Kitchen Must Haves: Cupcake Molds

Funny shaped cakes!

As silicone bakeware is all the rage at the moment, I decided to invest in these silicone cupcake molds. They come in all different colours, shapes and sizes and are very easy to find.

I haven’t used them many times but when I have they’ve been great! The mixture goes in easily, and the cakes cook evenly in the molds. When the cakes have finished baking, they pop out of the molds straight away in a lovely shape!

Molds

The molds also save you from accidentally eating the paper (oops!) that cupcakes are usually baked in.

The only downside to these is that bits of cake can sometimes stick in the grooves of the molds and refuse to come out when they are being washed!

Apart from that, I definitely recommend that you go out and treat yourself to some.

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Princess Picks

Royal decorations…

With only two days to go until the wedding of the year, most of the British public are sorting out any last-minute preparations for the parties they are holding!

My housemates and myself are holding a big BBQ and party after the wedding and everything is union jack or Kate and William themed! So naturally I have to bake cupcakes in matching cases!

With many different varieties of union jack cupcake cases available, you’ll be sure to find some pretty little cases that will look stunning with your union jack decor!

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Sweet Tooth? Try Sweet Tooth Cafe!

Is it a bakery? No, it’s a cupcakery!

Not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m from the wonderful Manchester! Manchester is quite an individual quirky city that has all sorts of shops, a lot are similar to those found in places such as Covent Garden. There are a number of cute, little cafes dotted around the city but this one is one of my favourites. Sweet Tooth is based in the heart of Manchester and is known for selling cupcakes! Yes, this is a cafe dedicated to selling cupcakes, milkshakes, tea, coffee and old-fashioned juices.

Dita Von Teese & Jonny Cash cupcakes

So, whilst shopping around the city, me and my bestie decided to take a break and have a cupcake! The cakes are named after celebrities, and they are the most delicious looking and tasting cakes ever.

I had the Jonny Cash cake which was chocolate flavour with an Oreo base, Oreo flavour ganache topped off with an Oreo. Elicia had the Dita Von Teese cake which was a little less sickly, being raspberry and vanilla flavour, topped off with vanilla cream cheese and a raspberry. At £2.15 each they are definitely worth a taste!

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Kitchen Must Haves: Icing Tube

Want professional looking cakes?!

Ever struggled getting your icing to look as good as the fancy cupcakes you see in cafes? Ever had your icing dribble down the side of your cake and ruin it?! The big question is, have you ever used an icing tube? If your answer is no, I think you should give yourself a slap on the wrist and buy one asap!

They really don’t cost much at all! You can get throw away ones, or plastic ones. In our house we have a plastic one, however I’m thinking of buying some throw away tubes to see if they’re any good.

These tubes allow you to top your cakes with your own icing nicely. Ready made icing usually comes in a tube anyway so it’s not that much of a problem. But if you make buttercream icing, or egg whites icing then it’s a bit of a struggle to make it look nice on your caked without one of these.

Pretty pink icing tube

Mine was from Wilkinson but you can get them from a lot of other places, especially cooking and craft shops. You can also buy different nozzles so the icing comes out in different patterns. They improve the presentation of your cakes significantly, so go give it a try!

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Video Recipe: Happy Birthday Chris!

Sing along!

Yesterday was my good friend, Chris’ twenty first birthday! As a surprise me and my housemates decided to bake him a birthday cake after our disastrous attempt last year (I say our, the cake was fine until they got involved!) Last year’s cake was inedible after using a whole bottle of pink icing colour in hope the icing would turn red, and poor Chris pretended to like it.

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Fancy a slice? Hmmm, thought not!

This year’s cake looked a lot better and tasted a lot better. Here is a recipe of how to make a simple victoria sponge filled with jam, and topped with icing. Enjoy!

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Tastes like Royalty

Give it a try!

Now, I’m aware that what you’re about to see looks anything but appetising, but please take my word when I say this is one of the most delicious cakes I have tasted in my life! (And I eat a lot of cakes!)

Let me introduce you to the Princess Cake!

Prinsesstårta (Princess Cake)

This funny looking fancy is sold in Swedish store Ikea. I come across it about two years ago whilst having dinner in the Ikea Cafe and after being drawn to the name of it I just had to try one. I was very weary of it first of all, but much to my surprise it tasted the opposite of what I expected! The centre is filled with sponge, jam and cream, and the cake itself is topped with a mild tasting marzipan.

You can buy the cakes in boxes of four to take home with you and you can also buy them from the in-store cafe.

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Step By Step: Double Choc Chip Cookies

Chocolate overload!

Like I promised here is a delicious double chocolate chip recipe for you to follow. It’s extremely simple and doesn’t take long to complete. So why don’t you treat your family with a batch of homemade cookies!

Ingredients

You will need:

❤ 150g of flour
❤ 125g of chocolate
❤ 50g of cocoa
❤ 125g of butter
❤ 100g of caster sugar
❤ vanilla extract
❤ 1 egg
❤ 400g of white and milk
choc chips (dark choc chips
are optional)

Here is a simple step by step guide of how to make double chocolate chip cookies! 

Step by step guide

 

Step one: Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until it is smooth, creamy, and lump free.

Step two: Break up the chocolate into small pieces, and place them in a bowl. Sit the bowl over a pan of boiling water and stir it until the chocolate melts.

Step three: Beat in the vanilla extract and the egg and whisk for three minutes. Whilst whisking, gradually sprinkle in the cocoa powder.

Step Four: Add the chocolate chips and the flour to the mixture. This might take a while to mix in as the mixture becomes very thick.

Step Five: Scoop the cookie mix out equally and place on the lined baking tray leaving a 5cm gap between each cookie as they will expand in the oven. Leave them in the oven for around twenty minutes, then leave them to cool on a plate.

Delicious cookies!

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