Flower Power cupcakes

img_5041I’ve made some really fun cupcakes to celebrate Cheryl’s birthday in previous years so this time I decided to “think spring.” Roses, hydrangea and calendula conjure up thoughts of warmer days. Happy birthday Cheryl.

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Marmalade cat

cat face cakeMy co-worker’s mum loves her pussycat Ramsay. He’s a marmalade cat with a freckled nose. Jenna asked me to make a cat cake that looked like her mum’s favourite cat, and to make it chocolate. So I did and Jenna’s mum loved it. Meow!

Christmas tree cupcakes

cupcakes Xmas treesA potluck lunch at work to celebrate the holidays and I opted to bring dessert. I figured cupcakes would be easiest for a crowd.
I’d seen green chocolate Christmas trees supported by pretzel trunks on Pinterest and I was up for the challenge. Working with chocolate and making squiggles that are roughly the shape of a Christmas tree is fun. And the results are satisfying. A few sprinkle baubles and you’re good to go!
Chocolate cupcakes with a snowy buttercream swirl, covered in coconut, reminiscent of snow and voila! The Christmas tree has a perfect spot to rest.

Cat got your….?

langues de chats cookiesI’ve always wanted to make “cat’s tongue” cookies also known as “langues de chats.” Today was the day.
Last year I received a copy of Sweet (Ottolenghi and Goh) but the recipes kinda freaked me out. Today I decided to look again and when I saw this recipe, with its few ingredients (I actually had them all in the house!), I decided to give it a try. The recipe was pretty straightforward. The only trick was piping the batter and getting all the cookies the same size.
I suppose practice makes perfect. Next time I’ll decide on one size and try to stick to it. In the meantime, I hauled out an old cookie tin my mum and dad gave me years ago. The cookies from it are long gone but those smiling cat faces still remain. And now I know how to refill that box!

Chocolate overload

chocolate overloadMy cousin Rick loves chocolate and I decided to make him a chocolate overload cake to celebrate his special day.
I made a chocolate layer cake, covered it with chocolate icing and added a dark chocolate ganache drip. Then I went to town! I went to Bulk Barn and loaded up on all different shaped chocolates: chocolate covered pretzels, dark almond bark, rosebuds, small choco squares, chocolate sticks and chocolate candied popcorn. I even chocolate-covered some limited edition peanut buttter chocolate pie Oreos that I had on hand. Then the fun began.
I loaded up the cake in a collage of chocolate. It looked like a mountain. The big challenge was to find a space for the candles. But I managed! The other challenge was to cut it up. But somehow, I found a way.