Whoop whoop - it’s our birthday! It’s been such a busy 12 months it’s hard to believe that Velvet Fig has just turned 1.

The last year has whizzed by, but it’s been loads of fun and we’re thrilled that we’ve achieved so much. We’ve baked some amazing cakes for celebrations of all kinds, developed some delicious recipes and new cake concepts and our home economist projects have been pretty exciting too. From cake demonstrations to cookery books … it’s been a full on year.

It’s also my dad’s 80th this month. So I’ve baked him a yummy vanilla bean cake with a chocolate mirror glaze drip.

(The mirror glaze is a new product I’ve just discovered in Waitrose… it’s really easy to use and a snip at just £2.39. It’s by a company called Cake Decor - you just heat it in the microwave for 1 minute then drip or pour it over your cake for a great end result.)

As a thank you to all our lovely clients and followers for making our first year such a fabulous one, we’ve got a special gift of our own to give away. Do you know someone who would like a little treat? It could be for a birthday, an anniversary or a special achievement – or it could be that they just deserve some cake.

It’s really simple to enter our special giveaway. When we post our new blog post on facebook, just like our facebook page and share the blog post, then put the name of the person you are nominating and why they deserve cake in the comments box (please only nominate people within a 10 mile radius of Velvet Fig’s Dorking HQ). When our page gets to 150 likes, we’ll pick someone at random and bake them a vanilla bean and chocolate mirror glaze cake of their own – so get nominating… (You can nominate more than one person, just post a separate comment for each one and you can nominate yourself too!)

Happy birthday Dad and happy birthday Velvet Fig. Let the cake eating begin!!