Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Harder than I thought....

I am out of practice with blogging, this is what I keep telling myself. I stopped for a variety of reasons, not just the Chinese porn issue. A few friends have asked me when I am going to start again as they like to read about what we have been up to. I thought about it for a few weeks, or was that months, and then I remembered that the main reason I started in the first place was to keep in contact with family and friends.

So here I am once again feeling just like a newbie, wondering what I am going to blog about. Do not get me wrong just because I stopped blogging didn't mean that we stopped existing :)

I scrolled back through the photos of the last few months and came across this cake. I made it for my girlfriend's birthday. It was a chocolate cake with a chocolate butter cream filling iced in a dark chocolate ganache. I used 1.5kgs of dark chocolate in that icing; that was one heavy cake.

The flowers are from our garden as I am not au fait with fondant flowers, so fresh it was. I do keep meaning to enrol in a professional cake decorating course. I am fine with buttercream but I find fondant a bit of a mystery. I am sure there are plenty of special tricks in respect to producing the perfect fondant bloom.

Well that's all for now. I am going to ease myself back into this and see how it goes. Thanks for popping in.


  1. Lovely to see you back.
    Pretty cake - you must give me the butter cream recipe......please

  2. Glad to see you back online! I am looking forward to hearing about what's happening in Guernsey. Regards from South Oz, Wendy

  3. Hi Julie, the butter cream recipe I use is the Australian version (not the American with shortening). It is 125g softened butter beaten with one and a half cups of icing sugar (sifted, twice if you can be bothered). Add 2 tablespoons of milk and then whatever flavouring you like (vanilla, cocoa, coffee etc.)

  4. Sorry, I hit enter before I finished typing :)
    I also meant to say that I always make one more batch than I think I will need as if I am piping any decorations I always run out of icing. Best Wishes, Gill

  5. Hi Gill, great to see you back in the world of blogging, have missed reading about what you guys are up to over in Guernsey. Love Michele xx

  6. Hi Michele, Thankyou, it is nice to be back. I did miss blogging but last year was a bit of a rollercoaster in so many ways it just felt like one more thing I was 'supposed' to be doing. Things are a bit calmer now and I feel ready to start doing a few more things for myself. Love Gill XXX