My First Two-Tier Cake

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Although I am constantly baking and cooking, it’s been a while since I’ve made a “proper” cake.  Actually it’s been about 7 months, and it was a cake I did for Hubby’s 40th birthday.

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Since then, I’ve been keen to get back into cake decorating, but life and toddler wrangling has kept me away.  Plus, I needed a big occasion to make one for.
So when I was having dinner at my next door neighbours house a few weeks back and she was talking about her son Jordan’s upcoming 1st birthday, I offered to do the birthday cake as my present for the birthday boy.  Inside I was getting all excited about cake decorating again, until Jordan’s older sister piped up and said “oh mum, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a little boy on top of the cake holding balloons!!!!”.  Oh Crap I thought.  I’d never done a figurine before…

So after a few YouTube tutorials and reading up my Planet Cake books, I made my first figurine.

ImageNot bad for a first attempt if I do say so myself 🙂

Initially, I had only planned to do a single tier cake.  But after I had made it, it just didn’t have that ‘wow’ factor.  So at the (nearly) last minute, well it was Thursday and the birthday party was Saturday, I decided to attempt make a second tier.  I also had reservations about the actual cake itself, as I usually use mud cakes for the decorated cakes as they are dense, can take the weight of decorations and tend to stay moist longer (I always brush each layer of cake with syrup anyway), but this time I changed recipes and used a “Devil’s Food Cake” recipe which was a little bit more ‘crumbly’ than the mud cakes and not as dense.  Luckily it all turned out alright.  One guest even said “it’s the best mud cake I’ve ever eaten”. Lol.  The top tier was devoured in seconds.

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I still can’t get the nice crisp edges on the corners, but for now, I think I’m happy to live with the rounded edges.

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A much needed update…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

But I’ve been a bad, bad blogger! *slaps non-typing hands*

Forgive me bloggesphere for I have not blogged in over 2 and a bit months.  Terrible, terrible me.   I generally write my blog when I’m on night shift at work during the down time but the last few months have been pretty very busy.  As Christmas has been getting closer and the Aussie dollar continues to be nice and strong against the US dollar, people have increased their overseas buying which means less down time for me at work.   Oh well, such is life.
And now while I have a few days grace whilst it’s a touch quiet over the new year period, I thought I should update my blog.

So this is what I have been doing in the last few weeks:

Hope you’ve all had a very lovely Christmas and best wishes for the New Year! xx

Thank you for reading!

Herrow!

Hai! Ciao! Kia Ora! Nǐ Hǎo!

Welcome to my first post in the world of blogging.  For the last few months I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a blog, but with a dodgy internet connection and not really knowing what I was doing, I never got started (once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator).  A few months ago, and I can’t remember what triggered it, but something made me join Twitter and then before you know it, I had signed up to WordPress and it’s taken me a while to get my head around it, but finally, here’s my first post.

So what will my blog be about?  There’ll be a lot of content on food and in particular baking.  I’d love to be able to blog about eating out, but I don’t really have the guts to pull out a camera/iphone and take a snap of food.  And sometimes I’ll be half way through baking or cooking and I remember to take photos. D’oh!

I also loooove watching telly – in particular reality tv, so I dare say, there will be a few posts about what I’m currently watching.  I have a Foxtel iQ and one of many favourite things to do is to save up about a series of a show (usually 6 eps/weeks) and watch it in one hit – much to the annoyance of Hubby as it means I take up a huge amount of memory on the iQ.  At the moment, I’ve got saved up the 3rd series of Real Housewives of NYC; the last few eps of Secrets of Aspen and the beginnings of the new series of Australia’s Next Top Model (heh heh heh).

The one of the other things I’ll blog about is learning how to use my camera – D3000.  When I was in high school, I did a little bit of  photography as part of one of my science classes and have always been interested in it.  My sister has had a dSLR for a long time and takes some fantastic photos and I’ve always played around with her camera, so I finally decided to buy my own and learn the craft of photography.  Hopefully I have some decent pics to put up on my blog.

Happy Reading 🙂

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