Pretty in Pink

I had a lazy Sunday evening watching the match which got a little boring so I decided to do some baking with my housemate. Cherry cupcakes are my favourite and this is the first time they have actually worked – usually all my cherries sink to the bottom but I recently read the tip that if you wash all the syrup off them they don’t. Since then I have been cherry mad making up for all those cakes which have gone wrong over the years!What I love about cakes with cherries in is that they go a little chewy around the cherry which makes them super delicious!
A second thing I have yet to master is butter frosting but I managed it for the first time and I was super proud! It seems that even though we didn’t have luck in the football it has all gone into my cakes! I was pretty pleased even if it did provide a huge amount of entertainment for my friends (I melted the butter in the microwave to speed things up which meant that as I was piping it was dripping everywhere!)Top with some glitter and sparkle and you’re good to go! Wish I could let you all try!Thank you for reading my blog! 

Bakewell Cupcakes

Finally I am back and have got lots to show you! I have been pretty busy and away from home for a week so haven’t had the chance to get any pictures up on the blog so now I have a back log! Prepare to be bombarded with pictures over the next few weeks! I have had a very exciting few weeks which includes the Queen’s Jubilee and my best friend’s hen do. I have also got some restaurant and bar blogs coming up along with some London touristy shots! I am a bit behind so this blog goes back to my birthday a few weeks ago when I made some cherry bakewell cupcakes – they were loved by all at my tea party see here for that post. I hope you enjoy…

Above is one of my favourite kitchen appliances – so easy to use and handy in lots of things! Below are some of the ingredients in the cherry bakewell cupcakes…
A tip for you – wash your glace cherries before using them because otherwise the syrup on them makes them sink to the bottom of a cake if you are using them in a mix or it will stain the icing if you are using them to decorate.Raspberry jam – mix it in a bowl and it will turn to liquid so that it is easier to spoon into the cakes.The cakes tasted so good and I will be doing these again for sure as the raspberry centre and lemon icing makes them that bit more special and tangy!

Thank you for reading my blog, come back soon for lots more posts from my recent goings on! 

Royal Baking

I went to the bakery in Harrods to get a treat after a long day of walking around central London recently. The whole place was looking amazing ready for the Jubilee and I found lots of beautiful cakes and ideas for cakes. You may remember my blog post at Christmas from my last visit to Harrods – Tantalise your Tastebuds.
I had one of the custard cakes at the bottom of the picture below and my boyfriend had one of the stripy cakes from the picture above – the millionaire shortcake doughnut was AMAZING! Inside was shortcake and caramel and the outside was coated like a yumyum and iced with a caramel glaze. The custard doughnut was also out of this world. I am obsessed with custard slices and custard tarts so this was a nice change!These are two amazing cakes which are on display in the window ready for the Jubilee. My friend entered The Times Jubilee baking competition click here for my post on this. She owns her own cake making company and I know I am biased but they are amazing!

www.wonderlandcakesbyalice.com

Thank you for reading my blog! 

Diamond Jubilee Baking Competition

My brother’s girlfriend, Alice Baker – Owner of Wonderland Cakes by Alice has entered the Times Diamond Jubilee baking competition with this amazing vanilla and rose water flavoured regal cake. I think it is brilliant and I know she would appreciate your good comments and likes on the Times facebook page or on here. The closing date is the 29th May so I will hold my fingers firmly crossed. She is fantastic at what she does and I wish her the best of luck!

Minty Fresh

The other day I felt like making some treats for my house but I didn’t have time to make cakes or anything so I went out and got some mint aero and strawberries. This is so simple but yummy! You literally melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water and dip the strawberries in. You then pop them in the fridge until they set and sprinkle with icing sugar to finish it off!The mint aero made them taste so much better than just chocolate. Please try this!Thank you for reading my blog, I have a very busy weekend so I will have lots of good posts coming up I hope! I would like to welcome all my new followers and thank everyone for their interest in my blog! 

Lush Lavender

I have had my housemates moaning at me for a while for my lack of baking so I jumped at the chance when I had a free evening recently. I made some delicious lavender cupcakes and this time I didn’t bother with the buttercream icing as personally I think it looks good  but it makes the cakes far too sickly!

Above is my crazy organisation. I love everything to be neat and organised……little too much?!
I even added colouring to the cake mix to make them that bit more pretty!Fresh out the oven!Here is the icing colouring I used……I love purple so this is ideal. I have attempted to make purple colouring before and failed!
A little bit of glitter and sprinkles and we’re done!
What do you think?Thank you for reading my blog! 

Farmers Market

Two weeks ago I went to Sloane Square with my best friend and we had a good look around at the shops there. The farmers market was there and we planned to look around and then go to Hyde Park for a picnic lunch but as we walked around, everyone wanted us to try their food. The selection was quite amazing! Here are some shots from the market part…

We grabbed a smoothie each – I had the rejuvenator and Beal had the carrotginger….he made the mistake of asking for extra ginger……too much!Cake Pops and fudge – delicious! Cake pops are my next project, iv asked how you make them so now I just need to get on with making some! Does anyone know where I can get the lolly sticks from?

Once again, thank you for reading my blog – I am always looking for new blogs to follow so give me a shout!

7 X 7 Link Award

Firstly, I would like to say thank you to all my followers and friends who have shown an interest in my blog. It has been far more popular than I imagined when I started at Christmas as a little hobby. I am getting lots of pictures taken everywhere I go which has meant that i have collected a huge selection (I am even going to buy an external hard drive this week as I have no more space on my 3 computers!)

I am always looking for new blogs to follow so please make yourselves obvious to me so I can take a look!

This blog award is the 7×7 Link Award and as with other awards there are certain tasks I must complete in order to accept it…it goes like this:

I must provide 7 links to posts that I have written according to 7 categories (as detailed below). Thereafter I am to pass this award onto other bloggers.

OK so here are the categories with the links!

I’m not sure whether you will agree with me but here goes..

  1. MOST HELPFUL – has to be my post about a Graze Box  – this is a weekly delivery of healthy snacks which you can pick from their ever growing website. If you look closely, you will see how you can get your own free one! I had a lot of people emailing me about this – if you want a free code, get in touch!
  2. MOST POPULAR- I had to look at my stats for this but it is 271  REGENT STREET I think this is because I didn’t post people in my blogs for quite a while then I started to ask my friends if they minded and they didn’t. They are pretty good shots of some of my best friends on Oxford Street, London.
  3. MOST BEAUTIFUL- has to be Columbia Road Flower Market – Flower Power – amazing to look at such colourful pictures!
  4. MOST CONTROVERSIAL- I found this one quite tricky – I guess is has to be Eightsome as it caused quite a hype with people not really knowing what reeling was. Some people laughed and some people asked for details to go along too. I LOVED it, I love most things though!
  5. MOST SURPRISINGLY SUCCESSFUL- this has got to be Bake Off. I just did some baking one day with my friend and I never imagined so many people would be interested. The cakes aren’t that adventurous but they look and tasted mighty fine! (I think the pink icing helped!)
  6. MOST UNDER RATED- I would say it was Central Stroll It did get a lot of interest but not as much as I had imagined compared to other posts which I thought were less interesting. I think the bridge shots are so pretty!

MOST PRIDE WORTHY- my favourite post so far has been Borough Market, London. Partly because I had a lot of fun the day I took the pictures and had a chance to play around with the settings on my camera, partly because of the interest I had from this post. The pictures show the delicious selection of food on offer – cannot emphasise enough how much you should visit if you can!

OK and now for my 7 links:

  1. Taking Snaps – http://takingsnaps.wordpress.com/
  2. Freddie and Cinnamon – http://blog.freddieandcinnamon.com/
  3. Kathryn Dawson – http://kathryndawson.wordpress.com/
  4. Miss Renaissance – http://missrenaissance.com/
  5. Jennifer Wadsworth – http://jenniferwadsworthweddingplanning.wordpress.com/
  6. Ruby Songbird – http://rubysongbird.wordpress.com/
  7. 365 days of photos – http://365daysofphotosbyclare.wordpress.com/

Thank you once again!

Upside Down

Let me take you on the journey through weighing to presentation of my pineapple upside down cake. It was absolutely delicious and between 4 of us we ate it in 1 day! It is really easy to make, I made it in about half an hour. It is an old classic and it reminds me of school dinners in my primary school!

You simply add brown sugar and butter to glaze the pineapples. It is so tasty when you do this!

Et Voila! Turn it over and you have an amazing desert! This is one of my favourite puddings as the sponge is thin but dense and the pineapple is coated in a sweet sugar glaze – together it is perfect!

Thank you for reading my blog, I have been so busy recently that I am really behind with my blog. I have lots of exciting things to share – including my suprise dinner last week….. watch this space!

Piping Practise

I aim to take you on my baking journey in this post. I have been away from my blog for a while as I had problems with the internet in my house but now I am back so hopefully you will enjoy my new posts. I have taken LOTS of pictures recently. These pictures are just me playing around with my camera.

I got some icing pipes but wasn’t quite sure how to use them or what each nozzle does so I tried them out with my friend. We got a little too cocky and tried a triple colour frost – needless to say, they look like a 5 year old made them but we had a lot of fun and they were so pretty!

Thank you for reading my blog! I hope you enjoyed this post – I had a lot of fun making these!