Thursday, July 28, 2011

I'm a big boy now!

It is with mixed emotion for me, that my youngest turned 5 recently. When my first child was born, I couldn't wait for her to reach each new milestone, with my youngest I now think "oh that's the last time we'll ever go to kindy". As I was driving to work the day before my son's last day of kindy, I was thinking to myself about the play-doh birthday cake I received when I turned 5 at Kamo Kindy, and lo & behold when I got to work Grandma Kiwicakes had propped this photo up against my computer.

The photo above lead me to thinking about my 5th birthday cake, I can still remember the anticipation of waiting for Mum to go and collect the cake. I had chosen it from the Kamo Home Cookery. They always had a few dummy dolly varden cakes in the window, which I used to gaze at longingly as we walked past the window on the way to kindy, they also had stacks of photos of them in their cake albums, mine was pink & white and very girlie. Some where is a much better photo of it, but this is the only one I could find. In 30 years, not much has changed, this style of cake hasn't changed, except perhaps the 1980s hair do on the doll and the style of piping on the dress.

However I cannot dwell on it for too long as mister 5 is so full of life and rip roaring ready to go to school, I cannot be sad for more than 2 minutes. We've already been shopping for school uniforms, books and a new bag. So we're eagerly awaiting Monday morning.

Both my husband Vaughan and I went for the "happy happy last day" at Kindy, the children get to choose their mat time activity/song and receive a card & play-doh cake. Mister 5 chose dinosaur cupcakes to give to his friends, as he lives, breathes and dreams about dinosaurs, all day every day!

Mister 5 had very specific ideas about the candy he wanted in the jars on his party table I used green & orange jelly beans from Kiwi candy buffets the kids really enjoyed using the tongs and scoops to get the candy from the old fashioned candy jars

If it could be made in the shape of a dinosaur it was, such as the sandwhiches, which I cut out using these cookie cutters These dinosaur picks were perfect for spearing cheese & dinosaur eggs, oh I mean grapes!

I made the mistake of telling Mister almost 5 to look through all of my cake books and see what he liked for a cake, he found an old wilton yearbook from the 1980s and chose the Wilton Megasaurus cake tin, long discontinued, so it was an expensive shopping trip on ebay to get the tin secondhand.

For some reason I've never been a great fan of poking candles right in a cake (unless it's round and plain), so I was really pleased to find this Wish-a-saurus candle holder, which makes a great keepsake of the party when all the excitement is over.
That's it for kiddy birthday parties in our house until next. Goodness knows what next years obssession will be?

Huggies Pull-Ups giveaway

Recently I was contacted by the lovely people at Huggies to ask if I'd like to give away some of their product. Now I know many of my customers are parents of young children and there's plenty of grandparents out there too!. It's been a little while since my children were out of nappies, but not that long since Pull-Ups featured in our household, so I asked for the Pull-Ups prize pack to give away.

They have a really useful website, with helpful parenting e-books here and everyone can get free samples sent of Pull-Ups by clicking here By Joining the Huggies website you can enter to win a 6 month supplies of Huggies products also.

To enter to win my Pull-Ups prize pack, consisting of Pull-Ups, discount vouchers & a toilet training guide, simply leave a comment right here on this post, with your choice of either BOYS or GIRLS Pull-ups. The two winners will be contacted after August 9th. Delivery of prize is to New Zealanbd addresses only. Please be sure to leave me a way to contact you in your comment. Winners will be selected at random and published here on the blog, after August 9th.

Monday, July 25, 2011

How to make a purse or handbag cake using Satin Ice Fondant

A purse or handbag cake is always a firm favourite, this simple tutorial using Satin Ice fondant is easy to follow and precoloured Satin Ice fondant makes it a breeze.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Making gumpaste pearls

A great video of Colette Peters making pearls using Satin Ice Fondant

Yet more great free printables

I know how much you enjoy the links to free printables for your parties. Pop on over to Living Locurto for some awesome freebies specifally for "girls birthday parties" There's a heap to choose from

For a "Pinkalicious" birthday party click here for the free printables

And for Fathers day cards & tag printables click here

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cake decorating Class in Wellington

Vicky from Trends has asked me to let anyone in the Wellington area interested in a basic cake decorating class know about a class she is running.

Trends Basic Cake Decorating Class Information

Saturday 6th August 9am to 12pm $95.00

200 Newlands Road

Newlands Primary School (Afterschool Care Premises)

This class will cover:

Cover cake with buttercream and apply piping gel transfer

Making icing – different consistency’s

Colouring icing

Decorating bags and couplers

Cut, levelling and filling the cake

Applying the icing

Applying the transfer

Basic decorating techniques

Items students need to bring:

8” round cake of student’s choice

jam or filling for centre of cake

Tips 1,3,16,21

2 piping bags

2 couplers

large spatula to ice cake with

Wilton piping gel

Large spatula to ice cake with

10” cake board

Wilton Cake leveller or bread knife

Turntable (optional)

Scissors, pen, pencil and paper

Baking paper

6 x Small plastic containers to colour icing in and to take any left over icing

Plastic bag to take used equipment home

2 Spoons, toothpicks

Box big enough to take cake home

2 x tea towels, 1 dish cloth

Icing colours if you have them

2 x butter cream icing

There will a selection of decorating items for sale on the day. Cash only.

Trends Johnsonville Shopping Centre Ph 478 4877 email:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Naturally coloured sprinkles just arrived

Just arrived this wonderful new range of naturally coloured heart sprinkles 7 colours to choose from

Many companies supply Sugar Shapes and have done so for many years.
Rainbow Dust Colours likes to do things a little different and with a health conscious customer now scouring the labels, we have commissioned a range of shapes and colours that are 100% Natural and suit what todays shoppers want.
Using only natural ingredients you will see that these pass for "clean" label with flying colours (no pun intended!)

Look for the "Natural" Logo for fast identification of products in this range.

Each container holds 30g of product and comes in our very popular “flapper cap” container with a tamper-evident seal and a bar coded label.

Sugar, Rice Flour, Cocoa Butter, Potato Starch, Beet Root
Label Claims: Natural: No Artificial Colours, GM Free, Nut Free, Suitable for Lactose Intolerance, Vegetarians & Vegans

Monday, July 11, 2011

My time in Wellington

Many of you have enquired how my time in Wellington went, at the Her magazine Businesswoman of the year awards, I've had this blog post part written for a short time and hadn't quite finished until now. Many of you know I returned from Wellington to an email crash of epic proprotions, the ripple effect of this meant chaos for some time. But on to the story............

I reached Wellington late in the afternoon of Wednesday 29th and took a taxi to the James Cook Chancellor hotel (very nice). I checked in with the lovely folks from Her magazine . Then it was quickly up to my room to change in to a frock, in time to meet my lovely date for the night. Many thanks for Fiona Hume for agreeing to accompany me. You might remember Fiona's last cake see here or her winning entry in 2010 see here and here Fiona and I had a blast and we talked cakes much of the time.

The awards were part of a lovely dinner hosted by Her magazine. Kay Gregory was our MC for the evening. When it came time to announce the category I was nominated for Kay read out the spiel about me, that had been pre-prepared for her, she then when on to say she could vouch for how great my website was, as she was a customer and received my newsletters, this was totally unexpected and made me quite proud.

I did not win my category, the honour went to Cilla Hegarty from NZ Tax Refunds. Cilla also won the supreme award across all categories. But I'm certainly thrilled to have been nominated.

I met the lovely girls from Biteme Cupcakes Caroline & Rachael this is a photo of them from their website they were nominated for the best new business category. It was lovely to have another nomination from the cake industry. We also talked a lot about cakes. They promised to send me some cupcakes, to test how they travel on the courier (I wonder if they will remember?)

After a fun filled evening, I climbed in to bed at 1.30am and left a large group of ladies still enjoying the wee small hours of the morning.

Thursday morning, I had arranged to have breakfast with the lovely Tanya of Decorada We also talked a lot about cakes & cookies. I was so lucky, to receive a gorgeous box of Trixie kiwi cookies (that's the Kiwicakes logo for those of you that don't recognise it). I would also not be exaggerating when I said, they were one of the very best sugar cookies I have ever tasted. Don't you just love Tanya's wonderful pale blue satin ribbon printed with her logo.

My time in Wellington was short lived less than 24 hours later I was back in Whangarei - one tired caker!

Starship's Diamond & Stars Tea Party

I received an email recently from one of Kiwicakes earliest customers. Lenna has been with me right from the beginning. She asked me to sponsor some Satin Ice fondant, glitter and some foil cupcake cases for Starship's Diamond & Stars Tea Party. The event raised over $88 000 for Starship's national air ambulance. Lenna sent me some wonderful photo's of all her hard work (she had an accomplice in the lovely Donna) She also promised to send some photo's I could share with you all and I just loved what they did with their 350 cupcakes. I think they did an awesome job.

I asked Lenna what she thought of Satin Ice fondant and she said "Donna and I had a lot of fun making these cupcakes for such a great cause.We loved the Satin Ice Fondant, it was easy to use and tastes AMAZING! Love love love it!"

Enjoy the photos

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Exciting new items in stock at Kiwicakes

Wedding cakes a design source issue #39 - be quick due to a processing error we only received 1/3 of our usual supply

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Satin ice fondant colour mixing chart

Click to enlarge & print this awesome colour mixing chart for Satin ice fondant. Make a huge range of awesome colours from the standard Satin ice range.

Friday, July 1, 2011

email request for anyone who has emailed me

Hello to all my Kiwicakes customers & friends

As many of you know I have been away Wellington for the past few days, yesterday upon my return all email was downloaded in to my inbox, in preparation for answering it all today, unfortunately overnight an 80mb email has crashed the inbox. I have spent the morning with my computer repair man, as yet he has been unable to retrieve the inbox. It appears unlikelyy he will be able to save it. And all emails will be lost

Since Monday this week

* If you have sent me an email and not had a reply

* If you have sent bank details and are awaiting a refund

* If you have asked me to order something

*Place an order by email

Could you please resend me your email with RESEND in the subject line. I would be grateful to receive any and all emails again.

As a result of today's drama Fun Fantastic Friday will be delayed, we willl work on some weekend specials and will update you as soon as ppossible

Many thanks in advance for your understanding.
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