Hello, nice to see you again.
It's January as I'm starting to write this blog post and I have just finished working on this miniature Easter Basket Cake for the April issue of "Dolls House & Miniature Scene" magazine. This time, I drew inspiration from the real cake made by The Good Housekeeping Cookery Team; I think it was the amount of white chocolate that won me over.
The tutorial includes both step by step instructions and photographs to create this lovely cake together as if we were crafting side by side, and if you have any questions, just ask!
Now let's talk about a point that I didn't have space for in the magazine: Baking the handle in the cake...
In the last baking stage, if the handle is short and straight, and the buttercream is firm, the handle shouldn't move. But, just to be extra sure that it won't move, what you can do is create some support with two pieces of paper. Fold them into a 90° angle and place them on either side of the handle. Do keep an eye on it while it bakes to make sure it's baking properly and that the paper is not going flying around in your oven (I don't use the fan-assisted setting on my oven). If the paper's come off, do take the cake out and reset everything.
One last thing, if the handle is too long, it will naturally want to bend during baking. This will be exacerbated by the weight of the rose/s, so make sure it's not too high.
What else is in the April issue of "Dolls House & Miniature Scene" magazine?
Signs of spring are all around us here in the UK; the colours in nature, the warmer weather, the feeling of all things new… and this echoes inside this issue!
They have new features, new artisans and new projects all to inspire you this season. Take a look as they discover Darian Healy, a new artisan to the world of miniatures but her modern style and incredibly detailed rooms are a must-see! Following on from this they have a brand new feature, Ruth’s Mini Tips, where expert Ruth Flewelling Lesbirel shares her wealth of knowledge from her years of experience with what she has found to work for her and also what hasn’t worked! Great advice for those who are new to mini makes.
April sees the arrival of Easter, and they have a collection of seasonal projects to make sure your miniatures are keeping up with the season. From cakes that look good enough to eat to decorative trees you can adorn with ornamental eggs, they have something for you. Plus lots more features, reader projects and more makes you will love.
The magazine is available both in print and digital copies so you can enjoy it on your favourite device; and what's more they also ship worldwide!
I really hope you enjoy the tutorial and the other wonderful projects in the magazine; if this is your first time making a mini cake like this and you'd like a little advice or have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch, I'd be happy to help :)
Thank you all so much for reading and I'll catch you next time,
Love and doves,