Fondant

oberin
Did you use home made fondant, or premade? How did you get the red so freaking red? Black and Red are two I would buy (experience!)

 

Since you asked! ^__^

I bought pre-made fondant (one day I will try an make my own!) both the red and the white. I was going to buy the yellow, blue and black but for what little I needed I figured I could colour what left over white I’d have myself.

The black took a little more work, since black and white makes grey. If I was to do the same with red I think it would need the same effort.

I use gel food colouring (Wilton brand) and a little really does go a long way.

When I get around to trying to make my own fondant I’ll most likely post it, pictures and most likely struggles! LOL

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Pokéball cake is complete! Were you surprised? :)

I had a few hiccups with the fondant on this (my second time working with it) but I think overall I did pretty well!

I’m really impressed with how easy white fondant colours with gel food colouring! The black took a little extra work but it was worth it.

I had originally made piped icing with corn syrup for the name that I was going to put on the cake. Even leaving it over night to set it was way to fragile to peel off the paper. I really need to restock my meringue powder, I won’t use the substitute recipe again. So, I coloured some white fondant in blue and yellow for the lettering and background. Using the Pokémon font I found online I used that as a guide tracing the letters on top of the yellow fondant and then cut it out.

I look forward to seeing this lovely getting cut open. I just can’t wait to taste it! :)

Oh no! What plans do you have for me!?

Now is time for cake!

Another ambitious evening (and still no cat ear post, I know)! This time cake for the birthday I’m heading to this weekend! I thought ahead and baked three 9 inch chocolate layers on Tuesday (Canada Day, because I had the day off and thought it a good use of my time between hand stitching) and froze them until I was ready to ice them.

Today (Thursday) I pulled them out of the freezer to defrost and made the icing (See here for the buttercream icing recipe I use). I cheated a little, mainly because I wasn’t sure if I had enough home-made buttercream for the filling I used a can of Betty Crocker vanilla icing and added raspberry jam to it.

But first, you’re wondering why is Pikachu inside the cake? Well that’s a surprise!

I used a 2 inch cookie cutter to cut a hole in the middle layer where I could put Pikachu and surround him with pokémon inspired coloured skittles. I’ve seen pictures of “surprise cakes” before and I figured I’d give it a go.

I piped the vanillla buttercream icing around the middle and out of the cake (I didn’t want Pikachu or the skittles covered in icing) and then filled in this ‘reservoir’ with the raspberry icing. Then I added the middle layer with the hole, filled it, and repeated the reservoir, finally topping with the third layer.

Last but not least, I iced with a crumb coat. To be honest I don’t normally have the patience for layering the outside of the cake, I just go to town covering that baby!

Right now it’s resting in the fridge awaiting the next step… fondant!

I was meant to complete my mini factory of cat ear sewing (I’ll post more on that later) but I got distracted with an idea for a birthday present on my way home.

It is for my friend’s son who just turned 7 and he has recently become quite enamoured with Pokémon. I know very little about pokémon, I can tell you a few of them, maybe even go as far as telling you an evolution or two but that’s about it.

I’ve been picking up canvas’ from Dollarama every now and then when I go as I have a couple of painting projects in mind, so it was perfect that I had four small (8x10) ones in the basement ready to go. I also have a modest amount of bottled acrylic paint that I’ve bought from the dollar store also. So, I doodled away using online images of the four most known pokémon for reference and came up with these.

Once they’re dry I’ll sign, date them and find the right sized box to wrap them up in.

Hiya....I've been recently looking at your knitting designs and been wondering, How would you make a minion hat? I've been longing to make one, but don't know how! I attempted but it just ended up to be a ball of yellow wool! Thanks!

Anonymous

To be honest if I were to knit a minion hat I’d probably do a yellow sidewinder hat and sew on a white circle in either felt or fleece for the eye. Then I’d use black fabric paint to make the eyeball, then to finish off I would accent with the eye with a grey i-cord sewn on and a black i-cord for around the hat as the strap.

You know anon, you may have inspired me to attempt in making a minion hat. What do you think dear followers?

So, this is a sidewinder hat! It’s pretty cool and I’m pretty proud of myself, I got the pattern for free from New Stitch A Day a great website that teaches you stitches for both knitting and crochet. You essentially pay for the pattern with a tweet or a Facebook post. I opted to use my twitter account (EmzGeekery <— shamless plug) and got the pattern as a pdf.
I’ll admit as someone who is still learning the abbreviations of knitting I read the pattern and went “No way I can knit this hat! Thanks but no thanks.”
Eventually curiosity got the best of me and I decided to search on the New Stitch A Day website the parts that I didn’t understand. There was a video for everything and my “Nope” attitude switched to a “Yeah, I can do this!”
Once you get going the hat is really simple and quick to knit. I averaged a half an hour each panel, might be slow in most knitting circles but hey it’s not a race.
I still need to block the hat as the instructions say to do, but the hat is practically done. So, many thanks to New Stitch A Day, and I would certainly recommend the pattern. So give it a go!

Happy knitting!
(P.S. I swear I do more than knit and bake, I have some other crafty stuff in the works. Always busy!)

So, this is a sidewinder hat! It’s pretty cool and I’m pretty proud of myself, I got the pattern for free from New Stitch A Day a great website that teaches you stitches for both knitting and crochet. You essentially pay for the pattern with a tweet or a Facebook post. I opted to use my twitter account (EmzGeekery <— shamless plug) and got the pattern as a pdf.

I’ll admit as someone who is still learning the abbreviations of knitting I read the pattern and went “No way I can knit this hat! Thanks but no thanks.”

Eventually curiosity got the best of me and I decided to search on the New Stitch A Day website the parts that I didn’t understand. There was a video for everything and my “Nope” attitude switched to a “Yeah, I can do this!”

Once you get going the hat is really simple and quick to knit. I averaged a half an hour each panel, might be slow in most knitting circles but hey it’s not a race.

I still need to block the hat as the instructions say to do, but the hat is practically done. So, many thanks to New Stitch A Day, and I would certainly recommend the pattern. So give it a go!

Happy knitting!

(P.S. I swear I do more than knit and bake, I have some other crafty stuff in the works. Always busy!)