• Baking 10.07.2013 No Comments

    The finished cupcakes

    I went on another course at the very lovely Cherry Blossom Bakery. Along with two of my daughters I spent two hours mastering swirls, roses and other piping techniques. I have made cupcakes many times before but I really wanted to learn how to pipe a rose swirl so that was my main aim.

    All I needed to know was that I needed a Wilton 2D nozzle and to pipe from the centre. Easy when you know how!

    A couple of days later my daughter and I decided to get some practice so armed with our new nozzles and non-slip icing bags (why have I only just discovered these wonderful bags?) we baked a batch of cakes and iced the lot. What do you think of the results? I have to admit we were rather pleased with ourselves!

     

    A lovely rose cupcake

     

    Tinted petals!

    Plain but lovely.

     

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  • Baking 03.07.2013 No Comments

    I have always enjoyed baking and often made cakes for family and friends. As I was looking through some old photos I came across a selection of cakes I made years ago and thought I would share them on here.

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    None of them are perfect but they all went down well at the time and I enjoyed making them!

    I’m sure I have a few more photos somewhere so look out for the next set!

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  • Baking 29.03.2013 No Comments

    What else could I bake on Good Friday? Hot Cross Buns may be a once a year treat or may be eaten any time from Christmas to Easter but making your own certainly makes them special.

    This year I tried a new recipe, one of Paul Hollywood’s, and they were certainly delicious. He adds diced apple which I found difficult to incorporate so maybe I’ll leave that out next time. I also used a simple sugar and water glaze instead of the apricot jam glaze in the recipe.

    Whichever recipe you use it takes time for the buns to prove but it’s worth it, they are so much nicer than any you can buy in the shops. It’s worth the trouble of piping flour and water paste crosses
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