Cakes, Bakes, and Me

It’s been such a long time!

Hi all, apologies for the delay since my last post. Such a busy time with family visiting, and birthday season for us!

I’ll start from where I left off last time, which was my impending birthday 😊

As you can see, my amazing daughter in law made me a beautiful cake 🍰❀ and we had a family get together to celebrate.

I got some wonderful gifts 😍 including my Airbrush kit…yay! Some more cakey bits and bobs from my Amazon wish list which I’d shared with my nearest and dearest ❀

Amazon gift cards which I promptly made inroads into buying this lot!

PME Anodised Aluminium Round Cake Pan 6 x 3-Inch Deep https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008AB8KIK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_Blc3AbZN23EWP

Because I seem to use my 6″ tin the most and I only had the one 😊

Wilton SCISSORS FOR FLOWERS IN PLASTIC SCISSORS FOR FLOWERS IN PLASTIC, WHITE https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004BQ3GEG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_Nnc3AbCGC92B5

Because I am going to challenge myself and try making buttercream flowers πŸŒ·πŸŒΈπŸŒΉπŸŒΊπŸŒ»πŸ’

Classikool Branded Savoy Disposable Icing Piping Bag pack of 20 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004QYHF86/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_Boc3AbFWM9EYC

Because…well just because I needed them!

Cosmic Blue Fairtrade Sugarpaste 1kg (By Squires Kitchen) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NKGDYV8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_tpc3AbC9P7D8Q

For an upcoming birthday cake πŸ°πŸŽ‚

Wilton Large Coupler Carded https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005LS8DYQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_stc3AbKV1QY7G

To save the faff of swapping tips when piping 😊

Wilton Icing Colour Gel Paste Primary Colours Set – 6x 28g https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01I3K7VUU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_Nuc3AbD0F0WMR

Because I really like Wilton colours and there were some different ones in this set that I didn’t have

Primrose Bakery Everyday (Exclud Can) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015YX077I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_cxc3AbTE5D7D8

It was 99p… I couldn’t resist

The Fifth Elephant: (Discworld Novel 24) (Discworld series) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00354YA9K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_kzc3Ab6C9RTMD

And just to prove it’s not all about cake (mostly….but not all lol πŸ˜‹) I also got this for an amazing 99p! If you’ve never read Terry Pratchett, this is a bargain but I don’t know how long it will stay at that price so grab it quick!

I also had a practice at doing buttercream rosettes with one of my new Wilton tips, the 1M. Now I know why it’s so popular, it almost does the work for you! I need to practice getting them all the same size, but the cake looked pretty anyway I think?

Last weekend, I also hosted a Stand Up To Cancer bake sale at my house. Although slightly disappointed with the turn out, I still raised Β£100. Many thanks to my friend Elaine Morris for helping out and making cake too, and to Abi, my daughter in law who couldn’t make it but donated a fruit cake, and joined us later on 😊

Last but not least, yesterday we celebrated my mother in law’s and my hubby’s birthday. I made a very special cake for this. So special it deserves its own post!

So, for now

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

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Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Do I make Easter Cakes? Or Birthday Cake? Or neither?

Hi everyone,

Every once in a while my birthday falls at Easter Time. This year it’s on Easter Saturday, which is great…I mean anytime a birthday falls on a Saturday is a bonus right?

Except I don’t have an excuse to make anything Easter-y, and my lovely daughter in law is making me a birthday cake, which will be amazing…..she’s a great baker 😊

So, apart from showing you ‘some I prepared earlier’ (like last year!) I thought I would share some Easter bakes from some of my favourite YouTubers.

These cake artists share their tutorials for free, and I’ve learned so much from them since I started this journey. It’s like having your own personal tutor, which I definitely couldn’t afford in ‘real life’

So I hope you enjoy them, and why not take a look at some of their other tutorials whilst you’re there πŸ°β€πŸ‡πŸ°

Well that should keep you busy for a while! Believe it or not, I had a hard time whittling it down to that selection! There are so many brilliant contributors out there 😍

Now this next one isn’t Easter based but I’m including it just because it’s a full length, practically real time tutorial which is incredibly detailed. It’s made by Serdar Yener of Yeners Way. If you go to his website, you can sign up for a free membership (if like me you’re fiscally challenged) but he posts tips every week on YouTube and then very generously a full tutorial every now and then!

Right that’s definitely it from me!

Until next time

Stay safe and healthy and have a happy and blessed Easter

Debbie ❀

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I wonder what I’ll get for my birthday?

Hi everyone, I suppose the answer to the question should be ‘ How good have I been?’ which technically is another question…..oops!

Anyway, I already know most of my gifts because at my ripe old age, my family *cough* husband isn’t willing to leave it to guesswork. Which is fine by me 😊 as I’ve been wanting an edible airbrush kit for a while now. Because I’m not sure whether I’ll be any good at using one, I’ve been dithering. I had it on my wishlist for Christmas, then changed my mind. Then changed it again! So when a friend said she was selling hers after only using it once, it seemed like fate!

As you can see from the picture, it’s a Cassie Brown model, (now marketed as SprayCraft) and I can’t wait to start practicing! First though, I had to buy some colours, I mean I don’t want to be getting up on Saturday morning and not be able to play do I? Luckily for me, I got an early birthday present of an Amazon Gift Card, so I got busy on t’internet and ordered all 3 primary colours plus black to start off with. I went with Classikool brand as I’ve used their products before and been pleased with the result. Basically, they cut out the fancy packaging and charge less! At least this way I won’t have spent too much if the technique gets the better of me 😊

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I’m a bit of a flirt when it comes to colour brands mind you. For gel food colour I have both Wilton and the Rainbow Dust Pro gel. And I have both Rainbow Dust (especially the silk range) and Sugarflair Dusts too. What can I say? I like to have choices!

So, roll on Saturday πŸŽ‚

Today however, has been all about my mother and father in law’s 63rd wedding anniversary 😍

So we invited them to our house for an ‘afternoon tea’ style lunch. I made 3 different sandwiches, quiche, sausage rolls, fruit scones with jam and cream, and a lovely lemon buttercream sponge cake. I had been planning a new icing technique, but ran out of time, so I went with a comb effect…….very forgiving, but looks pretty too 😊

The cake: Preheat oven to 160Β°C fan

Ingredients:

250g each of butter, sugar and Self Raising Flour

4 eggs

Zest of one lemon

Juice of half a lemon

Method:

Place all ingredients in a stand mixer (mine is KitchenAid Artisan) and mix until well incorporated.

This mix was enough for 3 X 7″ sandwich tins

Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from tins after 10 minutes, then allow to cool completely before decorating.

Buttercream:

Ingredients:

225g softened butter

500g sifted Icing sugar

Juice of half a lemon

Hot water

Method:

Cream the butter in a stand mixer with paddle attachment for at least 5 minutes until pale and soft. Add half the sugar and beat until combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the rest of the sugar and the lemon juice and beat again. Scrape the bowl again and check consistency. Add hot water a little at a time if needed.

Needless to say, I won’t be eating again today!

Well I think I’ve waffled on for long enough now, so I’ll let you go

Until next time

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

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What? No cake!

Confession….. I haven’t baked this week πŸ˜” I know, it’s disgraceful isn’t it? The truth is, I made too much batter for the Mother’s Day cake, and ended up with an ‘extra’ cake.

I’m not one for waste, so hubby and I have been munching through it, and even though it was Saint Patrick’s Day (an excuse to make cake to be sure!) I couldn’t bring myself to make more cake when we already had some!

Instead, I’m going to show you what I got from Party Animal, a cake decorating store based in Blackpool. I usually buy from their eBay shop when I just want an odd item, but this time I ordered direct from their online shop.

There’s something about a parcel arriving that makes me feel like a kid again, and even though I knew what was in it, I was still excited to open it!

So here’s what I got 😊

My favourite Renshaws fondant as my supply was getting low!

FMM Press Ice texture tool and PME Tree bark impression mat

Culpitt Curly Candles because well…..Curly Candles! And Sugarflair food colour because I always need more red than any other colour!

FMM Frill cutters. I’ve been eyeing these up for a while. There are so many designs to choose from though! I finally settled on these, but can see some of the others going on my ‘wish list’ sometime soon 😊

These I have been coveting ever since I got the mini alphabet set. They are just so easy to use! Cake Star sell these separately or as part of a set.

Ok, I know Christmas is a long way off, but I couldn’t resist these Patchwork Cutters, and besides that, if I added them to my order I got free delivery 😊 Totally worth it!

So that was the last of my Christmas present money spent!

I can’t wait to start using them, good job it’s family birthday season 😊❀

Until next time

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

Disclaimer: Party Animal has not sponsored this post. The recommendations are from personal experience only 😊

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Who’s a Sparkly Cake Princess?

My daughter in law, that’s who!

Like me, she loves to bake cakes, and has been known to wear a tiara and all manner of sparkly garments! (And she does all three in style I might add)

Last weekend was her birthday aka ‘Abi’s Happy Cake Day’

As it fell on Sunday, she decided to have an open house from 11am to celebrate…..with cake on the menu all day! Remarkably, there was still some left at the end, despite everyone bringing away ‘party bags’ (or in my case a Quality Street tub 🍰❀)

My contribution was the cake above which I’ve called ‘The Abigail Cake’. I couldn’t decide how to decorate it, so I just thought ‘what does Abi love?’ Well I know she likes colourful things, pink in particular, she likes star shaped items, shiny and sparkly in any form, and of course, she is a Princess!

So I tried to incorporate all of them in the cake ❀

I also know she likes Unicorns and almost made a Unicorn cake, and there was a definite Unicorn theme going on gifts wise, so it wouldn’t have been out of place if I had! Maybe next year…….πŸ˜‹

Here’s the beautiful birthday girl herself with my son James, and I had to include a full length one just so you can see the dress, oh, and a couple of the goodies on the table πŸŽ‚πŸ₯

That’s it for now

Until next time

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

About the cake:

Red Velvet (Both tiers) I used this recipe from ‘How to Cake It’

Covered in 50:50 buttercream/white chocolate ganache

Tiara made from white chocolate with silver and pink dragees.

Bottom tier has white chocolate star decorations and purple and pink sprinkles from Tesco.

Top tier has the stars and multicoloured sprinkles, also from Tesco

Whole cake was spritzed with Cake Decor edible silver spray

Other products used:

Dr Oetker concentrated colour gel in pink and purple

Silver Spoon Icing Sugar