‘Food fun’ posts

Talk Like a Pirate Day : DIY candy-filled treasure chest

I’m revisiting a post today because it’s that time of year again – the time to talk like pirates! Also, this treasure chest is still awesome and deserves a second look… or indeed a first look for all our new followers!

Ahoy me hearties! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day; which is probably one of the silliest but most fun days there is!

Because every pirate should have a chest of treasure they’ve swashbuckled o’er the high seas to get hold of, I’m bringing you an awesome recipe to make one!

This DIY treasure-filled chest is simple enough to create and looks amazing! You could make candy jewels yourself or buy some from sweet shops such as Candied Cakes with chocolate coins making perfect pieces o’ eight!

DIY Candy-filled treasure chest

You could scale this treasure chest up too with more chocolate covered wafers stuck around a rectangular sponge cake: perfect for a lil’ pirate’s birthday party!

Speaking of parties, check out this awesome pirate party we featured over three years ago now for loads more inspiration.

Oooo-aaarrrr ;D

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Great gift idea : DIY ice cream sundae kit

This awesome DIY ice cream sundae kit…

Great gift idea - DIY ice cream sundae kit

… was put together by Cheryl of A Pretty Cool Life for her son’s teachers. Which let me say is an excellent idea because it’s consumable. I love consumable gifts!

I’m the daughter of a teacher who refuses to throw anything away and, after having to contend with her cupboard of 40 mugs for many years, I’ve made a mental note to only buy consumable gifts for my future kids’ future teachers!

Of course consumables can be as simple as a box of chocolates, a bottle of wine or a bunch of flowers, but if you’re the creative type this cute DIY sundae kit is a lovely gift for the end of summer term.

Alternatively, it also works awesomely for any child with a summer birthday!

Great gift idea - DIY ice cream sundae kit

For all the details just head to A Pretty Cool Life :)

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Pain-free birthday cakes and Alice

I am revisiting this post from a couple of years ago, as it was my eldest, Alice’s, 10th birthday yesterday! So a. I have been thinking about designs for birthday cakes and b. I haven’t had much time to blog! I hope this is a nice memory refresh for those of you who have seen it before and for those who haven’t, I hope it is useful!

How many of us have spent either an entire weekend or a whole week’s wages creating and/or acquiring the perfect birthday cake for our little ones? I know I have (usually the money option!). But why, when there are so many ideas out there for perfectly pretty, yet simple and inexpensive, birthday cakes that you don’t need a degree in art to achieve? I just don’t know! Today I have a round-up of gorgeously feasible birthday cake ideas for you, that won’t break the bank (and should taste pretty good too!).

1. This ruffled cake topper by Dandee is so cute, very simple (sewing machine required) and could easily just be added to a plain shop-bought cake (if you didn’t fancy icing your own) and would still create a lovely, homemade look.

2. How simple is this sprinkles cake by Sweetapolita? Buttercream icing covered in sprinkles just looks so sweet! And would take all of what, about 10 minutes to ice and decorate? Love it!


3. What a cool cake this kit kat/m&ms combo by Made In Melissa’s Kitchen makes! And it doesn’t get much easier than this!

4. Another simple but ingenious cake topper – inflated water balloons! This idea by Inchmark is a really cool way to quickly and easily create a very fun birthday cake. Not entirely sure how this works with candles however… :)


5. Another way to take one plain white iced cake and make it beautiful in all of about the same time it would take to order a £50 cake online! This geometric design is also created using m&ms and is brought to you by Parents.com.

6. Ok, I know what you’re thinking – that’s not a cake! No it’s not, it’s better, it’s an Oreo tower! But I had to include it because it’s such a cool idea. Alice would love me forever if her next birthday cake was actually an Oreo tower! This ‘cake’ idea by Martha Stewart could be translated into other biscuit towers too. How about a custard cream tower, or a jammy dodger tower? Imagine your little one’s face when greeted by a heap (but tidy) of their favourite biscuits! And no icing? You can’t go wrong!


7. This giant cupcake topper birthday cake by Decadent Delights (photos by Laura Winslow) looks fab surrounded by its miniature versions, and the homemade pinwheels around its base just finish off this playful design perfectly.

8. And finally, if your cake decorating skills leave much to be desired, why not get the birthday child to decorate their own?! How cute does this rainbow doodle cake, again by Sweetapolita, look! Edible gorgeousness!

So there it is, a collection of beautiful birthday cakes to suit all tastes, that even the least artistic amongst us should attempt! Which just leaves me to say a very happy birthday to our ‘baby’ Alice, who makes us beam with pride every single day, who is the best big sister Beatrice could have ever asked for, who I love with every bone in my body and who really must stop growing up now!! :,-)

simple birthday cakes, Alice's birthday

Awesome image: Taylor Roades Photography

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