Baking just for fun

Over the last few weeks we have had  a couple of free cakes for kids orders to fulfil and a couple of birthdays which I wanted to mark with a cake but wanted to keep simple to keep the cost and time involved to a minimum as we have been busy bees here at Hours of Fun.    Rather than have to say no to cake when I am busy I like to come up with simple yet effective and delicious solutions that can be implemented instead.

Free cakes for kids latest bakes have been cupcakes – which were vanilla sponge with vanilla frosting and toffee sponge with banana frosting.  I also did a cake for a special music lover which was an 8 round decorated in black and white with musical notes.  Following making this cake I have added a musical notes cutter or mould onto my wish list!  The cake was vanilla sponge with jam and vanilla frosting for the filling.  I have also made a giant cupcake for a special girl’s birthday.Banana and toffee and cherry and almond cupcakes

 

Music birthday cake
Music birthday cake
Giant cupcake with bunting
Giant cupcake with bunting

 

For a friend of mine I made a 5 layer lemon sponge with lemon curd and vanilla frosting filling.  It was decorated with a sprinkle of icing sugar and only just fit inside the cake box it was so tall!    This was made using a 6” round tin.

4 tier lemon sponge cake

 

Another cake was made using a 6” heart shaped tin.  Again this was a lemon cake with lemon curd and vanilla frosting filling.  Covered in a layer of ready roll icing and decorated as a parcel using pink ready roll icing for the ribbon and bow.  I placed the cake slightly off centre on the board to allow room for a message to be added saying Happy Birthday.  This shows how a small cake on a small board can look really effective and keep the costs down.

Heart parcel
Heart parcel

 

For my nephews birthday we wanted to give him a cake but keep the idea simple as he is planning on having a birthday party in a few weeks which I will make a cake for him to have then too.  As I have been doing quite a bit of edible printing recently I decided to get a Guardian’s of the Galaxy print out done which could be placed on top of the cake.  The cake was then covered in stars to finish it off.  The picture was printed onto rice paper this time and is stuck to the cake using a little bit of frosting.  The cake was a chocolate sponge with vanilla flavoured filling.

Guardians of the galaxy
Guardians of the galaxy

 

Other bakes have been carrot cookies which went a little wrong!  Orange buscuits which were lovely.

carrot cookies Chocolate orange biscuits

 

Chocolate eclairs and a chocolate tart made by Kev which were both delicious.

chocolate tart chocolate eclairs

 

Double birthday weekend – lots of cakes to bake

On the Saturday we were off to Morecambe Football Club for my nephews 7th birthday party and a cake was needed to have after tea at my sisters.  The theme was set as football as the party was for the group to do some football training, then my nephew was the mascot for the team ahead of the game against Tranmere and then to finish off we were watching the match.

I made some cupcakes to take to the football match for us all to have at half time, then we sang Happy Birthday with cake and candles back at my sisters.

I borrowed my friend Lou Lou’s football tin, which is the easiest way to make a football cake.  The tin even has the hexagonal pattern marked on so when the cake is baked you can trace the pattern.

The board was decorated as a football pitch and the candles were placed on the board where the corner flags would be.

Football
Football

 

Sunday we were off to Olive restaurant in Liverpool City Centre to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday with a family meal.  I was keen to bake a giant cupcake as I hadn’t made one in a while and as the birthday girl’s favourite chocolates are Ferrero Rocher the design was sorted – a ferrero rocher giant cupcake!

I bought 2 packs fo chocolate fingers and covered the bottom of the cupcake with them.  I made some gold buttercream by adding gold colouring, then in a piping bag I placed down one side the gold buttercream and down the other side Chocolate buttercream.  When you mix two colours like this you can create a swirled effect when piping.  I used a large star nozzle and piped swirls around the top of the cupcake.  I then cut ferrero rocher in half and placed them around the top of the cake.  Sprinkled a little gold edible dust on top and the cake was done.

The gold colouring worked really well and gave the rich, golden look I was hoping for.

 

Ferrero rocher giant cupcake
Ferrero rocher giant cupcake

Fins ferrero rocher giant cupcake (1)

Giant Cupcakes – the love may be growing!

I have been keeping my distance from cupcakes for some time.  If I need to make some I will and I love making bite sized ones for home or work as you can get more out of a batch so perfect when sharing them out.

My friend Lou has been telling me to embrace Giant cupcakes for some time now and I am finally seeing the sense in her words!  I have done a few giant cupcakes recently and I treated myself to a new cupcake tin.  They are a fab creation that looks extra special for a birthday or celebration and be decorated in any colour with different piping designs.

My main concern with doing them is that I therefore have to prepare and pipe buttercream, which I have to admit is my least favourite task.  Everyone has their own dislike or chore in the kitchen and mine is buttercream!  I find it to be a rather messy job, that is rather involved when you need to prepare different colours and pipe different designs.  Give me a piping back with icing in any day and I will be happy to pipe on to a cake, the finer detail I find more interested than the buttercream piping.  I am on a mission to find a deliciously tasty buttercream/frosting that is ready made so I can reduce the amount of buttercream I have to deal with!  So far I have tried a few but I have only managed to find a delicious chocolate frosting but my supplier has now stopped selling it so the hunt is back on!  I will not accept just any replacement, it has to match buttercream in taste and texture.

Giant cupcakes are available to order from

Hours of Fun Cakes,

make contact if you want to order one.

£30 each including delivery in the Liverpool Area.