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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.


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)


Cut their tops off


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.



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.


Spread the butter cream on the bottom piece of cake


Dust the tops with icing sugar


then sandwich them together.


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.


Stacie xxxxx

Fab Finds Friday- Birthday Cakes

5 Jul

Birthday season is fast approaching in my house. My Birthday is first, the next day it is Rooster’s birthday, 4 weeks later is Duckman’s birthday and 3 weeks after that is Mr Minx’s turn. So for today’s Fab Finds I am going to show you some of the Fab cakes I have found while looking for the perfect ones!

Since Rooster has been around I haven’t really celebrated my birthday, or had a cake as I am always too busy getting ready for his birthday. This year however, I am having a cake!

As a child I always wanted to be a mermaid and would sit in the bathtub for hours waiting to turn into one ( I think I watched Splash too many times). It never happened. Even today I dream about being a mermaid! So a mermaid cake it will be this year.

There are so many Ariels out there, so when I came across this LaLa Loopsy mermaid from Dream Day Cakes I fell in love. She is so cute, what little girl wouldn’t love this. The work that has gone into this is amazing and far beyond my capabilities. I think if I attempted this there would be a lot of fondant being thrown in frustration! This is not the cake for me.

This is the cake for me. My MIL gave me a cake decorating book several years ago and I have been dreaming about this cake since I first turned the page and saw it. I am so excited to make it.  She is just so pretty, although I think I will probably give her blonde hair so she looks more like me!


As soon as last years Pirate extravaganza was over, Rooster started planning this years party. He decided on a log party, what that is I don’t really know, but he wanted a log cake and this is the one we found from Complete Delight.


However the Kiwi in him has come out and he has changed his mind and now wants this Kiwi Party cake

This is also the book the mermaid comes from.

I’ve spoken about Duckman’s duck love before so what better for him than duck cakes.

This cake looks impressive but fairly straightforward, so for me it is a winner. This is what I will make. it actually comes from a site called Cake 2 the Rescue. They make up kits for you to make cake making easier, the kits come with all cake and decorating ingredients, cake board, candles, recipe card, rolling pin and baking tray. What a great idea is that.

For Daycare he will get some cute little cupcakes that hopefully look as good as these ones from Kitchen Mischief

Mr Minx loves his 80’s video games, especially Pac Man so when I found these Pac Man cupcakes I knew they were perfect. These ones are from Hello Naomi

pac man cake   There is a lot of fondant in this years cakes. Fondant is daunting but when I have made fondant cakes in the past they have turned out well, so maybe it is all in my head. Stay tuned in future months to see if I can pull off these cakes or something like them.

Here are some more Fabulous cakes I came across during my searches, click the photos for the original.

Circus cake from Planet Cake

Gorgeous little ombre cakes from Glorious Treats

DIY Watercolor Cake Tutorial by Miso Bakes  |  TheCakeBlog.com

A beautiful water colour cake from Miso from Miso Bakes

I hope you have enjoyed these wonderful cakes as much as I have enjoyed showing you.

Salted Chocolate and caramel chip Cupcakes

17 May


Cupcakes are fast becoming a weekly tradition in my house lately, someone always seems to be asking me “When are you making cupcakes?”

This weeks cupcakes were a flavour experiment.

I used my favourite caramel mud cake recipe and did a few substitutions and additions to come up with heaven in a patty case.

This is a melt and mix style cake, there is nothing I like more than melt and mix baking, so easy and less clean up.

This is the recipe the ingredients in blue are my substitutions or additions

185g butter, cubed

180g white chocolate dark chocolate broken/chopped roughly

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup milk

1 tbs golden syrup I left this out 

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1/2 cup S.R. flour

2 eggs

1 pkt caramel chips

5 pinches of sea salt or more or less depending on your taste


Start by putting the butter, chocolate, sugar, milk and syrup into a saucepan,


heat and stir until combined.

Now whisk in the flour and eggs


at this point I put mine in the fridge to cool so that when I added the chips they didn’t melt into the mixture.

Once my mixture had cooled I added the caramel chips and I began to add the salt 1 pinch at a time, stirring and tasting the batter after each addition. If the cakes had been only for me I would have added some more salt, but since I didn’t know how my fussy family would react to salty cupcakes I held back. 5 pinches doesn’t taste overly salty, I can taste it, possibly because I know it is there, but no one else detected it as a distinct flavour.

This recipe will make a 20cm round/square cake, if that is what you want put it in the oven for around an hour at 180 degrees Celsius, if like me, your thing is little bites of deliciousness, mini cupcakes take 15-20 minutes also at 180 degrees Celsius.

When I took mine out of the oven they looked and felt like they might be under cooked

Just a little gooey looking

Just a little gooey looking

but as they cooled they firmed up and looked just perfect, this was confirmed by a taste test.

A pile of perfect little cakes patiently waiting to be iced

A pile of perfect little cakes patiently waiting to be iced

This week I wanted to work on my piping techniques, I used the condensed milk buttercream that I have been making lately and a selection of  Wilton tips to try my hand at a few different piping styles.

Below are my experiments with piping, I have labelled each cake with the tip I used to achieve the look.


I was very pleased with how my piping came out, although I need to work on getting it in the middle of the cake. I also found that as the buttercream beacame softer from the heat of my hands it lost its shape so I had to put the piping bag in the fridge a couple of times for it to firm up again.

Mr Minx was impressed with my efforts and promptly ate several when he arrived home.


These little cakes are delightfully delicious. Despite being a dense cake they are not heavy or over powering in flavour,

Even I was not immune to their beguiling and ambrosial qualities.


Super Sweet Blog Award

5 May

This week I was sweetly surprised to be nominated for the Super Sweet Blog Award by both ladyflowersbysusan and Jaetomk. Thank you very much Ladies, it is an honour.

The rules for the award:

1.Thank the blogger(s) who gave you the award and link back to their blog.

2. Answer 5 super sweet questions

3. Include the Super Sweet logo in this post. You see it above.

4. Nominate a baker’s dozen other bloggers for this award.

5. Notify my nominees on their blogs.

Cookies or Cake?

Even though my go to baking item is cupcakes I can’t go past a gooey slightly undercooked cookie, maybe that is the reason I don’t bake cookies very often. I am much more capable of ignoring the beckoning sweetness of a cupcake than that of a cookie.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

There is nothing better than a good quality vanilla ice cream, but there are days where nothing but beautiful rich chocolate will do (also has to be good quality)

Favourite Sweet Treat?

This is hard, there are so many. I really like lollies, particularly Allen’s Snakes Alive or Chicos (these are a chocolate flavoured jellybaby and recently they have become available in caramel)

When do you crave sweet things the most?

Prior to being pregnant I was always a savoury girl, give me cheese and crackers any day, however, while pregnant with The Rooster I ate cake everyday! With Duckman I just wanted chocolate towards the end of the pregnancy and both times I drank Coke ( I never drink coke or anything other than water for that matter when not pregnant). Now I try to contain my indulgences (both sweet and savoury to the weekends)

If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

The brother of one of my primary school friends used to call me Stace-cake and Mr Minx calls me Sweetheart.

Now for my nominations….

  1. We’re calling Shenanigans
  2. Pretty Baking
  3. Sweet simple Stuff
  4. The Sassy Apron
  5. Poppy’s Patisserie/The Bunny Kitchen
  6. HomeLeaLass
  7. Big A Little A
  8. Happy Little Kiwi
  9. Lemongrass and Ginger
  10. Jo the Tart Queen
  11. On to the Plate
  12. Cupcakes are my world
  13. Code Cupcake

Go check these Guys out, there are some great blogs here!

Happy Sunday Peeps!

Milo Cupcakes with Condensed Milk Buttercream

2 May


Have you seen This is 40?, The movie with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Since we have no regular babysitter, Mr Minx and I always jump at the opportunity for the elusive date night when one of our Mums is in town. Earlier this year we were able to get to the cinema to see this movie when Mr Minx’s mum was visiting from New Zealand. We always have a laugh that this couple is us, in particular the cupcake addiction of Paul Rudd’s character.


When I make cupcakes, I usually ice them the following day, due to being time poor and a little lazy. Often only half the cupcakes make it through the night. Unfortunately, for Mr Minx, but lucky for the cupcakes he has the flu, so most of them survived to be iced this morning.

Now lets get to the cupcakes….


I found these Milo cupcakes with Condensed Milk Buttercream at The Bubbly Baker,

To make these delectable little morsels you will need

200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
100g Milo (I added about 130 grams of milo)
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g sour cream
170g unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs


Combine all of this into a food processor and pulse until mixed well and smooth. I had to do this in two batches since my processor was not large enough, also I tend to be somewhat gung-ho in my approach to most things so pulsing is not in my nature and I just wizzed away and the processor was not happy. If you have a large and powerful processor this method might be for you, but in future I think I will stick to creaming the butter and sugar before adding other ingredients.

The Bubbly Baker advised that these were very rich, so I made mini cupcakes, I put a tablespoon of batter into each patty paper and baked them for 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius.


For the butter cream you need

150g unsalted butter

250g icing sugar

6tbsp condensed milk

milk for consistency

Beat the butter until light and fluffy, add the icing sugar, mix well, add the condensed milk, if needed add a small amount of milk.

I like my buttercream thick and decadent, so I added more icing sugar and no milk.


This made so much icing, normally I just throw out the left over, but there was so much it seemed a waste. So I have bagged it up and put it in the freezer. I will let you know how that turns out. at a later date.

These cupcakes are delicious! In future I would put a little less sugar and add much more milo. The icing is like heaven! Sweet and divinely sinful!

These would be the perfect little sweet treat in the afternoon or an excellent  accompaniment to a girlie morning tea catch up.


My To Bake List

10 Apr

Since Christmas I have been cramming as much food into myself as possible it seems, especially sweet treats! So over the weekend I put myself on a 30 day sugar ban. Crazy, I hear you say, well I am 5 days in and I am still alive but the urge to bake is strong so I thought that I would compile a quick top 5 of the things I plan to bake once I have finished torturing myself.

1. Milo cupcakes with condensed milk frosting


These little gems come from the bubbly baker, and for those of you who don’t know what Milo is, it is a malted chocolate powder that is found here in Australia. You can drink it hot or cold, add it too icecream or if you’re really naughty you can eat it straight from the tin.

2. Salted caramel chocolate cookies

Caramel Stuffed Cookies[7]

I love the combination of salty and sweet. These look so delicious and come from The Comfort of Cooking

3. Chocolate and Oreo Tart


This looks deliciously decadent and I can’t wait to try it. You can find it at La Receta dela Felicidad The site is in spanish and you get an interesting translation when using the Google translate option but you are able to work out what is meant

4. Blueberry cupcakes with Honey Buttercream

blueberry cupcakes

Blueberry cupcakes/muffins are one of my favourites, and these are made with fresh berries rather than canned or frozen. These were originally made by Always with Butter

5. Hot Cocoa on a stick


It is finally starting to cool down here in Brisbane and these will be perfect for an after dinner treat during Winter.

These are found at Intimate Weddings

Only 25 days to go.

Feel free to make any of these and let me know how they go.

Going green!

16 Mar

As it is St Patrick’s Day on Sunday, my friends from work and I decided to have a little green party last night (we pften have little themed parties, it makes working Friday nights bearable). My offering to the party was green velvet cupcakes. I googled green velvet cupcakes and couldn’t find a recipe that I liked, most of them used oil and I prefer butter for baking, I think the taste and texture are better when you use butter, so I adapted a red velvet cupcake recipe. Image The ingredients are

  • 300g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 30g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 315g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
  • 250ml (1 cup) buttermilk
  • 200g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 tbs white vinegar
  • 1 bottle of green colouring
  • 1 tsp vanilla

I didn’t have buttermilk so I made my own, to do this you add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 cup of milk and allow it to sit for a few minutes. The recipe couldn’t be easier, you combine dry ingredients in one bowl, wisk wet together in another then add wet to dry and mix until just combined.


I was nervous about adding so much food colouring, but I just closed my eyes and poured! I mixed it well then filled my patty papers.


I baked them for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. I had seen on Pinterest an easy alternative to icing where you placed a marshmallow on the cupcakes a few minutes before taking them out of the oven so they melted. I wanted to try this so I put white marshmallows on half of the cup cakes.


Once they had cooled I iced the other half with just normal icing, I wanted it quite thick so I added a lot of icing mixture to a couple of spoons of butter and a splash of milk and piled it on top.

The ones at the top of the following picture are the ones with icing and the ones on the bottom are the marshmallow ones.


So, the verdict…..they are light and fluffy which is great, like their cousin the red velvet cup cake I find them lacking in the taste department. I have never understood the obsession with red velvet cakes I find their flavour to be non-descript, quite sweet and not nearly chocolately enough, this is easily fixed with the addition of more cocoa though. The marshmallow icing, although easy is not pretty enough for me, while flavour is the most vital aspect of baking I do also love great presentation. Also not being the biggest fan of marshmallow I found the flavour to be a little overpowering, but if you like marshmallow you will love this. I much prefer the taste of the more traditional icing.

These have not disappeared as quickly as my watermelon cupcakes disappeared the other week either, I think the colour is too daunting for everyone.

I can’t see these making it into the regular baking rotation, they aren’t a bad cake just not to my taste, but if you like red velvet give them a go, they do have a wonderful texture.

Have a great St Patrick’s day tomorrow!

Goodbye Summer

1 Mar


Yesterday marked the end of summer here in Australia, so I chose to mark the event by baking some lovely summery watermelon inspired cupcakes. All the recipes I found were American, so either the measurements needed translating eg. a stick of butter? We measure butter in grams so I am  not sure what a stick is or they contain packet mix, which from an earlier post you may remember is against my baking ethics. I did , however, find an interesting way to add flavour and colour to cakes…jelly crystals.

So I turned to baking bible …Women’s Weekly BakeImage

and found a simple butter cake recipe that I intended to add watermelon flavoured jelly crystals to, but watermelon jelly crystals don’t seem to exist in Australia, despite me standing in the jelly section of the supermarket staring at the jelly and willing them to appear, so I used the next best thing…strawberries and cream flavour.

The ingredients for this recipe were;

250g unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups of caster sugar (I only used one though as I added the jelly crystals)

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups of self raising flour

3/4 cup of milk


Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and jelly crystals until light and fluffy, beat in eggs, stir in flour and milk. I also added some extra red food colouring to get just the right watermelony pink. I also added some dark choc chips to imitate the seeds. I then put them in regular sized patty papers and baked for 15-20 minutes on 160 degrees celsius (around 350 F I think)

This is how they looked straight out of the oven


Then to complete the watermelon look I topped them with bright green icing made with 125g butter, 2 cups icing sugar a splash of milk and of course lots of green colouring.


They turned out to be a big hit with the fam bam…between hubby and Mr 4 they ate 10 last night while I was at work!

So…watermelon cupcakes, a perfect end to a great Summer!


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