This year, on Monday 15th August, I’ll be bringing a ton of cupcakes to work to sell for gold coin donations to the RSPCA. Last year I brought in a fair few cupcakes and raised about $100, and this year I’m hoping to top that. So it’s time to think about what I want to make and how I want them to look… because I want them to be fabulous! The only drag is that even if they look fabulous, people will still want to get away with just giving me $1 for one, and I’ll shoot them a dirty look and think that they’re cheap… but anyway. It’s for a good cause : )
I had a fair bit of white chocolate clay leftover from the Harry Potter cake I made the other week, so I decided to have a go at making some animal figurines to use for RSPCA Cupcake Day. I experimented with a few different poses for dogs and cats, added some ducks, a mouse and a rabbit.
I’ve been busy teaching tricks to Chloe, my almost 8 month old Jack Russell x Pug. This week we’ve mastered Play Dead, with the cue command “Bang!”. She’s getting very good at this on carpet, still working on other surfaces.
Here’s a video of her begging for her life, then playing dead.
The annual RSPCA Cupcake Day is fast approaching, and I’m starting to think about what I want to bake and how I want to decorate my cupcakes.
RSPCA Cupcake Day
The final Harry Potter film comes out this week, and so my friends and I decided to have a Harry Potter marathon on Saturday. For the marathon I wanted to make a Harry Potter themed cake, and came up with a few different ideas – the castle, a magical creature, etc. I decided to go with a Quidditch pitch, because I was still really keen to try out the grass piping tip (Wilton #233).
Harry Potter Quidditch cake
I’m bored at work today. The only thing I’ve got going on at the moment is trying to fix a problem in one of the many testing environments… but I have no idea what’s wrong. And I have no visibility of the error or the server, so it’s making it really hard to figure out what the problem is. But anyway.
I just did a Google search for “loch ness cake”, and my page is listed! Squee, it’s like I’m famous! This is almost as squee-worthy as the time I put my puppy Chloe on Wikipedia. Chloe is a “Jug”, which is what you get when you breed a Jack Russell Terrier with a Pug. She’s a short, stocky tank of a puppy that’s full of affection and energy. She’s both independent and needy, very food-driven and intelligent so she’s a joy to train. She’s just awesome! Sadly someone decided that a Jug isn’t a common enough cross-breed to be on the hybrid dog breeds page, and so both my addition to the page and her beautiful picture were removed.
Chloe the Super Jug, from Wikipedia
This weekend I’m taking a break from cakes. First on the menu is homemade sun-dried tomato fettucini with pesto sauce. I’ve always been a little intimidated about making pasta from scratch, it’s so much work! But I bought the pasta roller and cutter attachments for my KitchenAid mixer, and they make the task a lot easier. It did take me quite a long time to roll and cut the fettucini, but the result was soft and delicious pasta. These recipes makes about 6 serves.
Sun-dried tomato pasta with pesto sauce
I have been spending a lot of time shopping for cake decorating supplies in these last few weeks. My favourite place in Canberra is Cooking Coordinates in the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets. They sell a wide range of general tableware / cooking equipment, including KitchenAid accessories. They also have a decent range of cake decorating supplies, and offer cake tins for hire. But they are rather pricey… so as much as I like being able to see what I’m buying, I still prefer the convenience of shopping online.