My boy turned 7 and I made a cake

This weekend my son turned 7, I have no idea where the time went!

Knowing I bake, he ordered a cake.  This year he was having an animal party, he has a bit of a thing about reptiles at the moment, so we had a visit from a chameleon, a skink a few snakes a bearded dragon and the cutest pygmy hedgehog to name a few.  So with all these visitors it could have been worse, but the cake he ordered was a snake…..easy I thought!

I can bake and do a mean sponge but decorating…and in fondant, is not my strong point, however I’m quite pleased with the result, even though it does look rather ‘homemade’, the kids loved it.

Snake Cake!

Snake Cake!

So technically its a short snake but I realised that I hadn’t got a long board and no time to make one (I only got around to decorating it 2hrs before the party)

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I started off with 2 ring cakes, a vanilla and a chocolate, to try and please everyone, I chopped them up a bit, tried to fashion a tail and the head was kind of made up of the leftovers.  I then ‘glued’ it all together with butter-cream, again I made chocolate and vanilla and covered each cake with them.

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I used one of those bags you get fruit in and put it over the fondant when I rolled it out to get a snakeskin look to it, a little tip I picked up on Pinterest.  Now the hard bit… getting the fondant on the cake.

I did the head first and then layered a large piece over the rest and kind of tucked it in.  I had to blend the edges together, apparently the way to do this is with vodka, the theory being water makes it soggy but vodka evaporates.  Now I know this is a kids cake but I’m told its perfectly safe, any how it worked lovely I didn’t use to much (I saved most of it, after all I was about to host a party for 16 7 year olds, I may have needed it later!)

And there it was a snake cake that my boy was very pleased with.

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We had a great time and after all my effort the cake disappeared in minutes, the kids had a ball and I enjoyed it too, I didn’t even need the rest of that vodka to aid my recovery after it all.

Cath. x

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Kusudama Flower Ball

This week I was given some books, a neighbour asked if I wanted some books he was throwing out so not being one to turn things down I said yes. Five large bags were waiting for me. The book stall at the local Autumn fair will now be benefitting, but was there anything else I could do with the ones that were not in good condition?…..

This is one thing I made, a Japanese kusudama flower ball it looked pretty,

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Here’s how I did it…

Start by cutting squares from the book pages. Mine were 12cm. Then fold them corner to corner to make a triangle.

Lots of squares

Lots of squares

One triangle

One triangle

With the fold at the bottom, fold the outer corner of the triangle up to the top point to make a square.
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Now open the flaps you just made and fold them half way back on themselves to make two kite shapes, press the sides down.
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Fold down the top triangle of the kite shape, in line with the edge of the square, then fold the rest of the kite shape in half making the shape look like a square again.
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simple so far…?

Now to make the pieces look like petals. You need to run a line of glue down the folded sides of the triangle and glue both folded sides together creating a cone, this may need to be held with a peg until the glue dries. The tip of the square becomes the petal and the folded pieces look like the stamen.

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Ok got that, good. Now just 59 more to go! The flowers have 5 petals, the ball has 12 flowers.

Once you have enough petals you need to glue five together to make the flower. I found it useful to press the glued edges of the petal together so they were flat and easier to push together, it was also easier to do one petal at a time than try to glue five at once.

Pretty!

Pretty!

One flower looks pretty on its own, but once you have glued all twelve and the glue has dried (again you may need to pin the petals together to hold them while they dry) it looks even better.

So with glue ready, start with 3 flowers and glue one petal to the back of another one and then add the third flower and glue this to the other two and build up from there.

and there we go, I’m sure now I’ve done one and got the hang of it the next one will be quicker.

Off to Pinterest now for more inspiration as to what else I can do with all those books.