Showing posts from August, 2012

Dr Oetker and My First Bundt

Dr Oetker recently sent me some baking products to try out and I received alphabet sprinkles, orange and lemon slices, cake release spray and easy swirl cupcake icing.

As soon as I got the cake release spray I knew it was the perfect opportunity to try out my bundt tin. The poor tin had been festering away in the cupboard for over a year and I've lost count of how many bundt blog posts I've commented on claiming I was going to try the recipe! I think I was a bit scared of it really, but now I had officially ran out of excuses! The orange and lemon slices meant I was going to go for a citrussy cake and where else to find a recipe but the Bundt Queen herself, Rachel of Dolly Bakes?!

I used Rachel's lemon drizzle bundt recipe which also meant facing another fear: whipping egg whites! With all the cakes I've made by now you'd think I'd be over it, but eggs really do freak me out. I used my nifty new egg separator from Lakeland which helped me avoid jiggling the egg…

Recent cupcakes

In the interests of time and sanity I'm going to bung together a few sets of cupcakes into one post!

After the Grasshopper cake left me agog at the distinct lack of mint-choc cakes in the world I decided to make a simple cupcake version. These were just my usual basic chocolate cupcakes topped with the peppermint buttercream from the Grasshopper cake (150g butter, 300g icing sugar beaten together, with a generous teaspoon of peppermint extract and a smidgen of green food colouring). This is so simple that I will accept no excuses for not trying the heavenly combo that is mint, chocolate and cake (other than that perhaps because you don't like mint...!). I stuck some halved After Eight's in some and ended up leaving the others plain because I was actually quite pleased with the piping (and somebody was pouting at all the After Eight's being used up!)

The next batch were for a leaving buffet at work - a conference room had been booked at lunchtime and catering ordered fr…

Grasshopper Cake

It was Mike's birthday in June and his birthday cake is one of the most important events in my cake calender! I was a little disappointed with myself about his cake from last year, having messed up one of the layers, so I wanted to make sure I had something decent this year.

This Grasshopper Cake from The Pink Whisk had been firmly ensconsed in my bookmarks since March - as soon as I saw it I knew it was The One, since Mike is a big After Eights fiend. I knew it would be a labour of love, with a couple of different steps for the decorating (not my strong suit). The crumb coating of buttercream was a particular worry, with me not having much* patience I wasn't sure how that would go - especially as I couldn't really ask Mike to take over on this one (normally he steps in when I get to the 'I'm going to stab myself in the eye with the pallette knife' stage).

Anyway. The whole thing was a breeze! Really, it was. The recipe was great - clear and straightforward and…