Friday, 12 April 2013

Postage Stamp Birthday Cake

My dad turns 70 next week, and I'd been thinking for a while about what sort of birthday cake I could make him. Two of his interests are stamp-collecting and chess. I considered making a chess board cake - complete with 3D pieces - but quickly decided that not only would it be insanely tricky and time-consuming to do, but the chances of it remaining intact after a 3.5 hour car journey would be pretty slim. So I settled for a postage stamp cake.

I had planned to make a square cake, and then a postage stamp from fondant icing, featuring my dad's profile. Unfortunately, just as I was about to put the square cake in the oven, I realised that I had misjudged the size of the tin, and didn't have enough batter for it. So I hastily scooped it into a round tin which was the right size.

Shape issues aside, I'm pretty pleased with the way the cake turned out. Hopefully my dad will like it too!

Monday, 8 April 2013

3rd Birthday Cake

It was my daughter's 3rd birthday last month. Three years old (*sob*) - how on earth did that happen? Of course, she just had to have a pink cake, and she wanted a certain character to feature on it too. So here's how it ended up.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Say it...with cupcakes

Phew - what a crazy day. Just time to post a picture of the cupcakes I made this afternoon (carrot cakes with white chocolate, orange and cream cheese frosting), while I prepare dinner and then crack open the champagne. Happy Valentine's Day everybody!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Dinosaur Cookies

I've discovered lately that four year-old boys love all things dinosaur. Well, mine does at least - and I suspect he's not alone. And so it was that we found ourselves at the Natural History Museum a couple of days ago, for the second time in less than a week.

During the first visit, I had somehow managed to usher both children past the museum shop quickly, thus avoiding being pressured into buying whatever dinosaur-related item they clapped eyes on first. This time, I failed - but just as Max rushed up to me clutching a dinosaur lunch box, I spotted a set of cookie cutters and my own eyes lit up. When I asked him whether he'd like to make some dinosaur biscuits, the previously coveted lunch box was back on the shelf before you could say 'Brontosaurus', and he was squealing with excitement and running to the till to pay for the cutters. Now that's what I call a result.

The following morning we put our aprons on and got creating, using the basic biscuit recipe I used for last year's Valentine's cookies, and coloured fondant icing to decorate. Naturally, Maya's dinosaurs just had to be pink. And why not? For all we know, pink dinosaurs did indeed roam the earth!