Celebration

Cheeky Bomb!

I recently made a Jagerbomb birthday cake for a friend, I was unsure as to whether it would actually taste okay, but apparently she shared it with her teacher friends and everyone loved it. So much so, that she ordered the same thing in cupcake form (plus a couple of cheeky passoa and lemonade cupcakes) for the end of term.

I didn’t actually record the recipes I used/adapted for the birthday cake so it was a bit of a made up job (again!) I did green velvet jagerbomb sponge cupcakes, with a whipped chocolate-jager ganache filling, topped with red bull butter cream. And the passoa cupcakes were pretty much the same as the ones I made last time.

Really pleased the birthday cake went down well- I hope these go down just as well!

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Cheers!

Cat xx

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Birthday, Celebration

Every girl needs a Cath Kidston handbag!

Just a quick y, thought I would show you a  picture of my latest creation. Again I have been working against the weather and did think I might have to start again, but I think I’ve cracked it. (not literally) The hand painted roses took a while but I’m getting faster at painting them.

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This is similar to a cake I did a while ago but to keep it original I changed the main colour. (what do you think?)

Here is the one did before.

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Anyway, must go, I have another cake in the oven. Happy caking xx

Birthday, Celebration

Tour De France Tops it all.

I started the week with just a couple of cakes to do. I had a Royal Doulton figurine and a character cake depicting someone sitting in an armchair with the Guardian newspaper. I also had a little girls pink castle cake to do for the weekend. As you can imagine, my kitchen and cupboards have been full of cake parts and sponges and icing etc. Here are the two I delivered on Friday. Oh I forget!

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In the meantime, on Thursday, I took a last minute order for 50 cake pops  required for Saturday. (Oops, sorry Cat) Which my daughter luckily completed that very evening.

At work on Friday I find out that the cake pops required for Saturday are now going to be picked up early that evening! Luckily I had time to individually wrap all 50 (they were for kids party bags) and bag them up for collection. I also took another two orders for cake pops for next week. (over 50) Once this was done I was able to start icing the castle cake. Unfortunately it was too warm for my icing, so I did as much as I could and decided to carry on later in the evening when it had cooled down and I had got back from my meal.

I went out for my meal with work colleagues to say goodbye to Sarah who is leaving soon. Whilst there a friend asked if I would possibly have time to make a cake for her friends with the dead line being 4pm the following day.(Yes you read that correctly!!) After a couple of hours I left for home. It had rained so at least the temperature was better for decorating cakes.

Lets just say by 10.30pm I was putting sponges to be in my oven. I carried on creating my castle. At midnight when the sponges were cool I was also able to fill and ice my late order.  I went to bed at 2.22 am and was back up at 7 am to carry on. Here is a picture of the castle cake.

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This is my last minute creation. I was told that they liked biking and walking. But I can’t think where I got my inspiration from!

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Oh, by the way, I beat the deadline by a couple of hours. (PHEW, what a busy couple of days)

happy caking x

 

 

Recipes

Totally Tropical

The lack of baking this weekend meant I fancied experimenting. I had a mango in the fridge that needed using up, and I’ve wanted to have a go at dried pineapple flowers for a little while so that was where I began…

Dried Pineapple Flowers
Needed: One fresh pineapple, food colouring.

I removed the outside of the pineapple and thinly sliced (well, I very unevenly attempted to slice the pineapple thinly..!) the pineapple, then split these between three bowls of food colouring mixed with water (I used pink, blue and purple- not necessarily a wise choice!).

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After 30 minutes I placed some of these on a lined baking tray in the oven at approx. 120 degrees, turning every 20-30 minutes. They took quite a long time to dry out but the effect is worth it. (I’m not sure the taste is though, but if you like that sort of thing then that’s a bonus!) Once they were finished in the oven I placed them in a muffin tin to give them a bit of shape as they were setting. The other slices were left to soak up the colour for another 30 minutes before going in the oven.

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Mango Curd
Needed: 1 large mango, 1 lemon, 1 orange, 4 egg yolks, approx. 120g butter, 80g caster sugar and 40g soft light brown sugar.

I blitzed the mango pulp and added the juices from the lemon and orange to add a bit of zing. This along with the sugar, butter and egg yolks went into a heatproof bowl on top of a simmering pan of water. I whisked this with an electric whisk every few minutes until it thickened up enough to coat the back of a spoon. I need to invest in some sort of splatter guard- the mess was unbelievable!

Orange and Lemon Sponge
Needed: 120g butter, 200g caster sugar, orange zest, 2 eggs, 200g self-raising flour, 1tsp baking powder, 1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1/2tsp salt, 125ml lemon yoghurt, orange curd (previously made with our left over egg yolks by Mum!)

As usual, I creamed the butter and sugar together, added the zest and eggs, gradually added the dry ingredients and then folded in the yoghurt and curd. I used my loose-bottomed mini sponge cake tray (which makes 12 mini sponges, my mixture was enough for 15 which was slightly annoying!) greased and floured, and baked at about 180 degrees for approx. 20 minutes (till they’d turned golden and sprung back up to touch).

Pineapple Buttercream
Needed: Equal parts butter, icing sugar, flavoured icing sugar all creamed together.

Assembly
Once everything had cooled down, I sliced the mini sponges in half, sandwiched them back together with the mango curd and topped with a thin layer of the mango curd. I then covered these in the pineapple buttercream and topped with the pineapple flowers!

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Hope you enjoy!

Cat xx

Market

Market Mayhem

Well, it’s been a busy week for The Cake Ladies!

Saturday was the date of our first market stall so last week we were busy baking into the early hours of the morning…

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And then waking up again, also in the early hours of the morning!

We didn’t really know what to expect, but we think it went well!

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After

First sale of the day (before the market actually opened may I add) went to one of my best friends- cheeky brownies for breakfast:

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So now we’re shattered, but looking forward to the next one on Saturday 19th July!

 

Cat xx

Birthday, Celebration

Football cakes

I know that the World Cup season is upon us as just lately I have had a few Football themed cakes to do. Here are the latest ones..

 

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Seeing as it seems to be the current topic I might as well show you some of my earlier ones. (as Blue Peter would say, here’s one I made earlier)… or six to be exact. (can’t seem to be able to locate my other pictures)

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Yes,  most of these are Hull City (Tigers) based. But then I suppose they are the local team. All I can say is they would have a flipping tiger on their logo, they couldn’t have anything simpler!

Anyway happy footballing to those of you who are into it (I’m not I’m afraid) and commiserations to those of you who are not. Happy caking xx

 

Miscellaneous

Hey Honey Bun

A work colleague of mine is a bee-keeper (a random hobby I know) and in exchange for some honey I baked some cupcakes and muffins to take in to work.

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Honey & oat cupcakes, and banana & honeycomb muffins. I personally don’t actually like honey but decided that if there was any left at the end of the day I’d try a banana one- unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?) they were all gone by the time I got a look in!

Anyway, best get on, The Cake Ladies are busy little bees (sorry) at the moment- we’re attending our first market next weekend Saturday 21st June so we have lots of prep to do. Exciting! I’ll post pictures and more info near the time…

See you soon,

Cat xx