We organised a little afternoon tea baby shower for Joanne at a local cafe, just some family and a couple of Joanne's close friends. I wanted to make a cake for her, but something simple, so I watched lots of you tube videos about how to decorate a naked cake, I'm a bit heavy handed when it comes to working with icing so I thought this would be perfect for me.
I used the cake recipe that I always use and which turns out perfect every time, it's absolutely fool proof, everything goes in the bowl and is mixed with the hand mixer, you just add flavouring if you want to, I made a lemon flavoured one this time.
The icing is mascarpone which I would definitely use again, it's so creamy and not at all sweet and sickly like buttercream icing.
I used full fat mascarpone, double cream and icing sugar, whisked all together until it was thick and creamy, perfect!
It does not set in the same way that buttercream icing sets, but it does hold it's shape perfectly well and personally I thought it was much better to work with when icing the cake.
The afternoon tea was at a local place called Mad Hatters, which is all decked out with an Alice in Wonderland theme
Stevie had a Gentleman's afternoon tea, we were all drooling over it when they bought it out, wishing that we had gone for that option too!
We did enjoy our tea though, sandwiches and cake were all lovely and freshly made.
When I got up this morning I wasn't sure I would be able to make it, I've been in such pain with my back for the last two days, this morning was even worse than yesterday. I can only think that I've pulled something, I did clean the windows this week, so perhaps I've over stretched. I had trouble getting in and out of Stevie's car so have already called to let someone know I won't be in work tomorrow, I just don't think I would be able to drive. Hopefully it won't be as bad in the morning.
Can you believe that It will be advent next Sunday? I've got my advent calendars all ready and waiting, I'm so excited to open them! This is the first time I've treated myself to advent calendars, I loved seeing everyone open their yarn advents last year so have treated myself to three :-)
If you are a podcast watcher like me you will know that quite a lot of them do Vlogmas starting on December 1st, I do love to watch the little daily Christmas vlogs and thought wouldn't it be nice if I could do the same here and have Blogmas :-)
So If you would like to join me in a little daily blogging during advent please let me know and perhaps we could all link up and share a little bit of what we do in those days leading up to Christmas, we might even discover new blogs to read and follow :-)
See you in December :-)