A few weeks ago my friend asked if I would bake some cupcakes for her mum’s birthday. She requested lemon cupcakes with a lemon icing drizzle on the top instead of buttercream.
The recipe for these came from the new cookbook from GBBO winner Frances Quinn, the same as where Sophie got her recipe the other week. Sophie very excitedly introduced me to the book, which I of course bought immediately (and recommend!). It used a basic recipe and shows you several different ways to add to it to make it more exciting, the illustration is beautiful as well.
The feedback from the cupcakes was all very positive, they had a really nice strong lemon flavour to them. These were based on Frances’ fried egg cupcakes, simple but delicious.
At the end of the summer my cousin’s daughter turned 4, so of course a birthday cake was needed. She had a frozen themed birthday party, I was originally going to be making an Olaf cake but after a big pleeeeease it changed to Elsa.
The cake underneath was chocolate with a chocolate ganache between the layers. I used vanilla buttercream icing for the decoration, as you already know our thoughts on fondant. I used a variety of piping nozzles to get the different definitions, I think next time I would smooth out her skin and use buttercream icing instead of icing tubes for her eyes as they went a little dark.
I love making cakes like this, the effort that goes into them before the baking even starts in my favourite bit. I searched for a few weeks before for a good image of Elsa to draw that would be able to transfer to a cake. This was copied from a lunchbox I found in a shop. Kids cakes can be so creative and are exciting to plan.
On to the next birthday now, Peppa Pig take 3!
Here’s a picture 🙂
Jen, a fellow baker friend of mine, had a birthday in July, she asked (well told) me to bake her a cake. Of course I didn’t mind! Her favourite colour is blue, if you hadn’t guessed… And I’ve been wanting to do an ombré cake for a while so I took the opportunity. Decided on earl grey flavour because it’s a good flavour and something slightly different. This cake tastes so lovely and stays moist for a long time, if the cake manages to last that long.
I was going to make a fondant mini to go on the top as Jen is very much a mini fan and I had managed to find icing in the colour of her car, but unfortunately due to time constraint I couldn’t. Next time definitely!
I went to work one day with Jen while I was back in Pembrokeshire, bringing cake with us of course. We had to stop her boss from eating it all, which is my favourite cake response!
I was very pleased with the colour, loved the look on Jen’s face when she cut into it.
I had the girls over a few weeks ago for a catch up and also for Ella’s birthday celebrations. She demanded a cake (fair enough) I was going to make one anyway!
So girls coming over for cocktails, what better cake to make than one that sticks with the theme. I opted for Strawberry Daiquiri and Mojito cupcakes. The strawberry ones had rum and sugar soaked strawberries at the bottom which kept the cake lovely and moist. The Mojito ones were topped with lime zest and golden caster sugar for a bit of crunch.
Both flavours went down nicely, with Ella taking extras home!
Take a look 😊
So this week’s mission was to bake a massive cake – fine, that looks like a princess castle – exciting! We had the order a few weeks ago and have been getting increasingly excited/nervous about making it. The request was made from a friend who has ordered with us before (go back to see the rainbow unicorn cake) and the idea came from a children’s cake design book I lovingly got for Christmas.
When we told people what we were making the first question was “ooo how old is she?” There was usually then a surprised reaction when we said 30! Personally I think this is an awesome 30th birthday cake, why should you stop wanting to be a princess?
Anyway down to the nitty gritty – our lovely creation took 13 long hours over two evenings. The cake was a two tier chocolate sponge (same recipe as the Minion cake) topped with mini marshmallows and surrounded by crispy pearls. Everything was covered in buttercream and all the windows/doors/flags and princess were from fondant. The four towers were constructed from 76 chocolate chip cookies, held together with melted white chocolate and topped with an icecream cone (very nice broken up with a cuppa so we were told today!).
All in all it was a definite proud moment when we finally stepped back and could say we had finished.
Check it out!
We went to see Tom’s friends on Friday for dinner for one of the boys birthday’s – so of course cake was needed! When Tom asked me to make a cake he mentioned the Minion idea straight away and of course I was very excited. I am basically a big kid that loves Despicable Me!
Had to go for a chocolate cake on the inside, I tried a new German cake recipe from the new Hummingbird Bakery book (which is awesome!). Also got to use the leftover icing from my mums birthday cake as a bonus (chocolate cake with chocolate and more chocolate). The sponge was nice and light, definitely on the new favourite chocolate cake recipe list!
My brother invited me to visit recently and every time I’ve been so far I’ve had some form of baked item to bring with me. The occasion this time was his housemates birthday party, so of course cake was needed! I decided to try out a new recipe and go for hot chocolate cupcakes, I used options Belgian chocolate hot chocolate and they went down very well.
The sponge was nice and light with a lovely hint of chocolate and that something different from the hot chocolate. Definitely a winner in my books!
It was my birthday last week as you know (lots of baking paraphernalia received!!). I decided to go to Australia for the Easter holidays to visit a very good friend, which meant that I would be travelling home on my actual birthday. Of course it’s definitely against all rules to not have a cake on your birthday, so we baked one a few days before.
Anything lemon flavoured is by far my favourite, the recipe for this cake came from Jen’s memory (so thanks for that!). I had to make her write it down for me afterwards, as it was beautifully moist (sorry Soph) and super lemony!
Looking forward to making it again for an big event we have in two weeks! Tune in then to find out what that is!
I think one of the joys of Cake Wednesday at work is the opportunity to taste cakes made from recipes I have yet to try. I must admit that if I taste something I haven’t made before, or when there’s a recipe I prefer over one of my own, I make it my mission to find out who baked it and where it was from (I think there’s a compliment somewhere in there for anyone I’ve pleaded recipes from). It’s because of this that I now own what I would class as my (as of yet) Ultimate Guinness cake. We’re talking a Guinness cake where the frosting is creamy and more reminiscent of the drink it is named for than the standard cream cheese. A cake that can be wonderfully dense without being bitter or too sweet. There has been more than one occasion where I have waxed lyrical about this – proclaiming that the substitution of double cream instead of butter makes the frosting much creamier rather than… er… buttery (clearly a new low for my somewhat cake obsessed brain).
Anyway, my Dad’s birthday came up recently and I offered to make the cake for it. Of course as Dad likes Guinness this had to be the cake I chose. I had forgotten that a full time job can make it difficult to get a cake cooked, cooled and iced during the hours I am normally awake. It didn’t help that it takes an hour to cook in the oven itself and then needs to cool in the tin; I ended up making the icing the next day in between getting home from work and leaving for the two hour journey to my parents.
We took the cake to the restaurant we went to and I must confess that I completely forgot to take a picture before the cake was cut, so please excuse the photo below (it isn’t me trying to go avant guarde!).
Regardless of the poorly lit photo (the frosting was pale cream in reality), the cake was pretty well received!
My turn for a kiddies birthday cake again, this time it was for my nephew’s third birthday. Lots of ideas were had about how to go about a Thomas cake, but we decided on a number 3, which being a mathematician I was very happy with.
The chocolate cake went down so well for the Little Mermaid birthday cake that it was requested for this one too. I made a stencil again for the number 3, making it out of 4 standard round sponges.
Once again I got carried away with the excitement of decorating and didn’t finish until 1am, resulting in another Friday evening of my boyfriend falling asleep in the kitchen watching me (oops! Definitely
I decided not to make a fondant Thomas to go on the track due to timing and experience (I am practising, promise). Was incredibly chuffed that the figure fitted perfectly on the track without prior measurements anyway, so it was clearly meant to be!
Baby shower cake next as another baby is joining the family (not mine!!)! Exciting times 😊