Archive for May, 2010

31May

A cherry on top

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I am trying to work out the best way in which to document my Client’s feedback so that future clients have easy and immediate access thereto.  So far not sure about how to do this – any of you have any ideas?

For now, I am going to do a post containing some of the feedback i have received todate:

Kim: Shayne we so so thrilled with all of the eats for Toms party.  The cake was truly a work of art and the children were amazed at the detail – you even had tyre tracks on it.  Your cupcakes were a huge hit and i had several enquiries as to who prodived these awesome goodies.  Thanks for taking a load off and giving us the most delish treats.  You can see that you had as much fun making them as we had eating them.

Lindsay: I placed a very last minute cupcake order all the way from London for my dads birthday in South Africa. Shayne did not dissapoint. Thanks to her quick response to my emails, she was able to whip up these wonderful cupcakes at the last minute, exactly to my specifications. The feedback from my parents last night was, DIVINE!! They especially loved the icing. Thanks Shayne for your outstanding service and delicious cupcakes. We can highly
recommend yummymummycupcake and will definitely be ordering again in the future.

Peter & Betty Lou: A big thank you for the super cupcakes you made for Peter’s birthday and taking the trouble to meet us on the N2 – much appreciated.

Michelle: The cake was divine and I ate most of it myself!

Vicky: Thanks so much . Everything is beautiful. Very happy:)

Charmaine: … thanks for all the extra effort that you do put in to make everything so interesting and delicious.

Annamarie: Have to compliment you on your quiches. I had the butternut and blue cheese now and it is absolutely divine!!!!

Chandre: We have just tried your Red Velvet Cup Cakes.  I had them at the office to take them home for the weekend.  Well, only half of them arrived home!  Every client that came in looked at them and fell in love!  How could I not give them one?  This is a great way of winning friends over.  Well done on another fantastic cupcake!

Lisa: Your cake was a huge hit!  Isa loved it and it tasted DIVINE! Everybody raved about it.  Thanks again!!!

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Authored by: Shayne on Monday, May 31st, 2010 at 04:05
Categories: Cakes, Cupcakes
28May

Quad Bike Birthday Theme

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Is this not the most perfect theme for boy?

I thought so.  My client said that her little boy, who was turning 5, loved quad bikes and what could i do?  Hmmm, i did have to think a bit, but in the end decided on a ‘quad bike track’.  This is how it turned out and to say that the client (and her son) were completely thrilled, is an understatement.

I also did cupcakes – Vanilla with Red & Yellow (to match the quad bikes on the cake) Buttercream Frosting and ‘quad bike toppers’ and then others with 5 colourful sweeties.

And to complete the Birthday Package (pls email me if you are interested) my favourite Sugar Cookies – however this time, Spotty Dotty Cookies – aren’t they spottylicious!

I hope that, if nothing else, these gorgeous eats have inspired you to spend sometime in the kitchen, with your kiddies, creating yummy eats for them this weekend!

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Authored by: Shayne on Friday, May 28th, 2010 at 08:05
Categories: Cakes, Cupcakes
26May

Chocolate & Vanilla

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It is such an easy combo. But such a delicious one.

I recently had an order for a 70th birthday, and the client simply wanted Choc & Vanilla cupcakes, with Choc & Vanilla Frosting. Simple. Boring some of you may think, but to me not.

There is nothing more decadent that a rich, moist, chocolate cupcake with a big fat swirl of choc buttercream frosting. Topped with maybe a choc coated peanut or a choc button. Or a vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream. Or a choc cupcake with two tone frosting – like this.

As Oscar Wilde once said: “Simple pleasures are always the last refuge of the complex”

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Authored by: Shayne on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 at 08:05
Categories: Cupcakes
24May

Baby Shower Cupcakes

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Wherever you go these days, Cupcakes seem to be in demand. Just as well really, considering it’s my business!

A friend of mine recently had a baby boy, and for her Baby Shower I decided to try these cupcakes out.

A basic chocolate cake, with pale blue buttercream frosting and then topped with a white chocolate moulded figurine and sprinkled with pearl dragees. I just love how these turned out – simple but oh so sophisticated.

And they tasted good too – something that i believe is so important! So often a cupcake looks beautiful, but tastes awful.  It almost seems as if people are placing more importance on the decor of the cupcake, rather than the taste. Not clever me thinks?

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Authored by: Shayne on Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 14:05
Categories: Cupcakes
21May

Red Velvet Cupcakes

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If you read my other blog, you will have seen my post a while back about the Red Velvet Cupcakes that I had tried out, and whilst they were tasty, were nothing to write home about but looked fabulous.

I have changed my mind. I did a batch this morning for a client – and tried a different recipe. Martha Stewart – say no more!

Wow – they were really delicious. Whilst not as red as my previous bake, the taste was far superior. Velvety, moist, a mix between choc & vanilla and just yum. But the icing on the top was the frosting – literally. Cream cheese frosting that was not runny and difficult to work with. Thick, glossy and a breeze to frost with. Plus of course being just the right combination between sweet & savoury. Yummy.

Luckily there are 12 remaining – and it’s weekend? What do you think i’ll be doing?

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Authored by: Shayne on Friday, May 21st, 2010 at 03:05
Categories: Cupcakes
20May

Caramel Cheesecake

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Today was my turn to host Bookclub (we do lunch) and I decided that I wanted to try something a little different to what I normally do. For lunch I made Chicken Parmegiani with Roasted Veg, and this is what I settled on for dessert – Caramel Apple Cheescake Pie.

It was YUMMY. And very moreish. Very. And not too difficult to put together either. The biggest challenge is that it requires refrigerating for at least 4 hrs prior to serving, so i would suggest making it the day before you need it.

I have included the recipe below. I have modified it slightly to SA ingredients, but the original recipe is available at Annies Eats (the Chicken one also).

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie
Ingredients:
For the crust:
1½ cups digestive biscuit crumbs
3 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
5 1/3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup caramel
1 cup chopped pecans

For the apple filling:
5 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
5-6 Granny Smith (I used Pink Lady) apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

For the cheesecake:
240g cream cheese
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the topping:
¾ cup heavy cream
3-4 tbsp. castor sugar
¼ cup caramel
Chopped pecans

Directions:
To make the crust, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) .  Line the bottom of a 9-inch round spring form pan with parchment paper.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the digestive biscuit crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter.  Toss with a fork until all the crumbs are moistened and the ingredients are evenly mixed.  Transfer the mixture to the prepared spring form pan and press the crumbs in an even layer over the pan bottom and about half to two-thirds of the way up the sides of the pan.  Bake for 6-8 minutes, until golden in colour.  Let cool for about 10 minutes.  Pour a layer of caramel into the bottom of the crust and sprinkle evenly with the chopped pecans. Refrigerate the crust while you prepare the filling.

To make the apple filling, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Mix in the brown sugar, salt and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute, until bubbling.  Mix in the apple slices and toss well to coat.  Cook over medium to medium-high heat until tender and most of the liquid has been reduced, about 15-20 minutes.  Let cool for a few minutes and pour into the prepared pie shell. Set aside.

Reduce the heat of the oven to 350° F(175°C).  To make the cheesecake layer, combine the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.   Mix in the vanilla, egg and lemon juice until fully incorporated and smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Spread the cheesecake filling into an even layer over the top of the cooked apples in the crust.  Bake until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (I did overnight).

To serve, carefully remove the sides of the spring form pan.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form (being careful not to over beat.)  Spread gently over the top of the chilled cheesecake layer.  Top with dollops of caramel sauce and swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect.  Sprinkle with a handful of chopped pecans if desired.

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Authored by: Shayne on Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 10:05
Categories: Cakes
19May

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

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Or, Triple Chocolate Cupcakes – but doesn’t Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes sound so much more decadent?

Which, as you can imagine, these cupcakes most definately are.

First the cupcake itself – chocolate with chocolate chips. Then a big swirl of Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting – and lastly topped with a variety of Chocolately Treats – for these I chose Espresso Chuckles (Woolies), chunks of Bar One and a Oreo Wafer Cigarellos. And then just for good luck, a good sprinkling of Chocolate Vermicilli.

Decadent, yes?

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Authored by: Shayne on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 02:05
Categories: Cupcakes
18May

Easy Birthday Cakes (for girls)

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I thought I’d post a few pics just to show you all how easy it can be do bake and decorate your own children’s birthday cakes. I’ve taken pics from the last 3 years worth of cakes – they are not perfect, but you can get the general idea:

First Birthday Cake:

So simple – a No 1 – could it be easier? This was a carrot cake, iced in cream cheese frosting and decorated with marshmallow flowers. Relatively easy and oh so pretty?

Butterfly Cake:

This is a chocolate sponge cake which I traced a template of a butterfly onto, and then cut it out. You can decorate it any way you wish, in a myriad of colour and with so many different sweets. Simple buttercream icing is used. A cake like this is quite big tho, so it would be ideal to send to school, or for a BIG party!

Flower Cake:

This cake my 3yr old decided she wanted. And it was so easy! I cut out a template on paper, laid it over a tray cake and voila! You could go to town and ice each petal and the middle differently, but I took the easy route. And she loved it! I think this is a chocolate cake – but you could use any flavour you wished.

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Authored by: Shayne on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 02:05
Categories: Cakes
17May

Wedding Cupcakes

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Here are some cupcakes I did for a wedding recently. The bride did not want to go overboard in the decor or the flavour of the cupcakes. She wanted 90 vanilla and 90 chocolate cupcakes, frosted with a Fluffy Meringue Frosting and sprinkled with assorted sized silver balls.

I did wonder about the simplicity of these cakes, especially as a wedding cupcake, but they were stunning. They tasted delicious – moist and tasty, but the Meringue Frosting really did make the cake. Glossy and luxurious looking.

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Authored by: Shayne on Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 02:05
Categories: Cupcakes
14May

Pretty Cupcakes

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Here are some cupcakes that I made for a 7 year old little girl. I was told that she was ‘crazy about pink & purple’ so used that as the jumping block to start my design idea.

As the cupcakes were for a children’s birthday party, I didn’t go too elaborate for the decorations – simple Candy Coated Chocolate Heart, Pink & White Sprinkles and little Butterflies.

Pretty though and so easily adjustable to suit any colour scheme or party theme.

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Authored by: Shayne on Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 12:05
Categories: Cupcakes