Saturday, September 27, 2014

Taekwondo Legend


Ok, I am going to brag.  Just warning you. 

My  younger son graded for his black belt in Taekwondo last weekend, and boy was he awesome!!  (Told you!)  He was incredible. A real power ball. The whole day was heightened with emotion as he and another young girl sweated it out with sparring, routines, board breaking and heartfelt speeches. It was one of those days in life as a parent when you store away the memories forever. 

We were so proud. 

Check this out.....(apologies for the quality..)

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It was also our son's 15th birthday. How fabulous is that?! On his way out the door after a successful grading, he  proudly proclaimed....

"That was the BEST birthday ever!"

So of course, cake had to be involved. 

The whole club was going out for dinner after the grading, so Mama Bear puts up her hand to provide everyone with sweets. How does 50 Chocolate Oreo cupcakes and a white chocolate mud cake sound? Perfect.
I made the figures out of gumpaste and poked a toothpick under the foot to stick into the top of the cake.  I then took my hand to cutting out "Taekwondo" in Korean characters....hmm....don't look too closely.   I loved the monochromatic look of the cake...it gave it a real 'punch' (Pardon the pun!!)






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Watching your children achieve success in something they work hard for or put their mind to is so exciting. Truly one of the rewarding joys of parenting.
 Well done son. We are cheering you on. x




Enjoy! 

XXX

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ollie's Baby Dedication


A few weeks ago my husband  had the honour of officiating a Dedication service for our niece's beautiful baby boy, Ollie. This was extra special for us because our niece was the flower girl at our wedding 21 years ago. The dedication service took place under the stunning autumn  trees near the quaint country church where my niece was married. 
It is quite extraordinary watching the years fly by so fast, with a new generation of babies taking centre stage in our family. And what beautiful babies they are! 

Using the invitation card as inspiration, I chose grey, white and cornflower blue as the colour scheme, with a touch of chevron on the gumpaste elephant. The unfrilled ruffles were  more suitable for a baby boy, while adding texture to the cake. I found these gorgeous wooden letters which fit perfectly on the cake stand, and made a lovely gift for the proud parents. 

Again, the photos are not as good as I would like, as my camera is still out of action and I am unable to set up and style the shoot.....but still, you can see the cake and take a glimpse of this very special occasion.










Congratulations! 

XX




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cake Bling




Well...that was intense! 

This past month has consolidated my long held oppinion that our big life is just plain crazy!  I hardly know where to start. I spent two weeks in bed sick as a dog....not a nice way to get a break!! Thankfully my angel mother came to the rescue and stopped the family ship from sinking. She is a whizz around our home. All of the washing gets done, folded AND put away....no mean feat when I have about three loads a day. She defrosted our freezer, cleaned out my disastrous Tupperware drawer, washed all of the bed sheets AND blankets....feed our brood, cleaned up, washed up, played cards with the kids every night and had our home ship shape in no time! She is very efficient. 
I wish I was more like her. 

Somewhere in there, two of our little Lambs also got sick...more vomiting, bed washing and care. 
In between the blur of nausea, I took two of our bigger Lambs to a Taekwondo tournament four hours up the coast. We also did a day trip to a major city in the next state, took the whole family back over the mountains seven hours away to give the kids a taste of country life at an Agricultural fair, had a steady flow of in house visitors and baked six dozen cupcakes!
 Phew...

 


Miraculously, I actually managed to create a couple of extra special sugar treats. They were not, however, without their own set of stresses.
 Cake failure. I hate it. 

This sparkly cake was made for a friend's daughter who was turning 11 and  having a fun filled day of dress ups, makeup and movies with her friends. My own 11 year old daughter spent hours making these cute little dress cupcake toppers. They had to be just so....must be white to match the birthday girl's dress. No tulle because she doesn't like tulle and it is not a princess party Mum!...We compromised on the strapless dress part, as the birthday girl does not like that style...but we were seriously running out of time! In the end, 
I think they looked pretty sweet. 


I need to apologise for the terrible quality of these photos. I literally had less than half an hour to set them up and photograph them....and  then my camera decided to DIE after the first 5 photos!!! 
Can you imagine my distress!? I couldn't believe it. 
SO, these flawed attempts from my phone are seriously not blog worthy.

The cake and cupcakes were travelling four hours away, with our daughter..(more dramas)...and to my utter horror, they were to be transported in the back of a ute! A UTE. 
Mental note to self: don't ever...ever...ever think cakes will survive in the back of a ute even if they are well padded and secured in an esky!!! Arrgh!! 
Upon arrival, my daughter couldn't wait to tell me how all  of the cupcakes got jumbled about and completely mooshed up beyond recognition.....aahhh! 
I felt sick.

Thankfully, the cake survived with minimal damage to the top, which was easily hidden by the cupcake mirror stand. 





So friends, it has been quite a month. 
First thing on my to do list is to get my camera fixed. I feel almost naked without it...and have to intentionally calm myself whenever I remember it is not working! 

So much to bake...so much to style....what am I to do without my camera?

Did I mention that I have four birthdays in the next three weeks? Ohh that camera must get fixed. 

Meanwhile, I will distract myself by planning some very special parties for my birthday  Lambs.



Enjoy!

XXX

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Chunky chocolate peanut butter cake


This rustic cake appeals to the Bohemian in all of us.  It's rough, rugged appearance disguises a delicious, moist Chocolate pumpkin cake slapped together with crunchy peanut butter frosting.
 I used my  favourite
which transferred well into three 6 inch round cake tins. I made a little extra frosting so I could lavish it wildly all over the outside of the cake, before pouring dark chocolate ganache over the top.  
Way too much fun for one cake! x



















Enjoy!

XXX




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vintage cake stand




What's not to love about my new vintage cake stand? It is made of tin, with beautiful  pastel colours and a definite retro 'housewifey' look about it! 

 Seriously loving the styling potential. 

Welcome to the cake stand collection, little tin treasure. 











Enjoy! 

XXX