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The most experimenting I get done is when I’m back in my mothers kitchen lol It’s free ingredients and the whole family gets to be the guinea pigs. Here we have another one of my very few eggless creations!!! I have put together, coconut (something which I have despised for practically all of my life) and bananas!!!!! And then I used some almond milk in an effort to get closer to the vegan baking. It came out very splendid!!!  I was going to do cupcakes but then I thought I never do squares anymore, and I just prefer the shapes of these. Also there’s much less buttercream on the squares. I say splendid because anyone who knows me properly knows that I hate the very essence of anything coconut. I can just about make my peace with coconut milk but everything else is always a no for me. HOWEVER!!! I loved these!! I was telling my friend of how I seemed to be warming to coconuty flavour but i’ll only have one or two….as of this moment I’ve had more than 5 If i’m counting right lol. I do encourage you all to experiment more often!! I hope to try something we pecans as they are one of my mother’s favourite things to eat. So I shall keep you all updated on that front. In other news in case you don’t know yet!! Ovens are very different! So you need to take time to study your over just so you don’t end up with disasters all the time. My mum’s oven is kerazy hot!! For some reason unbeknownst to us lol but we’ve gotten used to it. My kitchen at uni on the other hand is much more sensible with me. That should be all for now! I should be do some more baking and cooking for the short period I am at home though. :)

The most experimenting I get done is when I’m back in my mothers kitchen lol It’s free ingredients and the whole family gets to be the guinea pigs. Here we have another one of my very few eggless creations!!! I have put together, coconut (something which I have despised for practically all of my life) and bananas!!!!! And then I used some almond milk in an effort to get closer to the vegan baking. It came out very splendid!!!  I was going to do cupcakes but then I thought I never do squares anymore, and I just prefer the shapes of these. Also there’s much less buttercream on the squares. I say splendid because anyone who knows me properly knows that I hate the very essence of anything coconut. I can just about make my peace with coconut milk but everything else is always a no for me. HOWEVER!!! I loved these!! I was telling my friend of how I seemed to be warming to coconuty flavour but i’ll only have one or two….as of this moment I’ve had more than 5 If i’m counting right lol. I do encourage you all to experiment more often!! I hope to try something we pecans as they are one of my mother’s favourite things to eat. So I shall keep you all updated on that front. In other news in case you don’t know yet!! Ovens are very different! So you need to take time to study your over just so you don’t end up with disasters all the time. My mum’s oven is kerazy hot!! For some reason unbeknownst to us lol but we’ve gotten used to it. My kitchen at uni on the other hand is much more sensible with me. That should be all for now! I should be do some more baking and cooking for the short period I am at home though. :)

This cake. This cake has reminded me of something crucial in the aspect of learning. Sometimes you can’t just guess how its supposed to turn out and rush into it. Here I attempted to have a drip effect with the chocolate and I assumed I could just get it by pouring some ganache on top of the cake but sadly I was mistaken. Still a beautiful cake nonetheless but not how I wanted it to turn out, but then again NONE of my cakes ever turn out exactly how I want them to lol. Here we have a vanilla sponge with dark chocolate ganache, chocolate cream cheese and oreo buttercream!! One of the more interesting cake orders i’ve had so far and I did have fun with it, I suppose I just need to log more YouTube tutorial hours lol One crucial bit of advice I suppose i’d give when dealing with oreo buttercream or any kind of oreo frosting in short is to make extra extra sure the oreos are crushed properly!! Whenever I think i’ve crushed them enough with my rolling pin I crush them some more otherwise you could end up in frustration or worse. My first attempt of oreo buttercream almost damaged my piping tip and now i’m always cautious with oreos. That’ll be all for now, sadly I couldn’t meet up with my friend Julia to get in some baking this week but whenever we do meet up I shall tell of all the stories. :)

This cake. This cake has reminded me of something crucial in the aspect of learning. Sometimes you can’t just guess how its supposed to turn out and rush into it. Here I attempted to have a drip effect with the chocolate and I assumed I could just get it by pouring some ganache on top of the cake but sadly I was mistaken. Still a beautiful cake nonetheless but not how I wanted it to turn out, but then again NONE of my cakes ever turn out exactly how I want them to lol. Here we have a vanilla sponge with dark chocolate ganache, chocolate cream cheese and oreo buttercream!! One of the more interesting cake orders i’ve had so far and I did have fun with it, I suppose I just need to log more YouTube tutorial hours lol One crucial bit of advice I suppose i’d give when dealing with oreo buttercream or any kind of oreo frosting in short is to make extra extra sure the oreos are crushed properly!! Whenever I think i’ve crushed them enough with my rolling pin I crush them some more otherwise you could end up in frustration or worse. My first attempt of oreo buttercream almost damaged my piping tip and now i’m always cautious with oreos. That’ll be all for now, sadly I couldn’t meet up with my friend Julia to get in some baking this week but whenever we do meet up I shall tell of all the stories. :)

A very interesting bunch we have here, just your basic peanut butter cupcakes and some banana and oreo cupcakes. The beauty to these cupcakes is the glorious frosting!! I went with some vanilla cream cheese then stepped it up with chocolate cream cheese and of course I had to take it up a notch from there. So we have OREO cream cheese frosting!! Yeah you heard me right! THEN I tried out peanut butter cream cheese frosting which was just sooo beautiful!!! You need to experiment as much as you want with your frostings! The sky is the limit people.

A very interesting bunch we have here, just your basic peanut butter cupcakes and some banana and oreo cupcakes. The beauty to these cupcakes is the glorious frosting!! I went with some vanilla cream cheese then stepped it up with chocolate cream cheese and of course I had to take it up a notch from there. So we have OREO cream cheese frosting!! Yeah you heard me right! THEN I tried out peanut butter cream cheese frosting which was just sooo beautiful!!! You need to experiment as much as you want with your frostings! The sky is the limit people.

Oreo Cupcakes & Vanilla Cupcakes, Topped off with oreo, chocolate and vanilla buttercream!

Oreo Cupcakes & Vanilla Cupcakes, Topped off with oreo, chocolate and vanilla buttercream!

Playing around with colours again!!! Just your everyday red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. I’ve been meaning to put this post up for a while now but I just haven’t had the time, rather I kept forgetting lol. Cream cheese frosting!!! Is very good, however there seems to be an awful recipe circulating around the world somehow because people shrink back in fear when I tell them about cream cheese frosting until they taste it that is. So here is a link to the recipe I use, you should work around it depending on how much cream cheese you need for you cake or cupcakes. I’m having another baking bash (if you wanna call it that) with a friend of mine who happens to be Gluten Intolerant and we are going to be experimenting with mangos and bananas, I will post all the fun pictures and tell you the great tale of how it all turned out. In the mean time, here is a link to a facebook page she manages, where she expresses her passion for healthy food :)
https://www.facebook.com/juliashealthyfoods
http://www.joyofbaking.com/RedVelvetCake.html

Playing around with colours again!!! Just your everyday red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. I’ve been meaning to put this post up for a while now but I just haven’t had the time, rather I kept forgetting lol. Cream cheese frosting!!! Is very good, however there seems to be an awful recipe circulating around the world somehow because people shrink back in fear when I tell them about cream cheese frosting until they taste it that is. So here is a link to the recipe I use, you should work around it depending on how much cream cheese you need for you cake or cupcakes. I’m having another baking bash (if you wanna call it that) with a friend of mine who happens to be Gluten Intolerant and we are going to be experimenting with mangos and bananas, I will post all the fun pictures and tell you the great tale of how it all turned out. In the mean time, here is a link to a facebook page she manages, where she expresses her passion for healthy food :)

https://www.facebook.com/juliashealthyfoods

http://www.joyofbaking.com/RedVelvetCake.html

Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting.

Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting.

BRAND NEW STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU AIN’T SEEN THIS YET!!! AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! I do like to write in capitals sometimes, most of my conversations with my friends involve exclamation marks, capitals or question marks. However I am capable of writing more formally just in case you wondered. Back to all the hype!! A couple months ago (3 months to be exact) I did a post about mango cream cheese which was inspired by a friend of mine who is an excellent baker!! Unfortunately the only platform she has to share all her baking wisdom is straight from her mouth :( She made some oreo cake not long after I tried oreo buttercream and she noticed it was a bit dry.  THEREFORE!!! She suggested banana and oreo cake! and here we have it ladies and gentlemen (I know it looks like chocolate bread, its not!! Promise! :D) Banana and oreo loaf in all its glory, everyone who’s tasted it so far approved. ALSO!!! It is my first EGGLESS CREATION!!!!!!!!!!!!! That got me soo excited as I have been trying to dive into that aspect of baking. I will be trying some banana and oreo cupcakes sometime this week hopefully, but if there’s one tip i’d like to give is ensure you add a rising agent to this loaf. In general fruit can be heavy in baking and for this loaf I used both baking soda and baking powder, although I’m going to try it will self raising flour next time. (^_^)

BRAND NEW STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU AIN’T SEEN THIS YET!!! AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! I do like to write in capitals sometimes, most of my conversations with my friends involve exclamation marks, capitals or question marks. However I am capable of writing more formally just in case you wondered. Back to all the hype!! A couple months ago (3 months to be exact) I did a post about mango cream cheese which was inspired by a friend of mine who is an excellent baker!! Unfortunately the only platform she has to share all her baking wisdom is straight from her mouth :( She made some oreo cake not long after I tried oreo buttercream and she noticed it was a bit dry.  THEREFORE!!! She suggested banana and oreo cake! and here we have it ladies and gentlemen (I know it looks like chocolate bread, its not!! Promise! :D) Banana and oreo loaf in all its glory, everyone who’s tasted it so far approved. ALSO!!! It is my first EGGLESS CREATION!!!!!!!!!!!!! That got me soo excited as I have been trying to dive into that aspect of baking. I will be trying some banana and oreo cupcakes sometime this week hopefully, but if there’s one tip i’d like to give is ensure you add a rising agent to this loaf. In general fruit can be heavy in baking and for this loaf I used both baking soda and baking powder, although I’m going to try it will self raising flour next time. (^_^)

This was the very interesting cake order I spoke about!!! I’ve never seen anything like it to be honest but I had a lot of fun putting it together. Here we have a red velvet cake, with vanilla buttercream and milk chocolate ganache! I don’t eat chocolate (at least not a lot of it) but i’ve never heard of anyone being interesting in milk chocolate ganache as opposed to dark chocolate ganache. I’d heard of red velvet with chocolate ganache before, I think I saw it on an episode of cake boss or something but that was with cream cheese not vanilla buttercream. Nonetheless it turned out great and the customer really love it. ALSO I found out some very bad news about my red velvet cakes, recently I noticed they came out a bit saltier than usual and after blaming it on the baking soda for 2 weeks I finally looked at my food colouring after talking to my housemates. So it turns out the red food colouring powder I bought comprises of 87% SALT!!!!!!!!!! EIGHTY SEVEN!!!!! I was blown away, clearly I had been adding a bit more than I needed to recently. Now I make a point of paying attention to all my products very very very carefully!!! Which would be the moral of the story I suppose lol pay attention to your equipment and ingredients people!! :)

Soo much baking fun!!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever had much fun on a Saturday night in all my life lol. As I mentioned in my last post my baking friend came all the way down from London to visit and we tried some new recipies!!! I went with an oreo cupcake with oreo buttercream!! and Rachel went with a summer berries cupcake with vanilla buttercream which we decided to colour purple for some reason I cannot remember at this moment. The cupcakes came out rather dashing!! and they tasted even better, although if you intend to try the summer berries cupcake beware of the texture, we used baking powder and baking soda because we were worried the berries would affect the rise of the cupcake. Personally I prefer the oreo cupcake, where we just folded in crushed oreos (both the cake mixture and the buttercream) but everyone else loved both of them. I did see an interesting recipie online, they used cream cheese frosting and folded in the crushed oreos so I might try that next time. Overall we had a good baking session, one tip I have a very bad habit, (because i’m so used to my recipies) I often forget to check the time I put the cupcakes in. However most cupcake recipies usually take between 18-25 minutes and you can always tell its done by sticking a knife or skewer in the centre, if it comes out clean your all good to go. (^_^)

Once again! If you happen to live in Watford or London or you just like to look at pretty cupcakes and cakes make sure to follow her Facebook and Instagram page!. :)

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cassiescakeaway

Instagram - Cassie’s Cakeaway

"And here we have the beautiful model Joy sporting our new vanilla and chocolate cupcake smothered in a beautifully light cream cheese frosting" Is what I imagine cupcake magazines would sound like if they had models in them, although I think it’ll cause some argument as to whether the cupcake or the model is more beautiful. Thankfully that’s a question I am not here to answer lol So!!! I had some left over chocolate cake crumbs and decided to do something interesting I saw online. Apparently much like the base for a cheese cake, one can use cake crumbs and melted butter to imitate a base for a cupcake, it didn’t come out as crunchy but still great nonetheless. The combination was beautiful as the vanilla and cream cheese frosting evened out the richness of the chocolate sponge, (which to be honest some would say is a crime lol). But it was a beautiful cupcake and it hurt a little to see people stuff them in their faces after taking numerous pictures. I will be trying more daring flavours and I implore you to do the same!! Let your mind go wild and see what you can come up with, just try to make sure the flavours and textures all complement each other.  There’s no point going through all that work if it doesn’t turn out beautifully delicious, I mentioned in my last post that some people add a bit of hot water to their chocolate sponge to ensure for a smooth and light mixture but I missed something out!. They also add a bit of coffee in there to enhance the richness, with these two little tips I promise your chocolate cake will reach new levels of awesomeness!!! Anyway I have probably rambled on for more than enough time now, I have a rather interesting weekend coming up my baking friend is coming down to Canterbury and we are going to have some baking fun. If you happen to live in Watford or London or you just like to look at pretty cupcakes and cakes make sure to follow her Facebook and Instagram page!. :)

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cassiescakeaway

Instagram - Cassie’s Cakeaway

Red Velvet Cupcake.

Red Velvet Cupcake.

Chocolate & Cream Cheese Frosting!! I was watching a show about cupcakes and sweet treats a couple months ago and something some bakeries do it add a bit of boiling hot water to their chocolate cake or cupcake batter to make for a smoother blend and a lighter sponge. Just be careful to add very little, because if you pour in too much it’ll dilute the flavour of your cake and then it won’t be so rich. To give you an idea for this size cake I used just under 50ml of boiling hot water. :)

Chocolate & Cream Cheese Frosting!! I was watching a show about cupcakes and sweet treats a couple months ago and something some bakeries do it add a bit of boiling hot water to their chocolate cake or cupcake batter to make for a smoother blend and a lighter sponge. Just be careful to add very little, because if you pour in too much it’ll dilute the flavour of your cake and then it won’t be so rich. To give you an idea for this size cake I used just under 50ml of boiling hot water. :)

So my church at uni had an event (A free concert) and I thought it’d be a good idea to raise money for the new church building to host a bake sale! Unfortunately but fortunately for me (lol) the church people here are very different from those back home (in Essex). They would give all kinds of excuses about how they are trying to be healthy or “watching their weight” therefore I only ever sold my oat cookies or banana bread there. However!!! I decided to get the best of both worlds this time so I attempted to bake some cupcakes (I did 36) and then a bunch of cookies and some banana bread. But lo and behold! I sold 10 cupcakes before the event had started!! Clearly it was silly to assume I’d get the same reaction to my baked goods lol. I sold all the remaining cupcakes during the intermission but not many people were willing to buy the banana bread or the oat cookies. Next time I get a chance to do this at church i’m just going to make as many cupcakes as I can, people complained there wasn’t enough cupcakes lol I’m getting much better with the having them look all pretty and I’m getting more into flavour combinations!! I will be trying filled cupcakes sometime in the near future.

So my church at uni had an event (A free concert) and I thought it’d be a good idea to raise money for the new church building to host a bake sale! Unfortunately but fortunately for me (lol) the church people here are very different from those back home (in Essex). They would give all kinds of excuses about how they are trying to be healthy or “watching their weight” therefore I only ever sold my oat cookies or banana bread there. However!!! I decided to get the best of both worlds this time so I attempted to bake some cupcakes (I did 36) and then a bunch of cookies and some banana bread. But lo and behold! I sold 10 cupcakes before the event had started!! Clearly it was silly to assume I’d get the same reaction to my baked goods lol. I sold all the remaining cupcakes during the intermission but not many people were willing to buy the banana bread or the oat cookies. Next time I get a chance to do this at church i’m just going to make as many cupcakes as I can, people complained there wasn’t enough cupcakes lol I’m getting much better with the having them look all pretty and I’m getting more into flavour combinations!! I will be trying filled cupcakes sometime in the near future.

Dodo & Egg, well eggs to be precise lol

Dodo & Egg, well eggs to be precise lol

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