How To Make A My Little Pony Cake

Last week we partied in the park for Cherry’s 5th birthday and this week we share how we made that gorgeous My Little Pony cake with a few simple steps!

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Bake your cake layers in advance so they are cooled and ready to stack. We alternated with chocolate and vanilla packet mix cakes

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Cover your cake tray with two overlapping sheets of baking paper. You’ll then be easily able to pull the sheets apart for a neat presentation. You’re welcome!

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Whip store bought butter cream to fluff it up and make a little go a long way

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Sprinkle candies in between the layers for a fun surprise

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Flip the top cake upsidedown for a smooth, flat edge

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Add a few drops of flavour to your butter cream. We used bubble-gum for the purple

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Always spread a thin layer of butter cream to coat those crumbs before your final presentation layer

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Use more than one colour and mix it up!

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We sprinkled surprises through or butter cream for a extra cuteness

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Make chocolate shards to top your cake! They’re easier to make than your think!

Elle’s Crazy Coloured Chocolate Shards
– Melt white chocolate melts in 3 small containers in the microwave
– Add food colouring (oil or powder works best with chocolate)
– Spoon the coloured blobs next to eachother on baking paper
– Use a chopstick to swirl the colours together
– Sprinkle candies, edible confetti, pearls, bananas, eyeballs… whatever you like!
– Cool in fridge for 15 minutes until set
– Smash it up or slice even shards

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Melt equal parts of white chocolate and heavy cream, with a few drops of food dye, to drip yummy ganache all over and help stick your decorations on!

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Take plenty of photos before your cake is devoured by all those little party people!

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Elevate your cake on a cake stand to rise above the rest!

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See Cherry’s Rainbow Surprise Cake here +
Tiger’s Minty Lolly Cake tutorial here

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Cherry Turns 5! Food Truck Picnic Party

Happy birthday Cherry! Here’s how we celebrated her 5th birthday at Hank Marvin Food Truck Market with an awesome picnic and our fabulous homemade My Little Pony cake! Even Elsa and Spiderman from Bluebell Entertainment dropped in for a play!

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Cherry's 5th Birthday Picnic cherryandme.comOur Rainbow streamer garlands we made last year made another appearance! Click here to see how we made them.

Cherry's 5th Birthday Picnic cherryandme.comWe served Cocobella Coconut Water for all our guests. No cups or straws needed!

Cherry's 5th Birthday Picnic cherryandme.comMini packs of Cobs Natural Popcorn for our kiddies on the go!

Cherry's 5th Birthday Picnic cherryandme.comDairy free vegemite sandwiches and our gluten free Donut Cookies as featured on the blog last week. Click here to watch how Cherry and Tiger made them!

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Tune in next week to see how we made this My Little Pony Drip Layered Cake! x Elle

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Donut Cookies + WIN a $50 Spotlight Voucher!

We’re been busy baking this week for Cherry’s 5th birthday! Check out these adorable Donut Cookies Cherry and her brother Tiger, made in this short YouTube clip! Plus read on to see how you could WIN a $50 Spotlight Voucher! Think of all the baking supplies you could buy!

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To enter the draw to WIN a $50 Spotlight voucher, simply:
1. Follow @cherry_and_me on Instagram
2. Regram one of our Donut Cookie images
3. Tag @cherry_and_me  #cherryandmegiveaway

Entries close 30/04/16. The winner will be sent a private message and the voucher will be sent in the post. Open to Australian residents only. Good Luck!

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Gluten Free Donut Cookies www.cherryandme.comWe simply melted white chocolate in the microwave, added Americolor food dye and sprinkled toppings we collected from Spotlight.

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Tune in next week to see more amazingness from Cherry’s birthday/week/month! Happy birthday gorgeous Cherry! Mummy loves you! xox

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National Craft Month + Pompom Hacks with Rachel Burke

There’s something about crafting that makes me feel warm and fuzzy and oh so nostalgic. I was thrilled when Spotlight and Kids Business invited me to their National Craft Month Bloggers Lunch Event last week. Of course I brought my camera along to snap what I saw and I even made a short clip of Rachel Burke, from i make. you wear it blog, demonstrating her amazing pompom hacks. Love!

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Spotlight National Craft Month www.cherryandme.comThe very clever Carla Hackett demonstrating foil lettering

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Spotlight National Craft Month www.cherryandme.com Each blogger was sent a blank papier-mâché deer head in the post to personalise and display at the event. I smothered mine in PVA glue and sprinkled the entire thing in 100’s & 1000’s!

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2 Ingredient Gaston The Ladybird Cake-Pops

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Live on Stage is coming up, and to celebrate, Cherry’s made a short video showing us how to make Gaston the ladybird cake-pops with only 2 ingredients!

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Ingredients:
1. Red + Black chocolate melts
(If you can’t get your hands on coloured chocolate melts, substitute the red with white chocolate and red oil based food dye and use super dark chocolate for the black)

2. Store bought cake
(If your cake is crumbly, use a bit of cream or a splash of milk to combine it into a rich and muddy consistency. We used chocolate mud cake with chocolate ganache icing from Coles)

Gaston Ladybird Cake-pops cherryandme.comIn a large bowl, crumble the cake with your fingers

Gaston Ladybird Cake-pops cherryandme.comRoll the crumbs into smooth balls. If your cake is too crumbly, use a splash of milk or cream to help it combine

Gaston Ladybird Cake-pops cherryandme.comDip those balls into the melted red chocolate and place them in the freezer to set for a few minutes. Then dip the tips in the black chocolate for Gaston’s face. We added extra red powdered food dye to make our Gastons super bright. We found the chocolate was quite thick, so we also added a few drops of vegetable oil for a runnier dip

Gaston Ladybird Cake-pops cherryandme.comWe found these gorgeous edible googley eyeballs from our local cake supply shop. You could substitute these with a spot of white and black chocolate

Gaston Ladybird Cake-pops cherryandme.comTo complete the look, draw a stripe down the centre and a few spots with the black chocolate. You could use an icing pen but we made a piping bag by filling up a small snap lock snack bag with melted warm runny chocolate and snipped a tiny hole in one corner. We also pipped a red smile and rosy cheeks for extra Gaston life-likeness 🙂

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Ben & Holly Live on Stage www.cherryandme.comTickets to Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom – Live on Stage! won’t last as long as these tasty Gaston cake pops! Don’t miss out on all the fun and magic, book your tickets now at www.benandhollylive.com.au Hope to see you there! #BenandHollyLiveAU 

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I saw Madonna again!!

I’m still riding the high from last Saturday night’s performance at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne! Whether you’re a die hard fan like myself, or not, Madonna’s Rebel Heart concert would have blown you out of your seat and shot a dart through your heart!

I last saw Madonna in Philadelphia back in 2012 as part of her MDNA Tour. See the post here. My husband and I were staying in New York and booked tickets as soon as we found out she had canceled her Australian leg of her tour. This time round, we planned ahead and booked tickets as soon as they were released! We managed to get front row seats along the run way and VIP tickets to the official before party.

When Madonna first appeared on stage, I was in shock, frozen and in disbelief that I was looking at her with my own eyes, in the flesh, with only air between us! For me, this bucket list experience still gives me goosebumps remembering how incredible her performance was and how lucky I was to be there, that close, in that moment!

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