Thursday, December 25, 2008

Oat & Prune Slices + Project Wedding Cake Topper

Bro's big day is drawing near. And that can be seen by the number of relatives filling our home this afternoon. -_-" Phew... Banyak tak terhingga.

Made oat and prune crumble slices :

{ Absolutely yummy crumble slice }

To make crumble, beat 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar with 200g soften butter, and then add 2 cups plain flour sifted, 2 cups rolled oats and 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda. Mix until mixture begins to resemble soft crumbs. To make the prune filling, soak 3 cups of chopped prunes and 1/3 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water, add lemon rinds if you like, and simmer the mixutre over low heat allowing the prunes to absorb water, until very little liquid is left. To assemble, press half the crumble mixture into a baking pan, and the spreading the prune mixture on that, and topping it of by sprinkling the rest of the crumble. Bake the crumble at 170°C for about 30 minutes, or until the top has browned.

A very simple recipe for a healthy yummy treat. :)

I was inspired after seeing this gorgeous cake topper made by emiliefriday. It looks absolutely cute, with those soft pastel colours and dainty little flowers. I wanted to re-create a similar one, but didn't have the required materials unfortunately. I tried making do with whatever I could find.

{ Excuse my horrifyingly messy table }

I took two rolls of sticky tape bases (with the tape finished), wrapped them with purple ribbons to give them a striped effect, wrapped some fake flowers (which were found in abundance as a result of countless wedding dinners that my parents attended) and stuck the whole thing on a cake plate.

Then an idea suddenly struck, and the next thing I knew, I was squeezing caulk like crazy all around the cake base. I stuck those paper clay hearts I made the other day, and then drizzled on shiny little purple sequins. Finally, two felt birds and a heart that I sewed were place atop the piece on wire stalks.

I'm not sure if it looks good, because the fake flowers are actually very very old already, having been tucked away in an old biscuit tin for years. Hence the faded look. But after showing the finished piece to my sister-in-law-to-be, I'm glad to say that she actually loved it. :P I was kind of apprehensive about showing it to her in the first place because aside the generally looking a little too vintage, the fake cream droplets sort of looked a little too messy to me. Well, it's a relief to gain even more confidence that my crafty works appeal to local people too. :P

{ Love bids amongst creams, hearts and flowers }

I'm still undecided about this piece, although I've got confirmation from both my brother and his fiance. I may alter it before the wedding. I'd be very grateful if you could share experiences you had with making a cake topper or if you've seen beautiful ones or any suggestions you think would improve this one. :)

Oh, and Merry Christmas to all you lovely readers! Kawaii~neh! loves you!


Aneesah said...

Oooh. I think it looks good too. Not that I have any experience with cake toppers. But if you think it needs improving, it might be just the blank spaces where you could see the silver foil base. I don't think it necessarily needs more flowers or anything, just maybe... make the surface not too flat? Tak taulah. But it looks pretty good as it is. :D

Ally said...

really cute like that ^^
i love these birds <333

Sing Yee said...

Thanks for the input Aneesah. :) I didn't alter it in the end, though I do agree that the blankness of the base is a little unattractive. I was stupid enough to actually forget take a photo of the wedding cake. *ARGH!!!!* Everyone in the family was too busy attending to the guests *me included*. Even the hired photographer probably didn't bother with it, which makes me want to drown myself for forgetting to take such an important photo. *ARGH!!!*

Ally, I like the birds too, but I'd probably have added more details if I'd made them earlier. ^-^