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Friday Food: No, just no.

Due to circumstances beyond my control there is no Friday Food this week. I baked cakes, I took photos, MrsDrWho took these photos, I made people eat the cakes: then we had huge storms and the power went out and then my iPad (containing said photos) decided to break down.

Mermaid cakes

Ironic, isn't it, that the very week I was actually organised, well and ready, The Universe conspired against me. The storms, floods and wind were the worst since 1954 and the rainfall in Hobart, 250mm or 10 inches, was the fourth highest for one day since records began.

Mermaid cake1

I made Mermaid Magic flavoured cupcakes. The Mermaid Magic is a special flavouring from Queen Fine Foods and it tastes like melon and grape. I was inspired by Nic from TheScranLine and his Sea Kween Mermaid Cake and his Sea Kween cupcakes. I used the method for the cupcakes and the Mermaid Magic flavour. The cupcakes were magic: I coloured the batter and piped it into the cupcake papers. I also coloured the buttercream icing and piped that on top with all the colours in the one piping bag.

Mermaid cake cross section

The people tasting the cakes fell into three categories:

  1. Yum, these are delicious, quite sweet, but that suits me
  2. OK, quite nice, I will eat them, but I probably wouldn't choose them again
  3. Blerch

Mermaid cake2

And that's pretty much it!! I loved the process of making and colouring the cake and the icing and Onyi said the texture of the cakes was great

Mermaid cake3

I say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good bye to my iPad and the 4500 photos. I have never used The iCloud because I am afraid of it.  Maybe I should conquer my fear?? Luckily I am very organised photo-wise and I have all the photos from my blog and others I just like, saved on my computer and DVDs. This gives me great impetus to use the photos and make a second photo book.

What else will happen?? Who knows!!!


Dennis the Vizsla

hello 2paw its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow those sownd like sum verry skarry storms!!! i do not no if i cud cope with storms like that let alone with loozing my tablet!!! i am glad to heer that yoo keep yore fethers numberd for just sutch an emerdjensee!!! ok bye

Kristen Chambers

Now that sounds like scary weather. The cupcakes look beautiful, though I would probably be in category 2 when it comes to eating them since I prefer savory over sweet.
My iPad 2 needs a new battery. I mostly used it at school and had school-type apps on it, and since I retired used it less often, and not at all for several months. Having the battery replaced at the Apple store is expensive, so my husband bought a battery intending to replace it, but hasn't gotten around to it. It is a laborious process. Since I have been doing fine with just my laptop and phone I probably didn't need a new battery anyway.


These cupcakes are so pretty, but based on the mixed reviews I might give them a miss. They seriously look like hydrangeas in the first shot.

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