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So there it is, my year of baking and food photography summed up in 12 photos. A hard task considering I have uploaded over 100 photos this year alone! That is a heck of a lot of baking!

I have been officially baking for two whole years next month and this last year has been my most inspired year to bake and photograph mostly thanks to you guys, all your comments and inspiration has done wonders for boosting my passion to bake and photograph, confidence to experiment and creativity to turn something so simple into something beautiful.

As you can see chocolate is a very big feature in my gallery, I just love to work with the stuff, you can do so much with it, the possibilities are endless. Of course I had to have some Oreos in there somewhere as well as after all Oreo's is what got me into baking in the first place. I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn but for me it's the journey of learning that I best enjoy.

Jan: DevianTART [link]
Feb: Cheesecake Chocolate Cups [link]
March: Chocolate Pastry Creams [link]
April: Oreo Pizza Slice [link]
May: Oreo Nutella Tarts [link]
June: Cool Mint Oreo Cheesecake [link]
July: Terry's Chocolate Orange Cupcakes [link]
August: Cheeky Summer Fruit Salad [link]
Sept: Upside Down Peach Cake [link]
Oct@ Banana, Walnut, Rum and Chocolate Cake [link]
Nov: Chocolate Heaven [link]
Dec: Festive Bark [link]
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 It is great to compare this years summary of my baking and photography to last years! What a difference a year makes!

:bulletgreen: January: Chocolate Love Pots claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: February: Orange Cakes claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: March: Easter Dinosaur Egg Cookies claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: April: Rainbow Cake Slice claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: May: Strawberry Trifle (+recipe) claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: June: Strawberries and Cream Cake (+recipe) claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: July: Fresh Mint and Chocolate Cake claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: August: Blueberry Sauce claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: September: A Piece Of Cake claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: October: Spider Web Cupcakes  claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: Novemeber: Blueberry Cheesecake claremanson.deviantart.com/art…
:bulletgreen: December: Ginger Cupcakes claremanson.deviantart.com/art…

2012 Summary Of Art claremanson.deviantart.com/art…

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Happy New Year and thank you to everyone at DA for all the inspiration, tips and advice i have received over the years and in particular over the past year since i really got into baking, photography and polymer clay making, i love you all and would not have come so far without you all :heart:

strawberry conserve and custard tart. I have been asked a few times why i made it red and not green, well a few reasons really. Firstly i am new to piping frosting so did not want to ruin it. Secondly i thought red would stand out better. Thirdly, my kids were going to eat it so i did not want to add too much sugar to it as a sugar high 4 year old and almost 2 year old is not so fun to deal with :giggle:

As for the design, I don't have a printer so could not print off a stencil for this which would have been so handy. Instead i had to shape it by hand with a very sharp knife using the poster tube i received from deviantart (i bought a print for a friends christmas present) that has the DA symbol on as a reference.

Oh and thank you DA for completely embarrassing me by posting this on both Facebook and Twitter! not used to all the attention! :blush:

food gallery [link]

my recipes including oreo truffles, cake balls, mini apple crumbles, pizza, honey and ginger cheesecake, trifle, cake and cookies [link]

my Etsy store [link]

Thanks to :iconcapnskusting: for the bad pun name :) i salute you for your quick thinking sir!

EDIT: I never thought i would be saying this but thank you for the DD! and thanks for all the lovely comments, i do read them all and i really do appreciate all your feedback more than you know, i feel very honored :glomp:
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I made it yesterday. It's so cute!
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Yummy
i absolutly LOVE this picture
<3
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I made this yesterday. It's Rilakkuma in lamb suit. It was the first time I don't want to eat it. Maybe it's too cute.
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It's rabbit's love. heh heh >_<
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dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/17… - updated 21/06/2014, since the old file is gone! :happybounce:

Questions, should you choose to partake in this thing:
1) What's your name?
2) How old are you?
3) Where are you from? Are you living there right now?
4) What's the time?
5) Is it cold where you are?
6) What are you wearing?
7) What was the last thing you listened to?
8) What was the last thing you ate?
9) What was the last thing you watched on TV?
10) What's your favorite TV show? Why?
11) Quick! Find a book, or something with text on it! Flip to a random page and read some of it! GO!
12) What was the last movie you saw? How was it?
13) Do YOU think you have an accent? Talk about that.

I don't know why I did this xDD

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Do you like Flump's new headset? :giggle:

Font © EastSideSunsets
Flump and art © Phlum
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I spent my entire Friday afternoon turning yellow bunny peeps into pikachus! :D This could have been posted for Easter... But, since stores are selling them now I might as well post this now! :3

What Are Peeps?! ( I get this question quite a bit)
Peeps are Bunny or chick shaped marshmallow covered in colored sugar! :D

How TAILS are made!!! (I've been asked a few times...) A mild cheddar that has been aged for 3 months. lololol jk!!!
I made the tails out of white chocolate and yellow food coloring. Then I dipped the end in normal chocolate. :) I made a small hole behind the peep to push the tail in w/o breaking the chocolate.

Cheeks are made with food coloring. Paint them on or else the color will bleed.

Ears can be dipped or painted on with chocolate. (This way is a lot less messier.)

Pictures of the work in processes!! [link]

Have questions or having trouble with making Peepkachus?! Ask them here! [link]

Another great idea, if you're planning to make some of your own, is putting them in plastic eggs that you can design to look like poke balls. :)

Have Fun!!!

:iconomnomnomnomplz: Mouth full of Pikachu.

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Front Page?!
Thank you so much peeps (as in people lol). I'm happy for the rest of my life now.
:iconforeverhappyplz:

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Edit
I cleaned it up a bit. :)
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