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A very naughty, rich and moist chocolate cake recipe.

My go to recipe for birthday cakes and any cakes or cupcakes needing a chocolate cake recipe. It keeps fresh and moist for days, always comes out perfectly and is just generally an amazing cake.

The photos in the recipe itself are from when I made my youngest daughters first birthday cake.

Cakes made with this recipe


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KAWAII
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So THIS was my Christmas present form :iconshadow-people:!! A customized doll of my OC Chara. In her 'Social Outing' [link] out fit! I think she looks darn adorable! I have no idea how she made this without me knowing. Considering we always go shopping together...So I HAD to be there to see her buy up all these matterials. I just never asked what they were for...


Thank you again :iconshadow-people:! This is why you are my BFF!
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...minus Kyoko. XD

All of these gems have found a home, minus a few of the tiny ones. The super tiny ice colored one is now my cell phone strap. :D

Since everyone asks, if you want your own, please PM me or see my etsy~
(individual gems are $15 and sets of 5 are $45), Cont. US shipping is only $5.
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Recently, I shared with you guys a cake for my sister's 21st birthday. As well as it being her birthday, the 27th of September marks an important milestone for me personally as it was for her birthday 3 years ago (4 cakes, 3 years? maths is weird) that I made my first attempt at cake decorating. I made sporadic attempts at entering this hobby, usually waiting for family members' birthday to attempt it again. It was a while before I started seriously getting into the hobby, but I still regard this as my starting point.

So her birthday every year marks in important self-checking point for me. It's a time to reflect and look back on what I've achieved in the last year.

Here's a breakdown of the above:

2009: Sister requests a chocolate ripple cake. I come up with the idea of transforming the log cake into a rounded cake. I look for ways to ice and decorate it: I attempt making ganache and fondant for the first time. Ganache works, but is hardly the glossy, perfect ganache I wanted. Fondant is a disaster: I make all the beginner errors it is possible to make and wind up with horrible roses.

2010: I buy myself a cake decorating book and sister chooses a cake from it. First tiered cake. Fondant skills have improved enough to be able to cover whole cakes with fondant, but lacks finesse. Surface isn't smooth and edges are messy. Fondant Pegasus is a disaster and collapses and breaks everywhere: have overcome most beginner errors, but still some to work on.

2011: Sister requests a cake with mousse. I come up with the idea of making a mousse cake stuffed with profiteroles. Attempt chocolate garnishes for one of the first times. Cake looks nicer than 2009, but lacks in taste (insofar as my standards said, recipients liked it). Chocolate base cake was dry and mousse had too much gelatine and as such had set too much.

2012: Sister requests a chocolate ripple cake. Difference of skill level between this one and '09 is large. I wrap it with a joconde imprime and fill it with chocolate mousse. Have perfected the mousse recipe since 2011 and the result is a perfectly light, smooth and delicious mousse. Have learned to balance flavours so it is not overly sweet as in '09. Ganache is much better than '09, and the garnishes use much more advanced techniques than in '11. Need to refine the finish on the joconde, as well as work on the chocolate techniques as the chocolate ruffles were streaky.




So I hope this can encourage those who have left me comments saying they believe I have talent, lamenting that they cannot do what I do, telling me they can't bake. Whatever art form we begin, we're all terrible at the start. No one is born able to make masterpieces. We all require time and practise. No one taught me how to bake: I leanrned everything I know by trial and error. So get in the kitchen and have a go. Document your progress. Don't be frustrated by mistakes and failures - embrace them, for you will learn much more from getting it wrong than you ever will from getting it right. And most importantly; never compare your ability to anyone elses. Judge yourself only against yourself, for that is the only comparison that matters. One day, you'll also look back and say, "Wow, I've come so far."

2011: 2012:

Moar progress:
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Made and sold at AnimeExpo in Los Angeles this year. Hand tooled, dyed, and sewn while at the convention.
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I just realized that I never put any pictures of Cosette on here. ^^; She's my first fully customized MH girl, and I plan on customizing more of them for my Etsy shop and Artist Alley tables soon. I already quite a few of them that I'm working on. <3

Anyhoo, here's everything that this little cutie went through:

Original face removed with paint thinner.
Hair cut off.
Scalp cut off around the hairline.
Every bit of hair removed from her head.
Eyes carved out.
Makeup & blushing applied.
False eyelashes added to her eyes.
Gloss applied over lips.
Eyes made from polymer clay and lots of gloss, and inserted into her head.
Scalp glued back on.
Fur wig stolen from my BJD and sewn smaller to fit her.
New dress sewn.
Shoes repainted.
Left arm and right leg replaced with the Create-A-Monster Skeleton limbs.

Cosette was originally a wave 1 Draculaura. The Create-A-Monster parts are made with larger pegs than the official girls (like Draculaura, Frankie Stein, Lagoona, etc), so it was a real challenge getting them to fit on Cosette. What's more, the official girls don't have removable legs like CAM's do. So I had to use a saw knife + X-Acto blade to cut her upper leg in half to remove the lower part, then fit the skeleton leg in and glue it back together. I ended up slicing my thumb and another finger in the process. ^^; But I love the skeleton limbs on her, and they fit and work perfectly now! So to me, it was worth it. XD
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:bulletblue: Time: 5 - 7 hrs ?? [rough estimate; didnt exactly time myself]
:bulletblue: Template download: [link]
:bulletblue: Materials: Paper, scissors, wood glue

Whoo , so another papercraft for a friend's birthday. This is one of his favorite anime chara, Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats ~ This present was somehow kinda rushed, because the new semester just started at school, meaning busy busy busy. and i only really got to work on this the day before his bday. Though I think it turned out pretty good. I didn't touch up with paints this time though //no time left. This craft was pretty easy ~ But there's this one part of the hair that's confusing. Other than that fairly simple.
Anyway, he really really loved it, and I'm glad that I'm able to make one of my dear friends happy with one of my creations once again ~
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Available on Etsy:
$12.50 + P&H

Scented Wonka bars- movie wrapper style

Oh the candy man can!

Growing up, I think every kid wanted to visit the amazing Wonka factory. The original movie (the original and the best) inspired generations to think outside the box when it came to loving sweets. These miniature chocolate bars are a tribute to the original movie, with wrappers very similar to those seen in the 1971 Gene Wilder version.

Each miniature chocolate bar has been handcrafted and smells just like a real chocolate bar. Each chocolate bar will give off a delightful yet subtle chocolate scent when worn as your natural body heat activates the scent.

The wrappers on the chocolate bar have been varnished in a glossy glaze for that authentic look, however they are not waterproof, so I din't recommend wearing them in the shower/pool/under the sea.

Each chocolate bar comes with a chain.
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