Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Not just a Scrapper!

Hi everyone,

Lately I (Kristy) have become obsessed with pinterest (if you haven't discovered pinterest yet have a look www.pinterest.com). I just adore all the inspiration I can get from just a quick look whilst having a coffee. Well, one day whilst drooling over some wonderful pins, I came across a novel idea. Cake Pops. So yesterday I decided to give them ago. After quickly watching a youtube video on making them I felt I was ready! How wrong I was. I should mention, whilst my Grandmother was an amazing cake maker and decorator. I did not seem to get the baking gene.

Step One: Ingredients ASSEMBLE!!!
I required; one cake (pre-made and cooled), a tub of frosting, and my trusty mix master.

Step Two: Mix the ingredients together.
After crumbling the cake and putting it into the mixing bowl. I added frosting till the mixture just comes together. I unfortunately looked away at that point and kept adding frosting till the mix looked something like straight frosting...... Whoopsie.

Step three: Mould your balls.
Scoop even amounts of mix into your hands and roll them into a ball shape. Now that sounds wonderful... on paper. But I was unable to scoop even amounts. I also did not realise that the balls needed to be much smaller than I had made them. I made big manly sized cake pops..... Another whoopsie.

Step four: Coat your Cake Pops in Chocolate.
Melt some chocolate and dunk the balls in the chocolate till they are evenly coated. Refrigerate till required for eating. Once again, I learn by my errors. Due to my cake pop balls being so large and weighty, dunking them in chocolate was not achievable. I had to plonk them in the chocolate then roll them around till they were semi coated. I then pulled them out of the chocolate mix and rolled them in my hands (yes I had gloves on, it was too icky not to) until they were covered.

Step five: Enjoy your yummy Cake Pops.
Yes they are yummy. But BBQ skewers did not support these bad boys. For the purpose of the photo I was able to balance one quickly before it slid down onto my hand.

What I learnt whilst doing this.....
  • I am not a baker. End of Discussion.
  • Cake Pops need to be refrigerated during each step.
  • Putting lots of frosting in turns Cake Pops into Frosting Pops.
  • Frosting Pops are very heavy.
  • Frosting Pops are yummy, however, they have lots of sugar and the ceiling is not the place to be at 11 o'clock at night.
  • Skewers look much nicer, but corn cob holders support Frosting Pops much better.
  • Smaller..... They need to be smaller.

In summation..... Get someone else to make them :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

A while between posts.

Hello Everyone,
It has been quite a while between posts, hasn't it.
I can tell you that we have been super busy organising our August retreat, the monthly workshops, retreat workshops, and another surprise for 2012. We will reveal that at our August retreat.

With CHA this week, we have been very busy selecting all the gorgeous products to add to our "to get list".
Tim Holtz has a series of new stamps and a gorgeous line of stationary called District Market. If you haven't seen District Market just yet, I can tell you the Tote bag is just beautiful! It is definitely on my personal to buy list.
Prima has way to many products coming out to try to list. Lots of new flowers, say it in pearls, say it in crystals, and tools.
There is a new company called Authentique. Launched only this year, Authentique aim to "promote the belief being genuine is the only way to live! Our products reinforce this message through quotes, saying and the names of our Collections. They are designed to enhance the authentic side in each of us". Scrap with Friends is very excited to be stocking the Journey and Uncommon ranges. With more to come after CHA.
Bo Bunny have a lovely range on its way to us, called et Cetera. For those scrappers and card makers who love vintage colours, you will adore this range.
My Minds Eye, Pink Paislee, Tattered Angels and Teressa Collins have also been pre-ordered.
There is a heap of beautiful new products on their way to Scrap with Friends and they shall be revealed at our August retreat. Then in September at our workshop day.
Our August workshop day is just a few weeks away and we have 3 fantastic classes on offer.
In our Technique Class you will use a cuttlebug/ big shot to create 2 gorgeous cards perfect for Fathers Day. You will also create a beautiful pop up card, this technique can easily be transferred to a scrapbook layout.
In the layout class you will create a double page layout using some fun new products, bottle caps and mini tickets, you will also be using a Martha Stewart punch around the page set and a 6 x 6 inch paper pad.
Cricut Class has been opened up to those who don't have a cricut, you can purchase pre-cut kits. These are strictly on a pre-order basis to ensure no one is disappointed. This month you will be using the B is for Boy cartridge and you will learn how to plan your layout and cutting. This layout is titled "Here comes trouble" it could be used for any age of boy or a mischievous girl.
Please don't forget to let us know if you would like to attend so we can ensure we have enough kits for everyone.
We would love to see everyone at our August Workshop day, either to shop, scrap or chat.

Happy Scrapping everyone.