Looking for a fun Easter activity for the kids? Why not whip up your favourite cupcakes and turn them into Hippity-Hip little bunnies. It’s easy peasy and uses just a few items and sweets from your local grocery store. We will show you how in our step-by-step tutorial below – but you can also pre-order one of these Hippity-Hip Bunny Baking Kits from our online store with all the dry ingredients and decorations already  pre-measured and pre-packed. Ready … set … let’s bake!

 

Bake your favourite cupcakes and whip up buttercream frosting.

 

Cut marshmallows in half diagonally, then dip the cut sticky side in pink sugar. TIP: Spray a little cooking spray on your scissors so the marshmallows don’t make your scissors sticky.

 

Fill a piping bag with vanilla buttercream, snip the end off and pipe a swirl of buttercream onto each cupcake or use a palette knife or butter knife to spread a generous amount of buttercream onto your cupcake

 

Cover the buttercream with white vermicelli. You can pat it down and shape the cupcake once you have dipped the entire cupcake into the vermicelli.

 

Add your marshmallow Bunny ears, use pink jelly beans for the nose, chocolate drops for the eyes and for the whiskers cut and use liquorice ropes to complete your Bunny Cupcakes.

 

Want to have even more fun? We’ve also got a fun craft activity for you, simply download and print the Easter Photo Props attached and get the little ones to cut them out and using hot glue, glue them to skewer sticks to make fun photo props for Easter.

 

Lastly, don’t forget TO HAVE FUN!

Lots of Love

Annie

 

DOWNLOAD EASTER PROPS PRINTABLE

 


This year we’ve turned to the classic symbol of Valentine’s Day, the iconic Conversation Hearts candy for our 2019 Valentine’s Day Collection. We love a fresh twist on a timeless treat and in true Tessa’s style have added a modern, cheeky twist to our Candy Heart cakes, cookies and cupcakes. From our feature cake, a modern Love Hearts mini drip cake with the option of personalising your own special message to your Valentine to our various sets of Conversation Heart cookies, cupcakes and macarons, we’ve made sure that there is a Candy Heart for everyone!

But of course we love being extra and as our Valentine’s Day gift to you we have created the sweetest Conversation Heart banner printables which you can use for art projects with your little ones, decoration for your dinner table, as a sweet surprise for your colleagues in the office or even as Instagram-worthy photo props! 

 

 

The instructions are super easy to follow and you can even get the kids involved in this DIY project. Simply cut out the hearts, punch holes on the left and right side of the hearts and thread your ribbon or string through the holes. If you’re using ribbon a nifty trick I have learnt is to wrap adhesive tape two or three times around the end of ribbon to form an aglet similar to the end of a shoelace. This will make threading the ribbon through the holes so much easier.

If you want to use the banners as photo props simply cut out the hearts and glue them to an ice cream stick or skewer.

 

We have created six sweet and cheeky sets of hearts, so whether you are planning a romantic night with your Valentine, spending your Valentine’s Day with the kids or kicking back with All Your Single Ladies we have all you need to make it memorable and to show those you love just how much you care.

 

Download the banners and assembly instructions by following this Dropbox Link or download them directly from this blog post.

 

 


It’s become a tradition that every year we host a Christmas Party for our friends as a way to share this magical time of year with them before everyone either goes away on holiday or spend their time with their families. We usually don’t get to see one another until New Year’s again so it’s a great way to get all our friends together and make it especially special for the little ones.

This year I decided to do something different because (a) I thought it would be more fun and festive, (b) I mistakenly thought it would be less work and (c) I was dying to plan something that involved Llama’s!

Whilst I am still very much on Team Unicorn, the enchanting creature trending since like forever, I think the Llama trend is giving this magical beast a run for its money and might just finally (gasp!) dethrone our beloved Unicorn. So naturally I couldn’t wait to plan something around this theme.

I set the table on our patio and we were lucky to enjoy great weather on the day. I loved the festive colours I was able to achieve with a bright pink runner, different coloured side plates and funky cactus drink jars.

I bought two colourful bunches of flowers at Woolworths which I placed in different glasses which we had at home. These colourful green and blue glasses belonged to Tessa’s grandmother and was brought down  from Greece and I just love them so much. Woolworths also had Mexican themed napkins for my place settings and I added some more colour to the table with colourful Christmas baubles I got at Checkers.

 

At each place setting I placed one of our decorated sugar cookies in different styles of llamas and cacti.


And of course our Falalala-Lama Christmas Cake featured as a centrepiece.

I went a little extra and made Pinata crackers for the adults which had a Mexican Moustache and mini bottle of alcohol in it for that extra fiesta feeling.

This was well received by our guests!

For the kids I got a plastic Mexican sarape table cloth from the party store as I knew they would be getting quite messy with their activity boxes and also bought them Llama crackers from Woolworths. I made each of them an activity box which included pages to colour in, a cookie painting activity, a cookie decorating activity as well as a craft activity and game. They really loved doing these activities and managed to keep them still for a little bit. I think they enjoyed the party most of all.

 

But of course what is a fiesta without food?! Whilst I thought making Mexican food would be easier than a full three course Christmas lunch, I was clearly kidding myself. I completely misjudged my timing and as we had our staff function the night before I wasn’t able to prep as much as I had hoped, but alas I am not perfect and in the end even though it might have been later than expected we all had a feast nonetheless.

Starters consisted of platters of nachos and hard shell tacos with some chilli con carne mince, tomato and peppers enchilada chicken, 7 layer dips, refried beans, salsas, guacamole and sour cream.

Our Gin Bar ensured everyone had a very Merry Gin-mas and if you look closely you will even see our little tree sported Gin filled baubles.

 

Finally it was on to mains which was Pulled Pork (Carnitas) and Fish Tacos. These came out much later and I don’t have the best photographs of them, but they were simply divine! It was the first time I made pulled pork which I cooked in the slow cooker overnight. Our friend Dane, who not only happens to be the graphic designer behind Tessa’s but also an amazing cook, fried the fish in a beer batter – and I must admit I felt a little hard done by that I slaved over the meals for hours and he ended up getting all the credit for his fried fish – haha just kidding.

Lastly we had Churros and chilli chocolate ganache and some Cruffins from the bakery which unfortunately I never got photos of!

But all in all it was one of the best fiestas I have ever had and many wonderful memories made both with our friends and our little ones.

To host your own festive fiesta we’ve created these fun printables which includes tags, place card or food tent cards, Christmas Llama and alcohol prints.

Download via this Dropbox Link or direct from this blog post.

 


We really love Christmas at Tessa’s and every year we dream up themes and cakes that we hope will help you create beautifully festive tables with scrumptious treats that everyone will be talking about for years to come. But before I delve deeper into our Christmas range and share some pretty cool printables with you, I have a confession to make – I suffer from O.C.D. – Obsessive Christmas Disorder – I have admittedly been planning Christmas, since before Christmas in July! I try and fool myself into believing it’s because we are in retail that I have to stay ahead of trends and research Christmas as far back as March, but deep down I know the truth and although I am super excited that December is finally here, that we have a cracking Christmas range, that the Christmas lights on the tree are twinkling in the background as I write this, and as jolly as I am for the upcoming festivities, a part of me is sad that it’s almost over, like I just don’t want it to end, ever!

When planning our 2018 range, I drew inspiration from the Nutcracker story which I love and decided to incorporate this into our theme this year. That it coincided with Disney’s release of their feature film this year was purely coincidental. We couldn’t decide whether to incorporate the traditional Christmas colours of the toy soldier or the pink hues of the Ballerina and in the end decided to do both settings because you know we are extra like that! So let’s start with our pastel pink collection.

If you suffer from OCD like I do and are wondering where we got our Nutcracker Toy Soldiers and decorations from, then you simply need to pop on over to Santa’s Warehouse and best yet, their online store is open all year long so you can secretly fuel your obsession without any judgement.

We have two beautiful feature cakes in this range as well as biscuits, cupcakes and cakesicles and a fun DIY Gingerbread House Kit. We chose light but very Christmassy flavours for our pastel collection, with a pink velvet cake with berry filling and a light vanilla cake with a delicious apple filling.

 

And if you are a lover of all things Pink as Tessa and myself are, or if your home is overrun with little princesses then our pastel range will be perfect for you and Mr Price Home have some amazing pink table decor and crockery to match.

But of course, pink is not for everyone and if you love the more traditional hues of Christmas then you will love our Traditional Nutcracker range.

Our traditional range has everything you could ever ask for in Christmas, from aromatic gingerbread flavours, an edible Christmas Village, tangy cranberries and boozy Baileys and a sprinkling of snow. Novelty biscuits and cakesicles make for the perfect table favours or treats for little ones while our feature cakes will certainly leave your guests talking about it long after their plates are empty.

If you are looking for table setting gifts for your guests then our Novelty Biscuits or Cakesicles make the perfect little treats and characters peeking out from a simple napkin fold.

 

But of course it’s Christmas, the season for giving, so this year we will be sharing a bunch of free printables with you to make your Christmas even more festive and memorable. Download our gift to you, a Nutcracker printable set consisting of two festive prints, name place cards and tags which will beautifully compliment not only your table but our cakes and treats too.

Dropbox Download Link 

So from all of us here at Tessa’s – have a cracking Christmas – ’tis after all the season to be nutty!

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Isn’t Christmas simply the most magical time of the year? A time for opening up our hearts, showing those we love how much we care and for creating special memories with them. But it’s especially magical for the little people in our life. There’s a Christmas quote I saw which I simply love which says, “In the eyes of children we find the joy of Christmas; in their hearts we find the meaning” and this year I am especially joyful to create many more Christmas memories and traditions with my little Annie. In the last few months she has blossomed into this beautiful curious little girl who simply lights up our life every single day with her little quirks, her adventurous spirit and the little things she does and says.

One day when she is older I want her to look back on her Christmas memories and remember the magic and joy not only of Christmas morning but the weeks leading up to it, how we baked cookies, put the tree up and decorated our home, how we shopped for our yearly Snow Globe to add to our collection, how we gave back to those less fortunate than us and how we excitedly counted down each day until Christmas.

So this year I decided to do an Advent Calendar to make each day of December leading up to Christmas extra special for her. Knowing how much she loves a good “suplise” I know she is going to love this year’s advent, but I wanted to share the DIY printable with you too and hope you will create wonderful Christmas memories.

In line with our Christmas theme we created a Christmas Village Advent Box, which can equally double up as a little favour box for your table setting. I loved the idea of incorporating the Bakery into our village which also boasts a Coffee Shop and Toy Store.

To start with print the template on plain white card stock paper. You may choose to do this on a colour printer at home or take the PDF file to a local print shop. I had mine printed by Jetline in Century City on 160gsm card stock. Gather required materials – a good pair of scissors, a glue stick, and a ruler or straight edge to score the folds. You can use a bone folder for scoring if you have one or simply pre-fold.

Cut the template out. Refer to diagram below. Cut lines are solid and black. Fold lines are dashed and pink.

You can now pre-score your fold lines with a bone folder if you have one and ruler or straight edge. Pre-fold the lines you have just scored and then flatten the template back out again.

Apply glue to the side tab. Cover the surface evenly. Line the tab up under the far side to form a box. At this point it’s a good idea to flatten the box and press along the seal you have just created to ensure it adheres well. To begin forming the base, fold up the rectangular tab. Next apply glue and fold down the tab that lies opposite to the rectangular tab. Apply glue and fold in one of the side tabs. Finally, apply glue and fold in the last side tab. Set the box down and use a long instrument to press down and secure the base tabs from above. You could use your bone folder, ruler, or the fat end of a pencil. Squeeze the tops together to form the peak of the roof.

To fasten the boxes I used miniature wooden clothes pegs which I bought at the craft store and painted red. I then used hot glue to glue the numbers onto the pegs.

The fun part was obviously filling the boxes with all the treats and gifts. For Annie’s boxes I bought felt tree ornaments from Little Wilds as well as a few tree ornaments from Typo, a variety of sweets and biscuits, some surprise eggs, toys and small Christmas figurines I bought from Wish, but for a more adult version I would suggest brownies and biscuits from our bakery, Nespresso Coffee Pods and chocolates for the Village Coffee shop and items like mini Funko Pops, key rings, nail polish and ornaments for the Village Toy Store. Once I had filled my boxes I fastened them with my pegs.

I simply cannot wait to very merrily count down the days to Christmas with my little girl and enjoy her squeals of delight at the opening of each Christmas village shop!

To create your own village download the attached templates. Enjoy!

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A few months ago I got to plan a very special baby shower for Lucia and my goddaughter Baby Leah as well as for my sister Leanne and niece Baby Gracie. Lucia’s baby shower was going to be at home whilst I was travelling down to Port Elizabeth for my sister’s baby shower. I decided to do the same theme at both baby showers – an earthy Boho theme with touches of pink and mint.

I sent out the invitations which I bought on Etsy digitally and used the same editable invite for both baby showers. I then set out to find beautiful Boho Dreamcatchers to frame the cake table with and bought two white dream catchers with touches of lace from No Negative via their Hello Pretty Store. They have some really great Boho macrame wall hangings, table runners and dreamcatchers and is the perfect place to shop at for a Boho inspired party. I added a few artificial flowers I bought from China Town to the dreamcatchers to give it a softer feel and set out to make DIY teepee centrepieces from an idea I found on Pinterest. I bought some wooden dowels from Brights, along with a grey chalk finish spray paint and hot glued my teepee together, sprayed it grey and gold and then decorated it with a variety of artificial flowers, vines, some glittery gold feathers and a small white dreamcatcher (which I bought off Wish). Both the dreamcatchers and teepees were gifted for the babies’ nurseries afterwards.

For the backdrop I used one of our dark wood photography backdrops which we had previously bought from the Backdrop Shop for our photos. I had a custom laser cut name made in a Boho theme with each Leah and Gracie’s names on. I spray painted Leah’s one gold. Custom laser cut designs like these are available to order from our store.

I wanted a very woody and rustic feel and so I hired wooden slices and cake stand from Happy Tree Designs. I also hired the Donut Stacker from them as well. I got coordinating printables from the same Etsy store which I printed at Jetline in Century City who do all our printing. The lace table cloth was one we already had at home and Mr Price Home happened to have Boho photo frames which I loved.

Once I had all the decor it was just a matter of choosing which cakes and treats we would make. We decided on a fondant feature cake in an ivory colour with the cutest fox and teepee toppers and touches of grey, pink and mint. The bottom tier was a dummy and the top tier was mommy’s favourite vanilla cake which she got to take home.

Also on the cake table we had two small 6 inch red velvet and chocolate cheesecakes which we decorated simply with macarons, fresh flowers and a touch of sprinkles.

We also made cake pops and biscuits in a boho theme. For the cake pops I had small laser cut dreamcatchers and arrows made which I hot glued onto the straws of the cake pops. The biscuits were packaged with a tag and were for our guests to take home as a little thank you treat.

 

To compliment the table we made a donut stack of our delicious brioche donuts with pink and mint coloured sugar glaze, mini bite size lemon meringues and bite size key lime pie bites. These are available on order.

Knowing that we were going to gift the feature cake to Lucia, Tessa arranged a sheet cake which we decorated with fresh flowers and berries as no one ever leaves our home without a box full of yummy treats!

For the mommy to be I bought a sash from Ginger Ray and a flower crown from China Town and hired a pink teepee for decoration and to keep all her wonderful gifts in with a printed banner with Leah’s name above her seat.

Mommy to be looked radiant when she arrived! We grabbed some snacks and drinks from the Mom-osa Bar and got comfy for the gift opening.

To make the opening of presents a little fun, I asked everyone to give me a childhood photo of themselves which I printed out and stuck on their gifts for Lucia to guess which proved quite difficult but fun nonetheless. Whilst Lucia was opening her gifts we played Baby Bingo with some great prizes for the winners.

We spent the rest of the afternoon chatting and laughing, and oohing and aahhing over baby stuff and had a really amazing time sharing this day with Lucia and just about everyone from the bakery.

Photography by our talented friend Sheena Henry Photography.

And then on 27th September this gorgeous little girl came into the world and made herself welcome in our hearts.

Welcome to the World Baby Leah!

PS: I used a lot of the same decor for my sister’s baby shower but a totally different look! Unfortunately I don’t have many photos.

I am sharing some cut files and printables with you which you can download at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3cd5kcvq5e6hihm/AACarlz4zmwyaUtTn4KWEZH_a?dl=0


I have always loved birthdays, not only mine, although I will openly admit to being that person who reminds everyone months in advance that my birthday is approaching, but more so I especially love making those close to me feel extra special on their day. It wasn’t however until I had our little Annie that I realized how truly magical a new life is and that birthdays took on a whole new meaning to me. I remember the day she was born better than any other day in my life, the anticipation of finally being a mom, the excitement when we woke up at 5 am to get ready for our scheduled C-Section. I remember listening to the music playing in theatre with tears streaming down my face as I turned to my fertility specialist and said don’t worry these are happy tears, and then the moment that took our breath away, that first cry, oh how I will never forget that very special moment, it was as if her first breath awakened something inside of me, something so fierce and protective but equally loving and kind. The day I became a mom, singularly the most important day of my life. I want her to always know how important she is to us, how much the day she was born means to me and how grateful I am to be able to call her my daughter and her birthday is just one of the many ways I can show her that, though at 2 she doesn’t understand the concept just yet, she will one day.

There is also a good chance I have a serious party planning addiction and I might even have another baby just so that I can do this twice a year! I just love the attention to detail, I love researching ideas on Pinterest and social media, searching through Etsy for party printables, shopping and crafting. It’s a creative outlet for me and I just love the joy it brings to my daughter and her little friends.

Annie loves Peppa Pig, in fact one of her first words were Peppa and I have genuinely picked up a hint of an English accent in some of her words, like the way she says Okkaayy just like Peppa does, so it was easy to choose her theme a few months in advance. I was also lucky that Peppa was coming to town the weekend after her birthday. So once I had the theme chosen the fun began.

When planning a party my Go-To is always Etsy which has a diverse range of party invitations and printables for every theme imaginable. I chose a custom invite from PartyHooray and sent these out digitally to all our family and friends.

I also have an obsession with photos and Annie’s 2nd Birthday seemed like the perfect opportunity for a family photoshoot with our very talented friend Sheena Henry, the photos she took were nothing short of amazing, little moments of time captured and treasured for the rest of our lives. Tessa had bought Annie the most beautiful pink floral dress when she was only a few months old and sent me the inspiration for her birthday shoot one evening, a picture of a little girl standing next to a huge floral number 2. I ordered a 1 m tall polystyrene number 2 from Hot Wired and found tissue pom poms at China Town. I spent a good day and a half ruffling the pom poms and hot glueing them to the number 2. I underestimated the amount of pom poms it would take to make this (a whopping 50) and had to make a return trip to China Town, but in the end I was super proud that it came out looking so beautiful. I used the number 2 on the photoshoot, the morning of her birthday as well as on the dessert table.

Keeping up with trends we made a Number 2 Cookie Cream cake for her “smash cake”.

A month before I started crafting some items for Annie’s Birthday Party. We had bought a Brother Scan ‘n Cut machine a few months before and I couldn’t wait to put it to use. I started by making Peppa Pig headbands for each of the little guests. I found pink headbands at China Town for only R3.00 and bought two shades of pink felt from PNA. After cutting out the shapes for the ears, I used my hot glue gun to glue the felt ears to the headband. These ended up being super cheap to make and I loved seeing the little ones (and a few moms) wearing them.


I made the Peppa Pig party boxes myself using my cutting machine. This took up the most time and effort but the boxes were really cute in the end. I filled them with all the usual party pack goodness and added a Peppa Pig Bubble Wand which I found at China Town and a small pack of colourful pens for the colouring book I got on Etsy.

I had initially bought a template for a Peppa Pig favour box, but the boxes ended up being too small to use as a party pack. I still used the little boxes nonetheless and filled them with some sweets.

Lastly I bought a backdrop and some Peppa Pig Printables and tags on Etsy. I also got a cute Peppa T-shirt from Subella.

Finally party day arrived! I set up most of the dessert table the night before, bar the cheesecakes which needed to be in the fridge as we were heading off to the show early in the morning. Annie absolutely loved the show. A few of her friends joined her as well and it was amazing to see them interacting with Peppa and jumping in muddy puddles.

I reused the fake grass from our Easter photoshoot as well as the picket fence border. I used my floral number 2 on the table and put up the backdrop (rather skew I must say) behind the table. I used an old wooden crate I had and repurposed Annie’s muddy boots from last year as a flower container and used some of her Peppa plush toys and duck bath toys for decor. I had a red polka dot runner which I used as well and then laid out all the incredible cakes and treats from our bakery:

This amazing two tier Peppa Pig Cake was certainly the show stopper.

I also had a Red Velvet Cheesecake in a pink Tessa’s style design with a 2D Peppa Pig Fairy on top.

As well as a Peanut Butter Cheesecake surrounded with Kitkats and topped with a muddy bath of ganache. We used some of Annie’s Peppa Pig figurines for the toppers on this cake.

Our talented team made some incredible cookies, from George’s Dinosaur on a stick to Mrs Duck in her pond as well as Peppa playing in Muddy puddles. We also couldn’t help but add some cakesicles to the table which was a massive hit with the little guests.

Before her party we had noticed a delicious new trend called Grazing Tables (do yourself a favour and go look it up). We attempted to recreate one and I must say it was beyond amazing and really such a hit with our family and friends. We packed our kitchen table from corner to corner with a selection of cheese, biscuits, dips, dried fruit, nuts, savoury snacks from the bakery like mini quiches, mini pies, spanakopitas and bought some phenomenal mini rootis, samosas and pitas from a friend’s aunt and then our guests did exactly as the title said, grazed all day on all this goodness.

Annie spent the day playing with her friends in the garden and in her Play House and we really all had such a wonderful day but sadly I have to pack away my party planning cap until next year.

If you are planning a Peppa Pig Party I hope you have as much fun as I did! I’ve put together a file you can download here with some of the Peppa Pig Party Printables I used.

Now go jump in muddy puddles!

Love, Des (AKA Tessa in Training AKA Tessa’s Daughter in Law)

 


I am so excited to be able to blog about our little Anastasia’s Magical Day. When deciding on a theme for her First Birthday I knew I wanted rainbows, after all she is our longed for rainbow baby, our ray of light after the storm. We struggled for a long time to have her and fought through several rounds of IVF, six to be precise, several rounds of disappointment and the loss of our beautiful twins. Our journey was hard, but the moment I heard her cry for the first time, the moment I held her and looked at her through teary eyes, I fell in love and in that moment she completed me.

So needless to say when I finally got to plan her first birthday it was no-holds-bar, I literally went the whole nine yards and while hubby grimaced at the sight of our emptying bank account, he simply let me be as he knew how much it meant to me!

I must admit that unicorns are my guilty pleasure, it’s no co-incidence that we have so many unicorn cakes and treats. I’ve loved unicorns since I was a little girl and now I get to be surrounded by them daily.

Annie’s special day was captured beautifully by our friend Sheena Henry Photography and as usual Cape Town Balloon & Event Company didn’t disappoint with a phenomenal rainbow balloon arch that was truly such a showstopper. I hired a glitzy gold sequin table cloth from Grand Style Hiring and our friends at EPRO Products made me the silhouette unicorn in wood which I then spray painted gold for the backdrop together with gold and pink Ginger Ray fans and being a baking family we have no short supply of cake stands.

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We chose four cakes for our cake table:

  1. A stunning two tier fondant cake, gold sequin bottom tier with pastel rainbow and a soft pink top tier with gold glitter unicorn silhouette topper. (R1,250.00)
  2. Rainbows and Unicorn Cake from our celebration cake collection, however we opted for a white chocolate ganache drip instead of the dark chocolate drip (R425.00).
  3. Sugarplum the Unicorn Cake our popular resident unicorn from our celebration cake collection (R450.00).
  4. And finally we customised our red velvet cheesecake with a pastel watercolour design rainbow icing, chocolate shards and meringues and a cake topper that read “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” (R395.00 excl. topper).

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We also had a load of fun making different unicorn and rainbow theme treats:

  1. We made Unicorn cake pops with pastel flower crown and used these awesome gold Ginger Ray paper straws (R25.00 each). Annie birthday party-76
  2. Of course we had to include our uber cute Unicorn macarons (R25.00 each).Annie birthday party-63
  3. We made a mix of chocolate, red velvet and vanilla cupcakes iced with pink, yellow and purple flower crown and Unicorn horns and ears (R28.00 each Unicorn Cupcakes).Annie birthday party-62
  4. Of course my favourite treat in the whole bakery has to be our Oreo and Caramel Popcorn Rocky Road and I customised these with a pink, purple and yellow chocolate drizzle (R18.00 per Rocky Road bar – I cut my bars into three)Annie birthday party-75
  5. Rainbow Rice Krispy Treats (R15.00 each)Annie birthday party-78
  6. Rainbow Fudge – these were so tasty and the recipe uses marshmallows and white chocolate in the fudge so it’s not too sweet but totally tasty and delicious, I coloured the fudge in layers of pink, yellow and purple (R12.00 each – again I cut my squares smaller)Annie birthday party-77
  7. Layers of white funfetti and pink coconut ice (R12.00 each)
  8. I filled a jar with rainbow coloured macarons (R12.00 each)
  9. I bought in some candy floss aka Unicorn Hair (R10.00 each)Annie birthday party-64
  10. I bought in the customised cookies from our Cake friend Delight Baked Treats and Sweets.Annie birthday party-67

I made little party packs for each of the kids using Ginger Ray‘s party bags from their iridescent range which I customised and filled with a few treats and Cristina from Little Wilds made each of the girls their own unicorn headband (these were such a hit with the girls who ran around pretending to be unicorns).

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There were so many other suppliers that made the day simply perfect, we rented a soft play set up from Giggly Jumpers and a little toddler roller coaster which Annie enjoyed the most of all, we also hired a carousel from Kiddie Rides and a carousel jumping castle and the kids really had such a great day on all of these.

Annie’s first birthday was really a perfect day for us, I know she won’t ever remember the day, but it is a day I will never forget, it was a wonderful celebration, but really every day is a celebration with her in my life.

As you can see we not only do some amazing cakes for your little munchkin’s birthday party, but some awesome treats as well so don’t hesitate to contact us to chat about making your little one’s birthday extra special!

 


Cake Smash sessions are a unique way of celebrating that 1st Birthday milestone and we recently had a lot of fun with our little Annie at her 1st Birthday Cake Smash, which of course was a Unicorn theme. We have some amazing photos to treasure for many years to come thanks to our friend Sheena Henry from Sheena Henry Cakes and Photography.

What is a Cake Smash? Quite simply set the birthday boy or girl up with their very own smash cake, presented without utensils for the birthday munchkin to enjoy in whatever manner they see fit. They can feel free to squeeze it, drool on it, crumble it, face plant in it. You name it. No one else is going to eat it but them!

The Cake Smash trend originated in the US, but has become trendy in South Africa too. We’ve had many requests for smash cakes at the bakery and we were so excited to finally get to do this for our own little munchkin. We baked her a small 10 cm pink velvet cake and iced it in a white buttercream rose design with magical unicorn horn and flowers to match her own little headband. Did she plough her face into like we had hoped? No. She very elegantly picked a few meringues off and had a few bites of icing, but at one stage she did have us in fits of laughter as she knealt over the cake biting off chunks of the unicorn horn.

Why? Because …

  1. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – They only turn ONE once and as much as it’s a big milestone for them, it’s an even bigger milestone for mommy and daddy, like crossing the finish line after a marathon!
  2. The photos will be priceless – Have your camera ready! The reactions and faces are absolutely priceless.
  3. First Taste of Sugar – The idea behind the smash cake is to ceremoniously give your baby their first real taste of sugar.
  4. It’s free entertainment. Everyone will love watching baby destroy their cake with abandon.

Want to do a Cake Smash? No problem, simply give us a call and tell us about your theme and we can whip up a quote for the perfect smash cake for your little one to adorably destroy.