Monday, 24 June 2013

Monday Ta-da! - Moustache Cake

Minibakebakegirl is 11 today.  She only has 3 weeks left at Primary School - and what a jam packed three weeks it's going to be -  with dance displays and a school play among other things.

Yesterday, we had family round for coffee and cake.  The past three years I have made a Hello Kitty themed cake, last year's instructions were "that it wasn't allowed to be girly"!  Well, as Hello Kitty is so last year and Minibakebakegirl is Moustache obsessed, I didn't have to think too hard what to do.  I made a chocolate victoria sponge by adding two tablespoons of cocoa powder to the flour, covered it in buttercream and white fondant and then used the "Munchtashe" biscuit cutters to cut out black fondant moustaches.  Simple but (I think!) effective.

I also made a batch of vanilla cupcakes and made some chocolate moustaches for the top.  Dark chocolate, white chocolate and salted caramel milk chocolate ones!

Thanks for visiting,


Todays top three Spotify Songs:

1. A Little Less Conversation - Elvis vs JXL
2. Love At First Sight - Kylie Minogue
3. Get Over You - Sophie Ellis Bextor

Monday, 17 June 2013

Minibakebakegirl Monday - Cupcakes

Hello fellow bakebakers! It’s Minibakebakegirl here. It’s been a while since I have had a chance to blog, also there has been a lot going on.  Mum had her 2nd sinus operation last Monday night so has been resting, she has stitches in her mouth :o(

From the 2nd- 7th June I went to Snowdonia National Park, North Wales with the rest of my year (and my teachers).  The estate the 38 of us stayed in was called Plas Tan y Bwlch. Originally the Oakeley family owned the Plas and it was theirs from 1789 to 1961.

The outline of our week was –

Sunday- Boring coach journey to Blist Hill then to North Wales.
Monday- Long, tiring walk up Mount Snowdon - amazing view near the top.
Tuesday- Caernarfon castle and Caernarfon town - cool castle.
Wednesday- Moelwyn Mawr and slate mines - fell and cut my leg on a piece of slate!
Thursday- Harlech Castle and THE BEACH - we did a talent show in the evening.
Friday- Visiting Wroxeter on the way home.

My favourite part of the week was obviously Harlech beach!  We played in the sand dunes and made sand sculptures.  We also created a ‘Harlech Shake’ which we all wanted to do! I thoroughly enjoyed our week together.

Today years 5 and 6 at my school held a coffee morning to raise money for Compassion because we sponsor a child in Africa. So I made some cakes! Here is what they look like.  We raised £460!

Hope to write again soon. Minibakebakegirl,

3 most listened to songs this week:

1. Wild - Jessie J
2. Laura Palmer - Bastille
3. Young Volcanoes- Fall Out Boy

P.S. We  will upload my photos from the trip when we can get them downloaded - silly camera....

Monday, 10 June 2013

Monday Inspiration - Rhubarb Cornmeal Cake

Another beautifully sunny week here.  Last week in our veg box we got a bunch of rhubarb.  I would normally just make crumble with it but I decided to seek out a cake recipe for cake club.  In Nigella's "How to Be A Domestic Goddess" I found a recipe for Rhubarb Cornmeal Cake. I just replaced the flour with Doves Farm gluten free flour.  

Now peeps, this gets me to a wee blogging dilemma I have....this recipe isn't on Nigella's website for me to put a link to it on here.   When I searched the internet several people have blogged it - the ones I've looked at have stated it is a Nigella recipe but are there rules about this - is this allowed?   I have blogged recipes from magazines before - stating my source but these are usually from free supermarket or Sunday paper magazines - I feel that if a recipe is from a book this is different and I shouldn't be blogging it, hence why I call these posts "Inspiration" so you can find your own rhubarb recipes.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this or where I can find the bloggers rule book!

I watched the last episode of Case Histories today.  I enjoyed Kate Atkinson's books and have enjoyed watching this.  Edinburgh looks lovely, as always, and I enjoy trying to work out where all the bits are filmed.   Last October, Sister, Minibakebakegirl and I watched them filming - we hung around long enough to spot Jason Isaacs at the window.  Watching today I worked out the bit we saw him at the window, reading what he'd printed off! 

Hubby has planted some rhubarb down at the allotment, so I'll look forward to looking for more rhubarb cake recipes.

Today's Spotify Songs:

1. You Surround Me - Erasure
2. I've Been Losing You - a-ha
3. All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow

Monday, 3 June 2013

Monday Review - London

The sun has got his hat on again this week, which is perfect as Minibakebakegirl went on her school trip to Wales yesterday.  She will be back on Friday, probably exhausted with a suitcase full of dirty washing and lots of news and photos!  Her school have a private school journey twitter account for the mums and dads to follow. It's great as they post pictures of what they are getting up to.  They will also tweet when they are nearly home on Friday - saves hanging around the school if they are stuck in traffic.

Yesterday Hubby and I went into London, we planned to go out for a nice meal and then Hubby surprised me by also booking a room in a hotel for the night.   

Our hotel was near The British Museum.  We went here last year with Sister and Family; however it is huge and we only did part of it then and even after yesterday we still haven't seen it all.  I love the Great Court it is so bright and airy - the amazing roof consists of 3,312 panes of glass and no two panes are the same.

We went for dinner at The Waldorf Hotel.   It was excellent - the food was delicious.   For pudding Hubby had the strawberry cheesecake and I had the Tiramisu - it was in my top 3 best Tiramisus!  (My Sisters is number 1)

On our way back to Kings Cross this morning I stopped to take some pictures of St Pancras railway station.  It is such a beautiful building and with the blue sky behind it - it looked even more impressive.  Luckily it was saved from being demolished in the 1960's, as something as hideous as the British Library next door may have been standing there today.  

I also took a photo of this field of rapeseed from the train - I love the bright yellow colour - it came out quite well - as the one below was my first attempt! 

Hope the sun is shining where you are.

Thanks for visiting

Today's top three Spotify songs:

1. Pretty In Pink - Psychedelic Furs
2. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
3. St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) - John Parr