Strawberry cupcakes – perfect for summer

There’s nothing as nice as a plain and simple cupcake. But what better way to celebrate the start of summer than to dip a strawberry in chocolate, dust some glitter on top and pop it on top of a chocolate cupcake with buttercream topping.

This has become a firm favourite, both at the office when I feel like treating my team, as well as for birthday parties.  And that feeling of letting the chocolate-tipped strawberry melt in your mouth before you surrender to the spongy sweetness of the cupcake is pure bliss…

Cupcake challenge

Cupcakes with edible images of the latest kid or teen craze are very (and increasingly) popular.  High School Musical remains a firm favourite, while Bob the Builder and Bratz are loved by the young ones.

I have experimented with a wide range of designs but have decided to mount my images on digestive biscuits for a more 3-d look. 

Thanks Nigella!

I love Nigella Lawson.  Not a stalker kind of love, of course!  But it is Nigella who – apart from my baker mother – inspires me to really up the ante on my baking.  So when I saw the recipe for Flora’s Courgette Cake in How to be a Domestic Goddess, I decided to try it out.  Except… I made some changes and made muffins instead.  YUMMY.

Thanks Nigella.  And thanks Flora Woods for giving Nigella the recipe.  This is way better than carrot cake.

Wedding samples – turning disaster into opportunity

Dear stupid female driver To whom it may concern

It took me days of designing and hours of baking and decorating – most of it through Saturday night – to prepare a dozen cupcake samples for a client’s upcoming wedding.

You see, I meet prospective clients, learn about their likes and dislikes and the colour scheme and theme of their function, and create samples from which they make their final choice.  It’s hard work but that’s my choice and how I operate.

But on Sunday morning, after working through the night to ensure that she received the bestest, freshest goodies, and doing about 20 km/h down the road to ensure the safety of my precious cargo, you decided NOT to stop on the corner of Daphne and Empire, causing me to brake so hard that my cake boxes turned over and ruined a week’s worth of work.

Thank you for ruining my day allowing me to recreate and perfect my samples. 

I hope you rot in hell.  Practice makes perfect.