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Hours of Fun can make you any cake, for any occasion.

Delicious cakes, made with love and care.

Hours of Fun can create a special cake, designed just for you.

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Homemade Protein Bars by Hours of Fun – available at Fuel Shakes from TODAY!

Hours of Fun

Homemade

Protein Bars

Available from TODAY at

FUEL SHAKES

Renshaw Street, Liverpool

CLICK HERE! to visit our Protein pages for more information on the delights that will be on sale in the shop from today.

Hours of Fun is heading out on a new and exciting adventure.  We are venturing into the world of healthy snacks and protein bars.  With nutrition advice from Fuel Shakes, Hours of Fun have created a new range of Homemade Protein bars.

3 different and tasty bars are on sale from today

Apple, Blueberry and Nuts – Chocolate and Almond – Strawberry and Raisins

Over the coming months new combinations, flavours and ingredients will be introduced as we develop this range of power snacks.

We want to know what you think

Contact Hours of Fun or speak to the guys down at Fuel Shakes if you have any feedback, ideas or requests and we will have lots of fun testing them out and creating more and more Protein bars.

Leave us a comment below or send us an email to

power@hoursoffun.co.uk

Everton Football lover cake for a 60th birthday, sat in his armchair relaxing with liquorice

For a special 60th birthday a cake was planned to represent the birthday boy when he is at home relaxing in his armchair.  With an Everton shirt on, Ipad in hand, cup of coffee near by and liquorice and chocolate we had the scene set and cake design sorted!

Sat in a leather chair with a bald head and Chelsea boots on we tried to make it look like the birthday boy, he had a bag of liquorice wheels on the arm of the chair and the Everton blue was used for the writing and decoration.

The main hiccup with this cake was that I made it one week too early!  I had planned my week as I had two cakes to get ready for the Friday and I was all organised by Wednesday night with this cake baked and iced ready for decorating Thursday night, with the cake topper all ready.  I then came to realise on the Thursday that the cake was not due for another week.  This meant we had a 10″ round cake that needed eating as I could not waste it, which work were very happy about as it meant they got cake!  This did allow me to get feedback on the flavour as I had tried something new and was keen to know what people thought.

 

The cake was custard flavoured sponge, with coconut buttercream and raspberry jam to create a Manchester tart style cake.

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Leaving work to pursue her dream and train as a nurse – Good luck Carmel!

 

An email came round work letting us know about the collection being held for one of our HR girls who was leaving work.  I replied asking if it would be ok to do a cake as my contribution as we could have a themed cake we can present to her on her last day – any excuse for cake!!

 

Carmel is heading off to pursue her dream to be a nurse; therefore the theme was set we just needed a design.  I have previously done a doctors coat cake and a nurse cake so I fancied doing something different and when doing a cake for fun you get to be a bit more experimental or do something different.

Carmel's nursing cake for leaving work

I decided to go for a simple round cake with some models on as I really fancied making a nurse’s hat and plasters!  I had seen lots of cakes with them on whilst on google looking at ideas and it was the hat and plasters that stood out as fun to do.

We presented Carmel with her cake on the last day and she commented that it was the nicest looking cake she had ever been given – thanks Carmel!   

We wish her all the success in her new exciting adventure and hope to ‘not’ see her soon as if we do it may mean we are in hospital requiring treatment from her!

Vanilla Sponge with butterscotch buttercream filling.

Oliver’s Superhero birthday cake – Superman, Spiderman, X-Men, Thor, Ironman, Batman, Captain America, Avengers and The Hulk


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My nephew was having a super hero party for his 5th birthday.  He loves all super heroes goodies and baddies and he is being educated well by his Uncle and others to learn all about them.  He loves watching The Hulk on Kev’s phone and can spend hours around the house being The Hulk or Superman and he has an impressive Super Hero costume collection that it growing and growing!

He had mentioned to his Dad he would quite like a Thor Hammer cake, however I had concerns that the hammer cake would not be big enough to feed everyone as he was having friends round for a bouncy castle party and the adults are always keen to have cake too.

I was off skiing and would be away for the party so I had to be super organised and make sure the cake was all done and ready to go before I jetted off.  Due to time restraints I got straight on the phone to Carol at Baby Cakes and Roses (click here to visit her shop) and ordered some edible printing on fondant of all the different superhero badges and emblems.  This would add a special effect to the cake and be quick to place on the cake.

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The Hammer head was made from cake covered in icing, the hammer handle was made from card and wrapped in brown material.  I realised I would struggle to make the handle out of anything I had in the baking cupboard so I headed upstairs to the craft room and found card and brown material that looked fab and gave the effect I wanted.

The cake was chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream filing.

Teddy Bear cake tin – the first birthday cake using my new tin

One of the 5 fantastic new cake tins I got for Christmas was a Wilton 3D teddy bear cake tin from my Mum and Dad.  This was the first of its kind as I have never had or tried a 3D baking tin before this.

I had my gorgeous Niece and Nephew’s birthday celebrations coming up only a couple of weekends after Christmas, perfect for testing the new cake tin out.  I wanted to pipe the cake as I am not even sure if it is possible to cover it in rolled icing, maybe I will try this at some point!  This meant I needed to further embrace the world of piping and I bought piping bags and a set of nozzles to encourage the passion.

The cake tin has to be put together using clips, turned up side down, placed on a baking tin then filled with cake mixture.  You then place the central core in the middle of the mixture and fill it with mixture and bake. So far so good!

The teddy bear cake came out of the tin with ease and looked fab, you could see all the detail.  I then pipped chocolate frosting all over the teddy bear using a large grass nozzle.

3d Teddy bear cake for edie and luke age 5 birthday

The birthday girl and boy loved the cake and it was a fun challenge working out how to cut it.

Here’s to many more Teddy Bear cakes and lots of 3D cake tins!!

Hours Of Fun Craft Countdown To Christmas – Mince pies. 8 Days To Go!

Hours of Fun are counting down the days until Christmas by sharing a different Christmas activity each day.  Starting on the 13th December with the last post being published on Christmas Eve.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me………Some scrummy home made mince pies!

Make your own Mincemeat and Mince Pies

Last Christmas we decided it was time to make our own mincemeat.  We love making mince pies and Kev now makes the pastry so it seemed only right that we should make the mincemeat.  It was set as a January task.  Late on in November I decided I should really start buying the odd jar or two ready for Christmas baking, only to get home and remember about the jars we had put away 10 months ago!  I love it when that happen.

I used Delia’s recipe for mincemeat, click here to visit her site for the recipe.

You can have a lot of fun making mince pies as they are simple and if you don’t want to make it all at home you can buy ready to roll shortcrust pastry usually found in the freezer or fridge sections and jars of mincemeat ready to use.    You can make them different sizes by using different muffin tins and decorate them in all different ways.  You can do lids in the shape of a star or other shapes so you can see some of the mincemeat through the gaps or do full lids and decorate them with shapes using small Christmas cutters.

To make mince pies, roll out your pastry to a thickness of 3mm.   Grease your tin.  Using cutters to match the size of your tin cut out circles and place them as the pie bases. Cut out your lids – match your cutter to the size you are making.  Spoon mincemeat on top of each pie base, brush the edge of the pastry with a little milk/egg mixture and place your lids over the top, sealing them around the edges using your finger.

Bake them in an oven for 15-20 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to ensure they don’t brown too much.  Let them cool then sprinkle with icing sugar and eat!

Hours Of Fun Craft Countdown To Christmas – Mince pies. 8 Days To Go!

Hours of Fun are counting down the days until Christmas by sharing a different Christmas activity each day.  Starting on the 13th December with the last post being published on Christmas Eve.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me………Some scrummy home made mince pies!

Make your own Mincemeat and Mince Pies

Last Christmas we decided it was time to make our own mincemeat.  We love making mince pies and Kev now makes the pastry so it seemed only right that we should make the mincemeat.  It was set as a January task.  Late on in November I decided I should really start buying the odd jar or two ready for Christmas baking, only to get home and remember about the jars we had put away 10 months ago!  I love it when that happen.

I used Delia’s recipe for mincemeat, click here to visit her site for the recipe.

You can have a lot of fun making mince pies as they are simple and if you don’t want to make it all at home you can buy ready to roll shortcrust pastry usually found in the freezer or fridge sections and jars of mincemeat ready to use.    You can make them different sizes by using different muffin tins and decorate them in all different ways.  You can do lids in the shape of a star or other shapes so you can see some of the mincemeat through the gaps or do full lids and decorate them with shapes using small Christmas cutters.

To make mince pies, roll out your pastry to a thickness of 3mm.   Grease your tin.  Using cutters to match the size of your tin cut out circles and place them as the pie bases. Cut out your lids – match your cutter to the size you are making.  Spoon mincemeat on top of each pie base, brush the edge of the pastry with a little milk/egg mixture and place your lids over the top, sealing them around the edges using your finger.

Bake them in an oven for 15-20 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to ensure they don’t brown too much.  Let them cool then sprinkle with icing sugar and eat!

Elegant 4 tier wedding cake with dusty pink roses

I have been lucky enough to make quite a few wedding cakes this year for friends and family, and the last one of the year was for Mikey and Nicola’s wedding reception.  They were married in Jamaica and then stayed there for their honeymoon which included a visit from Hurricane Sandy!    They had then organised a spectacular wedding reception/evening do for all their family and friends to come along to and join in their celebrations once they were home.

One thing I love about making people’s wedding cakes is that I get a back stage pass to some of the organising.  I often get to know about the colour schemes, decoration and if doing a bride and groom topper I get to see the dress and suit as well.  I also get to see the room(s) all ready when we arrive to set up the cake.  Some may see this as spoilers and not want to know but I love it!

Nicola knew what she wanted with regards the cake which is fab for me as she had even provided a picture.  We chatted about colours and layout etc and agreed the cake they wanted.

It would be a 4 tier ivory cake with dusty pink roses cascading down the tiers with minimal additional detail other than some piping around the base of each tier.  I got to make more flowers YEAY!  I love making roses too as they are rather therapeutic and you can build them up to any size you want by adding more layers or less layers. 

 Homemade cakes wedding cakes ivory, pink and 4 tiers

It takes me about an hour to sit and do each stage of the flowers and following completion of each stage they are then left to dry for 24 hours.  I made my plan for the 2 weeks leading up to the big day and got organised.

I may be getting a little too comfortable with wedding cakes now as I designed my do to list with quite a bit to do the Friday before the big day.  I had my amazing husband in the kitchen as assistant and we got to work with buttercream and icing, however it did not get off to a good start.  Everything seemed to be surrounded in slight chaos.  We had to re-roll the icing, re-ice a cake, on opening the icing sugar we were covered in an icing sugar bomb, the chocolate frosting was too hard to spread over the cake and the kitchen looked like a bomb had hit it!!  This is to name only a few of the kitchen activities that were going wrong!  We needed to step away!  We took a little break, stepped away from the chaos and returned only when we had a plan.  Plan B was then implemented!  We cleared the whole kitchen, tidying up everything, cleaned up all traces of chocolate buttercream that had managed to get everywhere and started afresh!  This time we started with the vanilla cake as when doing different flavoured cakes you should always leave chocolate till last as it makes a mess, stains the white or ivory icing and gets everywhere!

Plan B went super and it wasn’t even that late a night when we finished.  The cake and flowers were packed up along with the travelling cake kit.

On arrival at the venue we had construction of the cake tiers to do then some piping.   This was a new experience for me as I have not had to do anything more than a bit of construction on site before, I was a tad nervous!  It all went well and the cake looked fab.  I had used a spirit level to get it all even, however when we came back in for the evening do the staff had moved the cake so my spirit level work was wasted! 

Note for future cakes

  • don’t get cocky and leave too much for the night before
  • Speak to the venue about movement of the cake before using the spirit level!

Congratulation to the new Mr and Mrs Clifford.  We wish you a long life full of happiness and love together and we hope you loved your cake J

A Harry Potter Birthday Cake for the best Husband in the world!

When Kev’s birthday comes around it is time to get my thinking hat on for a fab theme for this birthday cake.  He puts up with a lot of kitchen stress and trials and tribulations and has become the best cake assistance ever so I like to make him a super special cake to say thank you and Happy Birthday!

This year we were off to Harry Potter Studios as part of the birthday week fun so a Harry Potter themed cake seemed perfect.   I had to be rather clever when organising and planning the cake as we were away for the week, landing home on the Friday which left me with Friday night to ice and decorate it, which was not loads of time.  I therefore did all my modelling and colouring of icing and baked the cakes ready, to ensure Friday night would run as smooth as possible.

I had ordered some printing onto fondant from Baby Cakes and Roses cake shop which we were picking up on the way home from London, which I had to sneakily get in the car without Kev seeing!

The cake was a large open book with the gryffindor emblem on one page and text from the books and films which I had picked out.  I had modeled Harry’s wand, the golden snitch and a pair of glasses.  I had also asked Lou Lou if she would be able to make some Bertie Botts every flavour beans as Lou has an ever growing selection of food flavours which I felt made her the perfect candidate for the job!  Her son Ben joined in on the mission and they turned up with a bag full of beans, all different colours and flavours – thanks lots and lots guys.

I was really happy with how the cake turned out and I am officially won over by the edible printing as it looked fantastic and to do that by hand would have taken forever and been rather stressful.

We had a fantastic week of birthday adventures, Harry Potter Studios was amazing, click here to visit their website and plan you own trip!  We spent a day in London doing all the sites we could squeeze in, had a cocktail with my cousin who lives down there and went to see Jesus Christ SuperStar which was also brilliant.