AAwww, Maisie, what you like? believe me I'm learning all the time and not close to the likes of Bashini to name a few, as she helps me loads, I started talking to her on here last yr and I regard her as one of my best cake friends on FB.
It isn't til you go to places like the NEC you realise how much you can learn if you want to, and I do I eat, and sleep cakes, we've allow here to learn from each other and thats fine by me.
None of any of our questions are stupid! If you know something I dont and viewers then I'll ask away, so please dont stop asking, ad I wont.
Bashini, I made the turrets last night, wrapped them around tiolet rolls and left them to harden, ( have taken the rolls out now) sounds like mine will look the Same as yours.
AGood Morning!!! Barbara,I totally agree with you. And feel the same about you too!!!:D I always help anyone if I know anything. No question is stupid!!! We all learn something everyday!!!:D
AAww everyone here is so nice! And if you regard yourself as an amateur Maisie I wouldn't even want to know what I am cladded as! There is sooo much I don't know!
Natt - I absolutely LOVE wicked. I would love someone to ask me to do a wicked cake!
A*classed not cladded haha
AAw I am so glad I found this thread too lol! Everyone's so lovely, and Maisie you are far from an amateur looking at your cakes, they are fab :)
I love that we all ask so many questions though, it's one of the things I absolutely love about doing cakes - I'm always learning something new! New ideas, techniques, hints and tips - everyone has different specialities and it's so great to be able to share all our knowledge, and find out things you never knew before! I love seeing something I've never known about before, and getting that 'itch' to have a go at it lol!
Oh and I'll show you the Oz cake, if Nanny shows us her castle lol ;D
OK - so I'm currently making mini teapots and cups, saucers and plates for miniature biscuits/cake for some mother's day cupcakes for my mum who is in a hospice at the moment (fingers crossed it's just a monitoring "thing"). However, I want to mix and match some slightly plainer ones because I don't think she will want to eat the pots (in fact she doesn't eat much anyway). I want to do a dozen cupcakes but am seriously wondering that if I do something different, it will look odd. Any ideas for the not so "busy" ones?
ASugarluva - I would love to do a wicked cake, I've done 2 oz themed sugar craft things but they were both cakeless!
ADayscakes what about simple flowers?
AHow about some simple scalloped circles, maybe with a few polka dots, thinking along the lines of Cath Kidston type patterns?
Or as Natt said, some little flowers would look lovely :)
AAw thankyou ladies! :-) Kathy, cath kidstonesque sounds like they'll go well with the other ones but flowers would be my choice, flowers are traditional on mothers day aren't they. My mother told me that when she was at Sunday school the kids would be given/ taken to pick small posies of spring flowers to take home to their mothers on Mothering Sunday. (Apologies if you already know this, I'm just assuming you're all far too young!) Best wishes to your mam, hope she enjoys them. X
Ladies - thanks! You know when your mind goes blank.....I might do three different styles now - some tiny roses and also the Cath Kidston idea is great - didn't think of that. DD has some chocolate transfers with a floral pattern that is 'Kidston'esque'. Thanks for the kickstart - was getting fed up with getting the teapots all the same size anyway! Maybe I can handpaint tiny roses on the side of the teapot to match!! Yes - it's going to work. Thank you.
ASounds like a plan! Good luck and post a pic so we can see how gorgeous they turn out. :-)
AJust wondering if anyone can help? I have some tall thin cupcake cases I'd love to use for mothers day. I picked them up from ikea ages ago thinking they were cute but never really thought through how I would bake in them! I wanted to use them to make little bunches of flowers - so the cupcakes would be them stems with the flowers on the top. They're the perfect size but I can't figure how to bake in them without them spreading out everywhere because they're obviously too tall for my regular cupcake tray. Any ideas anyone? If not I'm going to have to give this up I think...
AGood luck Kathy, look forward to seeing them :)
I think Ikea do a deep cupcake tin that matches those cases, spotted them a while ago. But without the tin, could you maybe make little 'chimneys' of parchment paper perhaps (sort of like kitchen roll middles) to sit in a normal tin but give you a bit of height support around the cases, if you make them just a bit shorter than the cases?
Just wondering if anyone can help? I have some tall thin cupcake cases I'd love to use for mothers day. I picked them up from ikea ages ago thinking they were cute but never really thought through how I would bake in them! I wanted to use them to make little bunches of flowers - so the cupcakes would be them stems with the flowers on the top. They're the perfect size but I can't figure how to bake in them without them spreading out everywhere because they're obviously too tall for my regular cupcake tray. Any ideas anyone? If not I'm going to have to give this up I think...
Have you some old teacups in the back of the cupboard that nobody uses? maybe you could sit one case in each, I know it might mean several batches but it could be worth it to get a really original look?
You could also buy some cheap new pottery plant pots from poundstretcher, take a case with you and see how it fits. I've seen cakes baked in those before, just give them a really good clean first of course.
Best of luck, I hope you get to bake them, would love to see them :-)
AThanks Mel and Gray they are both great ideas I hadn't even thought of either of those. I'll give them a go and see if either of them work out...fingers crossed!
AAaaaaargh! I HATE FLIES! Sugarluva- I haven't seen them so I don't know if this sounds stupid but would flat bottomed ice cream cones work? I've made cupcakes in them and they support themselves but maybe that's because the batter goes down to the bottom. Perhaps the cases you've got would make them too top heavy.
AI'm not too sure if ice cream cones would be quite big enough. But actually I think I've got some flat bottom ones in the cupboard so I'll have a check when I get home because that's a good idea too.
It's strange how I racked my brain to think of something for days and all I had to do was post my conundrum on here and you all have so many good ideas! I'm hopeful I can figure something out now because I'd really like to use them. If I had known ikea did a tray for them I would have picked one up but I didn't see them :(
I'm not too sure if ice cream cones would be quite big enough. But actually I think I've got some flat bottom ones in the cupboard so I'll have a check when I get home because that's a good idea too.
It's strange how I racked my brain to think of something for days and all I had to do was post my conundrum on here and you all have so many good ideas! I'm hopeful I can figure something out now because I'd really like to use them. If I had known ikea did a tray for them I would have picked one up but I didn't see them
Ikea have EVERYTHING*!! lol
*in non-standard sizes all sold seperately
Oh this talk of the W of Oz cake has got me going. 2 years ago I took my 3 nieces to see the show at London Palladium and we all wore red sparkly shoes. We had a ball!! I started the figures for a cake afterwards; tin man, lion and scarecrow then had to put them away to move on to something else. Got a wedding cake and two birthdays to do in April. Only can do this as a hobby as I work FT, but once these are done I am going to finish this one,.... that and the Noah's Ark and the Lion King....
Re the Cake Lace, I saw Clare B at the NEC last year - couldn't get near her stand until the end of the day. Anyway she was lovely, very helpful and the lace looked easy to use.
I've bought the Lace and some mats so that is on my list too.
Off to a two day airbrushing course tomorrow with Lisa Munro at the Airbrush Co - then have to figure out how to set up an airbrush booth so I don't redecorate the kitchen!
Perhaps I should give up the day job.
AYay! My hydrangea cutter's just arrived! And, am I the only person in the world who's never been to Ikea?! Never been to London to see a show either and I'd so love to.
Aahh - my whitener arrived yesterday and I felt a little skip of joy - how sad am I? Ikea - well - you can survive without going there - honest - but Cake International.....no way! Everyone should go! I spent a fortune there last year and I am so glad I get paid next week! The work that some people put into their cakes is awe inspiring. I am aiming to exhibit there in a couple of years. (I need a lot of gin to psych me up before then!).
Found my photo of my Dorothy shoes. Big kid at heart.
AI love those shoes!!!!!!! I can't go far unless I take my daughter with me and if I took her to a cake show/ competiton we'd soon be shown the door cos she'd eat all the entries! Can't take her to the theatre either, she doesn't like noise or crowds. Or pigeons or chickens or dogs or motorbikes or buses...... The list is endless!
ABtw Kathy, just nosing at another thread and I THINK WASC is a box mux with bits added. Only think mind, could be wrong! I've just made hydrangeas, they look good too! :-)
Do share a photo - my cutter is still in the packet! Lol. I had never heard of White Almond Sponge Cake - it sounds nice - maybe nicer than it tastes. So many flavours....so little time!
AOk, I will later, been "playing" with fondant all day, gotta do some housework now! I've no inclination to try any box mix Kathy, I never have, always baked from scratch. My gran taught me and it's just stuck I s'pose. I think there is a "from scratch" WASC recipe if you search the threads but it originates from a box- I think!
ACrazygray - haha so true!
Catsmum - I am so jealous of those shoes they're great! We're off to New York in November and we're going to see wicked on Broadway I am beyond excited! That and trying to persuade my partner he doesn't need to take any clothes so that I can use his luggage allowance for bring back baking goodies!
Maisie - I am with your daughter on pigeons haha