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Nespresso machine

To round out Birthday Month, how about a peek at a very special pressie?!

The Man (whose birthday is 6 days after mine) and I received a coffee machine from his family for our birthdays. Hooray!

My father-in-law was chatting to me quizzing me about coffee makers a few weeks ago. In hindsight clearly doing a bit of sneaky research however I was completely oblivious and thought he was asking for advice to upgrade their machine. How clueless am I?

Regardless, I still managed to convey that in the (to my knowledge, hypothetical) situation of us getting a coffee machine it would need to be a very compact piece to fit in our kitchen. A great hulking appliance was not going to work in our little nook!

I also wanted one that uses pods because coffee grinds can get messy (I used to work in an office that had a regular espresso machine and my coffee was cold by the time I had cleaned up). The bonus of pods is that you can have multiple flavours on hand and they’ll always be kept fresh.

Nespresso machine

My clever in-laws chose the Nespresso U D50 with separate milk frother. Look how slim the profile is – it fits perfectly in our tea/coffee station and the milk frother stores easily in the cupboard below.

We had been thinking of getting a coffee machine one day – perhaps as a 30th present request next year – but we were very surprised by the generous gift.

Working at home it really is a lovely treat every morning to have a proper coffee instead of the regular instant.


Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed celebrating Birthday Month with me! I still can’t believe I’ve been blogging for three years. My longest full-time job was three years and I was hating it by the end and I still love blogging so that’s a good sign!

What did you think of this month’s Book Nook Things I Love by Megan Morton? Share your thoughts over on the review if you’ve read it!

June’s theme is going to be bedrooms, so if you have any questions about closet decluttering/organisation, jewellery/accessory storage, bed linens, bedroom decorating or similar please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


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I can’t believe it’s May again, which means that it’s Birthday Month here at Atypical Type A. It’s not only the blog’s birthday (3 years this week!) but also my birthday, The Man’s birthday and my business‘s birthday.

So it’s time to celebrate! This month we will be talking all things parties and gifts. If you have any questions or dilemmas on either of these topics, please feel free to email me or to drop a comment below or over on our Facebook page and I’ll be sure to answer what I can.

For a bit of fun, I thought we’d kick things off with what’s on my wishlist this year. Do you spy any things that you have your little eye on?

Atypical Type A birthday wish list

My existing case doesn’t hold quite everything so I want this Apple & Bee cosmetic case.

I’m too lazy to do my nails the old fashioned way so I’m dying to get an electric nail buffer.

Are you as much of a fan of Young House Love as I am?

Canon 50mm lens pleasepleasepleaseplease?

I adore statement necklaces but haven’t bought a new one in so long. This ModCloth necklace would be perfect to freshen up my wardrobe.

My friend Georgina has an awesome new accessories business called Gulp & Gasp. The foxy bag is my fave.

I found out about the Modern Art Desserts book while ordering the Mondrian cake at SFMOMA.



Atypical Type A - Cake bunting 1

I have a super quick and easy project to take a regular cake and make it suitable for a special occasion (in this case my mother in law’s birthday). You might even have everything you need on hand already.

Atypical Type A - Cake bunting materials

You will need:

  • Coloured paper cut into strips
  • Wooden skewers
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors

Atypical Type A - Cake bunting tutorial 1

1. Fold your paper in an accordion style.

2. Cut about three-quarters up the bottom of the accordion, making the cuts close together.

Atypical Type A - Cake bunting tutorial 2

3. Unfold the paper.

4. Tape one end of the paper to the blunt end of the skewer. If you are making bunting, repeat on other end of the paper and you’re done. If making starbursts, continue on to the next step.

Atypical Type A - Cake bunting tutorial 3

5. Roll up the rest of the paper strip and secure with sticky tape.

6. Tease out the paper ‘fronds’ until you get a nice full shape.

Atypical Type A - Cake bunting 2

Oh, and the cake itself? Best. Cake. Ever.

I used this recipe for hummingbird cake with cream cheese icing. Many commenters noted that it produced an enormous amount of icing. I chose to ignore their advice of reducing it because I believe there is no such thing as too much cream cheese icing. Turns out they were right, but that was easily fixed by making a quick batch of cupcakes to send off to The Man’s work.

Akimbo birthday sale

Check out examples of my work or drop me a line to enquire or place your order.

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Lego cake and biscuits

Whose birthday did I make these for? Not a son, or a nephew… Nope, they’re for my husband. Who says 27 is too old for Lego?

Lego cake

The cake turned out much smaller and messier than I hoped (it looks like Van Gogh did the icing) but I hope you’ll agree it’s not too bad for my first attempt at doing a novelty cake.

My method, if you want to try it yourself, was to bake a plain sponge cake and trim the edges to make it square. I then used round biscuit cutters to cut the cylinders out of the cake off-cuts. I iced the plain cake, then stuck the circles on and iced them.

Lego biscuits

For the biscuits, I used my favourite only biscuit recipe, rolled out the dough and cut around a cardboard template I’d made. I am hopeless at piping, so a tube of ready-made black piping gel is my new BFF.

I think I’m still high on all the sugar and food colouring.

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