Maybe We Should Give Up Baking

Firstly I just want to apologise for not posting this on my usual posting day. But I bring pictures of cake – does that make up for it a bit?

OnThursday, Hannah and I thought we’d bake something for the Macmillan coffee morning we hold at school annually.  We were originally going to make multi-coloured layered cupcakes. However, the Tesco Express up the road didn’t have food colouring so we only had the green and yellow Hannah brought.

I also bought some M&Ms whilst I was there. So they went in. They looked good, but after watching someone struggling through one from a distance at school the next day, we realised that didn’t translate into actually tasting good too. We didn’t tell anyone that we’d make them after that.

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Katie

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Mars Bar Cake Recipe

I do love to make cakes but love it even more when I don’t have to try to actually bake them! That’s why I like this Mars Bar Cake recipe so much.

What you’ll need:

4 Mars Bars
4oz (100g) Margarine
4 oz (100g) Rice Krispies
9oz (225g) Milk Chocolate
10” Square Cake Tin

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Firstly:

1. Chop the 4 Mars Bars into small chunks

2. Put the margarine and Mars Bars into a saucepan and melt them until there are no lumps.

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3. Add the Rice Krispies to the saucepan and stir them until they are evenly coated.

4. Put the mixture in your square tin and cool in the fridge for about an hour or until solid.

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5. Once the mixture is cooled, melt the milk chocolate over a pan of boiling water on the hob in a bowl and stir until smooth.

6. Pour the melted chocolate over the cake and put back into the fridge to solidify.

7. Once solid, remove the cake from the tin (by sliding a knife around the edges and carefully turning the tin upside down)

8. Cut into fingers or squares and enjoy!

For some reason I didn’t get around to taking a photo of the finished product but I can tell you it tasted lovely (not my own words!) Hope you like it.

Katie

Cut-Out Cupcakes

So it’s another friend of mine’s birthday today. Man, these things just keep coming! I feel like it was only last week that I was desperately trying to think of a present for my best friend’s birthday, but that was actually back in March!

I think I’m going to end up as a ‘thing’ girl. A lot of my friends are ‘thing’ girls. The sort of girls that, when you turn up at a party, people will ask “Oh, is cocktail girl coming?” (she does make some interesting mixes) or for the less fortunate, ‘sick girl’ – (who could forget that night?). I reckon my thing will be cakes. And that’s fine by me. Who doesn’t want cake girl to turn up?

So being the cake girl that I am, I (and a little help from Bella) baked some mean chocolate muffins. Pretty basic stuff, but tasty all the same. In an attempt to make them look a little more exciting, I coped an idea from Do or DIY’s instagram. They post some clever stuff on there (@do_or_diy if you’re interested). You can see the original post here.

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Mine didn’t quite work out like those in the example, but then again, when do they ever? The top was just too crumbly to stay together and I didn’t actually have a heart cutter that small so I was cutting them out by hand. If you want to try this, be prepared for a lot of mess!

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I also made these little message flags out of some spare paper and cocktail sticks. I won’t tell you how to make them. It’s pretty obvious.

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Another birthday down, and almost a whole month until my next one, though that’s my Mum’s so I can hardly get away with making her cake. Any ideas anyone?

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Icing Flowers

My Grandma is a talented lady.

Amongst other grandma-y things, one of her biggest talents is cakes. And I don’t just mean the actual cake – though she’s pretty damn good at that too – I mean the decorating of the cake. She’s been making wedding cakes, birthday cakes, christening cakes and any other cake you can think of for as long as I can remember.

I’ve always wanted to be able to help decorate her cakes, especially as my brother’s wedding is coming up and I’d love to help her out on his cake. She came down to visit us the other day and I asked her to teach me how to make the tiny icing flowers and leaves that are her speciality.

 

I thought it was going to be pretty basic until she wacked this great thing down on the table:

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Let me tell you, it’s not easy. It took us all day to make three roses, but to be honest, that was mainly because we spent a lot of time gossiping and drinking tea. Still, that’s what Grandma’s are for.

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