Baking Archive - Made by Sair

Raspberry Pavlova Cupcakes

June 16th 2013

These cupcakes are my first cupcake recipe invention.
Raspberry Pavlova Cupcakes
I was experimenting with a mixture of butter and milk icing and wanted to make it a little pink. I was about to go for the red food colouring when I noticed some raspberries sitting on the work top. So I thought I’d see how they would taste chopped up in the icing. Turns out they tasted lovely and very sweet. So I had some natural pink raspberry flavoured icing and then remembered there were some meringues in the cupboard. So I mixed them in and ended up with these Raspberry Pavlova Cupcakes. For a finishing touch I added a bit of chopped raspberry and meringue on top. They went down really well and are definitely ones for those with a sweet tooth. For a bit more luxury you could also add fruit to the cake mix.

Easter Cakes

March 31st 2013

I love the little fluffy easter chicks you can buy at this time of year. So I had to make some easter cakes. I decided to mix the traditional chocolate nest (chocolate covered cereal, mini eggs and chick) with a vanilla cupcake. So a yummy cupcake with a little nest on top. My friend was over so we made these cakes together and she told me that you can actually melt a bar of dairy milk to cover crispy cakes without having to add any butter or syrup. So we tried it and she was right. It melts perfectly in a glass bowl resting in simmering water, provided you keep an eye on it and keep stirring. A lovely simple way to make some easter treats.

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This cake I made a couple of years ago at easter. I made an Easter yellow runny butter icing and found some teeny chocolate chips which made cute little nests for the mini eggs to sit in.

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A Beautifully Random Cake

March 23rd 2013

I made this cake for my parent’s birthdays (they are within a week of each other). Its decorated with mascarpone icing. I had some edible glitter, blackberries, raspberries and mini marshmallows for decoration. My 5 year old nephew wanted to help so I gave him the decorations to put on the cake and this is the result. I think it turned out beautifully and his grandparents loved it. :)

Random birthday cake

Random birthday cake

Its a three layered cake with raspberry and blackberry jam between the layers. The recipe  came from one of the free magazines you can pick up from supermarkets although I forget which one. They usually have lovely baking ideas in them.

Red nose day cakes

March 15th 2013

It’s red nose day/comic relief. We are having a cake sale at work so I made these mini cupcakes covered in butter icing and smarties.

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I haven’t done any baking for a while and when I went to make these little cakes I realised that I had no caster sugar or self raising flour. I remembered that I could make caster sugar by grinding granulated sugar in a blender. I also remember hearing you could use plain flour and baking powder as a substitute for self raising but I had no idea on the quantities. Fortunately google gave me the answer from Nigella Lawson’s site.

The other ingredient I was missing was vanilla essence. The cakes tasted ok without but the butter icing really needed it so in the end I did have to make a trip out and fortunately the shop at the end of the road had some vanilla. Phew!

Update:
Lots of people made cakes to sell and all together £460 was donated. Hurrah! :)