At this time of year, when the weather turns cold, I like to bake cakes with a bit of spice to warm us up. This ginger tray bake with cream cheese frosting has pieces of crystallised ginger throughout, to add a bit of texture and extra flavour. The spiced apple cupcakes are lovely and moist and were a big hit with my children, especially when still warm from the oven, before I could even decorate them.
I developed both recipes for the Good Food Channel website, where they can be found in full.
I made these branded vanilla cookies last week for a lovely lady who is launching her new business. Unlike cupcakes these are sturdy enough to post, allowing her to reach more potential customers than hand delivered cupcakes would. I love the colours on the new logo, and we used ribbon on the boxes to match the grey and pink in the logo. I'm really pleased with these and looking forward to trying them out with some other logos over the Christmas period.
I have written some new recipes for the Good Food Channel website. The first recipe I'd like to share with you is for these Curly Wurly cupcakes. Chocolate and vanilla marble cake is very popular in my house, but I have adapted it here to give the cupcakes a bit more of a toffee flavour. I also melted down some Curly Wurly and added cream and a little sugar to make a yummy toffee sauce, which I added to my buttercream, saving some to drizzle on top as well.
Please visit the Good Food Channel website to see the recipe in full.
A few years ago I made a Toy Story birthday cake for my son. It featured a handmade Buzz Lightyear sitting on top of the cake. This one figure took me almost three hours to make and whilst he looked OK, he wasn't all that! Therefore when I was asked to make a Toy Story cake a few weeks ago I decided to keep it simple, and I'm so glad I did because I am really pleased with how it turned out. The figures are a pretty good likeness and although they took a little while to make, I did not lose three hours over each one!
I loved making Mr Potato Head. It was tempting to put all of his features in the wrong place but I left him pretty much intact. Hamm the pig was the trickiest as I had to get him to stand on his four little legs without toppling over due to the weight of his big head. I haven't worked out how to make Slinky yet, but I'm thinking about him for next time.
My youngest child turned six a couple of weeks ago, which is far too grown up for my liking! He is a total sports freak and watches very little on television these days unless it is football or cricket. However one kids' programme that he does still love is Sponge Bob Square Pants. His birthday cake featured the little yellow fellow and his funny friend, and I made Sponge Bob cookies for the party bags.
Unfortunately I forgot that my kids have become fussy about sugarpaste icing and claim that the yellow and green taste disgusting! Thus they scraped all of my hard work off their biscuits before eating them. I hope their friends didn't do the same when they got them home. The birthday boy did love the look of them, so it was worth the effort.
The children have been safely returned to school after a fun filled six weeks of summer holiday madness. Before the hot, sunny days of summer slip too far from the memory I would like to share a cake I made for a little girl's vintage birthday party.
Amelia was having a lovely vintage tea party to celebrate her sixth birthday and I was asked to come along and decorate cupcakes with the guests, and to make a birthday cake to fit the theme. I was given free reign on the design, which pleased me immensely, and decided on handmade pastel pink roses and ruffles, with some pretty ribbon, lace and pearls to match.
Amelia's mum made all the food for the tea party and set up a beautiful table under a marquee. So Gorgeous were on hand to help with the styling, and provided some of the props.
The guests dressed up in lovely flapper dresses, complete with all the accessories. One guest was a little disappointed that she had to remove her white gloves in order to decorate her cupcakes! The girls had a great time, and produced some beautiful cupcakes to take home.
We are now three weeks into the school holidays and so far it has been a very busy and tiring flurry of activities. We have already had dancing, gymnastics, tennis and cricket with the occasional picnic and trip to the cinema thrown in. The kids are having a great time but we are all looking forward to relaxing in our tent next week when we head off to France.
I hadn't expected to get many cake orders during August and so hadn't left much time free for working, but last week was a busy one, and so a few late nights were had in the Vanilla Frost kitchen.
I have now got a few pictures to share with you, the first being this birthday cake for a lovely lady celebrating her 25th birthday. Happy birthday Eva, hope you had a great day!