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Pink Castle Birthday Cake September 8, 2014

Pink Castle Birthday Cake

Must admit when I started this one I did get a bit stressed, but once I’d got going it was easier than I thought it was going to be.

 

To start you’ll need 2, 21cm/8” square madeira cakes.

 

Ingredients & method for madeira cake (makes 1 cake)

 

Butter 138g

Margerine 138g

Caster sugar 366g

Vanilla extract 2 tsp

6 eggs

Plain flour 412g

Baking powder 3 tsp

Hot water 5 Tbsp

 

Method

 

Line a 21cm/8” deep square tin with baking parchment. Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4.

Start by blending the butter and sugars together until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla essence.

Add the eggs one at a time. To stop the mixture from curdling add a spoon of the flour as you add each egg.

Once all the eggs have been combined, add the rest of the flour with the baking powder and continue to mix.Ensure all the ingredients have been mixed to a smooth consistency then add the hot water, slowly, until it is completely blended.

Pour the cake mix to the tin and bake for 1hr 15mins. Check it after an hour as you might need to cover the top with foil to stop it burning during the last 15mins.

Once you have removed the cake from the oven leave it to cool for 10-20 minutes then turn it out onto a cooling rack. Don’t leave the cake in the tin to cool completely as it will ‘sweat’ and go soggy rather than stay moist.

I read about this technique on a blog and was a bit dubious about it working, but it does work! Ensure that the oven is at the right temperature before you start. Line the baking tin as usual and pour the Madeira mixture into the tin. Scoop the centre of the cake mix up to the sides so that you can see the bottom of the tin and then pop it in the oven. Avoid opening the door to peek. Don’t worry the cake will fill the hole, bake perfectly and be nice and flat.

 

Ingredients & method for the buttercream

 

500g butter, room temperature

1kg icing sugar, sifted

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp milk

Pink food colouring

 

Method

 

Cream the butter until it turns pale.
Mix in icing sugar.
Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
Add a little milk if necessary to make a smooth consistency.

Add the food colouring, a little at a time until you have your desired colour.

 

Extra’s you’ll need to make the castle

 

Strawberry jam

5 ice cream cones

Pink wafer biscuits

Pink glimmer sugar

Princess sugar shapes

Pink sugar balls

 

Constructing the castle

 

Cut your first cake in half, spread the one half with jam, the other half with some of the buttercream and sandwich together.

Using the second cake, cut in half again, as with the first cake and put the one half to one side. Now cut the half you have into quarters.

Using two of those quarters, sandwich them together with jam and buttercream and place in the centre of the larger one you have already sandwiched together.

Crumbcoat the whole cake and leave in the fridge for an hour.

Once out of the fridge, buttercream the whole cake.

Put the glimmer sugar onto a plate.

Cover the ice cream cones, one at a time, with buttercream then roll in the glimmer sugar. Place one at each corner of the base cake and one in the centre of the top cake, pressing down gently into the buttercream. Add a sugar ball to the top of each cone.

Use two wafer biscuits for the doors and cut some in half for the windows, use a little royal icing to outline them.

Add the princess sugar shapes around the castle walls.

 

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Rose Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day February 13, 2013

Valentine Cupcakes 4

Covered with pale pink rose buttercream and sugared hearts these delicately scented cupcakes are sure to inspire some love. If not for you, for you’re cupcakes 😉

 

Ingredients

 

110g butter, at room temperature

225g caster sugar

2 large eggs

150g self raising flour, sifted

125g plain flour, sifted

1 tsp rosewater, or to taste

120ml milk, at room temperature

 

Method

 

Pre heat the oven to 160C/gas 4 and line a cupcake tin with paper cases.

Cream together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until the mixture is pale and smooth. Add the eggs one at a time beating for a few minutes between each addition.

Combine the two flours in a a seperate bowl. Mix the rosewater with the milk in a jug and test it: rosewater varies in quality and strength, so taste the mixture and adjust the amount you need. Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and beat well, pour in 0ne-third of the milk and beat again. Repeat until all the flour and milk have been used.

Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for about 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown.

Leave in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool, while you make the buttercream frosting.

Makes approx 18 cupcakes, depending on size.

 

Ingredients for the rose buttercream frosting

 

115g butter, at room temperature

4 Tbsp milk, at room temperature

500g icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp rosewater

pink food colouring (optional)

 

Method

 

In a mixing bowl beat the butter, milk, rosewater and half the icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and beat again until the buttercream is smooth and creamy.

To colour, simply add a few drops of pink food colouring.

Spread the butter cream over the cupcakes and add cystallised rose petals, sugar hearts, love hearts, hundreds and thousands – it’s up to you!

 

Strawberry Cupshakes November 14, 2012

These cupshakes are great fun for a kiddies party.

Ingredients

250g self raising flour

225g caster sugar

225g butter

4 eggs

1 tsp baking powder

6 tsp strawberry milkshake powder

4 Tbsp milk

For the frosting

75g butter

200g mascarpone

450g icing sugar, sifted

2 tsp strawberry milkshake

2 Tbsp milk

pink food colouring

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas 4 and line a cupcake tin with 10 cases.

Combine the flour, sugar, butter, eggs and baking powder in a bowl and mix until fluffy.

In a separate bowl add the strawberry milkshake mix to the milk and stir until it forms a paste.

Fold the milkshake mix into the batter until well combined. Here you can also add 1 – 2tsps of pink food colouring.

Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake cases and bake for 20 minutes.

Make the milkshake frosting

Whilst your cupcakes are cooling, make the milkshake frosting by creaming together the butter and mascarpone in an electric mixer.

Slowly add the icing sugar and beat until smooth.

Combine the milkshake mix and milk to create a paste then beat it into the frosting. Add 2 – 3tsp of pink food colouring, unless your using the gel type colouring in which case you’ll need less.

Once your cupcakes are cooled decorate as you wish.

Tip:

To make Chocolate cupshakes, replace the strawberry milkshake with chocolate milkshake.

 

Pink Princess Birthday Cake October 13, 2012

 

I made this for my Great Niece’s 4th Birthday Party

 

 

Ingredients for the cake

 

350g butter

350g caster sugar

6 eggs

350g self raising flour

6 Tbsp strawberry jam

 

Method

 

Pre heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.

Line three 8ins sponge tins and grease one 1lb pudding bowl.

Cream the butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy.

Add the egg’s one at a time beating a little after each addition.

Sift the flour into the mixture and beat well.

Divide the mixture between the three tins and the bowl.

Bake what you have in the tins for 25 – 30 minutes until risen and golden brown, then put the pudding bowl of mixture in and bake on a lower shelf for approximately 55 minutes. Check with a skewer to make sure it’s cooked through, if longer time is needed you can cover it with foil to prevent any burning of the top.

Leave all to cool completely.

Once cooled, using a 2ins plain biscuit cutter, cut a hole through the middle of all four cakes.

 

Ingredients for the buttercream frosting

 

220g butter

120ml milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

1Kg icing sugar, sifted

food colouring of your choice

 

Method

 

In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half of the icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and continue beating until the buttercream is smooth and creamy. Add food colouring a drop at a time, beating well after each addition until you have the required colour.

 

To construct the cake

 

Spread jam on one sponge, buttercream on the second sponge and sandwich them together, then repeat using the third sponge. Repeat again, ending up with the pudding basin shaped sponge turned upside down as the top of the cake.

Cover the whole thing with a light covering of buttercream and leave in the Fridge for an hour.

Wrap the doll in cling film, this saves her getting covered in cake crumbs and buttercream. Then place her in the middle of the cake.

Spread more buttercream all over the cake. Using a small round ended/butter knife make swirls all over the dress to give it a pattern.

Using a star nozzle, pipe star’s around the base and top of the dress.

 

 

 

 

Coconut Cupcakes with Pink Vanilla Buttercream August 19, 2012

If coconut is your thing, these are going to be your ideal cupcake. Filled with coconut, topped with a delicate pink icing..a sweet treat in cupcake form.

 

Ingredients

 

110g butter, at room temperature

180g caster sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)

125g self raising flour, sifted

120g plain flour, sifted

125ml coconut milk

25g sweetened desiccated coconut

 

To decorate

 

1 batch of Vanilla Buttercream Icing, coloured pale pink

Tbsp desiccated coconut

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cupcases.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until pale and smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for a few minutes after each addition and adding the vanilla and almond extract at the end.

Combine the two flours in a separate bowl. Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the coconut milk and beat again. Repeat these steps until all the flour and milk have been added. Fold in the desiccated coconut with a metal spoon.

Carefully spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, filling them to about two-thirds full. Bake for about 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown.

Remove from the oven and leave in the tins for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once they are completely cool, ice with the pink-tinted vanilla buttercream and sprinkle with desiccated coconut.

 

 
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