Yep that was me today, so instead of finishing my practice cake, or better still, attacking the 5ft pile of ironing, I decided to have a play with some pastillage.
This bag of powder has been happily sat in my Cake room for months....so long that I can't even remember why I needed it, but I clearly ordered too much of it as it was still there, almost full, making me feel like I just had to come up with something.
A quick google later and the answer was a teacup and saucer.
My daughter had picked me up a lovely little set from a charity shop last year because i wanted to use the pattern on a cake.....and yep you guessed it...they had also been sat there ever since!
I mixed up my powder and boiled cooled water, kneaded it well and rolled it thin.
I had to work very fast as pastillage dries so quickly you don't get a lot of 'mistake' time.
I gently persuaded it into my cup and used a cookie cutter the same size as the top to cut a perfect rim. I then checked it hadnt stuck and set it aside to dry while i got on with the handle, base and saucer.
Now we all know the ninja has no patience, so after three hours I decided I had waited long enough and carefully released it from its mold. It still felt damp even though it was solid to the touch, so i set it upside down on a sponge form for another hour.
Tick tock, tick tock.....I could wait no longer and proceeded to get my paints out!
It clearly wasn't ready to be painted but I just didn't care...off I went painting pagoda type shapes, willow trees and birds that vaguely resembled my little set.
I cannot tell you how happy I am that I have found a use for my sad bag of powder :)
It just needs a cakey home now!