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Happy Easter everyone! I have a very quick tutorial to show you, for what I am calling ‘Colour In Cookies’.

I made a gift for a friend and her family and they loved it. So I am sharing it with you all. I think it would make a great gift or just a fun baking activity for kids. My kids had lots of fun with them. 

Here are the basic steps.

1. Make some sugar cookies and cut out with cookie cutters. There’s lots of recipes for ‘sugar cookies’ on the internet.  2. Cover with fondant and allow to air dry for about an hour or two. 3. Using cake decorating tools or utensils found around the house, create a pattern or image to colour in.  4. Get your ‘edible ink pens’ ready. 5. Get the kids coloring. 6. Admire the handiwork.

7. Eat.

Being a bit of a girly girl, naturally I loved working on these floral cookies for a baby shower. All the flowers were handmade. Quite time consuming but it was a fun process. I can’t wait to show off this amazing baby shower that a friend of mine put together. Just wow, that is all. 

This cookies and cake set was a pleasure to make too. The trickiest part was geting the teal colour right. The client gave me the invitation to work with and I had to match the colours. The teal was achieved with a mixture of Wilton cornflour blue, dark teal and sky blue (white fondant). 

This was our first ‘Firefighter’ themed cake and it was a pleasure to make! Adil and Nadrah’s mum wanted two ‘hummingbird’ flavour cakes for the joint party. I used rice krispie treats for the inside of the fire engine, making it all edible. This was a mixture of rice krispies, butter and marshmallows. I shaped it in a rectangle and then covered it with fondant. It worked surprisingly well and tasted pretty yummy! I tried new facial features for the figurine and paid particular attention to the eyes and mouth.

We were also asked to provide some matching cookies and decorations – the big balloons and tassel worked well with the theme colours. A few other items were hired from us too, such as the drinks dispenser, table cloth, wooden tray and cookie jars. 

It’s been a busy few weeks with cakes and parties (amongst other things). Here are a few projects I have been working on. Hudson’s mummy put her little boy’s party together and booked Red Carousel for the cake, cookies and chicken sausage rolls. Tableware and decorations came from  our shop and items hired from us for the food table. Pics below.  It was a gorgeous party at the Garden House PreSchool, which is just amazing in itself!

I made the pony cake for Sophia’s 4th birthday celebrated at Riders Cafe. My girls and I attended this party and the highlight was definitely the pony ride! So much fun for the kids!

This was a ‘Milk and Cookies’ cake inspired by one of our printables. I loved the soft colour palette. 

I am finally getting around to posting the photos of Ivy’s 6th birthday party and a little write up. You can see more images here on facebook.

We had a great afternoon, with lots of guests. Our generous friends gave us free reign of their big back yard for the party, as I wanted a garden to fit in with the Little Red Riding Hood theme. Guests commented that it felt like a carnival with the crowd and all the different ‘stations’ – we had a manned hot dog stand, a jumping castle, face painting and tattoos, balloon sculpting, a craft room and the food area. As suspected, the Singapore weather wreaked havoc with my outdoor plans. It threatened to rain all morning and then an hour before the party, there was a downpour. Then it stopped raining…and became hot! Really really hot! Boy, were we all sweaty…

Now about the theme – Little Red Riding Hood was a fun theme to work with. Red is an easy colour to find decorations for and I paired it with white and green as the secondary colours. It was a good unisex theme with lots of creative options to play with.

Dessert Table:

I gave the dessert table a bit of a woodland feel, with the backdrop, trees and burlap tablecloth. I made the rag bunting from fat quarters sold at Spotlight. The bunting is simply made with a rotary blade to cut the strips and then tied evenly to a rope. So easy and striking. Most of the presentation items and props you see are available for rent from us in Singapore.

This year, I decided I didn’t have to be a matyr and enlisted some help! Partners in Cake made the adorable cookies and I dressed them up with the packaging (tissue paper, cello bags and ribbon). Cute hey?! Very popular with the kids!

Toffee apples…remember these as a little kid? My husband was so excited when I had a brain wave to make these the night before. Recipe here. 

The cake…I made a chocolate fudge cake which withstood the heat thankfully. Good old fondant! I had fun giving the cake a little bit of a vintage feel with the wallpapered house, peeking grandmother, bunting and muted colours. 

Little jars filled with hard candy – these disappeared very quickly. I purchased the candy in bulk and put them in the jars (from Daiso). 
Kit Kats wrapped with custom wrappers designed by moi.

Below – drink bottles decorated with lace tape and straw toppers. Drink bottles wrapped with cutom water bottle wrappers (from our LRRH printables collection).

I made the cupcakes and Partners in Cake made the toppers.

Party favours filled with Little Red Riding Hood finger puppets and other cute nic nacs. Handmade party hats. 

Decorations available from Red Carousel shop. 

Jumping castle from Bouncy Castles in Singapore. Playhouse for hire from Red Carousel. 

Handmade Pinata

My husband, the big bad wolf!

Credits:

Concept, design and styling by Red Carousel. Party props and decorations available for sale and hire from Red Carousel including handmade fabric bunting, tablecloth, drinks dispensers, platters, backdrop, paper decorations and balloons (www.redcarousel.com). Cake and a selection of desserts by Red Carousel. Cookies and cupcake toppers by Partners in Cake. Kids tables and chairs by Party Whizz. Jumping castle by Bouncy Castles. Photography by Allen Chong. Little Red Riding Hood party printables here: http://www.redcarousel.com/product/little-red-riding-hood-party-printables

Hello there! Excuse my haphazard blog posts…I’ve been buried in work – all types of work…the online shop, cake decorating classes, styling projects, cake and cookie orders etc. It feels pretty relentless at the moment. Not that I’m complaining! Business has been great, but I need an office assistant. Paper work is definitely my weakness! 

Now onto more lovely things…I recently organised and styled a party for my wee little girl Poppy. She turned two and we celebrated with a Milk and Cookies theme. We held the party at home (I moved a lot of furniture around) and it all worked out beautifully. More photos on Red Carousel’s facebook page. 

Dessert Table

Paper fans – tutorial here

Tassel Garland Kit available here The kids got crafty painting boxes which they later used to store cookies to take home.
Kid’s party bento boxes Stunning flowers by Fiona Treadwell

Cupcake toppers by Red Carousel. The most divine cupcakes by my friend Bob Pimmanas. The best I have ever eaten!

Amazing cookie by Colour it Sweet Chocolate milk bottles were a hit with the kids – homemade with just full cream milk and drinking chocolate. No sugar added! Cookies by Red Carousel Cake pops by Colour it Sweet Homemade cookies

Cake by Red Carousel – Hummingbird flavour Handmade decorations. 

When I first arrived in Singapore (pregnant), Young Parents magazine was one of the first magazines I read. I was hooked from the start and I still buy it now. It’s a great read with lots of eye candy too.

So, imagine how exciting it is for me to see my work in the August edition – on the shelves right now. I have a 6 page spread with 3 cakes and recipes/instructions for each one. 

I had a lot of fun working on this project with the Young Parents team. The brief was quite specific, which was challenging – in a good way. Coincidentally, the magazine requested for a carousel cake! Some products from the Red Carousel store also made it into the shots.

Hope you enjoy the article. Do let me know if you try out one of the recipes! 

Hi there! I’ve been quite busy in the last week with shop orders – lots of fun party supplies and printables sent to different parts of the world. I also completed two cakes, which I loved working on! Next week my friends and I are doing a one day Stephanie Wee cake course at Artistiq – I’m hoping to learn how to achieve those beautiful sharp edges you see from the top cake makers. I have a full schedule up until the last week of this month, before our family go on a vacation to Phuket. Hubbie and I are looking forward to a lot of rest!