Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Baby Groot!

Hi folks,

Well, I managed to make a passable ‘Baby Groot’ cake for Katie’s birthday. I have no idea how Zoe from Zoe’s Fancy Cakes makes it look so easy! But a great big thank you to her for the inspiration in the first place 😊

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, Groot is a character from the film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. He’s basically a sort of tree like alien life form. You’ll have to watch it to find out how ‘Baby Groot’ came about! I haven’t seen the sequel yet, but I believe it’s amazing!

Here’s my take on BG in cake form…

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I also made another birthday cake, this time a sticky toffee pudding cake. That wasn’t a surprise for the recipient, but the topper was a bit of a joke at his expense. You see, Josh (the recipient) is a Somerset lad surrounded by us northerners……so it was only to be expected that he would end up with a tractor on top of his cake! I made it from RKT, ganache and fondant. Please don’t mock….(a) Never made RKT before (b) I spent so much time on BG, the tractor wasn’t as detailed as I wanted it to be (good job he’s family 😁)

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He’s a good lad, and was delighted with it anyway, proceeding to eat the tyres almost immediately!

That’s almost it for now, except to update you on the 24 hour bakeathon that my daughter in law and friends did last Friday/Saturday. The girls did a fantastic job and the total so far is around Β£1700! And there’s more sponsorship money to come I believe. Well done Abigail, Rebecca and Kirsty, you’re amazing! ❀❀❀ All proceeds are going to Pendleside Hospice, a charity local to us which does a fantastic job of supporting seriously ill patients and their families. If there’s somewhere like that near you, why not consider raising money for them yourself?

Till next time

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

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Today’s the day….in more ways than one!

Hi you lovely lot!

Today’s the day we find out if I’ve managed to produce a passable likeness of ‘Baby Groot’ from Guardians of the Galaxy….in cake form!

But that’s not all….I’m also making another cake, but this one’s a secret for now…….here’s a little clue..

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One jug of caramel (cooling as we speak) 2 Rice Krispie treats shapes, and a mystery cake πŸ˜‹

All will be revealed later!

As if that’s not enough, today’s the day my daughter in law Abigail, and friends Rebecca and Kirsty embark on a 24 hour bakeathon to raise money for Pendleside Hospice. Yes, you heard right….24 hours!

It starts tonight at 8pm, and from 9am tomorrow, Abigail’s kitchen becomes a ‘pop up shop’ with breakfast goodies, and bakes galore all day. If you’re local, why not pop in, show the girls support, and buy some goodies in aid of this amazing charity. Pendleside offers end of Life care and support for both patients and their families, in peaceful and beautiful surroundings. They rely on fundraising to keep them going, so even if you can’t make it to the Pop up Shop, why not ‘pop over’ to the Just giving page instead! Details of the event are below, but the whole shebang will be streamed live on YouTube, so keep an eye open for that too!

https://www.facebook.com/events/575392476184309/?ti=cl

Meanwhile, it’s back to the kitchen for me……got two cakes of my own to finish 😊

Happy birthdays Katie and Josh ❀❀❀❀

Till next time

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

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More new creations from my new kitchen!

Well, I’ve got to make good use of it haven’t I?

So while Baby Groot, or rather the makings of Baby Groot, is chilling in the freezer, I thought I’d make a galaxy themed board. I covered it in black fondant, and then went rummaging through my sprinkles and shiny things. I sprayed Dr Oetker silver shimmer on some parts, then got the edible gold dust out too. I’m hoping to add some blue and purple, but it looks pretty galaxy like I think?

I also had a play with a couple of drip cakes. I’ve only done it once before and I wasn’t very happy with it so I made a lemon cake with pink coloured white chocolate drips and sprinkles, and a chocolate orange cake with milk chocolate drips and a bit of gold ‘bling’

Still need more ‘drip’ practice as you can see! Ah well, practice makes perfect hopefully 😊

Till next time

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

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Getting ahead of myself!

Hi!

In less than two weeks, my baby girl turns 29 years old! I feel so ancient!  😞 Luckily, both my ‘kids’ keep me young in their choice of birthday cake (remember the white mouse in May?) I must confess, I have chosen Katie’s cake myself this year. As soon as I saw Zoe’s Fancy Cakes tutorial, it was a done deal! I’ve started early and baked, filled, carved and crumb coated, and it’s now sitting in my freezer chilling out. Can you guess what it is?

No? Think Guardians of the Galaxy…..ok you can have another picture..

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Isn’t he cute? It is, of course, none other than Baby Groot himself 😁 I really hope I can do him justice. I’ve already forgotten to cut out his eyes before I crumb coated (that sentence sounds so wrong), but I shall be following the tutorial to the letter from here on! If you would like to check out Zoe’s tutorial here’s the linky thing. She has loads of other great tutorials too 😊

Just look at those eyes, absolutely adorable 😘

I’ll keep you updated on my progress, and any other creations I attempt along the way….. I’ve got my eyes peeled for tractor cakes too!

Until next time

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

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Welcome to my (almost finished) new kitchen

Hello 😊

As promised, here are some pictures of my new kitchen. I’m no photographer, and they’ve only been taken on my phone, but I love love love it!

This is what I call the ‘kitchen’ end of the room. As you can see, the upstands and splashback still need adding (note makeshift cardboard ‘splashback’)

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And this is my ‘office’, where all the cake preparation and decorating will be going on! The worktop in front of the window has deliberately been put in as a separate piece, so that it can be retrofitted as a ‘rise and fall’ area in the future if needs be. At the moment, the stool I got from OH is height adjustable, which is fine for now 😊

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And now (drum roll please) My first cake from the new kitchen. I’ve incorporated a few techniques (watched far too much YouTube tutorials in the past month!) so I did watercolour buttercream effect, then tried a Russian piping tips, which I was reasonably pleased with for a first try. The last ones are a bit flat, as it was hot yesterday and the buttercream went a bit ‘floppy’ towards the end. Then I tried the ‘brushstroke’ technique….hmmm, did I mention it was hot yesterday? I literally had to take one out of the fridge, apply it, then grab another! More practice needed obviously, but here it is. It’s a lemon sponge with raspberry buttercream 😜❀🍰

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For this I kept things simple and went for a basic Victoria sponge which I flavoured with a naturally concentrated lemon paste. The ratio for the buttercream was 225g butter and 500g icing sugar, with 2 tablespoons of double cream and a tsp of meringue powder for stability. I always use Lakeland brand natural raspberry flavouring. I haven’t found anything that tastes remotely as nice! The chocolate shards I made by melting white chocolate, colouring some of it pink (Wilton gel colour) then spreading it with my spatula on to baking paper, but like I said, more practice needed!

That’s all for now

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

 

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Almost there!

Hi! My new kitchen is almost finished! All it needs now is some upstands (not ordered originally as I wasn’t sure about them) a splash back and a lick of paint! I’m also looking for new blinds and have bought some fabric to make a cafΓ© rail 😊

Here’s some pics taken at various stages. I will take some as it is now later too.

I christened it on Saturday by making some scones and a cake. The scones are gone, but I’ll be decorating the cake today. I’ve watched a LOT of YouTube tutorials while I’ve been in cake ‘desert’ so not sure what theme yet lol 😊 Watch this space! I’m back!

Until later

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

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A very special cake

Hi again, as you know, I currently have no oven (well technically I have one, it’s just not connected!) In my freezer were 3 cakes destined to become my nephew’s 21st birthday cake. I haven’t mentioned this before as my lovely niece, Georgia Goldsack, had organised a surprise party for her big brother, so I had to keep schtum 😢

Anyway….the party’s over now, everything went off without a hitch, Daniel Goldsack was suitably surprised and we all had a great time πŸ’ƒ

Georgia had given me a few ideas, Game of Thrones (Stark) music, guitars and Guinness to name a few! I filled and covered all three cakes, made the decorations and packed them as carefully as I could for the 5 hour journey from Burnley to Lavenham in Suffolk. No-one was more surprised than me that they all got there in one piece!

As usual, I forgot to take a ‘posed’ photo, but here are some that wereΒ taken πŸ“·

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The bottom tier was vanilla with raspberry jam and white chocolate ganache filling and crumb coat, and the two top ones were chocolate with chocolate ganache filling and crumb coat. Decorations included cake lace music stave (using DIY cake lace from a previous post)

Guitars, Guinness, ‘Stark’ wolf sigil from GOT, and Iron Throne also from GOT πŸ˜‹

I have to say I was rather pleased with how it turned out, and it tasted delicious. Dan loved it, and that’s the most important thing.

To say I was shattered when we got back is an understatement! It’s now 5 days later, and I’m just about back to what passes as normal for me 😏 but it was worth it to spend quality time with family, and to be there to celebrate Dan’s special birthday.

Well, that’s all for now, but I will be posting a kitchen update later!

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

 

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Plastered!

Exciting times, I now have newly plastered kitchen walls! The plasterer came last Wednesday, and had the lot finished by 6pm. That gave it a good 5 days to dry out ready for yesterday when the kitchen fitter started 😊

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And this is what it looked like by the end of yesterday…

And so it begins, I can’t wait for it all to be finished, then I can bake again πŸ°πŸŽ‚πŸ₯

Meanwhile I’m making do with decorating some cakes I froze before I lost the use of my oven. Pics of those later 😊

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

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Farrrrther’s day!

Greetings me hearties!

Father’s Day had a piratical theme for us at the weekend. Not for any particular reason….well perhaps because I bought a pirate ship mould in the Lakeland sale and just wanted to try it out 😳

Anyhoo, I made the cakes and froze them before the kitchen was stripped out, and decorated it last Friday as we had our father’s day celebration a day early so that my daughter and her fella could be there.

Our son and daughter in law kindly hosted (no kitchen remember?) and as Saturday’s forecast was good, we had a lovely afternoon in the garden, and a BBQ. In hindsight chocolate frosting wasn’t such a good idea! Phew it was scorchio πŸŒžβ˜€ Luckily, Abigail had made a refreshing lemon meringue pie, and we had strawberries, raspberries and profiteroles too! Spoilt for choice πŸ“πŸ°πŸ Β It was the first time Abi had made lemon meringue, and it was delicious! (Good old Mary Berry recipe) So good in fact that I bestowed the ‘Hollywood Handshake’πŸ‘Œ

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the pie, but I did get some of the ‘Galleon’. In my rush leaving the house, I forgot my Lego pirate figures to decorate it with though, so we raided Abi’s ‘stash’ and made do with Disney heroes instead!

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In other news, I now have a plastered kitchen and we’re all set for fitting to start on Monday 😊

Before that though, there’s the small matter of a concert on Friday! It’s not too late to get tickets. Just follow the link below for information πŸ˜‹

https://www.facebook.com/events/1817728958537782/?ti=as

Have a lovely day

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

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When is a kitchen not a kitchen?

Answer: when it’s in the conservatory!

Hello again,

Well it’s started! The chaos of having a new kitchen πŸ˜‹ I now have four walls and a fridge in my ‘kitchen’, and the rest is temporarily in the conservatory. I have a microwave, toaster, slow cooker and a borrowed 2 ring electric hob! The worst part is that I can’t bake, I’m sure I’ve got withdrawal symptoms! I can still decorate, and I have cake and cake pops in the freezer for working on next week. I’ve also been keeping busy making fondant toppers.

It helps that I also have rehearsals for an upcoming concert twice a week to keep me occupied too 🎼🎡

Below are pictures of both ‘kitchens’, I’ll be posting more as the transformation progresses. It’s very exciting to think I’ll soon have a space that works for me. No more inaccessible cupboards, a bespoke work area for my cake decorating that will ‘rise and fall’ if I need it to, I can’t wait! It’s great to know that if I do end up needing this β™Ώ indoors, the new kitchen will accommodate it πŸ˜”πŸ˜Š

Keep smiling πŸ˜€

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀