Tuesday, 27 April 2010

DAVIDA SPONGE II

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BASICS:

Vanilla Sponge (X 2 batches of Hummingbird Bakery vanilla cupcake)
Creme Pattisiere filling (taken from the Good Year Cookbook)
Whipped Cream (tesco electric hand whisk, naturally)
White Chocolate wall (method below)

so yet another birthday crept upon us and i decided to have another go at the davida sponge. after the tip for making chocolate cigarillos, i decided to combine the acetate idea to the chocolate wall. for a 24" cake tin, i suggest 26" of acetate. this is to ensure the wall will fit around the cake with no gaps. the acetate is ideal as it is sturdy compared to cling film, particularly when using melted chocolate.

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it is also important to make sure you wrap the wall around the cake before the chocolate becomes too brittle and cracks during the bending procedure.

Monday, 26 April 2010

CHOCOLATE CIGARILLOS



chocolate cigarillos - beautiful but stressful and awkward to make.

after extensive research into going about creating chocolate cigarettes, i finally came across an idea which guaranteed to be fool proof. (Cake Central)

the classic way of creating these delicate decorations is one i just can not master and needs a lot of practicing. Mary Berry's book has the recipe for this.

While the method provided on cake central was indeed effective, it is most definitely time consuming. i worked out i would need over 60 cigarettes for one cake after i had only made 20. so, instead of disposing of the creations, i decided to incorporate them elsewhere.

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Monday, 12 April 2010

TIP - AN EVEN RISE

during the rise of my baking obsession, i have come to pick up on a few things which can essentially alter a cupcake's shape, size, colour and texture. some maybe obvious to the avid baker but could serve as helpful to others!


making a hole/dip in the centre of the mixture before placing into the oven helps the cake to rise evenly such as in the picture below.

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i also used this technique on the cupcakes seen on the cooling rack however, these were either placed too far to the back of the oven or contained too much mixture in that particular case...


...always fill each case just above half way.


BIRTHDAY BAKING CONTINUED

more pictures from today's bakethon. :D



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BAKING

caught in the act baking coconut cupcakes for my brother.


again, these were coconut cupcakes, incorporating coconut milk into the cake mixture to gain the flavour. the cakes themselves appear slightly more golden due substituting caster sugar for golden caster sugar. the colour seems to be the only thing affected.

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i'll add some more of the final products in a new post!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

RED VELVET REVISITED

i baked this for mother dearest's birthday as she wanted a large cake. i doubled the hummingbird bakery recipe, pouring the mixture into two tins.


leftover cake was used to decorate by sprinkling around the edges.

Red Velvet Cake

COCONUT CUPCAKES

i took this recipe from the hummingbird bakery. i decided not to flavour the frosting with coconut milk due to previous experiences with lemon cupcakes. however, this forfeited the strength of the flavour.


i used sugarflair colours colouring in pink for the frosting. i wanted to achieve a pale pink to avoid a colour clash with the cases, so i only applied two drops. however, they're quite a bit darker than expected.

the foil cases and sugar flowers are from cornelli in wendover and desiccated coconut was sprinkled to decorate.

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VANILLA CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE FROSTING

the chocolate fudge frosting is by betty crocker.

sprinkles are from any supermarket.
cupcake cases are from cornelli in wendover.

(photography by ross maylor)

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DAVIDA SPONGE (NEW RECIPE!)

3 layers of vanilla sponge
white chocolate wall
crème pâtissière
whipped cream
strawberries & rasperries

epic.

inspired by cakes from Patisserie Valerie, this was my birthday cake for 2010. the white chocolate wall was the most difficult to achieve as it had to be shaped before it became too brittle. it was also a tad too tall for the cake!

crème pâtissière is one of my favourite fillings!




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