Toytopia Liverpool Half Term Toy Fair & Giveaway

Win Tickets to the UK's Biggest Totally Interactive Toy Fair - Liverpool Exhibition Centre 24-26 October 2015

Can you believe we are nearly at half term already? Tara’s first half term of school already over (there’ll be more about how we’ve got on soon). Its fair to say we’ve got a busy old half term planned – I’m in Glasgow at the start for Scottish Synchro Nationals (Eek!) plus 5 days of training over in Leeds. We are squeezing in time for a trip to Toytopia in the Liverpool Exhibition Centre one day too though which we are really excited about.

Described as the UK’s only toy fair (Saturday 24th -Monday 26th October) that promises to be truly magical & completely hands on – the girl’s won’t believe their eyes. I’m expecting those Christmas lists to be rather long at the end of the fair. In addition to seeing all the best ‘must have’ toys this year, we will be thrilled by Live Shows, entertainment and Dressing Up (I’ll let you know how I get on with that!) I’m talking having a go on the mini train, meeting the Sylvanian Families – I’m also really looking forward to the sculptures on display by the fantastic people from LEGO.

There’s an Art & Crafts corner where everyone is encouraged to have a go. Take part in the trampoline drop seat challenge or conquer the Giant Inflatable Assault course – You definitely won’t hear yourself saying ‘Don’t touch!’

Here’s the Floor Plan for the event …

Toyota Floor Plan - Who will be there?

So have I sold it to you? Well, you can come too. I’m delighted to be hosting a giveaway for a family ticket to Toytopia – All you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Don’t forget to leave a comment at the bottom of this post rather than in the Rafflecopter widget for it to be a valid entry. There’s quite a few ways of gaining extra entries so go for your life! I’ll be at the show on the Monday 26th Oct so if you decide to go that day, shout – I’d love to meet you!

Now for the technical terms & conditions:

    • Open to UK Entries only
    • Giveaway closes at 11.59PM Monday 19th October – This is really soon!
    • I will contact you on Tuesday 20th to ask for your postal details – Your tickets will be posted out asap.
    • Family ticket is for up to 5 people
    • Winner also get a role play pack of their choice from Wannabees

If you are unfortunately not the winner, I do have a 25% discount code off tickets – Simply head to the Ticket Quarter website and enter TOYTOPIA511 in the section for promotional code.
One ticket price for adults and children – Toytopia general admission is £15 pre-show when using a promotional code – TOYTOPIA511
Full price tickets £20. All the entertainment for the day is included in the ticket price!

Best of luck – Hope to see you there!

Toytopia Toy Fair LiverpoolOctober 2015

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Interplay Snow Flake Charm Jewellery Review and Giveaway

Interplay Snow Flake Jewellery Craft Set Giveaway

Where did my baby go? One minute she was a pre-schooler depending on me for everything, the next she is sat making jewellery and doing a pretty good job of it!

Its always a gamble trying toy sets – particularly ones that could result in a lot of hard work like jewellery making – We were really pleased with the Interplay Snow Flake Jewellery Craft Set though. It comes in quite a small box that seemed quite underwhelming – I have to admit the box was hanging around for a few days before I had chance to get Tara organised with it. I suggested that Millie (age 13) might like to open it and help Tara out and luckily she agreed.

They set to work opening the box – First impressions? Wow, there are so many beads and trinkets. The box says there is enough to make 10 pieces of enchanted jewellery but there seems so much more. The quality of the snow flake charms is great – they are really pretty and seem less tacky than other children’s jewellery sets we have had.

Children's Jewellery Making Set

Millie had to help Tara with cutting the elastic for her bracelets and tying a knot in the end but after that, she was all systems go! Its her first real time of doing grown up crafts on her own and she loved it. She’s happily modelling her bracelet and went straight on to make more.

jewellery craft set bracelet

The Interplay Jewellery Craft Set has a RRP of £7.99 which is incredible value – I’ll definitely be stocking up on a few of these for Christmas presents. Don’t be fooled by the small box – this is a set that can provide many happy hours of play. (For ages 4-7 years)

Jewellery making set

I’m very happy to be able to offer a Snow Flake Jewellery Craft Set to the one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, please follow the Rafflecopter instructions – Please leave your comment at the end of this post rather than on the Rafflecopter widget to be a valid entry. Open to UK entries only – The giveaway will end at 11.59PM on Tuesday 20th October. After this time, a winner will be selected at random then informed as soon as possible – The winner will be asked to give contact details for Interplay to be able to send their prize. Best of luck to everyone!

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Disclosure: We were sent an Interplay Snow Flake Jewellery Set for the purpose of this review – All opinions are Tara’s & Mine (Millie said the set was exquisite – She may have been having a teenage moment!)

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Pretty Green Photography meets The Costellos

Pretty Green Photography Logo

I want to tell you about a brilliant business local to us in St Helens, Pretty Green Photography. St Helens readers may already be familiar with the name but if you are near enough to travel to St Helens, I urge you to pop to Pretty Green. Husband & Wife team, Bill & Sarah started their business earlier in 2015 after a lifetime of teaching photography. Their studio is literally around 2 corners from our house so we were delighted to be invited up to their new premises.

Pretty Green Photography Knowsley Road, St Helens

Bill kindly volunteered to take family shots of us – Nanny Val’s birthday was approaching so we arranged that all 6 grandchildren would visit Pretty Green one Saturday morning as a treat for Nanna. Was Bill up to the challenge? Definitely Yes!

As soon as we walked into the reception area, we were greeted in a friendly and informal way – Just perfect when you are trying to control 6 children. Sarah is a natural at the meet & greet – The kettle was soon on and the kids played happily in the small play area. Bill & Sarah encourage families to feel relaxed and roam around before moving into the back studio.

And so off we went! Walk through the kitchen area and you will see the most amazing VW Camper wallpaper that I am coveting for our house! We loved the changing room/prop room – Little Sonny in particular got very familiar with a feather boa.

Pretty Greeen Photography Dressing Room

I loved how easily Bill and Sarah changed props – Out came a furry rug, then came a GORGEOUS chaise long! Even Nanna got stuck in and was snapped with her 6 pests grandchildren

Our photoshoot took around an hour – We chatted, we laughed, we even danced (Bill puts all sorts of music on to encourage the kids to just go for it) We got our photos within a few days and honestly had trouble choosing between them. They were all brilliant, and just what we were after – We are intending on putting a huge canvas on our living room wall of the 3 girls as soon as we get a rug to match.

Canvas Pretty Green

Bill & Sarah have totally embraced their studio – They offer all sorts of services – From the traditional wedding packages to family shots out in the park. If Cake smash pictures are your thing, well, Pretty Green are your people! Dog shots, Passports Pics, Newborn Gorgeousness, Starting school & alternative nursery/school arrangements – I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Pretty Green Family Pictures

Pretty Green Photography can be found at their website or at their Facebook page

Disclosure: We were invited to take part in a photoshoot in exchange for a fair and honest review – We really loved it! Thank you :-)

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Becoming Friends of Sylvanian Families

There’s something unexpected happening since Tara started school (She loves it by the way!) I did feel a bit sorry that her toys would start to become unloved and she wouldn’t be interested in them anymore, once she started school. I just don’t remember what it was like when M & V started but I was in the midst of newborn baby/pregnancy at the time. Our house hasn’t become a toy graveyard though – Happily she is enjoying her toys more than ever when she comes home. Its like she’s been stimulated and wants more than just plonking herself in front of the TV. Her creative side has really come out and it is fabulous to see.

It has been helped, though, by the arrival of a package from Sylvanian Families – I’ve talked before about how popular they are in our house. Even Millie got involved with this package – All photos below are taken by the resident 13 year old!

Sylvanian Bunnies

We are happy to announce that we are officially Friends of Sylvanian Families and will be working together over the coming months – The girls are delighted. I’ll be bringing you news of new Sylvanian Family products to celebrate Sylvanian turning 30 this year – They are lasting well!

Friends of Sylvanian Families

We already have quite a selection of Sylvanian Families that I hope the girls continue to use – Our Sylvanian Grand Hotel is a great backdrop for all the newer products to mix into. Our newest members of the family are the Dappledown Rabbit Family – Did you know that each character has a back story and an introduction to their characters on the Sylvanian Families website? Too cute! You can also find out more about the characters in the new Sylvanian Families 2015 magazine.

Dappledown Rabbit Sylvanian Family

Over the past couple of days I’ve been telling people about my Sylvanian Family (I’m just riveting company as you can imagine!) – I’ve been amazed by how many people with grown up children still have their Sylvanian collections in the loft. I love that they can’t bear to give them away – There’s must be whole villages of Sylvanian characters packed away with the promise of future grandchildren playing with them. Have you got any? (Sylvanians not grandchildren!)

Sylvanian Families Car

And so there’s my news for today – There’ll be plenty coming up over the coming months. For now though, I leave you with a Bunny Eating a Bun. It’s all go in this house, I tell you!

Sylvanian Bunny Eating a Bun

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Easy Cherry Scones #Bakeoftheweek

Cherry Scones

Firstly, I must give huge thank you to Jen from Jen’s Food and Lucy, Baking Queen 74 for doing such a brilliant job of hosting #Bakeoftheweek while I was away. It was lovely to see people taking part while I was sunning myself (it rained quite a lot so there actually wasn’t that much sunning!) I know that the roundups take forever to do and both ladies embraced them fully – really appreciate it, thank you!

Hard to believe that there is only one week remaining of the school holidays – I’m in full blown panic now about how I’m going to be separated from little Tara next week. I’m just not ready for her to go to school but she is. Its speedy recipes all the way for the next couple of weeks and if the kids can get involved with the bakes, all the better. Every second I’m spending with them counts. (The checkout operator in the supermarket the other day, said she bet I couldn’t wait for them to go back to school – I told her that actually I like my children and enjoy spending time with them! Bet she wasn’t expecting me to be quite so honest)

Anyway, back to baking – Cherry Scones it is. I had to check that I haven’t already posted a recipe for Cherry Scones as they are such a popular bake in this house but no. I get the littlies to help chop the butter into tiny cubes and snip the glace cherries with scissors.

Cherry Scones

Serves 12-15
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Quick and easy cherry scones - Perfect for afternoon tea or baking with the kids


  • 350g Self Raising Flour
  • 85g Very Cold Butter (Cut into tiny chunks)
  • 3 tablespoons Caster Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 75ml Milk
  • 200g Glace Cherries (Chopped into 4 ish pieces)


Preheat the oven to 210C and line a baking tray - This recipe makes 4-5 large scones and 12-15 mini scones
Place the flour and sugar into a medium bowl and rub the butter in with your finger tips - work as quickly as possible, you do not want to over work the dough
Add the lemon, vanilla & milk and mix together until just combined
Gently stir through the chopped cherries until just about evenly spread throughout
Bring the dough together and roll out until about 3-4cm thick and cut out using your preferred size of scone cutter - I particularly like the small sizes for this recipe
Bake until golden on top and bottom - About 20 mins for large scones, about 12-15 mins for small scones
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack - Best eaten same day

Cherry Scones

For more scone goodnes, why not try some of these fello bloggers’ recipes?

Wild Garlic & Cheese Scones from Foodie Quine
Cheese, Ham & Potato Scones from Fab Food 4 All
Rich Chocolate Scones from Tin & Thyme
Orange Scones from Sew White
Gluten Free Scones from Lancashire Food
Hot Cross Scones from The Crafty Larder
Mini Lemon & Lime Scones from Casa Costello

My featured Bake of the Week is one that I cannot stop thinking about – I am in awe of how smooth and white this frosting is on Andrea from Made with Pink’s Black Forest Cake – Just beautiful. I love the simplicity of the decoration and that’s even without thinking how gorgeous it must taste! I’m loving the revival of Black Forest after its recent appearance on GBBO.

Bake of the Week Black Forest Cake

Bake of the Week Cakes

I’ve split the entries into cakes and other bakes – As the nights draw in, there’s few things better than settling down with a brew and a slab of cake. There’s plenty of delicious recipes here if you fancy trying a new cake flavour:

  1. You cannot beat Malteser’s for fast, easy & effective decoration – Janice from Farmer’s Girl teams Malteser’s with Caramel in this luscious birthday cake.
  2. A classic combination of Coffee & Walnut in Jibber Jabber’s tempting offering
  3. Gin & Tonic Cake for an alternative way of eating madeira cake from Its not easy being greedy
  4. A warm welcome to Judith from Mostly About Chocolate with her creamy & dreamy Best Chocolate Cupcakes Ever!
  5. I’ve tried made traditional Snickerdoodles but never in cake form, this from Winnie’s Blog looks great

Bake of the Week

6. Mmm to Sew White’s Black Forest Brownies – Brownies are definitely on my ‘to bake list’ before the kids go back to school
7. More Brownies from Kerry Cooks with her Easy Gooey Triple Chocolate Brownies – Cor!
8. Pistachio & Caramel Biscotti – another inspired by GBBO recipe but perfectly executed by All You Need Is Love and Cake
9. Super pretty Shortbread Sandwich Biscuits from Winnie’s Blog
10. Gluten Free Chocolate & Pear Torte from Linzi at Lancashire Food – I’m lamenting the poor crop from our pear tree this year – only 10 useful pears!
11. Blueberry & Pecan Galette – Reminiscent of my recent travels to France from Petite Raisin

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I’m going to leave the linky open for 2 weeks – I hope you understand, I want to savour every minute with the 3 girls before school especially Baby T. As usual there’s no theme and all types of bakes count – If its cooked in an oven or slow cooker, then you are welcome to take part. The badge is above for you to include in your post. Every entry will be tweeted, pinned, commented & Google +ed aswell as being included in the roundup. Feel free to join in the Pinterest board – If you would like to join the board and be able to link up any baking pins, please shout!

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The Teenage Years Start – #MumsKnowBest

Mum Pretty Green Photography

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From next week I am the mother of a teenager! Eek – How fast did that come around? In fact, from next week I am the mother of a teenager for the next 15 years! Here could be where spreading those children out age wise becomes interesting (Believe me, life in this house is already interesting!)

I’m sure I will be turning to the 2 Grandmothers for advice and reassuring at various points during the next 15 years – after all, between them they have raised 7 children, with 6 grandchildren having gone through or already in the teenage zone.

My mum always laughs that I will check with her if she thinks something is still safe to eat – You know, when its been in the fridge a little too long or has it been in the oven long enough? Force of habit cannot get me out of this … not even my Advance Food Hygiene Certificate, 3 children of my own and my own food business! (The picture above is of my Mum and her 6 grandchildren recently taken at Pretty Green Photography – Blog Post about our photo shoot coming soon)

Mr C’s mum is very quiet with her advice but its always there. She has the best sayings imaginable which appear when we most need them. Such as:

* You can run but you can’t run from yourself (On someone who blames everyone else for their life being a bit rubbish)

* They look at you like ‘I’m it, your **it’ (This saying doesn’t really reflect how gentle and warm my MIL is …but it is a perfect way of describing some folk!)

and my favourite when I was expecting Violet and not all that hungry …

*An empty bag won’t stand up – Brilliant!

Over on the Casa Costello Facebook page, I asked for your mum’s favourite sayings. Here’s what you came up with …

Sonia – You canne have your pudding if you dinne eat your meat.

Paul – When she’d forgotten what she was about to say:
“Must’ve been a lie!”

Jayne – When you fell over, Mum used to wipe it with a cloth and say “that will be a pigs foot in the morning”. I never really understood it but still checked the next day

Sue – You won’t feel the benefit when you go outside, I.e take your coat off. (I bet ALL mums have said this!)

Sarah – My mum warning me about boys..” it doesnt matter how nice they are or how shy they are, they all know it’s not for stirring their tea with”

Jane – Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves

Barbara – ‘Go to foot of our stairs’. used when surprised amazed etc …

Karen – Something that my grandma says in difficult times is ‘they won’t always be dark days’

Paul – The other one my Grandma said that used to make us giggle was “Better an old man’s darling than a young man’s slave.”

Sarah –  “Keep your pecker up” was my mums catch phase and answer to everything! Even thought of having it on her grave stone.

Pippa – A friend to all is a friend to none.

And my favourite is from Jackie – My mams favourite is you’ll be twice married before you’re dead. She’d use this when we hurt ourselves.

Thanks for joining in everyone – A little gift will be making its way to you soon, Jackie.

As part of Littlewoods #MumsKnowBest campaign they have produced a series of videos about Mums. In honour of the Costello family approaching the teenage years, I thought the short film (34 seconds) below was appropriate: (PS So far Miss M is a dream and showing no signs of teenage rebellion – She may however kill me when she reads this post!)

Just before I finish, don’t forget to leave me your pearls of wisdom on how to cope with teenagers – If gin is your answer, that’s completely fine!

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A Lovely Week

Tara School Visit

As we come to the end of the school year, there are so many happy events taking place.

We have started a ban on Minecraft in the last week – straightaway the craft boxes came out, the girls started chatting, they played outside and life became more about the family. I’m terrified to hear that Minecraft is being considered as an addition to the curriculum – please no!

The girls’ social calendars are bulging – Even Baby T is flitting from one party to another. Last week saw my baby go to her first party where I could leave her for a while. It was at our friend’s house but even so I thought she would insist on me staying – How wrong I was, she couldn’t wait to be left!

It wasn’t the only big event in her week though – Little Tara had her first afternoon in school! I know! How fast has THAT gone? There were absolutely no nerves whatsoever – It helps that she knows loads of little ones who will be in her class. The teacher must be wondering what a year she has in store, with all these confident kids starting at once.

We were to leave the children for about 1/2 an hour while we filled in paperwork. Again, not a nerve in sight – We returned to find the children sat drinking juice and eating biscuits on the carpet. The teacher was asking them about their brothers & sisters – Tara didn’t talk about her sisters, she just wanted to tell everyone she had a cat!

Minion Movie

We also had a visit to the Minion movie on Monday – complete with plenty of minion accessories! The girls (and one boy) sat really still throughout – aided by plenty of popcorn obviously!

In other news, I had a great night out with Violet watching Millie in the school dance show – I actually watched it twice, having a rare night out with my mum too.

And so we start another crazy week with plenty of plans – I’m hoping we have little Sonny come to visit again this week. Who knows what his outfit will be this week – this pirate ensemble was last Monday’s creation!


So how has your week been? I’m joining in with Tanya from Mummy Barrow who has started a linky inviting us all to share our weeks – Bit of a crazy one here this week … Blackpool, School Music Concerts, Leeds x 3, Awards Ceremony, Art Festival, Christmas in July London, Bristol & Manchester. Next week’s instalment is going to be enormous!

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When the Costello girls became models with Matalan

Matalan children sizing event

Model Tara – She’s got some work to do on her pout!

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to a children’s sizing event, ‘Fashion Fit’ with Matalan. I have worked with Matalan before and always try to support their events. Happily, all 3 girls were available and the event was only 10 minutes up the road at Matalan’s new swish Head Office in Knowsley.

The purpose of the day was to talk about children’s clothing styles, what we like buying (Good quality, tasteful, well-fitiing clothes), what we don’t like (Huge logos) and what sizes we tend to buy for each child.

Matalan is one of the only shops that consistently manages to have sizes and styles suitable for all 3 of my girls – Millie may be almost 13 but is very small – Doesn’t mean that she want to dress like a young child though.

The room was sectioned off into Teenage style, Pre-teens, Schoolwear, School Shoes, Accessories, Fancy Dress and Nightwear – The ladies in all of the sections were so patient and spoke to each child properly. They were asked if they would like to try on some of the clothes – I will admit my heart was in my mouth – Would M have a teenage moment? Would T have a pre school meltdown? Well no, all 3 trooped off into the makeshift changing rooms – giggling and smiling. Well done Matalan – Brownie points there for starters!

Tara Uniform

Now trying clothes on is definitely not Violet’s cup of tea but she played the part – The ladies just seemed to get it though and asked her if she would like to take some items home to try out and feedback on later. These included some little vest bra tops -Oh my, that little girl is in heaven! The bond between a 9 year old and her vest tops is immeasurable – I’m not kidding I have to vet when she puts them on. I have visions of her parading around school at PE time. The good news is they have washed brilliantly and are very comfortable with no scratchy seams – even last night when I caught her wearing one in bed! Violet also got a winter coat to try – which I had to ban last week when it was 23C.

Millie on the other hand, is a clothes horse and the ladies in the Teenage and Pre-teen sections spotted it straightaway. She was in and out of that changing room for hours and loved every minute.

We were so pleased to be able to help out at Matalan – The girls enjoyed their morning of being models – Tara very much enjoyed her Elsa dress that she was gifted. We even got a glimpse into what Tara will look like in September in a school uniform – Too cute!

Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake with White Chocolate Frosting #Bakeoftheweek

Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

It feels like AGES since the last #Bakeoftheweek – As suspected, half term was crazy busy with Millie’s England swimming training. This week is all about Violet – My lovely, kind, crazy, extreme, beautiful girl is now a very grown up 9! How did those years disappear so quickly? The baby that arrived in less than 1.5 hours has turned into a stunning young lady that makes us so proud and makes us tear our hair out in equal measures.

I couldn’t share this week’s #Bakeoftheweek before the birthday girl had seen her own cake, could I? She had a full on day, plenty of sweets after school, a special pick up by her cousin, followed by the opening night of Wicked at The Lowry. Violet is amazing to go to a show with – she gets completely stuck in, laughing heartily and clapping like mad. Love it!

And so back to the cake. A rich chocolate cake with melted dark chocolate (use milk chocolate if you like – totally not precious here!) I split the mixture into 2 cake tins and then sliced them in half making a 4 tier cake. Filled in with plenty of white chocolate frosting and completely covered in approximately 34 Kit Kat fingers, One bag of Aero Mint Balls, One bag of Maltesers and One bag of White Chocolate Buttons. I MAY have bought some spare chocolate packs just to make sure we had enough – I’m sure you understand!

Ultimate Birthday Cake


Ultimate Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

Serves 10+
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party
Ultimate Chocolate Cake - Easy to decorate but with the WOW factor - Chocolate Sponge Cake with White Chocolate Frosting decorated with various chocolates - A true Showstopper!


  • 300 + 220g Butter
  • 300g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 6 Eggs (Separated)
  • 2 + 1 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 300g Self Raising Flour
  • 200g White Chocolate (Melted)
  • 350g Icing Sugar
  • 100g Dark Brown Chocolate (I use 85% cocoa and melt at 10 second intervals in the microwave)
  • 2 tablespoons Double Cream


Chocolate Cake
Preheat the oven to 160C and line 2 x 8" cake tins with baking parchment
Using an electric mixer on a medium setting, whisk the first lot of butter and dark brown sugar together until pale and fluffy
Add in the egg yolks and 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract gradually until fully combined
Stir in the melted dark chocolate
Fold in the flour, until just coming together
Whisk the egg whites until you have stiff peaks and fold into the cake mixture gently to keep as much of the air as possible
Separate the cake mixture between the 2 tins and bake for 45-55 minutes until a skewer comes out clean
Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack. When cool, cut the cakes into 2 halves - If you are not confident about slicing the cakes in half (across) then it is fine to leave as 2 whole cakes
White Chocolate Frosting
Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate at 10 second intervals in the microwave and leave to cool slightly
Mix together the remaining butter and the icing sugar in an electric mixer and add the white chocolate and remaining vanilla.
Add in the double cream. If the frosting is not as stiff as you would like or it is a particularly hot day, you may need to add more icing sugar
Stack the cooled cakes, spreading a layer of frosting between each layer and fill in any gaps with remaining frosting
Stick Kit Kats around the sides of the cake until you meet up - You may need to add extra frosting to help a couple of them stick - this cake is perfect for disguising any lumps and bumps in cake (I also turn the top tier of cake upside down for a flatter surface)
I made 6 segments and separated them with matchmakers but just us whatever you have - Extra Kit Kats will do but they will be thicker
Fill in the segments with whatever chocolates you prefer and consume within 2 days - Keep in the fridge if you have room!

Supreme Chocolate Birthday Cake White Chocolate Frosting

Princess Castle Cake

So many wonderful bakes once again for this week’s #Bakeoftheweek – I have to give a special mention to Eileen from ET Speaks From Home with Princess Castle Cake – I know that this will have taken forever and she has done such a great job. Lucky little girl!

Baked Asparagus

I also want to mention Herbs, Spices & Tradition with Baked Asparagus – I love that this is entered into #Bakeoftheweek – completely the spirit of the linky that anything baked is valid …and I don’t eat enough Asparagus, so thanks for the reminder!

For the first time ever, we have enough Cheese related entries to have their own section! So I present to you the Cheesy Bites …

Cheese Bake of the week

1. Paul’s Food World with Ultimate Cheese Scones
2. Baking Queen with Feta, Pepper & Courgette Filo Pie
3. Jen’s Food with Wholemeal Stilton & Broccoli Pasties

We move on now to the individual portions – For people like me that just don’t find it easy to share!


4. Hijacked by Twins with Muesli & Chia Seed Morning Buns
5. Paul’s Food World – Chocolate Rolls
6. Julie’s Family Kitchen with Chocolate & Cashew Buckwheat Cookies
7. Kidgredients with Cacao & coconut seedy bliss balls
8. Snap Happy Bakes with Mexican Veggie Burgers
9. The Dream Baker with Homemade Char Siu Buns
10. Misplaced Brit with Caramelised Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin
11. Nic Bakes with White Chocolate & Strawberry Cookies
12. Lemon & Lime Thyme with Chocolate Biscuit Scones & Vanilla Glaze
13. Winnie’s Blog with No Bake White Chocolate & Strawberry Marshmallow

And the more substantial bakes – Perfect for showpieces!

Bake of the week

14. Domestic Gothess with White Chocolate, Passion Fruit & Coconut Layer Cake
15. My Little Italian Kitchen with Moist rich chocolate Pie
16. ET Speaks From Home with No Bake Chocolate Tarts
17. My Little Italian Kitchen with Strawberry Crumble Recipe
18. Hijacked by Twins with Chocolate Mint Cake
19. Mummy Mishaps with Choco Aztex Spiced Tea Cake with Blackberry Cream
20. Truly Madly Kids with Banana & Pecan Cake
21. Baking Queen with Zebra Striped Vanilla & Chocolate Cake
22. Petite Raisin with Pistachio Pavlova with Strawberry& Rhubarb Cream
23. Winnie’s Blog with Chocolate Mousse Cake on Hazelnut Crust

Thanks so much once again for your entries into Bake of the Week – Hopefully next week’s #Bakeoftheweek will be bang on time next Tues/Wed! There’s no theme so get spreading the word when you see someone baking online. Have a great week!

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