Hello Kitty’s 40th annivesary cake

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This weekend Hello Kitty will be celebrating it’s 40th anniversary at London’s famous Hamleys Toy Shop.

The event promises to be a wonderful event with a special guest appearance from Hello Kitty herself!  She is be visiting the store for photos with children and adults.HelloKitty40thVisit

It wouldn’t be a celebration without a cake and 40 years deserves a particularly impressive cake.  Check this out!!!

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10 things we love about the Great British Bake Off

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Great British Bake Off

I’m a HUGE fan of the Great British Bake Off and series 5 begins tonight, here are 10 things I’m already excited for.

1 Meeting The Bakers
Every year the GBBO (Great British Bake Off) provides us with a wonderful array of bakers to enjoy. These amateurs all share a wonderful passion for baking that the show always does a great job of communicating to the TV audience.

2 Picking Out Favourites
As lovely as all the Bakers are you can guarantee that by the end of the first episode everyone watching will have already chosen their favourites to win the series.

3 Mary Berry
Need I say more?

4 The Technical Challenges
This will be the 5th series of the GBBO and every year the technical challenges have gotten harder. What on Earth will Paul and Mary have in store for the Bakers this year?

5 Mel and Sue
The outstanding presenters of the GBBO are back this year with more cheeky comments and educational, historical lessons about the roots of all things baking.

6 The Tears
Tears you say? In a baking competition? You betcha! But who will become overwhelmed this year and why?

7 The Muck Ups
Every year we’ve been treated to some wonderful mistakes by the bakers. Love them as we do it is very entertaining to watch it occasionally go wrong. Dropping cakes, forgetting the eggs and even mixing up the sugar for the salt; what muck ups will we watch through our fingers this year?

8 The Showstopper Challenges
This is always a wonderful opportunity to have your mind blown by just how incredibly creative the contestants are. It’s also a great opportunity to sit and comment on how you’re going to try that and never ever bother.

9 Paul Hollywood
What amazing comments will he praise and break our beloved bakers with this year?

10 Eating cake
Not that I’m sure you need one but the GBBO provides the perfect excuse to eat cake and inspires more and more people to get baking.

The fifth series of the Great British Bake Off starts at 8pm on BBC One.

What are you looking forward to in this year’s Bake Off? Comment below.

What does a “magic” cake look like?

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Next week it’s my eldest daughter, Ophelia’s, 2nd Birthday party.  We are busy, my wife certainly is, preparing for the big day and has had a great time shopping for presents for the little lady.

We have however a problem, or at least a challenge has been given to us by Ophelia.  Whenever we have ever asked her, “What sort of Birthday cake would you like?”, she replies with a huge smile; “Magic”.

We were expecting Dinosaurs, Peppa Pig, Tangled or something from Frozen, but not Magic.  What does a magic cake look like?

So this week then we have been tasked with producing a Birthday cake that somehow represents the notion of magic.  Thankfully my wife has taken the lead on this (following a disastrous attempt last year to make a Little Miss Sunshine cake) and has begun the planning and preparation.  Below are photos of bunnies, stars and playing cards, all edible of course!  Fingers crossed the rest of the week will go well and I’ll be able to add updated photos of our progress.

As a brief footnote; I had suggested adding popping candy into the cake for that “magic” sensation when biting into it.  My wife has baked the cakes this afternoon and has ensured the mix did not contain any.

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