Lorraine’s party package

Lorraine is a long-time client of my mom’s so I only felt a tiny twang of performance anxiety when she booked me to bake cupcakes for her birthday party.

After some deliberation and weighing up all the options, I received an order for 60 chocolate cupcakes topped with Lindt & Amarula ganache, a malted puff ball and a rose petal or two.

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Order confirmed, our conversation soon turned to my very famous courgette cake.  Or to be more exact, my version of Flora’s Courgette Cake, as featured in Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess.  I told Lorraine how all my clients’ reactions went from the initial “eeuuww” to “THIS. IS. THE. BEST. CAKE. EVER.” once then have taken a bite.  So she decided to order one too.

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I was quite nervous about the outcome of the cake, especially because I’m usually around when people take their first bite.  But there was no need:  I got an e-mail this morning, singing its praises 🙂

Looking back at all my blog entries until now, I think that Flora Woods’s Courgette Cake has probably received the most coverage.  Of course, I added my own secret ingredients to give it the Cake Revolution stamp, and I developed an additional lemon curd topping (thanks Flora – your curd recipe is tops too!!), but I need to thank Flora Woods once again for giving Nigella this recipe and, in turn, inspiring me to bake something truly great.

I owe you one!

Flower Power

I often get asked to provide cupcakes for a class party at school.  These flower power cupcakes always come up tops.

You need:

  • Your favourite cupcake recipe
  • Decorate the cupcakes with your favourite buttercream frosting
  • A packet of large and small marshmallows (pastel colours)
  • A packet of Smarties

To make the flowers, cut a marshmallow into four slices… the cutting action will automatically shape the petals.  Repeat with the smaller marshmallows, arrange on your cupcakes and top off with a Smartie “bud”.

And so I shocked my mom at last!

My mom has been a baker for as long as I can remember.  And after all these years, the one thing that’ll always stand out for me is her refusal to make anything “naughty”.  It’s just not her thing.

So when I received a cupcake order for a bachelorette party, I jumped at the chance experienced three firsts:

  1. I visited a sex shop for the first time EVER as I couldn’t find pecker moulds anywhere else in Cape Town,
  2. I made naughty cupcakes, and
  3. Managed to shock my mom!

Yes, ME, the ever obedient daughter showed my mom that any gal can have her own special penis cake – and eat it too 🙂

Oh… and to make the cakes extra porno, I mixed a little strawberry jam into the butter icing!

Triple Choc Delight

One of my husband’s colleagues recently ordered a batch of cupcakes to give to the team of nurses who cared for her. She wanted something chocolaty and different, so I came up with this triple choc delight:  Chocolate cupcakes topped with a rich choc-butter icing decorated with chocolate malted puffs.  It turned out to be so popular, I received another order within the week!

 

 

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.