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3 Peaks Challenge Birthday Cake May 17, 2013

3 Peaks

Happy Birthday Paul!!

Thank’s to this fellow blogger for the recipe I used for the cake…http://andcute.com/

Also thank’s to my daughter, Alice for making the flags 😉

 

Ingredients

 

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup whole milk + 1 tbsp. vinegar (or buttermilk)

3/4 cup warm strong coffee

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Method

 

Line a 9” by 13”  baking dish with parchment paper, so it hangs over the edges.

Preheat the oven to 180c/gas 4 1/2.

Whisk together the dry ingrdients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt).

Add wet ingredients (eggs, milk vinegar mix, coffee, vanilla extract) and blend together until well combined, this is quite a runny mixture.

Pour into baking dish. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

To make this cake I baked two of these, one for the base and I cut the other one into pieces to build the mountains.

 

I covered the cake with buttercream, also using it to stick the cut pieces of cake together to build the mountains.

 

For the buttercream

 

175g chocolate

225g butter, at room temperature

1 Tbsp cooled, strong coffee

1 tsp vanilla extract

250g icing sugar, sifted

 

Melt the chocolate, carefully in the microwave or in a basin over a pan of hot water, which I find is the safest way. Leave to cool slightly.

In a large bowl beat the butter, coffee, vanilla and icing sugar until smooth.

Add the melted chocolate and beat again until thick and creamy. If it looks too runny to use, simply keep beating – this will thicken the buttercream and improve its consistency.

Once the cake was covered and the mountains put together with the buttercream and covered with buttercream, I coloured a small amount of ready to roll white fondant green and used my garlic press to make the grass.

I rolled more of the white fondant very thinly to make snow for the peaks of the mountains, before placing it onto the mountain peaks I sprayed it with silver shimmer.

 

 

 

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Spooky Cupcakes October 30, 2012

Will you go batty for these flying bat cupcakes?                                                                Creepy skeletons, but these won’t start rattling.

 

For the flying bats.

Use your basic cupcake recipe to make your cakes.

 

Make the cupcake up as follows:

Cover the cupcake with chocolate frosting.

Break a chocolate covered biscuit in half. Colour a small amount of icing green and pipe onto the biscuit to create wings.

Place a brown smartie in the middle of the cupcake for the head.

Make two dots for eyes using green icing or use small sugared sweets.

Stick the decorated chocolate wafer halves on each side of the head for the bat’s wings.

 

For the creepy skeletons.

Use your basic cupcake recipe to make your cakes.

 

Make up the cupcake as follows:

Cover the cupcake with chocolate frosting.

Push mini marshmallows into the frosting slightly for the head. Using black icing add the eyes and mouth.

Use white icing to mark out the bones of the skeleton.

 

 
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