Today me and Liam decided we would spend our afternoon baking. Baking is something we both love to do together. We have always loved baking together and during our 5 and a half years together we have baked and eaten a lot of cakes! Today we felt like trying to bake something new. After a little bit of googling and pinteresting recipes we came across the lovely Jane from www.janespatisserie.com Her website is filled with hundreds of amazing cakes to bake and try. Her website is well worth a visit!
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We loved the look of so many cakes but settled on making her Custard Cream Cupcakes. How delish!
You can find the exact recipe we followed here…
All the ingredients were easy to find and we had most of them sitting in our cupboards. The recipe was also so easy to follow, if we can do it anyone can!
As tradition with baking me and Liam both had a little taste of the cake batter and it tasted exactly like a custard cream! It tasted amazing and we could not wait to try them when cooked.
We gave the cakes an extra 5 minuets in the oven than Jane recommends and the cakes came out perfectly golden brown on top. The had a lovely rise and looked a perfect shape for decorating. After cooling we made up the butter cream. We added to much butter to this and it ended up a little softer than we would of liked, if we had more icing sugar this could of been easily fixed but not to worry it still tasted glorious! Jane decorated hers beautifully, us on the other hand just chucked the icing on and placed half a custard cream biscuit on the top. (our icing was not thick enough to hold a whole one)
At the end of the day this is the most important part of baking. I had high hopes for the overall taste of the cake as along the way it tasted incredible! Unfortunately the cake its self felt rather dense and the cooked cake had lost a fair bit of the custard cream flavouring.,However the icing tasted amazing I could eat bowls of that stuff and of course the custard cream on top was as yummy as always. Overall I would give these cakes a good 7/10 and Liam gave them a solid 8.5/10
If you have any recipes you think I should try, let me know! I am all for eating some more cakes haha!
Cheerio For Now,
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It would not be Christmas if there was no gingerbread! gingerbread is My favourite Christmas treat. I love the warmth it gives and it just makes me feel super festive and cosy. I love dunking gingerbread in milk to make it soft, its the best evening treat!
For today’s blogmas post, I thought i would share with you my easy no fuss gingerbread making recipe, but first I though we could have a giggle! Originally this post was planned to be a festive chocolate brownie recipe. I spent the morning making this already for cutsie blog photos, and they turned out to be a MASSIVE flop!
EXPECTATIONS VS REALITY……
So Now we have all had a giggle at my massive fail, I am going to share this super easy gingerbread recipe, that even I can do!
- 350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 125g/4½oz butter
- 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
- 1 free-range egg
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.
I loved how easy this recipe was, I would just say though if your like me and prefer a more soft gingerbread man cook it for the 12 minutes and they will be perfecto! I didn’t have any gingerbread cutter so i just used a circle cutter and used icing to decorate, I am sure you are all more artistic than me so would be able to decorate this ALOT better than me, but hay they taste scrummy so I am a happy little elf.
If you recreate this recipe, I would love to see some pictures, send them to me on Twitter @LifeWithFernie
or if you have had any baking fails please let me know, I love hearing this sorts of things, they do make me chuckle!
Cheerio For Now,