The countdown to the party has begun with a major bakeathon today. It consisted of flour less chocolate brownies from the Nigella express book, which I have adapted it to suit my free-from requirements and the verdict, thumbs up!! They are my all time favourite brownie and a must for any party. Now in my opinion kids always like the idea of cupcakes, but very rarely actually eat past the icing. I figured I would make these a bit more interesting this year, so they've been iced in pretty pastel colours and decorated as little flowers. Don't you just love these very sweet tulip cupcake casings?
Whilst being on a roll, I threw in the most wonderful chocolate cherry cupcakes, just for good measure (as you do when you're flapping). I figured it would be a little treat for the adults, ta dum. The recipe is from the very beautiful book 'Red Velvet Heartache' by Harry Eastwood, it's filled with beautiful images, of which I have shared a few below, but more importantly it is filled with some rather delicious and 'healthier' baking ideas. I love the use of vegetables with cake and since purchasing this book three years ago, I have really adapted the way I bake. If you haven't already got this book, buy it, it's a treasure and everyone I know loves the recipes I have made from this book. These chocolate cupcakes are filled with cherry conserve and baked with cherry brandy and finished off with a cherry brandy icing and a cherry on the top, it couldn't get more perfect.
Now the request for the actual birthday cake was a pink chocolate cake. It was exactly at this point today that everything went abysmally wrong (and I cried over spilt milk, parden the pun), Everything I could drop, I did, why does this always happen when you have no time to deal with it? If I don't see or pick up another piping bag for another couple of months, I will be overjoyed. I always forget just how messy the stuff can get, yuk. For me its generally music that gets me through most things and today's moral support was from Erasure, Basement Jax and the Bee Gees (I know) the mood improved and so did the groovy moves (heehee). It was great listening to Erasure again, its been a while.
Wishing you all a warm and wonderful weekend. What are your plans??
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