Passion Fruit Chiffon Cake

Passion Fruit Chiffon Cake

Hiya!

The end of winter is now in sight which makes me very happy. As exciting as falling snow is, grey sludge the next day is not fun! These dark days have me longing for sunshine and anything bright and happy.

This post is mostly about how I decorated this cake and what I learnt, with the recipe thrown in at the end.

I decided I wanted a sunny buzzy bee theme for this cake. I made oval macarons which I filled with the same filling as the cake and then used edible marker to decorate the shells. I used 2 almond slithers for the wings which were just pushed into the filling.

I made 300g of American buttercream to crumb coat the cake and then covered the cake in yellow Candymelts to look like honey comb. I did this using a clean piece of bubbles wrap.

It’s the first time I’ve used the bubble wrap method and here’s what I learnt.

I think the outcome would look more natural if the bubble wrap was cut on the diagonal instead of straight. I will do this again as I love the outcome but I’d definitely cut the bubble wrap differently.

When measuring how much you need to go on your cake add at least 2 cm extra as once the candy melts are spread into the wrap it will not fit exactly.

Cut the bubble wrap about 3 cm taller than your cake, this way you have some bubble wrap to hold which doesn’t have chocolate on. I think the wrapping looks best a little taller than your cake too.

Candymelts set quickly so you will need to work quickly. Follow the instructions on the bag to melt the whole bag. Your cake will have been in the fridge setting your crumb coat and while it is still very cold wrap your cake. I laid the bubble wrap in line with the edge of the table I was working on. Spread the melted Candymelts evenly on top and lay your cake on its side with the base of the cake lining up with the edge of the bubble wrap. Start at one end of the bubble wrap and roll the cake with the already attached bubble wrap along the length the the bubble wrap covering your cake. Stand it up and leave it for a few mins before peeling the bubble wrap off carefully.

Passion Fruit Chiffon Cake

220g plain flour

175g caster sugar

1,5tsp baking powder

0,5tsp salt

60ml sunflower oil

3 large eggs

1 lemon zested

100ml unsweetened passion fruit juice

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Preheat the oven to 165°C.

Line the bottom of 2 x 5″ tins with a circle of baking paper.

Sift together the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk to ensure evenly distributed.

Make a well in the middle and add oil, egg yolks, lemon zest and passion fruit juice. Mix until smooth.

In a clean bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.

Fold yolk mixture into beaten egg whites 1/4 at a time until just mixed.

Gently pour batter equally into the two prepared tins.

Bake for 30-35 mins until the top springs back when lightly pressed.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 mins before removing from the tins.

Passion Fruit filling

3tsp cornflour

1/2 cup passion fruit purée

2 TBS heavy cream

85g white chocolate chips

90g butter

2 TBS caster sugar

In a small saucepan whisk sugar and cornflour.

Add the passion fruit purée & cream and whisk together.

Bring to the boil while whisking continuously, turn the heat down to medium and continue whisking until thick, about 4 mins.

Remove from the heat & whisk in white chocolate chips until melted. Let cool slightly and whisk in butter.

Allow to cool completely before filling your cake. This could be made the day before and kept in the fridge over night.

Wow, this has turned into a very long blog post, if you lasted to the end and could make sense of my descriptions, congratulations! I hope you found it useful.

Cxx

Chocolate Woodland Cake

Chocolate Woodland Cake

Hiya!

Happy New Year Lovely’s! I hope you all had a fabulous festive season with family and friends. I’m really excited for 2018, I love nothing more than starting a new planner, writing up my hopes and goals for a new year and working to reach them.

This blog will have a few changes this year, trying to bake, take pics, edit and write a post every week is rather constraining on my creativeness. I will rather post twice a month and hope to have a beautiful cake using different techniques and one other recipe to share. I will still be baking all the time and sharing pics and sometimes recipes on Instagram and Facebook so if you don’t follow me yet, make sure to find me so you don’t miss out.

I recently made this gorgeous woodland themed chocolate cake. I used my Chocolate Sponge Cake Recipe (below), filled it with dark chocolate ganache, covered it with chocolate American Buttercream and chocolate bark shards. I decorated it using American buttercream which was piped onto the chocolate bark, I used a grass tip for the grass and added cute little ladybug and toadstool macarons to bring it to life. The door was made with polymer clay which is safe to use on food but is not edible.

Chocolate Sponge Cake – 6″ tins

225g softened butter

225g soft brown sugar

4 eggs

1tsp vanilla extract

200g plain flour

55g cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 160°C and line the base of your 6″ tins with a circle of baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar, until pale and fluffy.

On a medium speed add eggs one at a time mixing each in completely before adding the next.

Add vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and ensure everything is evenly mixed.

In a separate bowl sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder and using a whisk mix evenly. Add half the dry mixture to the wet and combine. Scrape down the sides and mix in the other half.

Evenly divide your mixture between the two cake tins and spread it out evenly.

Bake at 160°C for 30-35 mins until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Chocolate Ganache

500g dark chocolate

200g cream

On half power on your microwave, heat the chocolate until softened but not melted.

Heat cream until almost boiling. Pour cream over chocolate and stir until glossy.

Chocolate Shards

Gently melt chocolate in the microwave until smooth and spreadable. Cut 2 sheets of parchment paper long enough to wrap around your cake plus a little overlap. Pour melted chocolate onto baking or parchment paper and spread into a thin layer. Place the second sheet of paper on top and roll into a tube. Secure loosely with a band or clip ensuring not to dent the paper. Once cooled and solidified, slowly unroll the paper creating bark shaped slithers to attach to your cake.

I hope you enjoyed this post and get a chance to bake a chocolate cake to enjoy with family and friends. If you have any ideas or requests of recipes you’d like to see in the future, please leave a comment below.

Cxx

PB&J Chocolate Cake

PB&J Chocolate Cake

Hiya!

This is one of my favourite flavour combinations, peanut butter and chocolate just go together amazingly and last week happened to be my birthday! So… happy birthday to me and I got to scoff my favourite cake! It was made up of 4 layers of chocolate fudge cake, strawberry jam filling and peanut butter Swiss meringue buttercream. It was decorated with hand piped buttercream flowers using the fabulous White Flower Cake Shop piping tip 402. I’m still getting to grips with this tip but I am very happy with how my flowers turned out.

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

(Makes 2 x 6″ cakes each cut in half to make 4 layers)

265g self-raising flour

3 ¾ TBS cocoa

1 ½ tsp bicarbonate soda

225g caster sugar

3 eggs

225ml sunflower oil

225ml milk

2 tsp vanilla

1 TBS Nestle caramel (or other thick caramel)

Preheat the oven to 170°C

Line both tins with parchment paper, it makes removing the cake much easier.

Sieve self-raising flour, cocoa and bicarbonate soda into a bowl and stir in the caster sugar.

In another bowl whisk the eggs, add milk, oil, vanilla and caramel and whisk together.

Add liquid mixture to flour mixture and mix well. It will be quite runny.

Pour equally into the prepared cake tins.

Bake for 25-30 mins until a skewer comes out clean.

Cool in the tins for 5 mins before removing to a wire rack.

Once the cake is cool you can start to decorate it. I made Swiss Meringue Buttercream from my recipe here and added 3/4 of a cup of peanut butter just before it was ready.

I warmed 4 TBS of strawberry jam in the microwave and then pushed it through a small sieve to ensure no lumps or seeds were in it.

Once the cake is filled, stacked and crumb coated make sure it has enough time in the fridge to firm up before you start to decorate it.

I divided the remaining buttercream into different bowls and coloured it as I wished. I covered the cake before piping the flowers. You do not need to pipe directly into the cake, if you pipe onto parchment paper first and then place them into the fridge for 30 mins, they will be stable enough to move with an offset spatula.

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Enjoy your cake! I hope you feel inspired to try this recipe and enjoy decorating it. If you do please tag me in the pic, I’d love to see!

Cxx

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

Hiya!

This week I had the pleasure of making a birthday cake for a friend who happened to mention that she loves lemon meringue pie. This tied in very well with lasts weeks blog post of Lemon Meringue Cupcakes. One of the things I enjoy most about baking is the creativity and science behind baking and recreating something as classic as a Lemon Meringue Pie.

For this cake I baked a lemon zest and essence sponge cake, filled layers with lemon curd and covered the cake in Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream. I decorated it with a white chocolate sail and French Meringues.

Lemon Sponge Cake Recipe

225g butter (softened)

225g caster sugar

4 eggs

225g plain flour

1tsp baking powder (heaped)

Zest of 1 lemon

1tsp lemon essence

Line two 6″ cake tins.

Preheat the oven to 175°C

Cream the butter and the caster sugar until light & fluffy.

Add 1 egg at a time, scrap down the sides and ensure the mixture is all well combined.

Add the lemon zest and essence.

Sieve and add the flour and the baking powder. Mix until combined.

Divide the mixture between the 2 tins and bake for 30-35 mins.

Allow to cool in the tins for 5 mins before removing to a wire rack.

If you would like to recreate the cake pictured here, you can find my Meringue Recipe and Buttercream Recipes through these links.

I hope you enjoy the recipe.

Cxx

Baked Blueberry Cheesecake

Baked Blueberry Cheesecake

Hiya!

Yesterday was National Cheesecake Day, how exciting that Cheesecake has it’s own day! I just love all of these mini celebrations from around the world, I think it is a great way to show unity and togetherness with different people from around the world.

I love cheesecake, especially my Mom’s cheesecake. It always turns out better than mine and I don’t get to eat it very often but when we visited South Africa last month I was lucky enough to get some! So this time I decided to mix it up a little and add the blueberries to my cheesecake and it turned out great.

Baked Blueberry Cheese Cake

Prepare an 8″ pie dish or springform tin. If using the spring form tin, be sure to line the sides with a layer of baking paper, ensuring it goes just down into the join of the base and the side to decrease any leakage.

Blueberries:
200g fresh blueberries
50g caster sugar

Wash and place the blueberries into a saucepan.
Cover with sugar and heat on medium until it starts to bubble.
Give it a stir and leave it to simmer for 3-4 mins.
Turn off the heat and allow to cool a bit until required.

Pie case:
125g butter (softened)
45g caster sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
135g plain flour

Cream the butter and sugar until pale.
Add the egg and beat well.
Add sifted flour and baking powder.
Spread the dough into the spring form tin. I used an offset spatula to get it level.
Use a teaspoon to drip half the blueberry mixture onto the uncooked base and spread it around a bit.

Filling:
450g cream cheese
2 eggs
45g caster sugar
30g plain flour
200ml milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Juice of half a lemon

Beat the cream cheese and eggs very well.

Add sugar and mix, add flour and mix.
Pour in the milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice and mix well.
This mixture will be very runny and if you use a spring form tin you will need to be quick about getting it into the preheated oven.

Pour the filling gently onto the uncooked base.
Bake at 180° for 25-30 mins until the mixture is set.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 mins. Add the remaining blueberry mixture to the top of the cheesecake with a teaspoon.
Once completely cool, place it into the fridge as it really does taste best cold!

Enjoy your Baked Blueberry Cheesecake!

Cxx

Coffee Meringue Dessert Stack

Coffee Meringue Dessert Stack

Hiya!

I have a very short post for you tonight as I am currently on holiday in South Africa.

There are so many very beautiful miniature cakes around that I decided to make an adult gluten free version. Pastel meringue disks layered with coffee cream!

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Meringue Recipe

3 egg whites

Caster sugar (double the weight of the egg whites)

1tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180°C, weigh your egg whites into your mixing bowl and allow to warm to room temperature.

Weigh double the amount of caster sugar as the weight of your eggs in a heat proof bowl and place in the oven for 5 mins.

Start to beat your egg whites and when they look foamy remove the sugar from the oven and turn the temp down to 100°C.

Spoon the hot sugar slowly into the egg whites while beating, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Add vanilla extract.

Once you reach stiff peak stage (short pointy peaks that do not fall back on themselves) stop and divide the mixture into 4 smaller bowls.

Choose 4 gel food colours and start to colour your meringue. The colour will fade slightly with baking, so you may want to make it slightly brighter than you want them to turn out.

I drew round circles (about 4″ wide) on my baking paper, turned the paper upside down and pipped 3 circles of meringue in each colour. I kept the pink for the tops of the meringue and pipped these with a 1M Wilton piping tip to look like flowers.

Bake at 100°C for 1hour 30mins.

Allow to cool completely before starting the filling.

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Coffee Cream Filling

250ml whipping cream

1tsp caster sugar

1tsp instant coffee (heaped)

Pour the cream into a bowl to whip.

Add caster sugar and coffee.

Start whipping, once it is thick enough that it doesn’t slide when you tip the bowl you are done but be careful not to over whip of you’ll end up with coffee butter!

Place a tip in a piping bag and full it with the coffee cream.

Pipe a circle of coffee cream onto your first meringue disk and then stack and fill the rest. There is a piping & stacking video on Instagram and Facebook.

Once you’ve stacked them, they will need to be kept in the fridge and eaten with 2 hours before the meringue begins to dissolve with the moisture from the cream.

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Enjoy as a light summer dessert and think about me as it is the middle of winter in South Africa!

xx

Raspberry & White Chocolate Unicorn Cake

Raspberry & White Chocolate Unicorn Cake

Hiya,

I’m super excited about this week! I’ve wanted to make a unicorn cake for ages and finally I did! Also there are 4 more sleeps (can you tell I have kids?) until we go on holiday to South Africa and I get to see my family! Yay!

Firstly you will need some gumpaste or florist paste which dries hard, to make your horn & ears. I used white as finding colours can be difficult. I rolled a tube of gumpaste with either end tapered to a point, folded it in half and then twisted it together. I pushed a cake pop stick up the middle so that I could secure the horn to the cake. I also used a tiny bit is edible glue to stick the horn so that it didn’t unravel as it dried. You need to make the horn well ahead of time as it is thick and takes a while to dry.

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Next I rolled out some gumpaste and used a raindrop shaped cutter to cut out the ears. I coloured the center in with pink edible marker and pinched the bottom closed to make the ear shape.

Once the horn was dry I used gold food paint to paint it gold.

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Raspberry and Vanilla Cake Recipe

(makes 3 x 6″ round cakes)

338g butter softened

338g caster sugar

6 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

338g plain flour

3 tsp baking powder

60g freeze dried raspberries

Cream the butter & sugar together until pale and fluffy

Add 1 egg at a time, mixing it in before adding the next.

Add vanilla extract. Ensure with each step that you scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula to ensure everything is well mixed.

Sift flour & baking powder and add to the butter mixture, mix until just combined.

Time to add the freeze dried raspberries! The bag I bought were all whole raspberries which are pretty for decoration but better crushed for a cake. Tip the raspberry pieces into the mixture and mix until evenly combined.

I always line the base of my cake tins as the cake comes out so easily this way. Divide the mixture evenly between your tins and level using an offset spatula.

Bake at 160°C for 30-35 mins. Check the cake is done by inserting a skewer into the middle of the cake, it should come out clean. If you think the top of the cake is starting to look too dark but the cake is not ready yet, place a sheet of baking paper over the top while in the oven.

Remove from the oven & cool in the tin for 5 mins before removing to a wire rack.

I made Swiss Meringue Buttercream to decorate the cake, you can find my recipe in the link above and I made 1 and a half times the recipe. I melted and cooled 2/3 cup of white chocolate and slowly poured into into the completed icing.

In 3 smaller bowls I placed 100g of icing each and coloured each bowl a different colour, pink, teal & lilac.

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Level your cake layers to all the same size and I also trimmed off the darker outer layer and the base using a bread knife.

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Stack & crumb coat your cake and place in the fridge for an hour. It was super hot the day I did this and I was terrified the finished cake was going to slide apart as once the horn & ears go on, it cannot go back into the fridge!

Ice the outer layer of your cake and level the top. I placed the horns and ears on before I started piping. Pipe your unicorns mane using the different coloured icing, I also used 3 different piping tips.

Colour a small amount of left over icing black for the eyes. I used a round cookie cutter to mark out where the eyes should be and then pipped the eyes using a 2 piping tip.

Stand back & admire your magical unicorn. I was lucky enough to receive a picture of my cake at the venue, which made me very happy!

Cxx

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