Vanilla sugar cookies with Nesquik Strawberry Milkshake icing and various sprinkles. For Valentines Day to show my love for my family, friends and all of you on DA
I always use the recipe from the BBC for making cookies that I will be cutting out shapes with at it keeps the shape perfectly while baking [link] it makes a lot of cookie dough, so what I don't use I just freeze for another day.
The icing is icing sugar (powdered/confectioners sugar) milkshake powder and just enough water to make a paste that can be cut out with cutters.
These were so much fun to make. Of the dough I used I split in two, half for me to cut out and decorate and half for my youngest daughter Sasha to do the same with. I got to say I was very impressed with how well she did for her age, she is a natural.
The photo itself I thought just had to match our chaotic baking session with all the added accessories of table cloths, napkins, sprinkles and spare cookies (my kitchen was a complete mess!)
Dark and White chocolate shells filled with Strawberry Jello.
I have been wanting to work with jello for such a long time now, normally I only use it for trifle but thanks to the lovely who I must dedicate these too I have been inspired at last to find new ways of using it.
I was intending on covering the top of the jello with chocolate but I thought the white chocolates looked so vibrant and much more appealing for the kids uncovered.
TIP: Do not leave the jello to cool for too long before adding to the chocolate shells else when you come to pour your jello into your shells it might not be as smooth as you may like! I still have much to learn from the master of jello!
More from the lovely If you have a love for all things colourful, jello and cute marshmallows, she is must to follow.
Sneaky cookies you ask? Well these were going to be chocolate chunk cookies but my youngest decided to open a bag of raisins and throw them into the cookie dough when i wasn't looking so sneaky cookies they became. I had a busy weekend so wasn't even going to take photos for this but I just had to have a bit of sneakiness in my gallery.
Vanilla sponge with strawberry jam, butter cream and a sprinkling of icing sugar.
It's been a while since I last made a Victoria sponge so this was a nice change. It's my go to recipe when making cakes for people I don't know or know well enough to know their tastes as none of the flavours are too offensive or over powering, it is a simple all round cake and gets the job done. I even read yesterday it was the most bought cake here in the UK for 2012.
This cake I made with my kids, I am finally learning a way of baking to make everyone happy. I measured the ingredients, my eldest poured it all in the mixing bowl while my youngest mixed, then they both took turns mixing until ready.
My eldest Sarah especially wanted to help with this cake as it is a thank you cake for her teacher for doing an amazing job of taking care if her in school on Friday after a health scare, those who have read my recent journal will know why. Sarah even made him a lovely thank you card.
Back to the cake, it being so simple makes it very hard to find interesting ways of photographing it but I just loved that part of the cake with the jam oozing out ready for someone to come along with their finger to scoop it all up for a taste.
Chunky banana slices wrapped in pancake on skewers served with a chocolate ganache dip. I also had a maple syrup dip and some lemons so the family had a choice of toppings for breakfast on this day, Pancake Day here in the UK.
I was wondering all yesterday what pancakes to make today but then I remembered the crepes I made and how much the family loved those so thought I would go for a similar flavour combo but served in more of a fun and interesting way.
That's it from me this week, no more baking, or food photography as my eldest has chickenpox. Also tomorrow is my Birthday and I don't fancy baking, not even a cake for myself, funny as I am always making other people birthday cakes, I just don;t have the same enthusiasm for baking for myself.
Using up the last of the marshmallows to make this a variation on the typical rice krispie treats. Again didn't have much time for the photography today so not happy with the photo whatsoever but I really wanted to share the idea with you that you can play with what cereal you can use instead of rice krispies.
Shortbread cookies sandwiched and decorated with white chocolate ganache for my eldest daughters lunchbox tomorrow. Using up leftovers again! Today using up some butter and cream as i want it all out of the house and replaced with dairy free items. You can probably tell i got my inspiration from yesterdays star cake.
Warm soft and fluffy chocolate hot cross buns with gooey chocolate chips and sweet sugar glaze.
This was my first time using yeast. Up until now I have kept away from it because it takes so long to work with. It had to take something pretty special to make me give in and this was it! I can not stand the spice and dried fruit of traditional hot cross buns so when I saw these I got very excited and just had to make them.
I split the recipe in two, half gluten free so I could try some and half normal flour. It was surprising to see just how very different the two came out. I am also going to lie and tell you I purposely added more cocoa powder because we love chocolate not because I mixed up my cup sizes as I normally work with grams! (The extra cocoa was great though!) The gluten free version was very dense and didn't rise very much so if you plan on giving this a go gluten free, a different GF flour blend than the rice flour, tapioca and potato blend I use from ASDA might be a good idea to try. The normal version (pictured) however was so soft, fluffy and well risen! The family loved them and my husband took some to work! I highly recommend giving this recipe a go.
If you are interested in seeing the difference between the two versions I posed a photo of the two together over on my facebook page [link]
To get the recipe visit cakecrumbs, I have wanted to try out one of her recipes for so long, it was great to finally do so.
I wasn't planning on baking today but i passed some lovely looking blueberries in the shop this morning so decided to make cupcakes (made wit gluten free flour so i could try them) with my eldest daughter.
I was going to put butter cream on top but then realized they are for the kids and it is not exactly good for them plus they would probably end up eating the butter cream and leaving the cupcakes so dusted over a little sugar instead.
I am having a bit of a problem with my camera at the moment. The auto focus is not focusing half the time when i get close to my subject, i have to back off a lot and it is ruining my shots, it is becoming very frustrating. Not being very technical minded i am not sure if it is me or the camera but it has only been happening these past couple of weeks. I will have to have it sent off to be looked at but 3-4 weeks at least with no camera is not a nice thought! On top of that as i baked spur of the moment i didn't have great lighting, i normally photograph at a certain time of day for the best light so apologies for lack of standard today!
A moist chocolate cake with a silky smooth chocolate butter cream, Oreo dirt and worms.
This was great fun to make with the kids, they loved dipping the cupcakes in the dirt and adding worms to it.
I didn't bother making it gluten free as I used Oreo's but if you are lucky enough to get a GF version such as those from Glutino which you can buy in America (I got sent a packet of them eariler this year and loved them!) or something similar you can make it gluten free without anyone even knowing!
This is not the first time I have used Oreos as dirt!