Friday, September 13, 2013

Cake time!

I am lucky to have a wonderful job and to be working with some really lovely people. My boss especially is great, so as a gift for her little girls 2nd birthday, I offered to make a cake. We started bouncing ideas back and forth and eventually settled on an ombre style cake. I wanted to make a practice cake before the party, and luckily it fell on a day that we had work, as well as it being a birthday of one of my coworkers! The cake is decorated only with buttercream frosting.
Please excuse the messy fridge!!!

Purple ombre vanilla cake in the middle!

For the actual cake I decided to keep the inside cake the same, it was moist and soft and so delicious! But I wanted something a bit prettier for the decoration so I thought I'd try my hand at buttercream roses. I am so pleased with the result!

The only bad thing is I have to clean up the mess now -.-'

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cupcakes and elephants

After a very very very long hiatus I am going to attempt to revitalise this blog! It will now include posts about cooking, sewing and other adventures. So, welcome back!

Last weekend was my beautiful niece's 1st birthday! I was at a bit of a loss of what to give her, so I thought about what I childhood gifts I cherished most. I still have a lot of soft toys that were given to me when I was younger so that's what I decided to make and give as a gift.

A few years ago I went to Europe in the depths of winter and to keep warm I bought these gorgeous green knit long sleep tops from Esprit, but haven't worn them since the trip. I didn't really want to donate them because I loved the fabric so I used it to make a little elephant for Rose.

I simply drew a rough elephant shape and then cut it out of the fabric allowing for a cm hem. The ears are the cuffs of the sleeve, they curled up as the fabric stretched while I was sewing and I absolutely adore how it turned out. I'm quite proud of myself seeing as though I have only attempted sewing a handful of things.

I also made some yummy cupcakes for the party. The pink iced cupcakes were just a simple batter with strawberry essense added, the chocolate cupcakes used this recipe and the pink/purple cupcakes used this recipe. They went down a treat!