Sunday, October 23, 2011

Did someone say chocolate??

I had to tackle this issue sometime... it's one we bakers often avoid as we peddle our delicious lemon cake as people ask 'why not  an awesome chocolate cake' The truth body has the recipe for the best chocolate cake ever because unless you make a cake that is just remolded chocolate in a cake shape you're never going to please the die hard chocoholics 100%. Anyone who has made it their life goal to produce a super chocolaty ultra moist cake (i.e. any baker worth their weight in superfine sugar) will agree there is always room for improvement...

Friday, October 14, 2011

One is the loneliest number...

No cupcake was safe...

...except it would seem if you are turning one year old and then it is quite the opposite.
My niece had her first birthday recently and aside from having almost her entire extended family fly over from Brisbane to help celebrate, was showered with more gifts than she could (literally) climb over. So not wanting to add to the pile (and, dare I say, take any of the joy of spoiling the child away from her grandparents) I baked her a cake instead, well one big cake and 36 little ones. Having consulted with her mum I was informed that Amy was partial to pinks, blues, oranges and purples and having consulted with Amy by choice of  which cupcake papers she chose to take from the shelf and chew on, polka dots it was!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Light my fire...and then eat it

Always one to give credit where it is due; these lovely desserts are the brainchild of Heston Blumenthal. However Heston's original dessert contained a kind of caramel ganache that offended even my sweety tooth. So taking the delightful concept of a centre piece that doubles as dessert I set about making it Ms Cupcake's own creation. The first time I made these I filled the white chocolate tubes with raspberry mousse only. As tasty as they were I wanted them to be amazing so I elaborated a little adding cointreau soaked cake and fresh raspberries. But I get ahead of myself! If you're like me and like to build your ego with high praise for sugary creations then you must try these at your next dinner party!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Gingerbread House Party!

When one has the happy burden of having too many lovely friends one needs to be creative in how appreciation and thanks is given at the festive season (ie buying that many presents is a bit silly!) So last Christmas I forwent the perils of present giving and invited my nearest and dearest to a gingerbread making party. Each guest was given a lump of  dough, a bag of white royal icing and a paper plate to sit their creation upon.

I'm back!

I haven't been writing but I've been baking!
 After a good six months  Ms Cupcake returns by popular demand! This means there is six months of baking and decorating to discuss.I'll start with rainbows! I've never been one to shy away from colour...even the time when perhaps I ought to have.
  I've observed that as a general rule people tend to back away slowly from foods with a brightened hue for fear that the excessive amounts of food colorings are going to make them ill (I suggest that perhaps they ought to be more concerned by the sugar content). So you can imagine my delight when I discovered a way to have your bright red cake and eat it too!

 before baking, bright but not intense