Archive for May, 2009

I heart cupcakes

Actually, we call them fairycakes.  And from the pics below you would be forgiven for thinking my love goes beyond normal into the realms of obsession.  Not true, although I do know of some complete cupcake queens. (Cupcakes take the cake, cupcaketastic, Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit  , to name but a few).  We just make them a lot […]

Foolproof Fairycakes

This is a simple Victoria sponge recipe, that works every time and improves over 2 or 3 days.  The recipe makes 6 -8 giant muffins or 12 – 16 regular muffins. Cream 350g butter 350g caster sugar Sift together 350g Plain (cake) flour 2 pinches of bicarb 2 t baking powder Lightly beat 6 large […]

…make the perfect buttercream icing

The perfect buttercream is so simple, yet so elusive.  It relys on fresh, really good quality butter and perfect proportions. Allow: 3 cups of icing sugar for every 80g of butter Take the chilled butter out of the fridge and weigh your 80g.  Dice it and allow 5-10 minutes for it to soften to room […]

Chocolate Ricotta cheesecake

This is not the cheesecake I learnt to bake at my mother’s knee.  That cheesecake is a light and fluffy, lemonscented confection.  This cheesecake is heavier, richer, chocolatey-er, and easier to bake.  I have been making it a lot at the deli recently and as it has been so well received we keep baking it.  […]