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60th wedding anniversary cake

January 16, 2012

this weekend past my lovely future-grand-parents-in-law celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  such a special occasion requires a special cake, so i tried my hand at “proper” cake decorating.  i used my favourite annabel langbein ultimate chocolate cake recipe (the recipe is available online here – but note the online version differs to the free range cook version and i prefer that one) to create a three-high chocolate cake (this recipe makes heaps, so one lot is enough for a taller-than-average cake), sandwiched together with strawberry jam and topped with rose style vanilla buttercream using my wilton 1M tip.  the icing style was inspired by a) the fact that this special couple used to grow roses, and b) the i am baker rose cake tutorial. congratulations cath and lex x

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choc chip cookies (american style)

January 5, 2012

last time i made choc chip cookies i said next time i’d make more ‘american style’ ones – soft and chewy (like Ma Higgins), so here we are as promised.  here’s the recipe i used, from the joy of baking – beat 225g butter (unsalted pref), softened or at room temp, until pale and creamy, add 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup brown sugar, tightly packed and beat for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.  then add 2 eggs, beating after each, and 1.5 tsp vanilla, beating until combined.  finally mix in 2.25 cups plain flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt and 1.5 cups choc chips into a dough, and pop balls of dough (approx 2 tbsp in size) onto a greased tray, with enough space for them to grow (i did 6 per tray).  bake at 190C for around 10 mins, until slightly brown around the edges.  i like to take them out a wee bit early so they’re soft and doughy in the centre. yum x

belgium biscuits

December 29, 2011

inspired by gran’s christmas baking, today i made some belgium biscuits – spicy biscuits made with cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice, sandwiched together with raspberry jam and topped with white icing and raspberry jelly.  i used the classics edmonds recipe (but next time i’m going to ask gran for her’s) – it’s very easy and i think you should have a go.  beat 125g butter with 1/4 cup brown sugar, add one egg and beat some more.  mix in 2 cups of plain flour and 1 tsp each of baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice to form a firm dough.  roll to approx 3mm thick and cut out rounds.  bake for approx 15 min at 180C until golden.  once cool sandwich together with a dollop of raspberry jam, then top with a glaze (made of icing sugar and water) and sprinkle with granules of raspberry jam.  classic x

bouche de noel

December 24, 2011

one of the benefits of being a christmas baby – having bouche de noel for your birthday cake! this year we used this recipe from taste.com.au. happy christmas x

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candy-cane christmas cupcakes

December 22, 2011

the christmas baking season is nearly over for another year.  i’ve been so busy with christmas baking and all sorts of other frantic december activities that i haven’t had time to share my creations.  so here’s a christmas cupcakes catch-up – chocolate cupcakes with peppermint icing; one classic and one candy-cane.  happy christmas x

christmas tree cupcakes

December 6, 2011

christmas baking season has officially begun!  to kick off i made some christmas tree cupcakes – red velvet cups (using the hummingbird cake days recipe) with green vanilla buttercream frosting, mini m&m baubles and piped yellow white chocolate stars on top.  i love christmas! x

red velvet jandal cupcakes for jandal day

December 2, 2011

happy national jandal day!

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