Birthday Tea Party

I can’t believe I’m 17!

I can legally drive!

This is all too crazy…

Okay, so I am now one year older than the last time we spoke.. weird huh? I have also settled into amazingly quickly into my new school, and am really loving it. The first day I came home with the biggest smile on my face, and knew things could only get even better! I found a lovely group of girls who have really looked after me and welcomed me in, and after only 3 days with them, we already feel like best friends! I am definitely excited for this year ahead now, although the hard work and studies have already studied, so it won’t all be fun and games.

Tuesday was my birthday. And with one extra day off school, I spent the day wisely. I baked! I had invited my three bestest friends over for tea, and I wanted to throw them the prettiest little birthday tea party, (and also just unleash the little girl inside me and have fun with pink and colourful pretties!) I’m not exaggerating when I say that I spent all morning and most of the afternoon in the kitchen. I literally never sat down.. you guys might know how this feels. I just went in circles around the kitchen, busying myself with different components of the evening’s spread.

I only had major disaster.. a rose meringue shaped one. But we’ll just not mention that one!

I successfully made:

  • Mini pink profiteroles
  • Rose Cupcakes
  • Cake Pops
  • Pink Popcorn
  • One enormous birthday cake!

I had the best night, sharing thoughts of our differing first days back at school with my girls, and just having a good catch up. I was overwhelmed with their gorgeous presents, and then left speechless when my Mum presented me with a huge baking themed hamper complete with cake tins and tea towels, when I thought I had received all my presents earlier that morning! I knew I would really miss my three best friends, but I know now that I have made the best decision to spread my wings, and make my own way in a different school. It was however, very poignant this morning, as I waited for the bus on one side of the street, and 15 of my closest friends from my high school were waiting on the other side of the road, in a completely different uniform, waiting to board a bus to take them in the opposite direction…

I hope to share with you over the next little while, separate posts showing each of the sweet treats I created for my tea party, and hopefully show how easily you can create something similar for yourself!

A x

Pink Sprinkle Cake

Ask me what I wanted for my birthday when I was 10, and I probably would have just asked for money. Lots of it!

To buy what you may ask?

Answer: BOOKS!

Yess, I have been a bookworm since before I was born my mum might say. I am thankful that she brought me up surrounded by them, and instilled in me a love of reading. Given birthday money at the age of 10 and I would have requested to be taken immediately to the nearest bookstore, to carefully search and scour the shelves for hours on end, returning home some time later with a huge smile on my face and a heavy bag laden with my newest treasures…

Though the world has changed…

Yesterday was my little sister Laura’s 10th birthday (Boy she has grown up so fast!) and for her birthday present, she asked for a Kobo e-reader. A blue one, because the purple were all sold out..

We have both fallen in love with it and I must say I am quite jealous, and may have to borrow it when she’s at school! Though I find it crazy how within my lifetime technology has changed so much, and who knows, one day how we might be reading books!

Though I am simply glad that she seems to have got some of my mum and I’s genes, and that she knows and loves a good book..

Birthdays are never birthdays without a cake, and so during a break in my exams, I whipped up this delightfully simple but delicious one layer cake using the recipe I previously posted, and covered it in lashings of Fluffy Vanilla Frosting…

Fluffy Vanilla Frosting

(makes enough to cover one layer cake and a little extra.. if you manage not to eat the rest!)

8oz icing sugar

3oz butter

1-2tbsp milk

1tsp vanilla extract

Food colouring

1. Beat the butter until light and creamy using an electric mixer.

2. Sieve in icing sugar, and mix until well combined.

3. Add vanilla extract then milk gradually, whisking until of desired consistency.

4. Slowly add food colouring until you reach the desired intensity.

* I usually whisk my icing for around 6-7 mins altogether, which allows it to become extra light and fluffy, and makes a beautifully soft and delicious texture.

As recommended by the amazing Sweetapolita.

Seeing Laura’s little face light up when I showed her the cake was amazing… and  then she very quickly demanded we sing to her, and cut her a slice, immediately! (As only 10 year olds can)

Happy Birthday sweetie, from your big sister Amy!