Sunday, 15 July 2012
In order to conduct such a workshop, of course, I have to prepare the cupcakes for the girls to decorate. So I was busy, busy, busy. Naturally, when I found that I had some extra cupcakes, I couldn't resist having a mess around with some of the yummy toppers that I had prepared for tomorrow! I baked my Mum's Chocolate Cake recipe before topping with Vanilla Buttercream and a sweet chuck of liquorice allsort. Both my chocolate cake and buttercream recipes are tried and true. How could you not look at these and smile?
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Janelle Bloom and can be found on her amazing web site, along with a myriad of other quick, fabulous recipes.
220g chopped navel oranges (this was 1 and a half oranges for me)
185g unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups S R Flour
Pulse the chopped orange 3 - 4 times in the bowl of a food processor. Add butter, sugar and extract before pulsing until combined. At this stage, the mixture may look curdled but is fine. Pop the eggs into the bowl and pulse before adding flour. It is important just to pulse until flour is incorporated and not over mix. Pour the batter into a prepared 23cm springform tin and cook in a 170 degree oven (lower for fan-forced) for 60 - 70 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
Whipped Orange Buttercream
145g unsalted butter, softened
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
3-4 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
Beat butter for 5 minutes until colour lightens. Mix in 1 cup of icing sugar well before adding the orange juice. Beat for a minute. Add last cup of icing sugar and beat with an electric mixer on high for 8-10 minutes. Buttercream should be light in colour and texture. You can add more icing sugar or orange juice until it reaches your desired consistency.
Now, you and I both know that there is but one thing to do with an overload of beautiful, ripe fruit...bake with it! Funnily enough, our little tummy bug is the size of a navel orange this week, so how appropriate that I should be cooking with them. If you were in my house right now, your sense of smell would be overwhelmed with the sweet, sharp scent of the Whole Orange Cake that I currently have in the oven. Just wait until you see pictures of it...you won't be able to help but want to make it yourself.
More to come later...
Monday, 2 July 2012