Childrens novelty cake

first_imgSince my first blog I now have a stall at my local farmers market every month as well as supplying a local coffee shop. Looking at renting a pop up shop for the day in surrounding towns to showcase my cupcakes and cakes.The pressure that us mums are put under when your child announces that they would like a specific character cake – I find this daunting as a mum that can bake so god knows what it feels like for mums that can’t. Each cake has to be better than the last but most of all better than their friends. My favourite and easy cake to make into novelty cake is a giant cupcake mainly as I prefer to work with butter cream rather than fondant. So far my boys have had various moshi monster characters and a minion and not forgetting all the pink girly butterfly cakes for my daughter. This pressure has been contained to my own household that is until this when I was asked to do a cake for a colleague’s niece with the theme my little pony and that it must be purple. This time the pressure was definitely on me as I had to not only ensure that it tasted great but was what the little girl had asked for. This took me out of my comfort zone as when making cakes for my own kids they are just happy that it is something different and that you can’t buy it in the supermarket. I did my research and viewed lots of cakes online as per the brief – my little pony and purple. There was lots some better than others however the one thing that was troubling me was how on earth was I going to be able to make a my little pony out of fondant and for it to actually look like one. I even considered buying a miniature my little pony toy to stick on the top but as I could not source one let alone guarantee that it would be delivered in time this was not an option. There was nothing else I could do but sit myself down in front of you tube and attempt to make one. This proved easier than I had led myself to believe as I managed to do it first time. The next stage of the cake was to make the rainbow and clouds to also go on the cake to that they could dry out to enable them to stand on top of the cake which was to be a rich chocolate fudge cake covered in chocolate ganache butter cream and purple fondant. The end result is attached which just leaves me to say “Happy 5th Birthday Esme” – hope you all enjoy the cake as much as I enjoyed making it.About Jill ScottJill Scott, based in Kelso in the Scottish Borders, is a mother of three and a qualified accountant working full-time as an ERDF compliance manager. In 2011 she was a semi-finalist in ITV programme This Morning’s Super Sweet Competition with her lemon meringue cheesecake.She decided to do something with her baking rather than it being a hobby. She is trying to start up her own business baking from home and has attended local fund-raisers in her town, as well as generating sales through word of mouth. She has also enjoyed recipe-testing for The Dessert Deli cookbook.last_img read more

Why hold a financial fitness day at your credit union?

first_imgA few years ago, we worked with the state credit union foundation network executive committee to design an event that would both help raise awareness of all that CUs (and Foundations) do around financial education, but also raise funds for these efforts. The result is “Financial Fitness Day”, a fundraiser on April 6, 2016 to kick off National Financial Literacy Month and National Credit Union Youth Month™. This initiative will raise funds for the National Credit Union Foundation (that’s us!) and state credit union foundations in support of their financial education initiatives.It’s an easy and fun way to make a big difference. To participate, just hold should hold a Jeans or Casual Day fundraiser for staff on April 6th at your credit union organization.Financial education is a critical focus of many credit union’s outreach efforts in order to improve the financial well-being of their members’ and community. Your support ensures that state credit union foundations, as well as the National Credit Union Foundation, can continue to provide you with more programs, grants and resources to help you improve your members’ lives.We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you too. On our campaign site here, you’ll find additional fundraising ideas (instead of a casual day, maybe hold a bake sale? Or sell wall pin-ups? And so on.), sample newsletter/blog articles, sign-up sheets, supporter sticker and wall pin-up templates, sample tweets and social media images (such as “memes” like the one above), web buttons and banners, and more. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Broome County Emergency Services provides power outage safety tips

first_imgEmergency Services also advises keeping an emergency kit inside the home in preparation for the next big storm. “If you seek alternative power, such as a portable generator, make sure you are using that outside of your house or your garage, in a well ventilated area away from any air intakes,” Buckler said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – NYSEG says the Southern Tier was one of the hardest hit areas in New York State during Monday’s snow storm. “You should consider any wire that’s down on the ground as an electrical wire,” said Fire Coordinator Jeffrey Buckler. “Don’t assume anything else.” Inside your home, Buckler said all major appliances should be shut off. Buckler said when you see downed power lines, you should stay away and alert authorities. He warns that lines can be especially dangerous when the ground is wet, covered in ice or snow. Broome County Emergency Services is reminding the community of important safety protocols. last_img read more