Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Birthday Present Round up....and a GIVEAWAY!

So this is my 100th post! and what better way to celebrate then with a round up of all my fantastic cupcake and otherwise related presents that I got for my birthday last week! 
As you all know, my birthday was celebrated by having this dessert bar, going on a trip to a new cupcakery, and opening all these amazing presents:

You can imagine my excitement as I arrived at my parents house to find this table filled with cupcake and polka dot wrapped prezzies - my two great loves! I opened a sneaky one on friday eve...and got this absolutely amazing book from my sister Mara, it's called The United Cakes of America and it features a cake that relates to every state in America! The recipes all look delish and I can't wait to get trying some, and to top it all off some American themed shoes....America is my other big love!

On Saturday I unwrapped all my other prezzies and here is a little taste or all the cupcake goodies I got! 

This amazing cupcake headband! and I also got some lil cupcake earrings too.

A worktop saver (featuring polka dots AND cupcakes...how awesome can you get) from my friends and these cute patterened doilies from my sister, along with these awesome ice cream bowls with dangling cupcakes and all!

This lovely cupcake stand from my mom, along with the cute heart shaped bowls.  The polka dot and cupcake mugs were from my friend Caz and the apron was from Jo, Amy and Nats along with worktop saver you saw in the pic above and a notebook.  

This cupcake cushion and the cupcake paper chains were from my boss, and the cupcake cake stand from my sister Mel.  I now have a total of 11 different cake stands! (You should have seen Byron's face when I opened up the 3 I got this time round...he doesn't understand why you need more than one!)

I told my sister Mel I wanted bowls for Ice cream Sundae's since a new tradition in our house is 'Sundae-Sunday' where every Sunday we make Ice cream Sundae's! I wanted some bowls so we had all the proper gear! Mel bought me two of these lovely cupcake bowls which will do the job nicely! I also mentioned it to a couple of my friends but asked for Sundae glasses so they could also be used for making milkshakes...another fave thing of mine! and my friends Jade and Laur gave me these amazing glasses which I am in love with and to top it all off this super cute Sundae's book! So here we are using the new glasses last Sundae-Sunday! We made some malteser, oreo and choc fudge sauce Sundae's...they were delish! and having the snazzy glasses and long spoons just made it so much more fun! (next time I'll remember to take the tags off the bottom of the glasses before I photograph our creations!)

and here's a little display of my cards...featuring, you guessed it, more cupcakes!

We have another nightly tradition in our household...Mexican Monday! I love Mexican food and so naturally it was my meal of choice for my birthday night out which just happened to fall on a Monday...how's that for timing! So we went to Chiquito's...a fave Mexican place of mine and well worth the trip since there aren't any Mexican restaurants near us which is a shame! Here are a few pics:

I had Chimichangas, and By had sizzling hot fajita's! 

We also enjoyed some non alcoholic pina's and the puddings were amazing! I had fruit enchiladas with mango and strawberry wrapped in a cinammon tortilla accompanied by ice cream and fudge sauce! and By had this giant chocolate chip waffle with ice cream and sauce! 

As you can see I was well and truly spoilt on my birthday and it was a big event! I made rocky road cupcakes to take into work.

They were my fave brownie cupcakes with chocolate frosting adorned with white and milk maltesers, chocolate buttons and micro mini marshmallows!

I then topped them with a drizzle of white chocolate

and they were ready to be devoured! 

Now let's get down to the GIVEAWAY!

I can't believe this is my 100th post! Exciting stuff! Thanks to all who follow my blog...new and old...I appreciate all the blog love you give me so I want one of you to be the owner of this yummy looking cupcake book which isn't even out yet! 

It comes out on Thursday and is by Jennie Milsom.  The slogan is 'Hundreds of divine recipes to take you to baking paradise' - well who wouldn't want to go there! So even if you own every cupcake book out there...who not add this to your collection or even better if it's your first cupcake book you will own enter now for the chance to win! The best part is this is open to ALL my blog readers...why miss out just cause you live in America or Australia or wherever! I hate it when I find amazing giveaways but can't enter cause I'm in the U.K so it's open to all! There's just two things you have to do to be in with a chance of winning:

1. Show me you're a reader.  Look at the top right hand side of my blog and if you aren't a follower already then click follow to join along!

2. Leave me a comment to be in with a chance of winning

I'll pick the winner using a random number generator and announce it next week on the 6th July.  Spread the word, and good luck! 


  1. I love the blue cupcake stand, very pretty :) Don't forget you have a present coming from me...and yes it's cupcake related!
    It looks like you had a lovely birthday :) xxx

  2. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a great one.. so many cupcake related gifts & books.. you are so loved!!

    I'm a reader.. have been a reader of yours for a while.

    Can't wait to see how you like painting with shimmer dust! Let me know how it goes

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm now a follower of yours; thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway :)

  4. Happy Birthday! Your presents look awesome!! I'm so envious. I have the same sundae bowl with the little cupcakes hanging off them and a mini cupcake stand in the same pattern :) Congrats on 100th post as well.

  5. Oh yeah, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Looks like you got some great cupcake-themed loot!

  6. MY GOOOOOODNESSSSS! I have present envy to the extreme!!!! Very lucky lady! I also am very impressed by the 11 cake stands! I love the idea of themed evenings also! :) xxxxx

  7. Wow look at all of those pressies - you are one lucky gal!

    ahhh im so jealous with all your cupcake presents!! super jealous!
    i would like to meet you and chat all about cupcakes next time im in london :p

    ps: i've become your follower and enter your giveaway, thanks!

  9. What a lovely cupcakey birthday you had! Happy Birthday to you :-) I am already a follower but would love to win this book. I will link to your giveaway in my next post.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my cupcakes.

  10. Hi and Happy Belated Birthday. Thanks for popping by my little cupcake blog, I can not believe I had not heard of yours, I usually no most of them and you are in the UK too so rare.
    We are so similar it is scary, my kitchen is polkadot cupcake cause they are the 2 best things in the world.
    I loooovvveee Mexican, my mom is american so have eaten since I was little and we have home cooked mexican at least once a week and go to chiquitos regulary. I also want to live in CA, as thats were my mom is from.
    I am in love with all your goodies, I also have sundae glasses just like those as well as the icecream bowls they make it taste all the better. I love your american book your sister got I have not seen that before.
    Anyway I have bored you enough, I shall be becoming a regular visitor, I wondered if I could do a post on your blog and ask you a few questions?

  11. ps sorry to be cheeky, I wondered if you knew were the worktop saver was from, my 2 cupcake ones are dieing and I need a new one.
    Also what cupcake cases do you use they look ever so strong and good ? Thanks

  12. Happy Birthday! What a great haul!

    I love rocky road cupcakes. They look delicious!

    I'm a follower now :) I'd love it if you could return the favour ;)

    Katie xox

  13. Wow - congratulations on 100 blog posts! Can't wait to read the next 100. Hope you had a fabulous birthday! x

  14. Sounds like you had a lovely birthday...love those sundae bowls with the little cupcakes hanging off...so cute! The rocky road cupcakes look yum! Cat x

  15. Happy belated Birthday!
    Im following you :) Those presents are amazing...can I come live with you? ;-) Hehe. And you're right the title of the book is a good one!

  16. I love your blog! I have it booked mark and check it every day and get so excited when I see a new post! I get many Ideas from you and loved you dessert bar you did recently. Sorry I don't have a blog : (

  17. What a fabulous birthday!!! I'm a reader of your blog and of course would love to be the winner of your giveaway!!!


  18. Terrific and fun Birthday celebration. I love the blue cupcake stand. Wonder where they found that? Your cupcakes look amazing and I could go for one right now for breakfast:-) Please enter me in your giveaway. It looks like a cute cupcake book.

  19. Yessss they all love my stand the best! xxx

  20. Happy (belated) Birthday! Such lovely gifts!
    See you at cupcake club on Monday

  21. Hello!

    Happy Birthday! The picture of the table of presents surrounded by decorations reminded me of the similar scene that my parents would set up for me on my birthdays as a kid. I miss those colorful birthdays, so I will be sure to follow your lead and be festive this year. Love your blog!


  22. I am so glad I found your blog. I love it! Your dessert bar ROCKS!!!! I am so jealous of all your amazing cupcake goodies. Your friends give the BEST gifts! Hope you make it to California someday!

  23. Happy birthday Gem - looks like you had a great time!

  24. Wow what a great birthday and very cupcake filled - just as it should be :)
    It was my birthday a few months back and I got some of the same cards - :)

  25. happy birthday. those cupcakes look soooo delicious to eat. I wish I was your friend so I can always get the leftovers.



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