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5 Love + Let Them Eat Cake | One Cake Three Ways

I'm back with my second edition of One Cake Two Ways (only this time it's three) and in celebration of Valentine's Day this weekend!  I wanted to make a fun set of cakes for this and so a third was added (a chocolate version) just to make things even more sweet!

So for this decorating set of cakes we have one store bought-looking cake, (just because they are so retro cool and fun), a real life version of a cake from an old video game our son used to play as a boy, called Ollo (in part of the game, Ollo gets to decorate a cake which has these extra large rosettes on them) and then a chocolate nutella and almond cake, with chocolate cupcakes to round it all out!  So maybe that's really four ways!

1. For the LOVE Cake
I used the Butter Baked Goods buttercream frosting recipe to ice all of these (a favourite around here), and used my 6.5" cake pans for smaller cakes.  These are pretty straightforward but for those interested, I just used one cake recipe (mix) for each cake.  And half of the buttercream frosting recipe to ice each one.  You can find the recipes here.  I used a star icing tip for the sides of the "love" cake, a writing tip for the script and sprinkles with a few gold hearts.  There are two colours of icing, a hot pink and a brighter almost magenta pink.

For the "OLLO" Cake
For the decorating of this, again, I just used the larger star tip, only swirling into a rosette-style decoration, topped with sprinkles. I used a special icing decorating set from Wilton, called Color Swirl, which allows for you to pipe 2-3 different colors at one time.  I mixed a hot pink and magenta pink together.  Click here to see the decorating set.

For the CHOCOLATE cake
It's chocolate cake, with Nutella in between the layers and on the top.  I left the sides naked.  And sprinkled with some toasted almond slices. So easy!

And then the cupcakes!
Chocolate with the rosette frosting using the star tip and the  Color Swirl decorating tip!

Happy Valentine's!

0 Behind the Scenes at Six Cent Press

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2 5 Minute DIY | Wooden Dowel Paper Towel Holder

I guess it would be nice to always have a clear counter top, but because of our small space living, busy life, a clear counter top is not always possible nor practical. We've been tucking our paper towels into drawers, or on a shelf, in the pantry, and it's always so inconvenient when you really need one. Where are those paper towels? So we caved and created this little project. So simple to make too!

What you'll need:
1" diameter wooden dowel (13 " long)
4" diameter wooden round plaque
1" copper end cap
glue gun
saw (to cut dowel) or get pre cut at hardware store
brass coloured spray paint (optional)

Step 1
Measure and saw the dowel if you need to, or have them saw it at the hardware store to 13" long. Make sure to cut at a perfect straight angle so that it won't wobble when you put it together.   Earl's Pro tip:  Use a miter to ensure a straight cut.

Step 2
Using a glue gun, glue one of the ends of the cut dowel. Adhere it to the round plaque and hold until secure.  Let dry (about 2-3 minutes). 

Step 3
If you like the copper you can skip this step.  If you wish to change the copper to a different colour - like us - we're really liking brass right now, spray paint with your favourite colour. Earl's Pro tip: When spray painting metal, be sure to do a light spray to cover evenly.

Step 4
Place the copper end cap on top of the dowel.  And that's it!  Super easy!

3 Cool Threads by Bekka Palmer

Loving these hand-sewn, super-hip (made in Brooklyn) rope necklaces and thread on film series by Bekka Palmer. Each necklace hangs about nine inches and comes in neon pink and navy or grey blue. The thread on film series is from Bekka's "100 days of thread and film project" where she hand embroidered onto each image photo. Both collections have summer written all over them and has us longing for the beach.  Visit her online shop at shop.bekkapalmer.com.


7 Green Thumb Meets Concrete Jungle | New Summer Pots from IKEA

Earlier this week we noticed our neighbor's camellias blooming which has us so looking forward to the season ahead!  The days are a little longer too as we dream of nights out on the patio and flowers blooming everywhere.  Spring is definitely a favourite time of year. With all this anticipation, we are looking forward to planting fresh herbs and flowers out back and so when we saw this sneak peek from IKEA's summer 2016 collection (out in March) we had to share. (Above) The SALLADSK√Ö outdoor plant stand ladder. A nice vertical piece for holding herbs and smaller pots. Made of galvanized steel and plastic and designed by Carl Hagerling. $59.99 CAD. (Below) Also very handy is the JORDGUBBE plant pot, (stackable) and great for in or outdoor use. Designed by Jon Karlsson. $9.99/each. Loving it for succulents. By the way, I love it that IKEA always credit's each designer don't you?  We love following their instagram accounts too!  (Maybe we'll do a post on that soon!)