Posts Tagged ‘baking’

Food for the eyes:

An Afternoon Tea, Federico Andreotti

I usually have sour cream with chilli, fajitas and the like, so when I read about this recipe I was a bit sceptical, but it was actually delicious.  There’s sour cream in the cake and the icing and it works really well with the sharpness of the blueberries (which are also in the cake as well as on top of it). I’m not sure what it is, but something about this cake makes it really impressive when you serve it – the Gent and our flatmate both said “wow!” when it was served up – and considering it’s actually really easy (and with those blueberries, it stays wonderfully moist, so it’s quite hard to mess up!), it’s a great cake for serving up for friends and family.  Of course, a day doesn’t go by without us Brits having afternoon tea (hehehe!) and this would be ideal for just such an occasion.

I followed this recipe from Good Food: 101 Cakes & Bakes – I’ve tried a few recipes from here and they’ve all been good so far, so I recommend it. I also often use recipes from here as a basis for my own variations and so far so good!  A variation of the recipe (the icing/frosting is different) is also available online: Blueberry Soured Cream Cake with Cheesecake Frosting.

I wish I’d taken a photo of the cake after it was sliced, as the inside looks lovely with all those purply cooked up blueberries.  Oh well, just an excuse to make it again!!

And speaking of baking – if you ever get the chance to bake/taste the coconut and lime cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery recipe book, take it!  They are my favourite cupcake combo, all zingy and light and lovely!  In fact, this is my main book for cupcakery and I heartily recommend it!


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Look what I just made!

The yellow ones are vanilla and the pink are rose-flavoured. YUM!

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What is it that people love so much about cupcakes?

I’m afraid I don’t have an answer, but I do have an addiction to the darn things.  So when I saw this book for £5 at my office’s book club, I just couldn’t resist:

Huzzah for many different recipes (for the cake and icing) and lots of inspiring ideas.  There’s even a recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes and another for rose icing (I love all things rose-flavoured).

The only down side?  This means that I’m sorely tempted to buy lots of fun cake-decorating bits, like brightly-coloured sprinkle shapes and coloured sparkly sugars.  I managed to be sensible at the weekend and only bought fairly necessary and non-frivolous baking equipment: a cooling rack, a spatula (in a pretty colour, naturally) and I ordered some scales for the kitchen as they didn’t have the ones I wanted.

While on the subject of cupcakes… if you happen to live in the area, I can recomment the yumminess of The Swallow Bakery’s cupcakes – super-nom-noms.

If the first bite really is taken with the eyes, then cupcakes must be one of the most delicious and filling foods in the world.  (No mention of their fattening qualities, thankyouplease!)

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