Friday, November 12, 2010

These are a few of my favourite things

I can't believe it's literally been WEEKS since I last updated, especially when there's been so much to update! I wonder if it's possible to get writers block even though you know what you want to say.... Maybe it's just called procrastination :)

The end of October was a bit of a mad house for us - my mum had a birthday, and I left the next day (Halloween) for a week in Melbourne. I'm gutted I wasn't in a position to have a Halloween party! but there's so much around on the internet even now with details of fantastic Halloween events, I figured I couldn't do something half hearted. I still have the gorgeous Monkey Moo Moo printables I won from Following Phubie and think I may still use them to do a practice table spread so they get some love, and have a late Halloween :)

In the meantime, we had a dessert buffet for Mums birthday that we themed "These are a few of my favourite things" from The Sound of Music. I threw it together on the day for a night of sugary goodness with some of mums closest friends.

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The frangipani canvas at the back was what I gave mum for her birthday, and the food was a combination of all her favourite desserts - as well as some for our neighbour Tony who shares her birthday (the duck cake back right was for him)

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We had chocolate and cream fairy cakes (with chocolate icing, too yum)

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Vanilla and cream butterfly cakes - mums special favourite AND her
specialty

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And these vanilla slices/custard squares which were DELICIOUS. I've never tried to make them before, and found this recipe for Denheath Custard Squares over at Mrs Cake . We changed them a little bit and left out the coconut, but they are still ridiculously good

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Look at all the custardy goodness. EEK.

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Mint slice truffles for a twist on my usual truffles using mums favourite biscuits, and the green candy melts I won from Mrs Cake

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Probably shouldn't have used so many green melts this close to Christmas... But you can't have mint and not use green...!

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These were plain chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing, and the little circles of fondant were crazy easy to make using some new impression mats I got from Kiwi Cakes

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There were a few dessert favourites (including chocolate self saucing puddings) which we left out because we wanted to keep everything to finger food and/or one serve and easy to eat on your lap, so we ended up using shot glasses for the chocolate mousse from some of Mums favourite places to visit

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Ridiculously easy to prepare and set up, and actually a really good size serving!

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The cake was plain chocolate with a layer of cream and a really rich chocolate ganache

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Because it was only done on the day, and because of the layer of cream it was too complicated to cover the cake in rolled fondant like I usually would, but it actually ended up looking really cute with just fondant details - raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, white dresses with blue satin sashes

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And little Maria (who was much easier as a nun!) is still sitting in our kitchen keeping an eye on things

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Was a good night had by all - and the leftovers were even better!

Happy Birthday mum!

- B xx

P.S - Since the party I came across this ADORABLE Sound of Music party at Sew Weekly - it warrants a visit! The little kiddies in their curtain-outfits are far too cute.

7 comments:

  1. Wow that looks like quite the setup!
    The desserts look fab!!

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  2. Dear god, those truffels are making my mouth water. o___o And that cake is adorable. Your mum is lucky to have you. :) (And I'm jealous!)

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  3. This is so cool - I looove the cake with the favourite things on it, so awesome! I'm also super impressed at your obviously highly refined custard-square-cutting skills - it's so hard to get them all even and not squish them!

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  4. I loveee looking at pictures of the dessert bars at peoples parties!! I know if I ever get married a dessert bar WILL BE MANDATORY!! I might even by my dress a lil too big soo I can binge eat at my wedding. I heart desserts that much!! This party looks great and well crafted!! Good job!!

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  5. Wow... These look soooo delicious!

    Congratulations for this great "collection" that you exposed!

    Christine
    http://r.evie.ws/view-review/how-to-plan-the-perfect-party

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  6. That has got to be the cutest and most creative cake ever! Maybe it's because I love The Sound of Music. But really, it's super adorable.

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  7. Court - Thank you!

    Claire - Hehe, the truffles WERE good, they're pretty easy to make! you should make some!

    Mrs Cake - I assure you the cutting took a bit of skill! we actually cheated and pre-cut the pastry :D but GEES they were good! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!

    Stephanie - hehe, I totally agree. A wedding dress with an elastic waistband would be IDEAL :D

    Christine - Thank you!

    K-Money - Hehe, I love Sound of Music too. We all had the song stuck in our head for DAYS!

    - B xx

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