Muesli Recipe and a Chocolate Cake Display

Sandra V Window Display - Tecoma, VIC, AUS

Sandra V Window Display – Tecoma, VIC, AUS

Well here is my chocolate cherry cake on display at Sandra V’s. The display will be up until Mothers Day – 12th May for those who have forgotten.

I really like my cake in a window, and have a vision that one day I’ll have a huge chocolate window display with some really cool cakes, and sculptures. The ones where it makes kids and adults alike stop and stare. Until then…..

Our family muesli recipe

Our family muesli recipe

This is my recipe for homemade muesli :

* 1 1/3 cup oats
* 1 1/3 cup quick oats
* 1/3 cup almonds – roughly chopped
* 1/3 dried apricots – roughly chopped
* 1/4 cup sultanas
* 1/4 cup dried cranberries – roughly chopped
* 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas) – roughly chopped
* 1/8 cup dried blueberries
* 1/8 cup sunflower seeds
* 2/3 cup bran
* 2tbsp wheatgerm

– Mix all together and put in tupperware type of cereal container.
– You can add milk, or have it with yoghurt and add fresh fruit if you wish.

I brought large quantities of the ingredients, and just repeated the recipe until I had run out.  We ended up with 5 batches, in 2 containers. Mr Hollipops says (in his own words) “this is bloody lovely.”

It’s important to have a balanced diet with plenty of exercise, so even though I make these big chocolate cakes, which my family do on occasion get to sample or have their own, we as a family like to eat healthy and keep active.

For example, my husband runs marathons & ultra marathons, my eldest plays tennis, my youngest runs everywhere!! And I do my long distance walking. We allow ourselves some junk food, but the majority of the time it’s pretty healthy. I also make my own sauces so that I know exactly what is going into the food.

On that healthy note, I really need to start my day, things to do, and people to see.

Until then, happy baking 🙂

 

 

 

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Giant Cupcake of Roses, 65th Birthday, DJ English Breakfast and many cupcakes

Giant Cupcake of Roses

Giant Cupcake of Roses

First of all I …. WOW! I’ve just noticed that I have had over 10,000 hits. I would like to say thank you to all who’ve had a look or sent lovely comments over the past 12 months. I never in my wildest dreams imagine that I would reach that many people from my little blog. So thank you xxxx

Right to the cakes.

The cake above is the giant cupcake of roses. This cake was made for eldest daughter’s birthday a few days ago.

It is chocolate cake (of course). Admittedly she did want a henna inspired cake. However due to an record breaking heat wave we’re experiencing in Melbourne presently it is hard enough to try and crumb coat without everything melting, let alone doing piping work. So decided to get the fondant out.

I started just playing around with roses, and ended up with 50 of them, I then placed them randomly on top of the cake.

My daughter’s friend who came to the house for a birthday sleepover had the very important job of making the leaves to finish the cake off. The last touch was a little lustre spray.

Back of giant cupcake of roses

Back of giant cupcake of roses

Next cake ….

65th Birthday cake/Retirement

65th Birthday cake/Retirement

This 65th Birthday/retirement cake was for our neighbour. His wife wanted to surprise him with a proper cake, and not one from a shop.

It was chocolate orange, as this was his favourite flavour, other than that I had free reign, but decided to keep it simple and classic using black and white.

Along the outside of the cake is a border of white fondant flowers with little silver balls.

Not only did I get to make the cake, but I also got invited to the party, where my girls spent the rest of the day playing and having fun making new friends. I had 2 very tired bunnies by the end of the day.

DJ English Breakfast Turntable Cake

DJ English Breakfast Turntable Cake

The next cake, is for DJ English Breakfast, he was turning 21. His Mum decided to commission a turntable cake.

Once I realised what his DJ name was, I had no option but to make bacon and eggs.

This is probably the most detailed cake I’ve done in fondant so far.

I hear on the grapevine that the cake went down very well, and his friends all took photos as they hadn’t seen a cake quite like it before. Not only that, but DJ English Breakfast’s younger brother now wants a turntable cake for his birthday in August.

It was a lot of fun to make.

Lace cupcakes

Lace cupcakes

Last but certainly not least, I decided to make some cupcakes for us to have at home. As it’s been a while since I made any cupcakes.

I wanted to practice my lace techniques, before incorporating the technique in the wedding cake for our renewal of vows in April.

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

More cupcakes

More cupcakes

Leaf cupcakes

Leaf cupcakes

Looking back, I’ve just realised how busy I have been over the past few weeks.

The last job I have to do is prepare some glittery flowers for class cupcakes that I have to deliver this week. My girls will no doubt be covered in glitter by the end of the day. In fact I imagine that I will find glitter everywhere over the next few days. You’d be amazed just how far it spreads!

One other task is to make an Easter style cake. I have an idea, it’s just whether I can pull it off. I suppose I’ll just to have use my usual technique which is to ‘wing it!’

Until next time, happy baking 🙂

Chanel Cake

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - Chanel Inspired Cake

As you can see I finished the Chanel inspired cake.

It took all day from baking to finishing. And then I did about 20 mins work on it this morning. Placed in a 14 inch box and some nice black ribbon to finish it off.

I need to find some cool fondant lettering cutters. And I am currently browsing the internet for some new cutters.

I’m having the Sunday off, as we have to get ready for UK family arriving in Australia. So we need to get the house ready. However have decided to make a welcome cake, and after some of my friends on Hollipops Cakes Facebook page, we have come up with a traditional Aussie BBQ with prawns, so I am going to give this a go.

Next weekend we are having a birthday party for my eldest, and it is going to be a 50’s theme. So between myself and my eldest we are coming up with a design to incorporate everything she loves about the 50’s. So it should be quite a challenging cake!

After that we have Easter, and Mothers Day, so I have a few ideas floating around concerning those festivities.

Ribbon Rose Giant Cupcake

© Hollipops Cakes 2012 - Ribbon Rose Giant Cupcake

Today it is my eldest daughters birthday. We had a small celebration today with the grandparents. As it was only a few of us I decided to make a giant cupcake, decorated with ribbon roses – which I made the day before in preparation.

I only had a couple of hours spare today, as we were moving rooms around. So I baked the cake in a silicone mould. And when it was ready I put it in the fridge to cool down quickly. I layered and covered the cake in buttercream. Following that I made thin strips of fondant in 3 different colours of pink and placed them all around the cake, and making sure they slightly overlapped each other.

I then made fondant balls to split the levels. The top half was then covered in roses. For the next time I will make more roses, to make sure all the gaps are filled. However that is me being picky. My daughter and family loved the cake, and it tastes pretty good.

Next week my daughter is having a 50’s theme party with her friends. And she is currently designing (with my help) a 2-3 tier cake with a rockabilly edge. Should be quite an interesting cake by the time she is finished.

Before that, I have a Chanel inspired 40th Birthday cake to make on Friday. This cake will be black, white and a little quilting, keeping it simple and classy.

After the cake, the birthday and the room moving I’m heading for an early night.