Sunday, 15 May 2011

an elegant cake for a more civilised age...

Son#2 wanted needed a light sabre cake for his birthday party.

It's made of two swiss rolls (rolled lengthways) end to end, covered with ready-to-roll icing. 
(The blade should really be thinner than the handle, but that would have resulted in unacceptably small portions, so artistic integrity had to compromised.)

The blade is painted with blue food colouring and dusted with edible glitter, and the handle is painted with edible silver paint, decorated with lines of black icing and half a jelly baby as the 'on/off' button.

There was just enough black icing the add 'may the force be with you'.
My husband said that some words would 'help to site it in its context'.
I think that was code for 'give people a clue what it's meant to be'.

The swiss roll recipe came from Marguerite Patten's 'Complete Book of Teas'.
She didn't mention the light sabre option, but I feel sure that she and Obi-wan would have understood one another.

Son#2 was very happy. 

He says he'd like a Death Star next time...

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Bunting bonanza, and now an excuse for more sewing...

April was all about making bunting for our royal wedding street party...

Can you spot the home-made strands?

... but May has brought a fabulous excuse for some fun sewing:  Kids Clothes week at Elsie Marley.

I'm planning some Oliver+S sketchbook shorts for then boys (made from blue and white ticking which somehow escaped the bunting manufacture process) and some baby bloomers to match a couple of runciblegirl's existing dresses.
There's still time to join in - it starts tomorrow.
Happy sewing!