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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Narnia Cake and Cupcakes

I can hardly believe my little lad is now 11 years old. Time has really slipped by quickly as it feels like only yesterday I was carrying this little bundle of joy home from the hospital.

Throughout the year my children discuss their upcoming birthdays and talk about what kind of cake they are going to have. It generally changes as the year goes on, which I'm glad about as some of their selections can be quite strange. Last year my son has been really into baseball so it seemed that would be his choice, but as time went on he began to change his mind. He's really into music, especially the drums, and I started to make plans to create a drum set birthday cake. The flavour had been chosen, which was Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, he really doesn't like cake so I wondered if this flavour would help. It did!!!

Right as the last moment though, he changed his mind to a Narnia Cake. He read the book about 2 years ago and really loved it, but we told him he could watch the movie until he was a little older as some of the evil figures are pretty hideous looking. Finally we let him watch it and he chose to turn away at the scene of Aslan's death (I love how sensitive this little chap is). He throughly enjoyed it and has been none stop talking about it and is now whizzing through Prince Caspian, in the hopes that we'll let him watch that one!  One of the wonderful things he observed whilst watching the movie, which I had never thought of, was where Lucy and Susan were walking with him at night through the forest. They had no idea what was going to happen to him. My little boy said "Mummy, that reminds me of when Jesus asked his disciples to go with him to the Garden of Gethsemane, they had no idea what was going to happen to Jesus soon after that!" I was so blessed, I had never seen it that way before.

It is such an amazing book that I really wanted to capture the story in the cake, so I decided to create the wardrobe but also wanted to bring in the world of Narnia. This is what I came up with.

I was so excited to turn my idea of this cake into reality. There were many times when I just couldn't think how a certain part would work, but as I began it just came together very smoothly

The Wardrobe, where the adventure begins

Through the wardrobe into Narnia
One side of the cake was the front of the wardrobe and the other side was Narnia with the famous lamppost and Lucy's little footprints heading towards it. Oh if only I had captured his little face when he saw it! We kept saying that he can now step through the wardrobe to his eleventh year, that made him smile.

The Lamppost and Mr Tumnus' parcels
The Wardrobe and little moth balls that fell out!

Aerial view of both sides (I wonder if this is how God see our lives?!)
We did have fun with this cake and I put it on my lazy susan so the children could see both sides easily. They loved turning it back and forth. It is such a wonderful thing to see the delight in my children's faces when they see their cakes.

For his little school party I made cupcakes and hand painted the fondant toppers. These were a hit and of course my Jack had to save his. It seems he can never fully eat the things I make him as he always wants to save it to remember his special day.

We have had a wonderful time celebrating his birthday. It was busy and tiring, but to see his reaction totally worth all the hours it took!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake with Chocolate ganache.
It was delicious!

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Friday, January 18, 2013

White Elephant Cookie aka Ugly Dragon Cookie

My friend has an After-Christmas Party every year and last year was the first time we were able to make it. Unbeknownst to us a hideous dragon was being passed around. It all started when the host was given it as a real gift one year from her relative. Yes, someone actually went to the store and purchased this thing thinking of her!! There is a plus to the dragon, it lights up!!!

Last year we were blessed and picked him out from the wonderful selection of wrapped gifts. What joy it brought us all year long. NOT!!! 

This year it was our turn to pass him on and of course everyone is looking for the dragon shaped box, plus if they are smart enough they remember who took it home last year and will keep an eye out when that person enters the room. Luckily though our host directed the gifts into the garage first before entering the house so only she knew who brought which gift. There were two gifts per couple so although she knew we had it she had no idea which gift it was because I came up with a cunning plan!!!

I decided to make a cookie looking like the dragon and attached a tag saying "Congratulations, you are the winner!! This is a replica of your gift which will be handed to you in just a few minutes. Enjoy!" It was wrapped it in a small flat box, that no one would have guessed was the dragon gift.  Of course my poor friend who did pick it said "I'm picking the smallest gift, since the dragon won't be in there" and reached under the tree grabbing the little package. My husband and I sat there so quite as she unwrapped it and once the laughter had subsided and the tag read she was handed the real mccoy.

One very ugly Dragon Cookie

Even though I feel bad for my friend at getting this incredibly ugly fella at least she got a tasty cookie! Problem is she'll have to eat it with her eyes closed as not to get too freaked out. haha

Sugar & Spice, Hannah!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

And The Winners Are......

Yep I'm finally announcing the winners to the 1000 Fan Giveaway!! And yes I did say winners even though the original giveaway post said one winner. When you have three little treasures it's hard to say only one can pick a name. For some reason my kids just love picking names from a jar. They find it the most exciting thing ever, even if they don't know the people. So that is why we have three winners!!!!

So they are.......

Hilary Charlton!! Congratulations

Abigail Fisher!! Congratulations

Elizabeth Matsen!! Congratulations

So excited for you and can't wait to start on your cookies and post your new mat Elizabeth! Please e-mail me at with your addresses and any ideas you would like me to design for your cookies.

Thanks so much for all of you who support my work. Your comments mean so much to me and give me so much inspiration.

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Candyland Cupcakes

I made these fun cupcakes for a friend's baby shower. She is having a little girl and her bedroom theme is Candyland! How incredible is that!!

These were really easy to make and really fun. I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and then used Swiss Meringue Buttercream, but flavoured the buttercream just to add to the fun of these cupcakes.

Gum Drop - Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream and sprinkles of nonpareil
Lolly - Vanilla Cupcake with Raspberry Buttercream and sugar flakes
Gingerbread Man - Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream with a sprinkling of Apple Spice
Peppermint - Chocolate Cupcake with Peppermint Buttercream and chopped candy cane.

Let me know if you like to know how to make these cute little cupcake toppers and I'll be glad to put up a tutorial.

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year - 1000 Fan Giveaway!-Closed

Hoping you are all enjoying the first day of the year. It is good to start afresh but also questions fly through our minds on whether this will be the year we'll actually get the things we want to do completed! I always wonder if I'll ever be organized and on top of things. So far 2012 is still lingering especially the ironing pile. Soon I'll just be able to climb it straight to heaven!!

Well onto a better subject and that's my 1000 Fan Giveaway!! Yes, what better way to celebrate 1000 people liking my Sugar & Spice page on Facebook than a giveaway.

So what's the giveaway?

The winner may chose one of these 3 items:

1) A dozen custom made cookies. Can be for an upcoming event over the next few months. So if you have a birthday coming up and a theme in mind, cookies maybe the perfect thing! These can be shipped.

2) The Mat Great for those cake makers who want an easy way to apply fondant. Check out the link for more information. I can ship this also.

3) A custom made 6" cake, flavour of your choice. Perfect of an upcoming little party of 8-12 people. So if you haven't ordered a cake for an event, this would be great for you. I am unable to ship this, so unfortunately this can only be chosen by local people. Cocoa, Merritt Island, Titusville, Melbourne, Rockledge, Veira, Cocoa Beach, which are all located in Florida. In case you wondered where I am.

How do you enter?

* Leave a comment on this page telling me which item you would pick if you won along with your name.

For additional entries:

* Follow this blog and let me know you did by leaving another comment
* Follow me on Facebook. Let me know you did or are a follower by leaving another comment
* Share this great giveaway with your friends on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave an additional comment.

The giveaway will close Tuesday 8th January 2013 at 9pm EST and the winner will be picked randomly by one of my little treasures. You have up to four chances to win so what are you waiting for?! Leave your comments :) Giveaway is now closed. Winner to be Announced.

Sugar & Spice, Hannah