Saturday, 28 April 2012

Rosie in the park

Rosie in park was based at Cambridge's Parker's piece.  To be honest it wasn't the best day the weather was cold and rainy so there was not much of a turn out.  I was not too happy with how many stalls were there either. It had about 15 stalls and 7 of them were selling food including cakes so it was hard to sell. 
I went for baby themed as it was to raise money for the Rosie part of Addenbrokes hospital.  I made baby chocolate cake pops and baby rattles in pink and blue.  Chocolate and vanilla whoopie pies with lemon and marshmallow frosting.  On these whoopie pies I made some sleeping babies and covered them in blankets.  I also made chocolate and peanut butter whoopie pies.
Also on the stall I had some Gingerbread men,  Lemon Macarons and vanilla baby cupcakes. I hope you like the pictures just a shame there wasn't a big turn out.

Whoopie babies

Baby and rattle cake pops

Gingerbread men

Lemon Macarons

Friday, 27 April 2012

Lemon Macarons

Lemon Macarons these are  my favourite ones I have made so far.  I recently bought an amazing book from Pierre Herme and I want to try as many of the Macarons as I can. The macaron its self is plain but inside is the most wonderful lemon curd butter cream. The only thing with macarons is they do take time to make and you should plan in advance to make them. Once they are made they need to rest in the fridge for 24 hours and if your really organised you should used 1 week old egg whites too. I am really happy with my picture at the top. I think my photos are really improving now and showing off my bakes well. I will be putting a recipe on for macarons very soon so watch this space. If you want to order some of my macarons please go to my website for details Thank you

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Me to you Bear cake

I am so proud of my bear I made for this cake.  I coloured rolled fondant grey and made a simple bear shape. I then made some royal icing and piped all around the bear to give it a fury look. The longest bit was the pipping but I think it looks so effective but I must say I did feel like chopping my arm off after though!  The great thing about this bear of course is it all edible which I love :) The cake was for a girl turning 21 and the mother wanted something plain and defiantly no pink or flowers! So I made the cake pale blue and do a few squares with stitches on like the me to you bear has on him. Hope you like my take on the me to you bear.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Milkshake and ice cream sundae cupcakes

I really love these cupcakes I think they are so cool and so much fun. I made these for a charity event in my home town. The lady was really pleased with them and she put them into the raffle.  I Made vanilla cupcakes and decorated them into milk shakes and ice cream sundaes. I saw something like this on line ages ago and really wanted to make them. I hope you like my cupcakes and thanks for reading much more to come this way :)

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Chocolate and orange Macarons

Last week for the beauty salon I made chocolate and orange macarons. I use the chocolate recipe in my new Pierre Herme's book and just changed the chocolate as the one he uses I think you need to buy from France. Then I made my own orange butter cream to go between them. They were very lovely and had lots of flavour but the texture was a little different. I think it was to do with adding melted chocolate to the mix. It made the macarons more hollow but they did still have that chewy texture.  I hope you like the pictures and thank you for reading.  I have so many blogs still to write up so please come back again :)

Friday, 20 April 2012

Burnt butter cupcakes, Snicker and peanut butter muffins.

A gentle men order some cakes from me to take to his work for his birthday. He said he didn't mind what I made just some nice cakes to share around. I made burnt butter cupcakes which i had seen in one of my Nigella cookbooks and they seemed very interesting so i was naturally eager to try them out. The burnt butter cupcakes tasted lovely as they had a wonderful nutty taste to them. I also made snicker and peanut butter muffins which melted in your mouth as you ate them.  I also made my very popular carrot cake which i turned into cupcakes. As i was informed the cakes all went down a treat with his colleagues.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Disaronno Cake

I was really excited about making this cake because I hadn't done one like this before and I had a little look on the web to see if anyone had made any so I could get some ideas and there wasn't any that I thought were that good. I have a edible printer so I was going to print the label out on that and stick it to the cake but sadly when I came to make the cake my printer decided not to work :( I made my cakes as close to delivery time as possible so I didn't have time to get the printer fixed before the cake was due so I had to make the label myself. The cake itself is almond with almond butter cream as this is what the customer asked for and i really liked the taste of the cake. I cut the cake to shape and made the lid out of sugar paste. I then covered with rolled fondant and painted the cake using my edible paints. I'm very happy with how the cake turned out hope you like it too! also on facebook :)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Lemon Tart

A lemon Tart is one of my favourite desserts! It's quite funny because before I was taking over with the cooking bug I never really tried anything else apart from chocolate desserts. If we went to a restaurant it was always be a chocolate fudge cake or chocolate ice cream I would go for. Then when I started to cook I realised how much I had missed out on these wonderful flavours I didn't even try I felt rather stupid.  This pastry is one of my favourites using icing sugar and lemon zest. I got this recipe from a very old Marco Pierre White book (white Heat) and it really is a wonderful lemon tart. I have just made a mini one as I love cute and small desserts and only being 5 foot myself I always say all good things come in small packages :) I have just prepared some fruit on the side and sprinkled some glitter on top which I learnt from a lovely lady Christine, who I met on Baking mad. She put it on her cheesecake and it looked lovely. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed my blog

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Hungry Caterpillar Cake

The hungry Caterpillar was the  choice of cake for one of my niece's 4th Birthday this year. So that it was I gave her and she really liked it.  My wonderful boyfriend made the leaf out of wood for the cake board and I covered it with icing and painted the leaf with edible paints.  I made the Caterpillar out of fondant and the same with the food around the cake. I wanted to get the colour as close to the colours in the book as I could so I painted them all by hand. I hope you like it, I felt a little bit of an artist making this cake with all the painting I done for it but I think it gave the cake a better look. Would love to know what you think of my take on The Hungry Caterpillar. Thanks for your time Hannah x

Monday, 16 April 2012

Almond Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes  for a man at my dads work. My dad works for a company that do shop fitting and I really wanted an island in my kitchen. Since getting my amazing new oven I'd lost quite a bit of work top space so my partner bought me some base units and my dad managed to get me some wood from from his work and got it sprayed with  a lovely white gloss. Also my lovely dad bought me a piece of glass to go on top of the wood so I can do all my sugar paste and covering cakes on it too. The reason I made the cakes for the man was I bribed him to get the work top done quickly for me and I'll make him some cakes! Cakes can get you most things if you ask :) So I made him some almond cupcakes with almond and chocolate butter cream they were lovely. As they were for a man I didn't make them too pretty just some flaked almonds on top sprinkled with icing sugar and chocolate flakes. I've put the pictures below and also I thought I would show you my wonderful new work top! I'm a lucky gal! :)

Just need the doors on the cupboards then it's finished :)

Sunday, 15 April 2012

50th Birthday Cake pops

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to make these cake pops for a ladies 50th Birthday. She wanted 130 cake pops as a present for her guests.  I had made her some cake pops a week before for mothers day from her daughter.  She liked the cake pops so much she asked me to make some with her logo on for the party. She gave the logo and to be honest with you I was a little scared as it was a big logo to fit on a cake pop but I manage to piped all 130 in about 2 hours :) I have put a picture of the logo on here for you to see as well as my cake pops hope you like. I have also attached a recipe if you would like to make them yourself. If you would like to order some please visit my website  these travel very well and last for up to a week due to the candy melts. Thanks for reading.

The recipe for cake pops

What you will need
560g Cooked chocolate cake
375g Chocolate Butter cream
1.5kg Candy Melts
Lolly pop sticks

  1. Break up your chocolate sponge with your fingers in a bowl until you have a texture similar to bread crumbs.
  2. Then add your soft butter cream to the bowl and stir until the mixture sticks together.
  3. Have a tray with parchment paper on ready to put your cake balls on and weigh them to about 26g each and roll into balls.
  4. Place on your baking tray and leave in the fridge for about 2 hours until they firm up.
  5. Now you need to melt your candy melts follow the instructions on the packet for this.
  6. Take your cake balls out of the fridge. Dip your lolly sticks in the candy melts about an inch in then push into the cake ball.
  7. Then you need to dip the whole cake pop into the candy melts and pull out quite quickly.
  8. Place the dipped cake pop in the Styrofoam and continue with the rest. This should make around 30 to 40 cake pops
  9. Once you have dipped all your cake pops comes the fun part of decorating them. There are so many different things you can make them into just let your imagination run wild.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Salted caramel macarons

A few weeks ago I did a bit of amazon therapy and bought myself a new cook book.  Not just any cook book Pierre Herme's Macarons bible should I say. It's such an amazing book and he really is my idol. His an amazing pastry chef with patisseries in many countries and he even has a school he teaches in in America ( so cool) It was rather funny because just after I bought the book the owner of A revolution asked me if I could make macaroons as she loved them. I said yes and told her I had just bought an amazing book on them. So I went a head and made some for her the following week. It's quite funny really because I asked her if she had liked them and what did the customers think. She told me to be honest there wasn't much left for the customers I took a lot home for  myself as I loved them so much :) So that's really good. Im going to make it my mission to make as many macarons as I can from the book. I have tried some before in the shops and believe they don't compare to making them yourself. I was pleased with how well they looked and they were crisp and chewy at the same time. One of the tricks to get them the right texture is to keep them in the fridge for 24 hours after they are made. The flavour I went for first was salted caramel as I thought they sounded wonderful and most of the ingredients for these ones were pretty easy to find unlike some of the recipes in the book. Hope you like my take on Pierre Herme's Macarons . Ps I am calling them Macarons as this is the french way of spelling it :)

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Easter Fare

Good Friday I was very lucky to be asked to attend an event to be held at Sandcastles in Haverhill.  I know the lady who was running the event and she asked me if I would like to have stall on the day.  The event was to be the biggest Easter egg hunt in our town and there was going to be other stalls and lots of things the children to do.  The event was to raise money for Sandcastles nursery so they could brighten up the garden for the children.  I decided to make lots of Easter treats including whoopie pies, cake pops and cupcakes.  I made chocolate and peanut butter whoopie pies which I know taste great.  Chocolate and marshmallow whoopie pies, Chocolate and lemon cupcakes and vanilla cake pops. I did really well on the stall and I was very lucky to have great weather as we were outside and you never know what will happen :) Thanks for reading Hannah's Buns

Brownie and Carrot cake

Some brownies and Carrot cake made for the lovely Sarah from Finishing touch interiors.  I made these cakes for a friend of mine who runs her own business she is a interior designer and she also sells wonderful items from her on line boutique and she also sells wonderful cooking equipment for children. I have put her link on this blog in case you would like to have a look at what she does. Sarah loves my carrot cake so she asked if I would make some for an event she was hosting and she also wanted some of my melt in the mouth brownies too :) I'm very happy with these pictures I am starting to get better at taking photo's of my food. I guess its like most things practise! Thanks for reading Hannah's Buns blog x

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Christening cake

This was a very special cake for me to make as the theme was all my own design.
The cake was for three children being Christened together a little girl and two boys. Their mother told me she wasn't really sure what she wanted and that maybe i could do a bible with the children's and god parents names on. So I came up with a design for it but also I came up with something else.

I wanted the cake to be individual to all the children so i asked the lady what the children liked and if they had any hobbies. She told me her oldest son loved horse riding and her younger son was a football fan. Her little girl was just a baby and something pink would be nice. So I thought i could make each child sitting on the tier and have the tier designed around the child.

This Tier I sprayed pink and made the little girl out of fondant so she's completely edible. I put her in a pink dress with a comfort blanket and teddy bear. I also made some building blocks and piped on the cake her name and the date of the christening.

The youngest boy I made attached to a lolly pop stick so I could have him coming out of the cake saving a goal. I piped a goal on the cake and made some sugar paste footballs around the cake. I also piped his name and piped some grass on the tier.

The oldest boy I sat him on his tier and made a horse riding hat and cut out more horses, boots and rosettes and stuck them to the cake. I hope you like my design and thank you for reading :)

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Carrot Cupcakes

I made some carrot cake cupcakes for A revolution as the owner loved the ones I had made for the Pink Rose Tea party the week before. I have had some wonderful comments about my carrot cake saying its the best carrot cake they have ever tasted and I have had this from at least about 10 different people so I think this cake is definitely a crowd pleaser. I think many people have tasted shop bought carrot cake and its really not the same also people sometimes tend to cook it for too long so that the cake dries out. The carrot cake is moist with just the right amount of spices and citrus fruit and topped with a delicious orange cream cheese frosting.  Hope you enjoy reading my food blog also I'm on face book and have a website Thanks