Saturday, 28 September 2013

Few more of my favourite bakes

Made this ruffle cake for my god-daughters 1st Birthday. Its a chocolate cake filled with Nutella buttercream piped with pink and Nutella flavour ruffles. Love the two colours together, so pretty!


 My all time favourite colour combination, simple rose swirsl but so beautiful.


Made this cake and these red velvet cupcakes for my nan's 80th birthday, so glad everyone enjoyed them.


 Mango and coconut mousse cakes.


 Chocolate ganache macarons.


Chocolate pastel swirl cake.



Mango mousse cake with vanilla swiss rolls.


I just adore these, my favourite cupcake gift box.


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Chocolate & Orange Gateau From BBC GoodFood Magazine


When I saw this months BBC GoodFood magazine cover cake, I knew that I had to have a go at the recipe definitely a statement cake! With chocolate and orange flavour sponges, orange flavour buttercream, covered with chocolate icing.



For the cake, you need to make 3 orange and 3 chocolate rectangular sponge and a pair of round chocolate sponge but I decided to make a slightly smaller version so made 2 of each rectangular sponge instead of the 3 to save a bit of time.

The cake is a lot easier to make than you think! Simply by trimming off the edges of  the rectangular sponges and then cutting it into 2 equal stripes and then start rolling!

I was suppose to use butter in the recipe but I chose to use vegetable oil instead, so the sponges turned out a lot softer and delicate than it was suppose to. I had to be extra careful rolling up the sponge as a few slices was starting to break but glad you can't see my mistakes.



Such a fun cake to make!

Tasted lovely too!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Nutella Cheesecake

I was so happy when I put this simple, yummy cheesecake recipe together, couldn't wait to share this with you all! Hope you will like this recipe as much as I do!


I came up with this recipe, all to do with the unopened jar of Nutella which has been in my cupboard for the past 6 months. I knew if it continues to stay there, I will just end up opening the jar and start eating it with a spoon! Haha yes i'm that bad! So I thought maybe I can make a cheesecake with it and i'm so glad that I did! It's my new favourite cheesecake recipe now. Quick and easy to make and simply delicious!

Serves 12
Ingredients 
2 packets Oreos (154g packets)
80 grams unsalted butter (melted)
400 grams philadelphia cream cheese (full fat)
300 ml double cream or whipping cream (lightly whipped)
300 grams Nutella 
2 tablespoons of cold water
2 teaspoons of gelatin
12 Ferrero Rocher (optional) Or use some fresh fruit to decorate

  • Lightly grease a 8 inch springfoam tin or a mousse ring with unsalted butter. Remove the fillings of the Oreos. Discard the filling. Finely crush the Oreo biscuit and put them in a bowl. Add in the melted butter and mix till well combined. Lightly press the mixture over the greased tin evenly. Refrigerate while you make the cheesecake mixture.
  • Put the 2 tablespoons of cold water in a small bowl, add in the gelatin and place the bowl into a saucepan of simmering water (water bath) but make sure the water in the saucepan doesn't bubble into your bowl of gelatin. When the gelatin have dissolved, turn off heat and set aside until needed.
  • In a large bowl whip the philadelphia cheese until smooth. Add the Nutella and whip till its well combined.
  • Add in the dissolved gelatin and mix well (gelatin should be like liquid, if it has turned into jelly heat it back in the saucepan.
  • In another small bowl whip the cream till soft peaks (make sure not to over whip the cream) Gently fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture till combined and pour into the prepared biscuit base. Spread and smooth out the mixture evenly with a palette knife.
  • Chill for 4-5 hours, ideally overnight.
Un-mould the cheesecake and cut into 12 equal pieces. Place a Ferrero Rocher on top of each slice or decorate with some fresh fruits.
                         
Light, smooth and creamy!

Enjoy! 
Remember to leave a comment below if you've tried the recipe, I would love to know what you think of my recipe. You can also tweet me a picture on Twitter of your cheesecake or show me on Instagram xx

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Ombre Rose Petal Cake

Another one of my favourite cakes. I made this one to to take over to my lovely friend, to surprise her, the inside is a chocolate cake, her favourite!

Sometimes if i'm feeling and having a particular rubbish day, I like to make a cake. I bake a cake, decorate it, make it look pretty! Although it doesn't solve any problems but working through a recipe, you don't have time to concentrate on anything else and it can be de-stressing. Seeing a positive reaction my cake have on others gives me that extra shot of happiness too!


 
I don't make this cake that often as everytime I finish piping one, it's gives me very sore wrists. These blue ombre and chocolate petal cake I made last year, but making this pink ombre one was a much easier as it was a much smaller cake.

A close up!
Almost too pretty to eat :)

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Chocolate Cake with Fresh Raspberry Buttercream, Chocolate Ganache and Raspberry Macarons


This has got to be my favourite cake that I made this year so far! I love everything about it, the colour, the chocolate drizzle and macarons, it just puts a big smile on my face :)

Been mad about macarons this year! So I decided to decorated the cake with these pastel blue macarons filled with the left over raspberry buttercream.

With four layers of chocolate sponge, filled and covered with fresh raspberry buttercream and it's the chocolate ganache drizzle which gives the cake that wow factor!

I always look forward to cutting the first slice as I get excited to see how the the layers look.

The cake screams EAT ME!