Archive | May, 2012

18/19/20 a blip, but I have made lots and lots of cupcakes…

27 May

But there are no pictures 😦

They were for Charity, for a 60th birthday and for general munching.

Next week there will be a new cake I promise!

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Banana bread 17/52

27 May

A quick and tasty bake. Perfect for freeing your house of manky bananas 🙂  This one had the welcome addition of figs for a bit crunch.

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A good addition to any (every) lunchbox.

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Sea Salt millionaires shortbread 16/52

27 May

So we attempted to make sea salt caramels that were mean to be hard and crunchy. This however didn’t work, the caramel refused to set!

So a few days later I whipped up a batch of shortbread and pressed it down into a square tin for baking. Whilst it was in the oven I reboiled the caramel.

Once the shortbread was cooled the caramel was poured over it. A few Maldon sea salt crystals graced the mix. Dark chocolate covered the caramel and had a touch more salt on it.

Om nom nom 🙂

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Pistachio cake with marzipan and strawberry jelly 15/52

27 May

This was a whole day cake baking extravaganza! Myself and my friend both have the Adriano Zumbo cook book. A page of ingredients and a number of elaborate techniques meant that this was far from easy to assemble!  Was it worth it? I think yes. This cake is also gluten free.

A flour free pistachio based cake mix also contained rhubarb. This kept it moist and tangy. The cake was meant to have homemade strawberry pastilles in it. We have them a go, but they didn’t set. Instead we used the resulting goo to smear a layer on top of the cake under the marzipan.

The cake was finished with green marzipan and sprinkles.

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The strawberry goo was lovely to make pink cupcakes with and very tasty as a drizzle for meringues.

We also had a go at making some salted caramels. These also didn’t set, but more on that later 🙂

Sour cream and rhubarb cake 14/52

27 May

A really scrumptious cake from the excellent good Housekeeping 101 Cakes.

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A basic cake mix enhanced with sour cream combined with rhubarb and topped with a sweet and nutty crunch. Delicious and definable one I will be making again 🙂

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