Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Christmas Fair preparation

It’s all go here! Snowman Hot Chocolate, gingerbread, hot chocolate mug gifts, fudge, Santa sacks, cupcakes, chutney….phew! Only had time for the photo below so far but more later I promise. Fair is on Saturday, panto is opening it with some carols and songs from our upcoming production of’Aladdin’, oh, and I’m having a cataract removed tomorrow (Friday) Wish me luck!

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❤

P.S Happy Birthday little brother 💕

Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Elvis has left the building!

Phew, after a busy couple of days, the ‘Elvis’ cake was collected yesterday afternoon for a 60th birthday celebration taking place tonight. I haven’t had any phone call asking for any repairs so can only assume it got there in one piece. I was a bit nervous when the customer wanted to collect it herself. I would rather have delivered it and set it up myself, just to make sure it was ok!

As the customer arrived early I almost forgot to take a picture too, so had to rush out to her car before she left! Well a fast as you can on crutches anyway 😮 So apologies for the rather naff photo. The cake looks tiny, but actually measured  24″ x 20″! The bottom tier was vanilla with white chocolate ganache and white fondant, and the top tier was chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and purple fondant (purple and white being Elvis’s favourite colours according to google!) It was trimmed with silver ‘bling’ and the ‘white’ looking stars are actually painted silver, as is the black guitar. Elvis white suit also has silver ‘sequins’ painted on, and the whole thing was shimmer sprayed to finish it off. It was packed on a clean towel rolled at either side to stop it moving!

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So that’s done, time to concentrate on Christmas orders, and a Christmas Fair on Saturday 10th. I foresee a lot of fudge, cake and Chutney making this week, amongst other things like hot chocolate gifts, jam, and Santa sacks ! All good fun and keeps me out of mischief. Speaking of fun, the hubs and I have just spent a great evening with the Panto crew on our Christmas ‘do’. Thoroughly enjoyed it, but left the younger and fitter members  going mad on the dance floor at 11pm. It was a great night, but I’m very much a lightweight nowadays lol. Tomorrow will be a rest day, I don’t even have to cook as we’ve been invited to our son and daughter in law’s for a meal. Happy days 😃

Well folks, that’s it for now,

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❤

Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Busy little bee

After a hectic (but fun) weekend, I am still living up to my name, which apparently means ‘busy bee’! Who decides what different names mean anyway? I digress…so yesterday I made the first 2 of 6 cakes for the ‘Elvis’ themed creation I’m making for Saturday. (Elvis himself is in several pieces as yet). The gentleman I’m making it for doesn’t know about it, so I hope he likes the finished article 😃 He doesn’t have a favourite colour, so I googled Elvis and apparently he loved purple and white, so that’s what I’m doing. With lots of bling of course!

In other news.. I was given some apples at the weekend, so it seemed like it was time to make some Christmas Chutney. Apart from the apples, it also contains clementines, dates and cranberries. I can still smell the aroma in the kitchen from yesterday. Hope it tastes as good as it smells 😋 Pics below of the 2 cakes (Madeira) and Chutney in the pan before I reduced it down. Most of it is destined for the Christmas fair on the 10th, (with Santa Sacks’, Christmas Cake, fudge etc) and some for hampers for ‘The Mothers’. Not very exciting, but I want to chart my progress by posting pics every day. I’m going to be ruthless and let you all see any ‘cake fails’ too!

 

That’s it for now

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❤

 

Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Insomnia

Hi, I haven’t posted for a few days, mainly because I’ve had a rough few nights, and been so tired I can’t think straight. As I’m writing this, it’s 3.45am, and I have only been asleep for a couple of hours. I don’t know why, I mean I know I have bad nights, but this is something else 😥  In general after a sleepless night, I usually get a reasonable one, but this is happening night after night. Any fellow insomniacs out there? If you have any tips that don’t involve drugs or alcohol, I’d be very grateful for them!

Anyway, since I’m up, I may as well tell you that I gave the new oven a good workout on Friday. I baked for Greenbrook Methodist Church coffee morning, and my great nieces 1st birthday party (I feel so old!) A few pics of my efforts below. Mostly ok, but still getting used to the oven temperature settings etc.

I’m going to try and get back to sleep now 😴

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❤