Sunday, 19 December 2010

Christmas Cupcakes

Beks and I were asked recently if we wanted to make some cupcakes to sell at my friend's little boy's school Christmas fair.

Naturally we jumped at the chance!

I made a variety of decorations out of rolled fondant.

Some Christmas themed...

.. and others not so Christmas themed!

Edible glitter is definitely my new best friend!

Beks made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.

These were my favourite. Little flowers and butterflies. Very girly.

The fair was last week, but because I was working away from home I didn't get to go!

Beks manned the stall, and we did really well! Everything sold out!


Saturday, 18 December 2010

Xmas Pops!

Christmas Tree Cake Pops!

I had seen these on the Bakerella website and Mr G had recently bought me the Cake Pops book!

They were surprisingly easy!
I made Oreo Truffles and then shaped them into cone like shapes, and then dipped them into green candy melts.

I used a toothpick to get the pine effect and then sprinkled on some coloured mini choc chips to look like xmas tree lights!

French Toast Cupcakes

I recently saw a post on the Art of Being Perfect Blog for French Toast Cupcakes

I knew I had to try them!

They should be called Cinnamon Toast Cupcakes, but they are undeniably delicious!
And absolutely perfect for getting you into the Christmas spirit!

The recipe is so easy!

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I topped mine with a cream cheese frosting, a handmade fondant flower and a dusting of cinnamon.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Chocolate Fondants

Chocolate Fondants are one of Mr G's favourite puddings!
They are so quick to make and much nicer than shop bought melt in the middle puddings!
I tend to use Nigella's recipe for "Molten Chocolate Babycakes" from "How to be a Domestic Goddess" but Rachel Allen has a good recipe in her "Bake" book.
50g unsalted butter
350g dark chocolate
150g caster sugar
4 large eggs (beaten with a pinch of salt)
1 tsp vanilla extract
50g plain flour
1. Grease 6 ramekins or pudding bowls and pre-heat over to 200 degrees fahrenheit or Gas Mark 6
2. Melt the chocolate and let it cool slightly
3. Cream together the butter and sugar and gradually beat in the eggs and salt, then the vanilla
4. Add the flour and when mixture is smooth, scrape in the cooled chocolate and mix until a smooth mixture is formed
5. Divide the mixture between the ramekins and cook for 10 - 12 minutes
6. When done, turn over onto a plate and serve with whipped cream or creme fraiche
These are them just out of the oven- they should be cooked on the outside and melted and gooey on the inside!

I did heart shaped ones as I was feeling particularly romantic at that moment in time!

I also went all out and served with custard and strawberries!
They were yum! Mr G ate his in about 30 seconds flat!
They are also delicious eaten cold the next day and taste like a really luxurious mousse!
This recipe is also easy to halve in order to make three instead of six!
They are so easy and quick to make- the longest part is melting the chocolate!