Clay Cakes!

Hello!

So today I thought I’d do another artsy and crafty post, because just recently I’ve begun to make charms out of polymer clay!

Do you know when you’re on YouTube and one video leads to another which leads to another and you end up being on something completely obscure and different to what you were first watching? Well, that happened to me and I ended up watching a video tutorial on how to make a blueberry cake out of polymer clay. I was overwhelmed by the cuteness of it all and how realistic the charm looked, and before I knew it I had watched about a hundred tutorials and had so much inspiration for making my own. So I went online and ordered some basic materials for making the charms, (mainly polymer clay!), and I made a couple of little clay cakes!

Chocolate & Strawberry Cake

Pink Birthday Cake

I’m not going to lie – I am very proud of my first attempts! They took so long but I think it was worth it in the end!

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Daily Prompt: Being Decisive!

Daily Prompt: Describe the one decision in your life where you wish you could get a “do-over.” Tell us about the decision, and why you’d choose to take a different path this time around.

Standing up for myself is probably the one thing I wish I could do more of – the thing is, I barely ever do.

Once upon a time, (about a year ago), a few of my friends and I held two cake sales for Comic Relief. We had two evenings where we literally baked from about four in the afternoon to half ten at night. We made hundreds of cupcakes, flapjacks, cookies, sponge cake, rocky roads, etc, (I’m just making myself hungry now!), so many that we ran out of room in the kitchen. For them two nights, we went home exhausted.

The first cake sale was lovely.

The second cake sale was also great- up until the end. A girl we know had turned up at the beginning of the sale with six cupcakes to sell. Of course, that was fine and it was charitable so we were all happy. But then some of the teachers started asking whose idea it was and how much we’d raised so far – and she literally wouldn’t let us get a word in edgeways. I am honestly not exaggerating here – she was making out as if she had baked all the cakes! Luckily the teachers knew that she hadn’t so it wasn’t too much of a big deal. We were used to it anyway.

However, five minutes later my friend and I asked for the tub of money we had raised that day so that we could take out five pounds each to cover the cost of some of the ingredients we had bought to bake the cakes.

“You can’t do that!” The girl screamed. “It’s STEALING”

We calmly tried to explain to her that it wasn’t stealing and that actual charities do this too. She just wasn’t having it.

“Fine!” She snapped and took out the two notes and slammed the down on the table in front of us. The teachers stood there in amazement. The girl glared at us and stormed off. To say I was angry is an understatement. But because it is me, I just took the money and quietly fumed away to my friends about it. What is worse is that the girl had taken the money we had raised. When we asked her for it after the weekend, she said she had already sent it off to Comic Relief. I don’t like arguments but I would have liked to put my point across. I regret so much that I did not make the decision to stand up for myself!

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Daily Prompt: Being a Teacher!

Daily Prompt: We all know how to do something well — write a post that teaches readers how to do something you know and/or love to do.

Everyone loves cake, right?

Here is probably the quickest and easiest all-in-one sponge cake recipe ever made – and if a perfectionist like me can do the anyone can!

Ingredients:

  • 6oz of self-raising flour
  • 6oz of sugar
  • 6oz of margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • Add about 100g of mix-ins, whatever they may be, (optional)

Buttercream:

  • 50g of margarine
  • 100g of icing sugar

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Using either an electric whisk or just a wooden spoon, mix all of the ingredients together until you get a smooth, creamy mixture.
  3. Divide the mixture between two 7 inch cake tins, (but if you don’t have them you can always just improvise and pour the mixture in whatever cake or brownie tins you have!)
  4. Put in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until it is a light golden brown. You can also check if they are ready by lightly pressing on the sponge with a finger and seeing if it rises back up.

Buttercream:

  1. Put the marg and icing sugar in a bowl.
  2. Blend together until light and creamy.
  3. Spread over cake!

So that’s it! Easy, quick and yummy!

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