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 🙂





The Theme – Rockabilly

© Hollipops Cakes 2011 - 50's photo shoot - dress from Sandra V and hair done by Brooke from Angelite

In the last 6 mths I have come to love 50’s clothes, they are comfortable and more importantly they are made for real women’s shapes – they allow for hips and breasts.

When Sandra V opened up in Tecoma, I didn’t think I would find anything in there that I would like – oh how wrong I was. I saw this dress and loved the colours and pattern, and never in a million years did I think that it would suit me. But it did, not only that but I had to buy a smaller size – which made me feel fantastic. Since those early days my girls have both started their love affair with the decade.

My eldest is having a birthday party this weekend, and what she wants most is a 50’s theme party. Which in turn means for myself, that I have to come up with a rockabilly theme birthday cake.

Either that or I have to make a poodle skirt cake. Of course if she had her way it would be a mish mash of both. However I think we have nearly settled on an idea, which is good, considering I really need to get on with the prep work very soon.

All I know at the moment is that the colours are going to be pink, black & white, followed by lots of decoration. Possibly 2-3 tier, and even being considered is a topsy-turvy styled cake.

To be honest, I don’t think I will decide on the ideas until I start making it. The art of making it up as I go along, is something that I do often. Nothing like flying by the seat of your pants and hoping for the best lol.

I’ll obviously update you, as I go along. For anyone interested in checking out Sandra V, go to my Useful Links page.