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Cherry coke and Orange cupcakes.

Hello my lovelies!!
How are you this evening?
Today I’m going to share with you two types of cupcakes I made over the summer. Both with chocolate sponge as their base.

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I made the cherry coke cupcakes for a musical festival that was organised to support the Manchester cancer hospital “Christie” the festival was called “Going up the country”. The organisers have a night called “Cherry Coloured Pop” so I thought cherry coke cupcakes would fit into the cherry pop theme pretty well.

I’ve found that using diet/coke zero gives the sponge more a flavour of coke than the full fat version does. I think because coke is so sugary the taste gets lost in the mix.
I poured the coke into my usual chocolate cake mix until I could taste it…if the mix gets too liquid just add a little more flour until the mix returns to a texture your happy with. This also works well with a mud cake recipe adapt your recipe likewise.

For the topping I make my usual buttercream recipe and added coco powder. That thickens it slightly so you can then let it down with cherry coke. Pipe on your cupcakes and decorate with cherry coke fizzy sweets. (I got mine from Asda 3 packs of sweets for £1 they also have cherry jelly sweets on that offer if you want to use them instead).

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I made the orange chocolate cupcakes for a friends birthday. I must admit I cheated here and used orange essence in the sponge.
For the topping I melted chocolate added it to my buttercream recipe with a bit of milk and some more essence. Then let to set in the fridge…I kept mixing it every so often as the chocolate in there will set hard you will need to pipe it before it does that.

To decorate I used marshmallows, chocolate drops, chocolate sprinkles, edible glitter and orange chocolate buttons, again you can get these from Asda. They also do strawberry chocolate if you fancy a vanilla and strawberry version.

That’s it folks…hope you want to go and bake cakes now, and if not the “Great British Bake Off” starts next Tuesday 20th August…that should get our baking juices flowing.

Have fun
Rose xxx

First time cakes

Hello folks,

Well it’s been a few months since I said hello. Hope your all happy and enjoyed the hot weather we had a few weeks ago.

I’ve had a few “first time” cake orders on, what I mean by that is the first time I’ve attempted to make a cake in that style.

I made a Juicy couture hand bag cake also a topsy turvy cake for one of our friends 30th birthdays.
I had so much fun making them probably too much ha ha. The 30th cake had a mix of a few different things our friend likes some where on his cake from “UP” the movie to a calypso theme, lets not forget his pet cat either.

I also attended a new food market outside the Lowry outlet centre in Salford. It was very windy and rained a lot on the second day. I did however meet a lot of nice people and traders.

I’m not too sure if you know but I am due to have a baby boy anytime really. He was due the 4th August so had already kept us waiting a few days.

Well nice talking to you again guys, I will try not to leave it too long next time.

Have fun Rose xxx

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White wedding

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Hello folks,
Hope your all happy n well and enjoying the weekend.
Here is a wedding cake I made last week ruffles vanilla, buttercream and jam filling.
I will post tomorrow will all the other things I’ve been up to the past month
Take care folks
Rose xxx

Sugar Flowers!!

Hello Guys,

Hope your all well and enjoying the weekend.

Today I am going to tell you about a sugar flower course I went on to imrove my skills. Sugar flowers were my demons. I have memories of trying to make orchids out of flower paste at college in the 90′s and nearly ending up in tears as the paste kept falling through the wire or the petals breaking as soon as they had dried.

I happened to get talking to a fellow tutor at college about sugar flowers and she told me she absoloutly loves making them. Also that she holds private lessons at her house with the other cake decorating teacher. So at a very reasonable £120 for four, three hour sessions I decided to go for it.

We made the following flowers; African Corn lilly, Iris, Poppies, Gerberas and Roses.

I learnt so much and now have the confidence to make flowers again. A big thank you to Rachel and Pauline for making sugar flowers fun.

If your interested contact them on http://www.prdesignacake.com

I have a few new and exciting cake orders coming up in the next few weeks so if you dont hear from me its not because I dont love you anymore. You will however get to see my creations…that is of course they all go to plan.

Take care

Rose xxxx

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The hot chocolate kit.

The hot chocolate kit..

The hot chocolate kit.

Hello folks,

Tonight I’m going to tell you about an idea I had for the May Royton market. Alas it didnt really go down too well..I fact I sold none!! A good friend pointed out it probably wasn’t the best time of year to try and sell them, I think she was right seeing that the sun had come out to play that day!! I’m not going to make any more until at least October then maybe have a few different flavours.
Well at least I made a few freinds happy by giving them a kit.

Here’s how to make them….instrutions will be included in the next batch.

1, Put your PJ’s on and turn on your TV in time for your fave TV show or get the DVD player ready.

2, Select a large mug from your cupboard then put aprox enough milk to fill that mug in a pan and bring to the boil.

3, Pour the cocoa powder into the cup, you may want to add some sugar you can either do this now or at the end after tasting it.

4, When the milk has boiled pour into the cup stiring to disolve the cocoa powder.

5, Now add your chocolate stick and stir it in the milk until it has all disolved.

6, Add your marshmellows then try not to drink it before you sit down. (it nearly didnt make it out of my kitchen I loved it so much)

mmmmm a nice cup of chocolatey gooey goodness!!

Enjoy and have fun folks

Rose xxxxx

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April Markets.

Hello,

Hope your all well and happy!!

Well I managed to complete the challenge of a blog a day for a working week however not a seven day week lol!!

Since Easter I have been busy with the regular Royton market and a one off Market in Shaw (also in the Oldham area)

I made a few new products but also kept the favourites…I would’t dare not too!!

I also made a spiderman cake and have a few other exciting things in the planning stages…all to be revealed at a later date.

Next Saturday morning I will attend and complete a four part sugar flower course, I have taken photos along the way to share with you.

Enjoy your Sunday night and have a nice week.

Take care folks

Rose xxxx.

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