Movember is a big thing in Ireland, and UK, as well I think. It’s the month where the chaps grow a moustache and raise funds to help raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer.

Some very brave men where I work had strips of hair removed using leg wax to raise money (not for fun! Lol). Where from? Legs, arms and chests! I didn’t watch – not my kind of thing at all though I did sponsor a couple of guys.

There were two baking days – I made the chocolate biscuit cake Christmas pudding for one of them (last post) and made a rich sponge with brandy buttercream filling topped with white chocolate (one coloured blue, obviously) ganache. If there wasn’t enough chocolate, I added chocolate stars, chocolate silver balls (the aluminium ones seem to have been finally discontinued!) and a ring of Malteasers.


Ganache is dead easy to make. It’s just double cream and chocolate – a ratio of 2 choc to 1 cream.

I weighed the cream to tare it in grams then broke the chocolate into a bowl.

Pour the cream into a saucepan and bring it to the boil; stir it so it doesn’t burn and stick to the pan.

When it’s broiling and roiling, take it off the heat and pour over the chocolate.

Stir, stir, stir then stir again till it’s melted and blended together. Let it cool a bit if it’s on the hotter side of warm then pour it carefully (more carefully than I did – was in a rush) and let it pool and run over the sides. Give it a little encouragement with a push from a spatula or spoon.

That’s ganache!

It suffered a little collateral damage on the way in – I catch a train, hop on the Luas then have a 10 mins walk. The Luas is the worst bit – spend 10 mins practically stuffed inside the next chap’s shirt pocket – a bit cramped but the view is generally lovely but not conducive to careful cake carrying..


Some of the Malteasers got dislodged but were quickly pressed back into position. Unfortunately, a few stars got broken but even that didn’t spoil the overall effect too much (pulling a Rahul face while typing, though lol!).

My cakes sales (the two together) raised nearly €100 so delighted they were enjoyed and raised money.

Spoon Graphic blog posted a free set of treasure map assets for Illustrator.They are amazing and just had to have them! Thank you Spoon.

They needed a Wind Rose Compass to set them off. There’s an Illustrator tutorial here:Wind Rose Compass that’s very easy to follow; this is how mine turned out:

I also learned about the profile elements on the Stroke palette, as well! Never used them before. Every day is a school day!

It would be pretty cool if I could plan out a treasure trove map with clues. Time is a bit scarce, though.Too much to do.

The plant pot is nearly finished. It has a name and date on the back and just needs a good coat of Modge now. Will post pics this weekend.

Anyway, November is nearly gone. Roll on December – Christmas rocks! I love it and today I put one of the trees up!!! Mr T is getting it out from the attic after tea!

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