What’s odd with this picture?

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Did you see it right away? Yes, the planter with the succulents is actually a cake.

I had a little fun in the Kitchen today and used my regular petal, leaf, open star and round tips and got something quirky and fun

With the regular piping techniques, I got wonderful succulents and cacti.
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This is actually the first time I make succulents and cacti, but I have piped other flowers before.

The cake it self I roughly covered with grey butter cream, to resemble concrete.

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I mixed different colors of green and a few others like pink and yellow.

Then I piped the succulentish figures, these below I have used leaf and petal tip. The petal tip I faced the larger rounded end upwards and used the same technique as to pipe a rose.

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Pipe your succulents using a piping nail, stick a piece of baking paper on the top of your piping nail, use a little bit of the frosting as glue, pipe a succulent and place it on a cookie sheet. Make the amount you want to use and put it somewhere cool, the butter wil harden and so much easier to place them on the cake later.

Place your succulents on your cake and pipe a cactus where you want to fill a gap.

Use an open star tip for piping mini cacti and pipe some pink frosting on some, just to make a different type of cactus.

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As alway I made a mess

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Like I said it is the first time I make one of these, hope you liked it.

Use your favorite butter cream and favorite cake to make your faux planter with faux succulents and cacti.

The Butter cream I used I found HERE

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6 tablespoons flour
5 dl milk
500 g unsalted butter
500 g icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla exstrakt
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Combine flour and milk in a saucepan and whisk to a lump free mixture before you start heating it up. Heat up the mixture to an almost boil and stir all the time so it won’t stick and burn, when the flour is cooked this becomes a velvety smooth pudding. Remove from heat and let it cool. I usually transfer this mixture to another bowl and cover it fit cling film, making sure the cling film touches the porridge, this way you wont get any surface film.
While waiting for the porridge to cool(remember that if you use it when it is to warm it can melt the butter cream).
Beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract on medium speed to normal butter cream.
When the milk and flour mixture is cool enough to be used, add it little by little into the butter cream, you will get a light and fluffy cream.20160122_142008-1

A day as a TV star

Early morning pick up, driven to location with a little detour, MiniMe was driven to school first, lunch delivered, I even had an assistant, the only thing missing was a chair with my name on, a chair for the star. Diva, who me?

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Last friday I was on a set filming me decorating a cake or more actually my hands decorating a cake.

The day began as I said with an early morning pick up, so early that I had forgotten to drive MiniMe to school, the driver was kind enough to take a little detour. I thought I had an extra hour before he came to pick me up. My fault I had mistakenly thought that it was an hour earlier. So he had to wait till I got MiniMe ready and all my things packed.

Some of the leftover scraps that I had to throw away.

I had spent moste of the evening before making marzipan and sugar fondant flowers, making sure I had enough for the cake,  so that I did not have to make them all on the set. This could be one of the reasons I over heard the first alarm or maybe I just needed my beautisleep.

I had so much to prepare and think about and yes some of them on the vainer side, what to wear and so on and since my hands and the cake was the main focus, my nails had to look nice. I painted my nails a few times trying on different nail polish and by the time I was finished it was passed midnight.

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Spoilt little me, being chauffeured to the set and I even got an assistant doing the heavy work for me. Kneading and rolling out marzipan is quite exhausting, so I do what I am best at, point and command.

Replay of one of the shots that day.

I sound a little arrogant, but the truth of the matter is that the cameraman lives in my area and instead of driving two cars, he gave me a ride and he only had to wait for ten minutes. Since there are long waits between shooting the director gave me a hand in kneading and rolling the marzipan to a manageable thickness.

No, I’m not really a diva, just sound like one sometimes and it makes a more interesting story. I had fun on the set and maybe I should do this more often 🙂

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The decor ordered was supposed to be light and pink, but I had to throw in an orchid as my little signature.

I do not know when this is going to air, but they promised me a copy that I can share on my blog..