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cake decorating: the petal cake

My lovely niece celebrated a milestone birthday last week. She turned one! Which meant that it was the perfect opportunity for me to try my hand at a new cake. I’ve tried the ombre rose cake and the pastel swirl cake but this time, I was eager to try the petal cake.

As always, I spent hours researching this cake online. There are lots of blog posts out there with tips to help you perfect the look. And I also watched a few YouTube tutorials like this one from Leslie Green and this one from The Boy Who Bakes.

Once I had done my research, it was time to get started!

I used three cakes so that it would have enough height to show off the ombre effect. Once the cakes were baked and cooled, I gave the cake a crumb coat and let that set before starting with the petal cake icing technique. Here’s how it looked with just the crumb coat:

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5 recipes to try this weekend

Friday, my long last friend! It’s so good to see you again!

What are you up to this weekend? Whether you’re having friends over for a fun backyard barbecue or you’re just hanging around at home, these 5 great recipes are all perfect for long, hot summer days. Try any (or all!) of them to impress friends or simply to try your hand at something new.

chocolate layer cake 5 recipes to try this weekend Easy chocolate layer cake
A tale as old as time, the meant-to-be combination of chocolate and vanilla is on display in this stunning layer cake.
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5 things to try this weekend

Happy Friday! The weekend’s finally here, which means there’s (hopefully!) some free time in your schedule to get around to those tasks that are on your to-do list, or to try something new. Here are 5 things to try this weekend:

how to remove pet hair 5 things to try this weekend {PHOTO: Virginia Macdonald}

1 Remove pet hair from upholstery
You love your furry friend but the fur all of your sofa? Not so much. Clean things up this weekend with our helpful tips.
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5 things to try this weekend

It’s Friday and the countdown to the weekend is on! What are you going to do this weekend? If you’ve got a few hours to spare, here are five things to try this weekend:

jewellery 5 things to try this weekend

1 Organize your jewellery
PHOTO: Donna Griffith
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ombre rose cake

Pretty much every cookie, tart or piece of cake I make and am subsequently forced to eat, I blame on Pinterest. As a self-confessed Pinterest addict, I am constantly finding not only new recipes to try but incredible decorating techniques.

Admittedly, the decorating techniques usually seem to be far outside my skill set but it never hurts to give something new a try. But one of the great things about this digital age is that there’s nothing you can’t find online. Before I set out to make a cake with a new or difficult icing technique, I watch YouTube video tutorials and read the blogs of all those brave souls who have gone before me. There’s so much to learn!

My latest cake challenge was an ombre rose cake, which, if you read food blogs or spend time on Pinterest, you may have seen already. Here’s what I was aiming for:

culinary couture rose cake ombre rose cake
Image via Culinary Couture
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5 things to try this weekend

Oh, TGIF. It was a short week but somehow it feels like it’s taken forever for Friday to roll around. But now that the weekend is here, I’m looking forward to finding some time to get things done. Some practical (like cleaning and cooking) and some fun (like maybe spending some time in the kitchen and whipping something up!) How about you?

Here are five things you can try this weekend:

decorate with flowers 5 things to try this weekend
Decorate with flowers
PHOTO: Virginia Macdonald

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win a scotch-brite prize pack

I don’t know why but I have a hard time keeping my kitchen sink sparkling. Every time my mother visits, I can see her eying it warily, then casually tossing a cleaning tip my way. Part of the problem is time and the other part of the problem is tea bags, which always stain.
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happy national chocolate chip cookie day

So, our friendly neighbours to the south are celebrating National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day today. That was pretty pleasant news to wake up to this morning! And even though in Canada, this is not a nationally recognized day to hail the chocolate chip, I say, why miss out on such a good thing?

So, in honour of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, I thought I’d share the recipe for the BEST EVER chocolate chip cookies. No seriously, that’s what they’re called.

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editor’s pick: personalized rolling pin

When I find myself with a free weekend on my hands, you can pretty much guarantee that I’ll end up in the kitchen, either trying a new recipe or whipping up an old favourite. The last time I baked cookies, I decided to try simple sugar cookies.

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australian couple renovates and restores chateau de gudanes

If you’ve ever bought a fixer upper, then you know just how much time, money and effort go into, well, fixing a house up. But a home that’s got great bones (even if it’s falling apart) can be attractive to the ambitious and is certainly one way to create the house of your dreams.

Of course, there are fixer uppers and then there are fixer uppers.

chateau gudanes exterior australian couple renovates and restores chateau de gudanes

{PHOTO VIA: Chateau de Gudanes}


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