2tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
2tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
A couple of months ago myself and my lovely friend Pauline signed up to a cake decorating class. It has been something that I've been wanting to learn for a while and as the class was only £25 (what a bargain!) we signed up straight away.
The first few weeks were spent learning how to make roses and how to put them together to display on a cake. I then got to ice a cake with fondant icing - something that I have never done before. Below are the piccies...i am so proud of my cake!!
We are now working on decorating a christmas themed cakes so Im sure i will be posting some more piccies in a few weeks :)
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Sunday, 31 October 2010
1. Miss Jones Talks Make Up - not a baking blog but every girl needs tips on make up and all things related and Miss Jones is the girl to do this :)
2. Katiecakes - the first ever blog I came across many many months ago and have been following ever since.
3. MessyCarla - A fashion Blog in Size 16 - again not a baking blog but have recently found this blog and adore it!
4. The Goddess's Kitchen - lovely yummy recipes..both sweet and savoury :)
5. The Little House of Cupcakes - the blog of a cupcake shop not far from me. Love their cupcakes and love looking at all the creations on their blog.
6. I Heart Cupcakes - I love this girls obsession with anything to do with cupcakes
7. Chocolate Log Blog - A blog all about chocolate recipes...yum yum yum
8. Chocolate Teapot - I love love love this blog - always a fantastic read with lots of lovely piccies
9. Corner Cottage Bakery - Always enjoy reading this blog...take a look at the halloween ginger bread skeletons..soo cute!
10. Cupcake Crazy Gem - Again another girl with an obsession for cupcakes and baking. Fantastic tropical piccies too!
11. Eat My Cupcake - fantastic little blog - great photos of perfect looking cupcakes.
12. Got to Love Cupcakes - some really cute little ideas on this blog and the cakes look so yum in the pics
13. The Voice of Joyce - fairly simple posts but always enjoy reading and scrummy pictures!
14. The More Than Occasional Baker - a newish find for me but some lovely recipes :)
15. Fairy Cakes and Sprinkles - one of my first followers on here! I love this girls blog - she's not posted in a little while but hopefully she will soon :)
I'm sorry I couldn't choose you all..I honestly do enjoy reading everyones blog that I follow!
I couldn't resist baking something halloween related this year so here they are...lovely ginger cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery book with scary sprinkles on the top. I was gonna go all out and buy some cutters and make some large halloween decorations for the top but as I haven't been too well lately these pumpkin and bat sprinkles had to make do.
I love anything with ginger in and these cupcakes taste amazing. There is stem ginger, ground ginger and treacle in the cake mixture and the syrup from the stem ginger mixed into the butter cream..yum. I've just been snacking on one for my breakfast and am comtemplating the possibility of having another..mmmm! My friend suggested I give these out to trick or treaters calling at my house tonight. I think I may have to switch the lights off and pretend I'm not in..these are far too good to give away!
PS Apologies for the slightly blurry piccies at the moment...my camera seems to be having problems focusing. Maybe I'll have to ask father christmas for a shiny new one :)
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
pinch of salt
1 large egg, beaten
Saturday, 2 October 2010
I've never made a chocolate cake before in the way that this recipe tells you to do. Most chocolate cake recipes I have made tell you to sieve the cocoa powder into the rest of the dry ingredients. However with this one, you make the cake mix as if its just going to be a plain cake and mix the cocoa and dark muscovado sugar with boiling water which is then added right at the end. I was concerned this wasn't going to work due to the large amount of folding in it required, however once the cake came out of the oven I was happy with the result.
Preheat the oven to 180C. Line the bottom of 2 20cm sandwich tins with baking parchment and butter the sides.
Put the cocoa and muscovado sugar in a bowl and pour in the boiling water. Whisk to mix and then set aside.
Cream the butter and caster sugar together, beating well until pale and fluffy.
Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarb together in another bowl.
Put the vanilla extract into the creamed butter and sugar - mixing all the time- then drop one egg in followed by a spoonful of flour and then the second egg.
Keep mixing and incorporate the rest of the dried ingredients for the cake then finally mix and fold in the cocoa mixture.
Divide the batter between the two tins and put in the oven for about 30 minutes. Allow the cake to cool in the tine for 10 mins or so before turning out.
Ice with chocolate butter cream (sorry I've not got time to type the recipe out but I'm sure you all know how to make chocolate butter cream!).
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Saturday, 11 September 2010
Monday, 6 September 2010
Saturday, 4 September 2010
Monday, 30 August 2010
P.S I am in a major rush to get to yoga so haven't got time to type the recipe out. I'm sure alot of you keen bakers have the Primrose Bakery book anyway. For those that don't..I can always send it you xx
Monday, 16 August 2010
pinch of salt
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Sunday, 8 August 2010
I remember as a child my mum would always, without fail use the recipe from her Be-ro flour cook book but for a change and because I absolutely love this book (if you hadn't noticed!) I decided to try the Hummingbird Bakery recipe.
I have baked some cookies from this book before (before I started blogging my baking adventures) and they were just how a cookie should be...crisp on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside. Well, this recipe did not disappoint either...again it produced the perfect cookie consistancy and lots of them! The recipe said it made around 24....I ended up with a lot more than this!
225g unsalted butter
350g soft light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
400g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
225g dark chocolate
baking trays lined with grease proof paper
Preheat the overn to 170C
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Add the eggs one at a time mixing well and scaraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl.
Mix in the vanilla extract
Add the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and mix until a smooth dough is formed. Stir in the chopped chocolate until evenly dispersed.
Arranged 6 equal amounts of cookie dough on each prepared baking tray (I must have small baking trays cos I found I could only make 3 cookies at a time)
Bake in the preheated over for about 10 mins or until golden brown around the edges and quite flat.
Leave the cookies to cool slightly before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Saturday, 31 July 2010
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Friday, 2 July 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
I used the recipe from the Primrose Bakery cupcake book and it turned out perfectly. The cake mixture has crushed strawberries mixed into it. I've never used real strawberries in a cake mixture before and was quite pleased with the result. The cupcake is then filled with a teaspoon of strawberry jam in the centre, iced with vanilla butter cream and finished with a whole strawberry on the top...yum!
Monday, 14 June 2010
Well what an enjoyable sunday I had! I sent my boyfriend karl off to sit and watch sport all afternoon (he couldnt believe his luck!) while I whipped up several batches of cupcakes and cookies.
The first batch I decided to make were my favourite lemon cupcakes taken from Rachel Allen's book 'Bake'....although I'm not usually a fan of lemon-y cakes I absolutely adore this recipe. It works perfectly every single time and is always a hit with whoever I make them for.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
The 3rd task that Lord Sugar set for the teams was a cupcake related task! Well....everyone knows i love all things cupcake related so this was the perfect episode for me. It was also the first episode i actually got to enjoy in full due to Jamie Oliver's series sadly finishing last week. On previous weeks i could be found with remote in hand flicking between channel 4 during the adverts and bbc 1 to catch snippets of Junior Apprentice.
Anyway...back to last night.... the teams were asked to decorate and sell cupcakes from stalls in Selfridges in London. Each team had to come up with a theme for their cupcakes and then decorate their cupcakes in the style of these themes. Team Instinct went for a fashion theme using decorations to look like pearls etc on the cupcakes....i must admit...a rather difficult theme to pull off with simple decorations and this was shown in the result as Instinct were unfortunately the losing team...although this could also be put down to a lack of support and enthusiam for the team leader.
Team Revolution went for an I Heart theme which was fab. Although the icing skills of the team werent amazing the I Heart theme worked really well on the cupcakes and the simple, red, black, white and pink colours of the decorations looked really good!
There were also plenty of shots of several cupcake shops in and around London and prettily decorated cupcakes while the teams were doing their market research. I dont know about you but it definately made me want to get my mixing bowls and my icing bag out and get creative...but sadly at 10pm at night and with a lack of eggs in my fridge I had to accept it was sadly time for bed and not baking!
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
After months of being nosey at other people's baking blogs and baking and icing numerous batches of cupcakes I decided it was well and truly time to get my own blog to show you all what I get up to in my kitchen :)