Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Baptism cupcakes :)

It was me and my friend's baptism on Monday (25th April). It was a lovely day with the sunshine out as well ^^
With the friend having hayfever, it would be nasty getting her flowers so I decided to bake cupcakes for her instead! If you remember my birthday cupcakes, she was the fantastic baker!

I omitted the fudge frosting as I had to write on them, however you can always add in the frosting as an extra treat =] Chocolate fudge cupcakes...mmmmmmm =P 

Topped up with some bunny and chick marshmallows to match the 'easter' theme..

And here's the recipe! : 
For 12 Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

125g lightly salted butter, softened
150g light muscovado sugar
2 eggs
100g self raising flour
50g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder

Fudge frosting
100g plain or milk chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons milk
50g unsalted butter
75g icing sugar

Line a 12-section bun tray with paper cake cases. Put the butter, muscovado sugar, eggs, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder in a bowl and beat with a hand-held electric whisk for about a minute until light and creamy. Divide the cake mixture evenly between the paper cases and bake in a preheated oven, 180c/350f/gas mark 4 for 20 minutes or until risen and just firm to touch. Transfer to a wire rack.
Make the fudge frosting: Put the chocolate, milk and butter in a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring until the chocolate and butter have melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the icing sugar until smooth. Spread the frosting over the tops of the cupcakes while still warm.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Easter cake

Easter = MORE baking! wakakakakaaa............

 I've made this easter cake for a bbq party last week and I've finally got time to upload it! It's made of three layers - in chocolate and coffee flavour. There were gonna be a mix of adults and children that day so I had to come up with a grand plan everyone's liking. My mum voted for coffee flavour but my sister insisted I should go for chocolate. What happened in the end?! - I ended up with both;  and it came out perfect!

I advise you to try out this recipe; impress your friends and family!

Coffee cake
150g caster sugar

150g butter
3 eggs
150g self raising flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp hot water
1 tbsp (or more if you like it stronger) instant coffee

1. Preheat oven to 160c/325f/gas mark 3
2. Grease two sandwich tins/line with baking paper
3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
4. Whisk the eggs in a mug one by one and add to bowl with one tbsp of flour each time
5. Sieve in rest of flour and baking powder. Fold it in
6. Dissolve the coffee and flod it in
7. Divide into two tins and bake for 30 minutes
8. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool

Chocolate cake 
125g butter
125g caster sugar
2 eggs
125g self raising flour
2 big tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp milk

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4 
2. Grease one sandwich tin
3. Beat the butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy
4. Add one egg at a time and stir until smooth
5. Sieve in the flour and cocoa
6. Add milk and beat everything together until smooth
7. Place in sandwich tin and bake for about 20 minutes
8. Leave to cool in tins and then turn out onto cooling rack

Chocolate buttercream
115g softened butter
150g icing sugar
2 big tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp milk

1. Place the butter into a bowl and sieve in the icing sugar and cocoa
2. Add the milk and beat everything together until smooth

To assemble
flake chocolate
mini chocolate eggs

1. Place the coffee cake down first. Spread buttercream then put on the chocolate cake etc. Cover the sides with buttercream

2. Cut some pieces of flake and arrange into a nest shape

3. Using the leftover buttercream, stick on some chocoalte mini eggs onto the nest

Friday, 8 April 2011

Crazy with the whipped cream.

I got a set of piping nozzles for my birthday and it was until a few days ago that I could play around with them. Seeing as it was so hot and I didn't want to bake anything, I just played around with some whipped cream! 

We were messing about and having a whole load of fun..UNTIL the cream started to melt ): ahh wells, can't complain when the sun is out (;

Nevertheless, I managed to pipe out a rose from the whipped cream; its not that good, but practise makes perfect!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Lots of love to my Mummy..

Mother's Day today ^^

I spent yesterday baking some heart-shaped shortbread for my Mummy..they took me forever to make though as I didn't have different sized cookie cutters which meant I had to cut holes in cookies instead to create the 'window' effect.

These lovely shortcakes were sandwiched with Nutella and everyone loved them - they were gone within a day!
Although the last batch got a little burnt, I'm sure mummy didn't mind - I told her it was the "barbecue effect"!

I'm terribly sorry for the rubbish quality of the last photo; I had to try and "hide" it away from mum so resorted to taking a picture in the low lighting of my bedroom.

Anyways, I hope you had a good day Mummy, I love you (; xxx
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