Easy Peasy Gingerbread men

Gingerbread men

Dear mummy, a couple of weeks back we baked Devils Food Cake (Chocolate Cake) in the attempt to keep up with the Great British Bake Off series which is airing on telly at the moment. We’re not very good at … Continue reading

Messy play is #Betterwithcake

Let them eat cake!

Dear mummy, one of the first words to tumble out of my mouth at 19 months was “Cake” it’s such a lovely word. It reminds you of birthdays, treats, special occasions and good times. Whenever you want a ‘pick-me-up’ you have a cuppa and a piece of cake. Your waistline hates you for this!

Mr Kipling sent my mummy a selection of his cakes and asked me to write about what things, for us, during the easter holidays have been better with cake. Cake for us is all about getting together with family, taking a time-out and making activities more fun. Cake is a good reward for good behaviour too 😉 *hint hint mummy*

We wanted to show you how much cake means to us… but we can’t bake 😦 So no cookery post here! However we love painting and crafting so we’ve decided to create a masterpiece!

We loved Mr Kipling’s clever cake art installation billboard outside Westfield Shopping Centre and their recent marketing campaign, so we’re creating artwork inspired by their cakes and taking photos of our masterpieces.

Mr Kipling's cakes

Getting ready for our messy play with Mr Kipling’s cakes

I’m colouring in some of our favourite Mr Kipling’s cakes and embellishing them with glitter and sparkle.

Messy play is always better with cake!

Here’s our version of some of our favourite cakes…

Cherry Bakewell’s – My mummy sketched the cake and I helped colour it in with paints and glitter.

I copied the box to get the colours right and added some of my hand prints. My mummy used the leftover cake packaging as handy paint pots that I could dip my paintbrush into. Clever thinking mummy!

Mr Kipling's Cherry Bakewells

Our artwork for Mr Kipling’s Cherry Bakewells

French Fancies – These are my mummy’s favourite, so I had to battle to get one to eat! I studied one of the pink French Fancies in order to get my painting just right. Then I demolished it! Hehe…it was very yummy.

Mr Kipling's French Fancies artwork

Mr Kipling’s French Fancies artwork

Here’s a little video of me eating them too!

Do you love Mr Kipling’s cakes as much as we do?!? As you can see I don’t share them! 😉

Love Bella x

Mr Kipling's Exceedingly Good Cakes

Mr Kipling’s Exceedingly Good Cakes

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Messy play is better with cake!

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Mini Creations

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Being funny for money! #RND15

Being funny for money – Red Nose Day 2015

Red Nose DayDear mummy, its Red Nose Day for Comic Relief on Friday 13th March and we want to get involved and help donate to this great cause.

My mummy sadly missed out on Team Honk’s Wembley Danceathon due to a family birthday and she attempted to #honkfromhome wiggling her bum while watching her blogging friends on telly.

They danced for 6 hours straight to raise money for Comic Relief. They have raised £30k so far which is a fantastic result. I’m just a baby so there isn’t much I can do at present to help raise that much money, so I have decided to bake some cakes and dress my mummy for work #mykidsdressedme. We’re going to get friends, family and work colleagues to donate money to Comic Relief by texting FUNNY to 70011.

So, here’s what we got up to…

Red Nose Day BakingWe made vanilla sponge cakes, using milk, eggs, pre-mix sponge powder, and dressed them with red icing and red sprinkles.

Red Nose Day Baking CakesWe also picked up this cute Comic Relief cake decorating kit which included cake toppers and paper cake cups from Sainsbury’s at £2.50 with £1.25 going to Comic Relief.Sainsbury’s have gone to town with this year’s Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) merchandise. The till points are packed with red noses, headbands, badges, baking aids and wristbands. It’s good fun though and for a great cause.

So here’s what we did to make our cakes:

  • My mummy preheated the oven to 180. I wasn’t allowed to go near the hot oven as it’s dangerous.
  • We mixed the vanilla sponge pre-mix (the whole bag) with 120ml of milk and two eggs.
  • We used a hand-held whisk and elbow grease. No lumpy bits where left.
  • After 2 minutes we poured the mix into the paper cake cup bases.
  • My mummy put them into the oven, while I watched from my highchair. We mixed icing sugar with red food colouring for the decoration.
  • Red Nose Fay Baking CakesWe waited 12 minutes for the cakes to bake until they were light golden.
  • My mummy tested with a knife to make sure they were cooked through.
  • We let them cool down on a wire rack for 20 ministers while I watch Postman Pat.
  • Comic Relief Red Nose Day CakesWe decorated them in a haphazardly way and added the cake toppers.

And…..TAH DAH!

Red Nose Day 2015I also dressed my mummy this week! I went into her wardrobe and picked (tugged) at clothes that she should wear to work. We laid them on the bed and I decided what you were going to wear.

In order to do “something funny for money” my mummy is urging all her colleagues and friends to also join in and let their kids dress them and donate money to Comic Relief #RND15 by texting FUNNY to 70011.

She found out about this idea from her blogging friend Pippa at Story of Mum and though it was a great idea to join in with her and others as a great way to raise a smile through social media. #mykidsdressedme

My kids dressed me

My Kids Dressed MeThis is my creation! Hahahahahahaha! Poor mummy 😉

What have you been up to over Red Nose Day? Just leave your ideas and posts in the comments section and we’ll pop over and have a look x

Lots of love Bella….. Oh and silly mummy! Xx

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A sweet treat from Bakers Days

A sweet treat from Baker Days

Dear mummy, we love cake! So imagine our delight when the postman delivered a cake through the letterbox! A heavy clunk on the front door mat. It nearly scared the life out of us. We ran to the door and saw a very thin white cardboard box on the floor. Intrigued we both scramble to pick it up…not really knowing what it was.

Bakers Day Letterbox CakeInside is a cute little round tin. We’ve been expecting a cake to be delivered from Baker Days to review….but nothing like this!! Who posts a cake through the letterbox?!? Genius.

Bakers Day Letterbox Cake 1Eagerly we open the tin and see this beautiful Valentines Day cake, vivid colours underneath a clear plastic bakers wrap, keeping it fresh.

The tin protects the cake and lets it breath with little ventilation holes in it. We couldn’t imagine the cake breaking as the tin is a perfect fit. So perfect in fact that the cake is very snug inside and there’s not much movement.

A piece of paper helps you pull the cake out of the tin but unfortunately my mummy (in her eagerness to get to the cake) tears the flimsy paper strip.

Oh dear, we’re going to have to find another way to get this out, luckily for us it’s easily extracted from the cake tin as the cake sits on a cardboard base and we gently tip the cake upside down and it falls out.

Bakers Day Letterbox Cake 2We open it up to get a good look at it before devouring it.

It’s a pretty sponge cake, no jam to my mummy’s disappointment 😦 but the vanilla sponge and soft icing is amazing.

It really melts in your mouth and the sponge is super fresh and springy.

The pattern and colour on the cake looks like it’s been digitally printed onto the icing and covers the cake fully.

Bakers Day Letterbox Cake 4As Valentine’s Day is coming up we enjoy the moment and share with Daddy too! My mummy cuts into the cake and we all have a slice each. I would say there’s enough to feed 4 people a slice. Bakers Days have also supplied two white cake candles and a small packet of balloons and some fun party blowers.

There’s a little message card and information leaflet too. It’s such a good idea to have a cake you can mail to people!

We’ve never seen anything like it and on Bakers Day website there are all different types of designs, sizes and occasions to choose from. Bakers Days also produce larger cakes for delivery too.

At £14.99 for a letterbox cake (12cm x 2.5cm) which can be personalised it’s a real sweet treat. If you order before 2pm you can get next day delivery. They also deliver at no cost within seven days and offer a bespoke design service too, so you can customise your cake with a design, text and even your photo!

Bakers Day Letterbox Cake 5The cake is good to eat for 14 days after delivery so it doesn’t need to be eaten straight away…. Fat chance in this household! I really enjoyed the cake as the photos show and can’t wait to order my next one. Thanks Bakers Days for sending me one to review it tasted lovely.

Bella x

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