Hello Kitty

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“Her real name is Kitty White, a bright and kind-hearted cat. She is good at baking cookies and loves Mama’s homemade apple pie. She likes to collect cute things and her favorite subjects in school are English, music and art.”

I love this little feline, she’s so sweet and kind and when reading about her personality, I could relate to her love for baking cookies and art. My niece, Arielle (above), went through her hello kitty phase and asked for this cake for her second birthday. Now you have to know that my niece has this sweet gruff voice and sounds like she is purring when she says “helloooo kittyyy”. It’s just so adorable. So for Arielle’s 2nd birthday, which she shares with her sister who is two years older, Arielle had this cake. It was marbled pink and purple inside and everyone loved it.

Since this cake I received more Hello Kitty orders, some cookies too. Hello Kitty has inspired the themes of restaurants and even hospitals, she has her own music album and tv show. This famous cat, lover of apple pies, is now also one of my favourites to replicate in the kitchen…I’ll have to watch some of her shows with my sweet niece.

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ice-creams for winter

I’m loving the collection of cookie cutters I am starting to build up in my baking cupboard. These ice-cream cones are among my favourite. I also started adding some sprinkles to the ones I made after I took this photograph. I just love that even when its freezing cold and wintery, we can still enjoy this “summery” looking biscuit. My husband even commented that the cone tasted like real cones…haha!

These cookies would be especially fun for a kids party or even a summery colourful wedding favour. Image

A Smurf Collection – the blue cake

ImageOk you might be wondering what smurfs have to do with baking and why on earth I am talking about this on my blog. It may be arbitrary, but so is life and the things we draw inspiration from.

My husband collects smurfs, not the new badly made models that have recently made a come-back, but the old worn collectable “made in germany” ones scavenged in Hospice shops and Markets. Smurfs that you or I would have played with …..you know…back in the day. His collection has reached about 20 and the smurfs live on top of our old piano, also scavenged in an old dusty garage.

And so, when I baked a blue gradient cake for my hubby’s 31st birthday then it was not long before it was named the “Smurf Cake”. This blue gradient cake was loved by adults and kids alike for its colour and arbitrariness. I covered it in a dark chocolate butter icing, often found on my husband’s fingers when I turn my back to ice a cupcake.

I think the next smurf I find for the collection will be one called “celebratory Smurf” and it’s hugging a giant cake! sounds familiar…

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