Guess who’s back, back, back… feat. Unicorn Birthday Cake

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Well hello there guys! It’s me, Maddie, hello. It’s been a while! Like, a hell of a while! Sorry!

The build up to Summer was a hella busy time for me; I was preparing for my summer exams, then doing my summer exams, then working full-time for a month as part of an internship. At last, I am now back in my home town of Chorley and looking forward to a reasonably quiet month when I will be able to dedicate some more time to my blog. The quiet time will not last long though, September will be an exciting month for me; not only will I will be turning 21, but Jason and I will be celebrating five years together by a trip to Rome.

Yes- my 21st birthday, which is super scary because it means I’ll be a proper adult and I’m still not very good at adulting, despite having lived alone for the majority of the past two years. Buuutt it does mean that I’m getting things ready for an awesome 21st fiesta, so keep your eyes peeled for some cool DIYs and party decorations up on the blog over the next month or so.

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First up though, today’s post is featuring this awesome cake that I made last week! Jason’s mum asked me to make a unicorn themed birthday cake for one of her friends and I have to admit, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Like, I’m no cake decorating expert, so I’ll be the first to say it could definitely have looked a little neater, but hey, I think it gives the little guy character.

I had a great time making this cake. It was the first bit of baking I’ve done since Christmas- and it was a great way to get me back into the swing of things! Despite being a bit of a mammoth project to begin with, I think the outcome was definitely worth it. Sadly I’ve no photos of the inside of this cake (I couldn’t cut into before the birthday girl after all!), but it was made with three layers of pink vanilla sponge cake, sandwiched with pink buttercream and lots of sparkles!

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The mane of the unicorn was created using buttercream in four different pastel shades, while I used regal icing to make the horn and ears. I painted these gold by using a mixture of golden baking dust and almond extract- this part smelled so good you guys.

Unfortunately we’ve been having freakishly hot weather in the UK this Summer, and the day I made this cake was no exception! This did lead to some of the butter in the icing oozing out as it melted, which is the yellow liquid you can see on some of these pictures. This was a problem that I’ve never encountered before in my baking, but I’ve since been wondering about how to avoid this happening in the future. Does anybody have any methods to avoid this with their bakes? If so, I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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If you’d be interested in seeing a step by step post on how to make this cake, please let me know in the comments! I’d be happy to create that for you guys.

I hope you’re all having great summers, and perhaps also looking forward to some of my upcoming posts!

Maddie.

Huge Hobbycraft Birthday Haul!

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Hi guys! As some of you may know, Friday was my 20th birthday. I had a wonderful day spent with some of my favourite people, and I am so grateful for all of your well wishes and kind words. I’m so thankful to say that I’ve got lots of exciting things going on in my life right now, and I cannot wait to share it all with you!

At the time this post will go up on the blog, I will have landed in Carcassonne, France, with Jason. I am beyond excited to explore this beautiful city and see what it has to offer over the next week- I’m sure I will have plenty to tell you about over the coming days.

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But now to what this post is all about- my Hobbycraft haul! On Monday I was incredibly spoilt by my grandparents and given free reign in Hobbycraft as a birthday treat. For those who don’t know, Hobbycraft is a huge craft store in England. It stocks everything from paints to papercraft to candle making to baking- basically everything a craft addict such as myself could want.

I bought LOADS of exciting goodies and I cannot wait to get busy making all sorts of creations! I’ve grouped this post into sections, for those of you who are just interested in one particular area of craft πŸ™‚

Baking stuff!

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First up, I bought some new baking goodies! I purchased the golden cake board with my birthday cake in mind, and the same goes for the sparklers. I love cake sparklers! They’re such a fun way of jazzing up your cakes for special occasions!

I also got two REALLY pigmented food colourings! These were pricey little guys, but you do get quite a lot in the pot, and I imagine the fact that they are so pigmented will mean that they’ll last a long time. I’m looking forward to seeing how well they colour cake mix and icing!

I’m a sucker for edible glitter, so when I saw it was on 3 for 2 I just HAD to purchase three new colours! I got a red, a gold and an orange, thinking that the red and gold would be perfect for Christmas (the orange was an impulse purchase). I also bought some gold edible stars too because who doesn’t need those in their life? πŸ˜‰

Continuing with the baking theme, I got some stainless steel piping tips! This is probably the thing that I am most excited about, because up until now I only had one icing tip! (Ever notice that all my bakes had the same style piping on? Lol!). I am dying to try these babies out! Naturally I purchased some disposable piping bags to go with my new nozzles.

I had also run out of cupcake cases thanks to this mad baking spree I’ve been on recently, so I got some jazzy multicoloured ones and a gold pack for Christmas. Incase you couldn’t tell, I’m just starting to get a teeny bit excited for Christmas. I also bought some little gingerbread men decorations. (But I am totally not overly excited…) πŸ™‚

Paper craft!

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Now onto my paper craft stuff (and mainly more Christmas themed stuff… I CAN’T HELP MYSELF).Β 

I love card marking. I’m nowhere near as good as some of the women I know- Jason’s nan and aunty produce some beautiful cards, as do some of the women I follow on here– but I really enjoy it nevertheless.

I got some beautiful stamps that I’m dying to use! I think the butterfly one is my favourite, but the other two are perfect for Christmas time (see a theme recurring here?).Β To go with the stamps, I bought three different coloured inks. I already own a lot of golden and bronze shades, so I thought it’d be nice to have some bright ones for a change! πŸ™‚

I also got some twine ( I love using this for my card making), some sparkly festive washi tape and some adorable little hessian stars. I couldn’t help but purchase some glittery Christmas tree stickers and wooden advent numbers to complete my Christmas themed buys!

Candle making!

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I first tried candle making a couple of years ago and loved it. It’s such a fun process; all the colours and scents will have you feeling like a mad professor! As I have already tried candle making before, I own a handful of plastic candle moulds, so I simply stocked up on paraffin wax, dyes, scented oils and wicks.

If you haven’t tried candle making before but fancy giving it a go, you can usually purchase a beginners kit for around a tenner! This will provide you with all you need to get started, and it really is great fun.

Craft kits!

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I also treated myself to two craft kits. I love craft kits, as I’m always passionate about trying out exciting and new crafts! I have tried soap making before, but never beeswax soap, so I am super excited to give this a go!

I have also made bath bombs before, but I am a sucker for anything rose scented. Plus it was a good few years ago when I made my first bath bombs, so I could do with a little refresher before I start making some more.

Well guys, that’s it from my haul! I am sooooo beyond grateful to my grandparents for treating me to all of this stuff, and it’s safe to say they will definitely be receiving plenty of baked goods and homemade crafts to say thank you!

I hope you all enjoyed seeing what I bought- would you be interested in hearing my thoughts on some of the products after I’ve had chance to use them? If there’s an item you’re interested in hearing about, please let me know!Β 

If you’re interested in buying any of the items featured in this post, check out the Hobbycraft website πŸ™‚