Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Kit Kat Skittles Cake Tutorial


I have been busy lately making and designing cakes. So it was no surprise when my son requested I make a cake for him to celebrate him becoming an official adult. That is him turning 18 here in the UK. I had previously made a KitKat tiered cake (without packets) so he requested a similar one. I will share with you at the bottom of this post the original one I made.

For this one I kind of cheated by buying chocolate cake mix packets and ready made frosting! I have previously made my own but wanted to make sure this turned out good for my son. I will write a mini tutorial for this cake. I actually made 4 layers but only needed 3 layers however that wasn't a disaster as my daughter used that layer to design another cake! If you want to bake your own cake then just follow any online recipe for chocolate cake for 2 or 3 tiers.


Ingredients:

2 packets of Chocolate cake Mix (to make at least 3 round cakes) (extra ingredients that packets ask for)
2 tubs of chocolate frosting
18 (2 finger) Kitkats.
2 Large packets of Skittles
Ribbon/Cake plate

Instructions:

Step 1: Make the cake following cake mix instructions or make your own.
Step 2: Once cakes are cooled down place frosting over the layers and down the sides.
Step 3: carefully place the Kit Kats  all around the cake as neatly as possible.
Step 4: Place the skittles all around the top layer of the cake.
Step 5: Decorate the cake with a bow.







Below is a photo of the other Kit Kat Cake I made first.







Saturday, 17 September 2016

Chocolate Covered Sandwich Cake recipe


Cake Ingredients:

200g Caster Sugar
200g Self Raising Flour
200g Soft butter
4 eggs (beaten)
1tsp baking powder
2bsp milk
few drops of 3 different food colourings.
200g Melted chocolate for decoration.
Cake decorations (like flowers as in pic)
chocolate curls/sprinkles

Buttercream Ingredients:

200g softened butter
280g icing sugar
few drops of vanilla extract
few drops of food colouring


Instructions:

Step 1: Heat oven to electric 170c
Step 2: Butter 3 20cm cake tins and line with baking paper.
Step 3: In a mixing bowl mix all cake ingredients together.
Step 4: Separate cake mixture into 3 bowls and add the colouring to each bowl.
Step 5: Place the mixture from each bowl into the 3 cake tins.
Step 6: Place into the oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown. When cooked place onto a cooling tray.
Step 7: When the cakes are in the oven you can make the buttercream. Cream the butter first.
Step 8: Gradually add the icing sugar to the butter and continue to mix. Add in the vanilla extract.
Step 9: Once buttercream is done, you can add food colouring.

Step 10: Once the cakes have cooled down, you can start applying the buttercream.If you are using a cake board then add a small amount of buttercream to it and place the first layer of cake in the centre of the board.
Step 11: Add buttercream to the top of the first layer then place the second layer on the top. Then add buttercream to the top of the second layer and place the third layer onto the top. Then cover the top and the sides of the cake with buttercream. Place into the freezer for 10 minutes to allow it to set.
Step 12: Once set apply another layer of buttercream and make it more neat. Again place in the freezer for 10 mins to set.
Step 13: Melt the chocolate and pour over the top of the set cake. Allow to drizzle over the side for a drizzle effect.
Step 14: Add the chocolate curls on top of the cake and add any other decoration onto the top.
Step 15: Add the remainder of the buttercream along the base of the cake with a piping bag. And then gently add some sprinkles. Place into the freezer for 10 minutes to set. You now have your finished cake.







Monday, 22 August 2016

Clasp Purse Tutorial


I was gifted a lovely Clasp Purse Kit from a dear friend of mine.  This is a John Lewis Product.   I have never made a purse before so was quite excited to try this new project. Even better having a kit with the pattern and instructions already provided.  I was a little disappointed though as the instructions were not very clear and I had to back-track a couple of times to get it right. Though the end product was worth it.

I thought I would share with you how I made this. I have took a photo of the original instructions so you know what the main instruction was.  The points to keep in mind are that when sewing down the sides in Step 2 make sure you go all the way down, not as it shows in the instruction diagram.  I followed the diagram and it left a gap in the purse, so you must sew all the way to the bottom.



The photos below show the steps I took when following the above instructions.  You also have the choice of using your own fabric and cutting them to the pattern size if you want something more unique!



Now I have to decide who gets the purse! Both my daughters are eyeing this product up haha!



Saturday, 13 August 2016

Henna Tip Using a Cookie Cutter


Today I am sharing a tip I used for making henna designs. I used this idea on my young daughter and she then used the idea on me! I am not very good at henna designs and feel very inadequate compared to my older daughter who can do brilliant designs. So the idea was to use a template for the design and I realised a cookie cutter was the perfect thing.

Items needed:

Henna tube
Cookie Cutter

Instructions:

Step 1) Spread henna all around the edge of the cookie cutter, not too thick, just enough so it is covered.
Step 2) Place the cutter onto the hand pressing gently so that it leaves a trace of henna on the hand.
Step 3) Then using the henna tube carefully go over the design again. Then add extra patterns making a design of your choice.

The photo below shows my 9 year old daughter using the same technique on my hand.





Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Eid Mubarak 2016




  • May the day delight and the moments measure all the special joys for all of you to treasure. May the year ahead be fruitful too, for your home and family and especially for you. Happy Eid Mubarak To You!



Monday, 4 July 2016

Ramadan 30 Days of Inspirational Posters 21-30

This Ramadan I wanted to do something different for each day and I decided on sharing an inspirational poster for each day of Ramadan using my own photographs. I will share all 30 photographs into 3 posts during this month. These are the last batch of photographs, 21-30.


inspirational poster quotes

Poster 21 - The only time you should ever look back, is to see how far you've come.

inspirational poster quotes

Poster 22 - Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.

inspirational poster quotes

Poster 23 - Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behaviour does.

inspirational poster quotes

Poster 24 - To admit you were wrong is to declare that you are wiser now than you were before.

inspirational poster quotes

Poster 25 - Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life.


Poster 26 - Rather than aiming to be perfect, just aim to be a little better today than you were yesterday.

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Poster 27 - Don't change so that people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

inspirational poster quotes

Poster 28 - Stop thinking of what could go wrong and start thinking of what could go right.

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Poster 29 - Don't give up because of one bad chapter in your life. Keep going, your story doesn't end here.
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Poster 30 - To be rich is not what you have in your bank account, but what you have in your heart.

Previous posts are:
Posters 1-10
Posters 11-20








Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Ramadan 30 Days of Inspirational Posters 11-20

This Ramadan I wanted to do something different for each day and I decided on sharing an inspirational poster for each day of Ramadan using my own photographs. I will share all 30 photographs into 3 posts during this month. These are the second batch of photographs, 11-20.


Poster 11 - It can be hard to move on and never look back. But once you do, you'll realise it was the best decision you ever made.


Poster 12 - You can't be good enough for everybody, but you will always be the best for the one who deserves you.


Poster 13 - When you feel like quitting think about why you started.


Poster 14 - The biggest challenge in life is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else.


Poster 15 - Somewhere someone else is happy with less than you have.


 Poster 16 - Being strong doesn't always mean you have to fight the battle.  True strength is being adult enough to walk away from the nonsense with your head held high.


Poster 17 - It is important to know when to stop arguing with people and just let them be wrong!


Poster 18 - Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.


Poster 19 - I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength.



Poster 20 - Mistakes are proof you are trying.


If you want to see the first 10 posters I designed, here is the link: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2016/06/ramadan-30-days-of-inspirational.html