Chocolate Leaves

I’m continuing with my theme of decoration and learning how to make some pretty additions to my bakes and this week  I’ve used chocolate again this time to make chocolate leaves.

Although these leaves very effective they are not that hard do.  Having chosen some nice shaped leads from the garden I washed them and then painted the back of the leaves with melted chocolate.  The back of the leaf has a better imprint of the leaf veins than the front.  The chocolate leaves are then placed in the fridge to set and once set you carefully peel the leaf away from the chocolate.  This took a little practise and I did manage to break a few of my smaller leaves.

This is a really effective decoration and I’ve been thinking of other objects I could use to get an imprint off to use for decorating my bakes.

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Funday Sunday -Black Sheep Cupcakes

Hello

Last weekend I went up to London with my Mam and as a treat I got to go to The Hummingbird Bakery and try out their “black bottom cupcake” that I’ve read great reviews about.

The Black bottom cupcake is a chocolate cupcake with pieces of cheesecake in the cupcake topped with a cream cheese icing.

It was one of the nicest cupcakes I have ever tried! Because it was so nice I wanted to have a go at making one. and so this week I made Black Bottom cupcakes in the style of sheep (just because I like sheep)

They turned out really well and taste just like I remember them from the bakery.

Hope you all had a great weekend and I can’t wait to see you next Wednesday with my technical bake ohhhh and of course it’s episode one of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off sheep

 

Chocolate Doily

For my technical bake I thought I would try and work on my presentation so I had a go at making a chocolate doily.  These are a pretty way of displaying puddings or little homemade treats .

Normally you have to temper chocolate but as the doily doesn’t  need to have a shine  it’s not necessary to temper.  The doily below took a few attempts.  Its much harder to pipe chocolate than it is to draw on paper.  I obviously need to try this a few more times but I had great fun trying this out.

Hope you have a great week and I’ll be back on Sunday for my Funday SundayIMG_6894

Funday Sunday – “Tea Cup” Cakes

For this weeks “Funday Sunday” I made cupcakes that look like teacups.  It was a fun bake, made up of little sponge cakes.  Once cooled I put butter icing around the sides of the cake and then added some rolled out fondant as well as making a handle for each cup.  I then made a chocolate Ganache and put this on top of the sponges and to finish it off I sprinkled some mini marshmallows on top – Ta-dah!

Hope you had a good weekend and I’ll see you next sunday.

 

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Funday Sunday – Piggy Rolls

Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a great christmas and are starting an amazing new year.

To start off my new year, I thought that I would have a meddle about with my blog.  After lots of thinking of what I could do to make it more fun and interesting to read, I decided to do “Funday Sunday”.  As well as Funday Sunday I will be doing my technical bake, and posting that as usual on a wednesday.

Funday Sunday is where every Sunday I will post a fun bake.

Now what’s a better way than to spend your Sunday afternoon sitting next to the fire, with a cup of tea and sausage roll.  To me that is the perfect afternoon.

So for this weeks Funday Sunday I baked sausage rolls.  Or as I’m calling them “piggy rolls”.  The reason I have named them this is because on each sausage roll I have made a little pig face, out of pastry and pepper corns.

These look really sweet and look super impressive. IMG_4091IMG_4075