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Things have been quiet here on the baking front during the month of April due to the fact that we have been in the process of moving house.  Because it was only a 5 mile move we decided to do it ourselves.. oh was that ever a big mistake.  My husband and I are retired Military so are used to having the movers come in and take it all for us.  Needless to say we are all exhausted, bruised and battered.  We had some great help with family members though and we will have to throw a huge housewarming party to say thank you!


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I grew up within 2 minutes walk of the Pacific ocean and some of Australia’s best beaches so being landlocked here in the US has been tough.

Finally, I have a big pool and am looking forward to swimming this summer.  Now all we need to do is get the toads out of it and get it cleaned up and we can let the partying begin!

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The Duo Dishes on 24 April, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

Welcome back. Excited to see what other cakes you’ve got in line. And congrats on the move…it’s not fun, but when it’s done, it feels good.

We just made the first attempt to make a layer cake following a few well known cake basics. Perhaps you have more advice?

Carrie of Bella Cupcake Couture on 6 May, 2009 at 9:17 am #

Congratulations on your move. How darling are the toads….but can understand the annoyance too.

Hope you can get rid of them soon and get back to baking and relaxing in the pool.

Poolside cake sounds perfect!

Colleen on 6 May, 2009 at 10:37 am #

Sorry guys, not sure how this one slipped thru the cracks! With a layer cake if you think the cake itself is too dry don’t think about throwing it away or starting over but rather use a flavoured syrup sprinkled on the cake before you fill it. Most often I will use a simple syrup and then add whatever flavours I want to compliment the cake. My Mother in law’s trick is to prick the cake surface with a toothpick so it gets down into the crumb of the cake also. You can use this on whole cakes as well. Happy caking!

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