Posts Tagged ‘cupcakes’

September 26th, 2010

New Cupcake Stand Category: Uncategorized

Another cake stand for my collection, this time one for my favourite little cupcakes. I also finally managed to pick up the piping nozzle I’ve been after for a while…

IMG_4799Cupcake Stand

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…

November 8th, 2007

Frosting Category: Other Foodiness

Little cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Better after 20 minutes in the fridge to firm the frosting up.

But I’m sure that there is a better frosting out there somewhere… please let me know if you have any icing suggestions to help me out here!

November 4th, 2007

A big catch up… Category: Other Foodiness, Recipes

This is my catch up post as I’ve been lazy!

Over the last two weeks I have made a tomato curry, took my first (self-taught) lesson in sugar craft, made more soup (roasted tomato and pepper with tarragon) and made up a claire original butternut squash tart. So here goes…

Tomato Curry – it turned out ok but definitely needed more sauce to it..

I made the curry on a Friday night & I will add the recipe when I can lay my hands on it. It was tasty just a bit too dry.

Cake Art – this is something I hope to play with more over the coming months. I’d really like to be a able to bake and decorate some really nice cakes. Anyway this was my first attempt at icing sugar paste and making flowers…

And the final product… (they did taste good!)

Next on my list of accomplishments is another soup (sorry if I’m getting boring here, but it’s that time of year).

This time it was Slow-roasted tomato and red pepper soup – it was really tasty & we have 2 servings in the freezer…

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 4 Red Peppers, halved lengthways & deseeded
  • 3 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
  • 1kg vine tomatoes
  • 2 garlic bulbs – halved horizontally
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 400ml vegetable stock, hot
  • 1 tbspn sundried tomato paste
  • 1 tbspn chopped fresh tarragon

Serving suggestion – toasted baguette with a slightly melted topping of Crottin de Chavignol AOC (Goats Cheese)

How to Do It

  1. Preheat oven to 200 °c
  2. Put peppers in a roasting tin & drizzle with 1 tbspn oil
  3. Put tomatoes and garlic in another roasting tin, drizzle 1 tbspn oil & season
  4. Put peppers on top shelf of oven with tomatoes & garlic underneath – roast for 30 minutes
  5. Transfer the peppers to a plastic bag, seal & leave for a few minutes to allow the skins to peel off
  6. Heat remaining oil in a large pan, add onion and gently fry for 5 minutes
  7. Squeeze in the roasted garlic and add the tomatoes
  8. Discard the pepper skins & add the flesh to the pan
  9. Add the stock, sundried tomato paste and tarragon – bring to the boil & then reduce the heat

We served with crusty bread & butter.

The tarragon added a creamy sort of taste – it really was very nice. Possibly one of my favourite tomato soups.

Lastly we have my original Butternut Squash Tart… based on Simon Rimmers Feta & Spinach Free-form pie in Septembers Delicious Magazine. I made it to use up the left over butternut squash from the soup the other day.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1/2 packet of filo pastry
  • 3 tbspn melted butter
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tbspn olive oil
  • 100g feta
  • 5 shallots, cut into quarters
  • 3 tbsn balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

How to Do It

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °c
  2. Cut the butternut squash into about 8 large chunks (spooning out the seeds)
  3. Place the pieces of squash on a baking tray, drizzle with the oil & sprinkle over the rosemary + a pinch of salt
  4. Roast the squash for 45 minutes then take it out & leave it to cool down
  5. Once cool, scoop of the flesh & cut into smaller sized chunks
  6. Mix the butternut squash with 2/3 feta cheese, season with pepper
  7. Meanwhile 1tbspn melt the butter in a small saucepan & add the shallots
  8. Once the shallots are glossy and starting to warm through add the sugar
  9. Leave for 2 minutes but keep an eye on them and mix them about
  10. Throw in 2 tbspn of balsamic & keep the shallot pieces moving until the balsamic has thickened to a glossy coating
  11. Put the shallot pieces in with the main mixture & add the last tbspn of balsamic vinegar. Put to one side.
  12. Heat up 2 tbspn butter
  13. Using a loose bottom cake tin – firstly brush the tin with melted butter, then add a layer of filo pastry brushing on butter in between each layer
  14. Add the butternut squash mixture & crumble the remaining feta over the top.
  15. Lift the overhanging pastry on top of the tart & scrunch it up
  16. Cook for 20-25 minutes

July 10th, 2007

Cakes, Glorious Cakes Category: General, Other Foodiness

Whilst things over here have been a bit busy & hectic recently I haven’t had much to blog about.

For example, we went to the opening of the new Red Ape enclosure at Chester Zoo a couple of weekends ago. It was nice. But it rained and rained and erm, rained. And we stood around, stood around and then queued in the rain. Eventually we got in & saw one Orang-utan. Yes one. Then we walked some more in the rain to get some nibbles (ok, not fab) and then hopped on the monorail for free all the way back to the car.

We also helped out at the Zoe’s Place summer fete. In the rain. Though I did bake some delicious cupcakes thanks to my new favourite recipe from Nigella. Though they all sold quite quickly so we didn’t get a look in.

However, the rain seems to have brought the baking abilities out in Mr C. Would you believe it?
He was quite taken with the one cake he did manage to scoff (the one that fell on the floor, what is it with men?).

So we have now seen two batches of cakes courtesy of Mr C. The first ended up getting left at my mum & dads so he had to make a second batch!!

I cant wait to see what he bakes for my birthday cake ;)

April 2nd, 2007

My First Nigella Cake Bake Category: Other Foodiness

At Christmas I received my first two Nigella books – I’d been craving some of her books as she is the level of Domestic Goddess I could only dream of becoming! I just love her colourful books & the pretty things she bakes – I am a sucker for pretty sweet things. So when I took the books off the shelf (whilst wedding planning, cooking was the last thing on my mind!) I decided my first venture into Nigella world would be her Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes.

My husband loves cherries & chocolate so it was quite an obvious first choice. They turned out OK too & when I took them into work as a thank you they went very quickly.