24 February 2010

This and that...

I love Myrtle!  What a great job you did Arabella.  Especially as a first effort.  We'll have to have a 'home made' toy section in our shop one day.

Thought you might be interested to know that all four fruit cakes came out fantastically.  I am really happy with the look (and the smell) of them all.  I did cut the end off the long loaf I made for 'home'... far too fresh to eat really, but it was delicious and will improve with keeping.

It's far too hot in Sydney to be making fruit cakes!  The last thing I want is for them to start growing mould as they 'mature' in my cupboard.  Ask UK Chickie and she'll bear me out... my grocery cupboard gets as hot as an oven somedays even though I make sure to leave the door open so the cupboard can breathe.

The cakes have had to be wrapped in cling wrap and stored in my fridge.  If you know me, you'll know that my fridge isn't all that big.  Some of the cakes are going to have to be farmed out for keeping.  I don't want to send my cakes overseas until the weather has cooled either.  One never knows how long they'll get to stand on a dock somewhere.  In this heat, it's not a chance I want to take.

Next step... make some tiny little flowers for the Christening cake.  It won't take long as I don't need many.  I love making fondant flowers!  Always looking for an excuse to practice the art!  The icing has to be almost as fine as a real petal to give me the look I like.  Getting the paste 'just right' in this heat is going to be a challenge.

I'll let you know how it goes.

April Blackbird


Anonymous said...

The cakes sound lovely! Can't wait to taste them!!! Don't suppose you feel like photo documenting the fondant flower process for us do you? The ones you made for our wedding cake were beautiful! A real work of art!


ChickieChirps said...

Hi Arabella,

Thank you for the compliment! I'm so happy you liked your cake, the flowers took me yonks to make... gave me a lot of pleasure for many weeks.

I will document the fondant flower process for you although I have the greatest book ever and will happily pass it around the family. Only book you'll ever need.

Off to make dinner... not sure what yet :)