Monday, 27 September 2010

Cake Note 14: Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better. Emile Coue

....and my head is getting bigger to match! Well bloggers, here I am...late on parade again. Still struggling with this laptop, oh for my scruffy old room with the desktop pc in it...I could type like...well. like a typist!

Latest offering, I made this cake for  21st the worrying thing is, I used to look after this 'little boy' when he was three.......maybe the quote should say....I'm getting older and older!

I have an abiding memory of taking him to see Disney on Ice - Beauty and the Beast...he spent the whole of the show saying 'Yes but Jean...when is the wardrobe coming on' - :)

He's into drums and drum kits, this cake was to represent his own black and silver set. It's a chocolate cake filled with buttervcream and Duerrs fabulous seedless raspberry coonserve, coated with white chocolate ganache and sugarpaste. My thanks go to the marvellous Marion Frost of Patchwork Cutters fame, who thougtfully designed a drumkit template and consequently dug me out of a hole:) My thanks.

October will be a quiet month on the cake making front...I have started year two of the C&G Sugarcraft course so will have my hands well as a trip to Australia for Christmas to see my beautiful granddaughter Zara - and her Mum and Dad, of course:) Hope you like the cake - goodnight readers (even if it's only my loyal follower, Rebecca!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Cake Note 13: "Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows" Michael Landon.

Do you remember him? 'Little House on the Prairie' and Little Joe in that American programme with Hoss Cartwright! I loved Little Joe when I was a child.......reminds me of my Mother so much and I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the programme...oh, well, it'll come to me:)

OK, so here 's a cake I have made for my very dear friend, for her Mother who will be 92 on 20th September -  the very same days as my own dear departed Mam. Not sure where the other photo is, but I daresay I'll find it before I log off....AND here it is! The request was for a copy of an earlier cake, with a pink Stargazer lily - I did a bit of crimping on this cake, it makes a really nice edge.  Anyway, this little sweetie is going home with it's owner tomorrow, and I'll be baking an 8 inch chocolate cake for a 21st birthday for next week.......the boy likes drums, so I'm planning on a drum kit and maybe the names of a few famous drum rolls around the sides.....come that drum roll....the one the gorilla does for the cadbury's chocolate advert:

Long week for me even though it's been a short one..if that makes sense. I've started a new flower making class and this time my teacher is going to demonstrate Moth Orchids and butterflies. I have been desperate to learn how to make moth watch this space:)

Over and out

Monday, 13 September 2010

Cake Note 12: "“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.” Oscar Wilde

It's been ages since I last wrote on my blog - sorry if anyone has missed it:)

One of the reasons is because I have moved into the modern age...and got a laptop! No idea how to work it, lost all my favourite websites and passwords, and generally lost the plot! Still struggling with the keyboard but I am much improved, thank you.

The other reason is that I haven't made any new cakses until recentley - as I may have said before, they're like buses! You'll gather I've got one to show off about. The quote from Oscar Wilde is not about me boasting about my skill....perish the thought! Rather, it explains for me the nature of the choices I was given on this cake. I was asked to make a cake for a 16th birthday for a girl...Oooh I thought, lots of girly pinks and stuff...but no, doesn't like pinks or pastels or anything remotely girly..but she loves rabbits are what she got! I tried to make it a bit sparkly with the top hat and the fountain coming out of it, but the colour scheme was lemon sugarpaste and brown ribbon......I hate this colour combination personally so was worried the 'owner' wouldn't be happy with th end result. Hence the reference to putting talent into my work! As my friend said - 'It's not your cake Jeannie...make it and move on'....Luckily for me, the owner was pleased with the cake...and as a result, so am I:)

I hope the birthday girl is as happy with the sugarpaste rabbits as her Mum was!

I'll try not to leave it too long next time...2 more cakes on the go. And, I have also signed up to do year 2 of the C&G course I completed last year...let's see if I can rack up another 3 distinctions and 1 merit:) Yep...showing off now...goodnight everyone (or at least devoted follower...hope your back gets better soon:)