Friday, 28 August 2009

Barry's Kite Cake.

Happy Birthday Barry!
It's my step dad's birthday today so as usual I have made a cake! As he likes to fly kites, I thought that he would like this kite cake, fingers crossed he will! I made the kite cake by making a large square chocolate sponge and then using a template, that I had made out of paper, I cut out the shape of the kite.
I then crumb coated the cake and left it to chill for about half an hour. Whilst the cake was chilling, I made the kite string by using two different coloured icing and twisting them together. I then made the spots which I have used to decorate the kite. I then iced the cake using the double chocolate icing, which is a butter cream icing made with cocoa powder and melted dark chocolate, once this was done I decorated the cake with the icing spots and attached the string. This is the first time I have made a cake using a template, it is a simple cake but for my first I didn't want to tackle anything too complicated!

Monday, 10 August 2009

Cupcake Decorating Party.

What a masterpiece!

As my two nieces and nephew, Clodagh, Diddi & Lochlan, have been visiting from Scotland and due to the fact that the weather in Blackpool is awful, we decided to have a cupcake decorating party. We also invited my other niece, Avila, to come.
They decided that they wanted to make chocolate cupcakes, they each took turns to mix all the ingredients together and of course once this was done they licked the spoons and bowl, which in my eyes is the best part of making cupcakes!
Whilst the cupcakes were in the oven, they decorated cupcake toppers, that I had made from rolled out icing and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. They used icing pens, which are like felt tips but edible, to draw on their designs and finished them off with a few smarties.
Once the cupcakes were cooked and left to cool, I gave each of them a bowl of icing to mix, we used pink, blue, yellow and green food colouring. They then began to decorate the cupcakes, using icing, the cake toppers, that they had made and sprinkles.
I took a photo of each of them with their favorite cupcake and then they ate them and within seconds the cupcakes had gone!
We had a really good afternoon, they had loads of fun! It was a great way to keep them occupied for the afternoon but I think that the best part of the day for them was, without a doubt, eating the cupcakes!!