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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

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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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Pancake day….take two!!

Hello there,

So its snowing again and myeyes are still stinging from walking the dog in a blizzard and getting snow blown into them.

Tonight’s post is about pancakes yummy, I took these photos on pancake day and yes didn’t post them to you!! They are really easy to make and are nice for breakfast especaily at the weekend when its cold outside 😉

1, Put about 200g of flour in a bowl with 50g caster sugar and 1tsp of salt.

2, Whisk an egg and put into the bowl, I then add milk and whisk at the same time until I get a batter that just coats the back of spoon. Whisk like crazy to ensure you have no lumps.

3, Put a non stick pan onto the heat until it smokes, take the pan off the heat and wipe out with kitchen cloth.

4, Put the pan back on the heat with some oil and wait until the oil is smokey (wont take long) then pour in a little of the panckae mix.

5, You will notice the mix dry, bubble and come away from the edge of the pan, it is now safe to try and turn/flip it over.

6, When the pancake has been turned over  it only needs about 30 seconds to colour that is if the pan is hot enough.

7, Place onto your plate and serve how you like it!! This year I had mine with blackberry compot and chocolate Philadelphia.

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Have fun and enjoy

Rose xxx

Real Royton Food Market (Feb & March)

Hello,

As there was no market in January we were all eagar to go in Febuary even though the weather was shocking and it was more of a challenge to stay dry rather than warm. My stall had Valentines theme with chocolate heart lollies, chocolate kisses and red velvet and heart shaped cake pops. All the usual favourites were back including the Rainbow cake that I mistakenly replaced with Christmas battenburg at the December market.

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The March market was of course Spring Easter theme and the sun even made a little appearance when the clouds blew over. If you read yesterdays post the Easter gifts were on sale and available to order with a few mother day gifts.

 

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The next market is on April the 7th and there will be a one off market in Shaw the following Sunday, hope to see you there.

Have fun folks

Rose xxxx

Easter Gifts.

Hello Folks,

Today I am going to share with you a selection from Sweet and Beautifuls Easter range

Easter cookies, choose from s flat shortbread cookies all wrapped up in box with tissue and a ribbon. Or choose a three tiered shortbread cookie with bespoke designs.

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Chick and bunny pop cakes dipped in orange and strawberry chocolate.

 

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Choose from small, medium, large or mini chocolate eggs. mini eggs can be filled with wither strawberry/caramel filling or if you prefer I could make them solid chocolate

 

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Goodnight Folks,

Rose xxxx