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Misadventures in Craft turns 1!

18 Feb

I can’t believe I just wrote that title. So often I start these little whims, like writing a blog and forget about it within minutes, so I am quite amazed that I have stuck with it. I want to thank all of you lovely readers out there that have read, liked or commented

on the things that I have shared.24259092-thank-you-flowers

Today I wanted to share some cute little cupcakes that I made for Valentine’s Day.

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These look impressive but actually were pretty easy and not as time consuming as I was expecting.

I used this  chocolate sponge cake recipe.  I was able to get 12 regular sized cupcakes from this recipe. I had never made sponge before, it was alright but I wish I had used a recipe I was more familiar with as it wasn’t great.

So  to make the cute little cut out heart cakes, take your cupcakes (whatever flavour you like)

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Cut their tops off

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Using a small heart cutter or any other cutter if you don’t like hearts, cut your shape from the top. The little tops are delicate and must be handled gently or they may fall apart.

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For the filling I made butter cream and added fresh raspberries to the mix, you will need to add extra icing sugar as the liquid from the berries makes the butter cream runny.

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Spread the butter cream on the bottom piece of cake

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Dust the tops with icing sugar

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then sandwich them together.

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And there you have it a cute little cupcake for someone special.

I hope in a years time I can bring you another birthday post and I hope you all continue to enjoy the little insights to my life.

Thankyou

Stacie xxxxx

Mermaid Tales

19 Sep

I feel so neglectful of my little blog. There has been so much going on in my house recently I hardly have time for basic human needs let alone blogging!

We have started on the next phase of our renovation, so I have been trying to organise our new front door, windows, other building materials, asbestos removal, the BA, Owner Builder permits, the new walk in wardrobe and the mortgage. In a midst all this we have had two birthdays, mine and Rooster’s.

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This was the front of our house at the start of last weekend.

 

Since Rooster has been around my birthday is usually spent preparing for his, this year I decided I was going to have a cake and a little celebration though. We had a few friends around for a BBQ and I made a Mermaid cake. In this post I will tell you the story of the cake, forgive me for the lack of photos, it just completely slipped my mind to take any during the making process.

For the cake I wanted something a little different from the usual stock standard chocolate so I chose a passionfruit buttermilk cake. Here is the recipe I used.

Passionfruit Buttermilk Cake

250g butter softened

1 cup caster sugar

3 eggs separated

2 cups S.R flour

3/4 cup buttermilk (if you don’t have butter milk mix 1 tbs vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let sit until curdled)

1/4 cup passionfruit pulp ( I think I used double this amount)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, beat in yolks one at a time, stir in flour, buttermilk and passionfruit.

Beat whites until soft peaks appear fold into cake batter.

Pour into cake pan (I used a round 24cm pan) and bake in oven preheated to 160 degrees Celsius for 40 minutes or cooked through.

Due to the amount of cakes I am making for everyone’s birthdays I started colouring the fondant several weeks ago. For my cake I needed some variegated blue for the back ground. To do this I made a light and dark blue then made them into sausages and wrapped them around each other, then rolled it into a ball so that when it was rolled out the colours would swirl together.

Underneath the fondant I chose to use white ganache, which was something I have never done before. I made it in a 2:1 ratio like I do with dark chocolate ganache, however I have since read that white ganache should be made in a 3:1 ratio. So my ganache was soft but I forged ahead with the cake not knowing the problems it would cause later.

I rolled out the blue swirled fondant, rolled it up and put it on the cake, no problem, at least until I realised some of the fondant had stuck together and I had a big blog of unwanted fondant on the top of the cake. I tried to pull it off but it wouldn’t budge, I tried to smooth it out but due to the soft ganache it wasn’t providing the support I needed to be able to do that and I would have torn the fondant. In the end I just placed the mermaid over that spot and managed to cover most of the mistake. I also had an air bubble, put I was able to pop that with a skewer and there wasn’t much of a mark left.

To make the mermaid I just used a picture and molded the pieces on top of the picture then transferred it to the cake. I used little cut out stars,  silver cachous and some pearlescent edible powder to embellish it.

Then because of the softness of the ganache I put it in the fridge. This was the wrong move. I have put fondant covered cakes in the fridge before and not had a problem, but I think they did not have runny ganache under the fondant and the fondant may have been dried out before going in the fridge.

So a couple of days later I pulled the cake out and it was wet like someone had sprayed it with water. I panicked and ran to my best friend Google to ask “Why is my fondant wet?” and “How can I fix this?” Google suggested it was due to humidity and advised I put it in front of a fan to dry out and brush it with some corn flour.

So then my cake spent half the day in front of a fan and covered in cornflour. The fondant dried but the ganache got softer. I tempted fate by returning it to the fridge, and monitored it closely for any ill effects but it seemed fine, no more weeping. I was so relieved.

So here is the cake

You can see it is not perfect. However, it was delicious and my friends were suitably impressed!

 

 

Pac man cupcake toppers

3 Sep

My plan had been to make PacMan cupcakes for Mr Minx, however Rooster had other ideas.  Yesterday I made these cupcake toppers from fondant.  They were so easy, although a little labor intensive.  They turned out better than I expected.  They just need some finishing touches and they will be off to Daycare for Rooster’s 5th birthday!

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