Brush Strokes Cake

Good morning Lovelies, how was your week? I hope you are all able to take some  time out over the weekend just to be still and breathe. Life surely runs at a hectic pace these days with barely a moment to stop and think a whole thought (or type a whole sentence!) These kiddies certainly keep me on my toes. Bless their dear hearts. 

My eight year old daughter made a double batch of choc chip peanut butter cookies by herself yesterday. I’m getting my Lambs to the point where I can talk them through my recipes and just supervise their baking. So exciting. I totally want to use them for my own advantage and raise up a little team of assistant bakers so that one day we can launch Mama Bear’s Kitchen out into the big wide world. It’s good to dream.

I made some pretty flower garden cupcakes and matching cookies for a sweet 3 year old girl this week. You may have seen them on my Instagram stories. I had a few cookies and buttercream left over so I gave the girls a quick tutorial on decorating and let them go for it. They had so much fun and even miss five year old Kitty managed a few stars and swirls. I’d love to host cookie and cupcake decorating workshops one day. Maybe even mother and daughter workshops finishing with a tea party, or little girl birthday workshops…hmmm. It’s good to dream.

I noticed in our local newspaper this week that a new monthly market is kicking off next Saturday. Ive always wanted to have a market stall. I’ve got it all worked out. I’d find old wooden window panes to set up as a glass barrier for customers to look through to a selection of tasty cupcakes on vintage drawers, boxes or cake stands. A doily bunting or three would adorn my little space and I’d be there with my girls all dolled up in pretty dresses (well, I’d wear a pretty dress, sadly my girls might need some convincing). Sometimes I plan a menu, writing up an imaginary list of cupcake flavours in my head. It’s good to dream.

You may be wondering what kind of cake this is. One of the latest cake trends circulating at the moment is brush stroke cakes. Obviously they get their name because of the impressionistic petal type shards that are literally made with a paint brush and coloured candy melts.  Very easy to make and oh so much cake decorating potential. I haven’t done many of them but I see so many colour combinations that I’m keen to try. They make a very dramatic statement cake. Gotta love a bit of drama.

It might be a few years yet before I can flutter my creative wings a bit more freely. My mind is constantly brimming with ideas and visions of what I’d like to see Mama Bear’s Kitchen become. For now though I’m happy playing cake and parties when I can. I love training up my girls in the kitchen next to me with our aprons on and cool 80’s music blaring away. I’m ever mindful not to wish away these precious years and strive to find contentment in the present. Not always easy, but sometimes dreams are best left safely tucked away in our hearts until the proper time of awakening brings them forth, perhaps even into something more marvellous than we could have ever imagined.

Enjoy your weekend. Lots of love. xx


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