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Creeper Cake (from Minecraft)

Posted on 13th July 2012 in birthday/ cake/ LEGO

For Thing 2’s birthday this year I made a Creeper cake. Creeper, in case you don’t already know, is a character from a game called Minecraft. Thing 2 is completely obsessed with this game even though has hasn’t actually got it yet, so a Creeper cake was the obvious choice.

I started off by baking 4 cakes:

The top two are for his head and feet and the two below are for his body. I’ve lined them up so that I can cut them both to the same size.

I then taped two boards together and covered them with baking paper and assembled the ‘naked’ cake. At this stage it did strike me that it resembled something else entirely and I’ve made a mental note to self in case I’m ever called upon to make a cake for a hen do!

Then covered it all with (shop bought!) green icing.

Then finally, the hardest part was mixing some black icing as I unfortunately forgot to buy some – so at 1.30am the features were added and the cake was done.

Here are some other cakes that I’ve made.

If you want some Minecraft Gifts or even Minecraft Wrapping paper to go with your cake, click here.

Support Cake for CAFT! #CharityTuesday

Posted on 3rd April 2012 in #charitytuesday/ cake/ Childrens Adventure Farm/ the cake nest/ Whitehaven

I am delighted to hand my #CharityTuesday page over to @C2C_Run Abi (from @TheCakeNest) today. She is going to tell you about the incredible charity run that she is doing to raise much-needed money for @AdventureFarm. I know that there is no way I could even contemplate running 180 miles so it is deep respect and admiration that I added my donation and with much pride that I’m sharing her story. In her own words, over to Abi:

I will cover the breadth of the country at Easter, running 180 miles coast-to-coast between Tynemouth and Whitehaven on my own, with just my husband Stephen for support and our dog, Crackers.


Abi hopes that Crackers will run in the same direction as her one day!

I am a mother-of-two and hope the two-week challenge, hot-footing the famous Reivers Coast to Coast cycle route, will raise over £2,500 for The Children’s Adventure Farm, which provides holidays and activities for terminally ill, chronically sick, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. They are an amazing charity that rely solely on donations, providing special holidays to special children.

My inspiration for the challenge has come from Eddie Izzard, who in 2009 completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief, despite no prior history of long-distance running. I am not an athlete, up until 3 years ago I’d never run for more than a bus!

I just thought he was amazing, the way he kept going. I do think there’s going to be a point in my challenge when I’m tired and don’t want to get up. But I have made a commitment to the charity, and it is also something that I want to do for myself as well. In January I completed my first marathon as a “mini-event” in the lead up to this. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but the feeling at the end is indescribable. I felt like I could do anything – except walk the following day!

I set off on Saturday so please join me with your support on twitter (@c2c_run) and facebook and if you have a few pennies to spare…. Please donate here.

Jenny from CAFT, Crackers the dog, Abi and Linda Arkey – the Mayor of North Tyneside

Halloween Party Games

Posted on 30th October 2010 in cake/ children/ halloween/ party games

Halloween, All Souls Eve, or All Hallows Eve as it has previously been known, seems to date back to the Druids in 700bc when it was believed that the souls of the dead returned to mingle with the living on October 31st – hallowed eve of All Souls Day which was November 1st. People originally began dressing in costumes to disguise themselves from these spirits.*

Now, although the tradition is still more popular in American than in the UK, we celebrate a much more light hearted celebration and the night is purely one of spooky fun!

There are a lot of traditional games associated with Halloween here are some of them for you to try:

 

Apple Bobbing

Simple and inexpensive, but messy!  All you will need is a large bowl (washing up bowl is ideal) lots of water, some green food colouring and some apples.  Float the apples in the water, add a couple of drops of green colouring to make it more swamp like and then each child has to get an apple out without using their hands…..i.e. by trying to bite the apple with their teeth.  It’s advisable to have towels on standby.

 

Jelly Hunt

Mix up a jelly in your largest mixing bowl and just before it sets up some ‘prizes’ into it, toy plastic spiders or well wrapped sweets would work well.  If you then place an upturned cardboard box over the mixing bowl that has a hole cut in the top just large enough for a hand, each child will have to place their hand into the cold slimy jelly to reveal their prize.

 

Spooky Trail

Hide a range of spooky items around your house, and then write a clue sheet to help the children complete the trail.  Be imaginative, put things like ‘take a spider from the web’ where you have some plastic toy spiders suspended from cotton, or  ‘gather some witches hair’ could be some cooked and cooled spaghetti that you’ve dyed green.  Also at this time of year there are quiet often a variety of sweets that you can buy in the shape of vampire teeth, bugs and bats that could be included on your trail.  Rather than doing party bags to hand out at the end of the party, you could give each child a bag to collect their trail items in that you then hand back to them as they leave, maybe after added a couple of extra treats.

 

Pin The Nose On The Witch

Find yourself a large piece of white card and an artistic friend!  Draw the outline of a traditional looking witch, this can be as simple or as complex as your talent will allow as children are fortunately very kind at recognising things!  Then draw a warty nose on a separate piece of card which the blindfolded children take turns in pining on the witch.  If possible it is a nice touch to make a nose for each child that you write their name on in advance as then everyone can see the finished result at a glance without any claims of cheating!

 

Make A Mummy

Think of the Andrex Puppy and you wont be far wrong.  Split the children into teams of at least 2 with 1 child being the mummy and the remaining child(ren) armed with toilet rolls ready to wrap around the 1st child – the winning team being the first to make a mummy.

 

Sleeping Vampires

Bit of an obvious one to have as your last game, a complete take off of sleeping lions and a chance to get your little ones to calm down a bit before they go home.  The Vampire who wakes last from their sleep is the winner.

 

If you are going to have a Halloween party, don’t forget a spooky cake! Here are 2 that I’ve made. The ghosts on the white cake are just circles of white icing draped over lollies (chupa chups style lollies) or you can use upside down cornets instead. The webbing and spiders I bought in a halloween pack from a supermarket. Very easy to do. The black cake was a little trickier but essentially I drew the witch onto paper first, then cut it up to use as a template to cut out the right pieces from the coloured icing. Give them a try!

 

 

 

*Information taken from the pressroom of Hallmark cards

 

Cakes I’ve made

Posted on 21st September 2010 in cake

The sharp eyed (or really bored) among you will have seen the smiley face from the ghosts before….. Corny had a very similar expression!

The only problem with my cakes is that although I can decorate them ok I’m not the best cake maker in the world! Look nice, need lots of cups of tea to get ’em down!

Should add at the end here, that if you want cakes you can actually eat….. go to www.thecakenest.co.uk

Mmmmm Cake

Posted on 24th July 2010 in cake/ chocolate cake/ gifts/ the cake nest

CAKE

What is there not to love about cake?

Even the word is nice. It starts with a C, I like words that start with the letter C. It is one of those words that only has happy connotations – yes yes, I know if you are dieting then it becomes a tad taboo, but, that is because it is so nice.

Ooooh at this point I feel the need to say that this is NOT a sponsored post.

The reason I have pointed that out is because this post is about one specific cake maker. A very lovely lady called Abi who is @thecakenest and makes just the nicest cakes I have ever tasted. So much so that I felt moved to write this post. Good cake should not be kept secret!

What I love best about The Cake Nest is that you can join a cake club – you can sign up for a weekly or monthly slice of cake! Or, just order a one off. How fantabulous is that! They come lovingly packaged and Abi will happily add a personal note if you want her to – making this the perfect gift.

I have tried 2 different varieties of @thecakenest cake, I have tried a deliciously moist chocolate cake that has a hint of raspberry through the chocolate frosting – a very professional cake with deep, rich flavours.

I have tried the all chocolate cake – OMG yum doesn’t even come close!

I can see from the website that there are many other options – my only dilemma is what to try next? Think it is going to be the chilli chocolate cake – not sure that it could compete with the all chocolate cake but it sounds intriguing and just HAS to be tried!

WELL – are you ready? Feast your eyes on these!

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S is for… Secret Post Club

Posted on 19th May 2010 in cake/ coffee/ note book/ secret post club/ starbucks

10th Secret Post Club

Arrived today and what a lovely surprise all the way from the US of A!

As you can see it contains a bag stuffed full of ‘bold’ starbucks coffee (which is brewing in my cafetier as we speak) a bag of traditional ‘fall’ sweets and a beautiful hand-made book mark – along with a lovely note from the sender! Thank you @moneypenny_usa for  my lovely gift x

9th Secret Post Club

I didn’t receive anything, boo! And the person I sent to didn’t acknowledge receipt of theirs either :(

 

8th Secret Post Club 

Not sure what happened to the 7th, I forgot to blog it! Sorry.

But the 8th arrived today:

I’m so excited by the notebook. I’ll probably never write in it because it’s new, and perfect and lovely and therefore anything I write in it will sully it….however I will keep it and love it! The book mark is brilliant and is already tucked into the book that I’m reading – you can’t beat an evil penguin!

It was accompanied by a lovely little note, well it looked lovely until I read the back and realised it was made from recycled sheep poo!

Many, many thanks to Charlotte for my lovely gift.

And to Heather for creating the Secret Post Club :)

6th Secret Post Club

I got my secret post club parcel really early this month! What a lovely surprise :)

What’s extra lovely is that the book was bought in America (I think) it has that lovely rough cut feel to the pages that I simply adore.

I love this gift, cherish books as a rule anyway and I’m really looking forward to reading this one (with it’s lovely rough uncut pages…..) – I never buy magazines so it will be a real indulgence when I settle down with this one and my LARGE bar of chocolate!

BIG thanks to www.mumof4.wordpress.com for my lovely gift.

BIG thanks to @notefromlapland for the Secret Post Club.

5th Secret Post Club

I was getting a little petulently put this as October ticked on by and I didn’t receive my secret post club parcel – so it was extra lovely to come home on Friday to find not one, but two lovely slices of @thecakenest chocolate cake waiting for me!

Thank you @arcticmummy

xxxxx

4th Secret Post Club!

A HUGE thank you to @carolinemathews for my 4th secret post club parcel – packed to the brim with loveliness! A cutesy notepad, a gorgeous cupcake note, a KitKat dark (which is now in the fridge for later!), a girly sparkly headband and a FAB Olay Total effects radiance enchancing cream wash!

I feel spoiled rotten today – this is like a little birthday!

Thank you Caroline and thank you @notefromlapland for the #secretpostclub

3rd Secret Post Club

Huge thanks today to ‘Laura’ for my secret post club parcel.

I got 2 packages in the post today – the 1st filled the room the the aroma of fresh coffee as soon as I opened it! It was wonderful and it contained a beautifully quilled (I think that is what it is called, although I may need to look that up…) card which said that this was part 1 of my secret post club gift and that I needed to fill the kettle, make the coffee and enjoy it with part 2….

Fortunately, part 2 was delivered at the same time (well done royal mail!) so I got to enjoy my lovely coffee with a slice of @thecakenest gorgeous double chocolate cake!

Life rocks.

Thank you Laura – although you didn’t include your twitter name so I don’t know who you are to say thank you properly :(

And big thanks to Heather for the Secret Post Club.


2nd Secret Post Club

It was my son’s 9th birthday yesterday so when a brown box was delivered I assumed it was for him….. but no, MY name was on the top! Childish excitement then ensued as I sat down to open the box – inside I found:

First thing I noticed was the lovely smell! Which was confusing to start with as the first thing I found was a box of 3 different types of coffee (I can’t wait to try these in my cafetiere!), then I found an envelope with a note to me enclosed from the lovely @elainescott77 of elainescott77.blogspot.com who sent my parcel. Further down in some bubble wrap was a massive cat cup and saucer and then finally towards the bottom I found the source of the lovely smell…. not illict drugs as it looks in the photo but a packet of delicious smelling bath fizz!

Thank you @elainescott77 and thank you @notefromlapland for creating the secret post club!

x x x x x

ps I would love to add a secret post club badge to my wordpress blog – does anyone have the code?

It was with a ridiculous amount of excitement that I received my first Secret Post Club parcel!

I literally ripped it open to find:

A tin of mints in a lovely art deco case, a gorgeous little heart shaped sign saying ‘sunshine follows the rain’, a sweet little note pad, some chocolate and a tiny silver globe with a note saying ‘the little world is for you to keep in your pocket so that you remember the world is yours you just have to believe’ how cute is that!

Heartfelt thanks to Sara for my gift and note – I really appreciate it!

And heartfelt thanks to Heather @notefromlapland for the whole Secret Post Club!

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