The Ultimate SKYLANDERS SWAP Force Party!

If you have kids (especially of the male variety) then there’s almost no way you’ve missed out on the Skylanders phenomenon that took the gaming world by storm a few years ago.

Skylanders came up with the worlds first interactive gaming portal which quite literally takes your child’s toys and inserts them directly into the video game they’re playing.

The latest instalment of the game is the Skylanders SWAP Force edition, where you can take your characters and split their top halves from their bottom, swapping and interchanging them to combine powers and create whole new characters – 16 main Skylanders become over 250 unique combinations (which means less toys to buy and more bang for your buck!)

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It’s no wonder I’ve been getting a ton of requests for Skylanders themed tutorials on my YouTube channel, so I decided to create a Skylanders SWAP Force ENTIRE PARTY for you guys to re-create at home.

It’s one of the most popular children’s toys and one of the most popular theme requests for kids parties, so why stop at just one cake – lets party plan the whole event :)

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To start with, I created a Light-up (yes LIGHT-UP, as in flashing & glowing!) Portal of Power cake.

I filmed the process and turned it into this simple and easy to follow video tutorial, so you can recreate the cake at home. Just wait till you light it up and see the faces of your guests!

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I went with an actual Skylanders toy for the top of my portal cake as it saved a lot of time, and is far more accurate than a sugar crafted replica would be.

I used a Limited Edition Skylanders SWAP Force character called Springtime Trigger Happy. I chose him just because he’s super cute but he’s only available during the Easter / Spring season (2014) so if your little Skylanders fan wants this particular toy, you’ll need to grab it quickly before they run out.

Otherwise there are a TON of characters to chose from and if you do a bit of snooping, it won’t take long to figure out which one is your child’s favourite.

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Next I decided to make some of the Skylanders SWAP Force ‘Elements’ in cupcake form – they feature heavily throughout the game and any Skylanders fan will know exactly what they’re all about.

Once again, I created a simple instructional video HERE if you’d like to see how these were made so you can recreate them at home.

These toppers can be made several days in advance saving you time on the day of the party, which is always a bonus with excited kids running underfoot.

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Finally, I’m able to share an exclusive Skylanders SWAP Force Printable Party Pack with you all, absolutely FREE! All you need to do is download the PDF HERE, print it at home and follow the instructions to piece together the party pack components.

There are Skylanders straw flags (because  whats a straw without a themed flag right?), Skylanders water bottle labels, Skylanders party hats, Skylanders cupcake wrappers, Skylanders treat bag toppers and a super cute Skylanders “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” bunting flag.

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I love how much these printables add to a party theme – simple jelly beans become Skylanders jelly beans, basic water becomes Skylanders water and it makes the party look so much more cohesive with so little additional effort.

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If you want to know where to find any of the Skylanders SWAP Force components, including the gaming Starter Pack, Limited Edition characters and lots more, head to www.skylanders.com to find out where your nearest retailer is located.

I’ll also be giving away some of the Limited Edition toys in my Monthly Wrap for April (April 30, 2014) so make sure you tune in if you want to win a free Limited Edition Skylanders character!

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I hope you find my Skylanders videos, along with this post and the amazing free Skylanders printables make your next Skylanders SWAP Force event a little easier to plan!

xx Elise

Elise Strachan - My Cupcake Addiction

 

 

Sweet Easter Ideas!

Easter is fast approaching and it’s a great time to start thinking about home-made and personalised gifts you can make for and with your friends and family.

I mean, Easter eggs are delicious (why does that chocolate taste so much better than regular chocolate bars?) but when you can take a traditional Easter treat and make it a little more personal, it’s always appreciated by the receiver.

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On my YouTube channel MyCupcakeAddiction, there are a ton of great Easter ideas in my Easter Playlist (including the above Fully Edible Chocolate Easter Basket!), but today I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you.

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My number one favourite is an oldie from my channel (excuse the amateur filming!) – The Cheesecake Easter Eggs! When you want to serve an Easter themed dessert, these are bite sized, simply stunning and a refreshing change from all that chocolate.

I used a no-bake lemon cheesecake recipe and lemon curd  to form the egg ‘whites’ and ‘yolks’ but you could use mango, passionfruit or even vanilla to achieve the same effect.

To see the video and get the recipe, click HERE.

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My number two favourite is one I just released – the Mini No-Bake Easter Baskets. I love these because they’re SO simple to make and you can make them with the kids, for the teachers or as table decorations.

They take only minutes to make, require no baking, and give that original home-made touch to your Easter gifts.

Click HERE to check out the quick and easy video recipe for these.

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These Down the Bunny Hole Push Pops are a great idea and something a little different from the usual Easter fare.

The clear push pop containers allow you to see inside the bunny hole, giving the impression you can actually see the easter bunny diving down for his carrots.

Click HERE to view the video to see how these were made :)

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And of course, my Easter playlist wouldn’t be complete without some cupcakes – it is Cupcake Addiction after all. These Easter Basket Cupcakes are from last year and are once again simple and effective.

These ones will be making their way into my toddlers daycare this year and are sure to go over well with the staff there – Click HERE if you want to see how they’re done!

These are just my favourites for the easter season – theres lots more on my YouTube channel and in that Easter Playlist if you’re still looking for some inspiration and some unique Easter sweet treat ideas.

I hope you have a fantastic Easter break and enjoy your chocolate overload!

xx Elise

Elise Strachan - My Cupcake Addiction

Rainbow Waffles!

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A short and sweet blog post title for some of the most spectacular waffles you’ll ever see! I love Rainbow food, as is evident in the 20+ videos within my Rainbow Sweets and Treats Playlist on YouTube but these are by far my favourite. To celebrate International Waffle Day (yes, theres a DAY!) on March […]

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February Wrap – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Thank you to all of you who visited my new blog site from the February Wrap YouTube episode! All of the prize winners have been contacted via email – if your name is on the list below and you have NOT received an email, there may be a problem with your email address. Please email me […]

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My Favourite SUGAR COOKIE Recipe of All Time!

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This week on the MyCupcakeAddiction YouTube channel I’m posting my first ever COOKIE video! It seems odd that I’ve done cupcakes, cake pops and cakes and never tackled their delicious cousin, the cookie! Well, things are about to change and while I don’t see myself doing a lot of cookie videos, there are a couple […]

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Princess Party – SORTED! Everything you need for your next Princess party…

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Over the years I’ve made a few princess themed things, but this week saw my nieces birthday and the requests were clear and very specific. Princesses, princesses and more princesses…. My 7 year old niece Charli looked through a book of cakes, selected a giant cupcake and promptly told me “You can make this one […]

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The WRAP – February 2014

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Where is the year going? February is over and it feels like I only just posted our Wrap episode from January! Here’s February’s Wrap episode if you haven’t already seen it… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fcCn7wLtTQ In this months Wrap, I have some more awesome giveaways – all up I’m giving away 26 fantastic prizes PLUS everyone gets the […]

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Cakes I’ve Made! My Decorating Journey so far….

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Over the past 7 years, I’ve been very fortunate to run my own cake and cupcake business on the Gold Coast in Australia. As well as making 500-1000 cupcakes every week for sale at a local market, I’ve also had the opportunity to create some gorgeous cakes for clients. Being a cake decorator can be […]

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5 Minute Chocolate MUG Cakes!

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I’ve never made Mug-Cakes on my YouTube channel before, and now that I’ve started playing with them I have no idea why! These little single serve delights are unbelievably easy, have very little mess and are delicious! So, with just a couple of days until Valentine’s Day, I bring you the 5 minute Mug-Cake for […]

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The Wrap – WINNERS Announced!

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Thank you to all of you who visited my new blog site from the January Wrap YouTube episode! Hopefully those of you that decided to ‘follow’ the blog will enjoy the cool new posts I’ve got coming up, as well as some great recipes and other hints and tips from behind the scenes in the […]

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