Oh goodness, is there anything more wonderful than a vanilla layer cake with delicious poppy seed specks? I made this lovely cake as part of the New Zealand Weddings shoot that I did a while ago, I love how rustic yet classic it is – perfect! I hope that everyone had a fantastic long weekend, how perfect was the weather?! I’d love to hear what you got up to – we had a lovely lazy weekend full of friends, bbq’s and lots of Spring cleaning. xo

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A couple of weeks ago I had the absolute honour and pleasure of making three delicious cakes for Anneke and Mau’s wedding! I loved that their colour theme was peach and white but that they also wanted a rustic feel to it – that’s where the yummy exposed banana cake came in! Congratulations Anneke and Mau on you’re beautiful wedding day and again thank you so very much for letting me be apart of your special day. x

Petal Layer Cake | Ruffle Layer Cake | Banana Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Happy Monday everyone, I hope that you all had a truly glorious weekend – mine was filled with baking classes, catching up with friends over delicious lunches and relaxing with my hubby, bliss! I’m so excited to show off the ombre petal cake that I made for Sienna’s First Birthday a couple of weeks ago – this technique has been around for ages, I even found a tutorial for it printed in the 50′s, so it’s nothing new but it’s ridiculously pretty and very easy to make! I hope that you enjoy the petal cake as much as I do, it’s certainly one of my new favourite icing techniques, I can’t wait to release the dates for the petal classes! Have a lovely day everyone, you deserve it. x

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Oh my, I am beyond honoured and so excited to be celebrating Made From Scratch’s second birthday! If someone had told me that I would be hosting baking classes and that I would have the privilege of knowing and working with so many amazing people then I wouldn’t’ have believed them in a million years. Nothing makes me happier than blogging, meeting and chatting with you all and of course the absolute honour of teaching baking classes. I don’t have the words to thank you for all your support over the last two years, each and everyone one of you mean the world to me. So I thought I would celebrate with a mini funfetti layer cake photographed by the wonderfully talented Ellie from Jel Photography, again thank you so much I can’t wait to see what the next two years brings. x

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A while ago the very lovely Kaitlin from Kaitlin Chapman Hair and Makeup asked me to make a cake for her birthday yesterday, I was so honoured and incredibly flattered to have been asked, all she wanted was a vanilla cake that had pink in it. So I made her a pink ombre ruffled layer cake – she had no idea that there was going to be different colored layers inside and it was so lovely to be able to surprise her on her birthday! It was such a honour to have made this cake for her and I am so excited to be able to show off my very first ruffle layer cake, I hope you enjoy it as much as Kaitlin and her lovely family did! x

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With winter well and truly here, all I feel like doing is pottering in the kitchen making sauces to stock our pantry with. I have never been very lucky before when it came to making caramel, I would become too impatient and end up burning it beyond rescue. This recipe however is Rachael-proof, I promise if I can make this delicious caramel sauce then you can too. x

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New Zealand is getting into wedding season at the moment and honestly what could be more beautiful than this wedding styled by love and cupcakes and photographed by Jill Thomas Photography, everything about this is perfect  for a spring or summer garden wedding.

Also some other exciting news, I have been nomitated as one of New Zealand’s best food blogs held by Concrete Playground the voting opens tomorrow, so make sure you have a look at all the other oh so talented bloggers and start voting. xx

~ fried penne ~ cocoa brownies with salted peanut butter frosting ~ rainbow cake ~

I love discovering new blogs, I hope your ready to sit for a while as this delicious and beautifully honest blog Not Without Salt written by the oh so talented Ashley who is also a mama to three incredibly gorgeous kiddies will become your new obsession. I found it a few days a go and have probably read every single post she’s written this year, naturally I find all of her baking incredibly tempting and I’ve already got a few recipes on the ‘must make now’ list, but I also adore her approach to cooking as everything is “simple, classic, and nutritious” just as it should be, I hope you enjoy her blog as much as I am. xx