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Monday, May 21, 2012

Graduation Cakes

The past weekend I finished my graduation cake orders and now it's feet up and some summer fun with my kids. I'm excited for this summer as it's such a relief not to have orders pressing upon me and I can truly 100% focus on my kids. Today we went swimming!

So here's the last of my cakes for this season.

Cappuccino Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting 
I made a copy of the Graduates Truck out of fondant (his pride and joy)

The truck took about 15 hours to create and I was really fearful that the wheels would go flat, but they didn't and I was pleased with the way it turned out in the end.

The next cake was for a very sweet young lady and they were a great family to work with. It was great to see this cake come together and relatively stress free.

Cappuccino Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting and Chocolate Cherry Mud Cupcakes with Cream cheese Frosting

 Although I'll be taking off for 3 months I'll be posting the great creations my children make as I'll be teaching them over the summer. They are really excited to be able to make dinners and desserts for the family and can't wait to get started.

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Saturday, May 19, 2012

School is Out!

Well that year certainly flew by! I can not believe my oldest son will be going into 5th Grade, my little girl will be in 2nd Grade and my baby boy will be going to school for the 1st time this coming August. I didn't know time went super fast as soon as you become a Mother. I look back at the baby days as if it were yesterday and yet three big children stand before me reminding me it wasn't yesterday!

I am looking forward to this summer and spending some great time with my dear children. It will be hard at first to adjust to one another and I know I'll be breaking up a few fights. I also know that at the end of the summer they won't want to go back and I won't want them to either. I have considered homeschooling them as I really do miss them when they are in school, but I'm not sure I'm a very good teacher and my patience is not overflowing. Somehow I just don't understand why they don't get it the first time I explain something to them. I have to remind myself "do I get it the first time God shows me something?" No. "Do I make the same mistakes on my cakes and cookies?" Yes.

We are truly blessed to be able to send our children to a Christian School. Park Avenue Christian School is such an amazing school. The teachers really do love our children and although it is a tough school academically, they are getting what we have poured into their lives since day one and that is the love of Christ. The teachers and staff work so hard loving, guiding, caring and teaching our kids and I love them for that. At the end of the year I am delighted to be able to thank them for all their hard work throughout the year.

This year I got a new cookie cutter, which I had been dying to use, so I pulled it out and the ideas came flooding. I made each teacher and staff member a beehive cookie with fun tags saying "Thank you for bee-ing so kind" or "Thank you for bee-ing a great teacher". They also all got a honey cupcake and for my children's homeroom teacher and principal I gave them a basket of goodies. I had so much fun making them and they really came together well.

Honey Cupcakes

I added a recipe card to make Honey Coffee!
I love honey and lemon when I am suffering with a cold, which made me think of adding lemon to the basket with this fun little card
The teachers, of course, loved it and my children were delighted to hand them out to them. Jack also made a little apple and ruler out of Fimo clay, for his teacher. I wished I had taken a photo to show you and brag about how wonderful he is doing in creating things out of clay. I am very proud of him.

Today begins the first day of our summer. Unfortunately for the kids I have one more cake to finish and then I am all theirs for 11 weeks!!

Hoping your summer will be full of fun and relaxation and if it hasn't started yet, then I hope it will be when it comes :)

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Today has been a fun day. My children are such a delight and simply loved making me cards and little presents. One of my favourite cute gifts was from Amelia. At her school they asked the children for different recipes and printed them into books. They were so funny.

Here is Amelia's recipe for chocolate cake

You will need:
2 tb of sugar
5 spoons of flour
3 spoons of baking powder
2 eggs

Mix these together in a pot. Bake at 60 degrees for 21 minutes. Take it out of the oven. Wait for it to cool off. Eat it.

Fondant is good to put on top of the cake.

Isn't that the cutest thing ever?!! Boy did I get a good laugh when I read them all and I now realise what our children think we do in the kitchen. If only it was that simple!

Well here is what I really did for Mother's Day this year, only I baked mine at a slightly higher temperature than 60 degrees. Heehee

I was inspired by the roses my daughter had given me a few weeks ago

Bagged and tagged ready to go!
Hope your Mother's day was just as special as mine

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A "mistakable" Cake

I had mentioned in a previous post about a cake I made and that towards the end a disaster occurred. Well I thought I'd share what happened rather than just showing you the cake and then you thinking I'm such a great cake decorator.  I can assure you that, although my skills may be better than most other mothers, I am far from making a flawless cake. Something inevitably goes wrong.

Everything seemed to be going well with the cake.  The decorations were made, the cake was baked, filled and ganched and it was ready for me to apply the fondant.  This is where the trouble began!  After smoothing out the fondant and trying to get my sharp edges, I noticed air bubbles and thinking I had got rid of them I let the fondant dry overnight.

The morning of the day of delivery I only had to add the decorations and ribbons, make the cupcakes and ice, adding the cap and scroll toppers. Upon seeing the cake I saw how it had shifted slightly overnight, leaving bulges in the side (it was very slight).

So I figured I would just cover the imperfections and get working on the cupcakes. As I began to add the fondant lettering I saw a hairline crack right next to the 'A'.  I continued to work and slowly, slowly the crack got bigger. I stopped work and watched. It moved down the cake and then one went up and over onto the top of the cake where the tassel is. I could not believe it!! It just didn't seem like it was going to stop, so quickly I grabbed my knife and cut out that piece of fondant and replaced it with a new piece. To cover the join I added a boarder around where the 'CLASS OF' which was on the new piece of fondant. Nobody noticed it was not supposed to be like that, only me (and now you). I was disappointed since I saw the original look of the cake just before it began to crack and it looked sharp and clean, but now I don't mind it too much.

Vanilla cake with Strawberry Tea filling! Yes, it's infused with Yorkshire Tea :)

Vanilla Cupcakes with chopped strawberries in the center and strawberry buttercream

Hidden under the tassel is the start of the crack going onto the top of the cake.

I simply love making sugar flowers. It is so fun to take a piece of gum past and form something that looks real.
Well this is my first Graduation cake of the year.  I have two more next weekend along with end of school year gifts for the teachers, so it's going to be a very busy week.  Hoping my next two cakes will not have the same thing happen to them, but I'm sure I'll come across a new problem.

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

And the winner is.....

Viv Roca!
Congratulations Viv, please e-mail me at and let me know what style cookies you would like. 

Thanks for everyone entering

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Biscuit The Dog

I was asked by my sister if I would make her daughter a cake topper of a dog.  Of course I expected the challenge and only wished I could have been there to see my little niece's face.  I knew if I was able to pull it off, and it got there in one piece, that she would love.

Well here he is

"Biscuit the Dog"
He was shipped to North Carolina from Florida and amazingly enough arrived well. His tongue had fallen out and a few of the flowers had broken, but otherwise looked great

With his bowl of bones and tennis ball!

I made him from fondant.  At first I really wasn't sure where to begin, but as I began to mold the fondant he started to look more like a little puppy and adding his tongue and eyebrows gave him character.  The bowl of bones and tennis ball were an after thought, but turned out really fun.

I think she was surprised!

The story behind the cake itself is one where "I've been there, done that" sort of story. You can read about it here Lydia Hope: Birthday Girl! 

I have a story of my own to share, which happened today.  It's similar to my sister's where you have this amazing idea for a cake, but along the way something happens and it turns out so different to what you thought.  It's times like these that I wonder why I like decorating cakes and cookies so much, then another idea comes and I begin again hoping this time it will be a success.  I'll post pictures tomorrow and share the stress of it all!  haha

Hoping you have a wonderful weekend

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I am not Super Mum or a Super Baker!!

Oh, but I wish I were!  To be in lots of different places at once and doing lots of different things at the same time seems very appealing to me, but last night I discovered I can not do more than two things because look what happened!

Any guess at what those very very dark cookies are supposed to be? (And no they are not chocolate cookies!)

Ballet Point Shoes! BURNT TO A CRISP!

First of all, I forgot to put a hole in the top of the cookie. So I had the bright idea of putting them back into the oven to soften up enough for me to poke a hole in them, at the same time as assisting my 10 year old on a school project of making a model of the urinary system.  Sounds like fun, eh!  Well actually it was and I became so focused on helping my son that I totally forgot about the cookies and this is the result!

At least he did a great job on his project :) Perhaps it actually helps having a mother who enjoys modeling pieces of fondant or clay.  He kept saying (in his American little accent) "Mom, it's my project!" I will admit I did make the kidneys, but he made everything else.  Clever lad

Urinary System made from Fimo clay

Hope you have a better baking day than I did yesterday :)

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~