Morning everyone and Happy Halloween! I don't celebrate Halloween as such but we are going to Salsa tonight. Thank you for popping by and a huge welcome to TRACY STITT. I hope all of you that pop by have the time to comment because I love to see what you think. As I mentioned we are off to a Halloween themed Salsa event. Daughter and her fiance are coming along too. I will have to do her make up as well as OH and mine! I must alter my costume, the skirt was a bit too long to dance in last time! So, I'd better get cracking, I ought to do some housework at some point.
I had a great birthday with lots of nice pressies including SW Canadian background and Shaded Poinsettia stamps. My OH gave me a two night stay at Champneys. I am always thrilled that people remember
My oldie today inspired by Erika is of a cake I made in 1982 would you believe for a hospital fete and thought it looked apt for Halloween too. I apologise for the quality of the photo - no digital cameras back then. I have had to scan the photo in. I only know that I made the cake in 1982 because I'd written on the back in pencil of all things - naughty but I didn't know any better then. It is a rich fruit cake covered in marzipan, fondant icing and royal icing. I ought to add that it's a thermometer in "his" mouth and not a cigarette! His skin is slightly green with red spots and his head is covered in bandages. Everything on the cake is edible including the bedhead etc. To make this less fragile I added tragacanth powder to the royal icing before I piped it onto bakewell paper. I made sure I did a few in case of breakages. I think they used it as a raffle prize or was it guess the weight, I can't remember now I hope you like it and hope you enjoy whatever you're up to over this spooky week end. I must add that, thank goodness that dark brown work top has disappeared from the kitchen! I started making novelty cake because I wasn't working at the time - and couldn't afford to buy/order cakes from the bakers. Supermarkets didn't do the fancy cakes that are available nowadays and started by making my son's birthday cakes. I was hugely inspired by Jane Asher too and still have her book of Novelty Cakes