Monthly Archives: March 2012

My sister’s vanilla cupcakes

I love it when people tell me they’ve made one of my recipes and they worked! My sister made my vanilla cupcakes at the weekend, she used golden icing sugar and a bun tin, but I think they look pretty good! If you’ve had a go at any of my recipes I’d love to see the results!

Happy Baking

Simple pound cake

So again this weekend I find myself a few hours from home, helping with an Model United Nations conference, so no baking for me! However, this doesn’t stop me from indulging in my baking obsession but cruising around the blogosphere in search of inspiration and ideas for future baking/blogging. A blog that I’ve found is a brilliant starting point for all things cupcake is http://www.projectcupcake.com, with lots of new and crazy cupcake recipes including corned beef and cabbage cupcakes, avocado and lime cupcakes and more normal ones like chocolate and fruit cupcakes. Continue reading

Pastry Challenge – Cookie Crusted Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce

I mentioned last week that my sister had challenged me to open the enormous Professional Pastry Chef book at a random page and bake whatever was on that page. Well, I took up the challenge and opened the book at random at…… a contents page. On the second opening I fell upon Cookie crusted profiteroles with chocolate sauce. This looked really easy, it only had about 4 ingredients! Then I realised that three of those ingredients were actually other recipes which I would have to make. It seems like a daunting and complicated recipe, but if you make sure you have everything you need and take it step by step it’s actually quite simple.

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Who is Cakey Kate?

I normally do my baking on Fridays, but this week I’ve been away from my kitchen so have no baking to share with you! So I thought I’d take this opportunity to shed some light on Cakey Kate.

I am called Kate, well Katy but my mum has called me cakey Kate for years. I live in the middle of nowhere in the Kentish countryside, and in a break from my studies to become an Architect I am working in a school for a year. This has given me the perfect opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do; bake (lots) and share what I create. I feel incredibly lucky that I have so many things in my life that I enjoy so much, I just don’t know how I’m going to fit them all in. One of my ambitions is to own a cake shop, preferably that I’ve designed myself.

I’ve got a whole load of baking books that I get most of my recipes from. I’ll occasionally think “I really want to make a chocolatey and raspberry cake, oooh with some white chocolate frosting!” and so I’ll find some recipes I can chop and change to make something new and exciting. I try and make things using what I’ve got in the cupboard, I’ve got a big bag of dessicated coconut in there at the moment so you might see that making an appearance soon!

My sister seems to be one of the biggest donors of recipe books, and for Christmas she gave me “The Professional Pastry Chef”, the biggest and most detailed recipe book I’ve ever seen. She has challenged me to open the book at a random page and make whatever is on it. This could be quite interesting, as I haven’t made a huge amount of pastry before, BUT I will give it a go! So, next week, prepare yourselves for my pastry experiment. Wish me luck!

(Almost) Healthy Chocolate Souffles

I made chocolate souffles! I am so proud of myself, I always thought they were pretty much the holy grail of baking and I’ve succeeded! At the end of a tiring day, a low fat chocolate souffle and a large glass of wine is just what I need!

They’re actually pretty easy to make, if you’re happy with whisking eggs to soft and stiff peaks you should be fine. I halved this recipe and made them in three ramekins, the texture is half moussey and half cakey, just perfect!

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