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Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Friday, 29 May 2009

I am envious of anyone who lives in America! Cake decorating supplies there seem to be at a level way beyond what we have here in the UK. With cake decorating, I often find that all you need is the perfect decoration to transform a very plain cake into something very special. I have recently discovered Fancy Flours website and their products are just STUNNING (I am not on commission honest but this is just the nicest cake decorating website I have seen in a long time). Postage to the UK is a lot but luckily with my brother in New York I was able to send the items to him to forward on to me. My parcel arrived the other day and these were just a few of the delights - Rainbow candies, Edible coloured paper seed packets and birthdays cakes, cupcake wrappers (I just love this idea!!!). Everything wrapped in lovely brown and white stripy tissue paper! So nice. I also took delivery of edible clear gel that can be used to decorate the wafer paper pictures with edible glitter to give a 3-D effect. I can't wait to try these all out soon! Since placing my order the site now has Barley Sugar birds - so I am just itching to place another order - it is a good job my brother is coming to the UK soon!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Hannah--wow, I am a historian doing research on 19th c. seeds and gardening, so I really loved seeing the decorative seed packets for cake! Now I can do 'research' while I am baking! I must order some!
Thanks!! Marina

Rita said...

Wow! Don't forget to post the photographs of those cakes!

♥Rosie♥ said...

I fully agree with you that America is way beyond in cake supplies than here in the U.K.

I wish we could get hold of PB chips - mint chips, just to name two items on my every growing long list.

Lucy said...

Wow how cool are those rainbows! I love them. Do you know anywhere which does do pretty cake decorations in London? I'm hoping to make pretty cupcakes for my birthday. Perhaps I should just add some funky rainbows like yours to my wishlist ;)

Tracey said...

Love the cake decorations, so beautiful!Haven´t come across any myself apart from the usual in the supermarkets in the US. At least the UK has more to offer than Spain in the cake decorating dept!

Boracay hotel said...

Thanks Hannah for recipe.. :-)

Boracay hotel said...

Thanks Hannah for recipe.. :-)

Marie said...

What great decorations! I'll have to check that site out! We need someone to start importing all those goodies over here so that we can hav them too!

Hannah said...

Hi Hannah - love your blog! Splat have just started stocking some cupcake wrappers ... http://store.splatcooking.net/on-line-store-cake-cases-c-87_41/cupcake-wrapper-white-stars
So cute!!

Hannah