I love the little fluffy easter chicks you can buy at this time of year. So I had to make some easter cakes. I decided to mix the traditional chocolate nest (chocolate covered cereal, mini eggs and chick) with a vanilla cupcake. So a yummy cupcake with a little nest on top. My friend was over so we made these cakes together and she told me that you can actually melt a bar of dairy milk to cover crispy cakes without having to add any butter or syrup. So we tried it and she was right. It melts perfectly in a glass bowl resting in simmering water, provided you keep an eye on it and keep stirring. A lovely simple way to make some easter treats.
This cake I made a couple of years ago at easter. I made an Easter yellow runny butter icing and found some teeny chocolate chips which made cute little nests for the mini eggs to sit in.
I made this cake for my parent’s birthdays (they are within a week of each other). Its decorated with mascarpone icing. I had some edible glitter, blackberries, raspberries and mini marshmallows for decoration. My 5 year old nephew wanted to help so I gave him the decorations to put on the cake and this is the result. I think it turned out beautifully and his grandparents loved it. :)
Its a three layered cake with raspberry and blackberry jam between the layers. The recipe came from one of the free magazines you can pick up from supermarkets although I forget which one. They usually have lovely baking ideas in them.
I’ve been to lots of weddings over the last few years so lots of cards to make. Here are s a few of simple designs I made with my stamps and heart punches.
An acceptance card for a wedding.
These cards were for the happy couple on their big day.
And finally a card I sent for my friends 1st anniversary. A string of hearts.
I discovered a new craft store near where I work and they sell loads of these scissors with different pattern blades! I couldn’t resist buying myself a pair. I also had an excuse to use them straight away on this card for my sister in law’s birthday.
It’s red nose day/comic relief. We are having a cake sale at work so I made these mini cupcakes covered in butter icing and smarties.
I haven’t done any baking for a while and when I went to make these little cakes I realised that I had no caster sugar or self raising flour. I remembered that I could make caster sugar by grinding granulated sugar in a blender. I also remember hearing you could use plain flour and baking powder as a substitute for self raising but I had no idea on the quantities. Fortunately google gave me the answer from Nigella Lawson’s site.
The other ingredient I was missing was vanilla essence. The cakes tasted ok without but the butter icing really needed it so in the end I did have to make a trip out and fortunately the shop at the end of the road had some vanilla. Phew!
Lots of people made cakes to sell and all together £460 was donated. Hurrah! :)
This years Mother’s Day card for my wonderful Mum. Made with gel stamps from paperchase, flower punch and lots of love. I stamped the lettering onto a yellow piece of card which I rounded using my corner punch. I was going to stick it onto the green card lined up straight but accidentally knocked it. It ended up at an angle and I decided it looked much nicer like that so I stuck it on tilted as you can see. An accidental design which I think turned out very pleasing. And my Mum liked it too.
My fab friend got an amazing new job recently. So I made this card to congratulate her. I used my new gel stamp set for the lettering, a flower punch and added one of my new fabric covered buttons from the button factory set I was given for Christmas. :)
It’s always good to keep your crafts organised. I recently bought this beautiful set of drawers from ebay. I thought I would be able to keep a lot of my paper and sewing things in it but it turns out there was only room for my paper craft. I didn’t realise I had so much of it!