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

Angry Birds Birthday Cake

By Monday, October 20, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

Angry Birds Birthday Cake

It’s October and that means we get to celebrate another Birthday! My Son celebrated his 6th Birthday this year and he requested an Angry Birds themed party.

We held his party at a playcentre – where the food & drinks were provided. I just needed to bring the cake. An Angry Birds cake.

I started baking on the Tuesday before the party and made 2 chocolate mud cakes. Wednesday sandwiched the 2 cakes together with a chocolate ganache centre and then I covered the cake in chocolate ganache. I was really wrapped with how the cake turned out at this stage…a very recent trip to the Cake, Bake & Sweets Show in Melbourne had me learning a few new tricks and taa daaa.

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Thursday was covering the cake with fondant first with the white fondant and then secondly with the red & finally the face of ‘Red’. Sadly I didn’t take pictures of the inbetween stages…way to focussed on my goal to stop.

Angry Birds Birthday Cake

Lastly I did all the fondant figures on Friday night. I also had my Husband print out Oliver’s name with the Angry Birds font and I cut that and over layed it onto fondant and used a knife to cut the lettering. It’s not the most neatest up close but from a distance it looked awesome and Oliver was really excited to see his name in “Angry Birds writing”.

Angry Birds Birthday Cake

Angry Birds Birthday Cake

Angry Birds Cake

Now I will credit Pinterest for the ideas for the cake – that app / website is a gold mine of inspiration. I use it all the time to get ideas or just zone out.

Angry Birds Cake

It did take time to create but staggering the work over several days makes it so much easier and I always did any work on the cake at nights, only because I have kids that want to help. Ahhh yeah…lol.

If I were to change anything it would be the actual cake. It was a perfect Mud Cake but maybe using dark chocolate made it too bitter for the kids? I liked it and there is nothing worse than a cake that is sickly sweet, having said that you still need a glass of water after eating this cake.

Cheers

Alex