairytales aren’t just for little girls. I must confess though, I am an eternal romantic. Watching a beaming Meghan walk down the aisle towards her happy ever after, her charming Prince waiting for her, never letting go of her hands, reassuring her every step of the way, ah man it just makes my knees go weak. But then again I also completely fell head over heals for the epic love story of Jack and Rose on the Titanic, even though I’ve had pimples last longer than their relationship. But ever since I could remember I’ve been that girl who believes in love at first sight and happy ever afters and I am lucky enough to have experienced it myself. Although I have been teasing him all week saying, “if only you loved me as much as Harry loves Meghan” the truth is my husband is my real life prince charming and every day I get to live our happy ever after.

He on the other hand is such a party pooper, an Anti-Royalist who sees no purpose for the monarchy in our modern day society and who heartbreakingly doesn’t believe Jack and Rose’s relationship would have lasted two seconds off the ship. Is the monarchy relevant? I think the millions of people lining the streets of London and tuning in to watch the royal wedding proved that they are very much relevant.

We actually couldn’t believe how excited everyone in our own Mother City was to watch the wedding and host Royal High Teas at their home. To celebrate we decided to do limited edition cupcakes, cakesicles and biscuits and boy were we blown away by the response to these, we even had two customers jokingly fighting over the last few biscuits on Friday so we worked until late on Friday night to ensure we had plenty for customers on Saturday. We were completely blown away when we opened our doors at 8:00 and customers were waiting outside to make sure that they got their Royal treats, but what we loved more was seeing all the pictures on social media of our customers celebrating with these sweet treats!

 

How did we celebrate? Well nothing says Royal more than Afternoon Tea at the Mount Nelson, so when I saw a Facebook notification pop up the week before the Royal Wedding, I thought this would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift for Tessa and I booked tickets to watch the Royal Wedding at the Mount Nelson’s famous high tea, while Mr Party Pooper babysat the Tasmanian Devil Toddler aka Annie.

 

Oh my gosh did we get serious Cake Envy, every single bite we tasted was out of this world top class confectionary. We had an amazing day filled with giggles and goosebumps as we watched the Royal Wedding, drinking bubbly and tea and eating the most decadent delights. It was a special day and I will always remember Harry’s wedding in years to come not only for the modern day fairytale that it is, but the memories we shared celebrating their love.


Our journey to motherhood is each unique, sometimes it catches us by surprise when we least expect it, sometimes it comes at just the right time in life when everything is in place, and sometimes the journey is long and hard with a lot of heartache along the way, but no matter the road we travel the moment we hear their first cries, the moment we hold them and get to look into their beautiful eyes is the moment our life changes forever, in that moment our purpose in life takes on a new meaning. Motherhood is a journey of sacrifice, selflessness, trials and tribulations, triumphs and failures all intertwined with unconditional love. It’s also in becoming a mom that we realise how much our own mom loves us, that we truly appreciate their worth.

Our moms are our first best friends, their unconditional love can be felt in every little thing they do for us, from kissing our booboos, cooking our favourite meals to tucking us in at night. They show us strength, love and vulnerability, they are there for us every step of the way, from our first words, our first day at school, our first heartbreak, no one will ever be able to take their place.

This Mother’s Day we got to spoil moms with a few sweet initiatives we were happy to be involved in.

Bostik wanted to give kids the chance to use their imagination and create a gift for moms that was extra special this Mother’s Day. One that had their own personal touch and charm, so moms would know just how loved and special they are. So, Bostik armed kids with the tools and set them off to work. Introducing the Bostik Mother’s Day Cupcake Project. Kids were asked to create the best cupcake they could think of using Bostik Crayons, Glitter Glue and Paint Twisters. Cupcakes were highly imaginative – there were tall cupcakes, skew cupcakes, cupcakes decorated with rainbow colours, and ones with never seen before creatures. We were thrilled to be involved in the project and brought the children’s imagination to life. The children were very excited to hand their gifts over to their moms. Some moms even shed a few tears. Everything is sweeter when it’s made with love and a little imagination. The Bostik Mother’s Day Cupcake Project was filmed by 7Films. Take a look; it will melt your heart.

We were also approached by CANSA TLC to donate a cake to the mommies in the children’s ward. They were going to be spoilt with a mini pamper session and cake and tea afterwards. We continue to support CANSA TLC and were delighted to be able to donate a beautiful Mother’s Day sheet cake to the mommies whose world have been turned upside down by this horrible disease. We wish and pray for a speedy recovery for each of the beautiful kids in the Tygerberg Hospital Paediatric Cancer Unit.


Finally we donated a bunch of treats for a Mother’s Day Breakfast hosted by Aidan’s Party Fairies for 35 grannies within the community. Have a look at their Facebook page to get involved in this local NPO who lends a helping hand to struggling families in the community.

 


We live in a time of sky scraper cakes where taller is better, where extreme baking has become commonplace and where social media continues to influence our daily choices, be it that smoothie bowl you saw this morning or the mud cake tower you saw this afternoon. For us nothing takes the cake like, well, cake but what do you do when you’ve created a multilayer beast and traditional cake cutting methods just leaves you in a heap of icing and crumbs leaving behind a Leaning Tower of Pisa?

A recent cake cutting video went viral for this very reason, offering us a solution to the messy business of cutting tall cakes. Shared by Katherine Sabbath, known for cakes as tall as they are breathtaking, it demonstrates using a long knife and a cutting board, supporting the entire side of the cake while cutting it and laying it down onto the cutting board. After that, simply cut vertical pieces of the tall cake before setting them down onto a plate or serving tray.

We decided to put this cake cutting method to the test with one of our own cakes. We chose a 15 cm (6 inch) Orange cake. We estimate the slices on this cake to be 8 to 10 slices using the traditional cutting method, but using Katherine Sabbath’s method, we were able to yield 16 delicious “responsible” servings of cake fingers using the cutting guidelines below.


For cleaner and smoother cuts, be sure to have a jug of hot water and a clean cloth, clean your knife by dipping it into the hot water, dry it with a cloth before cutting your next cake slice.

This cutting method works well at a party where other cakes and treats are also served, but the best thing about this is you can always get up for seconds and thirds! Here is a step by step video.