Hello all, It's been all go here at the house these past few days. Now the painting is done and dried, our oven is wired in...
It's been all go here at the house these past few days. Now the painting is done and dried, our oven is wired in and working, plus we've filled the kitchen with a few bits and bobs. It's starting to look and feel more like home and less like a building site... Which is always a positive.
Before I move onto the house update, I thought I'd share the results of my Auntie Bee's Birthday Cake. Those who've been reading for a few months will know that I had the pleasure of making her cake this year, returning the favour (or flavour if you prefer a foodie pun) to her. After all, she's made our birthday cakes (me, My brothers, My parents & my Fiancee) for years.
So this is the result: A woodland picnic. It started out as a dirty dancing cake, but they didn't have any pink food colouring. Then it was going to be plain white with bunting across. Then it gradually developed into a picnic set on a tree stump. Don't ask how that process came to be, but it did.
For those who asked for the details of the cake, here they are: It was two 9inch sweet berry sponges, with strawberry jam & vanilla butter icing center. Encased in white royal icing which I painted green with food colouring. It's topped with a mixture of desiccated coconut & shredded regal icing - all mixed with different green food colouring.
The tree stump was a mini fruit sponge with strawberry jam in between the layers. Topped with a mix of Red, Yellow & Black Regal icing. I pressed crushed biscuit into places and golden caster sugar to get the tree texture.
The mini cupcakes on the top are actually petite four versions of my Lemorange Cream Jubilee cupcakes.
All the fruit, the bowl of salad and the plates/bowl are made from mixed colours of Regal icing and are edible.
The bowl of Jelly is a mixture of jam, granulated sugar, jelly crystals & gelatin. It meant it hardened stiffer than jam on it's own but was easy to cut if the knife went through it. I used the leftovers to stick the fruit/candles/cupcakes to the stump.
The bunting around the cake is made from the basic colours from my regal ice set, joined with a simple icing pen. That bit was bloody hard.
So that's the birthday cake.
Here's a quick house update, we got a few things in the kitchen.
Not finished yet....
Our first meal in the dining room, with two of our helpers:
Half completed dining room:
Slightly scary Russian dolls: The one in the middle looks a little cross!
That's all for now - I've still got another car load of books & kitchen appliances to bring over. Funny how that's taken priority over...like...our bed.
Can't wait to get cooking in the kitchen. Just a few more shelves to put up, and our fridge is being delivered soon.