Other Foodiness Section

June 10th, 2012

A rather lovely Jubilee party Category: Cooking with..., Other Foodiness, Uncategorized

We decided to have a little family tea party last weekend for the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Elodie was excited and helped me write a list of what food to make. She even helped make the scones and sandwiches.

Luckily we were only holding our party indoors as the weather on the day was nothing short of wet and miserable.

We made homemade bunting and Elodie made some Union Jack paper chains in Playshool along with a crown. She wore a red, white & blue outfit and had a flag she had made at the library the week before. And of course being 3 meant that the party had to have party games! So after enjoying her afternoon tea party of sandwiches, cakes and scones we got to play musical statues, pin the crown on the Queen and pass the parcel (thank goodness for a packet of buttons in the fridge!)

She really enjoyed the party and with going to watch the Olympic Torch go past on the Friday evening it made for a fun packed bank holiday weekend.

The Menu

  • Egg & Cucumber sandwiches
  • Coronation Chicken sandwiches
  • Ham sandwiches
  • Salad
  • Homemade sausage rolls
  • Crisps
  • Cupcakes
  • Mini scones with fresh cream strawberries
  • A bowl of fresh strawberries

February 20th, 2011

Birthday Girl is 2 Category: Other Foodiness

Elodie was 2 on Wednesday, I really dont know where the time has gone.  A birthday calls for cake so here is her Miffy cake.  This is the first time I have tried to make a figure to go on top of the cake and I have to say I am reasonably proud of my efforts given I didnt practice!

We took Elodie to Chester Zoo on her birthday and she seemed to enjoy herself… I think the monkeys were her favourite.  Here is the birthday girl with her balloon…

February 26th, 2010

Cupcakes Category: Other Foodiness

Elodie had a little party for her friends last Sunday, so I made a little buffet and cupcakes for pudding.  Well, their mums & dads needed feeding too…

December 29th, 2009

Christmas Cake (the icing) Category: Other Foodiness

This year I’ve been quite busy and have not had as much time in the kitchen as I had hoped for in my 12 months of maternity leave!

I did not get a chance to make the usual Christmas cake so my Mum made the cake and I offered to ice it. This is my third Christmas cake and I reverted back to a traditional Holly decoration… simple but I quite like it.

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November 6th, 2009

Anthonys 30th Birthday Cake Category: General, Other Foodiness

It was Anthonys 30th birthday last month so I planned to make a birthday cake for him. I wanted it to be themed with his present – a Mini Cooper Racing Experience.

After a few ideas (like making a cake model of a Mini!) I decided it was best to keep it simple. I already had a silicone rectangular cake tin, so based on that, I thought a simple sponge with white icing, a 30 in black icing which would be the track and a mini cooper cake topper. How easy…

First of all I needed to find a firm sponge so I tested out a Madeira recipe from a cake decorating book I have. It worked well and Anthony even did a taste test for me under the guise that it had come from my mums work! hehe…

Next, I wanted to make my own icing. So after taking over my mum and dads kitchen and covering it in icing sugar I came to the conclusions I wouldn’t be able to (a) make a piece big enough to cover the cake/roll it out to an even thickness or (b) get it from the worktop to the cake (it was rather sticky!). I decided quite quickly that I’d use a ready rolled fondant icing instead.

Making the cake
I made the madeira sponge 3 days before the big day and the sponge turned out well. After leaving it overnight I turned up at my mum and dads house (our kitchen is too small) ready for some cake decorating… with my mum looking after Elodie I set about triming the sponge (cakes in silicone tins splay out at the sides!). Triming the cake was a time consuming and delicate job as I was scared a huge chunk of cake would come off!

Once I’d managed to make the cake more rectangular I set about splitting it in half and filling it with a thin layer of raspberry jam and buttercream. With a little help from my mum we managed to put the cake back together in one piece.

Next, I covered the cake in a very small amount of warmed marmalade to allow the icing to stick and started to ice it… I have to admit at the point I was rather lucky with the ready roll icing – I could only get a circular one which just fitted over the rectangular cake with a little nip and tuck ;)

I had bought a block of pre-coloured black fondant icing. With some careful rolling out I cut out my 30 and with my mums help again, we transferred the numers to the cake (they were very flimsy!).

It had taken a few hours to get to this point! So I was relieved to put the finishing touches to the cake (white icing for road markings and a black ribbon to hide the bottom of the icing!) and we put it away in a cake tin until his birthday.

Anthony seemed to like his cake but I think he enjoyed the driving experience even more – I thought I was giving him something to pacify his love of Minis when all I seem to have done is make it worse :) Ah well…

Here are some pictures of the cake and one of Anthony enjoying his present…

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Anthony

July 8th, 2008

Charity Cake Bake Category: General, Other Foodiness

Rolo Cupcakes

My mum kindly offered my services a few weeks back to bake some cakes for the cake stall at the Zoes Place Summer Fete.

It seemed like a great idea at the time, come Saturday evening post-baking it seemed altogether exhausting.  We arrived to set up our stall very last minute, but despite the rush, it was nothing less than a huge success.

Cupcakes

Every year Zoe’s have a cake stall & the local Greggs bakers supply them with numerous freebies to sell so we had a front stall of homemade cakes and a side stall of Greggs baked goodies.  I am pleased to say that the homemade cakes sold out quickly & we were left with lots of Greggs muffins and cookies but by the end of the day everything had been eaten.

Between us, we made:

  • 3 sandwich cakes
  • tray of rocky road
  • tray of mars bar rice crispy bake
  • 24 sponge cakes with icing
  • 24 rolo cupcakes
  • chocolate muffins
  • blueberry muffins
  • chocolate cornflake cakes

Cake Stall

We’re not sure of the final figure but it looks like we made just over £200 which will be doubled by my mum’s work, so it was certainly worth an exhausting days baking.