Thursday, 3 June 2010

Cupcakes minus Anna :(

I knew the time would come when I would be forced to make cupcakes without my belove-ed Anna and I had saved up a stupidly silly and sickly idea that I'd never dare suggest to a cupcake genius like herself. Super chocolate cupcakes with pink strawberry buttercream. They turned out pretty good. I fell in love with the sickly pink icing as soon as I'd made it and Jess plastered the cakes in it as I scoffed chocolate chips, a few of which managed to make it to the cakes.

I think I've got my cupcake recipe pretty much sorted after a few months of tweaking. It's all pretty easy to remember - I call it the 6,5,4,3,2 recipe. So here goes:

6 oz self raising flour
5 oz caster sugar
4 oz butter or marg. or something butter-esk
3 table spoons of cocoa mixed with boiling water to make a paste (this helps the flavour come out more apparently?)
2 eggs

Basically mix everything together. I tend to do butter plus sugar, then flour, eggs and cocoa but that's just me. You want to get as much air as possible into the mixture, either with a magic whizzer or just with a spoon.

Then the buttercream is just the normal recipe. Butter/marg and icing sugar mixed to taste - make sure it's lots more sugar than butter. (Don't make the mistake of asking other people to taste - you end up with none left!) Then I added a teeeny bit of cochineal or pink food colouring. This tends to be quite strong so make sure it's only a little bit of you want baby pink rather than dark red. I also added 3 or 4 drops of strawberry flavourings but I've read that strawberry jam works quite well.

Then they're topped of with a few chocolate chips. Think they looks pretty pretty. What do you think? I used the new cases from the magic sewing and baking shop in Fal and I think they look good but they seem to be peeling away from the cakes quite a lot. Not sure why. Does make them look ready to eat right now though...


Been on a bit of a shopping spree recently. I saw this dress on asos a while ago but I couldn't justify paying £20 for a dress. But yesterday I suddenly felt in need of a bit of money spending so I went ahead and bought it. I'll be interested in seeing it when it arrives (hopefully some time today - pictures to follow) because the photos don't show much online. Hopefully it'll be nice enough to wear to my university's end of term garden party. Should be a pretty awesome night. Otherwise, I'm about to start another dress project. I'll let you know how it goes.

The other item I bought was this little leather satchel from ebay. I've been looking at similar bags for a while. All my favourite fashion bloggers have been wearing them but they usually go for more money than I'm willing to spend on ebay and I'm yet to find the right one in charity shops. I bid on the one in the top picture assuming it would carry on rising as all the previous ones had but to my surprise I won it! I hadn't looked at it very well before bidding but it says in the description that it is 10" by 7" which makes it a pretty good size. Not too big but not tiny. As with the dress, I'll let you know when it arrives!