Category Archives: baking

My Week In Photos 18

week 18

Hello Everyone,

I’ve had such a lovely week, enjoying my Summer holidays. I had a long list of important things to get done, but of course I spent most of it with good friends and good food. It’s so nice having the time to do the things you want to do and baking has been one of those things for me this week. Let’s take a look!

Friends – I love nothing more than sitting around with good friend having a good drink and a chin wag. Cocktails have played a big part of this for me this week but this bottle of coke summed up my week perfectly.

Eggy Bread – For my first breakfast of the hols it had to be something a little naughty and comforting. Eggy bread tends to be a treat I make when I’m feeling sorry for myself. In this case it was the opposite. I was celebrating the ability to kick back and lounge.

Kisses – These little gems are the yummiest meringue pieces. See my recipe here and more pics.

Party Princess – I baked some personalised princess cakes for a little girl’s birthday this week. When I’m baking cakes for adults I always feel pressure to make them perfect, but with kids ones I get to play and go over the top with sprinkles and colour.

Wilma – Everyone meet Wilma the tortoise! I love this little pic of my friend’s pet so had to pop it in here. She is a naughty little lady (the tortoise, not the friend…well maybe both).

Snacks – It’s lethal being on holiday with all that time on your hands to eat. I found these yummy part healthy snack this week. Popchips and Marmite rice cakes. Yum!

Sleep – I think Ness has enjoyed me being around more than usual but it does seem to tire her out even more than normal. Bless!

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes – I fancied using some of my lemon meringue kisses up, so of course I made some cakes. These lemon syrup soaked caked filled with curd, are topped with crème fraiche frosting, meringue kisses and lemon peel.

Pamper – Of course I have left in some time for pampering. I am loving this new hair mask. It left my hair feeling so soft and it came in at a cheap £5.

I’m actually off on my first little holiday this week so any posts will be from France. I’m hoping to find the time to do some kind of journal style posting. In the mean time, come and catch up with me on twitter and take a look at my pinterest and Instagram pages too.

Happy Blogging All, xxx

Lemon Meringue Kisses

meringue kisses

Hello Everyone,

As you know, I am a keen cupcake baker, but sometimes I fancy a change. I recently purchased a lovely baking book by Peggy Porschen called Boutique Baking. She has recipes for the most beautiful bakes, including these deliciously delicate meringue kisses. The original recipe call for vanilla as a flavouring, but I changed it to lemon to make them a little more refreshing for the Summer.

Collages24

My meringue kisses are by no means perfect in shape or size, but they taste so yummy and I’m sure I’ll be baking them again soon which gives me plenty of opportunity to perfect them.

meringue kisses

Inspired by vintage sweets shops I popped these sweet treats into a glass sweet jar and think they look very cute!

Collages22

Let me know what you think.

Happy Blogging All, xxx

1950’s Milkshake Cupcakes

title2
Hello Everyone,

We’ve had a lovely sunny weekend here the UK, but I spent most of Saturday making cakes for a special hen do. These 50’s inspired milkshake cupcakes were so much fun.

displkaedChocolate cake in cute cups, cream cheese frosting, with sprinkles, pastel paper straws, and a Malteser cherry on top. Yum!

If you fancy having a go:

you will need

Just use my chocolate buttermilk cupcake recipe, my cream cheese frosting and your creativity!

Have fun!

what to do

The cakes went down really well and I’m so pleased they fit in perfectly with the 1950’s themed party decorations!

pretty

charlie

Happy Blogging All, xxx

Chocolate Cakes 2 ways!

Hello Everyone,

I do love a bit of cake making. I love baking up different flavours and finding the best recipes I can but once I have found an amazing recipe I can’t just leave it at that. One of my favourite parts of cupcake making is the prettying up. I love finding new ways to make cakes look extra scrummy and fun. This week I decided to make some cupcakes using my favourite chocolate buttermilk cupcake recipe. I had two different clientele in mind; my dad, for Father’s Day and the celebration of a little baby girl. I decided to make up one batch of mixture and icing but to use it two ways: Retro Party cakes and Sophisticakes.

party choc

Retro Party Cakes

These little party cakes were very fun to make. They are baked in little polka dot cases and filled with toffee sauce. I then iced a swirl of toffee frosting around the edge, a flower of chocolate fudge in the middle and then topped them with a retro jazzie, mini mallows and confetti sprinkles. Fun and Yum!

sophistcakes

Mini Sophisticakes

I love these more elegant mini cakes. I used my fab new mini sandwich tin, poring the mixture into each hole, baking and then popping them out when baked. I then sliced them in half and iced a pattern with the two frostings, popped the top on and added a swirl of chocolate and a choccy coffee bean. Delicious!

Chocolate cakes two ways: done! Lovely.

Happy Blogging all, xxx

I baked – Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes

DSC05159

Helloi Everyone,

I enjoyed a happy day of baking today! I decided to make some cupcakes for my boyfriend to take to work. They are so fluffy, dark and delicious! If you fancy having a go, head over to my home blog for the recipe. If not, just enjoy my little pics instead. 🙂

bake2

Happy Blogging All, xxx

Happy Easter – Lemon Cupcakes

cake5
Hello Everyone,

Happy Easter! At the moment I have two separate blogs for my beauty/fashion posts and my home/baking posts. I read so many blog tips saying that you should make your blog very specific and not to mix too many ideas into one blog. The only issue I have is that by separating my blogs I can’t post on both of them as much as I would like. Today I really wanted to post my Easter Cupcakes on here. As a beauty blog reader I do actually enjoy bloggers that have a variety of content on, especially baked treats. so please do let me know your views on this.

cakes1

[Ingredients]
Cupcakes:
170g softened butter
200g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon extract
170g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/8 tsp salt
170g crème fraîche

Icing:
50g butter, softened
200g cream cheese
250g icing sugar
3 tsp lemon juice
decorations

[Method]
Cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 180°C and fill a 12-cup muffin tray with paper cups.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt, set aside.
3. Cream softened butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until they are well combined. Beat in the lemon extract.
4. Fold in half the sifted flour mixture, then fold in the crème fraîche. When well combined, fold in the remaining flour mixture.

cakes2
5. Split the mixture into 4 bowls and colour. Divide batter equally into the muffin cups, layering the colours.

cake3
6. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until cooked when checked with a skewer. Remove from oven and let cool.

cake4
7. Mix the icing ingredients together, pipe and decorate as you wish.

cake 6

Ooo aren’t they so cute! And yummy too! I would say if I were to make them again I would increase the layering of the mixture to pretty up the inside of the cakes a bit more.

Happy Blogging All xxx