Monday, 31 August 2009

Cookie or Cupcake?

Okay this is really a cookie in a cupcake case. It is a very simple recipe with a little bit easy piping and very yummy results. Few ingredients and quick too. Here is the recipe:

Swiss Shortcake

2 oz butter
6 oz caster sugar
6 oz plain flour
1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
2 tsp milk

It is this easy! pre-heat oven to 160 c gas 3 and prepare 12 cupcake cases into a tin. Cream butter and sugar together add vanilla and mix in flour. Add milk and give a final good mix, I finished with the electric mixer. Using a large star piping nossel pipe in a circular shape into cupcake cases and bake for 30-35 minutes (till pale golden and firm). Allow to cool and dust with icing, adding a blob of jam to the centre of each. Very traditional recipe, very easy and most important very nice! I will definitely make these again.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Chocolate Success

Well much to my surprise the chocolate cake was a success! Guess I am going to get used to the different oven after all. Well I did not make cupcakes but made a chocolate sandwich cake with the chocolate cupcake recipe. I decorated it with butter icing but instead of just cocoa powder in it I put melted chocolate. This worked well to decorate with and though it was not picture perfect it was a better finish than others I have done in past. I was very predictable and decorated with white and milk chocolate buttons as well as chocolate shavings which I used a potato peeler to create.

Anyway it turned out pretty well, photos to follow. The oven is getting a second chance lol. :)

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

The New Oven Arrrgh

I have a chocolate cake in the oven, my first attempt to bake in the new house. I do not like this oven I have already decided. I fear this cake will be an utter disaster from what I can see so far. It is a birthday cake too :( I will update anyway.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Back online

Can you believe I have been a whole week and a half with no net! No time to bake, but have a wonderful big kitchen and a bigger cupboard space dedicated to baking. :)

Saturday, 1 August 2009

The Cupcake Kitchen

I am finally going to have a big kitchen to bake in yay! We are moving in the next few days to a bigger place to. I am currently surrounded by boxes. No Internet or baking to probably later in the week though arrrgh! I am sure it will be worth all the stress and hard work though. :)