• 07Aug

    Rose Cake close up

    I made these lovely English Rose cup cakes to represent the poses being given out at the Olympics and also as something pretty I could take along to my friends birthday party :)

    They are my a mix of my fresh strawberry cupcakes and chocolate chip cup cakes.

    The icing is butter cream:

    250 g of goats butter

    I start off by adding 100g of icing sugar and then blend it in and continue to add more until the mix is starting to not blend and more. Then I added two teaspoons of rose water for a lovely hint of turkish delight. This blended in gave just the right consistency for piping the icing. I then used strong disposable icing bags with the ends snipped off and a large start nozzle poked to the end.

    I then used a wooden skewer to smear a different food colouring in each bag. I used blue, yellow and the red looking ones were actually a peach colour. These are gell food colourings and not the liquid ones. I then put a third of the icing sugar into each bag and did a spiral out from the middle – I went quiet fast to get the rose effect.

    Two tone blue rose cupcakes Rose cakes on a plate English Rose cakes in cake stand

    English Rose Cakes

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  • 06Aug

    Strawberry and white chocolate sport and GB cupcakes

    These cupcakes were made with fresh strawberries!

    250 g of softened goats butter

    250 g of caster sugar

    300 g of self raising flour

    1 teaspoon of baking powder

    4 eggs

    I creamed all these together and then pre heat the oven to gas mark 4 (180 degrees C) and chopped the punnet of strawberries which I then mixed in gentle to the cake mix. I put a dollop in each cake case and baked in three batches for 30 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven.

    Strawberries

    strawberries in the mix

    Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

    After they had cooled I decorated with with molten white chocolate and sprinkles – the flower design was done using an icing nozzle which is just a slit or letter box shape.

    Cake Topping

    Large bar of white chocolate or white chocolate like cake topping

    Red, white and blue sprinkles or some kind.

    White chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes Red, White and Blue sprinkles White Flower topped strawberry cake

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  • 01Aug

    Tennis Ball Cake

    I adapted a minni cupcake recipe from the Hamlyn book 200 mini cupcake recipes. Their recipe is great and involves lemon liqueur mine does not! There’s are also not tennis balls :)

    I used for the cakes:

    250 g of softened goats butter

    250 g of caster sugar

    250 g of self raising flour

    4 eggs

    3 table spoons of lemon juice

    The rinds of 4 lemons

    I blended these all together and put a dollop of cake mix into each cup cake case and placed them onto the middle tray of my preheated over – gas mark 4 for 18 minutes. The mix did 24 cakes which I cooked in two batches after an initially collapsing failure from trying to do multiple batches in the oven like I do when baking biscuits :/

    Lemon burst cupcakes straight out of the oven

    I then popped them onto a cooling rack.

    Lemon burst cupcakes cooling

    Whilst the first batch was cooling and the second batch was cooking I made the icing.

    200 g of softened goats butter

    5 table spoons of lemon curd

    2 table spoons of lemon juice

    I mixed these together and just kept adding icing sugar until in was a nice spreadable consistency.

    I put a splotch on the top of each cake and spread it.

    Adding the lemon curd icing Spreading the lemon curd butter icing

    I then added bright yellow sugar crystals to the top (I bought these in Sainsbury’s).

    Adding sprinkles to the cup cakes

    I then mixed a little more icing sugar into the left over icing so that it would be a bit stiffer for pipping. I snipped the tip off of a disposable icing bag and filled it with the mix. I then pipped two curves on each cake to represent the white lines on a tennis ball.

    Cakes popped back in baking tray Adding the tennis ball lines to the cup cakes

    The cakes were mistaken as part of the art display :)

    Lemon tennis ball cup cakes Tennis Ball cakes in union jack cases

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