Elsa’s Magic Sleeve

Elsa's Magic Sleeve

Maybe you heard about a little movie called Frozen? Well, one of the two main characters is named Elsa and she has the power of ice and snow. She’s pretty cool, and some people love her so much they want to dress like her. Case in point, six-year old Moozles. Last March, I scoured the internet for an Elsa dress for her. I finally got one made from eBay (for the princely sum of £50 – ouch). It’s very pretty, but a bit too pouffy and delicate for a rough six-year old. But this Elsa dress from Rubies UK is lovely and comfortable.

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And what could be better than an Elsa dress? Why, how about a Magic Snow Sleeve from Flair? Priced at £29.99, you get a can of silly string, refillable water bottle and a sleeve that covers up the bottle. I cannot fully convey the happiness Moozles felt at shooting out the silly string while singing ‘Let It Go’. So check out my first vlog (ooh!) to see the magic sleeve in action.

Is there anything better than being dressed like Elsa, and spraying silly string, I mean snow, everywhere? I can think of one thing. Going to the cinema on the 27th March to see Cinderella and getting to watch the short ‘Frozen Fever’.

 

We were sent the Elsa dress and the Magic Sleeve for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely mine and Moozles’ own.

 

Do You Wanna Build a Birthday Cake?

 
My daughter really loves this Disney movie called Frozen. Not sure if you have heard of it. So of course Moozles wanted a Frozen-themed birthday cake. Being a novice baker, not to mention a novice mother, I was a bit worried. I am trying to make the birthday cakes for as long as possible (before the kids realise that cool cakes aren’t my forte). I still have the scars of a mother who never baked me a birthday cake, therefore I try to force myself out of my comfort zone.
 
I debated whether to get edible or non-edible Elsa and Anna figurines for the cake but decided to try an edible picture topper. I found a nice one on ebay that was personalised with my daughter’s name (which was been erased for the blog) that was already cut in the shape I wanted. I also ordered edible snowflakes. I am quite happy with how the cake turned out. It’s not the most spectacular, but when Moozles’ friends saw the cake they all oohed. And Moozles herself said it was the coolest cake. She’s barely six, so it’s not like she’s an expert on cake making. But her appreciation made me feel pleased.
 
I made a 10-inch chocolate cake for the first tier of the cake and a 6-inch vanilla sponge for the second tier (I thought two tiers would make the cake look more impressive). When you cut into the cake, you get both chocolate and vanilla sponge which looks very enticing. 
 
Moozles was desperate to help, so I let her crack the eggs and mix the batter. Her favourite part was licking the spoon. Husband normally has the honour of licking the bowl, but as the ever-dutiful dad he shared the batter with the kids. Mary Berry forgive me, but I used Betty Crocker vanilla icing as a cheat. 
 
Chocolate Cake (originally Mary Berry’s Iced Chocolate Traybake)
275g self-raising flour
225g golden caster sugar
4 tbsp cocoa powder
4 large eggs
4 tbsp whole milk
225g salted butter
4 tbsp hot water
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 160C fan-assisted (180C). Mix ingredients, adding baking powder last. This is not essential as I started to bake the cake and realised that I had forgotten the cocoa powder. Whoops. I emptied the batter and mixed in the butter and started again. It was fine. I baked it for 40 minutes in a 10-inch cake pan. 
 
 
Sponge Cake (Basic All-in-one Sponge Traybake)
225g caster sugar
225g salted butter
275g self-raising flour
4 large eggs
4 tbsp whole milk
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 160C fan-assisted (180C). I baked it for 35 minutes in a 6-inch cake pan.
 
 
After both cakes were completely cooled, I iced them, put the smaller one on the bigger one and put them in the fridge to set for an hour. I then iced the cakes further and decorated them. Easy peasy Frozeneezy.
        

 

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