Wednesday, 8 February 2012

What Goes on Behind the Silence - Abby's 4th Birthday

I've decided to give up on Wordpress! I just don't have the time to fiddle around with codes and such. Now that I've put a new banner on, it feels a bit more homely so I'll just stay for a bit longer :)

I have also been having a headache planning Abby's 4th birthday. I wish things happen as I pictured it!

Anyway, here is what I have been up to.

Playing with Sugar

My plan: Stained glass butterfly without a cookie outline
Fail: I couldn't find any blue hard boiled sweets (yet I see them all over other people's blogs!), so I tried to make my own by:

1. making my own coloured sugar and melt the sugar into one piece

Coloured sugars are quite fun and easy to make. You just need to add a touch of colour to the sugar inside a bag, tie the bag up and knead the colour in. Then dry them in a warm dry place.

They were the perfect colours I wanted on the butterflies, but then

I don't know whether there are other methods to melt sugar, but torching them like you torch a Creme Brulee certainly doesn't work.

So I tried making my own hard boiled sweets, but they have crystallised and couldn't be used. I had no choice but to give up on the blue. When the stained glass butterfly came out from the oven though, it has melted into something that looked a bit more like a moth with broke wings.

Now I've got another plan in mind, which is quite dangerous as it melts on the touch. Fingers crossed...

Playing with chocolates

My vision: Pink edible mini roses
Success: So far so good! I shall reveal what I use these for after her birthday ;) 

Cupcake bread

No they aren't for Abby's birthday, but I didn't think they were good enough for me to post a recipe up. They looked alright but I wish they were tastier. Love the cupcake method as I didn't have to worry about how round the buns should be. I just had to wrap, shove them in the mould and they happily grew like cupcakes!

Tomorrow if all goes well I'll be meeting up with a few Northern mummy bloggers for lunch! Can't wait!