Delicious Chocolate Macarons

By Tuesday, November 18, 2014 0 , , Permalink 0

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My Son’s school had a Twilight Market on last Friday night. A letter went out to all the parents asking for baked goods to be donated for the Home Produce Stall. I decided to make Macarons, you know because they are just so damn easy to make!!! Pffft. I started baking the shells the day before the market & finished them later that same evening.

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 I like to try and match up the shells prior to piping the ganache so they are similar in size.

Chocolate Macaron Shell

Ok, I have made them before and they do take a bit of time to make but I love Macarons & sometimes they work brilliantly and sometimes I have a whole mother load of macarons that I can eat because they just didn’t work. I have tried making the packaged versions. Once they worked and were awesome, although not enough of them. The second packaged batch I made was a different brand and absolute failure…I threw a tantrum. I bought the pack again and tried again and they failed again. No more packet mixes for me, they are full of shite that I would never put in my macarons anyway.

Chocolate Macaron ganache

So I took a risk and decided to try a new recipe. They worked really well and tasted delicious, of course I had to sample a few – just to be sure!!

chocolate macaron ganache

Chocolate macaron

Cellophane packaged macarons

I made up 45 in total (I think there were more but they weren’t pretty so ended up as ‘testers’!.) and put 5 to a cellophane bag with a cute ribbon & ingredients list. All 8 bags sold and I may…ok…I bought a bag of my own macarons and I am pleased to say they were the very last bag of my macarons! HIT!! yay!!

Cheers

Alex

It’s another Frozen cake

By Monday, July 28, 2014 1 , , , Permalink 0

In April it was my Daughter’s 3rd Birthday. Yes she is crazy about Frozen and yes she asked for a Frozen cake and YES I made one.

My cake making mojo decided that it was the perfect time to bugger off and so what would normally take me a few days to bake & decorate took almost 1 week. I made about 6 cakes and they were all crap. I even weighed butter for one of the cakes but didn’t realise that the scales were resting up against my blender and it was adding 300gms more…so that cake had a shite load of butter.

Fondant snowflakes (I used a plunger cookie cutter) in white

fondant snowflakesAnd in blue.

blue fondant snowflakes

I had pinned heaps of frozen themed cakes and parties on Pinterest and also in this world void of anything Frozen related managed to find a whole set of Frozen cake toppers on Ebay that had Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Olaf, Kristoph, Prince whats-his-face and the Deer one (having watching Frozen over eleventy billion times I am surprised that both those two characters names aren’t FROZEN into my brain!).

The top layer of the cake is all covered.

Disney Frozen cakeFondant in hand I covered my cakes and also found this awesome recipe online for making a sugar version of ‘Breaking Bad’ blue meth – not the real stuff the fake stuff that they would use on the show. So I figured if I could make that and and break it into shards and stick it around the cake and on top then it has that icy thing going on.

Awesome, so I got all the bits together and the night before her party was up until 1am putting all the finishing touches to her cake.

Disney Frozen cakeUnfortunately the pics aren’t the best quality..but you get the idea.

Disney Frozen cakeIn the morning my Husband wakes me to tell me my cake is broken. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Yes!

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Disney Frozen cakeThe crystal shards at the top of the cake had bent over and then stuck to the fondant icing at the top. He didn’t want to touch it and left it for me to handle.

Sigh!

I tried to fix it and it made everything worse.

Disney Frozen cakeLucky for me I had a piping bag full of royal icing and so I made another quick batch of blue sugar ice crystals and cracked some new shards to add to the cake. They melted again but by that stage the party was in full swing and no one actually realised that there was a ‘cake issue’. One of my friends said she thought it was supposed to be that way.

Anyway…here is the finished cake in all it’s glory. My daughter didn’t see the cake with the characters on it until about 1hr before her party. The look on her face and her saying over and over that “this is the best party I have ever had” made my day. She is happy…and I was happy!

Disney Frozen cakeThe cake toppers are her ‘friends’ now. She plays with them and only this morning we almost lost Olaf at school drop off. YIKES!

 

Cheers

Alex