Sunday, 16 March 2008

Two-tone fun

Mr Teacakes has had rather a rush on birthday cakes in the last couple of weeks. Last night we went to a party at a lovely country house that a friend had hired out to celebrate his 30th birthday. Ian and several others were to provide the musical entertainment, along with the actual birthday boy, who is not averse to singing with grand piano whenever there's one around, hence the theme of the cake. Pre-party, I was Mr Teacakes' helper and was given the task of slicing out the black bits from the Licorice Allsorts so that he might use them for the keys. I liked this task...so many unwanted colours of licorice crying out for a home.

It seemed a suitable opportunity to wear my favourite dress: a knitted one that my sister bought for me as a surprise last year. I love all the different types of stitches used in its creation and the lovely scalloped crocheted edge that gives it the most wonderful flickyness once on...but mostly I love that it has a slightly 1960s feel to it, which is my favourite era to dress from. I realise that when you put these two pictures next to one another it might seem as though I had chosen to wear it in a strange bid to colour-coordinate myself with Mr Teacakes' cake...I can assure you that this was not the case and thankfully I spent the evening at the other side of the room from the sponge.

Moving around the tables was a magician from the magic circle...whose tricks were many and impressive and who whipped cards from my hand and hid them in his pocket without me seeing or feeling a thing, despite the fact that my palms were clamped firmly together with the cards apparently safe inside. Our taxi ride home was filled with plans to create a midnight feast that revolved primarily around a slab of brie and a french stick, as well as the need for a proper debrief as to how Mr Magic might have worked his tricks. The former was quite delicious, the latter produced no firm conclusions...as you might have expected.

16 comments:

  1. Oh good lord he makes a good cake! Is there anything he can't do? I'm so impressed with his jane asher skills.

    The dress looks lovely - well done for steering clear of the sponge.

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  2. Hi Florence, sounds like a great party! -Thank you very much for your kind e mail in response to my questions about a 'walking foot' for my machine - I have looked on the Brother website and there are 4 to choose from! all at £24.99 - So I am going to have a closer look at my manual to see which one I need. I really look forward to seeing the things you create - Natalie x

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  3. this cake-making-husband of yours is such a talent! love the latest creation! sounds like you had a fun time. maybe it was just real magic?? if you found out it wouldn't be so special. xx

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  4. wowsers!!!
    what a cake!
    love your beautiful blog!
    <3, karri

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  5. Wow, truly impressed with the cake making. Your dress looks gorgeous - would have loved to seen it on you, those pleats look like they would sashay nicely on a dance floor...!

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  6. Hhmmmm, I think Mr Teacakes needs to start up his own blog dedicated to birthday cakes. He is truly inspiring!!!

    And the dress looks lovely. Hope you had a wonderful time at the party :)

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  7. Wow mr T makes amazing cakes! Your keys are obviouly the best part and match your dress too.

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  8. Your dress looks amazing - can we have more pictures please???? And that cake is fantastic! Do you rent him out???

    Lucy x

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  9. Fab cake by your hubby!Does he do other domestic chores too??

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  10. What a fab cake!
    Sounds like you had a great night.
    love Alison x

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  11. Mr. Teacakes is most definitely very talented. He's a keeper. That dress looks nice and the party sounds fabulous.

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  12. Impressive Cake!Mr Teacakes is very talented indeed!I love a bit of Brie and french stick too!

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  13. what a wonderful cake and your matching frock looks beautiful!

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  14. I absolutely love that dress, it does indeed look like a flippy 40's dress. Something to do the Charlston in.

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  15. I'm disappointed that you didn't deliberately coordinate the dress and cake. I always like to look like the food I am going to serve (very useful if you are a messy cook like me - it hides the evidence).
    The dress looks gorgeous and like the other person who mentioned it, would love to see some more photos of it.

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