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Coloured Ganache! Yes It Works!

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Oh me Oh My! I am so thrilled, so excited. I am just on top of the world today! Words can't really do it justice - I really am totally in a zone of cakey euphoria! What's got me so fired up and excited you ask?  Drum Roll Please..... Coloured Ganache! Yes you read read right! Coloured ganache, is what's got me excited! I am so in cakey love with the whole concept right now! You see not everyone likes fondant, not everyone can cover a cake without the dreaded elephant skin, the cracks, and rounded edges when trying to achieve sharp edges. And you know what, some days fondant just doesn't want to play the game! Personally I find fondant to be quite moody and often find myself arguing with her at 1am in the morning! Eeek! However I am good at setting up my ganache. Actually I am pretty darn good! I have mastered getting it smooth - yep I like to think I am awesome at this, but nothing breaks my heart more than ruining that perfect finish with

Easy Squid Game Dalgona Candy Recipe (No Flame Method.)

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□○☆* Last night I ended up helping my 11 Year old daughter to make the latest sweet trend inspired by the Squid Game series, using the available tools in our kitchen. [N.B. She has not seen Squid Game as it is rated MA however all her friends talk about it at school] We searched for some recipes but I wasn't about to use a ladle on a naked flame! So as I do, I played around to see what I could use with the existing equipment in my kitchen. ☆  Tip the smaller the frying pan the better. The mixture was so much easier when I switched to the  small 1 egg sized mini frying pan. (see video further down) There were a few fails. If you try this, don't despair at the wonky, burnt or set too fast ones. You must work quickly so naturally some  mishaps will occur. But after you get the hang of it the process becomes really easy! Failed 1st Attempts To make the Squid Game Dalgona Candy in the video I am using: A standard electric hot plate. (Not naked flame) on Low. Ingredients: 1.5 tablesp

Heart of Te Fiti Cake: You know Who You Are...

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"I have crossed the horizon to find you I know your name They have stolen the heart from inside you But this does not define you This is not who you are You know who you are" Lyrics from "Moana" Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mark Mancina Ahhh Moana! Such a feel good family story and definitely our family's current favourite Disney Movie! And I will say, my niece is just the cutest when she is belting out songs in the backyard: "My name is Moana!" So it was no surprise that my niece wanted a Moana themed cake! We brainstormed a few ideas which included a quick Google - and anyone who has asked Google for a Moana Cake would have most likely seen the amazing Cynthia White 's Moana inspired Cakes including the most beautiful Heart of Te Fiti  (and not to mention several replicas by other cakers!) To say she is amazing just doesn't seem to give her enough justice. (Oops I feel a cake crush coming on!) Now if anyone knows my cake style by

Easter Pancakes Recipe

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Hello Cakey Friends! I hope you're having a fantastic Easter long weekend! Thought I would quickly share with you my Easter pancakes. My kids (and husband) love these as a fun family Easter morning breakfast treat! Why not make some for breakfast or lunch this weekend?! I have always wanted to try this out after seeing countless teddy bear faced pancakes in my various news feeds over the years (you have seen them too right?) Well this weekend I FINALLY tried it out. And as you can see it really does work! The trick is to put some of your pancake batter into a piping bag or a sauce bottle. I find the piping bag works best for me (phew another way to justify all my cake decorating equipment purchases to the hubby!) Then p ipe your chosen design onto your low-medium heat greased pan. Let the design cook for a bit until you see the edges starting to brown. Grab a spoon and pour some batter over the top of your precooked cooked design. Cook and flip the pancake as you

Aloha! Luau Tropical Engagement Cake!

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Aloha My Cakey Friends! I cannot believe it's been almost TWO YEARS since I last posted on my blog! Yes that's right 2 whole years! Have you missed me?  I have most certainly missed you! If you're new to my little cake corner of the world - welcome! I have come back online because I wanted to share with you what I feel is my best cake ever!  My niece's Luau Tropical themed Engagement Cake. What started out as a simple idea to cross off making sugar / fondant frangipanis from my "cake bucket list" turned into a fully decked out Luau themed cake with all the tropical trimmings! Miniature fondant coconuts, flower lei necklaces, pineapples, Tiki mask, hibiscus and even a ukulele!  Aloha! Luau Themed Engagement Cake. All the tropical fondant trimmings! Now I will not tell a lie - this cake took an incredible amount of time. As I said, it's the best cake I have ever made! And you know that "The Best!"  isn't something I can pull o

Having a Blogging Break.

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Hello and thank you for visiting my little cake decorating hobby blog! I am currently taking an extended break from all online activities. In the meantime there's loads of past blog posts on here full of hints, tips, recipes and decorating ideas! So don't leave, have a click around and check out the blog archives while you're here! And don't forget to sign up below so you are one of the first to know when I am back blogging and sharing my journey with you all again! (I will be back - I promise!) Happy Caking! ❤ Naomi x Share  heart emoticon  Inspire  heart emoticon  Motivate :: Home Bakers Doing it For Themselves!

Kids In The Kitchen: Chocolate and Strawberry Heart Cupcakes.

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Happy Mother's Day lovelies! I have been ridiculously busy as usual (the life of a mother is never a dull one!) But I managed to find time today to bake these cute little love heart chocolate and strawberry cupcakes with the help of Lil Miss 5! Because they are so quick and easy they are perfect for kids in the kitchen. Quality time with my little princess - sharing the love of baking - what a perfect mother's day! I know right?! (And yes it was!)  An adult cuts the "top" off the cupcake with a bread knife. The kids then cut out heart shapes (or any shape really) carefully in the removed top. Kids can then dollop some coloured buttercream on their cupcake. Place  top back on. Now the pretty heart shows through!  Bake, cut, frost and eat!   Do you bake with your kids? What do you guys make? Let me know in the comments section below! (I love comments!) Share  heart emoticon  Inspire  heart emoticon  Motivate :: Home Bakers Doing it For Th

Kardashian Kollection Inspired Cake

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Happy Birthday Gabriella the biggest Kardashian Kollection fan I know! Naked Black Chocolate Ganache, with Edible Leopard print courtesy of The Cupcake Orchard. Kardashian Kollection inspired logo and accents handmade with fondant and lustre dust by me. In a last minute rush it was decided that my niece would be in town to celebrate her 21st birthday and I wanted to make something special. I was inspired by Gabriella's favourite Kardashian Kollection leopard print purse. I am not that confident with my chocolate painting skills so i thought it would be a great excuse to try an edible image from my local cake supplies shop. Alexi was a fantastic help and had printed out a custom image for me in no time. I was really impressed with the quality, and found it much easier to work with than wafer paper and it sure did save me a lot of time! No hand painting all those leopard spots! It was so easy to peel and trim to size. I brushed a little piping gel on the set ganache cake