"Betty Leopard": My Weekend (Mostly) In Pictures: Cake-Pops and Clothes

Monday, 23 January 2012

My Weekend (Mostly) In Pictures: Cake-Pops and Clothes

I decided to give myself a break from work over the weekend and get involved in some things I've been meaning to do for a while.

On Saturday, I broke out my cakepop maker, that my sister bought me for Christmas. It wasn't the first time I've used it, but I didn't take pictures last time! I'm really impressed with it. It's so simple to use and cooks so quickly. I like cakepops, they're really cute, but I've never been able to get them right with the crumbled cake and frosting method. This bypasses that and just cooks the cake mix into a ball shape! So there's less faffing around making the cake balls and more time for decorating!

My Cake Pop Maker
Tiny Spherical Cakes!
Jam Filled Cake Pop
Pretty Cake Pop Goodness

I added some sprinkles into the cake mix for fun, putting little colourful flecks throughout the cake :) I'm still experimenting with decoration. Last time I tried standard icing, which didn't work at all, fondant icing, which worked but was very time consuming and melted dark chocolate, which was the easiest. This time I tried vegan white chocolate, which I was initially disappointed with, but looked better when set, chocolate frosting, which was messy but worked and just rolled in sugar, which was very easy! The ones rolled in sugar also had jam inside, which I did using my new fancy injector nozzle for my piping bag :)

That wasn't the end of my cake related activity. On Saturday evening we went to a 30th birthday party that had a kid's party theme. There were so many sweets, treats, snacks and cakes! I came away with this beautiful cupcake (I was too full to eat it on the night!), which has further inspired me to improve my cupcake decorating skills.

On Sunday, I moved from baking onto sewing, and got back to work on the dress that I started ages ago! Ideally, I'm hoping to wear it to ZOMGbloggersbash next Monday, but I'm not sure I'm going to get it finished on time. I'd already cut out most of the pattern pieces, so it was mostly just sewing the pieces together, which is quite nerve racking as I'm not the most accomplished seamstress (my most used tool is my seam ripper!). It took me quite a while to get started, but managed to sew together most of the top, both the sleeves and the skirt before I was hit with a mega headache and had to stop. I've been taking pictures along the way and will write a blog post about the whole process when I'm done.

My fabric and pattern (I'm making the long sleeve version)
My little silver chick pin cushion (a present from my grandparents) for pinning the pattern and fabric

After lying down for a few hours, dosing myself up with paracetamol and then stuffing myself with pizza, I felt a bit better. We spent the evening with out recently engaged friends, talking weddings, playing boardgames and eating apple and blackberry pie. It was a really lovely end to a great weekend :D

Finally, I wanted to welcome all my new followers and thank you all for reading my blog!
Hopefully I won't be too busy with work to post again this week.

Lots of Love,


  1. Those cake pops look yummy! I want a cake pop maker now. I've got a donut one in the cupboard that I haven't used yet haha.

    Your little silver chick pin cushion is so cute!

    Megan Jane xo

  2. You've been a very busy lovely haven't you, sounds like creative fun though. I really want to try cake pops!


    Eda ♥

  3. The ways in which I want a cake pop maker....ugh...stupid new years diet...I'd like to say I'd have the will power to make and decorate them and give them out but I'd probably eat a zillion of them instead! Your blog is all kinds of awesome! Xo Lori

  4. A cake pop maker!!! Looks amazing, they look so yummy:) x

  5. that cake pop maker is THE best thing i've seen this year. they look scrummy. x

  6. Thank you for all your comments. The cake pop maker was definitely an inspired gift choice from my sister. Still need to work on finding the best coating though, guess that means I'll have to make more soon (damn, lol).

  7. Oh my god!! A cake pop maker!? I need one!


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