Saturday, April 12, 2014

Latest Creations

Baking is my passion but boy can it be stressful sometimes! I recently got asked to make a Minecraft cake 3 days before the child's birthday party. Panic ensued! But once I'd drawn out my ideas and plans it was down to work.

My brief: To make a Minecraft block cake out of vanilla sponge and 8 chocolate cupcakes to go around it with the child's name and age on top.

This was the final outcome:

The block was made up of 4 layers of sponge with jam and buttercream filling.

The characters were modelled out of icing sugar and I wanted to make them completely edible so I couldn't use supporting wire of wooden sticks.

A few days later I was asked to make another birthday cake. This time a much simpler Mario cake.

This was a simple sponge cake. I made templates for the decorations and cut each part out by hand.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Birthday Time

I absolutely love birthday cake. Sponge cake with jam and butter cream filling and icing on top of course!

So as it was my birthday recently, I decided to give myself the challenge of making an Adventure Time cake; moulding some of the main characters form the show to decorate the cake with.

I was also asked tome make some cupcakes for another birthday. My brief was to make cupcakes for a man who loves gardening and his favourite cake flouvour is chocolate. This was the result.

I used crushed up Oreo biscuits to create the soil and spread Nutella on top of each cupcake before sprinkling over the biscuits.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Best Vegetarian Burger Ever!

I'm not much of a cook- I find it very tedious! But I don't mind spending the effort on these burgers.

They do take some time to prepare but the have to be the tastiest vegetarian burgers I've ever had. Even my non vegetarian friends like them and they're great for BBQ's.

Korma Courgette and Chickpea Burgers

  •  1 onion, chopped small
  • 1oz butter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed 
  •  2 medium courgettes, finely diced 
  •  225g/8oz carrots, grated
  • 400g/14oz chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3oz wholemeal bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp mild curry paste
  • 2 tblsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 medium egg yolk
  • Salt and pepper to season
  1. Fry onion in the butter for 5 minutes until soft.
  2. Add garlic, courgette and carrots and fry for 5 minuets.
  3. Blend the chickpeas in a food processor, scrape into a bowl and mix in the cooked vegetables and all remaining ingredients.
  4. Shape the mixture into burgers.
  5. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until required.
  6. Fry in a little oil until browed on both sides.