World Social Media Day


Well it may be the first day of the week, but it is in fact the last day of the month and the last day of June brings with it Mashable’s World Social Media day.

This year sees the Fifth Annual Social Event take place after Mashable launched the event in 2010 in order to celebrate the digital revolution happening around the world and celebrate the profound effect it has had on our lives, especially in how we do business and interact with one another.

There are many parties across the globe to attend or why not even hold your own social media party?

For those of you that fancy joining an already existing shin dig the following link will take you to where you can find one in your area….

For those of you wanting the challenge of throwing your own party, why not invite some friends round and have a bash at making some Social Media inspired cake pops for you to enjoy!


This delicious recipe will make around 20 Vanilla flavoured cake pops:

Cake Pop Recipe:


Vanilla Cake:

  • 120g of Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 150g of Unrefined Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 free range eggs – at room temperature
  • 180g of Self Raising Flour
  • 4 tbsp of milk – at room temperature

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

  •  80g of Softened, Unsalted Butter
  • 40g of Softened Cream Cheese
  • 200g of Sifted Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Extra Items:

  • Candy Melts  – in your preferred colours to decorate the cake pops
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Lollipop Sticks

Vanilla Cake Method:

  1.  Preheat your oven to 180oC/Gas Mark 4
  2. Lightly grease and flour a 25cm round or 20cm square cake tin.
  3. Cream the butter and the sugar together until the mixture becomes light and fluffy, once thoroughly mixed add the vanilla extract to the creamed butter and sugar and mix in.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs ensuring that you mix well between each addition. Add half of the flour and then half of the milk and mix until fully combined. Repeat again with the rest of the flour and milk.
  5. Pour the mixture into your already prepared tin and bake for about 35-45 mins, or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Once baked, remove the cake from tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Method:

  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese together
  2. gradually add the sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy.
  3. finally mix in the vanilla
  4. refrigerate for about 30 mins before using.

Candy Pops Construction Method:

  1. Crumble the cake thoroughly in a large mixing bowl, using your hands can create a finer crumb although you can use your food processor if you wish. It might be worth noting also that the crusts of the cake if left on when crumbing may create lumps in your mixture and so removing then with a sharp knife first is something to consider.
  2. Once the cake has been crumbled as finely as possible, take your fristing, a heaped tablespoon at a time and being mixing it in with the crumbs
  3. It may be that you do not need all of the frosting, this will depend upon hjow moist your cake is, so take care to add just a little at a time.
  4. Keep mixing until you have a fudge-like texture. To see if it’s ready, squeeze a little of the mixture in your palm, it shouldn’t crumble but it should be pliable.
  5. Please note that by adding too much frosting the mixture will become soggy, sticky and heavy and the cake pops will just fall off the sticks when you dip them.
  6. Wrap your mixture in cling film and refrigerate for about an hour. Remember the mixture should be firm but not too hard to work with.
  7. Break off a small pieces of the mixture at a time about the size of a ping pong ball, shape with your hands each piece in the shape of a cube, placing each of them of a tray lined with baking paper. Refrigerate for a further 15-20 mins or long enough so that they are firm.
  8. Whilst, they are chilling make up your candy melts.
  9. Place the candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl – make sure that you separate all the different colours you wish to use into different bowls. Place the bowl in the microwave on medium for 1 minute.
  10. take the candy melts out and stir thoroughly, they may have only just started to melt, place them back in the microwave and melt for a further 30 seconds.
  11. Stir again, making sure that you scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Return to the microwave for a final 30 seconds, then give the mixture a final stir. Candy Melts does not normally achieve the same silky, runny consistency that you would get with melted chocolate, so to make it easier to work with, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil per 400g bag of candy melts. Work enough oil into the candy to create a silky consistency.
  12. Take your cake cubes out of the fridge and then taking your lollipop sticks one at a time, dip the end of the stick into the candy melts and immediately push the stick about half way through the dough cube, ensuring that it isn’t too deep or shallow. Leave on the tray for the candy to set which should only take about 1 or 2 minutes.
  13. Once all the sticks are set in place, you can now decorate them to look like your favourite social media themes using the rest of the melted candy.
  14. for the main colour of the candy, ensure there is enough melted dip in the bowl so that you don’t need to tilt it and can fully tip the mixture into the candy to coat it. Repeat with all your cake pops.
  15. Once this layer has been set you can use the end of lollipop sticks or unused/clean paintbrushes to decorate them up with your favourite logos and themes.

We hope you have a fantastic Social Media Day, whether you are attending a patru ort hosting one and remember to share your experiences with #SMDAY



National Strawberry Parfait Day

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It may be the mid week hump, but the sun has got his hat on and with it being National Strawberry Parfait day, why not gather together with a few of your friends and enjoy the downward slope to the weekend with the sunshine and some sublime Strawberry Parfait. It is also the perfect accompaniment as an indulgent treat whilst watching Wimbledon.

For those of you who are fancying trying your hand at home made, here are some recipes for Strawberry Pairfait for you to have a dabble at:

Healthy Strawberry Parfaits

This recipe from Women’s Health Magazine is for a rather delicious and healthy version of strawberry parfait.

Ingredients: (These ingredients will make 4 parfaits)

  • 1 lb of Strawberries
  • 2 Cups of Low Fat Vanilla Yoghurt
  • 6 tbsps Muesli Cereal
  • Sliced strawberries – for garnish 


  1. Chop the strawberries into quarters and then divide half of them between 4 dessert glasses.
  2. Divide 1 cup of the Low Fat Vanilla Yoghurt and 3 Tbsps of the Muesli Cereal evenly amongst the glasses on top of the strawberries.
  3. Repeat the above two steps with the rest of your strawberries, yoghurt and muesli so that you have 4 alternative layers in the glasses.
  4. Top them off with some slice strawberries as a garnish

Not So Healthy White Chocolate and Strawberry Parfait

We all like a little indulgence too and this recipe for white chocolate and strawberry parfait from BBC food is simply divine. 

Ingredients: (The following ingredients will make 4 parfaits) 

For the Parfait:

  • 150g of White Chocolate
  • 500ml of Double Cream
  • 100ml of Water
  • 115g of Caster Sugar
  • 6 Egg Yolks

For the Strawberries:

  • 4 Tbsp Kirsch
  • 2 Tbsp Icing Sugar
  • 200g Hulled and Quartered Strawberries

For the Tuiles

  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 60g of Softened Butter
  • 120g of Caster Sugar
  • 100g of Ground Pecans
  • 1 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder


  • 12 toasted Pecan Halves – for Garnish 



  1. Melt the white Chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Ensure that the bottom of the bowl does not actually touch the water.
  2. In a separate bowl whip the double cream until it holds soft peaks and set it to one side.
  3. Bring the water and sugar to the boil in a small pan.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they have paled and thickened. Pour in the sugar syrup and continue to whisk for one minute.
  5. Mix the melted chocolate into the egg and sugar syrup mixture and then quickly fold in the whipped cream.
  6. Carefully pour the mixture into four moulds. The moulds should roughly be a size of 6cm wide and 4cm deep. Put your moulds into the freezer and leave them for about 2 hours at least.


  1. Place the Kirsch and icing sugar in a small saucepan and stir together over a gentle heat until all the icing sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the strawberries, mix them in well and take the pan off the heat, transfer the strawberries to a small bowl and set it to one side.


  1. Preheat your oven to 180oC/Gas Mark 5.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix together all of your ingredients – apart from the strawberries – until you have a smooth paste.
  3. Using a palette knife, spread your mixture onto a non-stick baking tray as thinly as you can.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 8-9 minutes.
  5. Remove the tray from the oven and using a 6cm in diameter circular cutter cut four shapes – please ensure this is done while the mixture is still warm and pliable.
  6. Place the four circles on a cooling rack to harden.


  1. Remove your parfaits from the freezer and upturn them one at a time into the centre of your four dessert plates.
  2. Top each of the parfaits with a tuile, garnish with toasted pecans and spoon over the macerated strawberries that you prepared earlier
  3. Enjoy!

National Martini Day


Well today is the day that all of us ladies AND James Bond enthusiasts have been dreaming of…..National Martini Day!! 😀 It seemingly couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Whether you are in the mood for a pre-weekend tipple, are fancying a rather lavish way of calming the nerves through England’s nerve wracking knock out match against Uruguay this evening or have lost your partner to the World Cup madness which you yourself cannot stand and are looking to indulge yourself in luxury it would be rather rude not to take advantage of this National Day for sure! 😉

For those of you who aren’t getting your local bartender to pour one for you, here’s some recipes from the ‘Classic Martini’ to a decadent ‘S’mores Martini’:

Classic Martini Recipe:


Ingredients: (these ingredients will make 1 cocktail)

  • 2½ ounces of Gin
  • ½ ounce of Dry Vermouth
  • Olives (for garnish) 


  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour all the ingredients into the mixing glass
  3. Make like 007 and stir the ingredients for 30 seconds
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with the amount of olives of your choice – usual practice is either 1 or 3
  6. Enjoy!

Smirnoff Lemon Drop Martini: 


Ingredients: (these ingredients will make 1 cocktail)

  • 38 mls of Smirnoff Vodka
  • 8 mls of Triple Sec
  • 23mls Lemon Juice 


  • Rim a Martini Glass and place in fridge to chill
  • Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes
  • Pour in the Smirnoff, Triple Sec and Lemon Juice
  • Shake Well
  • Strain into the chilled Martini glass.

Smirnoff Green Apple Martini: 


Ingredients: (these ingredients with make 1 cocktail)

  • 38mls of Smirnoff Green Apple Vodka
  • 8mls of Apple Schnapps
  • 1 Splash of Sour Mix
  • 1 Slice of Apple (for garnish)


  1. Fill a Mixer full of Ice
  2. Add the Smirnoff Green Apple Vodka, Apple Schnapps and Sour Mix
  3. Shake well
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  5. Garnish with the Apple Slice

S’mores Martini


Technically this is a rather warm martini and so it can be enjoyed even in the winter months to warm you up, but with the marshmallow and the chocolate it seems to luscious to have to wait for 6 months.

Ingredients: (these ingredients make 1 cocktail)

  • 45mls Bourbon
  • 45mls Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 30mls Chocolate Liqueur
  • Dash of Cream
  • Marshmallow Fluff (for rimming the glass)
  • Digestive Biscuit crumbs (for rimming the glass)


  1. Coat the rim of your Martini glass in Marshmallow fluff.
  2. One the edge is nice and stickied up roll the rim of the glass in a bowl of the biscuit crumbs.
  3. Fill a mixer with ice
  4. Add the Bourbon, Butterscotch Schnapps, Chocolate Liqueur and Cream and shake.
  5. Pour into the pre-decorated Martini glass and enjoy.

Raspberry Baileys Martini: 


Ingredients: (these ingredients make 1 cocktail)

  • 60mls Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 8mls Smirnoff Raspberry Flavoured Vodka
  • Raspberries (Used for garnish) 


  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add the Baileys and Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka to the mixing glass.
  3. Shake well and then strain into a Martini glass
  4. Garnish your glass with a Raspberry.

Dirty Martini 


Ingredients: (these ingredients make 1 cocktail)

  • 45mls Smirnoff No.21 Vodka
  • 1 splash olive juice
  • Olives to garnish


  1.  Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add the Smirnoff and Olive Juice
  3. Shake well and strain into a Martini glass
  4. Garnish with the amount of olives of your choice

Hope you all enjoy these recipes and have a tip top Martini day! 🙂 we know we will!! ;-p


Make Up Art


Having seen an article in the Metro Newspaper yesterday about this woman and her mad Make Up Artistry skills, I just had to share it. We all know that when fancy dressing, painting your face and adding prosthetics etc is such a great way to make your costume more lifelike and give it that extra added edge, well this woman has taken it to a level all of her own! Recreating herself into famous faces, this is most definitely worth a look.I just wish I had this lady as part of my make up kit for before every fancy dress party.

Take a look at this fabulous article by clicking on the link below:

Game of Thrones Inspired Recipes


And so, the end is near and we face the finale of Game of Thrones Season 4 and we are absolutely gutted.

With a heavy heart we tune in tonight to see what other chaos writer George R R Martin is intending to rain on the residents of Westeros and the cities across the narrow sea.

Will our questions be answered? – Will Arya escape the Hound? Will our favourite Lannister have his clever, witty and sharp minded noggin removed from his body? And will Sam be right? Will Mance really flay and boil Jon Snow alive? – Or will we be left on the edge of a torturous cliff hanger? If any of the previous episodes and seasons are anything to go by, I think we all know the answer to that.

So instead of getting all glum, why not throw a season finale party and celebrate a fantastic series with some of these Game of Thrones inspired recipes:

1. Hot Pie’s Direwolf Bread:


Let’s not lie, as soon as we saw the direwolf shaped bread that Hot Pie gave to Arya in Season 3 we all wanted to try one, and now we can! The following recipe will allow you to bake around 3 direwolves 😉


  • 2 cups of course wholemeal flour
  • 3 cups of fine wholewheat flour
  • 1.tsp baking soda
  • 1.tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 6 tbs. butter
  • 4 tbs. honey
  • Buttermilk
  • 1 Beaten egg or Milk (For coating the top before baking)


  1. Preheat your oven to the moderate temperature of Gas Mark 4/180oC/350oF.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Then rub in the butter, until the mixture forms a small breadcrumb texture.
  4. Add the honey and stir until completely mixed in, pour in some buttermilk but only enough so that you are left with a soft and workable dough. Be careful not to make the mixture too sticky.
  5. Place to the dough on a floured board/worktop and roll it out into around 1/2” thickness and then carefully with a sharp knife cut into the shape of the direwolf.
  6. When happy with your individual bread pieces, transfer them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment/greaseproof paper.
  7. Brush all over with the beaten egg or milk and place in the preheated oven.
  8. Bake for roughly 20 mins or until golden brown.

2. Sweet Jars of Wildfire:

Reminiscent of the night that the whole of Kings Landing was glowing eerily green with wild fire and Tyrion embraced his inner warrior this simple dessert recipe is very easy although very effective:

What You’ll Need:

  •  Small masonry topped jars
  • Green Jelly (Hartley’s Lime Jelly is a rather good choice)
  • Labels with ‘Wild Fire’ written on them


  1.  Follow the instructions on your chosen packet of green jelly to melt down your jelly into a measuring jug.
  2. Once your jelly is in a liquid format, pour the mixture into your small masonry topped jars.
  3. Once your jars have been filled, ensure that the outside of the bottle is completely dry before adding your ‘Wild Fire’ labels to the outside.
  4. Once your jars are completed place in the fridge to set the jelly, and take out just before serving

3. Creamcakes of Dorne

To commemorate our late and valiant Prince ‘Red Viper’ Oberyn of Dorne, why not sit down and indulge in a Dornish inspired creamcake:


Ingredients required for Pastry:

  •  3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of warm water
  • A pinch of Saffron

Ingredients required for Filling:

  • 2 cups of single cream
  • 4 eggs
  • Pinch of Cardamom
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • 56.7g/2oz of butter
  • 1 tsp. rose water
  • 2 tbs. icing sugar for dusting
  • Garnish with crushed pistachios or candied fruits, whichever you prefer

Method for Making the Pastry:

  1. Mix the flour and sugar together in a bowl.
  2. Place the warm water in a measuring jug and add the pinch of saffron to it for about 5 minutes, or long enough until the water has taken on a slight yellow tint.
  3. Once the water is ready, pour a small amount at a time into the flour and sugar mixture, combining and kneading until you have a large ball of dough in your bowl.
  4. Place the dough ball on a floured board or surface and roll out to about a ¼” thickness and cut the mixture into 2” in diameter rounds.
  5. Press each of these rounds into a greased and floured, mini muffin pan and bake for around 5 minutes at Gas Mark 4/180oC/350oF.
  6. Remove from the pan and leave them to cool.

Method for the Filling:

  1. Combine the cream and one beaten egg into a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Slowly bring the mixture to a simmer.
  3. In a separate bowl beat the remaining three eggs.
  4. Whisk the eggs quickly whilst gradually pouring in about 1 cup of the cream and egg mixture.
  5. When fully whisked and the entire mixture back into the saucepan adding the spices, butter and rose water and place on a medium heat stirring as it thickens.
  6. Once it has thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool.

Method for Completing the Creamcakes:

  1. Spoon the filling into the prepared shells.
  2. Dust the top with icing sugar
  3. Top with your garnish of choice.

Here in the Fancy Crafting office we will be preparing these recipes and then settling down in front of the tellybox to see how season 4 climaxes, and we surely won’t let the prospect of waiting until next year for out next batch of episodes get us down.

However, we would like to say that should anyone need us over the next 6 months we will be cocooned in our duvets, watching reruns of old episodes whilst reciting the vows of the Nights Watch 😉

‘Night gathers, and now my watch begins.

It shall not end until my death.

I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children.

I shall wear no crowns and win no glory.

I shall live and die at my post.

I am the sword in the darkness.

I am the watcher on the walls.

I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn,

The horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men.

I pledge my life and honour to the Night’s Watch, for the night and all the nights to come.’

Monday Blues Cure


I think we can all agree that after an amazing weekend, the last thing we want is to get up on a freezing cold morning, that’s tippling down with rain and get ready for that horrid commute to the workplace. In fact I think we would all agree that just once, we’d all like to wake up, turn on the news and hear ‘Monday has been cancelled, go back to sleep’. As this is something that particularly in my experience never happens I think what we really need is a good old cure for the Monday Blues:

Monday Blues – (hungoverius et Knackeredicus)

Most Common Signs and Symptoms:

  •  Easily agitated and very irritable
  • Headache – bordering on migraine proportionseaHead
  • A deep sense of longing for the weekend – usually culminating in a mental count of just how many ‘sleeps’ there are to next weekend
  • A rapidly decreasing tolerance for the delightful chap at the back of the bus who insists on sharing his rather tinny version of the latest happy hardcore ‘tune’ on the morning commute
  • Your fellow co-workers are all too keen to share far too much about their personal lives and at a seemingly rather loud volume

Effective Treatments:

  • Caffeine – whatever your poison whether it be Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Sweet Caramel Macchiato or a straight up large Americano, caffeine is the key and in times like these your friend.
  • Indulgence – why not treat yourself to that tempting cupcake or slice? A 5 minute indulgence with a sugar kick to boot


It has been ascertained that those who opt for the caffeine and/or indulgence treatments often feel less groggy and more accepting of their current situations within an hour of consumption.

If all else fails take heart in knowing that at least it’s only Monday once a week.


Stockings Galore!


Summer is nearly here, bringing with it the excitement of Festivals, the Hen Party Season and lots of Fancy Dressing fun in the summertime sun! This is the perfect excuse for us ladies to get more daring with our costumes and add that gorgeous, sexy edge we all desire with some stockings.

Stockings are a great accessory which when put on make us instantly feel much more sexier and with the wealth of designs that are now available to us we are sure to find the right pair that will both complement and complete that fancy dress outfit we are dying to wear whether it be a Sexy Nurse, Sailor or Queen of Hearts.

Here in the Fancy Crafting office we think that all ladies – whatever their budget – should be able to accessorise their outfits with some fabulous stockings and have therefore reduced the price of our hosiery items in our eBay outlet store.

To take a look at our range please click on the following link: