Try the grey stuff

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Today we had a family meeting to discuss our trip to Orlando Florida.  When we first had our get together to discuss booking the holiday I made some hidden Mickey cupcakes, these can be found here.

This time I made some Beauty and the Beast themed cupcakes.  You may be looking at these thinking, how is this Disney related???  Well, the yellow case represents Belle’s dress and the grey icing represents ‘grey stuff’.

‘Try the grey stuff it’s delicious, don’t believe me? Ask the dishes’

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Lots of lists have been made and plans started.  I am super excited about this trip.  The first 5 times we went to Florida was as a group of adults, the last time we went we had a 3 year old, this time we will have a 5 year old an 18 month old and a 4 month old……….I am not too sure that I like the fact that my Brother keeps referring to me as the nanny!!!

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Ohana means family

We have been to Florida several times as a group of adults, but in 2011 when Honey was nearly three we got to experience Disney with a clid. Everything was so much more magical 🙂 

A couple of weeks ago we had a family meeting to plan to go back to the magical world of Disney next year, this family meeting actually turned into us making a booking for next year.  I am sooooo excited, this time there will be two children.

For our family get together I decided to make some Mickey Mouse cupcakes. These are super easy to make. This is where I found the idea, How to cook that.

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Are there any Disney fans reading this?

Does anyone have any other Disney baking ideas?

Macaron school

Last weekend I went to a macaron class at the Sherwood Cookery School.  This was a Christmas gift from my Brother and Sister In Law and I was really excited about it, I had had a go at making these before but  I couldn’t quite get them right.

To begin with our tutor ran through a demonstration of how to make macarons.  We were then let loose on making our own!  Our tutor was there to offer a helping hand or advice if we needed it.

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I made these gorgeous pink macarons with strawberry buttercream.

The Sherwood Cookery School offer a huge range of classes and I would definitely go back again.  The macaron class was really well run and I really enjoyed  myself.  The macarons were pretty scrumptious too.

Fat Rascals

This recipe makes about 12 fat rascals, a bit like the ones that a well known tea room make.

Here is what you will need….

4oz butter

8oz self raising flour

a pinch of salt

1oz caster sugar

2oz currants

4 tablespoons of milk

Preheat the oven to gas mark 5.

Rub the butter into the flour and salt.  Add the currants and sugar and then mix in the milk to form a soft dough.  Split the mixture into 12 individual lumps and place these on a lightly greased baking tray, make sure you leave some room in between then.

Bake in the middle of the oven for approx 15 minutes.

 

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Has anyone else done any weekend baking?

Share the cake love, what did you bake? 🙂

We took a back road

Happy Halloween!

I have been waiting for ages to use my new Wilton mold.  I spotted this a few months ago and had a ‘just have to get it’ moment.  I know there is a huge choice of Wilton products on the internet but I got this from a local-ish shop to me  called Sweet Success.

I discovered Sweet Success a few years ago when I first got in baking.  This is the best shop in Nottinghamshire that I am aware of for range of products when decorating cupcakes and cakes, seriously this shop has everything!  If you are local to Nottingham and are into cake decorating then this shop is a must.  Not only do they have a huge range of products but their prices are the cheapest I have seen.  I normally stock up on candy melts when I visit as they are only £2.99 a bag and they have lots of colours to choose from.  The staff are super helpful too which I love, every time I go in I ask advice on something, there is always someone who knows their stuff and is willing to help.  A product which I will not buy from anywhere but Sweet Success is cupcake cases, they have lots of different colours and they are really good quality, not like the really thin supermarket ones you can get.  Sweet Success also bake cakes ready for you to decorate, the smell in the shop is so good it makes you want to eat the air!

These molds are really easy to use, it’s just a matter of melting your candy melts, pouring it in to the mold and sticking it in the fridge for half an hour or until it is set.  I know you can melt your candy melts in the microwave but I always end up burning it……stupid microwave!  I melt mine by boiling a pan of water and resting a bowl on top of the pan which has the candy melts in (I think there is a special name for this but I can’t remember it).

Anyway, back to my Halloween cake.  I have cheated with this cake as I have used a Betty Crocker packet mix, I know, I know, it is not proper baking but I love this cake and it is super quick and easy to make.

I used a square cake tin as I had got a really cute square black cake board (another Sweet Success purchase).  Once the cake was baked and cooled I cut a thin layer off the top of the cake and crumbled it into a bowl.  Next I covered the top of the cake with a messy layer of Betty Crocker chocolate  butter cream icing and sprinkled the crumbled up cake back on the top.  It was then time to place my candy melt skeleton pieces on top of the cake and there you have it!