Let’s get started ….or finished!


Woman & Home magazine is an amazing place to work. The people are great, hardworking and super supportive. It’s a ‘full on’ place to work so when it comes to celebrating we always do it round the pillar in the office and in style. It always involves wine (or Champagne if your ABC’s have gone up again!) and it ALWAYS involves cheesy puffs. When it was a big birthday, a wedding or a leaving drinks I would make a celebration cake that was personal to the person leaving, so when it was my time to go I had to do something, but what!

The last Woman & Home cake

Three of us were leaving at the same time so I decided to make a cake that was one for all. Hayley, who was the deputy chief sub, was leaving to go back to her native South Africa where she was marrying the lovely Mark and was building her new life out there, so I made a model of her sitting on a suitcase with a little ‘SA’ sticker on the side. Cate, who worked in the features department was leaving to work on other projects so I made a model of her sitting on a pile of giant books and  I left to go freelance and work on other bigger, craftier more cakey projects and as I was the Home editor and am usually surrounded by boxes I thought that’s what my model should be sitting on.

The actual cake was a madeira made with vanilla paste (given to my by Jane the Food Editor to test) and it was covered in the W&H blue colour icing. The models were stuck on top and that was it.

I’ve been planning this blog for what seems like forever! I’ve had great ideas, I’ve written lists and I’ve baked and baked and baked, but it took leaving my job as Home Editor at Woman & Home Magazine here in London to give me the time to actually do it! For that reason I think the best place to start is at the end.

Cake gathering!

When the time came for drinks around the pillar the cake was brought out and as you can see from the reaction and crowding, everyone loved it!

I’ll miss the team at W&H but they gave me a great send off. As I was leaving, Vicky from art made a little sign from a post-it note that read “bye, bye!” and stuck it to the model of Hayley that was now on her desk.

Bye,bye W&H, Hello new start!

Mini Hayley at her desk!
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