Safari cake – step by step guide

One of my really good friends, Nicole, has a new-found interest which is turning into something really awesome and I couldn’t be happier when she agreed to make Alyssa’s birthday cake. She was also kind enough to give a step-by-step guide on how she made the cake, should one of you ever want to try your hand at one! Here are her notes:


It all started on Thursday evening. As a part time baker, the key ingredient to advance baking is the additional ingredients for a soft moist cake. Hayley asked for a one tier chocolate cake & I added a special pink sponge layer which created this beautifully tall naked cake in all her glory.

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Photo DIY (from Alyssa’s party)


I decided to make a photo collage for Alyssa’s birthday of her second year and found this cool idea on Pinterest. It was so easy to do, the hardest part was selecting which pictures to print and use as we have taken like thousands over the past year! It was so much fun putting it together and it was a great way to show party guests Alyssa’s milestones and  different events during Alyssa’s second year.

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Alyssa’s 2nd Birthday Party at Giraffe House


We celebrated Alyssa’s birthday at Giraffe House in Stellenbosch on Saturday and had so much fun! The venue, the weather, the animals and the guests all contributed to making the day oh so special for our little princess. Being February in Cape Town, I was at first a bit concerned that it may be extremely hot and unbearable at the venue but it seems that Autumn is making an early appearance and on the days leading up to the party I was actually praying that it wouldn’t rain on Saturday morning!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Alyssa

Happy birthday to my gorgeous little princess! Alyssa, you have brought and continue to bring so much Joy in our lives and we cannot imagine a life without you.

The past 2 years have gone by in a heartbeat but as they say time flies when you are having fun! It feels like just yesterday that we were patiently awaiting your arrival – 11 days after your expected due date, it seemed like forever before you made an appearance but you were definitely worth the wait.

As we watch you learn and grow each day, our hearts fill up with gratitude and we look forward to see what the future holds for you.

At her 1st photoshoot at 10 days old

At her 1st photoshoot at 10 days old

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