Cakes for a Cuppa-For-CANSA

Cherriheart sponsored these cakes for Mrs South Africa finalist Talita’s Cuppa-for-CANSA at Avianto!
You can see photographs from the event, including a Cherriheart fashion show, in these photos by Catherine Scott Photography.

red velvet cake with cream cheese icing rosettes

red velvet cake with cream cheese icing rosettes

chocolate cake filled with caramel covered with chocolate butter icing decorated with Maraschino cherries

chocolate cake filled with caramel covered with chocolate butter icing decorated with Maraschino cherries

Oreo no-bake cheesecake

Oreo no-bake cheesecake

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Cupcakes ~ Cakes and Cookies ~ 
Sugar Art ~

My New Favourite Mixing Bowls!

I was given a set of these bowls for my birthday by a friend, and within days they had replaced my “usual” mixing bowls as my favourites and I asked my friend where she had found them so I could go and get another set!

click, love to bake, mixing bowls

They’re available exclusively from Clicks in their Love To Bake range, and I now have a brightly coloured set and a pastel coloured set!

There are 4 bowls in the set for just R95, and here’s what I love about them:

  • They have a wide pouring lip on one side.
  • They have a handle the other side so you can hold it easily while you’re mixing or pouring.
  • They’re lightweight so even when they’re full, lifting and pouring is easy.
  • They are microwave and dishwasher safe.
  • They don’t stain – food colouring is potent stuff you know!
  • They’re deep so you don’t splatter batter or icing everywhere.
  • The base of the bowl is rounded so you don’t get batter stuck in the corners and they are easy to scrape!

They’re just plain fabulous I think!

As per my Lady Bloggers pledge – I am clearly stating here that I was not asked or paid to write any blog posts about Clicks stores or products.
I paid for my bowls just like everybody else does!

All About @MyCakeDecoSA!

When this weekly baking magazine first appeared in the shops I was intrigued as to what would make it different to the 30 other cake and cupcake decorating books and magazines in the shops. I bought the first one thinking that R39,90 for a magazine AND a decorating tool was a bargain but I was skeptical that they would continue to sell for R39,90 since thats not normally how it works.
Then when I looked again issue #4 was on the shelves! I had missed issues #2 and #3, and they were STILL R39,90 each!
It was then that I realised it came out weekly and the hunt for my missing issues began. I was thrilled when I found them, and before I knew it I had the first seven books WITH the free cake decorating tool that comes with each magazine.

CakeDecorating2

While I was waiting for issue #8 (in the beginning they were hard to find if you didn’t act fast) I realised that if I didn’t want to miss one again I would have to subscribe. My mommy darling then offered to pay for the first 3 months as a birthday gift to me, and I went ahead with a proper subscription.
I got my first set of books in the mail (I started at issue #8, ‘coz if you already have some of the magazines you have the option not to start at #1 if you don’t have to), then the second set arrived, and then the third set didn’t… And didn’t… And didn’t…
So I took a chance and messaged Cake Decorating via their Facebook page, and they replied! I told them I was waiting for issues 16 – 19 and that it was a month late, and VOILA – they dispatched a new set to replace the missing one!
By the way, this was when I opted to start paying the extra fee to get a tracking number- the SA Post Office has let me down too many times in the past.

I was seriously impressed with their level of customer service, considering how many subscriptions they must be dealing with!

I now have 2 files filled with issues up to #27 (#22 was out of stock) and a steadily expanding set of good quality cake decorating tools to add to the ones I’ve spent years buying.

CakeDecorating

What are the perks of subscribing?

  • You never miss an issue!
  • Free delivery (unless you opt for a tracking number for a small additional fee).
  • Free gifts over the course of your subscription.
  • Exceptional value for money, in my humble opinion.
  • The magazines you receive are available to view online.
  • The cake decorating tools are good quality.
  • The tutorials in the magazines are beautifully explained and illustrated.
  • If you need to, you can opt out without any issues.

I also opted to receive the “special” issues- Easter, Mothers Day, Christmas and so on. These are not part of the numbered series and are usually more expensive than the weekly books but they come with additional decorating tools! This year’s Easter book came with 3 flower shaped cookie cutters, a silicone flower embosser, a butterfly stencil set AND a little box with which to present the tulip-shaped cookies!
Talk about value for money!

I am super impressed and I intend to collect them for as long as they are printed.

You can find and follow Cake Decorating on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest!

As per my Lady Bloggers pledge – I am clearly stating here that I was not asked or paid to write any blog posts about My Cake Decorating.
I am paying for my magazine subscription just like everybody else does!

Chocolate Brownies In-A-Jar!

This is my latest offering and it is perfect for party favours, wedding favours, corporate gifts, gifts for teachers… just about anyone would enjoy getting one of these!

The jars will have a sticker on them bearing my logo and the baking instructions, and you can then add your own message tag to the ribbon (which I can also match to the colour of your choice as closely as possible).
The stickers can also be customised- to a degree- to include a personal message along with the instructions.

These brownies are super easy to make, with a yield of between 10 and 12 cupcake sized brownies. Personally, I like making brownies in cupcake trays because then all my brownies have that divine crispy outside and a gooey inside, and these jars are not big enough to fill a more traditional brownie pan.

chocolate brownie mix in a jar

brownie mix in-a-jar without nuts

chocolate brownie mix in a jar

brownie mix in-a-jar without nuts, with the dark & white chocolate “twin” chips, with added Smarties as an option

chocolate brownie mix in a jar

brownie mix in-a-jar with and without nuts

The prices for the various brownies-in-jars can be found here:  Cakes, Cookies, Sweets.

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My Favourites…

These are pictures of some of the sugar art, cakes and cupcakes I’ve done that I consider some of my best work…
I hope you agree! 😀

Of course, I learn something from every order I complete with an aim to constantly improving, and I take online courses at Craftsy to learn more too (here’s a link to my wishlist, if anyone is feeling generous… 😛 )!

Here are some of my favourite cakes:

And here is some of my favourite sugar art. This is my favourite part of my job. If I could I would do this all day every day.

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Sugar Art ~