Sunday, 24 October 2010

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

A while ago, I saw a post on the Art of Being Perfect blog for Red Velvet whoopie pies and ever since I have been meaning to have a go at making them.

Check out for the recipe.

The mixture was a lot firmer than my regular whoopie pie mix, and the whoopies were certainly more denser. More like a muffin consistency.

I made a batch of cream cheese frosting to sandwich the pies together.

Mr G loved them. I enjoyed them too, but I think overall, I prefer red velvet cupcakes to whoopie pies. They look pretty though!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Macaron Success!

Look I made macarons!
I'm still in shock. I actually had some success!
One of my friends recently confessed to me that she had made macarons (you know who you are Shaz!)
I was so impressed! She even had photographic evidence to prove it! Spurred on by her success, this weekend I was determined to have another go.
I have only made macarons once before, and they were a disaster.
I have to confess, I have severe RDD (Recipe Deficit Disorder)
Any recipes longer than a few lines, I tend to ignore and make up as I go along. That is what I did with my first attempt at macarons.
On my first attempt I certainly didn't bother to grind my icing sugar with the ground almonds before sieving....
...and I certainly didn't whip my egg whites until they were stiff peaks.

I realised after my first attempt that with these little suckers, you really do have to follow the recipe to the letter. So I did. I used the recipe from I love Macarons by Hisako Ogita.

I decided on pink vanilla and chocolate macarons, which I sandwiched together with a vanilla custard creme.

The mixture was a little runny with my pink vanilla macarons. I am not sure if I overmixed or didn't mix enough.
As you can see they were a little flat after cooking.
My chocolate ones were much better although some of them cracked. I think my "macaronnage" technique improved for these ones.

The vanilla custard creme was lovely.

If you squint, they don't actually look half bad.
But they tasted yummy!

Mr G and I ate the whole lot in about 24 hours!
I really want to have a go at making salted caramel macarons next time so watch this space.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Nutella Cupcakes

Mmm...... Nutella.
I have been meaning to make these for a while!
I came across a crunchy chocolate spread by Whole Earth. It tasted like a Ferrero Rocher!

The frosting had normal nutella in.

Nutella Frosting:-
80grams unsalted butter (room temp)
250 grams icing sugar
80 grams nutella
25ml whole milk

1. Beat together butter and icing sugar until well combined
2. Add milk
3. Mix in the nutella and beat until smooth

I started with chocolate cupcakes and then when they were cooled I scooped out a little bit of cupcake and then put in about 2 teaspoons of the crunchy chocolate hazelnut spread.

I then added a little frosting, dusted with cocoa and topped with whole hazelnuts.

I also made some mini versions!

Not the prettiest cupcakes I have ever made but they were delicious!