Another discount code for Buyagift that ends Sunday 9th May midnight.
Buy yourself a voucher for a afternoon tea as hopefully they can go ahead very soon.
Just spend £30 or more and quote code GO10 at the checkout.....
As you may already know that since having weekends free as unable to go to Afternoon teas at present i have been doing a lot of baking instead . I tend to make something sweet most weekends either from scratch or using one of the Bakedin kits I receive each month.
This weekend i decided to try my hand at a Semi Naked style cake using up left over buttercream i had in the fridge from my Easter cake. When I posted a photo on my Instagram my friend made me laugh with her comment of ' You should really bake with your clothes on ' !!!!!!!
I am pleased with the results however I think the layer of buttercream covering the cake could of been a bit thinner so more of the cake showed through . Its not bad for my first attemp
I piped all the flowers and used one of my Russian piping tips and leaf piping tip for the first time.
The cake was a 4 layer lemon sponge sandwiched together with the buttercream and lemon curd. This is the second time i have used this sponge recipe below and it is easy and is a very moist and delicious cake. I baked the cake in two deep 6inc tins so used 6 eggs and pro rotared the recipe and increased cooking time
Lemon sponge cake recipe
225g self raising flour
2tsp baking powder
4 medium eggs
225g soft marg or butter (i used Stork)
225g caster sugar
zest of 3 lemons
juice of 2 lemons
Heat Oven to 160/140 fan
Line and grease 2 x 20cm round baking tins
Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy
Add the eggs one at time , mixing after each one
Add the lemon zest along with the flour and baking powder . Mix gently until combined
Add the lemon juice and mix again
Pour equally into the tins and bake for approx 30 to 35 mins . Test by inserting skewer into middle of cake and if comes out clean cake should be cooked .
Leave in tins to cool for 10 mins then turn out gently onto wire rack to cool before decorating
Easter to me is 2 extra days off work and chocolate and hot x buns.........both of which are not good when you are trying to loose weight! I am dreading my weekly weigh in tomorrow 😬
I have been busy baking again and made this lovely chocolate 5 layer sponge speckled cake. I also made matching cupcakes.
Yesterday I had a lovely Easter day that started with a lovely cooked breakfast of toasted bagel topped with bacon, mushrooms and scrambled egg. Had this whilst having a lazy morning watching Sunday brunch on TV.
My son skipped the cooked breakie and opted for a whole chocolate Easter egg for breakfast which has been a tradition in our house since he was small.... He us now 15!!
For dinner i cooked a lamb roast which was a meal deal from M&S especially for Easter. It was realy nice and my daugter said it was the best dinner she had had for a while !!!!
|M&S Easter meal deal £20 and feeds 4|
|M&S Hot x buns .....My favourite was the savoury chilli and cheese ones delicious toasted with butter|
Tomorrow is St Patrick's day so I decided to make a cake to celebrate.
I wanted to try and do a Ombre style cake and choose green for St Patrick's day. I Also brought some amazing sprinkles which contains tiny shamrock shapes. I ordered these online from ebay.
I used my 5 tin rainbow cake layer set which includes a recipe for the 8 egg sponge.
I did each layer in a different shade of green ending with a white sponge on top.
For the buttercream I used Trex which makes it very white. However you do need to add vanilla extract to make it taste nice.
First I sandwiched the sponges together with the white butter icing then did a light crumb coat all over before placing in the fridge overnight.
In the morning I put the remaining butter cream into 4 bowls and coloured them in 3 shades of green and left one white.
Starting with the darker shade I spread a layer all around bottom on cake, then did the same with the other shades so it had different shades of green all around it. The top layer I did in white and also the top of the cake.
I then used a pallete knife to smooth the cake over and blend the colours. To finish off the cake I pipped mixed shades of green into a swirl around the edge and topped with sprinkles and also added sprinkles around the bottom of the cake.
I could not wait to cut a slice to see the colour effect inside .........
For a first attempt it has come out OK but I need more practice in getting a smooth finish.
Been baking for mothers day ......
My first attempt at a giant cupcake and i am very pleased with thefinished look. I even made the flowers and leaves myself from fondant icing.
I also baked some cupcakes and decorated them with shades of pink buttercream. My husband took a box round to his mum...I hope she likes them
I think mothers day should be celebrated as us mums play such an important role in family life. We can be under appreciated and taken for granted at times!! Our partners don't always realise how hard it can be juggling with bringing up a family and working at the same time. My husband only said a few weeks ago that it is me that holds our family together and keeps everything running smoothly. I take that as a complement and wish he would say it more often!!
I am so lucky to have my mum nearby as she means so much to me and I would be lost without her. My dad past away over 10 years ago which was hard and since then I feel much closer to my mum. She is always there to listen to me and offer advice and help. I hope my two children feel the same way about me.
I hope all you mums out there have lovely day today xxxxxx
Made these yesterday in order to use up some left over chocolate buttercream i had in the freezer
Simple to make and melt in the mouth
February 14th Valentines Day
For the past few years my husband and I have gone to a posh swanky hotel in London for a valentines afternoon tea so this year we are having to settle for an afternoon tea at home.
Last year we went to lanes of London for there free flowing botanical afternoon tea which was very nice. I do like having a glass of bubbles or two with my afternoon tea . I have 2 bottles of chapel down English sparking rose chilling in wine cooler ready to open. We brought a box of 6 bottles in the summer when we visited the chapel down vineyard in Kent. Which if you like your wine is well worth a visit for a tour and tasting session
I have been planning the below menu for past few weeks.
|Goats cheese and caramelised onion tart from Morrison the best range|
|Egg mayonnaise in granary bread finger sandwiches and chicken, brie and cranberry in white bread finger sandwiches |
|Homemade by me vanilla and red velvet cupcakes|
|My homemade banana and caramel blondies i featured on my post a few weeks ago . I put them in the freezer to use today|
|Iceland frozen assorted macaroons|
|Chapel Down English sparkling rose wine|
It was a lovely family Valentines afternoon tea with Hubby , Daughter and my 15 year old son who actually ventured out of his room and turned off his computer for a few hours !!!!!!
Unfortunately they were all camera shy !!!!!!
I always have a fruit bowl on the table and often have banana's that are overripe and brown which i do not like eating . However I hate wasting food so always find something to make with them !!!!
Yesterday I decide to use them to make some Blondie's which i found an easy recipe online for which as a bonus used up the caramel too i had left over from the cake i made for my mums birthday .
The recipe was simple and easy and they taste very nice. You can eat them warm as a dessert with custard or as a cake with a cup of coffee or tea. I added a chocolate heart to each square and froze half of them to have with a Valentines afternoon tea i am planning to do
Back to my baking again as unable to go to any afternoon teas at present.
I had some left over marzipan and royal icing from my Christmas cake so found a recipe to use both of them...... It tasted very nice.
The recipe below uses flaked almonds on top before baking but i left these out and topped with icing once cake had cooled instead
Happy new year to you all 🎉
Buyagift are offering £10 off when you spend £20 and over which ends midnight Sunday 10th.
Just quote code JAN at checkout
I know that most places are closed at the moment but why not grab a great deal on a voucher to use in the future..... It will be something to look forward too.
There are so many types of vouchers to choose from..... I particularly like the afternoon tea ones with so many to choose from....