Thursday, 13 February 2014

Makes: Ribbon/Present-Style Cake Icing.

I was really pleased with the way that the icing on my Christmas cake turned out, so I thought I'd share! I know it's not Christmas any more, but I think the design would work as a birthday cake too. The first time I made Christmas cake I kept the icing simple, but I wanted to try and be more adventurous this time around.

Having decided that I wanted to decorate the cake in the style of a present, I turned to YouTube to try and find a ribbon that looked easy enough for me to replicate. I looked at a couple of them, but I found that this one was the easiest to follow, and didn't need any fancy tools:

I made a few changes to keep it super simple; I used silver balls instead of icing spots to decorate the rest of the cake, and I only used eight loops to make the ribbon. I attached the icing loops/ribbons to the cake by brushing a little bit of warm water onto the white icing before I placed the decoration on top (only a little bit though, you don't want the red dye to start running onto the rest of the cake). I found it easier than I anticipated to do, I just needed to give myself time to make mistakes!

The only thing I wasn't very happy with was the amount of icing sugar I left on the bow- I think I went a bit overboard, and it's made the finish look a bit powdery. Overall though, I'm really pleased with the finished product! If I can do it, anyone can... 

Is it too early to be planning this year's cake..? Obviously I'm not doing that. No, that would be ridiculous...

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

London: Greenwich Park

I bloody love a good park, and Greenwich is one of my favourites. Well, apart from the time when we saw a crow eat a dead pigeon there, but you can't have it all. Here's a few pictures from way back in November...

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Good Stuff #8

It's been a while since I've posted one of these... 
Here's what's been making me happy:

Finding my (probable) costume for Beth's Disney hen do.

Buying (and making) a reduced gingerbread tree, post-Christmas.

Finding this photo while making a calendar for my parents. 
I think my Mum and I got the looks in our family...

Seeing an amazing double rainbow over Watchet harbour.

Discovering (and eating) a Mexican-themed breakfast in Giraffe.
Weirdly, 'huevos rancheros' was one of the answers a few days before, when we went to see...


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Five Things That Remind Me Of Home [52 Lists]

My Mum's chicken stew. I fear that I will never be able to replicate it. 

The sea. I grew up (very) close to the sea. I love being near the waves, and the rougher the better (ahem). Hearing the sea instantly relaxes me...

Days out. When I was growing up we used to have a day out as a family almost every Saturday, and I still love going for walks or going to the seaside. I don't miss accompanying my Dad on his ferry-watching missions but you can't win 'em all...

Monopoly. My Grandad was a bit of a Monopoly fiend, and he taught my brother and I how to play. We started young, so it took several years before we were able to have a game that didn't end with one of use throwing the board off the table in a fit of rage! It's been a while since I've thrown the board, but I do still like to insist that everyone sticks to the rules...

Christmas stockings. Seeing my parents' fireplace with the Christmas stockings hung around it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Yes, I'm 27 and I still get a stocking, what of it?

That was my first instalment of Ema's 52 Lists project (so it'll be more like 49 Lists for me...). If you're joining in, send me your links!

Friday, 24 January 2014

Eight Things I Learned From Watching 'Don't Tell The Bride'.

Wedding dresses basically make you look good. Even if it's not the kind of wedding dress you thought you wanted. Unless it's a see-through wedding dress. They never look good.

Love sometimes conquers a lot of planning fuck ups.

You may as well not bother with years of planning. Most of these guys manage it in a week and everyone still loves it.

It doesn't really matter if you tell your fiance what you want. He'll do the opposite.

I don't want to get married  on the top of a ski slope/on Muscle Beach/in a science museum at half term.

Behind every chilled out man is a very bossy woman.

The more bridesmaids you have, the more horrific the dress shopping will be.

I want to have a gig-themed wedding.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

2013: One Photo A Month

January [snow]

 February [Margate]

March [birthday 'champagne']

April [marathon watching]

May [meeting the parents]

June [Valley of the Rocks]

July [Croatia]

August [Isles of Scilly] 

September [South Bank]

October [Cardiff] 

November [Green Chain]

December [Christmas cake]