Sugar Calla Lily Tutorial

Calla Lily Tutorial

Calla Lily Tutorial

Calla Lily Tutorial

Sugar flowers are a beautiful way to dress any cake. Calla Lilys are one of the easiest to make, yet make a simple and effective style statement. The key is to maintain the right thickness of the paste and focus tremendously on the neatness of every step, and hence the over all result. Because of the simplicity of its design, it is important that the petals are neatly cut and folded cleanly. In the following sugar calla lily tutorial, I have demonstrated the process step by step in pictures. Hope it  helps! Tools and Materials:

Sugar Calla Lily Tutorial Materials

Sugar Calla Lily Tutorial Materials

STEP 1, 2, 3: Cut, Frill, Texture

Cut out petals using a lily petal cutter. Gently frill edges with a small rolling pin. Instead of using any fancy veneers or tools, I used a dry paint brush to add texture to the petals. Steps photographed below:

 

Cake Calla Lily Tutorial

Cake Calla Lily Tutorial

The petal will have a nice texture like this:

Cake Calla Lily Tutorial

Cake Calla Lily Tutorial

STEP 4 &5: Shape

I used a large piping tip as a former. I dabbed the round edges with a bit of boiled, cooled water and folded over the petal edge as shown in pictures below to form the shape of the Calla Lily.

Sugar Calla Lily Tutorial

Sugar Calla Lily Tutorial

STEP 6:

Fill with scrunched up pieces of kitchen paper and leave to dry.

Sugar Calla Lily Tutorial

Sugar Calla Lily Tutorial

STEP 7: Make centers.

Materials pictured below.

Sugar Calla Lily Tutorial

Sugar Calla Lily Tutorial

 

…Keep checking back as the remaining tutorial will be posted very soon!!

Falpjacks for Kids (Recipe)

 

Flapjacks Recipe

flapjacks recipe

I’m always looking for healthy meal and snack recipes for my family. Flapjacks are full of oats which are great slow energy release foods and an assortment of goodness packed dried fruits. I’m not a particularly huge fan of regularly eating flapjacks for myself because of the butter and sugar content. But I think flapjacks are great energy snacks for children. Once baked, these flapjacks can be cut in to small kid size portions and kept in an airtight jar for a few days as a quick snack or breakfast on the go.

Flapjacks recipe

These flapjacks are very quick to prepare. Once all the ingredients are at hand, in about 10-15 minutes, the tray can go in the oven.

INGREDIENTS

80g Butter

80g Soft brown sugar

55g Honey

200g Rolled Oats

20g Muesli(I use store bought muesli to add flavour)

15g dried currants

30g desiccated coconut

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180′C/160′C Fan/350′F/Gas 4

Grease and line a 20cm/8” square tin with greaseproof paper.

In a large pan, gently heat butter, sugar and honey together. Once combined, mix in the oats, muesli and currants. Mix well. Lastly add in the desiccated coconut. Mix well till everything is nicely mixed. Transfer the flapjack mix to the prepared pan. Pack gently with a spatula and level the top.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until nice and golden. Be careful as to not let it burn.

Flapjacks Recipes

 

The flapjacks come of the oven very soft and crumbly. Leave to cool for about 15 minutes before cuing into small squares. It is important to let the flapjacks rest and cool otherwise they will crumble easily. Leave them to cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight jar.

Fun Brownies Idea

 

 

  Fun BrowniesFun Brownies Idea

I think most people (except for chocolate haters!) will admit that brownies are gorgeously decadent little pieces of cake joy! In my opinion, a brownie is chocolate cake taken to the next level. A good brownie is moist, densely packed with chocolately goodness and has a melt in the mouth texture.

My personal favorite is a chewy tray bake with a crunchy top crust that crinkles and cracks as the cake cools. All is cake awesomeness means that although brownies taste stellar, but often they are the ugly counterpart of a fancy chocolate cake.

Fun Brownies Idea

I recently made brownies for my hubby to take to work for his birthday. But I wanted to jazz them up a bit. Any piped icing was a definite no go. So (stealing my hubby’s idea) we came up with these fun little treats.

Fun Brownies Idea

This recipe makes a very rich brownie so I cut them into small portions. I had these cute little stick figures printed on icing sheets and stuck them to little pieces of fondant to give a backing.  I then used just a tint dab of royal icng and stuck these cute stick people image bits on the brownies.

Fun Brownies Idea

Voila! A super simple, no fuss and cool way to pimp your brownies!

Fun Brownies Idea

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

 Red Velvet Cake/Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cake Recipe
The Red Velvet is a bright, fun cake that is a well loved American classic. In recent years, It is now gaining popularity in the UK as a wedding cake flavour. Many brides now chose to have a red velvet tier in their wedding cakes.

Traditionally red velvet is paired with fluffy cream cheese frosting. But because of food safety issues, I fill my red velvet with vanilla buttercream instead. Tastes just as gorgeous.

Red Velvet Cupcake

There are loads of red velvet recipes online. After being highly recommended by fellow bakers, I decided to give a try to the Louisa Moris red velvet recipe. And it certainly lived up to its reputation! Loads of food colour, but the final cake came out a vivid red and with the characteristic red velvet subtle sweet and hint of chocolate.

It can easily be found on her Flicker page if you type in “Louisa Moris Red Velvet Recipe”

Or you can find it here Louisa Morris Red Velvet Recipe

Its clearly explained and easy to follow. The cake comes out soft and moist and although it has a generous amount of food colour, you cannot taste any bitter aftermath of the colour. I didn’t have her recommended colour, so I used my airbrush food colour and it worked brilliantly!

Red Velvet Cupcake

Characteristic of the red velvet cake, it was not too sweet and needs some sor of icing or frosting to liven it up.

I made some cupcakes with the same red velvet recipe and poured some simple glace icing whist still warm. They tasted lovely. Not a substitute for the richness of buttercream but not too bad for a quick sweet treat.

Red Velvet Cupcake

Over all a big thumbs up for the Louisa Moris Red Velvet Recipe. A must try!Buttercreamed Red Velvet Cake