Friday, September 26, 2014

M.A.C Make-up Cake

Oh me oh my, I made this cake a few weeks back and I am only getting around to sharing.

This cake, as you can tell, is for a lady who looooves her make-up. M.A.C make-up to be precise. It was actually a really fun cake to make. All bits and bobs of make-up strewn all over a pink and purple make-up case, which in fact was chocolate biscuit cake.

Chocolate biscuit is by far the most popular requested cake I get. People just go mad for it. I've been quiet busy as of late and it has all been chocolate biscuit cakes. So I really feel the need to bake something spongy and creamy and sumptuous. Luckily berries are in full bloom around these parts so I have great plans for them.

My sister and I took my little nephew on a hunt last week, a hunt for blackberries. We live by an extremely scenic river and low and behold there was bushes upon bushes of blackberries. We got a bucket full, not being too greedy as there was other kids out foraging too. We got stung by nettles, scrapes from thorns, screamed at spiders but my lawd it was worth it. It made the yummiest blackberry jam. I'm usually not a fan but this sweet, gooey blackberry concoction was something! I didn't have a sugar thermometer so it is more of a conserve which I personally favour to jam. Smeared over homemade scones Saturday morning was just heaven.

So hopefully I shall be back with some bakes soon. The evenings are getting darker and theres a slight nip in the air. This seems to be the time my baking mojo kicks in......when I can cover all my indulgences up with a big jumper lol!

Have a great weekend folks.....I'm off to pick more blackberries...

Shirley x

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fondant Fridays: A Little Choo Choo cake

I think this could be one of the simplest cakes I have ever made. No muss, no fuss just a little guy who loves choo choos! I tried to get inventive with some tracks and a "tunnel" and to be honest the picture doesn't even do it justice. It was fabulously cute in real life. It was very much a "I don't want to cut it up situation" lol which I always find is a job well done.

It was a chocolate biscuit cake with the addition of raisins instead my usual malteasers. 

Happy September to ya'll! Got myself some fantastically fresh rhubarb out of my uncles garden which I cannot wait to get baking with. I'm thinking some rhubarb and custard muffins. Of course there will tarts and crumbles too, that's a given!