Baking // Lego cake 

 
So I made a Lego cake! 

This is a great idea for children’s birthdays or even if you have a Lego obsessed boyfriend like mine.

Due to not having a lot of time or patience I did cheat by buying the Madeira cake mix from asda and ready made icing that only needed to be rolled out.

Recipe 

  • Madeira cake mix *2
  • Ready made icing *2
  • 4 eggs 
  • 150g soft butter 
  • 300ml milk 
  • Jam 
  • Buttercream 

As I only had one cake tin I had to repeat the below twice.

I started by preheating the oven to gass Mark 4. I then added one of the Madeira cake mixes, 2 eggs, 75 grams of soft butter and 150ml of milk, which I whisked until smooth. I then placed greaseproof paper in the tin and poured the mixture out evenly. Once this was done I placed the cake in the oven for 30 minutes, this did take a little longer so leave in for extra time if needed.

After repeating the above step and waiting for both cakes to cool I cut off the excess cake and added the jam into the middle, it was then time to add the icing. Adding the icing was probably the trickiest part, I had to open both packets and roll them into a rectangular shape so it would cover the whole of the cake, along with having to have enough left to make all eight studs. 

*tip: to make the studs use a milk bottle top.

I hope this has been helpful, feel free to ask any questions.

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Day out to Tatton Park 

Due to it being a bank holiday weekend, not to mention the one and only nice day we appear to have had this year where I haven’t been in work, it was time to get in the car and join the rest of the country on the motorway. 

The plan was originally to go to Beaumaris, but due to the rest of England having that idea we had to settle for something else. After taking to trip advisor and looking for an outdoors day to make the most of the weather we settled on Tatton Hall/ Park.  

 We purchased the ‘Totally Tatton’ ticket which gave you admission to all attractions, this included a tour around the mansion (stately home), animal farm and also the gardens. 

We decided to start off with the mansion as we were closest too it and the queue didn’t look too long. The house was sectioned off into different routes starting with the ground floor which displayed different rooms such as the main entrance, library, sitting room and music room. After the ground floor we headed upstairs which displayed bedrooms from different periods and a special exhibit about the families who have lived in the house. After the splendour of the residents quarters it was time to visit the basement and cellar where the servants would’ve lived and worked. Each room told a different story and provided a glimps of what life would have been like for both the families and servants that had lived in the house over the course of the past couple of hundred years.  

 After completing the tour of the house we walked down to the farm. Upon entering we were welcomed by red poll cattle, who were surrounded by really excited children pointing and copying the sounds of the cows. 

There were two different routes to take, one which lead to horses stables and workers cottages, one of which was originally the caretakers house. The caretakers house was in a typical state similar if not exactly how the family living there would’ve had it. 

The second route lead to the rest of the farm which contained animals such as sheep, chickens, raindeer, ducks, cows and one of my personal favourites donkeys.

 
The farm also included activities for children to take part in such as milking a fake cow, feeding the animals and visiting the duck pond. All the animals were very friendly and active so if anyone is interested in visiting I can guarantee you won’t be bored.

After leaving the farm it was time to finished off our trip at the gardens, which by the way are huge! There were so many different sights to see so we decided to go and visit the Japanese gardens as it is the latest attraction.  

Unfortunately once we arrived at the garden we realised we had just missed the 3:30 tour, which meant that we weren’t able to enter the garden itself but we could wonder around the outside and look in.

On the way to the garden exit we decided to take the route through the rose garden which contained rose bushes and flowers, along with a wishing pond. Walking past the pond there was a cute castle themed building which I just had to have a photo of!