Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cupcake Galore

I tried this cake a couple of years ago for a friends birthday and failed horribly because of the rolled royal icing so this morning I woke up thinking: Today I shall conquer the giant cupcake. And I did! Just as easy as a normal victoria sponge, it just looks much more festive. Perfect for a kids party.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Red Fruit Tart

This deliciously fruity tart was to use up some of the almond paste I had made for my previous post, Almond Windmills. I quickly whipped up some sweet pastry, replacing the caster sugar for icing sugar as per usual, blind baked it, then filled with almond paste and topped with a mix of red fruit then baked till I was so tempted and had to take it out! This made me very ready for summertime when I'll be able to use fresh fruit.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lonely Valentines

I realise the title doesn't sound too appealing, who wants a lonely valentines day? But that's what they are, individual portions of scrumptious valentines cake.
Linked in with yesterdays recipe, today I used a Peggy Porschen victoria sponge recipe since the two companies are similar I wanted to see how much their cakes varied. I paired this sponge with a cinnamon buttercream and it was perfect. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for chocolate yesterday but in any case, hats off to Peggy.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Darling Gardening

I swear by the Little Venice Cake Company decoration-wise, but only today did I first attempt one of Mich Turners' cake recipes, her Chocolate Truffle Cake. Since her cakes are for celebrations so therefore layered, they seem to be quite sturdy. Sturdy but tasty. I've added vanilla buttercream frosting as well, it is surrounded by rolled and royal icing to resemble a flower filled plant-pot. Daisies of course.

Mom's Cherry Jam Tart

My mom is continuously making delicious jams and marmalades but so much so that we could never eat enough toast to use up all the kilos of it! 
This is her cherry jam in a sweetpastry base, a version of Mr Kipling jam tarts.