Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Jubilee Baking

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Afternoon all.  Today I'm recovering from my four day weekend of celebrations, shopping, Village fairs, baking and general awesomeness.  I'm coming down off a four day sugar high and the hangover does not feel good... but it does feel worth it.  There was a lot of tasting to be done, and a lot of cakes to make.

The best thing about 4 days off from work is that it feels like  mini holiday, and pretty much everyone was getting into the spirit of it all.  Around my way there were street parties (That carried on despite the rain), a Jubilee fayre in my Nan's Village, a 4 day music festival in the park,  so many Union Jack decorations your head would spin and even a parade through our town.

It felt right to make something edible for the occasion, so we opted for cupcakes, Doughnuts & Mexican food (of course, what else to toast the queen but a fajita?)

Each cupcake uses the same base which is the following:


Makes 12 Cupcakes


4oz Butter
4oz Caster Sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4 oz Self raising flour
Pinch of Salt
I enlisted the help of my lovely photographer fiance and his SLR camera to take pictures of the cupcakes we made for friends/family during the celebrations.  There were 12 of each flavour and let's just say that after 2 days not a single cake remains.  So here they are:




Basic Cake base written above
1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules
2-4 teaspoons cocoa powder
Mini toffee Crunch Chocolate Fingers
Tablespoon boiling water
200g Icing Sugar
90g Melted butter
splash of milk
1 teaspoon Caramel Syrup
teaspoon vanilla essence

Preheat oven to gas mark 5, 200°C , 400°F

Cream the caster sugar & Butter together until pale & creamy.  Mix the cocoa powder, water, coffee Granules & caramel syrup in with the egg.  Add into the sugar/butter mixture and whisk for a couple of minutes.  Sift the flour in bit by bit and fold until everything is combined.  The mixture should be a pale creamy brown colour.  Spoon into 12 cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until a skewer placed in the middle of the largest cake comes out clean.  Leave to cool.

In a bowl, mix the melted butter and icing sugar together with a splash of milk and the vanilla essence.  Spoon over each individual cupcake.  Push a mini chocolate finger into each cake and finally dust Cocoa powder lightly over the cakes.  Leave the icing to set before serving.  



Basic Cake base written above
Valencia Orange Extract (any orange extract will do)
Teaspoon vanilla Essence
A few drops Orange food colouring
1 unwaxed lemon
250g icing sugar
90g softened butter
Splash of coconut milk
Mini orange & lemon slices

Preheat oven to gas mark 5, 200°C , 400°F

Cream the caster sugar & Butter together until pale & creamy.  Mix the Valencia Orange extract & food colouring in with the egg. Add into the sugar/butter mixture and whisk for a couple of minutes.  Sift the flour in bit by bit and fold until everything is combined.  The mixture should be a pale orange colour.  Spoon into 12 cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until a skewer placed in the middle of the largest cake comes out clean.  Leave to cool.

In a bowl, mix the softened butter and icing sugar together with a splash of coconut milk, the juice from half a lemon and the vanilla essence.  Spoon over each individual cupcake, it will be slightly stiffer, so swirl around using a spoon or palette knife.  Decorate with the Orange & lemon slices and grate some lemon rind over the top of the cakes.  Leave the icing to set before serving.




Basic Cake base written above
1 heaped tablespoon strawberry jam
1 tablespoon boiling water
1 tablespoon Pimms
1 teaspoon strawberry Flavour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
10g extra self raising flour
300g icing Sugar
90g butter
Fruit Flakes
Sugar pearls

Preheat oven to gas mark 5, 200°C , 400°F

Cream the caster sugar & Butter together until pale & creamy.  Mix the strawberry jam, boiling water & Pimms together until everything is combined.  Beat in with the egg.  Add egg/jam mixture into the sugar/butter mixture and whisk for a couple of minutes.  Sift the flour in bit by bit and fold until everything is combined.  The mixture might be slightly lumpy, but it doesn't matter.  Sift in the further 10g of flour and combine again.  Spoon into 12 cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until a skewer placed in the middle of the largest cake comes out clean.  Leave to cool.

In a bowl, mix the softened butter and icing sugar together until very stiff, add the vanilla essence and add more icing sugar until the mixture can be piped & shaped.  Add to a piping bag and squeeze over each cupcake or simply spread with a spatula if you don't have a piping bag.  Decorate with the fruit flakes & sugar pearls.  Leave the icing to set before serving.
Here's a few more pictures:







Hope you had a fantastic weekend, no matter where you were!



23 comments:

  1. Utterly perfect! Made me want to be in your gang so bad... (missluli)x

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  2. Wow, so many cupcakes, and all of them look so yummy!

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  3. Wow, what a feast! We've been watching the festivities here in Canada -- it must be so exciting to be in the middle of all the action. I'd love one of those Toffee Coffee Cocoa Cupcakes.

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    1. If there were any left I'd be very willing to share =]

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  4. Wow, what a feast! We've been watching the festivities here in Canada -- it must be so exciting to be in the middle of all the action. I'd love one of those Toffee Coffee Cocoa Cupcakes.

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  5. I'm going to dream of cakes all day long.... xx ChrissieMoz xx

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  6. They look delicious! Wish our (none existent) jubilee celebrations had been so tasty xxx

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  7. i neeeeeeeeeeed cake! gorgeous cakes and beautifully photographed too! x

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    1. Thank you =] Kris has a great eye for angles on food!

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  8. You could open up your own bakery/cafe here in Canada with your talent.

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  9. wow! really want cake now - they look gorgeous :) (Jojo from WW)

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  10. awesome! such great cupcake flavors. I wouldn't know which one to try first.

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  11. Your lovely looking cakes always make me drool in anticipation...They alwasy look so delicious! (Tonibelle from w/w) :-)

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  12. They are so pretty! I love esp. those coffee cocoa flavour. Yummy!

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  13. Sounds like a pretty fun and delicious weekend! Your cupcakes are all so pretty and sound delicious, I especially love the toffee coffee ones!!

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  14. These look amazing! (LucyRainbow)

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  15. I bet the queen wishes she visited your house, this is an amazing collection :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. Yummy cupcakes! Very nice blog!

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  17. Yummy cupcakes! Very nice blog!

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  18. Wow all your bakes look delicious...and I'm sure the Queen had fajitas at her celebratory Jubilee lunch! :-)

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  19. You blog is amazing and I have found some wonderful recipes which gave flavor to my life.

    comfort

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