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?

Easter weekend

My Easter weekend looked a little something like this.

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*New framed chalkboard.  *Easter cupcakes decorated by my beautiful Niece Honey.  I let her have a go at using a piping bag for the first time, not bad for a 4 year old :).  *Table decorated for breakfast at my Brother and Sister In Laws.  *Lindt bunnies.  *Gorgeous flowers from my Mum and Dad. *  My Easter card from Honey.  *My Sister dressed up as the Easter Bunny and delivered Easter eggs in my Brother and Sister In Laws garden.  Honey couldnt believe that the real Easter Bunny had been in her garden and she had actually seen him.

We are not amused

A while ago I came across some individual Victoria sponges and thought they looked rather scrumptious.  I did a bit of searching and found a few places that sold the individual cake tins but they were quite expensive, so, I decided to have a go at making them in a normal cupcake tin.  I have made these a few times now and they have always turned out really well.

Here is what to do…..

I normally use my tried and tested sponge recipe but if you do not want to start from scratch then a packet mix will be just fine.  Grease your cupcake tin and fill with cake mixture to about half way up each section.

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Pop them in the oven for approx 15 – 20 minutes (I normally check on them after 10 minutes) on gas mark 4.

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Once they are done I place a cooling rack on the top of the tray and then turn the rack and the tray upside down………I hope this makes sense!  I give a quick tap on the bottom of each part of the tin, this should release each cake.  I then turn each cake the right way up and leave to cool.

Once cooled each cake needs to be cut into two.  Now I know that most people put jam in their Victoria sponge but I prefer lemon curd (I do have a bit of a lemon curd obsession!).  I place approx a teaspoon of lemon curd on the bottom half of  the cake and then a dollop of cream on the top half.  I use double cream and whisk it until it goes thicker.  Don’t worry about spreading the lemon curd and cream out as when the two halves are sandwiched together it spreads them out.

Place on a pretty cake stand with a sprinkle of icing sugar and there you go, individual Victoria sponges.

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WARNING – These are extremely moreish!

If I knew you were coming…

Cakes I have made…

For my Neice’s 3rd Birthday she had a princess theme. This was definitely the most challenging cake I have had to make. I was very happy with how it turned out though. This is probably my favourite cake that I have made.

My Dad is a big Dr Who geek……..I mean fan, so, for his birthday I wanted to have a go at making him a Tardis cake.  I must admit that I kind of made this cake up as I went along which is not really my style, I am a planner!

For my cousin’s wedding I made a cupcake tower with a main cake on top.  The brooch on the top cake belongs to my cousin, it was a really nice little touch to be able to  include this in the cake.

One loves a cupcake!  These are the cupcakes that I made for our Jubilee party earlier in the year.

My first mistake with this cake was asking my Sister In Law what cake she would like for her birthday as her answer was this Dior lip gloss! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed looking at some of the cakes that I have made.  If you have any questions please don’t be afraid to ask 🙂