Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Easy Chocolate Cupcakes
Original recipe from Baking Bites Blog
Makes 24 standard size cupcakes, or 60 mini size cupcakes
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons bi-carb soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (170 degrees Celsius fan-forced). Line trays with cupcake papers
2. In a large bowl whisk cocoa, flour, sugar, soda, baking powder and salt thoroughly.
3. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, water, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.
4. Whisk wet mix, into dry mix until all of the ingredients are combined with no flour streaks.
5. Fill cupcake papers 3/4 full with mixture.
6. Bake for 11 minutes (mini), 15 minutes (standard), or until a skewer comes out clean.
7. Remove cupcakes from pan, and cool on a wire rack. Once cool they are ready to ice.
Chocolate Vienna Butter Cream
Recipe from the Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book
125 grams margarine
1 1/2 cups sifted icing sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
Beat margarine until light & creamy, add in half of the icing sugar, continue to mix until fully incorporated. Add half the milk, followed by the remaining icing sugar, beat until mixed. (sometimes you need the rest of the milk, sometimes you don't). Mixture should be smooth and easy to spread with a spatula.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Adam (& Harrison) have been inviting their mate Mick, and Adam's Dad Steve over for a boys night. They watch TV (Wipeout & Two & a Half Men), eat pizza & drink beer (Harrison doesn't).
Well last Tuesday, my class was cancelled, so I stayed home, so I decided to make my own pizza. The boys aren't very adventurous with their pizza, and I was asked to make Hawaiian. Easy.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
300 grams / 2 cups plain flour
75 grams / 1/2 cup wholemeal plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons dried yeast
1. Add ingredients in order they are listed to bread maker pan.
2. Set to pizza dough (50 minute)
3. Scrape down sides of pan after approx 10 minutes.
4. Let it do its thing.
5. Once the bread maker has finished, take dough out of pan, and roll out on a lined tray. (I used a biscuit tray)
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce
1. Mix together the paste and sauce. Spread over pizza base.
2. Sprinkle a small amount of cheese over.
3. Cover with Ham, then pineapple, then cover with cheese.
4. Place in oven, and cook for 20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.
5. Slice & eat.
Five Minute Chocolate Cake
Original recipe from Dizzy Dee's Blog
4 Tablespoons cake flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1. Put all ingredients into mug, stir.
2. Place mug into microwave, cook for 3 minutes on high.
3. Tip mug upside down an shake slightly above bowl, cake will fall out.
4. Add some icecream and eat!
Ingredients mixedCake just out of the microwave Ready to eat
The result is not like a normal cake, but quite gluggy and dense. More like a pudding. Definately needed ice-cream. Not something I would make for guests, but if I was needing a quick chocolate fix, is worth the effort.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Makes 12 standard + 12 mini cupcakes
1 1/3 cups Self Raising Flour
3 grams Bi-Carb Soda
7 grams Cinnamon
2/3 cup vegetable oil
170 grams brown sugar
1 2/3 cups grated carrot (firmly packed)
2/3 cup walnuts (chopped)
1/3 cup raisins (or sultanas)
zest of 1 orange
zest of 1 lemon
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (170 degrees Celsius fan-forced), Line trays with cupcake papers.
2. Sift together flour, soda & cinnamon.
3. In mixer bowl, beat the oil, sugar and eggs, on medium speed. Beat for about 5 minutes or until thick and creamy.
4. Add the carrot, walnuts, raisins and zest. Beat on low speed until combined.
5. Add the flour mixture and beat until thoroughly combined; do not over beat as the mixture will toughen.
6. Spoon mixture into cupcake papers, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake until a skewer inserted comes out clean, (mini cupcakes approx 12 minutes, standard cupcakes approx 20 minutes). 7.Remove cupcakes from the trays immediately and cool on a wire rack. Wait until completely cool before icing. Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients 50 grams margarine
125 grams cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups icing sugar (sifted)
Method Beat margarine, cream cheese and vanilla for a couple of minutes until softened and creamy, add 1/2 the icing sugar, and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add remaining icing sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy and of a spreadable consistancy.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Ever few months they have a challenge called a Designer Quest. Each participating entrant purchases a pack of beads (there is 2 to choose from) from a set supplier (different each time), and everyone has to design and make something of their choice (can be anything jewellery, wind chime, napkin ring, bag dangle etc). I haven't entered in quite a while, as other things have been a priority, but this month I really liked the beads, so I made the time to enter.
This months host was Alchemy & Ice, gorgeous online supplier of beads & findings. And this was what I started with. Beads. And this is what I came up with. Quite simple, but I love it.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Cover a cake board
Make royal icing
Make modelling paste
Make rose centres
Empty our wallets
Homework for next week:-
Bring in a batch of royal icing
Make 6 rose centres (3 x white, 3 x coloured)
Make cornflour bag
I so hope this class gets a bit more exciting, as all of the above was pretty self explanatory. The teacher likes pre-made icing and paste : (
1/3 of the way through the star piping
The piping is finished : )
The finished cake
Cake - Butter cake
Frosting - Vienna Butter Cream
Spikes - Pastillage
Eyes & Toes - Dark Choc Chips
Ground Cover - Toasted Shredded Coconut