Saturday, 31 October 2015

My Oldie for Ffffriday

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 


  1. Looks yummy, have a great night tonight I love watching Salsa but dont do it, infact dont dance, xxx

  2. Your cake is fantastic. Enjoy your evening. Barbxx

  3. Oh wow Karen this is an amazing cake. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs Jackie

  4. Hi Karen,
    oh my word you are a very talented lady.
    This cake is perfect, and to think it was made before you could buy all the fancy bits and bobs you can today makes it even more so.
    I must admit the person looks very Halloween like with his bandages, so very appropriate fro today.
    Have a wonderful time tonight.
    Don't forget to take photos and show us.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. Yeah I have found you Karen, thank you for all your wonderful comments on my posts, they are much appreciated. Fabulous cake Karen, I used to make novelty cakes many years ago.

    Hope you had a fabulous birthday.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  6. Wow Karen that cake is amazing, the detail is fabulous.
    I hope you enjoyed your Halloween salsa party?
    Thanks for sharing a super oldie with me this weekend, happy crafting!

    Hugs Erika. x

  7. Hello Karen,
    I've just got back from the Retreat and cannot believe that I haven't been on your blog for a few days, although I only have my laptop and did not take it with me.
    The pergamano is beautiful, I used to do quite a lot of it a few years ago, but it is very time consuming and soul destroying when recipients didn't appreciate the work put into it!
    The cake today is great, wish I could do something like that, you are so clever.
    Maureen xxx

  8. Hi Karen is there no end to your talents??? What a super cake. Had a great time over the weekend but it really was full on so we will have to do some easier projects next year as we were all a bit jaded this morning - and that's not from the wine! Hope you enjoyed your weekend too. Best wishes Jackie x

  9. Hi Karen
    Fabulous cake chuck. I'll have to dig out my snaps as I used to dabble, pre digital camera and still do something for Mr D on his birthday (got to do him a full size pig in a barrel of mud cake next month!)
    Hope your Halloween salsa was fun.
    Ang x

  10. Hi Karen
    Wow amazing cake. My pal Janice is a cake maker I'll have to show her this one. Xx