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Cakes and all that jazz….

Thought I would add this as it’s on my mind following on from lovely the comment Momoe made re the cowboy cake. It’s another reason that I’ve discovered that I like blogging is that comments coming back are thought provoking….

Well that’s what this blog is for …a place for me to store my thoughts and anything else that comes to mind Smile

The party has been and gone and the cake was a hit (thankfully!!) …My friend said she’s had lots of questions from the other Mums about whether I do or would make cakes for other people (as in charge them for it)….I’m not sure about that really for a few reasons.

– I do love making them and I worry if I start doing them more regularly I will stop loving it? If I’m honest this was the most relaxed I’ve been making a cake (I was admittedly a lot more organised …and long may it last Fingers crossed) but as a rule I do put quite a bit of pressure on myself when I’m making them because they are important to me. This is primarily because I know they are important to the person who’s asked me to make them and also because if it al goes horribly wrong it’s not much of a gift is it?!

– I’m not sure if they are good enough for someone to pay me for them…that is not false modesty…I look at some of the cakes on the internet on the various sites and blogs I visit and I am continually amazed – they are incredible. I don’t know if mine would stand up to scrutiny..and I never truly know how they are going to turn out …there can be a theme to head towards but I can never guarantee how it will look like eventually.

– Time…there’s never enough of it!!!!! The bottom line is I work full time, we live the life we live and that that entails which gives us little down time on the best of days…..I make cakes as a gift but would I want to add extra work on a more regular basis (because once you start…well you know how it can go potentially)

Anywhere there it is…it’s one of those things who knows what will happen in the future…Oh but in the meantime I’ve got another cake to make next month…party boys sister  Rolling on the floor laughing

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Flowers cake ….

This was for a colleague …I did this quite quickly but I was still pleased with it and the main thing so was she…I did do a bit of a plan for the decorations but it evolved into something else completely …I don’t know why I bother LOL!

Under the Sea Cake ..

This was my first attempt at making things with fondant icing…it was my little boys first birthday and he loved the shower curtain we had just bought, so I thought I would go for “Under the Sea”..he recognised the things on top so that was a bonus!

I think if I’m honest I was so very pleased with myself (and relieved!!) that I was hooked on fondant from then on….either way it’s a cake I was and still am proud of.

Happy 1st Birthday Small person …..

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This was my first attempt at making things with fondant icing…it was my little boys first birthday and he loved the shower curtain we had just bought, so I thought I would go for “Under the Sea”..he recognised the things on top so that was a bonus!

I wanted to make it as interesting as possible because lets face it that’s really all it’s got until it gets chopped up and eaten……I wasn’t at all confident in my baking skills but I was working on the theory that he was one and so he wasn’t going to much care if I got it wrong (is that awful of me?) . …I treated the fondant a bit like I would plastercine.

I would love to say I had a plan and to be honest I would have loved to have had a plan!! I looked on the internet at cake making sites, got some great information on painting and colouring icing and then just kind of went with where it took me.

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I wanted to it to be interesting all round …why I have no idea as I don’t think my little man cared two hoots but I just wanted to challenge myself……

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The problem if anything was deciding when to stop…

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The Octopus was a last minute decision because I suddenly realised that of the things he loved on the shower curtain (the Octopus being one of the main ones) it was the thing I had missed off!!!…It came in quite handy because I had a gap and he could just drape wherever I needed him to go (another funny thing I have just realised I assigned a fondant Octopus a gender!!! Smile with tongue out).

I think if I’m honest I was so very pleased with myself (and relieved!!) that I was hooked on fondant from then on….I truly feel fondant is just plastercine for grown ups now ……

Hey either way it’s a cake I was and still am proud of and my boy still likes looking at the pics now….so it just keeps giving