After the Birthday Party

In August I entered my first cake contest – the Hostess Pro Sugar Craft Cake Studio SACBW National Cake Decorating Competition – in support of iDuc.
My piece was called “After the Party“, with a teapot on a table, a cupcake, and little grey mice nibbling on candles and cookies, and relaxing in a cup of leftover tea.  

It was made with polystyrene dummies, not real cake, covered and decorated with handmade sugar paste pieces. I didn’t place (I knew I wouldn’t, I worked in a hurry and my precision suffered), but the judges loved the concept, and they loved my characters. One of the rules was to have the iDuc logo and colours on the cake. The colours weren’t hard to do – the pink, purple and mint green were easy to incorporate, and I turned the logo into the teabag tag (this was the only edible print permitted on the cake). 🙂

Here are a few pictures I took at the Hostess Pro Sugar Craft Cake Studio Cake Decorating Competition at Faircity Roodevallei Hotel on August 26th. There were some wonderful cakes on display, and each one was very carefully judged and scored.

Our Guide Dog Puppy Riggs went with us and he was an absolute superstar!

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Its A Nicoletta Give Away!!

Can you believe it!?!!
I have a R300 hamper packed full of Nicoletta Christmas-themed goodies to give away, right here on my blog!!

SantaHeader02aIf you’ve ever baked anything you will most likely have used Nicoletta decorations! I use the ready to roll fondant icing, the coloured sugars, the nonpareils… I have no less than 17 different Nicoletta sprinkles in my baking cupboard!

2b4fb999c74e1cbcca55279827dd69a1 They have an incredible and ever-expanding range of decorations for cakes, cupcakes and cookies, and the best part is that they are available in any supermarket!

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Would you like to win this Nicoletta hamper?
Just leave a comment below and tell me your favourite baking memory.
Then pop over and give their Facebook page a little like love (and mine if you haven’t already done so), follow Nicoletta on Twitter, and go and see their delectable Pinterest boards!
If you tweet about it, be sure to tag @TheCupcake_Lady and @NicolettaTreats as well as use the #LoveNicoletta hashtag.
ONLY comments on this blog post will be considered as entries to the give away.

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VERY IMPORTANT – the give away is open to South African residents only.

The winner will be notified via email on Wednesday night December 18th 2013, and the hamper will be delivered on the 20th!

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Random comment number selection made #27 the winner – Megs H!

RandomNumberMegs – check your inbox (and your spam folder, just in case 🙂 )!

My Entry For The @BBCLifestyle #BakingMadSA Cupcake Competition Is In!

I think I did it!

It took me two weeks or so to perfect the recipe, but I think I did it. My husband and my son were the first to taste it (after myself of course) and declared it divine! I had a few other people taste it and everyone was in agreement as the the fabulosity of the cupcake.

So I went ahead and submitted my “Strawberry Heaven” cupcake recipe to be judged by the fantastic Eric Lanlard!

Now, of all the entries, they will choose only ten to bake and taste, and then choose one winner from those ten. The submitted recipes had to be very clear on ingredients, measurements and method and such so that they can bake a cupcake that tastes the way you want it to taste even though its baked by someone else! What is nerve racking is that the BBC Lifestyle Cupcake Competion is open to AFRICA- not just SOUTH Africa!! So you can imagine how many entries there are going to be! And I keep going over my recipe and wondering if it was clear enough to sound appealing to a professional and that should they- by some miracle- choose mine to be one of those they actually bake that it will taste like I know it should!

And now I wait! And wait!

I Want To Win @BodyThrills!!

If you have skin like mine, then you’re probably sensitive to the preservatives and chemicals in contemporary, mass-produced skin care products.

And if you’re even more like me and you wash your hands a lot- baking can be messy after all- then Body Thrills is for you! It is pure, handmade deliciousness consisting of organic, homegrown ingredients.

Right now, you can pop over there and get the Moisturise & Nourish Winter Pack for just R160 (save R70)! Choose any three 125ml body butters from Pina Colada; Lemongrass, Lime & Neroli; Lemon Nougat & Honey Coconut; Citrus Explosion or Healing & Soothing. Yes- you read that right- a Pina Colada body butter!! How’s THAT to warm you up of an evening!

Body Thrills: Moisturise & Nourish Winter Pack

My favourite special offer at the moment is the Refresh & Repair Winter Pack for only R350! It is described on the Body Thrills site as “a ridiculously indulgent skincare pack filled with hot soaks, sinful sweet treats, hot oil hair repair treatments, cleansing face masks and explosions of vitamin-filled citrus goodness.” What could be better on a cold winter night than a candle-lit, chocolate pudding bubble bath!?!??

Body Thrills: Winter Wonders: Refresh & Repair

Something that is not on special this winter is my favourite favourite Body Thrills range- Cupcake Frosting. I suppose that comes as no surprise, but this stuff is insanely divine! Can you even comprehend snuggling up to your sweetheart after a hot shower, and you smell almost edible!?

Body Thrills: Cupcake Frosting Shower Gel

So why am I blogging about Body Thrills I hear you ask? Well, this here blog post puts me in line to win Body Thrills products to the value of R2000!!