Konditor & Cook Baking Class

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a spot on the trial baking class for Konditor & Cook. It was a steal at £10, especially since we all came home with 3 cakes each.


My colleague Lucy came along and we spent 4 and a half hours learning “all about sponge”. I have made many sponges, but sometimes things just don’t turn out how they should and I’m always willing to find out why, so this class was perfect.


It was a busy few hours, but after all our hard work we each had a six inch curly whirly cake,

a lemon chiffon,
 and St. Clementine tart
to take home with us. Our teachers Lau and Marie were very energetic and had so many useful tips that I have already put into practice, though my egg cracking still needs work!

The best tip of the day (for me anyway as I really despise lining cake tins) was to use tin foil. No greasing, measuring or cutting needed!! It literally has changed my life.
 

If you haven't tried any cakes from Konditor & Cook then best you do, they are incredible. Or if you fancy leaning to bake them yourself, I would highly recommend one of their baking classes.
  Their cookbook is definitely on my Christmas wish list for anyone struggling to think of the perfect gift for me… and you might just get a cake from me in return!

Happy Baking x

 

The Amazing Unicorn Rainbow Poop Cake

It's been a pretty crazy summer to say the least. At the start of June I had my 2nd P&I exam; annoyingly the day after my birthday. It meant I got the day off, however I spent it doing practice exams and flash cards. I did use some of my birthday luck to pass my exam and to keep me focused my youngest sister Alice was arriving from Australia a few days later.


Once she arrived, we managed to ease her out of her jet lag gradually(!) by heading down to the Glastonbury music festival. And then to recover from that we packed our bags again and headed off to Ireland and Scotland. It was an incredible trip; definitely the best I've had in years. Scotland is definitely of my favourite places and was a pleasure to spend it with one of my favourite sisters.
 
My sister pestered my to make her my carrot cupcakes while she was here...
I was pleased to see she enjoyed them. I think 3 were consumed in one afternoon alone  

After a few days back in London to relax, Alice and I had a teary goodbye at Heathrow as we headed our separate ways. As much as I wanted to sit around being homesick, wondering when I would see any of my family next, I started packing again as the lease on my flat ran out a week and a half later. Luckily my friend Tom took me in until we found a new place in North London a month later.

My flatmate Tom and I on the 1st day in our new flat...
check out the bunting!  **love it**

Despite having an amazing summer, I have missed being able to bake and the first weekend in my new flat I already had a baking order lined up. It was a bit of a trial run in my new kitchen, but it was such a joy to be baking again.

I was excited to do this order; the instructions were a vanilla cake with rainbows and glitter... But now with the official name of "The Unicorn Rainbow Poop Cake."

The cake is a basic Victoria sponge from BBC Good Food with a buttercream icing. If you would like to give the rainbow swirl a go, check out Cupcake Jemma's fantastic tutorial which you can watch here

And thanks to Mark Box for the amazing photos, as always! 

Happy birthday to the BDD birthday Kittens!!

Happy Baking x

Sorry I realise that's 2 rainbow cake posts in a row, they are just so much fun to make! 

Rainbow Cupcake

There are a number of baking blogs I follow for inspiration. One of my favourites blogs is by Lyndsay and her website is Coco Cake Land. I have followed this blog for a few years now and she has made some incredible creations (without using too much sugarpaste), and her photography skills are amazing too. There are also some really helpful tutorials and step-by-step instructions and recently she has been into brightly coloured creations which I have wanted to try.



Last weekend, my friend LK invited me along to the pub for her birthday and I wanted to give her one of my cupcakes, so it was a good chance to try out something bright and colourful.

The idea was pretty simply; I used my normal vanilla cupcake recipe with vanilla butter-cream and split both the mixtures into 3 bowls and added my colours. Then I set up a piping bag in a pint glass and filled the bag with the coloured mixture. Ensure you keep the amounts down either side even so you get a good spread of each colour.



I was really impressed with how they turned out, so vibrant!



And my friend LK was pretty happy too, Happy Birthday LK!


Happy Baking x

Happy Easter

Just a quick blog update on this lovely long weekend. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the blue skies we have had so far, well at least in London.

I'm off to a Sunday Roast with my pals tomorrow and thought I would make a simple cake to take along.


Since my friend Kate doesn't eat milk or dark chocolate (weirdo), this white chocolate cake should do the trick, complete with Milkyway Mini Eggs The recipe can be found here at BBC Good Food

Happy Easter!! x 

My 7 Year Anniversary Celebrated with Strawberry & Cream (cheese) Cupcakes

Today (14th April) marks the 7 year anniversary of my arrival in London. This year the weather has replicated the lovely summer we had the year I landed. At the time however, I was hoping for an escape from the heat of Brisbane and I never really appreciated how lovely it actually was at the time.


I still remember my first day in London; it was 24 degrees and we sat in Regents Park with our Tesco picnic and I wondered why so many people had their clothes off... Do they not care about skin cancer and the hole in the ozone layer?? Anyway 7 years is a long time and at times, it feels like it's flown by and other times it does feel like an eternity. I had a moment the other weekend when I saw an old friend and we realised it had been 5 years since we’d seen each other. It was strange to think that since I only ever planned staying for 2 years, the fact I hadn't physically seen someone in 5 years was bizarre.

Yesterday the weather man was predicting good weather and as a result I had managed to pre-plan a ploughman’s picnic to take to Hyde Park for my friends and we enjoyed the sun for a few hours (all with our shirts on though).

Looking forward to the next 7 years!


Strawberry and Cream (cheese) Cupcakes
Makes 12

Ingredients
150g unsalted butter, softened
150g caster sugar
175g self-raising flour
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12tsp strawberry jam

Icing
300g icing sugar
50g unsalted butter, softened
125g cream cheese, cold

Mix all the ingredients (except the jam) together with beaters.

Cook in an oven at 180°C fo
r 18-20 minutes. 

Try not open the oven to check till about 18 mins is up - they should be slightly brown on top and check with a skewer.

Leave to cool and prepare the icing.

To make the icing, beat together the icing sugar and butter. Take cream cheese out of the fridge and add all in one go. Beat for a few minutes until light and fluffy.

When the cupcakes are cooled, use an apple corer to remove the middle of the cupcake and fill with a teaspoon of jam. Replace the middle and then they are ready to be iced.

Top with a Strawberry Haribo and enjoy with a cup of tea for the full English experience.

Happy 7 Years to me!

Happy Baking x