Christmas baking

I’ve been soaking what looks like a tonne of sultanas, raisins, glace cherries and peel in brandy for the past week or two before adding them to the cake mixture made up of brown sugar, butter, flour, black treacle, eggs, mixed spice, ground almonds and a bit of salt (for the family cake I’ve included some dates and walnuts).  The results – after 4 hours of baking – is a wonderfully moist, rich and light fruit cake.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be feeding them yet more brandy before decorating in marzipan, rolled icing some handmade decorations.

There’s nothing like Christmas!!!

 

 

Building sandcastles out of cake

Sandcastle cake

I loved making this cake for a little girl who was celebrating her 1st birthday.

The cake is made from strawberry sponge with vanilla frosting and decorated with handmade shells and bunting. A spray (or 2) of perl luster made the cake sparkle.

I am really pleased with this cake and especially the strawberry sponge. I did a test run to see how using real strawberries would work and I have to say it tasted great. The vivid pink of the cake batter did fade a bit during cooking, but all in all I was happy and most importantly so was the birthday girl!

Cone Cupcakes

I did my 3rd craft fair at the weekend.

Once again I shared a stall with the wonderful CosyKitten.

This time I thought I’d do something a little bit different so I did cone cupcakes

 

Turns out they are really easy to do and they went down a storm. Going to be doing these again!

Smithills School Caft Fair

I did my first craft fair on Saturday (10 Feb) with a good friend who sells the most amazing handmade – well everything, from scarfs and bags, cushions to hair clips –  Take a look at her website, Cosykitten.co.uk.

For my first go I didn’t do too badly, selling over 60% of my stock.

There will be lots more craft and wedding fairs coming up over the next few months, but for now I am having a well earned rest, putiting my feet up with a nice cup of tea and a cupcake!

I hope you to see you at Spring into Craft, Preshwich, Manchester on 4 March.

Baking for charity

 Recently I was asked to create a cake for a charity raffle, raising funds for Liverpool Signing Choir.

 

I create a 7 inch very boozy fruit and spices chocolate cake decorate with a figure, snowman a lot of glittery snowflakes…

Together with many other wonderful prizes the event raised £280 for the choir which was enough to send one its members on an official British Sign Language course and gain a level one qualification.

Fame at last

A while ago I did a Moshi Monsters Moshlings cake for a young girl’s 10th birthday. I was asked if I could include Cutiepie and Shi Shi but the rest was up to me so I add in Snookcums a cutie little blue dragon. 

Moshlinkg Cake

I’m glad to say the young girl was so please with the cake I created for her that she sent a photo to the offical Moshi Monsters Magazine.

Imagine my surprise when I received a message from her letting me know that the cake was featured in the mag… sadly I’m not credited. Oh fame at last!

Cake featured in Moshi Monsters Magazine

If you want to take a look it’s in the December issue of the Moshi Monsters Magazine. Avaliable in all good newsagents 🙂