Wednesday, 31 October 2012

First Class Top Coat

Now I will admit, like many girls when doing my nails in a rush, I don't always invest the time and apply a top coat. For this reason, my nail polish generally last 1-2 days max. before I have to go through the dreaded removal and reapplication process.....how draining! So last week, I said enough is enough and decided to 'invest' in a top coat to prolong my 'nail polish on finger' lifespan and quieten my 'other half's  moans about the smell of nail polish remover....Win Win! Keeping things cheap and cheerful, I headed to an Essence counter to see what they had on offer. Essence and NYC are my go to brands at the moment when it comes to nails...I really can't fault the vast range of colours and great value on offer from both of these brands. 


Essence Gel-Look Topcoat 
(XXXL Shine) 

Why I liked it:
Made my nails look really shiny and 'gel' like
Made my nails quite 'hard'
Made my nail colour underneath (NYC Nail Colour) last for 5 days!
Easy to apply, brush loaded well, good coverage on nail.
Good consistency....not too thin or 'drippy'

Beware:
This polish needs lots of time to dry...it can look dry before it actually is, so don't be tempted to touch it (Try running your nails under cold water to speed up the process!)

All in all I really like this polish, for under €2, I really can't fault the product in terms of value for money. It definitely has cut down the frequency with which I need to paint my nails, it gives my nails an added shine and is great for sealing nail art. Happy shopping!

Creepy Little Cakes

Happy Halloween all! In the spirit of Halloween, last night I rustled up these really quick and easy 'Pumpkin' head cakes. I picked up the mould for these in Aldi last week for under €3.....bargain. These cakes are really sweet and moist and are perfect for handing out to 'treat or treaters' and family alike. I used food colouring to achieve the bright pumpkin orange colour. Happy baking!
Not to worry if you don't have a Pumpkin Mould.....without the mould, you can still make fantastic orange coloured cakes using a regular cupcake mould and add some black butter-cream frosting for dramatic effect!


Creepy Little Cakes

Makes 8-10 Cakes

Ingredients

125g melted butter
190g Self-Raising Flour
150g light browen sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of golden syrup

Method
1. Preheat over to 170°C. Grease your cupcake cases or tins.
2. Put the butter, sugar, eggs, and syrup in a large mixer and combine well until smooth. 
    Then gently fold in the flour and mix until combined. At this stage you can add the food  
    colouring  of your choice. I picked orange for these pumpkins. 
3. Bake for 20 minutes or until risen and firm to touch. Leave to rest in the moulds for 4-5 
    minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.               
                                    
   

E-D's Notes
- If you want you could ice and decorate these cakes with black royal icing for the eyes 
  and mouth to make the details really pop.
- Although these cakes have been made in Pumpkin moulds for Halloween, this sweet cake 
  mixture can be used year round for all different types occasions. 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Bank Holiday Beauty Buys

At the weekend, I did my usual trawl through the shops and picked up a few new products for my ever growing ‘Cosmetic Collection’. Sticking with my ongoing goal of looking for cheap and cheerful alternatives to high end make-up products I picked up these three items from my firm favourites NYC (New York Color) and Essence. Yet again, these products illustrate that less expensive doesn't mean less effective. 



NYC High Definition 'Separating Mascara'
I have tested masses of mascaras and as many of my readers know in the early days of ‘E-D Does It’ conducted the 7 Day Mascara Challenge. That said I am always on the lookout for the next ‘must have’ mascara and so this little number caught my eye, mostly because of the price but probably also because of the garish yellow packaging! This Mascara retails at a very reasonable €2.99. I am a huge fan of the NYC nail polish range and have been trying and testing many of the eye-shadow products which I am also really happy with. So it was time to expand my experimental tendencies to the rest of the NYC range, and next on my list…mascara. I have to say, yet again, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s always a triumph when something really cheap, turns out to be really good. The brush is made of plastic, is long and narrow and features grooves on the head of the wand as opposed to actual bristles. I found I had to pull the wand through my lashes a couple of times to achieve an even, full, 'separated' effect, but that said, once I did this my lashes looked great. I found if you rub as much excess product as possible on the top of the bottle you will fair better with applying this mascara. Also when going for your second eye, though you may be tempted to re-submerge the wand into the bottle….don’t. A little product definitely goes a long way. I am not in love with the packaging of this mascara, but on the up side, the bright yellow makes it easy to find in the ‘sea of black’ that is my make-up bag.

Essence Color & Go ‘Glitter’ Polish
So I know your thinking this polish looks horrendously cheap, garish and more fitting for a six year old than a grown woman. Don’t judge! I bought this to be used very sparingly for the tips of my nails or as an accent of detail for nail art. I have to say the pinkish tones in the glitter are far more flattering than 'Disco Ball' silver. This polish comes in at the same price as all other Essence nail polishes, a whopping €1.79. When used sparingly this top coat can make nails pop without looking tacky....I promise!

NYC 'Color Instinct Palette'
Colour: 958 'Dinner & Show'
I absolutely love the colours in this palette. The four colours include a soft shimmering gold, deep midnight blue, dark chocolate brown and shimmering cream. The shadows themselves are really soft, so soft they almost feel creamy. All of the shadows have a subtle sheen to them which look really good on the lid. The pigmentation is very good, the shadows are easy to apply and are long lasting (especially when used with an  eye-lid primer). I have been using the palette shown called 'Dinner & Show' for evening eyes, that said the more neutral colours can definitely be toned down for day wear. Not only do the shadows look great on, but the palette itself is really pretty. At €3.49...It's a thumbs up all round!


E-D's Notes
There are a number of colour combinations available in the 'Color Instinct' range. Have a look on the NYC website.
NYC products are stocked in large Penney's stores and some DocMorris Pharmacies in Ireland. Check out NYC's website for stockists in your area. Essence products are stocked in Penney's and some Dunne's Stores as well a a number of Pharmacies nationwide.

Bread and Butter Pudding

It's the first day of the working week, it's cold, miserable and I'm already counting down the number of sleeps 'til Friday! So in order to cheer everyone up, yesterday I made a winter favourite. This recipe is an 'Oldie but a Goodie'. Bread and butter pudding is making a comeback so I've decided to share this brilliant recipe I came across in my cooking bible 'Delia Smith; A Complete Cookery Course'. This dessert is really easy to whip up, and doesn't require any crazy off the wall ingredients. Best served warm, this treat is real comfort food and perfect for chilly winter dinner times!


Bread and Butter Pudding

Ingredients:
8 slices of bread
10g of candied lemon peel
50g currants or sultanas
275ml milk
60ml cream
50g sugar
grated zest of 1 lemon
3 eggs
Grated nutmeg


Method:
1. Butter the bread and then cut each slice in half (leave on the crusts).
2. Place one layer of buttered bread on the base of a baking dish, next sprinkle the candied  
    lemon peel and then half the currants (or sultanas). 
3. Next cover with another layer of bread and then the remainder of the currants.
4. Meanwhile, mix together the milk, cream, lemon zest and sugar in a separate bowl. Whisk 
    the eggs separately and then add to the milk mixture.
5. Finally pour the milk mixture over the bread, sprinkle with nutmeg and cook for 30-35 minutes
    at 180C. 



E-D's Notes:
- This recipe is adapted from Delia Smith's 'Complete Cookery Course'
- Serve the pudding warm and with freshly made custard.
- If you don't have currants, or if you don't like them, you can use sultanas instead.
- Only 3 more sleeps 'til Friday!

Monday, 29 October 2012

Piping Like a 'Pro'

I had such a lovely, relaxing and productive bank holiday Monday. One extra day on the weekend makes such a difference. This morning I got up bright and early and hit the shops before the masses, in at 11 out by 1 is usually my motto, I can't bear crowds when shopping. Today I hit another favourite spot of mine when it comes to good deals, great value and for finding things you never even knew you needed.....TKMaxx. Lately I have had renewed interest in TKMaxx, that is since I realised they do such great sugarcraft/cake decorating equipment and general kitchenware. Molly cringes when he sees me heading for the big red doors as he knows he's in for a long wait. Today I treated myself to a new piping set. I have been using a Tala set with detachable nozzles, however I felt it was time for an upgrade as I wanted a wider range of nozzles and a set compatible with disposable piping bags.



Swift Icing Nozzle Set

Brand: Swift (Essential Kitchen Tools)
Product: Icing Nozzle Set (Set of 24)

Price: €8.99 (Bought from TKMaxx)

I am delighted with this product. The carrier box is a perfect platform for neatly storing each of the nozzles and displays them really well making them easy to see. Although a piping bag did not come in the box, the nozzles are a uniform size (3.5cm diameter) which fit well with any available disposable or washable piping bags on the market. Each nozzle is made from hard plastic, and I find the nozzles really easy to clean. As you can see from the photos there are a wide range of nozzles for different purposes:
- 10 star topped nozzles (in varying diameters)
- 12 round topped nozzles (in varying diameters)
-  2 ribbon nozzles (different sizes)




E-D's Links
- Swift is a registered trademark of Dexam....check out their website here
- Use these links to find your local TKMaxx store (or in the US TJMaxx).
- YouTube is for great tutorials on piping and cake decorating....Have a look here for ideas!

Halloween Hunger!

With Halloween around the corner, I thought I would do a somewhat 'Spooky' post in the spirit of things. Given that I put so much of my energy into Christmas (which I LOVE), Halloween isn't as big a deal in our house. I live in a gated apartment block which is somewhat like Fort Knox, so I don't think we'll be getting many Trick or Treaters! All the same, over the last two nights, whilst watching numerous movies with Molly, I have been working on this 'Haunted Handiwork'. I'm hoping my little cousin's who I made the cake for will find it somewhat amusing as well as delicious!

Haunted Halloween Cake

For the cake:
Ingredients:
280g self-raising flour
5 large eggs
280g butter
228g sugar
5 drops of vanilla extract
Apricot jam






Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 28x18cm tin with greaseproof paper, creating a pleat in 
    the centre of the tin with the greaseproof paper (as pictured).
2. Beat together the butter and sugar in a free-standing mixer until light and fluffy.
3. Add in a few drops of vanilla essence, then beat in the eggs a little at a time.
4. Fold in the flour and then place half of the mixture in a separate bowl. Add some 
   orange colouring to one half of the mixture and stir in well. Add one teaspoon of cocoa and black 
   food colouring to the other half of the mixture.
5. Place the two mixtures on either side of the pleat. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden 
    brown.
6. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool. Cut each cake in half and then half again, lengthways 
    (trim the cake so they are exactly the same size). You should then be left with 4 orange and 4 
     black strips.
7. Spread the jam on the sides of the cake and assemble together in alternating colours. 
    Once assembled spread jam on the outside of the cake too if covering with fonadant, or leave 
    plain if covering in chocolate icing as I did.

For the icing:
85g butter
4 tbsp milk
1 tbsp cocoa (sieved)
240g icing sugar

1. Place the butter, milk and cocoa in a saucepan and heat gently until melted. Do not let the 
   mixture boil. Then put aside and allow to cool.
2. Once cooled, pour into the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
3. Ensure that the cake is completely cooled, then smooth the icing onto the cake, leaved the 
   chequered ends of the cake exposed. Use a palette knife and cold water to smooth out any 
   imperfections. 

Halloween Sugarcraft
- To decorate the cake I made some Halloween figures from fondant icing. I dyed white fondant icing 
  using Wilton gels, with the exception of the black fondant which I bought from Just4Cakes.ie. Black 
  fondant can be very difficult to dye by hand and it proves more cost effective and just a whole lot 
  easier to buy black fondant (the same can be said for the colour red). 
- As you can see on the cake I made two pumpkins, a ghost, a coffin complete with an escaping 
  zombies hand and a superstitious black cat.

E-D's Notes
- If you want to give modelling with fondant a go, YouTube is a wash with really great, short and 
  simple tutorials. Just Google an idea and you'd be surprised what you can come up with.
-This cake can be changed to accommodate any occasion  Halloween, Christmas, a Christening or 
  even a birthday. The colours, and fondant decorations are what make this cake, so get creative, 
  change them around and see what you can come up with!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Perfectly Powerful...Kenwood K-Mix Food Processor

Tonight I am launching a new section on 'E-D Does It' called 'E-D's Equipment'. This section of the blog will  include tools, equipment, appliances and kitchenware I have, use or want to get! I'm getting things off to a start tonight with a review of my new Kenwood KMix Food Processor. This particular appliance has been on my wish list for a while, and I went all out last week and treated myself to the 6th instalment in my Kenwood KMix collection.

K-Mix Food Processor

Price: €280
That said I managed to blag myself €80 off this price and picked mine up for €200. These are recessionary times people, if you don't ask for a discount, you won't get one. Don't be embarrassed, getting money off stuff is a really satisfying feeling!

The 'Specs'
1000W Motor
3.0litre capacity bowl
Metal body / Plastic bowl
8 speeds/ Pulse button
Weight: 4.3kg
Non slip 'feet'
Colours available in Raspberry, Almond and Black

What can you use it for?
The KMix Food Processor can be used for all sorts! It has a 3 litre capacity which means no matter what your doing, there will be plenty of space. Here are just a few things I use the 
processor for:
  • Slicing
  • Chopping
  • Grating
  • Whipping
  • Making Chips
  • Making Dough
  • Making Breadcrumbs
  • Making Cake Mixture
E-D's Thoughts....
I absolutely love this processor. I think it looks amazing (a lot nicer than it's much more expensive and much heavier 'Kitchen Aid' competitor). The machine itself and different components are really easy to clean and assemble. The processor though quite substantial only weighs 4.5 kg, so it won' break your back every time you want to move it around the kitchen. This piece of equipment looks so lovely, I urge you DO NOT put it into a cupboard. When things are out on your counter top you will use them because you can see them.

What comes in the box?
  • Motor Base
  • Bowl with lid
  • Disc Storage Box
  • Recipe Book
  • 3 stainless steel disc blades (2 x Grating discs / Fine Julienne Disc)
  • Dough tool
  • Metal twin geared whisk
  • Knife Blade


Criticisms
I thought that the 'Disc Storage Box' as pictured was just a bit odd. It doesn't really fit together very well, and it looks a bit like an egg. The booklet illustated it fitting into the actual food processor itself for storage. Why on earth would anyone want to do that? I think the design of the storage box may need to be tweaked a little.That said I have no criticisms of the actual machine itself.

E-D's Links
K-Mix Website
K-Mix on Amazon

If you have any questions or queries of if you are contemplating buying a 'KMix Processor', just leave me a comment or send me a message.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Simple Smoked Salmon Mousse

Loving my lazy Saturday morning, catching up on reading other 'foodie' blogs and getting some inspiration. I haven't managed to make it to my kitchen today but whipped this dish up during the week and thought I would share what turned out to be a very successful experiment! I had been toying with the idea of a smoked salmon mousse for a while now. I love smoked salmon and love all forms of paté on crackers or toasts. I needed to work out a way to marry the two, so with a little inspiration from Clodagh McKenna and Rachel Allen, I tried tested and tweaked a few recipes until I came up with this combination. 



Smoked Salmon Mousse

Ingredients
200g smoked salmon
80g creamed cheese
40g créme fraiche
Juice of 1 lemon
ground black pepper

Method
1. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth.  
2. Place in individual ramekins for individual portions, or in one large ramekin for a 
    sharing platter. 
3. Serve with melba toast or on brown soda bread.


 

To Make The Parcel
If you want to serve this mousse as a starter, why not make it into a 'parcel. Line a small ramekin or dish with cling film. Next place thin slices of smoked salmon around the ramekin (as pictured). Then fill the lined dish with the salmon mousse. Cover over and chill for 2-3 hours. 



E-D's Notes:
- Don't be afraid to get creative with presentation. Whether you decide 
  to serve the mousse on it's own or as a 'parcel' there is always room to 
  be innovative and original. The 'Smoked Salmon Parcel' is the perfect 
  portion for one as a starter. The combination of textures and flavours 
  really works and the presentation will no doubt be a talking point at   
  dinner!
- What I love about this mousse is that it requires no cooking and no 
  fuss yet is packed full of flavour. It can be served as a starter, be 
  incorporated into canapés or just served as a really tasty everyday 
  lunch.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Barbecue-Glazed Pork Chops

It's so nice to be able to cook again and watching my Mom in action over the last two weeks has me all inspired with some new savoury dishes. This recipe is ridiculously simple, but very tasty. Pork chops are good value and a welcome change from chicken. I picked up 6 pork chops for €4.99 in Aldi. For those of you who are wary of Aldi's meat be assured their meat is in fact great value, great quality and most importantly it's locally sourced Irish meat, which cannot be said for all supermarkets. 
Barbecue-Glazed Pork Chops

Serves 3 (6 Pork Chops)

Ingredients:
50g Honey
50g Soy Sauce
50g Tomato Ketchup

Method:
1. Spread chops out in a baking tin.
2. Mix the honey, soy sauce and tomato ketchup in a separate bowl and drizzle over the 
    chops.
3. Bake the chops in the oven for minutes at 180C. After approximately 20 minutes, remove 
    from oven and brush with the chops with the glaze in the tray. Place in oven and bake 
    for an additional 10 minutes.



E-D's Notes:
- I served these with some delicious dauphinoise potatoes, such a great combination....recipe 
  to follow!
- As you can see I'm all about Aldi, they do such a great range condiments and meat products. 
  You would be surprised how much you can save if you switch from  another supermarket to 
  Aldi! Embrace the value!

Tangy Tarte au Citron

Happy Friday all....and better again Happy Bank Holiday Weekend! I am beyond excited about my complete and utter lack of plans this weekend....for once! My plans are a cinema marathon  a little light shopping followed by baking, crafting and relaxing with Molly.....Bliss! Why do I love the weekends so much (apart from the obvious....not being in work!).... I love the weekend because it means desserts, desserts and more desserts! Getting my dessert packed weekend off to a start, Tarte au Citron is the recipe of the day and I kept a winner for my favourite day of the week! A delicious pastry crust filled with a tangy lemon curd filling.....heavenly!
                                            

Tarte au Citron ( Lemon Tart)

Serves 6

Ingredients:
225g plain flour
115g butter diced
2tbsp icing sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
6 eggs, beaten
350g sugar
115g butter
grated rind and juice of 4 lemons
icing sugar for dusting

Method:
For the Pastry:
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Using  a free standing mixer sift the flour into the bowl, add 
    the diced butter, mix until it resembles fine bread crumbs.  Stir in the sugar.
2. Next, add the egg, vanilla essence and a scant tablespoon of cold water, then work to a 
    dough.
3. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and use to line a 23cm/9inch tart tin.  Line with 
    foil or baking parchment and fill with baking beans.  Bake 'blind' for 10 mins.



For the filling:
1. Put the eggs, sugar and butter into a pan and stir over a low heat until the sugar had 
    dissolved. 
2. Add the lemon rind and juice, and continue to cooking, stirring, until the lemon mixture 
    has thickened slightly.

The Assembly:
Pour the mixture into the case.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just set.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Dust with icing sugar before serving.



E-D's Notes
- Serve the Tarte warm and topped with freshly whipped cream.
- This delicious tarte will last a couple of days if covered properly...but it's not too likely it will last 
   that long!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Cupcake Sugar Cookies

The great thing about writing a blog and sharing all your thoughts is you end up stumbling upon other great blogs and ideas. This post is an example of just that. I had never made sugar cookies before and don't generally ice my biscuits or cookies but after seeing this concept on another blog I decided it was something I definitely wanted to try. There is no doubt these pretty 'cupcakes' were time consuming, but just look at the result, weren't they worth the time? Not only do they look great, but they were actually a front runner for one of my favourite biscuits I've ever made. At first when they came out of the oven they were quite hard to bite into, but once topped with the colourful royal icing they were just the right texture.


Cupcake Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
Cookies                                                                          
200g butter at room temperature                                
280g sugar                                                                   
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract                                          
1 egg                                                                              
400g plain flour
a pinch of salt

Royal Icing
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
310g icing sugar
Food colouring

Method:
For the Cookies
  1. Put the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a free-standing electric mixer and cream until light and fluffy (You can also use a handheld whisk). 
  2. Add the egg and mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl intermittently to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated well.
  3. Add the flour and salt, mixing well. The dough should look light, feel soft and be easy to handle.
  4. Dust a clean surface with flour and roll out the dough using a rolling pin. Cut out the shapes of your choice ( I chose these pretty cupcakes) . Place the cookies on a well greased or lined baking tray (you will need at least two large trays) and bake for 10 minutes at 170C.  
  5. The cookies should be very light golden on the outer edges and paler in the centre.  Once cooked remove the cookies from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
For the Royal Icing
Beat the egg white and lemon juice together in a free standing mixer. Gradually add the icing sugar and contune to whisk until the icing forms stiff peaks. (Word to the wise, making royal icing can be hard in your machinery so take it easy!). Seperate mixture out and add desired colours.


The Assembly
These cookies were inspired by a post on an amazing blog entitled 'Bake at 350'. This blog is truly inspirational when it comes to decorating cookies and biscuits. This blog inspired me to try icing biscuits which I had never done before. You will need the following tools to get going:
- cocktail sticks
- a piping bag (with a small and medium sized nozzle)
- sweets or coloured fondant icing for the top of the cupcake
- royal icing (colours of your choice)
- Sprinkles

What to do.....
1. I used a very thin nozzle and stiff royal icing coloured brown for the outline of the design.
2. I then mixed up some green royal icing, and added a little water to make it 'runny'. When my 
    brown outline was completely dried, I put a slightly bigger nozzle on a piping bag and 'pooled' 
    the green icing onto the cookie. I used a cocktail stick to push the icing right into the outlined 
    edges, ensuring to burst any obvious air bubbles.
3. I then repeated the process with the pink icing for the top of the cupcake.
4. Finally I added the lined detail for the base of the cupcake and sprinkles on top.

E-D's Notes
- Handy tip....when filling your piping bag, place the piping bag 
  into a pint glass and then fill it with icing (as pictured above). 
  Makes life a lot easier and also makes minimal mess.
- I love this trio of cupcake cutters I got as a gift. You can buy 
  them on Amazon.co.uk, see the link below.
- I tried using a funnel initially to pool the icing on the cookies  
  and it was a disaster.....wouldn't recommend it. Using different 
  sized nozzles on a piping bag is definitely a stress free 
  alternative!

E-D's Links
Cupcake Cutters (Amazon)
Bake at 350

            
     This 'Sugar Cookie' recipe was adapted from 'The Hummingbird Bakery' cookbook.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Tiffany & Co. Birthday Cake

At the weekend it was my brilliant Aunty Moira's 50th Birthday celebration and Shaud and I needed to create a cake as fantastic as Moira (no mean feat I assure you!). This is what we came up with; a spectacular tiered pink and brown number complete with pearl and diamond detail. The cake is made up of a three different layers; a plain Madeira, a rich chocolate cake and a lemon Madeira. 



The Details:
I picked up this pretty pack of Dr.Oetker embellishments called 'White Christmas' (pictured below). I used these for the quilted detail on the top tier of the cake, giving it a cushioned appearance. We also used these pearls to decorate the edge of each cake.

We used Wilton gel food colourings to colour the fondant in the following shades;
For the Pink (Rose)
For the Brown (Brown)
For the Blue (Sky Blue)
Techniques & Tools
This tutorial is really clever if you want to attempt some quilted detail on a cake as pictured:. You don't need any fancy equipment just follow the instructions in the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R04BKjAieCo

Pick yourself up a smoother to achieve this perfectly smooth finish when working with fondant or buttercream icing. They are relatively cheap and will give your cakes a professional looking finish.

A rotating cake board is a great investment if you plan on taking up cake decorating. It makes turning and decorating your creations much easier, particularly fine details which may need to by attached or hand painted. These rotating boards are readily available in any good cake decorating shop.


The How To.....
-  My aunty Moira loves all things that sparkle! So incorporating 'bling' into the cake was an    
   absolute must.The Tiffany's bag was made from roll out icing, which was coloured the perfect 
   'Tiffany's shade of blue. Shaud then used a paintbrush and food colouring to add the 'Tiffany &  
   Co.' detailing.
 - Shaud used a flat flexible spatula to smooth and spread the delicious chocolate icing.
-  Everything on the cake is edible with the exception of the dimante as we were unable to 
   access edible diamonds in Ireland and didn't have time to order them from the U.K. We 
   picked up these 'dimante' embellishments from my favourite store 'Dealz' for €1.49.
- We decorated each tier separately, before finally assembling the grand design! Shaud 
   inserted 4 small dowels into two of the cakes to support it.



E-D's Notes
- If anyone needs an idea of quantities to make a cake this size, drop me an email or comment 
  and I will send you on the recipes/quantities.
- Drawing out a sketch of your ideas is always a good idea when embarking on the creation of  
  a cake this size. Playing around with colours and shapes on paper will definitely pay off in the 
  long run!
- Happy Birthday again Moira, hope you loved the cake as much as we loved making it!
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