c 2015 | Garden, Tea, Cakes, (Books) and Me

Remember the Reading Challenge back in January 2015

Some twelve months ago I promised myself I would make an effort to read more. I love reading but had allowed other interests to occupy my leisure time. To help me focus and to add a little motivation I set myself a  2015 Reading Challenge. I would read 15 books over the year, using the Goodreads site to keep track and rate each of the books I read.

I did it, I read 15 books and even managed to fit in a short story during Christmas! 


My 2015 Reading Challenge Book List
My 2015 Reading Challenge Book List

I am more than a little pleased to have found the time for reading, it's relaxing, interesting and informative. Initially I was reading books that from the PopSugar reading challenge criteria, but I found that I was first picking a book and then making it fit to one of their reading criteria. Instead of the other way around, so in the end I decided to read books that were either recommended, won or gifted to me.

The winners and losers

My 2 top reads of the year are The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin, a fictional historical story, elegantly written. Also Divergent by Veronica Roth, for reigniting my enjoyment of reading the science fiction genre. I also found Murder at the Maples and Flora Lively and a Date with Death by Joanne Phillips enjoyable reads, mostly because they are set in my home county of Shropshire.

My most disappointing book of the year The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers. I struggled to get into the story, and whilst I enjoyed the ending it seemed a chore to get there.

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Christmas Cake Inspiration to create Festive Robins Cake

Christmas Cake. I am not a fan of this rich fruit cake with or without the alcohol,  covered in a blanket of almond marzipan, it's just not for me. I happily leave the baking of Christmas Cake to my sister, but I am happy to come up with the ideas and decorations to adorn it. There was one stipulation from my sister, it had to be covered in royal icing - NO fondant icing on Christmas cake ever!


Christmas Cake with Festive Robin decorations
Christmas Cake with Festive Robin decorations



This years inspiration came from Pinterest, my go to ideas source for so many things.  It was a mash up of two cakes, one for the swirling icing finish and the other robins on flake logs. Flake as in chocolate flakes, not fake as in not a real log - but then a flake log is not a real log, so I guess that makes them fake flake logs!




Cutting up the chocolate flake bars and also Matchmakers was the easy part. On top of the logs are the handmade fondant robins, yes I know I said the f word 'fondant'. But that's OK, it's not like anyone is going to eat these cute little Robins. I mean you just wouldn't, would you? The Robins were very easy to make, using coloured fondant icing. At one point I felt like I was running a cake decorating class as my very able 9 year old niece, Ava and my eldest sister joined in to create several of these cute little red breasted robins.


Christmas Cake with Festive Robin decorations
Festive Robin sugar paste decorations
Sugar paste robins
Christmas Cake decorated with swirled royal icing 
and sugar paste robins


What a perfect and seasonal Christmas Cake, so much more fun when family gets involved. 10/10 to us all, just do not expect me to eat it, except for the flake logs!

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Wishing all my readers a very Happy Christmas.


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A Crochet Success - a pair of wrist warmers

I picked up a crochet hook a few of years ago, with a small amount of success. I managed the odd crocheted flower, but nothing with any real purpose. A few months ago I was tempted again, but this time I had set myself the task of making a useful pair of Wrist Warmers.

Crocheting Wrist Warmers
My first crochet project - a pair of wrist warmers

A regular blog I read, Love Made My Home has a tutorial for crocheting a pair of wrist warmers.   Having revisited the page over several weeks I thought it time I actually got started on my first crochet project. Amy assured me they were really easy to make, but just to be on the safe side I decided on a practice run.  Crochet hook and spare white wool in hand and I quick look up to remind myself 'what the heck a double crochet stitch is' I was good to go.

easy crochet gloves
Easy made crocheted waisted warmers

Amy was right, it really was not that tricky. Although, I was pleased I decided on a practice run, my tension was all over the place leaving me within an uneven rectangle for the main glove. I also used this as a gauge to the size that would fit me best. Following those few adjustments I moved onto the final creation - using a bright teal colour wool.  Which in hindsight may have been too thick. I did adjust the size of the shell trimming at the top, but please do not ask me how exactly as I kind of just made the pattern up.

Stokesay Castle carols by candle light
Stokesay Castle carols by candle light

I am quite delighted with them, they had their first outing at the Stokesay Castle Christmas Carols by candle light evening, just perfect for holding my light and song sheet. Rather apt too I thought in this very medieval setting. Thank you Amy for reintroducing me to crocheting.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for other easy crochet makes.

I have briefly put down my crochet hook, having now been tempted to pick up knitting needles after a break of over 10 years.

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Tea and Raisin Spiced Buns Recipe

My regular readers know just how much I enjoy drinking and baking with tea. So I was delighted when asked by Typhoo Tea to get the kettle on, the mixing bowl out and to get my bake on! The Tea and Raisin Spiced Buns recipe I have created is an easy, tasty, fruity bun that even a novice baker can make and enjoy. 


Tea & Raisin Spiced Buns Recipe
Perfect enjoyed whilst still warm out of the oven with a cup of Typhoo tea, whether you enjoy your tea strong, decaffeinated, with or without milk. 


Easy bake Tea & Raisin Spiced Buns

Bake a double batch of these buns and freeze half of them. Then next time you fancy a cake with a cup of tea, take one out of the freezer 20 minutes before to  defrost. Perfect for unexpected visitors. Or take them straight from the freezer and into your lunch box for later.


Recipe Tea and Raisin Spiced Buns

Recipe Tea and Raisin Spiced Buns

Equipment
  • mixing bowl
  • small bowl
  • scales  
  • fork
  • spoon
  • measuring jug  
  • cooling tray (or the wire rack from your grill pan)
Ingredients

makes 10-12 buns

225g self raising flour
110g butter or baking fat
55g caster sugar
110g raisins 
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
1 egg beaten
125ml brewed Typhoo tea 


Instructions

  • Set Oven temp to 200 degrees C / Gas Mark 6
  • Brew 125ml of strong tea, I used Typhoo. Place the raisins in the small bowl and cover with the hot tea. Allow at least an hour for the rains to soak in the tea, this will make them plump and moist.
  • Add the flour into the mixing bowl, cut the butter into cubes. Using the tips of your fingers rub together the flour and butter. It should resemble small breadcrumbs.
  • Mix in the sugar and mixed spice.
  • Add the raisins to the mixture but be sure not to add any excess tea in the bowl. Add a teaspoon of the cold Typhoo tea to the egg and mix together.
Recipe Tea and Raisin Spiced Buns
  • Add the egg and Typhoo tea to the mixture, stir all the ingredients together with a spoon. As the mixture starts to come together use your hand, this will allow you to tell if the mixture is too dry and you need to add a little more cold Typhoo tea. You you have a sticky mixture.
  • Using a spoon, place 12 even mounds of mixture onto a baking sheet, allow a little room for them to sprend when baking. This spiky looking bun will bake with nice a crunchy outside and a moist soft inside.
  • Bake in the oven for 17 minutes, or slightly longer to a golden brown.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool.
Recipe Tea and Raisin Spiced Buns
Tea and buns!


You can make these buns smaller or larger in size,  just be sure to adjust the cooking time.


Disclosure: I received a Typhoo Tea Hamper to create this recipe.
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Join in with my Festive Instagram Photo Challenge #25FestiveDays starts 1 December

The festive season will soon arrive, and I am welcoming it with open arms. I have promised myself this year to fully embrace all things festive - and I pretty much have some thing planned for every day in December. From a day out celebrating a Victorian Christmas to cosying up at home watching Christmas movies and eating homemade mince pies.

I have taken the plunge to create a festive Christmas Instagram Photo Challenge called #25FestiveDays giving anyone with an Instagram account the chance to join in and share a themed festive photo.

#25FestiveDays


How to join in:-
  • The challenge starts 1 December ending 25th December
  • Regram my Instagram #25FestiveDays Photo Challenge picture 
  • Share a photo each day using the theme listed include the #25FestiveDays hashtag
  • I will regram my favourite #25FestiveDays photos
You can follow me on Instagram GardenTeaCakesandMe to to see all my #25FestiveDays photos

I do hope lots of you take up the challenge, I am looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets the daily themes.

Happy #25FestiveDays everyone!



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Decorating a 60th Birthday Cake the Easy Way

Happy 60th Birthday to my uncle! I wanted to make him a 60th birthday cake that was not too fussy and did not require too much time to create it. I settled for a simple sandwich cake, filled with lemon curd, fresh fruit (raspberries from my garden) and fresh cream. Decorated rather successfully, if I do say so myself, with a chocolate birthday message and a 60 chocolate button. All of which I made using Choco Writers. It tasted divine and was very light too. I will be using this recipe again but may add a different flavoured curd - possibly lime or passion fruit and orange. 


Decorating a 60th Birthday Cake

If you would like to try some easy cake decorating yourself, I am pleased to say that Choco Writers are offering one of my readers the chance to win a set of choco writers one, white, dark and milk chocolate. You can also see my Choco Writers review for more information.

Giveaway



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At the end of the giveaway once the winner is selected you will receive an email (using the email address you registered to use the Rafflecopter widget).


Giveaway open to UK residents only. Closing Date: 10 December 2015


Good Luck. 

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British Tea Customs - The Great British Brew

So  many interesting facts about The Great British Brew, which for the majority of the British population is tea. I, in common with over half of those of us that drink tea, enjoy it with milk and no sugar. I know that some of my readers who live elsewhere in the world will  find these facts most amusing. But I for one can identify with many of them,  the exception being 'a cup of Snargul' which sounds like a tea from Harry Potter book maybe? Oh, and anyone that know me will agree that I am somewhat fussy about how my tea is made - but then again aren't we all?

I hope you enjoy this fascinating insight into The Great British Brew, that Sykes Cottages have put together. I am sure you will have a favourite fact.  I will leave you with mine, that British tanks are equipped with tea making facilities - I kid you not!

The Great British Brew
The Great British Brew Infographic by Sykes Cottages
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.
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Be quick! Send for your Free Trex 2016 Calendar

Last year I shared with you the opportunity to send for a free 2016 Trex calendar. Good news they are giving away almost 10,000 calendar's again this year! I have successful registered for a calendar the last few years, and have been quick to sign up for the 2016 calendar
Photo credit: Trex
They are very useful calendars plenty of room for you to write down your important appointments. Each month includes a recipe, using Trex - which I always have it he fridge. It is a dairy free alternative to butter.  They are very good quality, in previous years the calendar included Trex discount coupon. But I noticed last year they no longer included them, what a shame. 

I am sharing this with you because I think it is a great offer, not because Trex have asked me to. 


Be quick and register for a Trex calendar now. Good luck!



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Nell Makes Handmade Christmas Cards

I am so pleased to share with you details of my friend who has taken the plunge and set up her own website and Etsy shop called Nell Makes, to sell her wonderful handmade cards. It is a big step to go from handmade crafts for yourself to attending craft fairs and selling on the internet - so well done Helen and good luck with your new adventure.

Christmas Cards handmade in Shropshire
Handmade in Shropshire by Nell Makes
Handmade in Shropshire by Nell Makes
Christmas Cards by Nell Makes
Nell Makes creates handmade Christmas and Birthday cards, a selection of felt or origami designs. I particularly like the Christmas cards with festive origami star and Christmas tree made from the pages of old books, how clever! There is a selection of fun dinosaur birthday cards too. You can choose which colour card and which colour felt you would like your design to be made from.

To celebrate Nell Makes new website and Etsy shop, I have one set of 4 lovely handmade origami Christmas cards as a prize for one of my readers. Or you can order a set of cards yourself from Etsy, go on help support a Shropshire crafter.

Nell Makes handmade cards
Origami Christmas Cards by Nell Makes

Crafting using old books
Crafting from old books

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Time for a nice cup of Piacha tea

It is not just a case of having a hot drink to warm you up. The right drink can put you in the right frame of mind to face the world or escape the world. It is no secret I love a nice cup of English Breakfast Tea, but for those days where I feel sluggish or have enjoyed days of overindulgence in food I always turn to a Mint Tea. 

Engliah Breakfast loose tea from Piacha Tea Bar
English Breakfast loose tea from Piacha Tea Bar

For the last few weeks I have been drinking tea from Piacha Tea Bar. An Islington tea bar in London that sells their own tea blends.  For those of you, like me, that live in a county far removed from London you can still enjoy the Piacha Tea Bar, at home. They sell tea cards, a sealed pouch filled with flavoursome loose tea, perfect for delivery in your morning post through your letterbox. A perfect pick me up to send in the post to yourself or a friend.  

Piacha Tea Cards
Perfect Piacha Tea Cards - Tea in the post!

Tea Revives You Cup

All the teas when brewed are refreshing and delightful, my favourite has been the Moroccan Mint. A blend of Chinese green tea, spearmint,  peppermint and rose petals. At just £3.20 for a tea card, they are affordable and say so much more to a friend than just a cup of tea. There is a wide choice from the Moroccan Mint, English Breakfast to the refreshingly yet relaxing sounding Chamomile Citrus.

Do you have a favourite tea? Or maybe you are a coffee drinker?


Disclosure: I was sent some tea cards from Piacha for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.

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Feeding Garden Birds During Winter

As the colder months arrive those birds in the garden that have chosen to over winter in Britain, may need a little help. A supply of bird food and a bird bath full of water will help keep them healthy and regular visitors to the garden.


Peckish 5-1 wild bird seed
Peckish 5-1 wild bird seed 
Recently I purchased a bird feeder that sticks onto a window, allowing you can see the birds up close. It took quite a while before it was discovered, but now Mr Robin visits several times a day. It really is a pleasure to see him up close. 


Bird Seed Feeder for Window
This bird seed feeder is only visited by a Robin

In my garden:-
  • Tits in particular enjoy the fat balls, as do blackbirds. 
  • Wrens and Robins like to eat seed on the floor or on a flat surface such a bird table. Or a feeder like the one that sticks onto your window. 
  • Robins, Blackbirds and Tits all enjoy the peanut feeder too.
Feedem Wild Bird Seed
Great choice of wild bird seed from Feedem
I have recently received some wild bird seed from Feedem pet supplies, very handy having it delivered to the house. Bags of bird feed are quite heavy and me being rather petite I would never have tackled getting the bags home.

Special Johnston & Jeff Robin seed, that also contains insects should see my Mr Robin through the winter. I have also been using the Peckish 5-1 wild bird seed. Now this has the husks removed so no sprouting seeds, also the large resealable bag made it easy to dip the feeder in to fill it without making a mess. 

I will be putting some of the Peckish Colourful seed in the  wild bird feeder in the plum tree, in the hope it will attract finches.

**Bird Newsflash** 
A possible sighting of a Black Cap was seen today by my sister, this is a new bird to the garden. The new bird seed is certainly having an impact, seen feeding on the Peckish 5-1 wild bird seed.


Window bird feeder
Window bird feeder in action - hello Mr Robin


The right seed for the right birds

There is a great deal of choice when it comes to bird seeds. Think about the birds you see regularly in your garden and ensure you cater for them, and of course those you wish to attract. 

If you want to avoid bird seed that falls onto the ground from sprouting then select seed that has had the husks removed. Quite often these are labelled as 'No Mess' bird seed.


Fat Ball Bird Feeder
Fat Balls galore
Look after your seed

Store your wild bird seed in a cool, dry and dark place such as a garage or shed. Make sure it is in a container that is well sealed and away from any mice looking for a free meal!

Clean your bird feeder to prevent the spread of diseases, make sure you remove any mouldy bird food too.

You can prevent the build up of mouldy seed, by not over filling your feeder. Just put out enough for a few days and then replenish it.

I hope like me you will see many birds visit your garden over the winter months. Keep feeding them, and also ensure they have some water to bathe in.  


Disclosure: I was sent bags of Wild Bird Seed from feedem for the purposes of this article.
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Winter Flowers for Garden Planters

Winter months may be a quieter time in the garden, plants die back and the colder weather triggers a period of dormancy. There is however still an opportunity to add a splash of colour.


Garden Planters for winter
A planter of Cyclamen add winter colour to any garden
Planting up a garden planter full of colourful plants, will brighten up even the gloomiest winter's day. Some garden planters such as the garden planter I received from Dobies of Devon have a built-in drainage reservoir. Which helps prevent the plants becoming water logged particularly during heavy rain. 

Some of the best plants suitable for a planting for a winter display include:-
  • Winter Pansy's 
  • Viola 
  • Cyclamen 
  • Primroses - my favourite Winter plants these will bloom year after year if given a little care, so a worth while investment.
  • Ornamental Cabbage - not an obvious choice, but these come in lovely green /cream and purple colours. They remind me of Japan as they were everywhere when I visited some years ago. 
Ornamental cabbages
Ornamental Cabbages great for winter planters

Fill a  garden pot with a good general compost, and add your plants of choice.  If you do not have a planter with built in drainage be sure to add some broken crocks to the bottom of your container. Plants can become water logged and prone to frost during Winter. Enjoy a display of colour in the months to come.

Disclosure: I was sent a garden container from Dobies for the purpose of review.
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Christmas Sewing Work in Progress

Christmas maybe a few months away, but my interest has already turned to a little Christmas crafting. Although I am quite sure many crafters will have planned and commenced their Christmas makes many months earlier. My current work in progress is creating a set of felt coasters, nothing too tricky, a little blanket stitching to decorate the edges and attach a piece of festive reindeer fabric to the centre of each. I will confess that my blanket stitch requires some improvement, particularly when stitching around a corner. 


Christmas Felt Coasters
Felt and Christmas Fabric

Christmas Felt Coasters
Christmas Felt Coasters
Now for a special crafting giveaway, for all of you who enjoy; sewing, crafting, art, drawing and Christmas Crafting. There are three wonderful shows celebrating crafting at the NEC in Birmingham during 6-8th November 2015, and I have 3 pairs of tickets to giveaway, 1 pair for 3 lucky winners, valid for any day!




It really is a great day out, some of the highlights this year include:-

  • A giant knitted Christmas tree
  • Create and Craft TV this year will have a special pavilion, with workshops and demonstrations where you can watch your favourite presenters.
  • Free Workshops through out the day including, card making, paper crafts, jewellery making and beading, stamping.
  • A range of suppliers to quench your need for shopping for sewing, cross stitch, yarn and art supplies.
  • Christmas Gift Wrapping, buy your Christmas gifts and get them wrapped perfectly at the show.
  • Woman's Weekly Workshops - a chance to try crocheting, create a tote bag or even a cushion cover.
  • There will be festive food, drink and live music to get you in the Christmas mood.

How to enter


To be in with a chance of winning enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. For extra entries complete the additional tasks. If you can not see the Rafflecopter widget below, you may need to refresh your page using F5. For more information on how to enter you can watch this Rafflecopter video or visit fellow blogger Super Lucky for a simple guide on using Rafflecopter. 

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This giveaway is only open to UK residents, aged 18 years or older. Only valid entries using the Rafflecopter widget will be accepted. Closing date 30 October 2015.

Look out for my exclusive Instagram Giveaway for an extra chance to win tickets to the Crafts for Christmas and The Stitching Sewing & Hobbycrafts show, see the link on the right hand side of my blog.

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Cake International Show Tickets Giveaway - Closed

Who would like to visit the fantastic Cake International Show at the NEC, Birmingham during 6-8th November 2015. I have 4 pairs of tickets to giveaway for 4 lucky winners, valid for any day!



It really is a great day out, some of the highlights this year include:- 
  • A spectacular stand out cake on display, previous years have featured a spectacular Neytiri Avatar cake - this year look out for the Jurassic Cake by Rose Macefield and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty by Emma Jayne.
  • Do not worry if you have been unable to get booked on one of the many demonstration classes at the show, many of the exhibitors stalls allow you to get hands on. Such as: 
    •  the Chocolate Tree workshops. Children's and adults drop in workshops. Have fun designing your own Belgian chocolate dinosaurs, hearts, cupcakes etc. Then, take them away to eat! This is a drop in workshop throughout the day so no need to book, just pay £3.50 per item.
    • The British Sugarcraft Guild, have many experts available to help you try out new sugar paste techniques, some thing I have taken part in during many visits to Cake International.
  • There is a phenomenal number of cakes entered into the international cake decorating competitions. You will be enthralled and in awe at the standard on display, be sure to take your camera.
  • There is a huge range of exhibitors to satisfy your need for retail therapy for all things related to baking and cake decorating. I have been to the show on many previous occasions and always come away with armfuls of goodies. 

To be in with a chance of winning enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. For extra entries complete the additional tasks. If you can not see the Rafflecopter widget below, you may need to refresh your page using F5.


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Glass Ketchup Bottle Creates Perfect Flower Posy Vase

Sometimes the simplest and functional of items can be reused to create something pretty. Take one old glass ketchup bottle, give it a good rinse out and you are left with the perfect posy vase. For the last two months flowers from my garden have been displayed in my ketchup vase. There has been pretty much a constant supply of Zinnia Flowers in an array of colours. Although the Aster flowers have been rather disappointing, almost as much as the Sweet Peas this year.


Old Ketchup Bottle to Flower Posy Vase


This little posy vase is currently in my sewing room adding more colour to the room, and looking delightful with the sun shining on the petals. 



Posy of Zinnia Verbena and Aster Flowers
A burst of colour and new life to this old ketchup bottle


Cut Flowers Zinnia and Verbena and Aster
Verbena, Aster and Zinnia Flowers catching the light
The Zinnia and Verbena Bonarienis flowers were making their first appearance in the garden this year, both sown from seeds.   The Verbena is a perennial and will reappear next year, and hopefully will have spread seed too. The Zinnia are annuals so will soon be killed off by the frost, my plan is to leave a few of the flowers to go to seed and collect seeds for sowing next year.



Perfect Cut flowers for a posy
The tiny flowers of the Verbena and bright colours of the Zinnia


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Closed Flash Giveaway to Win Pretty Cupcake Wrappers

I have a quick giveaway running on my Instagram account at the moment to win some pretty Cupcake Wrappers. These are the perfect way to add a touch of class to the simplest of cupcakes and perfect for an Afternoon Tea.  Just wrap them around your cupcake, a great way to hide a plain white cake case.  

Giveaway closes Monday 12 October, visit me on Instagram to enter and good luck!



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Halloween Chocolate Cake Toppers with Choco Writers

I love getting creative with chocolate, but it can be a little messy and a little tricky not to overheat the chocolate. Choco Writers is a clever product that saves time and the guess work of melting chocolate. No more messy worktops, bowls or spatulas when getting creative with Choco Writers.  
Halloween cake decorating ideas
Halloween chocolate decorations using Choco Writers

What is Choco Writers?
A sealed tube containing solid milk, dark or white chocolate that melts once heated with hot water. Create endless chocolate decorations and designs by using the tube like a pen. 

How to Use it? 
Immerse the tube with the lid on into a container of hot water (I used a tall glass). Wait 2-3 minutes. Remove the tube and dry it with a cloth, remove the lid and with a pair of scissor snip off the sealed end. 



Having prepared your sheet of baking/parchment paper create your chocolate design, you can either use your creative flair or draw a design on the back of the parchment paper and trace over it with the Choco Writer. 

Leave your decorations to set. I placed my parchment paper onto a tray to make it easy to move out of harms way. Put the lid back on your tube and store in the cupboard until it is time to decorate cakes again. 

They really do add that professional personal touch to a even a simple cupcake. Time to get Creative.


Halloween Cake Decorating Ideas
Halloween cake decorating ideas

Creating your Halloween Chocolate Toppers

Do you like my Halloween themed decorations? Not too scary for you! Here is an easy way to create your own, Download my Printable Halloween Template which includes 5 different designs. Once printed place under your baking/parchment paper then using your Choco Writer trace over my design - easy! Whilst they are setting why not make some Chocolate Crispies to put them on. You will also find other themed templates on the Choco Writers website.

Chocolate decoration Cake template
click the picture to download the template

Halloween Themed Chocolate Crispies

by September-27-2015

A simple scary chocolate Halloween treat, decorate with your own Halloween chocolate creations.
Ingredients
  • 88gr Puffed Rice Cereal
  • 200gr Dark Chocolate
  • Choco Writer for decoration
Instructions
Line a baking tray, I used one that measures 19cms x 29cms and is 2 cms deep. Break up the chocolate into pieces and place into a heatproof bowl. Sit over a pan of barely simmering water and allow the chocolate to melt, stirring occasionally. Pour the chocolate into a bowl with the puffed rice. Mix well so that the chocolate coats all of the puffed rice. Pour onto the baking sheet and gently push the chocolate puffed rice into the corners ensuring you have a flat level surface. Leave to cool and set. Once cooled carefully cut into squares.Using a your Choco Writer a a few blobs of melted onto the top of your cake and place or slide off the baking paper your Chocolate Halloween design. 

Alternative: For a sweeter treat use white chocolate along with some small marshmallows added to the puffed rice.

Details
Prep time:
Cooling time:  


Choco Writers cake decorations
Get creative with Choco Writers
Disclosure: I was sent a set of Choco Writers for the purposes of this review. You can buy Choco Writers from Asda, Sainsbury's,  Morrisons and Lakeland from around £1.50.
Halloween Chocolate Crispy Cake Recipe Printable

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