Push Cakes

Bank Holiday Weekend baking with Lil D is always a good idea.

Having watched yet another YouTube video, Lil D had her heart set on pushcakes.

First up the sponge.

We’ve been obsessed with the funfetti craze we’ve been seeing everywhere at the minute so we opted to try lemon “skin” and sprinkles for our sponge. Baked flat on a baking sheet and sliced right down the middle when cool, ready to cut out circles.  Experience shows regular sprinkles do not show up when baked so no spectacular funfetti this time. The circle cutting was hugely satisfying though, and the scraps are on standby for some Danish Romkuglar (Rum Balls).

Next you need frosting to create layers between your sponge circles.  Lil D decided on purple but something brighter could have been more effective.  She assembled her pushcake all by herself, piping and squishing sponge down with glee.

In the meantime I was moved to play with the mini cake shapes.  They screamed mini victoria sponges – an idea we really need to keep in mind for future baking moments.

Mini food is fantastic and we all enjoyed today’s activities so well done YouTube, you win again (^-^)





Hop hop hooray


Easter baskets underway! We’re really hoppy with how they’re coming along.  A cute mix of handmade and shop bought bunniness 🐣

This year we’ve gone for pompom chicks and bunnies, crocheted carrots, some egg shaped crayons and of course plenty of chocolate ♥

Some bunny loves Easter madness (^-^)


This weekend we squeezed in a lot.

Not only was it nanny’s birthday but we also ended up doing an awesome crisp taste challenge and even found the most amazing candy sushi in the world but moment of the weekend has to go to Lil D doing the Gummy Bear Dance. Adorable and hilarious.

We’re sure to be singing this all week ⇑

My StudioGirl

How could anyone resist a panda onesie craft opportunity? These kits from My Studio Girl are completely ADORABLE.

Maybe I should have left this for one of the dotes to make but any character dressed as an animal is going to be hard for me to resist.  I have 10 years Tokyo experience.

How much would I love an army of these onesie’d cuties?  There’s a bumble bee, a duck, a cat, a pig and a rabbit. All you need is to sew through the pre-punched holes and hey presto, instant achievement.

By far my greatest achievement today 🌟


Clay charms

Christmas brought our dotes lots of things to make and do {⇒ Santa does love to craft ♥}

Clay charms were right up Lil D’s craftavenue – tiny, detailed work were comparisons between hers and ours can be easily judged.  Although the clay started out quite chalky and hard to handle it soon became more malleable so decisions had to be made.  Which cute charm should we make?

The accompanying book had great instructions on how to make everything from a pineapple to a panda.  We settled on doughnuts… and then a watermelon, and then a strawberry and then a pineapple! We were all pretty pleased with our efforts (^-^)

After 20 minutes in a low oven, we glazed them, et voilà ⇑ Cute Clay Charms, just like the box promised.

This kit also comes with a charm bracelet and all the findings needed to create your own bespoke jewellery. We say well done Santa (^-^)


Glitter shapes

Glitter shapeWe saw this make in a Rainbow Fairies magazine and immediately wanted to try it. What wonderful Christmas decorations we could make this year, we mused.

PVA glue, cookie cutters and sparkles.  How much easier (or fabulous) could it get?

Set your cookie cutter on some baking paper, pour in some pva glue and top with glitter and beads.  Let it dry overnight and voila – a pretty glitter shape.

Except, one week later and our pva has still not set, our shape cannot be extracted from its cutter.  Disaster.  Was it our glue? Will there be a second attempt? Too sad right now to tell (>.<)