Julia Hardy




Tatty Teddy First Birthday Cake

I made a small cake for Sona’s birthday a month ago but this one is for her official first birthday celebration. There will be at least 100 guests to a sit-down 3 course meal tomorrow evening and Sona’s mum paticularly wanted Tatty Teddy, baby bricks and a patchwork board (she sent me a pic of this gorgeous cake with such a pretty board http://www.cakecentral.com/g/i/3218048/a/3470282/patchwork-teddy/ by Jo Takes The Cake). The board was such fun to do but took me well over 3 hours!

I had a bit of an annoying setback on this cake. When I went to torte the largest 10" tier it turned out that I hadn’t left it in the oven for long enough, even though it looked done and passed the skewer test. It was puddingy and horrible! I was so lucky that I had enough time to bake again but that tier took 14 eggs and lots of butter – such a waste – and I had to go shopping and bake when I wanted to get decorating. (I wont be throwing that cake away though, it is delicious served warm with custard :-))

The only other time I have made a cake this big I put it together in-situ (on board a boat with the tide out – guess what happened when the time came in….) so I was not prepared for how heavy that finished cake would be! I usually take my cakes upstairs to photograph them but there was no way I was going to risk dropping this one – I could hardly lift it! I managed to find another spot to take some pics.

Think I am rambling on too much now so I will say thank you for looking and have a nice day! :-) x

-- Julia Hardy

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Danijela Lilchickcupcakes

wow Julia this is a stunning cake just gorgeous and so delicate and love the teddy


so lovely

Pink Ann's Cakes

This is just beautiful!!!

The Little Cake Company

sooooo beautiful!

Ana Remígio - CUPCAKES & DREAMS Portugal

So Beautiful & Delicate!!!! xxx


Oh Julia this is gorgeous! You have done this little girl proud x



Amanda Earl Cake Design

Very pretty, as always Julia! Love your blocks and that board! x

Noreen@ Box Hill Bespoke Cakes

Fabulous cake Julia.xx


Wow! This is fab! The board just pushes it over the top!!! :)

Elaine - Ginger Cat Cakery

I love this cake. The board is absolutely stunning – will definitely be trying this! Well done on such a stunning cake x


Julia this is sooooo adorable! x

Julia Hardy

Thank you so much ladies. It was fun to do but soooo time consuming. Wasn’t expecting those blocks to be so tricky either – far harder than the teddy :-)

Ellie @ Ellie's Elegant Cakery

so so pretty, so elegant and perfect. I know what you mean about three tiers being heavy, definitely not movable on you own x

June ("Clarky's Cakes")

Beautiful cake….Beautiful job……I’ve had to rebake a cake, but never one that large. ..quite a trial. ..

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