Monday 10 May 2021

Two Cakes !

I'm happy to be the guest designer at Twofer Challenge #38 : Cakes or Cupcakes for May.

I decided to go for a cake as I have the wonderful Sweet Treats set from Pinkfresh Studio that I haven't used enough.

Firstly, I went for a CAS masculine look for a Birthday card. I took artistic license and used colours that are not often seen on cakes! I also left spaced between the layers to make it taller and coloured in the base to make it more bold.

I used 2 of the Hero Arts Infinity Rectangle dies as embossing for the edge to give some interest.

For the second card, I went all pretty and pink for a wedding. At first I stamped the cake in pink, but wedding cakes are mostly white so that wasn't what I wanted. I wondered how to get the white look with a solid stamp ... and thought how about a double layer of white embossing powder. I distressed the background with Hero Arts Sand to give a golden glow so that the cake would stand out.

The lovely 3D Botanicals embossing folder gives an elegant touch.

Here is a close up of the double white embossed cake. I gold embossed the other elements and coloured with Copics.

Here are the 2 together. 

Quite different looks!

Here's my favourite cake recipe - Carrot Cake. And it works very well as cupcakes too!

Janet’s Carrot Cake

3 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Oil
2 Cups Wholemeal Flour
2 t Bicarbonate of Soda
1 t Cinnamon
½ t Nutmeg
½ Cup Coconut, desiccated
1 t Baking Powder
3 Cups Carrot, grated
½ Cup Pecan Nuts, chopped (opt)
Dash of milk
Pinch of salt

Whisk together the eggs and sugar until light. Add oil and beat well. Sift in the flour, bicarb, BP, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bake for 50mins – 1 hour at 180ºC.

Gluten-free option : Replace the flour with 1½ Cups Rice Flour and ½ Cup Glutinous Rice Flour. I'm sure you can also use your go-to gluten free flour. 

Topping :

250g Cream Cheese
125g Butter
500g Icing Sugar
1 t Vanilla Essence

Use cream cheese at room temperature. Mix until smooth. Add butter and mix well. Add icing sugar and vanilla essence.

Note : 
t = teaspoon (5ml)

I will also enter ...


  1. do you know the joke of the rabbit who kept asking for carrotcake? lol...great card and such a difference between the two. Thank you for playing at AAA Birthday Cards

  2. Two FABULOUS cake cards Janet!! I love the simpler card that would work for a guy or gal, but I really LOVE the wedding card with all the amazing layers of embossing you added...this card is a real gem!! Thanks so much for playing along with us this month and inspiring our players with your 2 different cards at The Twofer Challenge!! :0)

  3. Thank you for being our Guest Designer this month, Janet! Your cards are sensational! I love how you added height to your beautiful birthday cake and, oh my, that wedding cake would cost a fortune if you had been the one to decorate it in real life! Stunning! Thank you, too, for sharing your amazing carrot cake recipe! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Such a fab birthday cake! Love this modern contemporary look. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  5. Hi Janet. Firstly, congratulations on your win and thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration at Twofer! Love your masculine cake that's so tall and stately! Great framing! The wedding cake is gorgeous with all that yummy "icing" and framed beautifully! Your carrot cake sounds delicious. It's one of my favorite cakes (not to make, but to eat).

  6. Two really cute cards using a cute stamp set! Could I ask what you used for the "Happy"? It fits on the cake perfectly & I love the curly tail.

    1. Thanks Debbie. The die was from Alexandra Renke - Happy Birthday, product number KbD-AR-Ty0045, but I bought it in July 2018 and I don't think it's still for sale. Sorry. :( I tried looking at SSS and EH, but they didn't have stock either.

    2. They come & they go. Thanks so much for researching that :-) Much appreciated!

  7. Hi Janet. Thank you for being our guest designer this month. And thank you for stunning inspiration cards with cakes. The masculine card is fantastic. I like that you've used not traditional colors for this cake. Wedding cake looks delicious. As the real one. Embossed background is so festive.
    Stay safe! Hugs, Sonja

  8. Thank you, too, for sharing your amazing carrot cake recipe!

  9. What a super twofer, Janet! That stacked, masculine birthday cake is fabulous in those cool colours ... love how you 'wrapped' the die cut sentiment around the top! Your wedding card is elegant and delightful ... the look you created with the white and gold embossing works so well ... the layered little blooms are lovely ... and the texture is fantastic! Thanks so much for inspiring our players as our Guest Designer at Twofer ... and thanks too for that yummy recipe! Anita :)

  10. Two great and different cakes, Janet. The wedding card is so elegant and the heat embossing looks like frosting. Thanks for sharing that card with us at Just Us Girls.

  11. Janet, two lovely cake cards. Each so different. And your carrot cake recipe looks so yummy.

  12. Beautiful card set! Thanks for playing along with our May challenge!


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