Saturday, 25 December 2010
Thank you all so much for your comments and support. I think I have loved every minute of it and am quite proud of what I have done, even though I have had no formal lessons yet, a lot of it has been trial and error and reading a lot of books and magazines for inspiration. I finally made it with all my orders completed here are the last photo's.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year lots of love Sue x
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Well, I have been busy again. I was stressing on Monday at the amount of work I still had left to do with regard to my cake projects, but Tuesday night I got home from work and just everything fell into place. I finished some more and took them in to work today and I think they were pleased with my efforts. I came home tonight and completed another one, one of the girls at work wanted a reindeer on hers and my other friend Jenny kindly lent me one of her Cricut catridges that had one on. It took some doing getting it to cut how I wanted but I think I succeeded, I added some holly as well. Hubby reckons it is the best one I have done so far (it takes a lot for him to say things like that, so I think he was impressed) and I think so to. I have one more cake left to do and I have three small ones that just need putting in their wrapping and I think that's it. Will update you soon on the final one, now I am off for a little relax and some tea!
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Well, Warrington has snow, we usually miss out compared to most areas in the UK, but I think over the years this could be changing. this is what it looked like last night at about teatime and Kaara just had to go out and check her garden. We still have snow today and it is very cold,luckily I was nice and warm in my kitchen doing the things I love best as you will see from my earlier post. Wonder what tomorrow will bring! Sorry about the state of the garden bu we have been rather busy in the house and it has been sadly neglected.
Well, here we are again and Christmas is fast approaching, I am frantically working in my kitchen to get things finished, here is another one cake I completed this afternoon. I had tried to cut snowflakes out last week with my Cricut Cake , they cut perfectly but I could not then get them off the mat. A friend at work who has the Cricut for card making lent me a tool that is similar to one I already have but a lot thinner on the blade, i tried it today and was able to get the snowflake off in one piece. Another one finished and I have yet to make three sponge cakes that will be decorated in the Christmas theme also, I will be making these tomorrow but will be using a slightly different recipe which allows the cake to keep longer and once it is covered in marzipan and iced they should be fine. See you all soon. Sue x
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Well here we are and I am busy again in my kitchen, here are photo's of two more cakes I have made and decorated. I did try and do the snowflakes on my Cricut cake, they cut perfectly but I couldn't get them of the mat, I think I put too much lard on it which is what you have to coat the mat in to make the fondant not move around. I have mastered the thickness of the fondant need to master getting it off the mat. Anyway, I resorted to the more traditional method using a cutter that I have used before. I will not let it beat me and will be practising over the weekend. Anyway here are the photo's let me know what you think
Monday, 13 December 2010
Well following on from my last post, I got home from work this evening, got tea started and then indulged in some more cake decorating, here is the latest one finished this evening. I have used my Cricut cake with a cartridge borrowed from my friend and have managed to do the polar bear. I think I have cracked it.
It has taken some time to master there is a technique to getting it as thin as possible, which I found out from the Cake Show I went to recently at the NEC. I am planning my next one, I had a total of fifteen orders and only now have 11 left to decorate. Well Jenny, what do you think, I think you may have guessed what I was going to do this evening. See you at work tomorrow Sue x
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Well as most of you know my main passion is baking, I am hoping to make a go of a small business with a couple of friends. I had a poster up at work advertising my cakes and offered Christmas cakes sponge and fruit. I have managed to get a really good response and have had to take my posters down as I had so many orders. Here is a picture of three that I have fully decorated. I am taking things slowly and not trying to over tax things by making the decorations complicated as I also need to get used to the Cricut cake machine that I have. I hope you like the result. See you all soon.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
I am ashamed to say I have neglected my blog, but I have been busy, I have, thanks to support of my two best friends have received orders for 15 cakes for Christmas, these range from individual sized to large square fruit cakes and three sponges. I have marzipan the fruit cakes and have now started coating hem in the regal icing, I will do all of them and then decorate them. The sponges will be made nearer to Christmas as their shelf life is not as good as the fruit cakes. I will be posting some picture of the finished cakes soon.
Whilst I have been busy my handy man husband has also been busy, we have been working on the hall, stairs and landing here are some pictures I have included one from a previous posting to give you an idea of what the hall looked like and now we have banister's on the stairs both landing and bottom, i think they look fab and can't wait to put carpet on the stairs and finish everything off. Hopefully Kevin's mum and dad will brave coming round to see us now as before it wasn't really safe for them especially as we have two energetic dogs running around. As you can see Kyrie has managed to get into one of the photo's its very rare that she does as she is scared of the camera. Well I am afraid that's it for today i will try not to stay away too long. See you all soon. Sue x