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Sylvanian Families Biscuits


Sylvanian Families PlaqueI never collected Sylvanian Families as a child, although I was vaguely aware of them.  They are actually very cute and I can definitely see their appeal!  When I received an email asking if I could make a batch for a birthday present, I said yes, naturally.  It is my default.  I must say, I am rather pleased with them after spending days (alright, a week… possibly two) trying to figure out how best to translate these cute families into biscuits.  My favourite is the baby squirrel (above), I think.  Or the baby rabbit crawling (below).  I like the baby ones.

Sylvanian Families Set 1I think if I did them again I could do them better.  I think that a lot but it is generally true – there are very few things that I haven’t improved with practice.  Not least that I couldn’t get them to fit on the 2 layers of my standard box and the larger boxes hadn’t arrived!  Also, one day I’ll post a comparison of my baby biscuits comparing the first set I ever did to the ones I do now, and I still think there is room for improvement!

Sylvanian Families Set 2Really though, I just hope that the person who ordered them, and the person who they were for, liked them.  I didn’t hear anything to the contrary and I go by the old maxim, no news is good news!  I find if there is a problem, people have no problem getting in contact but if things are fine then they just get on with it.  It can leave one a little paranoid though and I’ve not yet mastered the art of the follow up email without sounding needy or like I’m fishing for compliments (she types after having to check whether its the one with an ‘e’ or an ‘i’):

“Dear Customer,

I hope everything was ok with your order.  If you have any comments or feedback, positive only or negative, then please let me know.  tell me you liked them please please please

Many thanks,


I’ll just leave it with dignified silence.  No news is good news, right?!


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Final Fantasy VII Cake

Final Fantasy Cake

This is the most recent incarnation of the chocolate cake recipe I recently posted.  This is a 6″ and 8″ chocolate cake, filled with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream coated in chocolate ganache (which I coloured black).  The flames are painted fondant and I modelled the Cloud figure and the Buster sword.  The figure was tricky, to say the least, but the client loved it so that’s all that matters really!  And she later told me it tasted great.  Phew!  I always have a massive fear that I have somehow cocked up on flavour, even though I can pretty much do this recipe in my sleep.  Good to know I’m safe for another cake.  Credit must go to “Celebrate with Cake” for their fantastic cake, which inspired mine.  It’s better than mine too.  I’m just starting out though…  That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!