Well we were completely blown away by the turnout for our February meeting! Thank you so much to everyone who came along and made our first birthday such a special night.
As it was our first birthday we couldn't think of a more fitting way to celebrate than with the gorgeous Charlotte White of Restoration Cake. Charlotte has been running her business since 2009 and has made regular appearances on The Food Network as well as The Great British Bake Off, and has been featured in Wedding Magazine, Perfect Wedding Magazine and Vintage Life and has just released her very own book Burlesque Baking, which she was only too happy to sign and dedicate copies for our Belles.
We were also extremely honoured to have been joined by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Annie Brewster. Annie has shown her support of our group in the past at our Burlesque Circus evening and so we were thrilled to have her once again show her continued support by donning the W.I. apron presented to her by our Acting President, Lia, and get stuck in with the cupcake decorating.
Charlotte's book is inspired by various Burlesque Performers and were designed by Charlotte to reflect each lady's personality. We were shown how to recreate her 'Tempest Rose' cupcakes using coloured fondant (or sugarpaste depending on which description you prefer!) topped off with a fondant rose.
And once again our talented Belles did not disappoint, using our own colour creations and not forgetting that all important bit of sparkle (well edible glitter) there were some extremely impressive creations around the room and after Charlotte had cast her eye on them, she declared Jane Barnett as the worthy winner of a Restoration Cake Goodie Bag!
Jane Barnett with her Restoration Cake Goodie Bag
Following the demonstration, Annie Brewster said a few words of thanks to Charlotte and a hearty congratulations to Emma and Lia for getting the group off the ground and making it what it is today, something I think we can all agree with.
Charlotte White & St Albans Mayor, Annie Brewster
Charlotte White & Annie Brewster with Secretary; Emma Golding,
Acting President; Lia Nelissen & Treasurer; Dawn Golding
Birthday Card from St Albans Mayor, Annie Brewster
It really was so wonderful to see so many new faces alongside many fabulously familiar ones and every one of our gals getting stuck in and enjoying the evening, we hope you have all gone away with some new acquaintances and look forward to seeing you all again next month!!
We gals on the Committee will be meeting up at Belles HQ in the next week or so to come up with some fabulous ideas for the next meeting and we will keep you updated so keep checking back here and the Facebook page...
Until next time ladies, ciao for now!