Hmmm…what to give the parents of newborn twins? Well, sure, heaps of gifts for the babies, especially since these newly minted munchkins are my nephews, but what do Mom and Dad need?! CAKE! Obvs…..alright, not ‘obvs.’, but hear me out.
I made my sister and bro-in-law a whopping great fruit cake to celebrate their new arrivals, because newborn babies are to Great Aunties and doting friends, what sherry is to Santa Claus or Strawberries & Cream are to Cliff Richard…irresistible! So, babies = LOTS of visitors, aaaand LOTS of visitors = muchos need for cake to serve the hungry masses.
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With the recent arrival of one small person and the imminent arrival of two more, last Christmas I got to thinking about how to sprinkle some extra magic into their lives and I decided the time was ripe for a new Christmas Eve tradition in the form of snow globe hot chocolate.
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I’m not much of an artist when it comes to drawing and painting with conventional mediums, but I’ve been eager to try painting on cake ever since I discovered paste food colours about a decade ago and realised it was … Continue reading Painted Ditsy Rose Cake
What to do. When you have a celebration cake on the horizon and the usual frills and florals just won’t cut it. I turned to Cake Lace. For my Father-in-Law’s ‘big’ birthday, I was keen to design something that wasn’t overly … Continue reading The Low-Down on Cake Lace
This is a very special cake – my little sister just turned 30! Time to pull out all the stops, haul out all the bells and whistles and design a cake with knobs on, so to speak. One other important … Continue reading Ultimate Cat Pinata Cake
Whenever a new opportunity for cake design looms on the horizon, my clickety clicky mouse finger swiftly delivers me to one of the plentiful Aladdin’s caves of decorating goodies that frequent t’internet, but for this next cake, I decided enough was enough – literally!
Five enormous boxes of cake decorating fodder – equipment, edible sundries and the like – teeter on the top of the fridge in my kitchen and I was plagued by a nagging thought…surely, I should be able to design a cake that makes use of what I have without the need to accumulate more?! The seed was sown. I love a challenge – particularly when it’s Me vs. Me. So, I set about planning how to meet ‘The Brief’, without spending a penny.
The Brief was just that, brief. Six months ago I casually mentioned to my brother-in-law and his fiancee that if they would like some decorations to adorn their Baumkuchen wedding cake, I would love to design something. Continue reading “The Wild Flower Baumkuchen Wedding Cake”
I have admired Cupcake Jemma and her imaginative creations for many a year. Having tried one or two of her ‘sensible’ recipes, the time has come to recreate one her wackier bakes – the Rainbow Polka Dot Swiss Roll. I … Continue reading Cupcake Jemma’s rainbow polka dot swiss roll
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s brush embroidery post, I thought it might be fun to re-visit some cakes from times of yore i.e. cakes that pre-date my blog. 1. First up is The Hamburger Cake – tasted rubbish, but you … Continue reading Cakes of occasions past
With my mojo firmly in place, I’ve recently finished another celebration cake, but this time I’ve incorporated a new-to-me technique that I think has the wow factor – brush embroidery. The sky’s the limit with this style of decoration – … Continue reading Brush embroidery rose cake
Have you ever got really into a hobby – read all the books, bought all the kit, invested heaps of time honing skills – only to lose your mojo? Well, that was me and cake decorating. Around 8 years ago, … Continue reading Found: One cake decorating mojo
As we all know, time is of the essence on Christmas day morning as we count down to the food mountain that is commonly known as ‘lunch’….all of those presents to unwrap, sloe gin to be drunk – the list … Continue reading Haven’t you heard? Emergency cake decorating is the new Christmas day sport
Hooray for Autumn, otherwise known as ‘sloe gin season’! While I’m yet to venture out on a hunt for this year’s hoard of sloe berries, the time has finally come to turn last year’s concoction into a smooth, syrupy batch of … Continue reading A tale of two gins
I like a helping of slow-roast pork belly with celeriac and pear mash as much as the next girl, but there are days when this (slightly) pretentious fodder just won’t do, and yesterday was one of those days. I came … Continue reading An (egg) cup of nostalgia