This half term holiday has been a real whirlwind, from a funeral and birthdays to swimming lessons, hospital visit, Chinese New Year and a couple of family days out. So there hasn’t been a huge amount of time for crafting.
But we did manage a little bit of baking for Mum’s birthday. My daughter, now 6, loves to help and she really wanted to make something for her Grandma. So on the way home from a funeral , we stopped at a Lakeland shop, which only sold kitchen accessories. It was a great shop and lovely to browse around. I could have spent a small fortune but was sensible! We bought some chocolate cupcake frosting, pink wafer flowers and small chocolate beans.
Once home we decided that some cupcakes would be the perfect gift. I chose the simple, all-in-one sponge recipe and we made two different flavours – vanilla with cherry, and double chocolate! The smell in the kitchen was delicious.
Once cooked and cooled. we had great fun decorating them. I used some ready-to-roll icing and an imprinted roller and then cut them into circles to top the vanilla cakes, my daughter then finished them off with the pink wafer flowers. The chocolate ones I topped with the chocolate cupcake frosting, which came in a tube with a piping nozzle! Of course they had to have small chocolate beans added. I think they looked great. We chose the four best and presented them in a lovely cupcake box.
Mum enjoyed them too and we shared the remaining cakes around. A lovely little crafting session.