Sunday, 18 December 2016

Gingerbread auction

Thanks to very generous colleagues, 9 of my Gingerbread houses and 50 or so cookies raised an amazing £2855 last Thursday when auctioned at work, with all proceeds given to a new initiative organising a special Christmas Day event for one hundred elderly people who would otherwise be alone.    Bids went as high as £1000 for the Frozen large Amboise style house below. 


Sunday, 11 December 2016

Baby shower cake

When time is limited, decorating a supermarket cake can produce good results and save a few hours. Here is a very acceptable £6 Waitrose plain iced cake decorated as a baby shower cake. I spent just a couple of hours making this realistic baby figurine on a pillow, a teddy bear and some fanion lettering for a colleague.  Baby Elisa was born early January and even looked a little like the figurine.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Gingerbread houses and cookies

Here are some pictures of my gingerbread collection this year.  I designed various sizes and styles including "Amboise" based on a beautiful house I saw in the Loire Valley last month. I loved the perfect proportions of this house with its high pitched roof.   At least 8 of these houses and many cookies will be sold and auctioned next week with all proceeds to a benevolent cause set up by a colleague who is organising an event to provide a special Christmas Day  to a hundred elderly and isolate people who would have otherwise spent it alone. It's a wonderful cause and I hope to raise... a lot!

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/warren-innisschristmas2016



















Hermé Chocolate praline slices

A first try at making Pierre Hermé's really delicious chocolate praline slices. Unfortunately I lost patience at the crucial point of ...