Sunday, May 30, 2010

My New Kitchen Aid

Check out my beautiful, shiny new Kitchen Aid; a present from my loving mother. I wanted a pistachio green or pale pink one, but white was the next best option. Thanks to this appliance there will be much less mess and I'll be able to easily make 5 cake batches all at once. I'll also be able to make perfect meringues (which I never had the patience to make before). I'm so excited to use it! 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Baby Cakes

I made these baby cakes for the Kate Sylvester press day this morning. There's mini lemon curd, mini fig and raspberry with caramelised honey almonds and mini banana cakes with white chocolate buttons. I think these are nice for special occasions because they don't require a plate and don't need to be cut in half. Nope, these little babies can go straight into the mouth in one bite. Any type of cake can be made mini so if anyone would like to order a batch, they will be $1.20 each.

xx

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Best Banana Cake - Banana Cake with Lemon Icing

I've made many a banana cake over the course of my baking career, but I think this Donna Hay recipe is the best yet. The cake is fluffy and sweet and so comforting to eat. It brings back memories of my childhood. The recipe calls for a confident amount of ripe (organic) bananas, a hint of lemon zest and a delicious coating of lemon icing. I could've added dates and nuts, but here I think simplicity is the key. Enjoy!


Ingredients:

cake

butter
sugar
vanilla extract
organic eggs
organic bananas
flour (could be replaced with a gluten free flour)
lemon juice and zest

icing

icing sugar
butter
lemon zest and juice


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Caker Cafe

Next year I want to start up my own cafe / shop where people can come for the best coffee and tea in town and a slice of cake. I'm thinking something very Agnes Curran / Rose Bakery-esque with little tables for two and a big long communal table in the middle. I want flowers and art and vintage tea cups. I want people to walk past and be drawn in with the smell of freshly bakes cakes. There will be organic salads and strawberry tarts and customers will be able to purchase whole cakes for their dinner parties. What do you think?



Images (top to bottom)/ thisisnaive, somuchtotellyou, orangette, somuchtotellyou

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lemon Sandwich Cake – Lemon Cake With Home-made Lemon Curd


I decided to do a re-run of my lemon curd sandwich cake this week, because who doesn't love this one? It's simply 2 layers of moist lemon cake laced with lemon zest, stuck together with a generous slathering of freshly made lemon curd and topped with another layer of the delicious spread.

Ingredients:

Cake:
butter
sugar
organic eggs
vanilla extract
lemon zest
milk
flour
baking powder

Curd:
lemon juice
butter
sugar
organic eggs


Friday, May 7, 2010

The Caker at Plaything Markets



Today I had a little baking stand at the Plaything markets on France St. I sold various cupcakes and Belgian Biscuits and it was so much fun! Make sure you all come along next month, even if it's just to sample.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

'The Belgian Cake' - Belgian Biscuit Cake (a mother's day special)

I had an interesting request for a cake this week. It was from my good friend Charlette who wanted a Belgian biscuit themed cake for her friend Rachel's birthday (her favourite food apparently). I loved the idea! So I made 2 layers of spicy, cinnamony cake, stuck together with a spread of raspberry jam, topped with pale pink raspberry icing and sprinkled with pink sugar. I even placed a Belgian biscuit on top as an extra garnish. I hope it tastes as good as it looks!

Ingredients:

butter
sugar
organic eggs
cinnamon
mixed spice
ginger
milk
flour
baking powder

icing sugar
raspberry essence
mini meringues

the jam sandwich process