It seems to me that there is nothing better than a cup of tea with a cupcake. I do not need any excuse to have either, and I love to bake them. There is something about having an individual cake wrapped just for me - I am a sucker for them!!!
After some positive feedback about my baking from the card party guests, and the customers of the coffee shop I am working in, I have been full steam ahead this week with practising my baking skills.
I have beenmaking little lemon cakes ... I have basically been adapting a Victoria sponge mixture- I find that they not too dry, and with a little pinch of baking powder they rise well too. These three were my first testers making a lemon cake, so I used 2oz of ingredients, and one lemon. If I made this on a larger scale you could decrease the amount of lemons. I also use vanilla in all my cakes, I find that this really helps the overall flavour.
I have taken a while to get used to the oven! It certainly isn't like ours at home, and takes a good 15-20 minutes longer of cooking time. I found this out when the first batch of vanilla cakes sank!! I tried to disguise it with icing, but I am sure the more practised bakers would have been able to tell!!! It really is surprising how you get on so differently with a different set of utensils and equipment, does anyone else find this? ...
I also had a go at some mini rich chocolate cupcakes. I used petit four cases, and winged it with the cooking time, but I was happy with them. They remained moist which can be so tricky with little cakes.
Instead of butter icing, I used chocolate ganache this time. It requires equal measures of cream of chocolate, and once heated and combined, gently whisked if you need a stiffer topping.
I could eat this stuff on its own, but with the mini cakes it was lovely. This was batch number two, and they worked well, so I am really happy with this.
Along with some scones, the cupcakes looked lovely, and the feedback was positive. I wish I could get more domes though .... the presentation is so much better in a glass cover rather than cling film!!
If anybody lives near Margate, it would be really really lovely to see you. The coffee shop is in Holy Trinity Church, and is currently open 9-2 Monday to Friday. You can find all the details about the location, and all the Church and Centre have to offer here.
Also this week I have been making a little gift box. My friend has just had a little baby boy, and I wanted to give her a baby grow for him, so I made something to present it.
Inside was the little baby grow tied with ribbon ....
The photo doesn't really show it to its best, but I think that you should be able to see how it is constructed, and how the ribbon ties in with the box itself. I like the little flowers!
It has been somewhat of a crazy week, and I am looking forward to a more ordered one next week. Perhaps I will have some time in the evenings next week to get out for an evening walk wrapped up snug in hats and scarves. We shall see!!!
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