I have neglected this poor blog over the last month. Christmas crept up on me and I was spectacularly unprepared for it. My decision to make a lot of my Christmas presents and all of the tree decorations and cards proved to be a time consuming one! So when I wasn't making Christmas cupcakes at work I was baking, sewing, cutting and sticking - it was very great fun but I certainly never felt on top of things!
So although I had a wonderful Christmas, my resolution this year is to be better prepared for the next festive period. Here's just a little bit of what I got up to:
Amongst all this mayhem I agreed to make a birthday cake for my boyfriends younger cousin. She was having a 'Water Walkerz' pary and wanted a swimming pool birthday cake. ( I hasn't heard to water walkerz but it turns out to be an amazing place where you go in a giant hamster ball on water!). Cake decorating is not so much my 'thing' and I've not done modelling before, certainly not people so this was a challenge! Due my schedule of going back home to my parents for Christmas the cake (chocolate) was baked at my flat and then transported to my parents. It suffered somewhat from the journey so the cake wasn't as structurally sound as I would have liked.
The decorating process then started at about midnight; never a good omen when you have to leave to deliver it on your way to work at 5.30am! I made my usual chocolate buttercream and then melted 100g of dark chocolate and 100g of milk chocolate with a little milk and whisked it in. This created a really gooey chocolate cake without being too rich for children.
This was also the first time I had covered a cake and board all in one as opposed to covering the board first. Things were made difficult by the fact that I had forgotten My rolling pin, letters cutters and food colours amongst other things! But eventually, and with a little help from my mum, it got finished and I got a few hours sleep!