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  • 8/22/2015 Cakery Bakery | Excellent cake-eating skills. Now for the baking.

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    CakeryBakery

    Excellentcakeeatingskills.Nowforthebaking.

    Incaseyouwerewondering21/08/2012inUncategorized|Leaveacomment

    IdecidedthatkeepingupwithtwoblogsmeantIwasntgivingproperattentiontoeither,andnowpostCakeryBakerystuffonmymainblog,makealongstoryshort.net.Comefindusthere,andclickonfood!

    InwhichtheHummingbirdBakerytriestowinmeovertocupcakery.01/02/2012inChocolate,Muffins/Cupcakes|Tags:chocolatefondantcupcakes,frosting,hummingbirdbakery|3comments

    YouknowhowIfeelaboutcupcakes.(Doyou?Youdonthaveto,ifyoudontwant,butinshort:toomuchteethrotfornotenoughcake.)But,youknow,therearecupcakesandthenthereareHummingbirdBakerycupcakes.SoIhear.

    Mylovely,lovelycousinboughtmeaHummingbirdBakeryrecipebookforChristmaswasntthatthenicestthingever?andIvebeendribblingshamelesslyoverthephotographsallmonth.Unfortunately,Iaminabakewhenthebabysleepsphaseoflifeatthemoment,andthebabydoesntsleep.Yesterday,however,chargedwiththesolemnresponsibilityofbringingchocolatecaketoafriend,Isnuckdownstairsat7amand

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    madethese:chocolatefondantcupcakes.

    Theywonmeoverbecausetheicingisnticing,itschocolateanddoublecream.NowthereisacombinationIcangetbehind.Andactually,theywerequitestraightforward.Dryingredients(alltheusualstuff)wentinonebowl.

    Youwhiskallthattogetherwithanelectricwhisk(orafreestandingmixerifyouvegotone).Ifyouthinkyoucanwhiskflour,sugarandcocoapowdertogetherwithoutwhiskingitallthewayaroundyourkitchen,bytheway,thenthinkagain.Onceitsblendedtogetherandyouvestoppedchokingonairbornecocoa,addthewetingredients:milkandacoupleofeggs.Sofar,sostandard.Themixturegoesintoyourbakingcasesandtheyreovenboundforeighteenminutes.

    ItwasatthispointthatIrealisedtherecipespecifiedmuffincases,andIdusedsmallercakecases.Notadisaster,butitmadewhatcamelatermuchmoretricky,anditmeantIhadtwiceasmanycupcakesasintended.Istruggledquitehardtobesadaboutthis,butdidntmanageit.

    Nowforthefrosting.Finelychopsomedarkchocolateandtrynottohurtyourhandtoomuch.Itsabittricky,butthelittleshavingsyougetareoddlysatisfyingtoproduce.

    Doesntthatlookpretty?

    Thenyouheatsomecreamuntiljustboiling,andpourthecreamintothebowlofchoppedchocolate.Andit

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    doesthis.

    Itsmellsamazing.IcameoverallWillyWonka.Ilostmyheadabit.IthinkImightvecackled.Keepstirring,andyouendupwiththis.

    Oncethecakeandthefrostingarecool,herecomestheinterestingbit.Youdigachunkoutofeachcake,pourabitofthefrostinginside,trimthelidtofit,andthenputitbackon.Thentopthewholethingwithmorefrosting.Thiswasterriblyexciting,andallthemoresobecauseIgottocallmytinyspatulaintoserviceforonlythesecondtimeinitslife.

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    Therecipejustsaidtoswirlthefrostingontop,whichseemedtoassumeabitmorecupcakeknowhowthanIhad.Ihadagoatswirling,butIthinkthefrostingwasntasstiffasitshouldvebeenperhapsIshouldhaveleftittocoolforlongerandinstead,itjustslithered.Itlookedok,though.

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    Andwhatabouttheeating?Prettygood,Ithought.Thecakegoesquitestiffanddenseonceitscool,soIdontthinkthemixturewasanythingspecial.Thefrostingismorechocolateythanawhackroundtheheadwithachocolatepoker.Andthelittlepuddleofchocolateinsideisadelight.Canyouimaginehowgoodthesewouldbewarmedup?Orsteadyyourselveswithicecream?

    Deliciousness:Ilikedthemalot.IwasntsurewhetherIlikedthembecausethecupcakeitselfwasnice,orbecausetheycontainedsomuchchocolate.Probablythelatter.Buteitherway:yum.

    Complexity:Morefiddlythanyouraveragecupcake,butIratherenjoyedtheassembly.

    Washinguppile:Thirteenverymessyitems.Includingaperhapsexcessivenumberoftestingspoons.

    Casualties:Igotthechocolatechoppingbruiseonmyhandagain.Ireallyneedtolookintothatspecialchocolateknife.

    YouWantMoreFruitMuffins?WeGotMoreFruitMuffins.17/11/2011inCheesecakes,Fruit,Muffins/Cupcakes|Tags:BBCGoodFoodCakesandBakes,cutleryknife,healthfood,strawberrycheesecakemuffins|1comment

    Canwetalkaboutstrawberrycheesecakemuffinsforaminute?BecauseImadesometheotherday,andtheyturnedoutratherwell.

    Hereisasecret:Iamnot,atpresent,atmythinnest.Babieswilldothattoyou,apparently.Onewouldthinkthatthebestcureforthiswouldbetostopeatingsomuchcake,butthatisnotthekindofthinkingoutsideoftheboxImaimingfor.Mysolution,forthemoment,istooccasionallybakestuffwithfruitinit,andtoallowlogictolanguishbythewaysideuntilImgettingalittlemoresleep.Anyonewhotellsyouthatcakedoesnthelpwithdisturbednightsisatelleroffalsehoods,andthatistheendofit.

    Anyway.Strawberry.Cheesecake.Muffins.Threemarvellousthingsrolledintoonegloriouswhole.IfoundtheminmyBBCGoodFoodCakesandBakesbook,buttheyrealsohere.Themuffinmixisastandardfloursugareggsmilkbutterbakingpowderconcoction,andsincethebutterneedstobemelted,absolutelynocreamingisrequired.Therecipespecifiesthatthemixtureshouldbelooseandslightlylumpy,warningthatovermixingleadstotoughmuffins.Withasoundlikealightbulbgoingoff,Irememberedthatthescones

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    recipeIuseasksforthemixturetobecombinedwithacutleryknife.Thisissoincrediblyawkwardthatitpreventsyoumixingtooenthusiastically(thusensuringlightnessofscone).SoIgotoutaknifeforthemuffinmix,too,anditworkedjustfine.

    Knifed.

    Thenextstageismixingtogethercreamcheeseandsugarforthefilling.

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    Thencomestheassembly.First,halffillyourpapercaseswithmuffinmix.Thenaddhalfasmallstrawberry

    andablobofthecreamcheesemixture.

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    Anotherspoonfulofmuffinmixgoesoverthetoptohidethefilling.

    (Dontjudgemebythecolourofmymuffintins,bytheway.TheyreactuallyYorkshirepuddingtins,sotheydontgetwashed.ThisistheLawofYorkshirePuddingTins,andcannotbehelped.)

    Afterfifteenminutesintheoven,theyverisenafairbit.Ididntwanttoburnthemsodidntcookminequitelongenoughtheywerealittlestickyandnotverygoldenbrown.Butthemuffinwasnotatalltough(yessss,cutleryknife!)andthefillingwasamarvel.

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    Becarefultowaittilltheyvecooledalittle.Boilingstrawberryisnotsomethingyouwantonyourtongueunderanycircumstances.Wevemadethismistakebefore.

    Deliciousness:Ifindithardtogetexcitedaboutmuffins,generally,butthefillingmakesthesealittlemorespecial.Acrowdpleaserforguests,Ibet.

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    Complexity:Dontboilyourbutterintocheese.Otherwise,veryeasy.Alittlemoreassemblythanyouraveragemuffin,butmoreenjoyableforthat.

    Washinguppile:IratherthinktheOtherHalfdidthewashingupafterthese,soIdidntcount.Usepapercasesratherthanthesiliconevarietyforasmallerpile.

    Casualties:Strawberryburnsaplenty.Learnfromoursilliness.

    Crumbleitup05/10/2011inFruit,Pudding,Seasonal|Tags:autumn,onepotdishes,pearandtoffeecrumble|1comment

    Oh,autumn.Youtricksydevil,you.

    IwassoexcitedaboutfindingmyselfinlateSeptemberlastweek.Myfriends,autumnmeansnothinglessthanPUDDINGSEASON.Crumbles,treaclesponges,applepieandanythingelsethatcanbepartneredwithcustard:thisiswhatIdreamofatnight.ButjustwhenIdgotoutmycrumbledish,allaquiverwithanticipation,theweathersuddenlyturnedtropicalforfourorfivedays.Weswelteredin28C,anditwasnotacrumbleappropriatetemperatureatall.O,butIamfortunesfool.

    Today,however,wereturnedtogrimraininess,andthebabeandIventuredouttothepostofficeundergreyandsullenskies.Crumblewasgloriouslybackonthemenu.IdecidedonapearandtoffeevarietyfromabookofonepotdishesIhaveonmyshelf.Because,well.Wouldntyou?

    Onwards,then.Steponeisthecrumbletopping.Afairlystandardcombinationofdicedbutterrubbedintoflour,thencombinedwithdemerarasugarandchoppedhazelnuts.Iendeduphavingtoaddmoreflourthaninstructed(thefirstattemptwasfartoosticky),butotherwise,thiswentwell.

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    ...Tothis.

    Idforgottentobuyhazelnuts,buthappilyfoundanancientbagoftheminthebackofmycupboard.ThebestbeforedatewasJuly2011,butonbalance,IdecidedIwasunlikelytocontractE.colifromahazelnut,andforgedaheadanyway.

    Steptwoisthetoffee.Makingtoffeesauceisthemosthappymakingthingontheplanet,Isometimesthink.Theingredientsarejoyous:goldensyrup,cream,butter,vanillaessence,sugar.Youthrowthemallinandthengentlysimmerforafewminutes.Itsmellslikeambrosiaitself.Toffeesaucecompleted.

    Stepthreeisthefilling.Peelandchopfourlargepears,fryinmorebutterforashortwhileandthenaddthetoffeesauce.OnceIddonethis,thepearshadjuicedupsomuchthatthemixturewasquitewatery,butIassumeditwouldreduceintheoven(andsoitdid).

    Thepearmixturegoesinthebottomofthedish,andthecrumbleontop.Aftertwentyminutesorsointheoven,i

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