Cake, Sweet

I’m a little teapot…

I have recently bought myself some edible inks to have a play with during my cake decorating escapade’s.  As you’ve probably noticed from my previous cake decorating attempts, I’m not the best but I do try hard.

They’re my birthday cards in the background.

The main ideas for using the inks are to airbrush template designs onto cakes or cookies or to use rubber stamps to stamp images on.   I used to make cards so I have some supplies in the loft which will help me do this but I will write a post about it one day when I get round to doing it.

Today I wanted to try painting with the inks – its a lot harder than it looks.  The inks are very watery (although the colours are good) I suppose closest to watercolour paints, the icing is nonporous so the colours sit on and don’t soak in and you cannot apply any pressure because wet icing is soft icing.

That aside I made a kinda cute little teapot and cup and saucer which I painted, rather crudely with flowers.  I think by the end I was getting the hang of it and I know I said it before but I could really do with a cake turntable.
I made a teeny little sponge cake and decorated it with icing…then I gave the cake to my parents.

Cake, Sweet

Quick apple fruit cake – my birthday cake

In our family, I am the person who always bakes birthday cakes for everyone and it is a job I love to do but this also means that I bake my own birthday cake.

Now don’t feel sad for me, I get what I want, and I’ve also been bought a fair few (I had a great hello kitty one a couple of years ago) but nothing quite beats a home made cake so I choose what I fancy and make it.

Happy birthday to me…

This year I a wanted a fruit cake with marzipan and icing so I used this recipe Easy Apple Fruit Cake as my base and then decorated with ivory icing. I used Ivory for no other reason than I found it in a shop for £1 for a 1000g, no special design purposes.
Then, because I was decorating my cake at night again I thought “this would look quite good with stars painted on it”. (!) Seemed like a quick and easy thing to do at the time. 21 hand painted stars later and a border, I also hand painted with hundreds of little dots, I was done. I am fairly pleased with it though it could have been a lot neater but I will blame my boredom by the end. I will definitely use this method again.

Although my birthday isn’t till tomorrow, I’ve started eating the cake already… My birthday cake, my rules! Hehe.

PS, I never write happy birthday on it, that would be weird.