Flip flop cake – How to decorate a flip flop birthday cake
Having a beach party or a summer birthday party? This flip flops cake is guaranteed to make everybody smile. And its quick and easy to make, if you follow the instructions from baker and author Liv Hansen for Betty Crocker Kitchens.
Dinosaur birthday cake Decorating ideas – How to make a cake
If you’re having a dino-themed party, celebrate with this easy Edible Rex dinosaur birthday cake decorating idea developed by professional baker and cookbook author Liv Hansen for the Betty Crocker Kitchens.
**Click here to download a template http://www.bettycrocker.com/~/media/Files/PDF/Cake-Templates/dinosaur_cake_template.ashx **
How to make a dinosaur birthday cake
Assembling the dinosaur cake
1. On the first cake layer, cut a slice off of one side. Then in the middle of the flat side of the cake layer, cut a U-shaped piece out to create the dinosaurs belly and legs. Place the layer on a serving platter.
2. Using paper templates, cut a head and tail out of the second cake layer (cut the dome off the top first so its flat). Place head and tail on the serving platter, joining the pieces to the dinosaurs body. Glue the cake to the platter by placing some frosting underneath each piece of cake. Crumb coat the entire cake with a thin layer of green frosting.
3. Freeze the cake for 30 minutes.
Decorate the dinosaur cake
1. Frost the entire cake with another layer of green frosting. Smooth frosting on sides of cake using an offset spatula. Smooth the top of the cake, working from the outside to the middle. Have hot water on hand to clean the spatula as you are smoothing frosting. Dry spatula each time you clean it before continuing to frost the cake.
2. Place flat chocolate disks on the cake to make spots on the dinosaur.
3. Use smaller chocolate candies for eyes and toes.
4. Use pointy candies across the top to create spikes along the dinosaurs head, back and tail.
5. Using white frosting in a pastry bag, make white dots in the center of each chocolate eye.
6. Using white frosting in a pastry bag, draw on a smile. Or, for a scary dino, make teeth by holding the pastry bag in place, squeezing to form a dot and then pulling up to create a point.
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http://www.homeserve.com – A DIY novice’s guide to hanging wall paper. Depending on the size of the wall you are papering, it shouldn’t take you more than a few hours to do
Step 1: You will need
1 Tape Measure
1 Large soft wall brush
1 Fold-up pasting table
1 Plumb line
1 paper hanging brush
Wall paper paste Wall paper
Step 2: Measure
Carefully measure the length required which is normally the height of the wall and cut from the roll. Make sure that you allow an extra 50 mm at both the top and bottom for final trimming. Always make sure that the pattern is the right way up and never, ever assume that the outside of the roll is the top. This could lead to all sorts of trouble and hilarity from others! Before cutting the next lengths ensure that the pattern matches up with previous ones.
Step 3: TOP TIP
After you’ve cut it, mark the back of the paper with a T at the top. This will avoid any confusion later on. Always keep offcuts – they may come in useful for small areas, such as above doors or around windows.
Step 4: Plan
Before you start the messy job of pasting, work out where you are planning to hang the wallpaper. For boldly patterned wallpapers choose a focal point such as a chimney breast for symmetry. If you have a plainer design start in a corner, usually behind the door.
Step 5: Plumb/Spirit Level
The last thing you want is wonky wallpaper so mark a vertical pencil line against a plum line or spirit level. The plumb line should be about 25mm less than the width of the roll away from the starting point so you end up papering over it and there’s no chance of it being seen through the seam later on.
Step 6: Pasting
Now you get to the messy bit. Spread a length of wallpaper face down on the table and start to brush the paste down the length and out towards the edges. Don’t pull the brush back across the edge of the paper as it will leave paste on the front of the paper. If you do manage to get paste on the front – don’t panic, just dab it off with a wet sponge.
Step 7: Soaking
Once pasted, fold the paper inwards, bottom to middle and top to middle. Then put the paper to one side to ‘soak’. Check the instructions to see how long it needs to be soaked for. Don’t try and skip this step to save time as by allowing it to soak, it minimises blisters on the hung wallpaper.
Step 8: Hang
Once the paper has soaked, pick up the top of the paper and lightly stick the top half of the length to the wall. Allowing the 50mm for trimming, slide the paper into position. Smooth down the middle with a paperhanger’s brush and then work out towards the edge, removing air bubbles as you go.
Step 9: Trim
Take the scissors and carefully run the back of them along the angle of the ceiling and the top of the wall and the skirting at the bottom. Gently pull the paper away from the wall and trim the excess and brush pack into place so it looks nice and neat.
Step 10: Tidy
Now all you need to do is tidy it up and make sure it looks like a professional has done it. Wipe the surplus paste from the surface of the paper and the ceiling and skirting with a damp sponge.
This will be the second (and last for this year) Father’s day cupcake. I saw a photo of a BBQ cake and then designed this cupcake, but then found “my” design on this website, not so original I guess, lol.
They give alternatives to different kind of food in this one (pork chops, skewers) and they use chocolate icing with orange sprinkles to make the “coals”. This is a good idea and I think was the missing “something” I was looking for.
They also use a toothpick and make “grill marks” on the food with black food colour, I also wish I would have done this too!
Edited in After Effects for my desktop background.
I downloaded the HD rotating earth from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah_gXnjjdk4
I Downloaded the HD Modern Warfare 2 beam animation from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRG4_0ONTRc
All i did was increase the earths rotation speed to 1 minute, and make the green beam blue. It loops nicely though
For my desktop I added Rainmeter stuff to make it look even cooler
If you want to download this video straight from youtube:
1)make sure you are watching it in HD
2) Copy the video URL
3)Go to www.keepvid.com and paste it there, and press download. (choose your file type)
4) You will then have to convert it to a WMV (I used After Effects) (and i dont know any good free programs that convert to wmv)
I know it is inevitable that I get the question, what if I don’t have caramels or nilla wafers?
You can re-create the monkey face shape with light brown frosting or you can use starburst candies for a funky coloured monkey. Fondant or gumpaste is also an option.
You can also use sliced almonds (with or without the brown “skin” on them) for the ears.
I also didn’t mention that I added eyebrows to the second monkey to soften his “glare” he was scaring me a little, lol!!
I also added some frosting details to Abu’s hat.
How to decorate a cupcake to look like a frog.
Kermit the frog is Muppet but he also appeared on Sesame Street when I was a kid, long before most of you were born I think.
From Wikipedia :
“Kermit the Frog is puppeteer Jim Henson’s most famous Muppet creation, first introduced in 1955. He is the protagonist of many Muppet projects, most notably as the host of The Muppet Show, and has appeared in various sketches on Sesame Street, in commercials and in public service announcements over the years. Kermit was performed by Henson until his death in 1990. Since then, Kermit has been performed by Steve Whitmire. He was voiced by Frank Welker in Muppet Babies and occasionally in other animation projects.”