Category Archives: baking

#MySundayPhoto – 26/07/15

This week was my grandparents Diamond wedding anniversary!
They have been together for an amazing 60 years.
Here they are on their wedding day in July 1955 and again yesterday July 2015.
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I love them so much and we are very lucky to have two such amazing and lovely people who love us.

We had a little family party yesterday in their flat and I made them a cake, here are a few pictures of it, I’ll write a post with the recipe and step by step guide very soon for anyone who wants a go.

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Baking fun and Giveaway

C and I have had some baking fun over the weekend as you might have seen on our #MySundayPhoto post this week. Well there is no excuse like Easter to get the mixer out and make some cakes.

C loves to help me bake and she is now getting good at telling me what ingredients I need next, being the official taste tester and of course helping clean up by licking the beater.

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We made Easter cupcakes to share with family and friends, What do you think?

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As baking is one of my hobbies and I blog about it a fair bit I thought that I would give away a selection of baking goodies to get you started or help you on your baking journey with children,

I think baking is a perfect rain day activity, and can be used to teach children new skills, as well as improve upon things like counting, and as a bonus you have something edible at the end to enjoy or to give away as gifts.

Here is the bundle of baking goodies that I will be giving away as part of our 2nd blogaversary to get you started.

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Included

1. Measuring cup and measuring spoon sets
2. Muffin cases
3. Heavenly cupcakes recipe book
4. 2 x cupcake boxes (each holds 6 cakes)
5. 2 x chocolate flavoured frosting 250g pots
6. A Peppa pig chocolate cookie kit
7. A Frozen cupcake kit
8.Writing icing – 3 tubes
9. Sugar stars (28g pot)
10. Mini marshmallows (12g pot)

Simply fill in the Gleam form below to be in with a chance to win.

baking competition

Good luck
xxx

* Open to UK residents only, prize supplied by me and not associated with any company/brand*

#MySundayPhoto – 05/04/15

Here is this weeks #MySundayPhoto,

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I took it yesterday on my phone while I was baking some Easter cupcakes, C wanted to help. She helped to weight out the ingredients, then turned on the mixer, she was the official tester (The cake mix was “nice”), then she helped clean up with her mouth lol

I love the far off look on her face as she eats the cake mix.

Do your children like to bake?

xxx

Valentines day dessert idea- Sugar and crumbs – Key lime Meringue pie!

If you have visited a card shop or a supermarket recently then you might have noticed the huge displays of red cards filled with hearts and sparkle! Well as you might have guessed the most romantic day of the year is nearly upon us, February 14 th aka Valentines day!

Okay this is were I have to admit and tell you that I don’t really celebrate Valentines day. I never really have i’m not a girly girl and dont really go for the lovey dovey gushy stuff and I don’t see why you should only celebrate Love on just one day a year.

If you do celebrate valentines and want to make something very special for the one you love, or if you love desserts and want to make a quick and lovely dessert to follow a lovely home made meal then why not try and make this amazing Key lime meringue pie.

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I have been looking at meringue recipes for a few weeks after getting some new Sugar and Crumbs flavoured icings, I was sent 3 icings to try Key lime, Black cherry and Coffee. when I saw the flavours my 1st thought was key lime pie and I just loved the look of this one!

I love to bake and I always have but haven’t made meringues in a while, I mainly stick to cakes so this was a lovely challenge!

This morning after I had taken C to baby ballet I preheated the oven, collected the ingredients and went to work, measuring, crushing, melting, mixing, whipping and stirring. I following this recipe from the BBC website, except for replacing the caster sugar in the meringue for Key lime flavoured icing sugar, I really think that it adds an extra flavour layer to the pie.

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Having read the recipe and making it I think the 1-2 hours prep is a little wrong, it only took about 30 minutes to make the base, mix and meringue but I do have a good electric mixer. I only put it in for 15 minutes to bake, but I think I would bake it for 5 more minutes and it would be a prefect valentines dessert.

I took this to my grandparents today to try it out on my family, and they all loved it, there was not a crumb left.

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What would you have made with the Key lime flavour?
What would you make with the other flavours?

Here are my ideas!

 I still have 2 more flavours of Sugar and crumbs icing to make into meringues – Coffee and Black cherry.
I am planning on making some perfect valentines gifts, since valentines isnt just about your boyfriend or girlfriend why not try and make some edible gifts from family and friends. I am going to make some gifts, using the Black cherry, by making some chocolate cupcakes with a Black Cherry meringue butter cream icing, Which I will dye to make it fun and decorate to make them “love”ly for Valentines.

I have also seen a cake that I would love someone to give me for valentines, it would make the perfect dessert for me on valentines day, It is a coffee meringue gateau! Anyone who knows me, knows my love of all things coffee.
I have the ingredients for this and will be making this VERY soon so keep a look out of my next Sugar and crumbs post!

*Disclaimer- I was sent 3 x 250g packs of flavoured icings in exchange for writing about the products. All opinions are my own or other family members and are uninfluenced by the company or anyone else*

Sugar and Crumbs chocolate icings

I am a huge fan of Sugar and Crumbs icing and have been ever since I tasted some of their lovely icing flavour options at the cake and bake show in March.
I am very lucky that I have been chosen to test out Sugar and crumbs newest icing sugars and they are Chocolate!

I received two of the new flavours that are due for release in September, Chocolate milkshake and Black forest, I just could not wait to try them out.

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Making Olaf

I have been asked to make a Frozen cake for one of my work collegues for her neice’s birthday.
They asked for a round cake with Olaf on the top.

Now I have to be very honest here and admit that I have never seen Frozen, C is too little and I havn’t had the opportunity to go and see it in the cinema and we havn’t bought the bluray.

I agreed as I love to bake and it would be a new challange,  I decided to make a Olaf out of icing with added tylo powder to make it set so I can stand him on top of the cake.
I made Olaf on Wednesday evening to give him enough time to set properly.

 I don’t often make models for cakes so I used a picture tutorial I found online by Puckycakes and used a picture of him in this pose to go off.

I took a few pictures as I made him and here they are.

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I used Tesco’s white fondant icing, and a little black and orange icing for he details. I added Tylo powder to the icing to aid it in hardening and prevent him melting.
He still needed arms and twigs in this picture as the brown colour icing I had wasn’t dark enough.

I ended up having to use black as I couldn’t get dark brown icing anywhere.

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 He isnt perfect but for a 1st attempt at him with basic tools to use went very well. He seems to look like Olaf and has set up nicely.
He took me about 50 minutes to make.

That’s Olaf, I’ll put up another post to show all the cakes later

xxx

This weeks bakes

 A few of months ago I had bought some Sugar and crumbs icing at the cake and bake show in Manchester and wanted to test it out.  I decided to take them into work for the hard working ladies ( and gents) on the front desk in Old Swan Walk in center because who doesn’t enjoy a cupcake, plus they were then able to give me a true opinion of the cakes and icing.

I usually have my family taste test my baking creations but I wanted a few independent views.

After trying them in work someone asked if I sell them, I said that it is really only a hobby but one lovely lady asked if I would bake some cupcakes for a her husbands 60th so that they could take them to on holiday with them, so I agreed. She asked for 3 different flavors, salted caramel, lemon and chocolate.

If only I’d known then how hot it would be now! England has only a few hot days a year but this year its boiling and butter cream isn’t the best in hot weather.

So on Thursday evening I baked 18 cupcakes for Jackie:-

6 Sicilian lemon cupcakes and then iced them with sugar and crumbs lemon drizzle butter cream icing, and decorated with a jelly lemon slice.

6 Vanilla cupcakes iced with Sugar and crumbs salted caramel butter cream icing, then drizzled with salted caramel sauce.

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and finally

6 Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate butter cream icing and sprinkled with white chocolate stars.

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As you can see I took pictures of the chocolate cupcakes in the box but forgot to get pictures of the lemon and salted caramel.

I baked more than 6 of each and gave a few of the salted caramel to my auntie as they are her favorites  I have a few leftover cakes and some butter creams still to decorate them to take to some other family members ( if anyone wants them)

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The pictures above show 3 of the spare cakes, the 1st is lemon but I didn’t have time to pipe it properly so just put some on and forked it. The chocolate is just basically piped and the caramel is piped with a caramel drizzle.

C and Dan ate some plain vanilla cakes as well as some of the lemon cakes earlier as I’d made extra to check size and mixture amounts.

They seemed to enjoy them.

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I’ll put the recipes into a different post when I have my broken laptop back.
They are really simple basic sponge cake recipes though.

Have you bakes anything thing week?

Saturday morning baking

I was recently asked by a work colleague if I would make some cupcakes for her son’s wedding for the kids (and big kids) to enjoy.
She asked me to make 2 dozen in what ever flavours and colours I would like to use. We’ve been talking about the wedding in work so I knew that the wedding colours were cream and lavender and she asked if I could put something wedding-y on the top that would be great.

So after my friday evening shift in work I went to Asda and bought some essentials for baking then came home and got stuck in. Baking in my hobby and helps me relax and unwind so although to some turning the oven on and getting out the ingredients at 11pm might seem mad but to me it’s just a calming way to relax before bed, and by 1am they were finished. Continue reading

Wedding cakes.

In October I was asked by a family friend if I would do her wedding cake, well actually wedding cakes.
I bake as a hobby and thought it would be a good challenge as I have never done a wedding cake before. I asked the lovely and amazing Danii (who blogs at Bake.Sleep.Read.Repeat.) to help me to bake, ice and decorate all 70 mini cakes and 1 large top cake.

I have to say I have now done it, and will never do it again, well I’ll never make mini cakes again. Continue reading