Cupcakes: a contemporary camp classic!

As with macarons, there is nothing butch about a cupcake, but it revels in its campery – and rightly so! They flounced onto the baking scene with great style several years ago, demanding to be noticed, and all of a sudden the shops started featuring them and everyone started making them. Continue reading “Cupcakes: a contemporary camp classic!”

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Another birthday cake

raspberry and blueberry

Any excuse to bake and decorate a cake, and good practice for an upcoming celebration! Baked for a work colleague’s birthday the cake was, thankfully, polished off!

This cake is almost exactly as for my earlier Practice wedding cake but I stepped up the raspberry flavour in the filling and I also added blueberries to the top as both a contrast and a complement to the raspberries.

This time I made a buttercream using Italian meringue to give a soft, mousse-like texture as normal buttercream can be a bit heavy and sometimes a touch “grainy” if the icing sugar has not fully dissolved into the butter. However, disaster struck with the buttercream: when whisking the butter into the meringue it curdled and resembled cottage cheese – now THAT was a first! However, the addition of about 100g cooled, chocolate worked like a dream and the curdled mess came together in moments. I always knew chocolate was the saviour of all things!!

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Coffee & Walnut Battenberg Cake

A Battenberg is one of my favourite cakes but I do not make these often enough. Then again, making a Battenberg only occasionally keeps it special. Butch it might not be, but delicious it certainly is! This is essentially a Victoria Sponge cake, flavoured two ways, surrounded with marzipan: so lovely to eat. Continue reading “Coffee & Walnut Battenberg Cake”

Quick Apple Tart

This is lovely dessert that is both simple and quick to make. It is equally lovely served either warm or chilled, with a dollop of cream or ice cream. The tart can also be made very small and served as petits fours. Continue reading “Quick Apple Tart”