17/03/2010

What a busy week!


Well Mother's day weekend was very busy in our house! Lot's of lucky mum's out there getting yummy cupcakes! Below is a few pics of some of the one's that went out.





I also had a cupcake class with a lovely couple from Wales who want to set up their own cupcake business. It was a fun few hours and they had a great time learning decorating techiniques and were really pleased with how their cakes turned out. Below is a picture of them!





My cupcake classes are getting more popular now with a lot of bookings coming in, and i love doing them.


Order wise not much this week. Had some to do for a 40th Birthday this weekend and it's my lovely man's birthday so some baking to be done there!


On Tuesday at 20:30 BBC2 "The Delicious Miss Dahl" starts and I cannot wait. I have her book "Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights" and it's one of my favourites. Yummy recipes and a beautiful book to read as well.



Hope everyone has a fab week :-)

09/03/2010

I can't believe it's March!


The past few months have wizzed by! I can't believe we are in March already. I'm happy that the snow seems to have steered clear for a while now and i'm looking forward to getting some more sunshine!!


Some sunshine theme cupcakes


Last time I mentioned I launched the cupcake classes. I have 2 people coming on Friday for a 121 class. So looking forward to that. She is looking to set up as a business so will be sharing my experience of setting Jessica's Cupcakes up.


This week I have some cupcakes I'm donating for a charity cake sale for a local nursery- they are going to be Chocolate orange brownie flavour. Yummy crumbliness (is that a word?!). Have posted my recipe below.

I also have some christening cupcakes to do in a pink and cream theme. So a fairly quiet week- means I can do some testing with new flavours and designs.

Something i've always wanted to do is to write a book so currently researching that- want to do a cupcake book- or maybe baking in general. Need to do some thinking. If anyone has any hints and tips on writing/publishing a book then please let me know!


Remember the upcoming dates for cupcake classes are:

Friday 23rd April 2010
Friday 21st May 2010
Friday 18th June 2010

They run from 10am-1pm and cost £50. See http://www.jessicascupcakes.com/ for more info.



Here is an order i did for a girly girl who loves Top Gear!



Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Makes 12 and few cupcakes
Ingredients
60g milk chocolate
Rind and juice from 1 orange
90g softened butter
225g brown sugar
2 eggs
80g self raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 175 degrees celcius
1. Put chocolate, orange rind and orange juice in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until melted. Then leave to one side to cool slightly.
2. Put butter, eggs and sugar in a mixer and mix until light and fluffy.
3. Sift flour and cocoa into butter mix. Then add the chocolate orange mixture and mix until combined.
4. Spoon into cupcake cases and bake in oven for about 25 minutes and then cool.
For topping you can use a vanilla buttercream, chocolate buttercream or a yummy cream cheese frosting with some orange zest added.