c November 2011 | Garden, Tea, Cakes, (Books) and Me

Remembrance Poppy Cakes

This week I made some Remembrance Poppy cakes to take into work to raise money for The Royal British Legion.   The cakes were standard fairy cakes, which I decorated with poppies I'd made from sugar paste.

Remembrance Poppy Day Cakes
Remembrance Poppy Cakes
I only took in 15 cakes as its not the biggest office and charged 50p a cake.  I raised £11 not a huge amount but I was pleased, people even continued to contribute when all the cakes had been sold.
Remembrance Poppy Day Cakes
Cake for Poppy Day
A special mention in this post for my Great Uncle, Stanley James Holloway, Army Private 4th Battalion Essex Regiment who died 3 November 1917 aged 23.  
Stanley James Holloway 1894-1917
Stanley James Holloway 1894-1917
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Dairy Diary Cherry Cupcakes

For those of you that follow my blog, you'll know that last month I blogged about the Dairy Diary and said I'd bake the Cherry Cupcakes.  Well today I have been busy baking.  You'll see from the photos that I've put my own little twist to them.  Some of them I have added not just white chocolate buttons, but also jazzy drop chocolate buttons.

Now for another twist. On some of the cakes I used my new button mould I bought from the Cake Show.  So not only are there white chocolate buttons but also white sugar paste buttons!

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Cake International and My Shopping Spree

On Friday this week, I along with two friends went to the first day of Cake International at the NEC Birmingham.  We arrived ten minutes before the show opened and boy you should of seen the queues!  A lesson learnt from last year we decided to hit the stalls first and the cake exhibits last.

So yes I did have a shopping list, and some items I can tick off the list but as predicted I deviated - yay!

So he is a list of my haul.

  • Cake Pops starter kit
  • Button moulds
  • 2 tier cup cake carrier - when I got home and removed the cellophane I found the corner was smashed, I've emailed the company so hopefully they can replace.
  • Edible glue
  • Strawberry flavouring
  • cupcake shaped cutters
  • Bow cutter
  • White rolling board
  • Set of 4 glitter
  • 5 packs of coloured sugar paste
  • Set of 3 piping nozzles
  • Black pen - edible ink
  • The Mat 
  • 12 month subscription to Cake Craft and Decoration magazine - included a bottle of silver metallic colour and a set of Christmas moulds

What a shame

There were as usual some amazing cake on display and here are a few of my favourites, sorry for the quality of the photos but it was rather busy and you could not linger at each cake long.

Amazing, such detail but must of been a nightmare to transport
These lovely cakes were in the junior class
As a keen gardener I loved this little veg patch
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