Sunday, 27 May 2012

Gorgeous Pink Glitter and Butterflies

I have been wanting to make a strawberry cake for ages but all the recipes I found called for strawberry jelly powder - not an easy thing to come by in the UK.  A friend's birthday was approaching and shes loves strawberries so it gave me a good reason to search out the jelly powder because then I could make the cakes. (Likes I need a reason to bake!) It didn’t take long to find what I needed.  Amazon had strawberry Jello powder in their American food section.

I had sourced a recipe from GothicGirl on the All recipes website so with my ingredients assembled I was good to go.

The smell when I added the Jello powder to the mix was incredible – such a good intense strawberry smell.

I had to take a picture of the batter when I added the strawberry puree as the contrast of the two pinks looked so good together.

Soon the cakes were out of the oven and ready for my favourite part – icing and decorating. I was making a basic buttercream but I had some strawberry puree left over so I added it to the mix with a drop of pink gel colour. I had some cupcake wrappers or skirts with butterflies on them that I wanted to use so I was inspired to make some pink butterflies from sugarpaste to decorate the cakes.  It was such a hot day I had to work really quickly and put them in the fridge to firm up.  The cakes were iced, the butterflies added, they were wrapped in their skirts and with a dusting of glitter they were just right for the birthday girl.

Happy Birthday Anna

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The beginning of my blogging experience

Bored with this  - I need a cookie

Getting Started............

What should I write to to spark people's interest? What can I say that with intrigue the reader and make them want to keep reading? These questions and many more have been playing on my mind since I set up my blog name many month's ago. I have wanted to do a blog about my baking experiences for some time now but I didn't know where to begin. 

My sister has a blog (you can find it here and she gave me some very good advice - just get started and the words will flow. 

I have loved baking for all long as I can remember. I have recipes I have used for ever, new experimental stuff and my fair share of disasters.  I like to ready cookery books, love magazines and tv programmes about baking so its no surprise than when I am not focussed on baking; I am focussed on weight loss!

I have lots of things I want to write about but I thought it would be good to put them into categories.  These will be:
  • Go to - the recipes I know work well
  • Gadgets - utensils and tools I like to use
  • Greats - triumphs
  • Goofs - disasters
  • Gorgeous - the ones that look beautiful
To tempt you to come back, I have added pictures of some of the things I have made.

Experimenting with fondant
Fruit and nut bread

Chocolate chip cookies