Some of you may know I'm a cake lover and often like to try new recipes. Not all of them come out of the oven looking like they should but when I've nailed it I'll be beaming from ear to ear for hours!
A few weeks back a good friend of mine got married and I offered to do the wedding cake as their present. Lucky for me she wanted a cupcake tower with a top cake and if it's one thing I can do perfectly now it's a simple vanilla cupcake. She showed me a picture and I knew the only part that I may find difficult would be the fondant roses. I did a very quick sugar rose lesson with You Tube and then started making. The first one took foreeeever but after 20 of them I was flipping petals together like a pro. I really am very proud of myself and was so pleased that my friend loved it too.
A couple of weeks ago my son had his first school trip which was to be followed with a picnic and I couldn't resist making 50 odd mini lemon meringue cakes. I used my old faithful cupcake mix of 125g of Self Raising Flour, Caster Sugar, Butter and 2 eggs and then topped them with a little dollop of lemon curd. I made the little lemon meringue kisses the night before with the traditional egg white and caster sugar mix and then once baked I left them in the oven over night to dry out. In the morning I put the little beauties on top of the lemon curd, the only problem I had was that one wasn't enough!
For 'Open Farm Sunday' we invited some friends to the Nature Reserve near Wareham and I wanted to make something fun for the boys when they'd finished their lunch. I made chocolate cupcakes using a recipe from my Hummingbird Bakery book and it's never failed me. It's a very easy 'throw it in the bowl' mix and I normally add a few chopped chocolate buttons too and they come out light as air and beautifully domed ready to be frosted. I'd seen some fun animal cupcakes online and settled on trying to make sheep which I thought would be quite easy as you only had to put mini marshmallows on. I was wrong! They took hours but boy were they worth it! (Especially when I made the boys baaa like a sheep to make the cake tin open).
I tried making lemon and courgette cupcakes (again) tonight and thought I'd have a bash at just throwing it in to a normal cupcake mix. It doesn't work! They taste ok and I'm sure they'll be better when I put lemon icing on them tomorrow but they didn't rise very much sadly.
My challenge for the near future is my darling son's birthday cake. He changes his mind every day on what he would like but that's fine with me as I'll be doing it at the 11th hour anyway!
This was him last last year when he was presented with his digger cake. It's gonna be tough to beat that face. :)