Princess Castle Birthday Cake

The first ever novelty cake I made was a Princess Fairytale Castle cake for my daughters 4th birthday. She's 14 now.

Fast forward 10 years and lots of cakes later.... and here's one I made last week for my God Daughters 4th birthday. The brief was for a pink Princess castle.  

I'll have to hunt down a photo of the original fairy castle cake where it all began! 

Shawn Mendes Birthday Cake

This year for my daughters birthday, being a huge Shawn Mendes fan, she decided she would like a Shawn Mendes themed birthday cake. 

I came up with the idea of incorporating the lyrics and beautiful artwork shown above from his two newly released songs 'In My Blood' and 'Lost In Japan' as my daughter had been playing these on repeat. This is what I came up with... 

Shawn Mendes Birthday Cake

Here's how I achieved this look should you wish to recreate it....

I used Flamingo Pink and Liquorice Black food colourings by Sugarflair to achieve the two main colours. I picked up a very reasonably priced lettering embosser set from Hobbycraft that matched the song title print on the official artwork. 

I cut out a selection of delicate blossoms and leaves in various sizes using Almond Art and PME  cutters and I handmade a rose using a 60mm FMM Rose cutter. I dusted the centre of the blossoms with a little Shimmer Pink food lustre by Sugarflair and finally I used a Rolkem super gold mixed with a little vodka to hand paint the golden lettering details I'd embossed earlier.

Shawn's eagerly anticipated 3rd album referred to as SM3 is due out on the 25th May 2018 and if his first three songs including the recently released 'Youth' featuring Khalid are anything to go by it doesn't sound like it's going to disappoint.

I may well be the newest and probably the oldest member of the Mendes Army! To celebrate this I also designed some cupcakes for Shawn's little muffins inspired by the new In My Blood music video.

In my blood cupcakes



Custom Cakes - My Story

People often ask how I discovered cake decorating and ask how my business began.

My passion for cake decorating and sugar craft began as a small child. I always remember my mother creating the most wonderful birthday cakes for me and my brother. I would spend hours looking through her cake decorating books, marvelling at the designs and carefully choosing what birthday cake I would have each year. With these fond memories held close to my heart, when my own daughter had her first birthday party I decided I would carry on the tradition and I baked and decorated her birthday cake. Everybody at the party was most impressed with the 2 tier fairy castle cake I had lovingly spent hours creating. Family and friends then began asking for celebration cakes in all shapes and sizes and before I knew it friends of friends too. After my success designing and creating cakes for family and friends I became confident in myself, my work and with a wealth of practical experience under my belt, in 2009 I took the plunge and launched my business The Custom Cake Shop, baking and designing custom cakes.

Today I enjoy passing on my experience and knowledge to others through Custom Cake Classes by The Custom Cake ShopSince 2011 I have been busy teaching cake and cupcake decorating, running cupcake classes, hen party workshops, children's parties and hosting private corporate events. 

Although my path has changed direction and led me into teaching, I still consider a select few bespoke cake commissions but availability is extremely limited as I find my diary quickly fills with class and party dates. If you would like to make a cake enquiry please email your requirements along with the date you require to 

Click on the images below to view a selection of some of the my personal favourite cake designs I have created.

Hen Party Cupcake Decorating at Gascoyne Place, Bath


Whether you are after a fun Hen Party activity, a glamorous girly day out with your friends, a corporate team building event or an extra special birthday treat, a private cupcake decorating class is a wonderful and unique way to spend an afternoon.

We are delighted to have teamed up with the stylish and cool Gascoyne Place in Bath to offer an extra special package for your special event. Bathed in history, Gascoyne Place is conveniently situated within Bath City Centre making it the ideal location for Hen Parties visiting this historic city. Our cupcake events at Gascoyne Place are held in the elegant Georgian first floor dining rooms that look out directly onto Sawclose square and Bath’s historic Theatre Royal.

Hen Party Cupcake Classes Bath


On arrival you will be welcomed into the warm private surroundings ofGascoyne Place with a glass of bubbly. When everyone has arrived your group will be seated at the large table and each given a pretty apron to wear ready to begin making your cupcake decorations. You will be guided through the class design with demonstrations given every step of the way.

Mid class you will take a short break for you all to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee and complimentary cupcake courtesy of The Custom Cake Shop. Feeling refreshed you will then take back to your seats to complete your cupcake designs, each using a piping bag to pipe beautiful butter cream swirls and adorn with your handmade decorations.

The class will last approximately 2 hours and will include:

  • A complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival
  • 6 freshly baked vanilla cupcakes to decorate per person
  • A short break mid class for complimentary light refreshments such as tea, coffee and an extra cupcake to enjoy!
  • All ingredients and equipment are supplied for use during the class including aprons
  • You will learn a variety of piping techniques and how to make small delicate decorations
  • A pretty presentation box will be provided for each of you to take your cupcakes away safely
  • We will take photographs throughout to capture the special memories of your day (available to download after the event)


Our hen party and group bookings package at Gascoyne Place costs £35 per person with a minimum group size of 8 people. Group bookings at Gascoyne Place can take place on any day of the week or weekends, morning or afternoon.

Gascoyne Place is such a cool and welcoming place to visit that many people find they don’t want to leave! Many of our groups stay for lunch in the resturant or drinks at the bar before of after the cupcake class. For more information or to make a reservation please visit their website here.