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Fiona Carter
Australia
Small business owner of Ribbons Galore & Baked by Fiona, blogging in my spare time.
Interests: Pastry cook student, baking, cake decorating, handmade, crochet, sewing, cooking, eating well, gardening, ribbons.
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A Bundt cake is a cake that is baked in a Bundt pan. The cake batter is shaped into a distinctive ring shape once baked, taking on the beautiful curves and design of the Bundt pan. I have baked many of my cakes as a Bundt cake which I then top with a piped buttercream "crown" in flavours matching the cake. My beautiful black chocolate Bundt cake is just one flavour that I love to bake. The cake has a chocolate drizzle and is finished with a crown of piped berry scented buttercream. It is the perfect cake to share... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
Hi Kendal They were the cardboard polling booths used during our elections, the first photo in the blog post above are what they look like. Cheers Fiona
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Hi Penelope, no I wasn't given any by Better Homes and Gardens this year. Cheers Fiona
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Last December we travelled to San Francisco. The decision to go on a family holiday was very last minute. Within a month of travelling, we booked onto one of QANTAS's new direct flights to San Francisco, booked our accommodation with... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at living on the crafty side of life
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The neapolitan cake is inspired by the flavours of Neapolitan ice-cream. There is a layer of chocolate cake and a layer of vanilla cake with a strawberry filling layer in between. The cake is coated and decorated with swiss meringue buttercream (flavoured milk chocolate, strawberry and vanilla). The cakes shown are the 6" size cakes (approximately 16cm across). A cake this size would serve up to 12 people (cut into cake wedges). Thanks for visiting. Cheers Fiona Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
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Easter is a great time to get a little creative with baking. This year's creations included a cake and a tart, based on the caramel filled easter eggs that are a long time favourite in our house. The cake is a chocolate cake with a caramel mouse filling, covered with swiss meringue buttercream and chocolate ganache. My Easter Egg tart has a caramel filling, covered with chocolate ganache and salted caramel swirls. A few little tarts were made as well, with a little left over caramel mousse... And lastly, a favourite baking treat I've been making for years, the Easter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
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Easter is a great time to get a little creative with baking. This year's creations included a cake and a tart, based on the caramel filled easter eggs that are a long time favourite in our house. The cake is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at living on the crafty side of life
So nice to hear from you Petra. Yes, the girls are all grown up now. How are you all going? xx
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This morning I stood on my front verandah and waved goodbye to Phoebe as she drove off to her LAST first day back to school. Today's the day I have sort of been looking forward to, but also not. We've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at living on the crafty side of life
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Lamingtons... a classic little Australian cake enjoyed all over the country! We seem to see more of these delicious little cakes around Australia Day these days, they've almost become a national dish for our day of celebration... along with Aussie... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at living on the crafty side of life
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Hello 2016! It's going to be a year to celebrate this year. By the end of this year.... I'll be 50. Yes, 2016 is the year I turn the big 5-0! This year is one year I've been anticipating for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at living on the crafty side of life
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The Lamington Cake is available to order now for Australia Day 2016. Inspired by the humble lamington which is eaten on Australia Day, I created this cake keeping the vanilla cake and chocolate/coconut coating, I added a delicious raspberry mousse filling to replace the often used raspberry jam filling of a lamington. The whole cake is then covered in whipped milk chocolate ganache and coconut. Decorated with a dark chocolate ganache drizzly drips, fresh raspberries, coconut and meringues. The cake shown is the 6" size cake (approximately 16cm across). This cake would serve up to 12 people (cut into cake... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
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The house is quite, everyone's returned to school, uni and work today. I'm back to work too, I'll be packing Ribbons Galore orders today. But just before I get back into work, just wanted to share a little story. My... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at living on the crafty side of life
Hi Ann. I haven't dyed these yarns, I bought the yarns in those colours. Cheers Fiona
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The school holidays are almost finished which means back to school... back to making some snacks for the lunch/morning/afternoon teas. I've just realised that I have just over one year left of school lunches/snacks, with my baby getting towards the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at living on the crafty side of life
I've been posting on Instagram a lot lately. Thought I'd share my feed here… Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at living on the crafty side of life
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A couple of weeks back I returned to Cook Republic HQ for another workshop with Sneh Roy. This time it was a practical food styling and photography workshop directed by Sneh. (You can read about my first Cook Republic workshop... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at living on the crafty side of life
Yes, maybe have a little stash for just you two!
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Hi Alison, thanks for popping over to my blog! It was nice to meet you at GA last week. Hope you get to give crocheting a go, if you need any help just let me know. xx
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Last week I attended a food writing and food photography/styling workshop taught by two very talented ladies, Katrina Meynink and Sneh Roy. Before we started workshopping, writing, styling and photographing we were treated to a delicious morning tea prepared by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at living on the crafty side of life
Thanks Mel :) xx
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I've made a few crocheted granny square blankets over the last few months, which I'm now selling. I've listed them in the Quite Contrary Handmade store at Ribbons Galore, or you can contact me directly if you are interested. Each... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at living on the crafty side of life
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This is the deliciously refreshing smoothie I made this afternoon. I usually make a cup of tea in the afternoon when I'm finishing up my work for the day, but today I felt like some thing a bit cooler (maybe... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at living on the crafty side of life
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Better Homes and Gardens LIVE is coming to Sydney! Sydney Showgrounds Friday 19 September – Sunday 21 September 2014 A Great Day Out For The Entire Family. Australia’s favourite home magazine and television show is coming to life at Sydney... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at living on the crafty side of life
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I've been crocheting away the cold winter rainy nights here, and have made some cute crochet bags. Just in time for spring, they are now for sale in the Quite Contrary Handmade section at Ribbons Galore. They are perfect for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at living on the crafty side of life