Monday 31 December 2012

Just Add Snow

Browsing Pinterest, I came across the most adorable gift idea - a snowman kit by Make it Do. I had been looking for an idea for a home made gift I could take along for all the children who went on our Skiing holiday over Christmas, and this was perfect!

The carrot noses and bits of coal I made out of air-drying clay, then painted; the hats were just cheap Santa hats from Tesco and the scarves I cut from a fleece throw. The most complicated bit was the little drawstring bags! Although I may make felt top hats next time, if I can find black felt that is.

For a few days we didn't think we the kids were going to get a chance to use their kits, as we had had beautiful sunny weather, and the snow on the ground just wasn't suitable for snowman building. But we needn't have feared, snow finally fell and building commenced.

Sunday 30 December 2012


Best Holiday Ever!!

We finally went on our very first skiing trip, in Austria.

Friday 14 December 2012

Noah's Ark

This cake took a long time to make, and is completely edible except for 2 dowels in the giraffes necks. The hull of the ship was cut from a 12" square cake, so it measures about 17" long from point to point. I once again learned a new technique to make this cake - making fondant look like wood. If there is any interest, I may do a tutorial on this, so please leave a comment if you would like one. I know I say this with every cake, but I think this is my favourite to date.

Happy birthday Noah, I hope you enjoyed your cake!

Sunday 2 December 2012

Harry Potter Cake

I had an awful lot of fun with this cake! I don't get to do figurines as often as I'd like, and I always try and learn a new technique every time I do. This is the first time I have used Rice Krispy treats as the base of my figurine, since Harry Potter stands about 20cm tall, I felt it was necessary in order to make the character lighter and more sturdy. It was actually quite easy to do, and saved on a lot of fondant! I also tried out a new method of creating hair, and am very pleased with the results. The cake is a 12" dark chocolate sponge with vanilla buttercream icing.