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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

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.

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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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

Sugar Junction.

I’ve been so excitied to tell you about this place, it is a little cafe on Tib Street in the Northern quater of Manchester.

Myself and friends have tried to go in a few times but it has always been fully booked, a couple of week ago we got ourselves organised and booked a table for afternoon tea doubling as a baby shower.

From the outside it always looks so appealing (even with the condensation driping down the windows) nice and homely and warm. You enter on the top floor and are greeted by waitresses wearing 1950s clothes, hair dos and make up. Our table was downstairs with two armchairs and a sofa like you’d find at your grans house. Every table had individual tableclothes and napkins.

We decided to go for the full afternoon tea and picked a drink from a large selection of tea we eventually went for peach, elderflower and builders tea. The waitresses kept re-filling the pots with hot water throughout our time there. the afternoon consisted of a selection of sandiwiches (goats cheese, salmon, ham and chutney and egg mayo). Scones with home made jam served in cute little jars, Homemade bakwell tarts, macaroon and chocolate praline fancies. All the food and drink were served on floral china and everything screamed cuteness!!

One of my friends had bought us a little bird brochue to wear each, it was such pleasant environment that my friends ended up missing two trains!!

We would all go back again, third time lucky and well worth the wait.

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Happy drooling 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

 

 

Sweet and Beautiful has a website.

Hello guys!!
Well it’s Sunday evening and its pouring down. Bye bye summer we never had!! 😉

So now we call all look forward to Halloween and bonfire night!! I’ve already started making my spooky treats.

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Next Weekend I have a wedding to attend for two people who are very dear to me. Also it’s the real food market in Royton on Sunday. So will be busy busy cooking and baking for that.

The most exciting news is my website has gone on line this week. So when you have a moment make yourself a brew and have a read.
It’s = http://www.sweetandbeau.com

Take care
Rose xxx