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Saturday, 26 February 2011

The Weekends Cakes

Some lovely celebrations going on this weekend, I love being asked to make cakes for peoples special day. And quite often people will cry when they see their cake(in a good way). Which always reminds you of  how important it is to make the cake extra special and unique for each person. Any way here's this weekends cakes......

Our Day At Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater factory in stoke is only a 25 minute drive for us and was somewhere i'd always wanted to go.I love her pottery and wasn't disappointed with the factory either. We got there for 3pm (make sure you book first!) And got seated around a table the room is lovely with a cafe and polka dot bunting hanging from the ceiling. The children each chose a plate to decorate and we were given a demo to show us how to do it. There were so many colours and shaped sponges to choose from.Emily did her plate very grown up and "cool" with reds and blacks and london bus's.Charlie chose a football theme. Sophies plate was decorated like a garden. Max's plate was cute with dinosaurs in different colours and williams was made with spaceman, rockets and planets. Can't wait to see them when they've been fired.Should be about 10 days when I can pick them up.Although they will post them out to you.
Before we left we had to have a look around the factory shop and came home with a beautiful heart jug for my kitchen window and richard brought my mum a lovely mug. We've decided to go back at easter when they are having little chicks delivered. Thank you to everyone at emma bridgewater we know we have a big loud family and were made to feel welcome.
http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/

Friday, 25 February 2011

Penguin Cupcakes

I was asked to make some penguin cupcakes and here they are:

So cute I'd love to make this into a big cake with them on different tiers on "snow".

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Keyboard cake, Banana loaf and parcel from vintage amethyst!!

  Today started off lovely had a parcel from Vintage Amethyst. I'd only ordered yesterday and today they arrived beautifully wrapped.One present was for my sister for her new home...she loved it.The other was little heart chalk boards which I will use on my stall when I do craft and market fairs . And the other was a pretty bird feeder. My children were very excited, we put an apple on it and hung it on the garden arch.Thank you Vintage Amethyst so pleased with them. You will be my first place I order from for birthday presents. Check out the website http://www.vintageamethyst.co.uk/  (below is our bird feeder)
After working till quite late last night I managed to finish the keyboard cake. It was ordered as a present for a friend who played the keyboard on his bed. I made the little man and bed out of icing and all the music sheets were also handmade. I was really pleased how it turned out and the customer loved it too.
Whilst the oven was on today I decided to make banana loaf.I got the recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery book. Richard and I were lucky to go to London last year and I had to hunt down the bakery...we nearly missed the train because I had to find it! So glad we did it was lovely in there I'm a big fan. Any way whenever there are over ripe bananas going brown in the fruit bowl I make this recipe.Its Charlies favourite and always comes out fab.
270g soft light brown sugar
2 eggs
200g bananas mashed
280g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
140g unsalted butter melted

loaf tin


Preheat the oven 170 (350 F) gas 3
Put the sugar and eggs in electric mixer and beat well, beat in mashed bananas
Add the flour, baking powder, bicarb of soda,cinnamon and ginger to the mixture. mix thoroughly add melted butter.
Pour all the mixture in greased loaf tin an cook for about 1 hour until firm to the touch and skewer comes out clean.
Leave to cool on a wired rack and enjoy .... yummy!

the Hummingbird Bakery have a new cook book coming out 17th March so look out for it...will be on my list for mothers day....HINT HINT if you read this children or even husband!!!!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Home Made Tomato Soup Recipe

Today i made a home made tomato soup which is always a great hit with all my children. Its easy,quick, healthy and yummy with crusty buttered rolls.
55g/2oz butter
1 onion finely chopped
700g/1lb 9oz tomatoes chopped
Salt and Pepper
600ml/1 pint  vegetable stock
50ml single cream
pinch basil
pinch parsley

1.Melt the butter in a large pan add the chopped onion and cook on a low heat for 5 mins,stir occasionally
2.Add the tomatoes season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 mins
3. Pour in the stock return to hob and boil reduce heat cook for 10 minutes.
4. Put the soup into a blender until all the lumps have gone.
5. Return to the saucepan and stir in cream, and herbs, heat but do not boil.... serve with crusty bread...enjoy!

Monday, 21 February 2011

Cupcakes And Homemade Playdough!

This weeks special offer on facebook "the cupcake queen" is chocolate orange cupcakes...yummy!
Chocolate orange sponge with choc orange buttercream and a slice of terry's chocolate on top. £5 for a box of 4.
Also this week is half term so trying to think of lots to keep the children occupied.... today i made homemade playdough.This is always a great success with my kids and this recipe has to be the best I've found. Which is a Tana Ramsay recipe.I know its not a cake recipe but if you've got children once you've made this it'll keep them occupied for hours!
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
food colouring
2 tbsp vegetable oil.

mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. If using a mixer then put on the dough hook.If the mix is too sticky add more flour and if too dry add a bit more water.
Turn out onto a floured board and kneed well.
This playdough will keep for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge......heres sophie max and william with their playdough today x

Sunday, 20 February 2011

welcome home and yummy cupcakes

Today my hubbie came back from Mexico, he'd gone on a business trip for business manager of the year. He works for BMW last year he won it in the uk this year he came second! so proud of him. So I thought what nicer way to say welcome home than a yummy Victorian sponge with double cream and strawberry jam. And it was very yummy the kids loved it.
Also had two orders of cupcakes go out this weekend one was for Rocky Road which I think are my favourite at the moment.They were for a birthday so I put the cakes in red cases and added a bit of edible red glitter too.
The other order was for musical cupcakes. The little boy who's birthday it was plays the keyboard so each cupcake had a handmade icing musical note and a tag with each child's name on. The cupcakes were  individually wrapped with ribbon. 


 Its half term this week so i've only took a few orders.I'm hoping to find some great places to take the children.....Happy half term everyone...   xx

Friday, 18 February 2011

GIANT CUPCAKES AND AWARDS !!

Today started lovely I went to school to see charlie (above) get an award for achievement.His award was for gymnastics with help from his assistant he did a forward roll and backwards roll.As you can probably tell charlie has cerebral palsy and unable to walk. So this was a huge thing for him....tears were streaming down my face I really tried not to cry. So proud of him this is the little boy who doctors told us would not walk or talk or feed himself.Ok so we know he wont walk but if that doctor could see him now he would have to take back everything else !! He amazes me with how he gets on with life he has the best sense of humor.I hope one day you read this charlie and know I have always been proud to say I'm your mummy xxx

So after that rather emotional start to the morning had to make 2 boxes of banoffee cupcakes ready to be collected with the 2 in 1 cake..... after tea the cake was collected and i'm so glad to say that she thought it was fab!!!!   PHEW
It was so tricky to get every detail in the cake. But here as promised is a photo of the cake
So this is the blue side and had to have builder things and dad and age 60 on
And this is the pink side for the customers sister, with shoes and handbags and Tory on.

I hope they enjoyed tucking into this cake(it was chocolate fudge)and happy birthday to Tory and Martin x




http://the-cupcake-queen-stafford.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Moving, baking, and being a mum!!

  Another busy day today, William has managed to go back to playschool now that his chicken pox has gone, he looked like he was pleased to see everyone. So was I, a day to myself to get things done before half term next week....or so I thought.
  My sister and her fiance and little baby are moving into the street next to me and so the day turned into helping them with moving and waiting for keys! !  I ended up with little baby Logan who was an angel...bless him he's so beautiful. (I know i'm biased)



So then quick dash to school to fetch children who then all wanted to see my sisters house :)
  After feeding, writing birthday invitations with sophie, bathing, stories and bed, all 5 children were asleep. So back into the kitchen to tackle this 2 cakes into 1. So worried how I was going to do it. One side has girly shoes and is pink the other side is builder and blue. I'll put photos on tomorrow after it has been picked up. Fingers crossed she likes it.  Any way for tonight I need to sleep going to see Charlie's assembly tomorrow, hes been given an award so that should be fun, then more baking!!
Good night xx

 
   
 

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Lovely Chocolate Fudge Recipe




INGREDIENTS

110g/4oz butter
110g/4oz good quality chocolate
80ml water
65g /2oz self-raising flour
65g/2oz plain flour
25g/1oz coco powder (fair trade) 
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
240g/8 oz caster sugar
2 free range eggs
4 teaspoon vegetable oil
60ml/ 2floz sour cream


Make....
1. Preheat the oven to 160 (350f/gas mark 2-3)
2. Line the base of tin (6inch) or put cases in tray (14 approx)
3. Gently melt butter, chocolate, and water in a pan
4. Put all the dry ingredients into mixing bowl
5. In seperate bowl mix eggs oil and sour cream
6. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients and mix well add the butter mix and mix again
7. Pour mixture into tin/ cases don't worry its supposed to be runny
8. Bake until springy and skewer comes out clean. about 1 hour for big cake about 20 minutes for cases.
9. Decorate with lots of buttercream and enjoy!!!



make and let me know how you get on....Happy baking! love kelly xx

Busy week!

After a very hectic weekend of making valentines day cupcakes I thought i was in for a quiet week, but as always just as I say that I get phone calls for more orders not that I'm complaining! I've had my youngest poorly with chicken pox and my husband is away in mexico (lucky him!)
The orders this week are for yummy Rocky road cupcakes for a birthday and some banoffee pie from one of my regular customers also some musical birthday cupcakes and an unusual request for 1 giant cupcake but for 2 people!!
So one side of this giant cupcake will be for her sister with hand bags and shoes and the other side will be for her dad with builder decorations on..... erm not sure how i'll do this yet but love a challenge....i'll put photos on when i've mastered it.... for now i've put a photo on of a box of valentine cupcakes.
So today more baking, and then i'm going to carry on with uploading my photos onto my website....its looking good  xx 

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Day one of blog!!!

So after mastering face book and also twitter I now have a website almost ready...www.thecupcakequeen.co.uk and thought all those are great but would like a blog too. So here is the start of it. I run a small business making yummy cupcakes and cakes, i am a mum of 5 children and married so plenty to blog about!!  along with showing my creations i wanted to be able to share recipes that i have tried and tested so heres the place i will do this  xx