Cakes

From Paper to Platter

I have a sketch book filled with cake designs! While cleaning out an old box the other day I found it. For a long time now I’ve wanted to actually compare my sketches to the real thing and how it translated to a cake. This may be a good or bad result haha, but you’re welcome to come along for the comparisons and I will make another blog post of some design that never made it into cake so I’m happy for you to please use them if you want to.

Here we go…..

This is being a bit of a blast from the past haha.

I was blessed to be able to make this couple’s engagement and wedding cake.

Wow this is bringing back memories…… here are a few girly cakes 🙂

Let’s not forget the boys 😉

I forgot I had made so many! I’m not doing all of them for you today as that would take forever and bore you to tears, but let’s check out how some adult cakes went.

Now for the ones that are the most nerve racking yet exciting part of cake decorating, more wedding cakes! It seems in a few of these I started playing around with using the computer to design them.

Well that’s it! Overall I think I didn’t do too badly at transferring my ideas from paper to platter, what do you think?

I actually realised too when going through my files that I have a lot of step by step photos on how I made some of the cakes so I’m looking forward to going back into those and showing you how I did things.

Thank you for reading and take care! xx

 

 

 

Cakes

Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe

TOP SECRET!

OK I’m kidding, well this used to be my secret mud cake recipe and today it is YOURS! This recipe has everyone coming back for more and longing for the next time they can have it. Are you ready?

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Ingredients:
250g butter, chopped. (Secret: I use salted butter)
200g dark cooking chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon of instant coffee
1 1/3 cups of warm water
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Method:
Grease and line a 20cm round tin (or equivalent). Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius if fan forced (Mine is not fan forced so I have it at about 170 degrees), In a large saucepan on low heat add the butter, chocolate, coffee, and water. Stir until all melted and combined (make sure it’s not too hot and you are always stirring so the chocolate doesn’t burn to the bottom). Pour out into a large bowl, add the sugar and stir till the sugar is dissolved then let the mixture cool to room temp.
Add in eggs, flour, cocoa, and vanilla. I use a hand whisk to combine it all together making sure there are no flour lumps. Pour into the pan and then cook for roughly 1 – 1 1/2 hours or until the skewer comes out relatively clean when poked in the centre to test. Let it cool in the pan on a cooling rack. It will take a long time to cool down but do not turn it out of the pan before it has cooled or it will fall apart.
Aileen’s chocolate ganache recipe (Dark / Milk):
Well I really don’t go by a recipe for this so it’s hard giving one out haha. But I do go by the 1:3 ratio rule. Use 1 cup of the dark cooking chocolate and 2 cups of milk eating chocolate and then 1 cup of thickened cream (or just under 1 cup for a stiffer ganache).
Put all ingredients in a bowl then microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time. Give each zap a little bit of time before going again to ensure you’re not overheating and burning the chocolate or splitting the mixture (I’ve found towards the end just the heat in the bowl will be enough to keep melting the last of it without having to put it back in). If you don’t want to microwave it then you can melt the mixture together in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water.
Once all lumps have melted and combined then put it in the fridge to set. I take it out of the fridge and stir every now and then until it reaches the spreadable consistency I want. If you don’t need it straight away, then take it out and let it soften until it’s spreadable. If it’s melting on the cake then put the cake in the fridge until you put the fondant on. If it’s too hard to spread when you have it on the cake, then sit your spatula in hot water for a bit and it should help you along. If left out of the fridge and it forms a nice dried crust on it, that’s a good thing and you can very lightly spray the cake with water before putting the fondant on (if that’s what you’re doing). Alternatively you could put the ganache in a piping bag and have some swirly chocolate fun :D.

ENJOY!

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Paper Craft

30th Birthday Card Making Steps

Hi there! Maybe it’s just me but I am seeing a lot more hand made cards being given these days and I think that is wonderful! It means so much more to receive one, where you know someone has lovingly made or hand picked that card just for you!

I had a friend who turned 30, so that meant it was time to dig into my craft cupboard and make a card YAY! When I start a card, I’ll be honest here, I usually only have a vague idea of what I’d like it to look like. For this I was thinking vintage with maybe a bird cage. If you’d like to see how I made this card, please read on and you may get some ideas and feel free to copy it if you want. 🙂

Here is what I ended up making:

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With most things, I just use whatever I have on hand. What I don’t have on hand, then I try and make anyway because well, I’m a tight-a**e!

If you’re wondering what tools I use, you can see here I really only have about 1/4 or less of the monstrous amount of tools and products out there for scrap booking so don’t think you can’t make cards just because you don’t have fancy stuff.

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Rummaging through my scrap booking box I found a number of papers and embellishments etc that I felt suited the feel of the card I wanted to make.

Here is what I found and later this changed and I found more lol:

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The main inspiration for this card is from using pages out of this 6 1/2″ Kaisercraft – Miss Empire paper pad, it’s pretty ❤

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Choose Your Card

So first you will want to select what colour and paper you are going to use for the base of your card. With my card being a vintage style I wanted a warm vanilla colour. I started with A5 size (148 x 210 mm), 216gsm card. If your paper is textured, choose if you want the textured side out or in, then fold in half.

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I like to have lots of layers on my cards so I chose a patterned paper for the background and cut it just a bit smaller than the halved A5. So this paper was cut at 142mm x 100mm.

From here I planned out my card more of what I thought it could look like and ended up searching through my sewing box for lace haha!IMG_2281

Build up Your Card Design

Here’s a tip: plan out your card before sticking down your background paper in case you decide to use a ribbon or in my case, lace, as this will need to be tucked in behind the paper when sticking down. Like so……..

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OK, so I mentioned a bird cage. I found this beautiful embellishment in the Kaisercraft pad and as it had a creamy colour the same as the other papers I chose, so I felt it needed some boarders and depth. Here’s the fun part. I stuck it to other papers with double sided tape I felt worked and then hand cut with scissors (or “fussy cut” if we want to use the scrapping terminology).

Do you think I had a number 30 cutter, sticker, or stamp? Nope lol, so again some more hand drawing and cutting required but that’s ok………. I will tell you now and you can probably see it but I did have to rub out my lines SO MANY times to get the 3 sort of right so don’t be hard on yourself if you have trouble too. If you get it right first try then I envy you. haha NAH! Just kidding you’re awesome!! 😀 *thumbs up*.

Hmm….. the numbers needed a backing too. (here I’m laying it out together to see what it could look like).

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I found some more pretties to lay out with the card design! This time I also dug into my hair clip making box and pinched a fabric flower hehe. At this point I feel it’s really coming together.

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Stick It All Down!

Once you are happy with how things look, then start sticking. I use double sided tape, and double sided foam tape but on some areas like the fabric, you may want to use PVA glue.

Stick your front design to your card if you haven’t already and then you’re ready to write inside of it! If you have a bumpy or darker card you may wish to add in another bit of paper on the inside for writing. I have some stamps I picked up in a magazine so I used one on the inside of this card.

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You’re Done!

Thank you for reading. I hope this helps you in some way to make someone special a handmade card they will treasure. Next I’m hoping to show you a simpler child’s card made using less scrap booking specific products. Anything you would like to see just let me know 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

 

 

Kid's Craft

Make A Gift Box Easter Hat

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Easter is nearly here!! If your school is like mine and haven’t already done the Easter hat parade then you may find some last minute inspiration here.

My son (5) and I created this gift box headband hat. Here is what we used:

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  • PVA glue
  • Hot glue
  • Foil wrapped Easter eggs
  • 30cm Ruler
  • Plastic headband
  • Chickens
  • Scizzors
  • Pen / pencil
  • Paper pretend hay / gift filler
  • Sticky Tape
  • 12 inch x 12 inch card stock paper – colours of choice
  • Any other decoration of your choice
  • Felt or / and ribbon

 

 

First choose what colour will be the base colour of your box. My son chose blue. Have your paper or card as a square before starting.

Divide your paper into 3 even rectangles width and length and then with a ruler, draw lines. Then create tabs with angled corners as you see in the image below. I have done up a template for you if you would like to use this to print out onto A3 paper and it will be a 10inch x 10inch square. open box template

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Cut where the black lines are only.

Crease your fold lines in the direction that they will be folded in. Yours should look something like this…..

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Next collect your choice of decorations and make the lid panels for your box. My son chose to have orange and black triangles, zig zags, and diamante stickers.

Make the lid tags by using the same width as you made the sides, the height is half that measurement, and then add a fold tab to attach it to the box.

 

Use your sticking method of choice here, I used sticky tape so it was quick. Fold your sides up and stick down your tabs. If you do use sticky tape you will find that you may have to tape the edges from the outside of the box too.

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Now cut a strip of felt, ribbon, or card to cover your headband. We used felt and glued it using a hot glue gun. We then used the hot glue and another bit of felt to glue it onto the box base. You might want to do a better job than I did haha, I was in a rush. Also you might want to wait to fill the box before you glue it to the band.

Now fill your box with the pretend hay and decorations, and glue down everything. I would recommend probably using some larger eggs as well. These were just the ones we had left over from the other hats we made.

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If you haven’t already, glue the box to your band. Now you are done! It may be quite wobbly on the head so ensure your decorations and box are firmly stuck down and not too far to the side of the head.

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Happy Crafting and Happy Easter!!