Good Evening lovely people!
How are we this disgustingly cold and wet Monday? Hopefully the cakes I worked on last week will cheer you up. We got chocolate-galore, Disney, all the colours and some cupcakes that helped raised a few pennies. Lovely.
Let me tell you about the fundraising cupcakes: they were made for my delicious cousin and Godmuppet, Sam, who asked for some cakes to sell at school to help raise money for Autism Awareness Week. After assuring him he would be allowed his own cake to eat (runny icing, not buttercream, obvs) he was a little star in selling all the cakes. So we are all super proud of him.
Through Autism Awareness Week, the National Autistic Society campaigns for a better world for people with autism and offers valuable support to the 2.7 million people in the UK who are touched by it in some way. If you would like to give a little something to help support such a great cause you can do so at their website.
Now for the cakes…
See you next time,
How are we all doing today? I am doing just peachy, thank you so much for asking.
If you like my page on Facebook, you may have seen that I recently went on a bit of a rampage updating my cake albums. (And if you don’t like my page, you know what to do… [click here]) For some reason I just don’t seem to be able to update them as I go along and that is very naughty of me indeed.
I do enjoy going through them when I do update them, it’s nice to see how far I have come in these two years and think about how far I still want to go. So with that in mind, I have picked out a few of my favourite cakes to share with you today!
Erm… Yes, I am very aware that the majority of my faves are Disney themes but what ya gonna do?
I hope you like them!
At the beginning of this month I decided to give myself a bit of a holiday because I have had very little time off in the last two years. I am definitely not complaining about being busy but I was really getting the urge to just do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Staying in bed all day, binge watching Netflix and taking as many naps as the cat kind of nothing.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
However, it got to day 4 of my 14 days off and I started to feel a bit yucky; a little bit like I was getting a cold. I thought maybe I had just been running on adrenaline for so long that stopping had just caused me to crash. This cold didn’t come to anything though and instead just stretched into a week of me seriously doing bog all and feeling tired and down and downright disgusting.
I had lots of plans for what I was going to do with my time off: cook, bake for fun, brainstorm, write, but absolutely none of it got done, possibly because the more I did nothing, the more I didn’t want to do anything. I got stuck in a vicious circle of laziness and it was not good. I don’t think I realised just how much creating cakes has become a huge, defining part of my life and soul that I would be so lost without it.
I was so lost that when I did have a cake to do I finished the decorating within 5 hours (trust me, that’s quick!) And in myself it instantly made me feel better.
This week I have been back to work with cakes and I have done it mindfully and with gratitude. I have appreciated using my hands and creating something, I have welcomed knowing I am getting faster with experience, and I have basked in the smell of a freshly baked sponge cake.
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul…” – Dieter Uchtdorf
I am sure, sometime in the (probably very near) future I will be exclaiming that I am so tired and I just want a rest and why have I taken on 50 cakes when I am working full time and what am I doing with my life, really? but I know it will pass and that, in the end, I kind of thrive off pressure. Now that’s probably not so good for my health but it seems to be pretty good for my soul.
See you next time,
P.S. Don’t tell my cat I have used some other cat from a stock photo on this post, she will be so cross!
Can I just say I am super excited this week because I think I might have nearly nailed this organised thing! 7 cakes last week and I only had one slip up: I scheduled in some free time that I couldn’t end up taking and that made me a bit sad.
Also this week I got up super early to make some fresh-on-the-day scones and realised the smell of freshly baked scones on a morning makes my heart happy. That may have to happen again and include actually getting to eat said baked goods.
So here is what I have been up to this week:
I know this is only 6 cakes. Cake number 7 was a horse riding cake that is dwelling somewhere on my mum’s phone.
’til next time,
It seems like a few things are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year: Eastenders, Back To The Future, Tetris, Prince’s Raspberry Beret, the final episode of He-Man and The Masters of The Universe, and me and my fellow 1985 babies!
30 years old… At this moment in time, I’m not feeling as terrified as I thought I would be at hitting such a big number but then again it’s only March – I’ve got another 5 months to contemplate my up coming departure from my twenties.
So, in the meantime, I have decided to celebrate with a bit of nostalgia. This was inspired by this cake that I was asked to make for my Manager’s daughter, who turned 30 this weekend. Remember Shufflie’s Castle? No, I didn’t either when I heard the name but when Barbs started to talk about it, I realised it was the same awesome toy I remember having when I was little.
Then it got me thinking about all the other awesome stuff I used to love when I was little: My Little Pony, Care Bears, Thundercats, Muppet Babies. Polly Pocket… So, having such good fun making Shufflie’s Castle, I am going to celebrate this 30th year with one nostalgic edible creation a month. Hurrah!
So I hope you enjoy the castle and do let me know what your favourite childhood toys were!
Ta ta for now,