Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Personalised 50th Birthday cake

I was asked to make an 8ins round Vanilla sponge cake, but with a figure looking like the birthday boy,sat in a comfy chair, playing a guitar, watching tv.

And his favourite newspaper is the Sun
The figure, chair and tv is made out of squires flower paste, so can be removed from the cake and kept.
The rest of the cake, including the music border,mat & paper are all edible




Monday, 2 December 2013

Quick & Easy Syrup steamed pudding using a microwave. In 10 minutes

Heres a very quick pudding if your rushed for time, but its good however long you have.
You need a microwave,
A 2pint microwave proof bowl, or any similar sized bowl.
4oz/100g Butter or Stork
4oz /100gSelf raising flour
4 oz/100g caster sugar
2 large eggs
A dash of vanilla extract if preferred.

2 tablespoons / 30ml of water

Golden syrup
Lemon juice

Grease your bowl with butter or Stork margarine.

In your bowl pour  a good amount of golden syrup into bowl so the base of your bowl is covered, depth about half an inch, depends how much syrup you like.
Pour the lemon juice over the top of the syrup, till syrup has a layer of juice on it and mix all the juice in till a runny syrup.

In a mixer, or by hand.
Add all the ingredients, Stork/butter ,Caster sugar,Self raising flour, two eggs and vanilla and very important extra for microwave, 2 tablespoons/30ml of water and mix thoroughly for two mins, until light and creamy.
Carefully pour over top of your syrup mix ,trying to avoid it coming up ontop of  cake mix.

Cover your bowl tightly with clingfilm and pierce with a knife.
Cook on full power for 5 mins and leave for 5 mins
Turn out onto a plate, making syrup at the top.
Server with your favourite
Custard, ice cream, evaporated milk.

And enjoy!

Alternatives
Add a handful of mixed fruit, for spotted dick
or replace 1 oz /25g flour with 1 oz/25g cocoa for chocolate cake.
Or add some ground ginger to spice it up.

picture shows double the amount mix done in a 4 pint bowl.


Friday, 29 November 2013

1st Birthday cake

Here is a 10ins round ,4ins deep chocolate fudge cake.


 I made all the individual animals with Squires flower paste.

Leaving them for a week to dry.


They can now be removed from the cake and kept in a dry cabinet on display or cardboard box with tissue.


Never store your toppers in polythene or an airtight container when dried as it will make the icing hold moisture and eventually melt your toppers.








Keep checking bad for added pictorial on how to make models using flowerpaste.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Another Poppy


Here is another version of a poppy, this time its made using edible rice paper or wafer paper.
Each petal is cut out and painted with edible paint.

A very easy technique to achieve.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Design Teams

I now work solely for myself.
Using my knowledge, for my gains.
I am no longer on any Design teams for Companies showcasing their products for their advantage only.
I will ofcourse be more than pleased to use products which are of use to my business and showcase them for my benefit, giving credit, where credit is due to the company I have used them from.
Anybody wishing to use my images will require permission before doing so, in a form which will be advantageous to both parties. 
For many,many years I have hidden in the background of companies, spending hour after hour perfecting samples to be seen on tv craft channels and magazines for **them to take the credit for my work(as their own, they 'just knocked them up on the train on the way down!'), for little or no gain to myself ,but major ones for the said companies. 
From now on what you see is Me and How I work.
What I do,
How I do it
and What I like to use.
I hope you will join me and continue to add your valued support and kindness.
I have reached a point in my life, where I will no longer be used as a tool.

** with the exception of Joanna, Noreen, Linnie, Tina, Karen or Jeanette.

In Remembrance....


This week is all about Remembering those who have fallen in war and my grandad who is still going strong and was in the medical core, being one of the first group of medical help to go into Belsen Concentration camp in world word II.

Here is a large poppy made out of Sugar, this is approximately 5 ins in diametre and is definately a less is more statement on a cake.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Sugarcraft Tea Rose

 Here i have hand made a life size sugar rose.
This is made out of flowerpaste, which dries to an all most porcellain finish.
Very delicate but i can roll the icing out so thinly you can see print through it, which gives the rose a translucent effect when made up.
Each petal is cut by hand and veined using Squires kitchen Tea rose silicone mould and then seven layers are made into the rose. The rose measures 4ins in diametre approx

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Food Standards agency

Well i have been a very bad blogger, i have been following a different line in my crafting.
I am a fully registered business with full insurances and public liabilty. Also i am happy to announce that my new hygiene inspection from Wokingham Borough Council  Environmental health/Food Safety Officer gave me a 5.
Which is the highest mark available.

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