Well here it is... the rainbow birthday cake for our granddaughter's 5th birthday yesterday.
It's five layers of vanilla sponge, coloured with concentrated pastes, vanilla buttercream in between the layers and crumb coat, milk chocolate buttercream for the icing, dark chocolate ganache for topping and drip. Also topped with maltesers as requested, plus sprinkles.
The longest drip broke in transport, can just see where it was.
In all the excitement, we forgot to take a picture when we...
Well here is the first birthday cake, for youngest son... Different than planned for various reasons.
it's a 7-inch two layer chocolate cake with milk chocolate buttercream between the layers inside. The side is iced with Swiss meringue buttercream, the top and drip are a 50% dark chocolate ganache. I went for the random look with the drip. The icing will get better with practice. The fully finished version had a bought "Happy Birthday" topper behind the square chocolates. Rainbow cake next.
As I mentioned, Han and I were busy creating in the kitchen yesterday. I say we, but Han was doing her thing, and I was doing mine. She's been meaning to make some toppers for a while, well I say a while, I mean over a year now, but unfortunately, due to one thing and another, we never managed to find the time. Queue the Easter Holidays, and we were set on getting some creative time together to make things we'd promised to do during the beginning of lockdown!
Originally I would have been...
So I have finally broken in my new oven today and made these chocolate chip cookies...lol, erm cupcakes! I made them using large eggs, with orange yolks and dark chocolate chunks. I have sussed out that standing/prepping over a new oven makes me warm, and I can burn my hand when I place the cupcakes in the oven. 🤣 Anyway other than that they baked really well and taste really fluffy so not bad. I shall try and make sure I get back into the swing of baking now that the renovations have...
I thought I would share that yesterday I baked some profiteroles with a custard filling.
this is the first time I have baked choux pastry and I made the custard from scratch too. I am really happy with how they have turned out. my partner is really happy with them too, I will definitely make them again.
So Han's back baking again, and this week's theme was Giant Cookie Week! Now, who can resist a cookie, let alone a giant one! The only problem I had with this one is that they had to bake it on a tinfoil base which didn't bode well when you were trying to slice a piece. However, other than that, the cookie was fully baked, had multiple bright toppings across it and was enjoyed by my daughter! So mission accomplished, really.
This weeks school bake is to make homemade Pizza! So Han's been rustling up one of her favourite meals from scratch. Not only did she make the dough, but she also cooked the bacon, added the chicken pieces, flavoured it with garlic and added lashings of other yummy ingredients too.
As you can see, the final results are mouth-watering, so much so it came home with a piece missing! Well, you can't blame her for taste testing!
300 Grams Strong White Bread Flour
So it's bread week this week at my daughter's school, and all the students had to come up with different size, shapes and flavours of what they were going to make. Now, to be honest, I thought Han would probably add some flavours or put some creative shapes together, but instead, she surprised me and came up with this! Yeah, that's right; forget the bloomer; check this Unicorn out!
First of all, I have to say I love the fact that it's a break from the norm (and I'm sure no-one else...
Han and I have finally sat down to make the cake toppers for her birthday cake! With her being a teen this year I asked her what she would like in a cake, little did I realise we would be making a one of a kind original!
It's been a long time since we have sat down making things together, so this was a nice bit of fun time for us!
The first idea she came up with was to make her lifelong teddy bear dogs into sumo wrestlers; her description was for dog heads to be made onto a sumo body...
Han's had her creative head on again and come up with this cheery looking gingerbread man. I'm actually torn between whether he's supposed to be an early Halloween representation of Dracula or a Ringmaster from the Circus.
Needless to say, I love him anyway. His cheery demeanour brings a smile to my face, and he looks smart, albeit a little dusty. Whatever you decide, he looks like I hope you like him as much as I do and well done, Han!