Monthly Archives: August 2013

How do you cost a cake?

Well,  after many years of making and decorating celebration cakes, I have the answer! I found an amazing excel programme through Twitter. I had been following a lovely fellow cake decorator and found she had developed this programme to assist in the pricing of cakes, it’s a Cake Calculator and is so easy to use, at £2.99 it’s a great investment.

The Cake Calculator is spreadsheet which enables you to input all your ingredients, how much they cost and in what quantity they are purchased. You then go through the cake recipe, putting in the actual amounts used and it calculates the cost of each item, before giving you the grand total. Boards, boxes, hourly rate etc, are all on there. It can be adapted to suit your own needs. How I wish I’d had something like this many years ago, it has always been every cake decorators nightmare, trying to work out prices to charge. Because you always want to be fair, it is so easy to under charge, but with the Cake Calculator, I’ll not be in that position again, and when somebody says, ‘How much?’ I can show them a complete breakdown of the costs, BRILLIANT!

For other cake decorators out there, here is the link  I will definitely be recommending it to my cake decorating students at Pipedreams.

These are the sheets I used this week

These are the sheets I used this week


The cake I made this week was an eightieth birthday cake for my nephew’s mother-in-law. It had handmade sugar carnations and roses. I hope Audrey enjoys it.

Eightieth birthday cake
Eightieth birthday cake


I am now going to tell you about two wonderful, caring, young people………my great niece and goddaughter, Kate is doing the Windsor half marathon next month and she is doing it to raise money for a local charity, Berkshire East & South Bucks Women’s Aid. My great nephew Jamie is taking part in the London Bikeathon, (100 miles), also next month, and he is raising money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research. We very proud of them both and if you feel you would like to support them they have ‘just giving pages’; and Jamies is here 

Well, there’s been nothing going on in the sewing room this week……..the cake sort of ‘took over’, but I will be in there next week getting some bunting made in readiness for my sister and brother-in-law’s diamond wedding celebrations!

Till next time, happy sewing, baking, crafting or whatever else you may be doing.

Jenny xxxxx

What’s in a name?

Did you have a childhood nickname? Do you still have a nickname? When I was at school, I was always called ‘Mousey’, not because I was timid or shy (no one could ever say that about me,), but because I was so small.  When I left school, my future F-I-L called me ‘Niffer’, the reason behind this was down to everyone else calling me Jen, to which he always added the the rest of my name, hence Niffer, This has stuck with one or two of the family to this day.  An old friend of ours called me ‘Titch’ back in the sixties and this again, is a name that has stayed with me, in fact, that’s the name I answer to in that particular circle of friends.

My darling OH called me by the affectionate name of ‘Cobbie’ when we were first married, That’s why Cobbie’s Corner seemed so appropriate for my blog.  Even my GP has a nickname for me, if ever I have need to visit his surgery, I am always greeted by ‘Hello little cobblers, what can I do for you today’ He has also been known to sing a rendition of ‘Jennifer Juniper’ whilst taking my blood pressure.

When my son was born, great debate was given to his name, especially to  the fact that we wanted something not easily shortened.  Colin was the chosen name, already nice and short, surely not able to be shortened? What do we all call him? Col, or CJ. I think his wife is the only person who calls him Colin.

My lovely niece, affectionately known as Boo by everyone, because her twin brother was unable to say Bridget when they first started talking, is in fact Bridget Jones. Yes, truly. This time last year Boo and I were preparing to go to Cyprus for Colin’s wedding. When we arrived and went to check in, as soon as Boo gave her name for the reservation, the young Cypriot looked at her in amazement and asked if she was THE Bridget Jones. He then told the other receptionist that he was dealing with someone famous. During our stay,  every time we went near the reception area, we were greeted by ‘hello Bridget  Jones, how are you today?’ It was another little thing that made our holiday so memorable.


Boo and myself with the hotel receptionist.

 Place names are another thing that fascinate me. My dad was born in a little Irish village called Newtown Mount Kennedy, I swear it takes longer to say than it would have taken to drive through the village when he was a lad. Dun Loghaire is another of the places I like in Ireland, the spelling of which belies the pronunciation, which is  Dunleary.

One of my ‘cyber friends’ from the sewing forum, has just had a life changing holiday in Australia, meeting family that she didn’t know existed three months ago. It’s a wonderful heartwarming story and it’s on her blog, Bossy Mama. My reason for telling you this is because Dina has been blogging about the trip and it really makes for lovely reading, but also, in one of the most recent blogs, Dina has told of a place she visited called Cobbity. I instantly fell in love with the place, purely because of the name, I would love to be a Cobbe from Cobbity!

So what is in a name? I like to think that all of my names have been given to me with affection over the years, I’m sure there may be one or two that aren’t so, but the important people in our lives refer to us with their own pet names and I, for one, love all of them.

Until next time,

Bye from Mousey, Niffer, Titch, Cobbie and, of course, Jenny xxxxxxx