Fondant cupcake toppers

I really wanted to start practicing my fondant work, so I thought it would be a great idea to do themed cupcake toppers. I thought that these cupcakes would look really good in packs of 6 with a personalised design or something, so here’s my attempt.

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I mixed the colours using a range of liquid dyes (concentrated) and powdered ones. I used plunge stamps to make the flowers, so they were easy but the bows were difficult at first! They’re so little and fiddly, but i think they look pretty good!

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Sorry it’s been so long, but i’m back!

Hello everyone! I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post but I was just a bit preoccupied by finishing my degree- yes! FINISHING MY DEGREE (yey!)

I came home (boo!) a few weeks ago and have just baked a few simple things to get back into it. First I decided to try a new bake but with a really simple recipe. First, I made Tottenham cake:

Use a basic sponge recipe (see:https://xxlou7.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=83&action=edit). But bake the mix in a deep tray lined with baking paper. Once the cake has cooled, spread over bright pink icing (just icing sugar and water) and sprinkle with desiccated coconut. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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Second, I made some simple plain scones lathered with whipped cream and jam. I’ve made scones previously, but I wasn’t that happy with the texture and rise on them, so I decided to try out adding buttermilk. I used the following recipe:

450g of Plain Flour

Dash of salt

Dash of vanilla extract

85g of sugar

100g of very cold butter, diced

284ml of buttermilk

Dash of milk

Bake at gas mark 6 for 15 minutes or until golden.

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Third, I made chocolate chip and toffee cookies. Cookies have always been something i’ve found quite difficult, so I found this recipe to be really easy and it produced lovely american-style cookies with minimal effort. The dough produced was the kind you find in cookie dough icecream!

I used the following:

150g of butter

80g of caster sugar

80g of light brown sugar

Dash of vanilla extract

1 Large egg

225g of plain flour

1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda

100g of chocolate chips

50g of toffee chunks

First, cream the sugar and butter, add the egg and mix. Finally ass the dry ingredients and mix until a dough is created. Using a teaspoon place balls onto a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart and cook at gas mark 5 until golden round the edges.

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Fourth, it was my birthday on saturday so I decided to make myself an iced birthday cake! 

 

 

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On the theme of my birthday, I was so lucky to get a kitchenaid for my birthday from my wonderful boyfriend. I think its beautiful!

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Finally, I made a chocolate cake using my new mixer. I don’t make chocolate cakes often, so this was quite unusual. Using a basic cake mix I swapped 1oz of flour of 1oz of cocoa powder. I then melted chocolate over hot water (adding a bit of milk) and topped with chopped up chocolate bars!

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It’s great to be back baking! I’d really love it if you could comment ideas for baking etc.! Thank you!! 🙂

Just a few things i’ve been up too…

Hello! Just thought i’d share some of the things i’ve been up to this semester so far (other than working on essays!).

So on valentines day I got these lovely flowers (AWW!):

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The other big thing that happened was the DRA ball! My halls of residence always have a ball and this year it was the best so far! There was music, alcohol, friends, ice cream and food!!

Here is a picture of me with a moustache, which was part of the photobooth they had set up:

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I also went to my first ceilidh during my time in Scotland. I LOVED it. I’m so sad that I hadn’t been before! A ceilidh is traditional Scottish dancing, where people dance in groups, or in a big group. All the scots here know the moves, so it was easy enough to catch up! Although, I couldn’t walk properly for days- all that skipping works out the calf muscles!

 

Also, you will notice that the look of the blog has changed a bit. I hope you like it! I graduate in June, and i’m hoping to get a sewing machine as a reward for 4 years of hard work! So i’m thinking of changing the name of the blog a bit, and doing sewing and baking posts. Let me know what you think is a great name!!

 

 

Pancake day!

Hello all! I’m sorry it’s been so long, I cannot believe how fast the past 6 weeks have gone! Trust me, i’d rather be baking and enjoying myself rather than slaving through millions of essays and readings!

Regardless, Tuesday was pancake day! So Joy asked me to make ‘american-style’ pancakes, which is fluffy and spongy. So that’s what I did!

Use:

300g of self raising flour

2 medium eggs

1 tbsp of baking powder

300ml of milk

1 tbsp of maple syrup

1 tbsp of caster sugar

Add all the dry ingredients and the eggs. Whisk, whilst adding the wet ingredients, until smooth. 

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Then add to a frying pan with a small amount of oil, turn when there are bubbles appearing on the top of the pancakes.

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Keep warm in a warm oven and serve with ice cream and maple syrup! YUM!

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A few bakes and the final countdown

The last few weeks of the christmas break flew! I baked some basic but tasty things. Importantly, I found an awesome improvement on my bread recipe… by adding an egg and a wee bit of butter to the mix made alllll the difference! And the end result was incredibly soft and tassssty. I’m really proud of my plaited loaf. I must add that there were 8 bread rolls but they were eaten before i even had chance to take a photo!

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I also made a lovely lemon cake. My parents came back from the local farm with some lemon curd and so I made a layered lemon curd cake with lemon butter icing and cute handmade flowers.

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Finally, I made some leaving baking for my parents. Chocolate coffee cupcakes and chocolate chip shortbread.

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I feel that this semester will be even more busy than last semester as it is a) my last semester in St Andrews and b) I have 11 essays to write, including a dissertation! So if i’m not on here much, you know why! 🙂