• Baking 24.08.2013 No Comments

    I’ve seen quite a few recipes lately for these novelty cupcakes, baked in ice cream cones and decorated to look like ice creams,¬†so my daughter and I had a go at them this week.

     

    The recipe I used suggested wrapping the cones in foil before filling them but I tried a few unwrapped and it made no difference at all, if anything the unwrapped cones baked better, so I suggest you save time and foil by not bothering!

    I’m not going to give you the recipe I used as I didn’t like it that much and in future will just use my everyday cupcake recipe, you can use any which you normally find works well.

    I stood the cones in a muffin tin and they were just a little fiddly to fill. My recipe made too much mixture so they were a little overfilled and I trimmed them to neaten them up before piping the buttercream swirl on the top. they only need to be filled just over half full.

    They can be quite top heavy with a big swirl of buttercream so make sure they are standing on a flat surface! The buttercream should be fairly soft. if you don’t have an icing nozzle then an icing bag or plastic bag with the corner cut off would do a perfectly good job. Adding sprinkles and a little flake (push it very gently into the icing) really makes these cupcakes look lovely for a summer party. The cones go soft overnight so bake and eat them on the same day. A little drizzle of chocolate sauce would be nice on the top too.

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  • 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 10.06.2013 No Comments

    If you read my blog regularly you probably realise that I like to bake. I decided recently to join my daughter on a Disney Cupcake decorating course at Cherry Blossom Bakery

    This is a small bakery and tearoom in Macclesfield and we were greeted on our evening course with a lovely pot of tea. All the equipment was ready for us, the cupcakes were freshly baked and all the icing was ready coloured.

     

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    We were taken through each design step by step at our own pace and built the designs up gradually.

     

    It was lovely to make each little part of the design, none of which was particularly difficult, and then put it all together to create the Disney characters.

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    I especially liked the Daisy and Donald Duck.

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    It was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours and come away with some new skills to practice, plus some lovely cakes to eat! In fact I enjoyed it so much I’ve booked on another course.

     

    I took my husband for tea and scones the following week and he loved it too. The big china pot of tea, the lovely old china cups, saucers and plates, the delicious scones and the bright and airy surroundings made this a lovely place to enjoy a quiet brew!

     

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