Summer Fete Themed Wedding Cupcakes

Well it’s been an age since I’ve had chance to do a blog post….not that it means I haven’t been busy spreading the Rosy Cheeks Bakery Love!

It being a lovely sunny bank holiday today this particular Wedding Cake seemed ideal to blog about.  The lovely Lorraine of Eclipse Body Art in Newquay went and got herself hitched this year…please see glamorous picture below of the beautiful bride!

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Lorraine decided to hold her wedding reception in her very own backyard, and despite the weather trying to put a dampener on this Summer Fete Style Wedding nothing stopped this being an amazing evening in which guests were treated to the likes of hay bales, home-cooked food, camping, and traditional British Fete games – there was even a coconut shy!

With this in mind we decided upon keeping to this theme and creating a mixture of different cupcakes that all worked beautifully together…toadstools, flowers and tiny caterpillars adorned the Wedding Cupcake tower each one secretly filled with delicious caramel that would only be discovered as it was curiously bitten into…anyway enough from me see for yourselves…

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Lorraine is an amazing artist and you can check out her work here and while on the subject it would be a perfect time to reveal my cupcake themed tattoo! I gave Lorraine an illustration by one of my favourite artists Kate Wilson.  The illustrations are all based on the idea that birds have secret lives and this is the end result – Lorraine I can’t thank you enough! x

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Brownies

Ok…

So what do you do when not only do you have an allergy to peanuts but you also stupidly gave up chocolate for Lent? yes that’s right…silly me.

My answer to this problem…bake something that I most definately cannot eat regardless of how much I would like to, there, problem solved!

These Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Brownies are not for the feint of heart.  The first layer is a gooey, dense, dark chocolate brownie.  Just as the brownie was nearly cooked I added a layer of thinly sliced Snickers bar and a generous helping of Salted Roasted Peanuts and popped it back into the oven.  While the brownies were cooking to perfection I mixed up milk chocolate, Rice Krispies and a whole jar of crunchy peanut butter into one big sticky beautiful mess!  This was poured over the brownies and Voila…

Judging by how quickly these disappeared (people you know who you are!) these are going to become a firm favourite at Rosy Cheeks one day!

Claire x

Turtle Power

I thought I would share these adorable little sugar paste turtles that I spent yesterday afternoon making ready for a 12th birthday cake I will be making in a couple of weeks! (full cake post then)  They just have that ‘awww’ factor that perfectly suits a cold winters afternoon snuggled up in doors!

Claire x

Vintage + Cupcakes = Love!

There are two things in this world I love  – 1. Anything Vintage 2. Cupcakes.  So I was super excited to combine these two things together and create this collection of Vintage inspired Cupcakes.  I was given a button mould for Christmas (lucky me!) and couldn’t wait to use it, there is something so satisfying about pushing a tiny piece of sugar paste into the mould and being given in return the cutest little perfectly formed buttons.

I decided to use a colour scheme of blue, pink and yellow adding a touch of Caramel/Ivory Sugarflair to each ball of sugar paste as I mixed the base colour as this adds a beautiful vintage hue.

As I would be using the button mould to create some of my decorations I decided to also include a simple yet delicate quilt like stitching on some of the cupcakes helping bring the theme perfectly together.  Finally each and every single detail on each cupcake was lavishly covered in a shimmering edible pearl dust so that they sparkle elegantly as soon as the light catches them.

I think these cupcakes would suit many a different occasion; Wedding, Baby Shower, Birthday, or even just because you think you deserve a treat…am I right?

Mr Whippy Cupcakes

I have always had a soft spot for my childhood favourite – Mr Whippy Ice-cream.  I can remember waiting on a hot summer’s day for the van to noisely rumble down our street with its unmistakable completely out of tune nursery rhyme or ‘jitty’ playing as it tempts all the children out of their front doors like the Pied Piper…

I made these cupcakes with that in mind creating a vanilla cupcake with soft creamy swirls of buttercream and finishing them with a lavish drizzling of caramel sauce, the beauty of these is they can be enjoyed any day of the year whether the summer sunshine is out or not!

Making Whoopie…Pies!

With January in full swing, I figured it was about time I put some of the beautiful cookery books to use that I was kindly bought for Christmas! I also received a Whoopie Pie baking tray…and combining that with The Hummingbird Bakery’s recipe for Milk Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies away I went…

Having done a little research the first Whoopie Pie was made in the 1920’s and it seems a bit of a toss up between whether the Amish were responsible or the lovely residents of Pensylvania…either way I am grateful for this sweet little invention!

The Whoopie Pie is almost like a mixture between a cookie and a cake, and when making the batter this is also clear in its consistency then think Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice-cream in taste (whilst raw) and you are there!

I chose to go for a chocolate and vanilla buttercream instead of the marshmellow fluff suggested in the recipe and here are the results…

 

 

Christmas Specialities – Frangipane Topped Mince Pies

As you can probably tell by now I love Christmas! Part of the reason for this (and its a large part!) is all of the festive baking and cooking that I get to do. 

Obviously Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the traditional favourite – mince pies.  However with the amount of food everyone is indulging in some times the poor old mince pie can be left to one side due to the fact it can be quite a ‘heavy’ treat.  That is why I decided to add Almond Frangipane to my mince pie recipe this year, keeping the sweet pastry base, and a generous dollop of freshly prepared mincemeat, the Frangipane spreads and swells over the top creating a sweet and light cake like topping that is a refreshing change to the traditional pastry, pastry, and more pastry! 

It is important when making these that the sweet pastry cases are rolled out as thin as possible so that a really lovely crunchy texture is achieved that blends well with the sweetness of the mincemeat and the soft light almost gooeyness of the frangipane. 

Only 2 more days until the official countdown to Christmas can begin – have you got your advent calendars ready?

Claire x

Who needs riches when you can eat millionnaires shortbread?

The weekend was a little wet and miserable and the winter blues were setting in so I decided to cheer up the troops with a moreish batch of Millionnaires Shortbread.  For anybody who hasn’t tried this before its a combination of rich butter shortbread, gooey caramel and a final layer of chunky milk chocolate, I think its the combination of textures that makes these so popular.  I decided to top them with some tinsy tiny golden edible stars to stay in the spirit of the upcoming Christmas events! Next post will be Almond Frangipane topped Mince Pies – for those of you who like traditional with a modern twist!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…(well nearly!)

Have I gone mad you say?  Its only the 13th of November…

It is only 42 sleeps until Christmas Day is upon us…and the truth be known I LOVE Christmas!

The festive season seems incomplete without traditional Christmas Cake so this is something I have been working on for a few months now so that the cakes have time to be ‘fed’ properly.  I like to make a very rich Christmas Cake with lots of fruit – raisins, sultanas, cranberries, apricots and cherries combined with a divine splash (when I say splash I mean pour!) of a good oak whisky and freshly squeezed orange juice…all in all it creates a beautifully moist, sweet cake – perfect for the most important day of the year!

I  wanted to achieve a more vintage elegance with the finish of the Christmas cakes so decided to opt for beautiful pure white snow flakes (something we all wish for at Christmas!) that shimmer and shine when the light catches the sparkling irridescent powder the cake is lavishly covered in.  To finish I added a vintage lace ribbon.

Nature’s Candy

 

I like to try adding new and interesting things to my baking and I have always loved the sweet crunch and ‘pop’ of pomegranate seeds.  Their glossy jewel like appearance makes them so easy to admire with a certain rich charm you can’t quite place.  I decided to create a vanilla and pomegranate cupcake mixing the brightly coloured seeds into both the sponge and lavishly sprinkling them over the buttercream.  Finally I added a little bit of sparkle and here are the results…