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A Sweet Remembrance Autumn Newsletter

Tilly J. Lamb and I are both spending our days making dolls in preparation for our annual Izannah Walker Birthday Celebration on September 25th & 26th, 2020

I haven’t sent out a newsletter in quite some time… the one overwhelming thing I most want to say is that I hope you, your families and loved ones are safe and healthy. This has been such a very sad and difficult year for our world.

I debated with myself about whether or not to write my annual Autumn Newsletter, but in the midst of such very unsettled and stressful times I find that I need a few happy, fanciful things to think about. Tiny bright spots that make life feel a bit more normal and remind me of better days. So I decided to go ahead and write, hoping that you might feel the same and be interested in a bit of studio news and upcoming events.

The dolls and I are busy making plans to celebrate Izannah Walker’s 203rd birthday on September 25th I started writing my Izannah Walker Journal ~ Paula Walton’s Doll-Making Notes blog in January, 2009. The little Izzy’s and I have been celebrating the anniversary of Izannah Walker’s birth on my blog for ten years! Since my first birthday post on September 25th, 2010!

I’m getting a rather late start on preparations this year. I have to admit that since March I have been feeling much too antsy to make dolls… I have needed to do more physical, less detailed work. To be up and moving all the time rather than sitting…  I have been throwing myself into taking care of my little remnant of an 18th century farm. My life is going through a lot of changes at the moment and one of the things I am exploring is the feasibility of farming on a very small scale, so I have been growing a few experimental crops and trying out new plants. I’m not at all sure that farming is in my future, but it has made for an interesting, busy, exhausting spring and summer. I have also been concentrating on taking care of my family and making things for them. I have made masks, masks, and more masks. Not nearly as many as some people I know, who have been donating them on a large scale, but I have still made a fair number  ~ about 75 so far, with more requested and on my to do list. My concentration on family has included making toys with my granddaughter and sewing clothes for her first year of school.

Now, just finally, I am feeling as if I can return to making dolls, creating spun cotton fancies, and all the other art and handwork that I love. Apparently I am not alone in this, as I have recently been seeing comments and posts from other artists and craftspeople remarking that they too have not been able to work on their art and creations for months…

So please come join me at www.izannahwalker.com on September 25th, 2020 as the dolls and I celebrate Izannah Walker’s 203rd birthday! We will come up with something fun and festive to mark the occasion and I will be introducing my very first reproduction dolls of Sarah Alice, the latest antique Izannah Walker doll to join my Izannah family. There will be more details to come posted on www.izannahwalker.com , https://www.facebook.com/ASweetRemembrance , and https://www.instagram.com/asweetremembrance/?hl=en

In the meantime, if you would like a bit of extra Izannah Walker fun, you may want to watch a few of my videos on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/asweetremembrance/videos .

Other Studio Happenings

I am very, very honored to once again have been selected by Early American Life as one of their top traditional craftsmen in 2020. This marks the 41st time I have been juried into their prestigious Directory of Traditional Craftpersons. One of my dolls was featured in their August 2020 issue.

Reminder

Both the Spun Cotton Ornament Class and Izannah Walker Doll Making Class member help sites have moved to private facebook groups. If you are a member of either class and would like an invitation to the group please email me. You must be a member of facebook to use the private facebook group.

In Closing Thank you all for your interest in my work for all these years. I have enjoyed getting to talk or correspond with so many of you! Knowing you has enriched my life. I hope that I have been able to add just a bit of fun, whimsy and knowledge to yours!

I’d like to leave you with this recipe for Birth-day Pudding. It is the recipe that the dolls and I baked for our first Izannah Walker Birthday Party in 2010, and what we will be making again to celebrate this year. It is very easy and quite delicious! You don’t even have to be a doll lover to enjoy it ~ lol!

Wishing you and safe and happy autumn!

Paula

www.asweetremembrance.com

Birth-day Pudding

Butter a deep dish, and lay in slices of bread and butter, wet with milk, and upon these sliced tart apples, sweetened and spiced.   Then lay on another layer of bread and butter and apples, and continue thus till the dish is filled.  Let the top layer be bread and butter, and dip it in milk, turning the buttered side down.  Any other kind of fruit will answer as well.  Put a plate on the top, and bake two hours, then take it off and bake another hour.

This receipt (aka recipe) is from Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt-Book by Catherine E. Beecher.  Catherine Esther Beecher was born in 1800 in East Hampton, Long Island.  She founded the Hartford Female Seminary in 1823 as well as other schools for young women in Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.  She wrote A Treatise on Domestic Economy (1841) and Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt-Book (1846).

Notes:

After buttering my dishes I dusted them with sugar, before layering in the bread and butter.

I cut the crusts off my bread, as the pudding was for a special occasion, but you certainly don’t have to.  I saved the crusts as a treat for the wild birds in my yard.  You may also save them to make  stuffings, bread crumbs, or croutons.

I chose cinnamon, mace and nutmeg as my spices.

I baked my doll sized pudding in a custard cup, which would also be nice if you want to bake yours in individual portions.

I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and baked my puddings for 15 minutes, then I reduced the oven temperature to 250 degrees and continued baking for the remaining 2 hours and 45 minutes.  I removed my doll size pudding from the oven after 30 minutes of total baking time.  Your baking time is going to depend a lot on the size of your dishes and the thickness of your pudding, so check your oven fairly frequently.  It’s also a good idea to put a cookie sheet under your dish, because my pudding bubbled over as it was baking.

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Welcome to my Izannah Walker 2019 Birthday Celebration ~ Day 2 ~ Taking a Closer Look at Tilly Lamb

As part of this year’s festivities I thought it might be nice to show you a detailed look at one of my antique Izannah Walker dolls. I hope you enjoy it ❤

 

Tilly Lamb and I made this video while the birthday cake was in the oven. Here is the recipe so that you can bake a Rose Geranium Pound Cake to serve at your own birthday tea. ~

IMG_5517 (2)Rose Geranium Pound Cake 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups butter

1 pkg. (8oz.) cream cheese

3 cups sugar

6 eggs

3 cups flour

pinch of salt

3 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. rose water

organic rose geranium leaves

 

Directions:

IMG_5500 (2)Butter and flour, or spray a 10 inch tube pan with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange washed and dried rose geranium leaves, top side down, in the bottom of the pan. Cream butter & cream cheese.   Add sugar and cream well.   Add eggs one at a time and beat well.   Stir in flour and salt.   Add vanilla.

IMG_5502 (2)Carefully spoon batter into a 10 inch tube or bundt pan.   Start with a cold oven and bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours.IMG_5503 (2)

 

Stir powdered sugar, vanilla and a bit of milk together, to make a glaze, and pour overwarm cake.

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Happy 199th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 4 – Blow Out the Candles!

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“Hannah, you and Ismay made a wonderful cake! It’s beautiful!” “Just in time, I hear all of our friends arriving.” “Eliza Jane, you and Ismay can go on up to the parlor. I’ll take off my apron and bring the cake up.”

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“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Izannah…”

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“Make a wish!”

You may enlarge the photos and see the entire image by clicking on individual photographs in the montage.

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The recipe for this year’s cake came from American Cake by Anne Byrn.

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Ismay, Zola and Hannah made an Appalachian Apple Stack Cake, with moist buttermilk layers and spiced apple filling. The story, which I am very fond of, goes like this; each family invited to a wedding would bring one layer of cake, all of the layers were stacked together to form the wedding cake. I’ve also heard this cake called a prairie wedding cake and have seen reference to each family bringing a different flavored cake layer. ❤

 

At 7:00 p.m. I have a few new dolls who would like to make your acquaintance.  I hope you will be able to come back to meet them and then return one final time today at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time for our bedtime post. 🙂

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Happy 198th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 3 – Baking Birthday Treats

Time to bake. www.izannahwalker.com

The dolls have taken over my kitchen to bake honey cakes for this afternoon’s birthday tea party.  It’s time to get out the cookbook!

This is one of our favorite cookbooks.  America Eats by William Woys Weaver. It is no longer in print, but if you search you may still be able to find a copy here or there...
This is one of our favorite cookbooks. America Eats by William Woys Weaver. It is no longer in print, but if you search you may still be able to find a copy here or there…

"Isabeau will you find the page with the honey cake while I get out the honey pitcher?"
“Isabeau will you find the page with the honey cake while I get out the honey pitcher?”

"Here it is, Honey Tea Cake."
“Here it is, Honey Tea Cake.”

Time to bake. www.izannahwalker.com

"Hannah, Isane and I will get out the ingredients, and you can measure them into the bowl."
“Hannah, Isane and I will get out the ingredients, and you can measure them into the bowl.”

"Alright, I can do that Isabeau"  "Can you please hand me the flour?"
“Alright, I can do that Isabeau” “Can you please hand me the flour?”

"Zanna, do you think I should add some lavender to part of the batter?"
“Zanna, do you think I should add some lavender to part of the batter?”

"I think that is a wonderful idea Hannah!" "It will taste so good with the wild flower honey!"
“I think that is a wonderful idea Hannah!” “It will taste so good with the wild flower honey!”

"Does this look like enough lavender?" "Or should I add just a smidgeon more?"
“Does this look like enough lavender?” “Or should I add just a smidgeon more?”

"I love lavender! Let's add a bit more."
“I love lavender! Let’s add more!!!”

"Ismay, is the oven hot enough?" "I think the tea cakes are ready to bake."
“Ismay, is the oven hot enough?” “I think the tea cakes are ready to bake.”

"Yes it's just the right temprature."
“Yes it’s just the right temperature.”

"These smell devine"  "The first batch is ready to come out of the oven right now."
“These smell devine” “The first batch is ready to come out of the oven right now.”

"Izzybelle, let the cake cook a bit so you don't burn your mouth, and then you can be our official taster."
“Izzybelle, let the cake cool a bit so you don’t burn your mouth, and then you can be our official taster.”

"Is it good?" "Oh yes! Everyone is going to love them. Maybe we should make more!"
“Is it good?” “Oh yes! Everyone is going to love them. Maybe we should make more!”

"Let's hurry and get the last of these out of the oven. We still need to get the chairs set up in the parlor and change clothes before the guest start arriving..."
“Let’s hurry and get the last of these out of the oven. We still need to get the chairs set up in the parlor and change clothes before the guest start arriving…”

Please come back to join us at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time for tea. ❤

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Happy 196th Birthday Izannah! My Celebration SALE Starts Now!!! (this year’s sale is over ~ thank you !)

Today marks the 196th anniversary of Izannah Walker’s birth.  She was born in Bristol, Rhode Island on the 25th day of September in 1817. You may read more details about  Izannah’s life in this post.  I wish I could invite you all over to my house for cake and silly party games, but since I can’t, I’m doing the next best thing and having a SALE to celebrate the occasion and to say thank you for being such wonderful customers, students and friends.  It is such a great pleasure to know other people who love Izannah’s dolls as much as I do!

From 9/25/13 – 9/29/13 all of my reproduction Izannah Walker dolls, additional custom made dresses and accessories for your Izzy, Izannah Walker doll clothes patterns and Izannah Walker Doll Making Classes are 10% off.  This sale applies only to items ordered from September 25th through September 29th, 2013, the discount is not available on prior orders.  As always, all items may be placed on lay-away with terms to fit your budget and shipping is free to any United States address.  I generally just have two sales per year, my Izannah Walker Birthday Sale and my Christmas Sale 🙂  So don’t let this one pass you by.

3 Dolls available 9/25/13 www.izannahwalker.comThree Finished Dolls Available

I have three very special dolls available for this years Birthday Sale.  One of them is created from a brand new mold that I made from my friend Mary’s Izannah Walker doll, Anna.  Thank you Mary!!!  Anna is 17 inches tall, so she is a smaller size than my other dolls and has the look of a younger, chubbier child.  All three of these dolls have very aged appearances, befitting young ladies that were made early in Izannah’s doll making career.  They each come with two elaborate dresses, full of wonderful little details to delight the heart of any dress maker, a chemise, pantalettes, petticoat and necklace.

Isabeau #1 SOLD – Thank you so much for stopping by to look at her!  Please contact me if you would like to order a custom made doll similar to this one.

Isabeau #1 comes with a necklace made from hand strung pale pink bone beads.
SOLD Isabeau #1 comes with a necklace made from hand strung pale pink bone beads.

Her dress made from antique pink and black print fabric is adorned with rows ans rows of black velvet ribbon.
SOLD Her dress, made from antique pink and black print fabric is adorned with rows and rows of black velvet ribbon.

Isabeau #1 wearing her winter white antique wool dress.
SOLD Isabeau #1 wearing her winter white antique wool dress.  I made this dress from an antique unfinished, so never worn, wool baby’s petticoat.

A surprise sentiment hides inside the waist band of her dress.
A surprise sentiment hides inside the waist band of her dress, which fastens with hand carved bone buttons.

Details of the antique trims used on the sleeves of Isabeau's embroidered wool dress.
Details showing the antique trims used on the sleeves of Isabeau’s embroidered wool dress.

three ringlets
three ringlets

Isabeau #1 Wardrobe
SOLD Isabeau #1 Wardrobe

Isabeau #2 – SOLD Thank you!

Isabeau #2 shows off her hand strung real coral beads.
SOLD Isabeau #2 shows off her hand strung real coral beads.

Isabeau #2 is wearing a dress that I made for her from a mid-1800's brown "coral" pattern print fabric.  The dress has full gathered sleeves, two growth tucks in the skirt and a deep 3 inch hem.
SOLD Isabeau #2 is wearing a dress that I made for her from a mid-1800’s brown “coral” pattern print fabric. The dress has full gathered sleeves, two growth tucks in the skirt and a deep 3 inch hem.

Isabeau #2 in her black party frock.  The dress fabric dates to the late 1800's.  Rows of antique black velvet ribbon encircle the sleeves, waist and hem of the dress.
SOLD Isabeau #2 in her black party frock. The dress fabric dates to the late 1800’s. Rows of antique black velvet ribbon encircle the sleeves, waist and hem of the dress.

Isabeau #2 www.izannahwalker.com

2 curls www.izannahwalker.com

Isabeau #2 wardrobe
SOLD Isabeau #2 wardrobe

Anna #2 – NOW SOLD  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LOOKING.  Even though this one is sold you may order a custom made Anna style doll, and if you love these dresses I have enough fabric to make another set just like them.

Anna#2 wears a tiny golden thimble on a chain around her neck.
SOLD Anna#2 wears a tiny golden thimble on a chain around her neck.

Anna #2 is shown here wearing her dress made from a very early c. 1830-1840 cotton gauze paisley print.  The green, red, brown and ivory fabric is perfect for late fall and the upcoming Christmas season.  The sleeves and skirt of the dress have graduated growth tucks.
SOLD Anna #2 is shown here wearing her dress made from a very early c. 1830-1840 cotton gauze paisley print. The green, red, brown and ivory fabric is perfect for late fall and the upcoming Christmas season. The sleeves and skirt of the dress have graduated growth tucks.

Anna's black dress is made from another very early cotton print fabric.  The neckline of the dress is trimmed with antique ivory cotton ribbon, plus a row of antique silk velvet ribbon.  Her chemise is trimmed in tiny waved braid (aka rick rack in modern terms).
SOLD Anna’s black dress is made from another very early cotton print fabric. The neckline of the dress is trimmed with antique ivory cotton ribbon, plus a row of antique silk velvet ribbon. Her chemise is trimmed in tiny waved braid (aka rick rack in modern terms).

Anna #2 www.izannahwalker.com

Anna #2 wispy locks www.izannahwalker.com

Anna #2 Wardrobe
SOLD Anna #2 Wardrobe

Isabeau #2 & Anna #2 show off a little Black Magic for All Hallows Eve.  Black dresses are one of my favorites year around because they are a neutral accent in any room and the dark color will draw your eye to the doll and make her painted features "pop" and glow.
Isabeau #2 & SOLD Anna #2 show off a little Black Magic for All Hallows Eve. Black dresses are one of my favorites year around because they are a neutral accent in any room and the dark color will draw your eye to the doll and make her painted features “pop” and glow.

Are you wondering where Anna #1 is?  In the very near future she is going to be living with Mary, her older sister Anna and all of her Walker cousins in Vermont.  Members of my Izannah Walker Doll Making Class may read about my adventures in making Anna #1 in a continuing series of posts on the class member site.

To see photos of the original Miss Anna, follow these links:

Photos to Share of Mary’s Antique Izannah Walker Doll

A Visit with Anna

I am a much better doll maker than I am a photographer.  All of the girls look so much nicer in person.  If you would like to see more photos of any of the dolls before placing an order, just ask.  To purchase any of these dolls please visit my website ASweetRemembrance.com or alternately you may email paula@asweetremembrance.com or call 860-355-5709.

Time worn, well loved dolls are the ones that kindle the fiercest love in my heart, but I know that some of you dearly love newer, more pristine dolls.  Don’t despair, I would be happy to make you the Izannah Walker doll that inhabits your dreams and has captured a place in your heart.  Call or email me to place a custom order, 860-355-5709 ( 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time) or paula@asweetremembrance.com.  I do have a bit of a waiting list for custom work, so the sooner you order the better.

Click here for a quick guide about my three different styles of dolls.

Custom Made Dresses and Accessories For Your Doll

Email (paula@asweetremembrance.com) or call me (860-355-5709) about prices and available fabrics for custom made doll clothing and accessories.    Simple dresses made from antique fabric start at $200 apiece.  More elaborate dresses with a greater number of tucks, fuller skirts, rows of ribbon or lace trim, embroidery or more costly antique fabrics run from $250 -$275 and may go upwards.  Handmade leather shoes are $75.  Any custom order is 10% off during the sale.  Scroll up to see the new style of dress that I made for Anna #2.  The fully lined dress has a slim cut bodice and sleeves, with a cartridge pleated skirt and velvet ribbon trim.  The cost of an identical dress is $295, if the dress must be fully lined, or $275 for one with a lined bodice.

Patterns and Classes

If you would like to order a pattern for a full set of clothes to fit one of my 18- 1/2 inch Izannah Walker dolls click on this link.

I don’t have a pattern available yet for smaller size clothing to fit Anna.

To read more about my Izannah Walker Doll Making Class by Mail follow this link to my website, where you may also order the class.  The class comes with unlimited support, plus a class member only discussion site that features extra bonus material and patterns, including five different flat faced heads that work with the rest of your Izannah class patterns so that you can create a variety of different cloth dolls as friends for your Izzys!  Sophie and Mae, two of my dolls that I made using the flat faced patterns will be featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Prims magazine.

Time For A Party

Happy Birthday Izannah www.izannahwalker.comAfter trying on all their new clothes and posing for their photo shoot, the girls and I spent some time in the kitchen baking Izannah a birthday cake.  We all agreed that it was the perfect treat to celebrate the birthday of our very favorite doll maker!

The recipe for the cake came from The Best of Shaker Cooking by Amy Bess Miller and Persis Fuller.  I chose this recipe because it is one that would have been in use during Izannah’s lifetime and is filled with apples, the perfect seasonal fruit for an autumn birthday.  I picked apples to use from our oldest apple tree.  It is a very firm, late season cooking apple that I have never been able to positively identify.  We grow our apples organically, so they are not picture perfect, but I’m sure apples just like these would have been a familiar site to Izannah.

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from Shirley Shaker Village

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1/3 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1-1/3 cups flourIMG_4939

1/4 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanillaIMG_4949

3 apples, peeled and chopped

1/4 cup currants or raisins

powdered sugar

ground cinnamon

Cream butter and gradually add 1/2 of the sugar, beating well.  Beat egg with remaining sugar, add to first mixture.  Sift in flour, salt and baking powder alternately with the m ilk.  Flavor with vanilla.  Add apples and currants or raisins.  Beat well to mix and turn into a well-buttered 9 inch cake tin, square or round.IMG_4956

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cinnamon, and bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes.  Makes 1 cake.

Shaker Apple Cake www.Izannahwalker.com

Make a wish! www.izannahwalker.com

"Happy Birthday to you!" www.izannahwalker.com

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Happy 194th Birthday Izannah!

Izannah Walker was born 194 years ago today on September 25, 1817.  Happy Birthday Izannah!  To commemorate the occasion I’ve created a special Izannah Birthday Doll with an outstanding eleven-piece wardrobe.  I’m also having a birthday sale, from today 9/25/11 through next Sunday 10/2/11, all reproduction Izannah Walker dolls, Izannah Walker Doll Making Classes, Izannah Walker Doll Clothes Patterns and Spun Cotton Ornament Classes are 10% off.  This sale includes custom order dolls and as always you are welcome to place items on lay-away.  If you have any questions, want to place an order, or would just like to chat about Izannah and her dolls and mine, I can be reached at 860-355-5709 or paula@asweetremembrance.com.

 Izannah Birthday Doll

SOLD - Birthday doll and her wardrobe.

Even though I was rushing to beat the rain and falling darkness, I had the best time yesterday taking photos of this doll.  It was great fun to “play dress up” with her.  Her extensive wardrobe includes three dresses, two chemises, two pairs of pantalettes, two petticoats, an apron and a real coral bead necklace.  If you’d like to add more pieces to her wardrobe I can make her hand made leather shoes, a cotton sunbonnet and a straw bonnet.

SOLD - This dress has wonderful sleeves, notice the rows of gathers at the top of the sleeve by the shoulder line.

SOLD - This view shows the yards of 1/8th inch velvet ribbon encircling the sleeves, skirt and waistband.

SOLD - The fabric for this dress is a very old 24 inch wide pumpkin orange on white print with small brown leaves and red berry dots.

SOLD - Here she is wearing her brown and red dress, which is made from another fantastic early fabric.

SOLD - She comes with a real coral necklace, which matches the Turkey red embroidery on her linen apron.

SOLD - This view shows her tiny stitched toes peeping out from beneath her pantalettes. The pantalettes have Turkey red embroidery to match her apron and crocheted lace in a triangle pattern that echos the zig-zag stripes in her dress fabric. Look at the coordinating fabric lining the "false hem" of her dress.

SOLD - She's all dressed for a party in this sheer cotton dress embellished with row upon row of lace insertion.

SOLD - Two long ringlets curl in front of each of her ears. Thank you for looking!

To read more about, or purchase this doll please visit my website A Sweet Remembrance.  I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have or provide additional photos, just ask 🙂 860-355-5709 paula@asweetremembrance.com.

 Make a Wish

Birthday pound cake decorated with fresh borage flowers.

This year the girls and I baked a pound cake for Izannah’s birthday using a c.1754 receipt that I found in The Williamsburg Art of Cookery. This receipt is old enough to have been a well loved family favorite by the time Izannah was born.  Here’s the recipe so that you can bake one too.

 Pound Cake

Beat one Cup of Butter to a Cream, slowly beat in one and one third Cups of Sugar.  Add one Teaspoonful of Mace and beat in five whole Eggs, adding them one at a time.  Sift in two Cups of Flour, turn at once into a greased and floured Pan or Mould and bake slowly for one Hour.*

*I baked my cakes in a 300 degree oven, 30 minutes for the doll size cakes and two hours for the larger version.

Click here to see the recipe for last years Birth-day Pudding.

Thank you for stopping by to party with me and don’t forget to light a candle and make a wish for Izannah!

Wish!