A selection of my latest bakes

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cupcakes fit for a princess.

It was my grand daughter's birthday recently and I made her these cupcakes. Also found these delightful cupcake wrappers which I was dying to use, so........
125g Butter (unsalted)
155g Castor sugar.
2 Eggs (lightly beaten together)
225g S.R. Flour. (Sifted twice)
125ml Milk.
Vanilla essence or strawberry food flavouring.
For the icing..
250g Butter (unsalted)
400g Icing sugar.
Colouring of your choice. (I used paste Grape Violet and Rose Pink)
Preheat oven to 180c. Line a cupcake tray with cupcake cases (makes 20)
Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream and sugar until very light and creamy. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well between each addition. Now fold in the flour, flavouring and the milk until just combined. Do not over work the flour.
Spoon in to the prepared cases and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the skewer comes out clean. Set a side to cool while you make the icing.
Put the butter in to the bowl of the electric mixer, and beat for at least 10 minutes, scrapping down the sides every now and then. The longer you do this, the paler the butter becomes. Almost white. Still using the mixer, add the icing sugar a bit at a time until smooth, then add your colouring. Put the icing mix in to a piping bag and just start making your pretty designs on the top of each cupcake.
Lastly, decorate with sprinkles, little marshmallows or flowers and birds, all edible.

Have fun!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Violet's Pantry

Violet's Pantry is a small forum where a group of people from all over the world, chat about food, take photograph's of food, gardening, the nursery, the slimming shelf, the music room, and Nigella and a few other well known chefs too. And of course *The coffee break* where loads more topics are discussed.
We are a very friendly forum and welcome new members. All the requirements of new members are, to like food, like cooking and baking, and like to converse with like minded people.
If you would like to join, please state in the application where you saw the link and or if you know anybody on there.
Would love to see you.