Last week I had my first proper daytime outing since having Willow, on my own! I know, it's taken me long enough. I've had times where I had ducked down to the shops, or gone out at night, but this is the first time in 5 whole months that I left both my kids with their Nan for half a day. And, it was glorious. Just to get the chance to do something fun and not have to worry about changing nappies, hungry babies or finding dummies. I could carry a small purse and I was free to do as I pleased! That alone made for a great morning.
So, with my little taste of freedom, what did I do?
Well I learnt how to decorate cakes! Specifically how to make cool stuff out of fondant! Thanks to Appliances Online who held a really fun (and informative) Cake Decorating class for a group of bloggers at Cupid's Delight in Hamilton Hill, as a part of their 8th Birthday Celebrations! (I'm just blogging about it because I want to, it isn't a sponsored post or expected of me)
I have always been a little scared of trying to use fondant, it seemed way too difficult, and so I have stuck to buttercream icing for the whole TWO kids birthday cakes I have ever made. But, what I discovered last week is that fondant is actually remarkably similar to Play-Doh, which I have become very familiar with of late, although it dries out a whole lot quicker!
|Yes, this is a cake, and yes.. we made it (well the decorative part anyway)|
What I learnt about Fondant
- When you roll it out don't press too hard or it will stick to the table, do a couple of rolls and then turn it 90 degrees and continue like that.
- You can use icing sugar to stop it from sticking to the table
- Seal it in a zip lock bag when you aren't using it otherwise it will dry out
- Use the palm of your hand to mould and shape it, get your fingers out of the way
- You can make a little edible glue out of xanthan gum and water to stick it all together, but don't put too much on because that will be a disaster.
-the heat of my car will melt the crap out of my little fondant Santa man :(
Then, to top off my care free, kid free morning, they gave me an awesome Breville Juicer!! What... well Merry Christmas me!! Yay, now I have no excuse not to get on the green juicing bandwagon! But, I probably will find one, an excuse that is!
I've been perusing through the appliances online website a lot lately, as a self-professed online shopper and brick and mortar store avoider, Appliances Online is my go-to website for all things appliance related! There are a couple of things like a Dishwasher and new Washing Machine that I have been eyeing off for our new house, and I know that they always seem to have the best prices, and free delivery all the way to Margaret River as well, so even us Mandurah folk don't miss out like usual!
|Annaleis learning from the pro, Julia how to get that fondant right!|
So, even if you don't win, you still win, because you have CAKE!! I Love The CAKE!
Find out all the details on their WEBSITE but HURRY because it finishes on the 8th of December!
|Photo care of the lovely Feli from My Life in Mono|
|My Santa fell off the roof, one too many glasses of milk I think!|
|Also a cake, and such a sweet looking toaster!|