Watercolour Cake

I’m not sure if I’ve chosen the right name for this cake, but the soft shades of rippled buttercream icing gently blending from one colour to the next remind me of a lovely watercolour painting.


It was my middle daughters birthday recently, and I looked at way too many photos of beautiful cakes. Then I made the even worse mistake of showing the pictures to the birthday girl. It was a miracle we could decide on what sort of cake to attempt!


We decorated the top with Rafaello chocolates, and some scrumptious looking (and tasting!) blueberry macarons I bought at our local Farmers Market that morning. We had a go at making pretty chocolate shards, which worked out quite well, but most certainly did not like hanging out next to eleven lit candles as we sang ‘Happy Birthday’!

I piped some extra buttercream icing on top to add a bit of interest, and to hold the decorations in place. Icing makes an excellent glue! And the final touch was some large and small white nonpareils sprinkled around for good measure.


I like tall cakes for celebrations, so this one was made up of three  8″ cakes layered with different colours of buttercream icing. I wish I had taken a photo of the inside, it looked so pretty and matched the outer colours, with violet on the bottom layer, electric blue in the middle, and teal between the top two layers of chocolate cake.


A Change for the Better – the Paleo Lifestyle

What I want to talk about today is a lifestyle change I made earlier this year. A New Years resolution to be exact. And I’ve (mostly) stuck with it so far. I’m really proud of myself, because I’m pretty darn good at starting things and never finishing them – just ask my husband.😄

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Time to get your ghoul on!

I hadn’t been to Ikea for such a long time, and thought I’d pop along to grab the new catalogue (and maybe some meatballs!). I had to make sure I got home in time to pick up the kids from school, so I was trying to make it a fairly quick lap through the maze.

There was one thing that grabbed my attention in the kitchen section though. They had Halloween stuff and I must confess I got a little excited! I grabbed some cute napkins, paper plates, cups and cupcake liners. They also had metal tea light holders, and don’t forget the pumpkin and bat food label or place name holders. Could definitely use those for my daughters’ halloween themed birthday party this year!

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