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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Cake and Bake Show 2014

Hi everyone!
It really feels like I have only posted on here yesterday, so I was a tad surprised that it has been nearly three weeks already! I've just been so busy I guess. I've taken up zumba so a lot of my time goes into that, but I'm loving it.

Two weeks ago I went to the Cake and Bake Show here in London. Sadly no Mary Berry sighting but lots of goodies :) I arrived super early as I had to be elsewhere in the afternoon, and it was soooo busy! They had been promoting tickets on all the voucher websites so it was insanely packed. Yes, even at 10am on a Saturday! I got some nice things which of course I forgot to photograph so a description will have to do, but I did take some pics of the cakes that they had there:

 
Granted, this is not a cake but what a very cool sofa!

Alice in Wonderland display. You need to click on this to see it bigger, there were so many details! Cookies, cake pops, tartlets, the works. 

Selection from the 'cake catwalk', I didnt see it all as it was just too busy and I had too much to see. What I did see what really amazing though!

One stall had mostly Halloween stuff so I to take a piccie of it. Strangely enough I bought nothing here but their display was cool :)

Interesting display for shot glass deserts

Chocolate rose cake

Girly art nouveau cake, I love it (not at all related to the level of purple in this)

Check out all these tiny flowers, the cake was covered with it!

In the end I bought some cupcake mixes, gluten free flour to make muffins for work, a TON of sprinkles, Halloween cutout moulds for icing, Halloween coloured icing, a Bonne Maman cookbook which I adore, cookie cutters, lots of cupcake/muffin liners, a Halloween baking magazine, and possibly more that I cant even remember. Sadly I did not find a cake carrier but have put that on my wish list for now :)

It was a good day out! I even used the cookbook already and I also baked some muffins for my fundraiser at work. More on that in another post though. For now, have a great (remainder of?) Sunday and a good start of the week!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Recipe - Apple Pecan Cobbler

Hi everyone!
The Great British Bake-off is on again and has totally inspired me to take up baking again. Well, that and my funny ice-cream apron of course ;) I have this binder where I keep all the recipes that people have given me over the years, and I am trying to actually make everything in there once (which is handy because if something is really terrible, I can just throw away the recipe). We had a ton of apples left so I wanted to make muffins or something, but then I stumbled onto this recipe. A quick online search actually shows it HERE on Allrecipes also so it is much easier to link to the site than it is to retype the whole recipe. I have a feeling whoever gave me this recipe got it from there anyway ;)

You will need:
4 cups thinly sliced apples
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup chopped pecans


Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Generously grease a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Arrange apple slices in an even layer in the baking dish. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup pecans. Sprinkle mixture over apples.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together egg, evaporated milk, and melted butter. Pour milk mixture into flour mixture all at once, and stir until smooth. Pour mixture over apples, and sprinkle top with 1/4 cup pecans.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes.
I actually measured my dish and it was 2 liters. According to my reference that equals 2 quart. I think something may have gone wrong as it would have been more cakey in a smaller dish, but now I know for next time :) It still came out rather yummy I must say:


I dont have any pics of the serving, because serving a cobbler in a tasty and appealing way is rather impossible. Really, if you know how to do it please tell me! But in the meantime, I will finish this lovely crumble and hopefully make something with bananas tomorrow in honour of more Bake-off. Ready, set, BAKE!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Magazine Ad Becomes Photo Frame

Hello again!
Yes, I am pre-blogging this, otherwise I will forget to post this again! It's a few months since I have made this but I had to find the right place to use it and of course a nice piccie for in the frame. A while ago, there was a cover of the Stylist magazine (magazine they hand out in the Tube every week) showing some sort of beauty product. I think I remember which one but that shouldn't be too important. The cover was amazing and the whole issue was about nail polish and lipstick (yes very girly). So I kept the cover. Having made some frames before, an idea started forming... but how to cut up a gorgeous magazine cover into an equally lovely photoframe?

Start by buying a cheap frame, this came from the 99p store, that should work.

Cut the pattern until it looks good on the frame and apply MP. This the back... Can't show you the best part straight away now can I? ;)

The stick it to the front also. Because the frame had a silver edge on the inside near the glass, the paper wouldn't stick properly, so I added some purple paint as a highlight.

Taadaa, this is the final frame! I love it! The cube effect of the cover is a little gone but the colours remain and it looks very artsy. Much better than the boring white frame anyway. I originally wanted to add some cubes on the top but that may have been overkill. Sometimes less is more :)

It's now on my desk so I have also found a good place for it. And a lovely picture... And I finally got to show this to you which pleases me even more!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

LFCC 2013

Hello again!
I told you I had a few posts lined up ;) It has been another year where I haven't made to to San Diego ComicCon... I dont know even know how to get tickets and I've heard they sell out super fast so not sure I even want to try! But as I didn't make it to San Diego, I went to the London Film and Comic Con (LFCC). It has been many years since I had been and it was great fun! It was super warm but there was so much to see and do, I just had to share:


My attendance was rather spontaneous so I didn't have tickets. After 20 mins in the queue I had finally reached the entrance (though 20 mins was much less than expected so I was very happy anyway)

Some people came in costume despite the warm weather, this guy even turned up as a Borg, in full leather!

One of my friends as Kaylee from Firefly, she looked amazing!

Not a costume but a statue of the frozen T1000, later to be signed by the T2 stuntman.

Who could pass up the opportunity to be in the picture with the Ghostbusters car?!

Or Iron Man?

TWICE even! Especially funny considering the tshirt I was wearing :)

This was from Halo4 (I think) but too funny not to photograph!

 There were a few stationary objects you could have your picture taken with for a fiver, one of them was the Game of Thrones throne but I don't look really great in that (how do you pose on a throne without looking completely pompous in normal clothing??) but this one with Kit I just had to share. I wasn't allowed to sit in it unfortunately, but it was cool to see anyway.

I normally don't buy photographs with movie stars or anything, but when I saw that Jean Marsh would be there, I couldn't resist. For those of you who don't know, she is MOMBI! Oh how I regretted not wearing my Mombi dress when I found out... But I have my picture taken and I am absolutely chuffed to bits! Mombi in the flesh *squeel*

As it was only around the corner, we also had a short stop at the Tardis, the only one left in London. And as they're about the destroy it I've heard, I'm glad that we did!

It was a great day, and I'm hopefully going back in October for the winter version. Fingers crossed I can make it!!
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