Let’s go hero…

A week or so back my Blue One turned four (I feel so emotional about this…) and he is a massive Ben Ten fan – knows the aliens, loves all the different series (when Ben is 10 or when he is 15) so it was only fitting that he should have an Omnitrix birthday cake!

So as usual with the help and support of my beloved and exceptionally talented sister (of Caking it fame) I went about making his birthday cake oooo and some cool biscuits he gave to his friends to celebrate his birthday, below are the photos showing the journey, I hope you enjoy!

Initial Sketch
Initial Sketch

I did this initial sketch to work out colours as there are numerous styles of Omnitrix (possibly with different names) so I amalgamated a few styles and varied the colours. I was actually pretty chuffed with this drawing! Easily pleased me!

Carving Cake
Carving Cake

My sister helped me immensely with direction of the best way to carve the initial shape of the cake.  Then I had to give each of the sponges a light crumb coat.

Iced and etched
Iced and etched

Prior to this, I coloured up the icing I needed, dark grey, light grey, green, black and some left white.  Didn’t have to be exact as could add shadows and colours in later with a little mixed up food colouring and a little airbrushing.
Added the first layer of fondant icing and etched in some of the Omnitrix pattern, and quite quickly the cake was taking shape.

Adding the strap
Adding the strap

As the Omnitrix is a watch, a big part of it is the strap, it’s amazing what a difference it makes adding details in like this.

A little bit of shading
A little bit of shading

It’s amazing what a huge difference adding a little bit of shading can do!!!
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Birthdays and Boxercise!

Today was the Blue One’s fourth birthday therefore I was feeling rather emotional, my baby is growing up – so really needed my Boxercise tonight, so will write about that first!

Had a good warm up, jogging, some fast jabbing, side running, fast hooks – getting our heart rates up.

Then with three ropes placed across the hall we had to go across, under the rope flat on our fronts, get up run to the next rope, again flat on your front back up and the same with the third rope – get to your partner who has the pads, do ten jabs and then go back and repeat until you’ve done four lot of ten jabs – swap with your partner.
Once in the pads, whilst the other person was negotiating the ropes, we were doing cross jacks!

I must confess though I didn’t go flat on my front under the ropes – the floor is hard and it hurts my knees, and I just didn’t need questionable bruises on my knees! haha! So I did go low, but not completely flat.

Swapped again, repeated the process but this time with ten hooks, again repeated four times. The person on the pads had to do high leg jogging whilst waiting.

Next up was weaving under the ropes, touching with your shoulder each side, bending the knees not the back – repeating on each of the three ropes, then jog back to the beginning to then weave under and swing yourself round and put your back to the rope, working your way along and to be done on each of the three ropes.  Then alternate between shoulder touch and back to the rope on each of the ropes.
This was harder than you realised, and it was only once I’d stopped I realised how much I was sweating, but really enjoyed this section!
WeavingWe then paired up, initial set was four jabs and then the person with the pads had to strike. Starting in orthodox stance and therefore the right hand, repeated ten times.  Then swap and do the same starting with the left hand – then swap.

In between another interval, we did some deep squats – my left thigh is still not happy from last week and could really feel it! Maybe I need a massage!?

Then it was back to pads and gloves work, this time just strikes by the person in the pads, 20 to the right and 20 to the left meaning the person in the gloves had to duck. Swap and repeat – then swap back and do 30 strikes and again swap!

Then it was cold down – it was a fab session, thoroughly enjoyed it! Boxercise photos courtesy of Michelle Fox our wonderful Boxercise instructor – check out Foxlee Fitness!
IMG_9019As I said at the beginning, it was the Blue One’s birthday and he had a fab day, we gave him an Iron Man figure as one of his presents and he had to come with us on the school run! As hubby had the day off, we then walked to the Café for a cooked brekkie – where Iron Man had to join us!
Iron ManWhen we collected the boy, we were able to sit with him whilst he sat on the nursery birthday throne to hand out his sweets. He loved it.
IMG_8993His birthday treat was a trip to soft play with two of his nursery friends and they had a phenomenal time! He loved his new Rescue Bots Blades toy.

Once home, both sets of grandparents came to visit – he got his first football goal (lots of fun in the garden to be had!), a Darth Vadar costume and an Optimus Prime figure. His uncles bought him a Captain American costume!
IMG_9025He has an Omnitrix birthday cake as made by mummy (a further post to follow on the making of this cake), but we’re saving that for the family birthday celebration on Sunday, so my wonderful sister of Caking it fame – made him a lightsaber cakelet, complete with lights and sound effects!
Cake

Also, I recorded a little a video of the Blue One at his football session with AW Football Coaching on Tuesday – which I shared on Instagram and Tekkers TV asked that I load it to their website (all about showcasing grass roots players) and they’d tweet it out and they have 33k followers – and they did that today, so that was a bonus!

All in all a great day! :-)xxx

What do your small people like doing to keep active?

Let them eat cake (including me)

On the 2nd of January I got woken up by my then 2 year old Blue One saying “I want a Spider-Man party for my birthday” and this is what he continued to say for the next few weeks.  So I planned and got everything ready, buying a Spider-Man party set from Amazon (table cloth, cups, plates and napkins).  Ordered red paper party bags which I was going to decorate Spider-Man style and literally the week before his birthday, which is the 11th of February, we got begging of “I want a Sporkus (Sportacus from LazyTown) party…” cue tearful sobbing.

So with limited time left, what’s a mother to do? I’d already ordered and received everything, so rather than completely give into his demands which I didn’t agree with I compromised and made it a multi-hero themed party – i.e. I made the party bags Superman, Spider-Man and Sportacus.

I then redesigned the cake so it included both Spider-Man and Sportacus, below is the photo story of the development of this cake.  I hope you enjoy it…

The theme of the cake was based on the Blue One’s Spider-Man trainers – and I took this and designed/drew my own Sportacus themed trainer.

Designing the Sportacus Trainer
Designing the Sportacus Trainer

The cakes were all dairy and wheat/gluten free as I am currently on a Low FODMAP diet and I can’t eat these things at the moment and after putting so much work into them – I wanted to be able to eat them!!!  The cake was dairy and wheat/gluten free chocolate cake (I made three sheets) – each sheet made with 150g Dove’s plain flour mixed with 1tsp Dr Oetker’s baking powder which is gluten free, 50g cocoa powder and 50g melted Kinnerton chocolate – which is diary, gluten and nut free – with a splash of Alpro Soya milk and 200g of eggs – weight of eggs is with shells removed (approx 4 medium eggs – but yes I did weigh them).

The filling and crumb coat frosting was 500g Pure Sunflower spread (this has the lowest amount of salt and tastes the closest to buttercream made with unsalted butter), 500g icing sugar and 2 bars of melted dairy free kinnerton chocolate – yummy even if I do say so myself.

I had help, as always from my cake guru sister Sarah of Caking it, for which I am eternally grateful.

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Thanks goes to the fotor.com website where I made my collages for free!

Any questions or comments gratefully received and thanks for looking!

🙂 xxx