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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Little Mermaid Cake

This cake was fun and challenging at the same time. The birthday girl loves Ariel, but since she was turning 18 we decided to have Ariel look like the birthday girl. It probably took me about 3-4 days to make her and I made her from a mix of fondant with tylose powder which stiffens up the paste to enable it to be sculptured. Using gumpaste is great for sugar flowers but when modelling figures it tends to dry out quickly and crack.

The actual cake was confetti cake with rainbow buttercream! I certainly would have liked to have seen this cake cut just to see all the fun colours in it. It feeds about 35 people so I also made about 40 Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache filling and Cream Cheese frosting. To keep them in the "Under the Sea" theme I made seashells using the fondant mix and placed them on top of the cupcakes!

The Little Mermaid Cake




Chocolate Truffle Cupcake

Have a Sugary, Spicey Day!

Monday, May 23, 2011

End Of Year School Cookies!

I can hardly believe school is over and the summer is beginning!!! The year has gone so fast, at least for the adults. The children, however, probably felt that it was endless!! Teachers work so hard throughout the year teaching and preparing our little ones for their future. It requires much patience and love and kindness to be effective at their work and I simply love my children's teachers!!!! I felt it only fitting to make cookies for them to show my appreciation!

A selection of School Cookies

Each cookie was bagged and a tag saying "Thank you" was attached.

Cookies in Jars!!

Music, PE, Spanish, Library & Art Teachers all received a jar of school cookies!

Administration staff received a jar of apple - cookies!!!

My Children's homeroom teacher and the Principal all received a basket of cookie 
with of course coffee and a gift card!!!

The cookies were relatively easy to make as long as the youngest child of my family doesn't decide to put his fingers on the wet icing of the apples!!! He made out good and ate the ones he had touched!! I always make extra just in case and this time I was glad of it!!

It took a few days making these cookies and making up the jars and baskets, but in comparison of the hours our teachers put in it's really nothing!!

Have Sugar & Spice Day! (perhaps just a hint of spice!!)

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Royal Wedding Party!

In celebration of Prince William and Catherine's wedding we decided to have a royal party, so we sent out our Royal invitations and I began to bake!!! Of course we had the very traditional little sandwiches, quiche and sausage rolls, but we also threw in something royal! My husband made Chilled Tomato and Dill Mousse with Lobster, which was Princess Diana's favourite dish! We got the recipe from Darren McGrady's "Eating Royally" cook book. He was Princess Diana's Royal Chef! The book also had the "Chocolate Biscuit Cake" recipe, which Prince William had requested for his reception cake. I decided to make it and found that it was true with what was stated in the book, there were only crumbs left...!

Along with our menu I found this recipe from Victorious Cupcakes. It's a cream tea cupcake with a hand painted fondant butterfly! It was simply delicious!!!

I love making cookies and couldn't miss the opportunity of making more of these Royal Wedding Cookies. I ended up redoing the engagement ring as I wasn't completely satisfied with the previous one and personally I like it a lot better.

A selection of Royal Wedding Cookies

Royal Crowns
Each cookie was bagged and tied with satin ribbons

The Royal Wedding dessert table!

Princess Catherine's Engagement Ring

The Royal Crown

Royal Love Hearts

And of course the Wedding Cake with the Union Jack!