Well today I’ve been getting back to being a bit more crafty, it’s always hard for me now to admit that I cannot do as much crafting as I would like to but with a lot of adaptation I can still do some things. Cake baking and decorating is one of my loves, I love the creative nature of turning something that tastes good into something that looks good too. I don’t get chance to do too many, which is probably a good thing because they are hard work. I would not be able to do this any more at all if it weren’t for my mum she’s amazing and now not only lets me use her kitchen to explore this passion, but also gives me such a big hand that allows me to utilise my skills without completely crippling me. Baking for me now means that mum gets everything that I need out, sets it all out in the kitchen for me within distance and even decants heavier products into smaller sizes so that I can handle them. She gets the mixer out for me and then once ingredients are mixed together she helps me lift the mix to put into tins and puts them into the oven, and then gets them out when ready. When decorating again she gets everything out for me and helps me with whatever I need, lifting, moving and helping me constantly and making sure that when (like today) my POTS decides to rear it’s ugly head she makes sure that I take breaks and gets me drinks and helps me to recover before starting again, I seriously could not do my loves like this without her.
So onto this strange request. The friend in question is not what you would call mainstream, it’s one of the quirky things I love about her. Now her little girl, who she affectionately has nicknamed Doodles, is having her 6th birthday. I cannot make it to the party, but as her cake decorating skills have become legendary (for their lack of skill as opposed to being crowning glory’s, hopefully no offense will be taken here) I asked if she wanted something made for her. She was going to make the cake herself, which was fine but she asked me to make cupcakes. Expecting some pink fluffy unicorn cakes I have to admit this one threw me!! I will reveal later after some more info!!! Wow, OK well all I can say is that although these are the most unusual request I’ve had, they certainly aren’t the hardest. I’ve done everything from a family dog to a chocolate explosion, I’ll add some photo’s so you can see, so I’ve had some rather involved ones. These cupcakes were nice and easy, chocolate cakes with chocolate icing. I set to and my wonderful malfunctioning hands very soon had decided to seize up while weighing my eggs (the best way I’ve found to make good cakes every time) and one promptly ended up on the floor!!! OK great thankfully I had spare, oh and before I started I realised that I’d asked for all ingredients except for icing sugar which is obviously needed for buttercream, hoping that the third thing would just be my malfunctioning body not any other major disaster I would get going!!. Thankfully mum went to the Tesco express up the road for my icing sugar, and cleared up the egg for me which couldn’t be salvaged!!! So stage number one was done, cakes baked, in the oven, mum cleaned up while I had my first break.
Cakes baked, stage 1 complete, you can’t really tell yet what they are going to be!!!
So onto stage number 2, fondant icing made into eyes and mouths. Still not giving it away. But I was getting very fatigued, thankfully mum was going to make a drink. I made the chocolate buttercream and left it to chill while I rested!! My POTS was also going mad so rest and feet up while I drank my drink was definitely needed.
So final stage was putting together. Unfortunately I’d underestimated my buttercream so a bit of quick thinking was needed, mmm wonder if I can get away with it!! Yes I thought, these cakes were out of the box enough for me to get away with a little lateral thinking!! So the finished results are…….
Poo emoji cupcakes, yes you read that right!!! As I said not the most “normal” birthday cakes!!! My lateral thinking was to make “stepped on” poo emojis which, I think, I just about managed to get away with!!!
So cupcakes are made ready for my friend to pick up tomorrow. I have to admit that they did take a lot out of me, my pain levels are high, my feet the size of mini football’s and my POTS is playing up. I know that to most people this level of suffering would mean the end of this particular hobby, but I will not let my illnesses and disabilities stop me from doing things I love. I might have to adapt and limit things a bit but my crafty side cries out to be fed, if I couldn’t ever do these things I’d have no outlet for it and so I don’t mind putting up with the discomfort for the joy that the finished articles hopefully bring!!!
Other cakes I’ve done are……
These are just some of the ones I’ve done, they have been at various stages of my disability so haven’t all been as hard as others to complete. They’ve all been harder to do than for some people just for the simple fact that my bodies doesn’t usually play ball. But I just can’t face having to give it up completely so I am grateful to my mum, yet again, for all her hours of help and support which allow me to be able to continue hobbies like this. I wonder what my next request will be one thing it won’t be, I shouldn’t think, is quite as out of the box as this!!!