Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Like your Momma used to make !

Fairy Cakes with Raspberry Jam and Coconut (or pineapple buttercream and coconut)

These are plain and simple goodness, boil the kettle or get yourself a freezing cold glass of milk and tuck in. Made in an old school mixing bowl with a wooden spoon just to keep it authentic, these are therepeutic to make as they bring you back to your childhood :) !

Ingredients :
125g caster sugar, 125g soft butter, 2 eggs, 1tsp vanilla extract, 150g plain flour, 1/4(quarter)tsp baking powder and a dash of milk

Beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy and beat in the eggs one by one until well incorporated. Stir the vanilla through. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and stir in until just mixed. Spoon into 12 cupcake cases and bake @190C for 10 minutes. Have a look they may need another minute!

Cool on a rack and spread with raspberry jam and roll in a bowl of dessicated coconut.... Soooo Good!

Alternatively beat the hell out of 80g icing sugar, 40g butter, and a good dash of pineapple juice until super smooth and creamy. Spread this on 6 of the cupcakes instead and continue rolling in a bowl o coconut.... Fun! :D

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cupcake Mania!

So as it's been a while since I posted regularly, I've decided to put up a few cupcake pics instead of doing loads of posts on them ... Here goes!

Comment away if you want any tips and tricks on how to do anything you see in any post! :D


Check this brownie recipe out! Its dark, sweet, squidgy but with bite, heartwarming goodness!! These brownies are like your favourite person in the world giving you the biggest hug, they make you so happy and put a smile on your face that lasts until the next one :D

Awesome Brownie Recipe
3eggs, 275g light soft brown sugar, 185g butter, 185g good dark chocolate, 50g milk chocolate, 50g white chocolate, 40g cocoa powder, 85g plain flour

Line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment and preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Melt the butter and dark chocolate over a bain marie (pot of simmering water with a bowl on top)
While that's cooling, whisk the eggs and sugar for 5-8 minutes until it resembles a milkshake, and the figure 8 stays on top. Chop up the milk and white chocolate into nice bite size chips. When cooled pour the chocolate mixture into the eggs and sugar and using a spatula fold the mixture in, trying to keep as much air in as possible. Sift in the cocoa and flour and fold that in too but don't overmix and then stir in the chocolate chips. Tip into the prepared tin and level out with the spatula. Pop in the oven and hey presto in 25-30 minutes** you have absolute happiness.... well..... they have to cool in the tin completely but it wont be long I promise!!!

So pop them on the wire rack in the tin, potter around for a while, boil the kettle and cut these bad boys up into 16squares. Awesome with a couple of raspberries and whipped cream... Yummo!

**after 25mins they should have a nice crisp top and barely wobble in the middle. If its still a bit too wobbly give it another 4-5mins.

adapted from BBCGoodFood.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back to Square One!

It has been a looooong time! A lot of things have happened in between the last post and now, birthdays, christenings, not to mention weddings and just lots of random celebrations! Of course everyone needs cake and I have been baking mad as usual :) I'm certainly getting better and have learned not to have too many melt downs! But they still definitely happen. Well, anyway, I'm gonna blog a hell of a lot more, upload loads of pictures and hopefully inspire bakers out there to always continue on as the result is always worth it, even though you may want to throw some efforts right in the bin!