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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

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21st cake

3 Oct

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It was my brother’s 21st recently and I made his cake.

I wanted to make something quite impressive so I started with a double batch of white mud cake and added cocoa to half of the batter so I ended up with one white cake and one chocolate cake. I cut the white one into two layers and the chocolate one into 3 layers.

My brother is a big fan of cookies and cream chocolate, while he was living with me last year I think it was all he ate, so I made a cookies and cream ganache to go between the layers.

I used the condensed milk butter cream I have previously used fr a crumb coat. This butter cream is so decadent, it has become my go to icing, Mr Minx will eat it straight out of the bowl!

For the decoration I chose to use the petal technique I have seen so often on Pinterest. Here is a tutorial. The great thing about this technique is that it is super easy, although time consuming, and looks super awesome!image

All you need is an off set spatula or spoon, and Wilton tips number 12, I think I had number 10 as the shop was out of 12s. If you are using more than one colour you will need more than one tip.

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Basically you just dot the icing in a line down the cake

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and then spread the dots with the spatula

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Sorry for the poor picture quality, I was sick while doing this and could only manage phone photos.

On the top of the cake I put one row of dots and spread them towards the centre of the cake. Then I topped it with Oreo truffles. These were so easy to make, I used a packet of Oreos and a packet of cream cheese, popped them in the food processor and wizzed them up, made little balls and then coated them in melted chocolate.

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The cake was a pretty big hit, the family were impressed. The cake was pretty delicious, although very sweet, I couldn’t finish my piece. I forgot to take photos of the cake until we were at the restaurant so they are a bit dark, but you get the idea.

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