3 Tier Wedding Cake

Afternoon all! Hope you are all well.

Since being pretty much strapped to the sofa with a newborn, I thought I’d use the time to share the recipe for my wedding cakes. Nothing fancy, just good honest sponge with oooey gooey filling.

The bottom layer was chocolate with chocolate frosting, middle lemon with vanilla frosting and top was orange with vanilla frosting. They were all then covered with ready to roll icing.

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You will need:

Bottom – 12″ round cake tin
440g flour
125g cocoa
2.5 tsp baking powder
565g butter
565g caster sugar
2.5 tsp vanilla extract
10 eggs
3 tubs Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Middle – 9″ round cake tin
280g flour
1.25 tsp baking powder
280g butter
280g caster sugar
0.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
5 eggs
2 tubs Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting

Top – 7″ round cake tin
170g flour
0.75 tsp baking powder
170g butter
170g caster sugar
0.75 tsp orange extract
1 tsp finely grated orange zest
3 eggs
1.5 tubs Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting

3 packs of ready to roll icing will be sufficient to cover all 3 cakes.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees c for fan. Grease and line your tins.

Preparation method for all cakes:

~ Cream the butter and sugar together until pale yellow and fluffy.
~ Beat the eggs in one at a time, ensuring each is incorporated before you add the next.
~ Mix in the extracts
~ Sift in the flour and baking powder a little at a time and mix
~ Pour the mixture into the tin and place in the oven for the approx. time indicated below

Bottom 1 hr 55 mins
Middle 1 hr 30 mins
Top 1 hr 20 mins

Your cake will be ready when a tooth pick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

I cooked each cake separately to avoid any sinkage.

When cooled, cut the choc cake into 3 layers and the lemon and orange into 2. Spread each layer with a thick layer of frosting and reassemble the cakes. Cover the top and sides of each cake with another thin layer of frosting. This will help the ready to roll icing to stick. Roll out the icing and cover the cakes.

Next step? EAT! Om nom nom nom.

I purchased the cake stand and the cake base boards from amazon. You can find the stand here

Kx

How to Knit a Simple Scarf

Morning!

Lovely chilly days mean snuggling up in cosy warm knits. I know we are all a little pressed for time at the moment what with crimbo shopping and work so I’ve come up with a super fast scarf knit which also doesn’t require an awful lot of concentration so you can do it whilst watching TV. Aaaaaand, it only uses the knit stitch! Simples.

Simple Scarf

 

You will need:

2, 3 or 4 balls of chunky yarn depending on how long you want to make it
10mm needles
Large daring needle for sewing in ends

Instructions:

Cast on 28 stitches using chunky yarn and 10mm needles

Foundation row : Knit all stitches

Pattern Row 1: Knit 1, *Knit into the stitch below next stitch (K1B), K1* Repeat from * to *, Knit the last stitch
Pattern Row 2: Knit all stitches
Pattern Row 3: Knit 2, *Knit into the stitch below next stitch (K1B), K1* Repeat from * to *,
Pattern Row 4: Knit all stitches

Repeat the 4 pattern rows until the scarf is the desired length then cast off. I used one ball of chunky purple yarn and turned it into a cowl by stitching the ends together.

How to K1B (Knit 1 below stitch):

Place the right hand needle into the stitch below the one on the left hand needle

How to K1B

Then knit as normal.

This pattern creates a kind of waffle, honeycomb texture, combined with the larger size needle you get a fabric that is snuggly and warm but lightweight.

Send me your pictures of the finished article to Katie@buttonsandpickles.com

Kxx

 

Baby Knits

Happy Friday!

Hooray for Fridays. So they are no longer the end of the working week for me but the time when everybody else has finished work so I have someone to talk to for 2 days. Hooray!

In the meantime I’ve been doing a spot of knitting and crochet for the baby.

The first is a teddy bear, the pattern for which was in a book we received as a wedding gift. You can find Baby and Toddler Knits Made Easy here on Amazon. It has over 50 projects for garments and decorations, blankets and toys for boys and girls. Next on my list is a T-Rex toy and an elephant cushion.

Knitted Teddy Bear

It’s supposed to be super chilly this year so I made baby some things to keep him or her toasty warm. The baby hoody pattern came from Craftseller Magazine a few months ago. I added some multi coloured buttons as we don’t know whether it’s a little bundle of pink or blue we are having. Keeping on the multi coloured theme I then made a super simple crochet baby blanket from some odd balls of yarn I had in my stash, I made a chain of approximately 50 stitches using a 4.5mm hook and DK yarn. It’s just two rows of each colour in DC stitches until the blanket is long enough to make a square shape. You can try this by folding it in half on the diagonal (corner to opposite corner), when the sides match up, the piece is square. Then I added a DC border, remember to do 2 DC in each corner or the piece will not lay flat.

I hope you like them. I’m really looking forward to wrapping the little one up all snug and warm in the blanket.

K x

Easy Double Moss Stitch Cowl

Brrrr!

Half way through November, last day at work before I finish for knitting leave (also known as maternity leave) and I finally get to wear my cowl I made a few weeks ago. Peaked out of the window this morning and got all excited about the frost on the car.

I absolutely love the texture of double moss stitch, be it teeny tiny on a baby’s cardi or in your face in a chunky knit cowl. This one is super easy to make. It is knit flat and seamed together so, if you are like me and still can’t manage to join in the round without leaving a gaping hole, it’s super simple and frustration free.

Flat knit easy double moss stitch cowl

 

You will need:

2 x 100g balls of chunky yarn
1 pair 9mm needles
1 large eyed darning needle (or a crochet hook)

Instructions:

Cast on 40 stitches

1. K2, P2 all the way across
2. K2, P2 all the way across
3. P2, K2 all the way across
4. P2, K2 all the way across
5. K2, P2 all the way across

Repeat rows 2-5 until the piece measures approx. 32″, ending on row 5.

32″ should give you enough for a good drape. If you want to be able to loop it around then knit to approx. 44″ or 50″ before casting off. If you like it a little snugger then go to 26″.

Do 1 row of K2, P2 all the way across.

Cast off leaving a long tail.

Using the long tail, thread the darning needle and sew the cast on and cast off edges together. Weave in any loose ends.

The finished item will be approx. 14.5″ wide.

I used Woolcraft New Fashion Chunky in Saxe, I only used about 1/5th of the second ball so in total the whole cowl cost about £2.00 to knit up.

Here are some other choices you might like:

Marriner Chunky 100g in Cream ( this is acrylic, machine wash at 40 C)
Sirdar Hayfield Bonus Chunky 100g in Ruby ( this is acrylic, machine wash at 40 C)
James Brett Marble Chunky Knitting Yarn 200g – Pink/Purple/Buttercup (100% acrylic, machine wash at 40C)

I’d love to see some pictures of your finished knits. You can email them to me at Katie@buttonsandpickles.com or pop your project up on ravelry.

Kx