Christmas Cake Pops!

In the words of Noddy Holder, it’s Christmas!

Love this time of year so much! I spent Sunday making the house look festive and indulging in a little bit of Christmas baking!

After a batch of mince pies I decided to use up some of the boyfriend’s birthday cake leftovers and turn it into some cake pops!

If you haven’t made cake pops before I strongly recommend you watch the queen of cake pops tutorial as I really could not explain it any better – Bakerella

I started out with my left over chocolate fudge cake then added chocolate Philadelphia until I got a mouldable consistency. I use the processor to whizz the cake into crumbs but add the Philly by hand as I find it is easy to add too much making a very wet cake pop. I find the Philly is less sweet than buttercream, but either works ok. Cake pops are a great way of using leftover buttercream or cakes which haven’t quite worked out the way you planned!

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Once you have your mixture, roll it into balls and put it in the freezer for 15 mins to firm up. I cannot stress enough DO THIS! It will not work otherwise! Once you have removed them from the freezer dip the sticks into chocolate or candy melts then insert into the balls, then freeze again for 5-10mins whilst melting your coating.

For mine I used chocolate flavoured coating by Silverspoon as I personally find Candy Melts too sickly. I would recommend having a box with some hole in or some polystyrene to put your cake pops in to dry. You can buy stands but it really depends how often you think you will use it. A box does the job!

I like indulging in a bit of sugarcraft, it is very therapeutic! You can get so many cutters now and every colour of icing under the sun!

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As you can see I added some white icing to look like cream and some holly to turn mine into Christmas pudding cake pops! I got the plungers from eBay. The icing is Renshaws, it rolls out really well!

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National Cupcake Week!

Happy National Cupcake Week everyone!

National Cupcake Week

Over recent months there have been vicious rumours that cupcakes are going out of fashion…never I say!

Why else would we dedicate a whole week to these delicious, pretty little cakes!

http://caramelocupcakes.wordpress.com/

There are too many cupcakes around for me to list in this blog but below are my top 5 recipe ideas for you to try this cupcake week!

Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake and what’s wrong with plain old vanilla?

http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/09/ultimate-vanilla-cupcake-test-baked-by.html

As the recipe suggests, this is a tried and tested favourite!  A perfect cupcake for you to add your own toppings to!

http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/09/ultimate-vanilla-cupcake-test-baked-by.html

Mojitio Cupcakeshold onto to that summer feeling!

http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/06/07/mojito-cupcakes-recipe/

Relive those summer cocktails in Canaries with these boozy cupcakes. I’ve made these before for friends and they are a firm favourite!

http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/06/07/mojito-cupcakes-recipe/

Pumpkin Cupcakesautumn is well and truly here, embrace it with the seasonal lovelies!

http://www.joyofbaking.com/cupcakes/PumpkinCupcakes.html

I haven’t made these yummy cupcakes yet but I’m very excited to try them! (You can get canned pumpkin from larger Waitrose stores).

http://www.joyofbaking.com/cupcakes/PumpkinCupcakes.html

Fast Food Cupcakesnot for the beginner baker but these look like great fun!

http://www.bakerella.com/fast-food-fun/

There is never anything boring about a blog post from Bakerella and this one doesn’t disappoint. Cupcakes are so versatile, you can have great fun trying out new ideas!

http://www.bakerella.com/fast-food-fun/

Hummingbird Chocolate Cupcakesfrom the famous London Hummingbird Bakery which makes gorgeous American-style cakes. Seriously delicious!

http://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/hummingbird-chocolate-cupcakes.html

For the chocoholics amongst you this is the perfect indulgent treat!

http://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/hummingbird-chocolate-cupcakes.html

I hope this post hasn’t made you too hungry and has inspired you to dust off your mixers and get baking some fabulous cupcakes!

I will be adding a sugarcraft blog post this weekend when I will be spending the afternoon in my kitchen trying out some new and old cupcake topper ideas!

To find out more about National Cupcake Week check out their website
http://www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk/

I love brownies!

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I have been asked a lot recently what my favourite thing to bake (and more importantly eat) is. It’s a question I have pondered over for some time now. I think it is very difficult to beat a good cupcake. Baking a cupcake then adding the buttercream in a perfect swirl and topping with sprinkled or a nice sugar craft butterfly is pure heaven, however recently I have had a change of heart….

The humble brownie. I’ve baked many recipes trying to find the perfect one and I have finally found Lorraine Pascale’s recipe to be my firm favourite http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cookies_and_cream_fudge_48648

The secret is the large quantities of egg. Always be wary of recipes with lots of flour and cocoa as a good brownie should mainly be chocolate. They must be moist and squishy not cakey!

Lorraine adds Oreos to hers which are divine. My favourite additions include marshmallows, dried blueberries, Rolos, salted caramel and peanut butter! Mmmm delicious!

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What’s your favourite recipe?