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Passionfruit naked cake with lemon and passionfruit curd

Hi everyone!

I’m going to share a cake recipe that I used for my friend’s 22nd birthday. He was going for a rustic theme and wanted something summery so I went with a naked cake, using passion fruit and fruits that are in season right now in Australia. I followed the cake recipe by Phoebe Wood and Kirsten Jenkins and a lemon and passionfruit curd by Poh Ling Yeow. The recipe below makes 2x 20cm round cakes. I made 4 batches of this cake recipe, which filled 3x 20cm round cake tins and 2x 27cm round cake tins.

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Photo taken by Adriana, follow her on instagram @adrianasavvy

 

Passionfruit naked cake:

Ingredients:

  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 240g (1cup) sour cream
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) fresh passionfruit pulp or canned passionfruit pulp (roughly 6 passionfruits)
  • 350g (21/3 cups) self-raising flour, sifted

 Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160o Grease 2x20cm round cake pans and line with baking paper.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add one egg at a time until well combined. Beat in the sour cream and passionfruit pulp and combined. Fold in the flour. Evenly divide the cake mixture into the cake tins. Smooth the tops and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer placed in the middle of the cake is clean when removed.
  3. Remove from the oven and cool in the tins for 15 minutes before placing it on a wire rack.
  4. Once completely cool, trim off the domed top of the cake.

Assembling the cake

  • I trimmed off the tops of the cakes (except for top layer) and sandwiched whipped cream and this lemon and passionfruit curd in between each layer.
  • Placed 5 plastic tube dowels through the middle of the bottom, larger tier before placing the top tier on top to give structural support.
  • Dust the cake with icing sugar and garnish with fresh fruit and serve with the remaining curd.

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Happy baking! Please like and follow if you haven’t already, leave me a comment below if you have any questions. Follow me on instagram, @aliciaspunsugar to see more from me! 🙂

Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Desserts for Kids

Hi everyone! Hope you are all well. It’s time for me to finally make my last post on some treats that you can create for a Peppa Pig themed party. If you haven’t seen my other Peppa Pig themed treats then have a look at my Peppa Pig Picnic Birthday cake and Peppa Pig Vanilla cookie pops. For those who aren’t familiar with Peppa Pig, she always puts on her yellow boots when playing outside in the mud. So I’ll be summarising the process of how I created these Muddy Puddles. It’s extremely easy, all I did was remove the cream filling of some Oreo cookies and bashed them up with a rolling pin. I made sure that the crumbs weren’t too fine, to give it a ‘dirt’ appearance and spooned them at the bottom of the plastic cups. I continued to pipe some chocolate crème pâtissière (I used this recipe which can be found hereon top of the crumbs, spooned more Oreo crumbs on top and placed a pair of yellow boots, which were made out of fondant. I used the white fondant from Satin Ice and used yellow gel colouring.

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Thanks for reading! Hope you all weren’t sick of all the Peppa Pig posts. I swear this was the last one! Leave a comment below if you have any questions and follow/like my blog!

Peppa Pig Vanilla Cookie Pops

Hi everyone,

As promised in my previous Peppa Pig cake post, I’m going to go through the process of how I constructed the Peppa Pig cookie pops. It’s super easy and cute for kids’ birthdays. You don’t necessarily need to recreate Peppa Pig, this would also work great with other large cookie cutters for other characters or shapes (e.g. stars or flowers).

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Peppa pig cookie pop

Peppa Pig Vanilla Cookie Pops

Vanilla cookie recipe

Adapted from Sugary Winzy’s Pinwheel cookie recipe (just made the vanilla dough)

Yields roughly 20 cookie pops (this will vary, depending on the shape and size of your cookie cutter)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (227g) butter
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 3 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

 Lemon royal icing:

  • Powdered royal icing (Queens brand) mixed with some lemon flavouring and water.

 Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in 1 egg at a time until completely mixed. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  3. Mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Wrap the dough mixture in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Roll the dough out around and cut out shapes with the desired cookie cutter (I used a large Peppa pig cookie cutter, roughly 8cm wide)
  5. Push a cookie pop stick (Wilton cookie sticks) behind the cut cookie. Reinforce the back with some leftover cookie dough. Continue this process until all the cookie dough is finished.
  6. Place all of the cookie pops on a tray, lined with baking paper and stick in the freezer for 10-20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 165oC (325F).
  7. Remove tray from the freezer and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden.
  8. Place cooking on a wire rack to cool.
  9. Prepare royal icing when the cookies have cooled. I flood the cookie with light pink royal icing and then let them set for roughly 30 minutes, until a crust formed on the surface. I then thickened the royal icing, until it became 20-second icing in order to pipe on the facial features. The black pupils of the eyes were drawn on with a black edible marker.
  10. Allow the cookies to set over night. Wrap in plastic and tape the bottom tightly.
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Wrapping them up!

The part about the royal icing can become a little confusing, so leave me a comment below if you have any questions. Like and follow if you haven’t already! Have you made cookie pops before? If so, what flavour and what shape? In other news, I just created an instagram account, @aliciaspunsugar. Come follow me! :).

Peppa Pig Picnic Cake

Hi everyone,

Last week I was given the challenge to create some Peppa Pig themed treats for my niece’s birthday party. I prepared some Peppa Pig cookie pops, Muddy Puddles and the actual birthday cake. I’ll be uploading these within the next few days.

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Peppa pig cake and cookie pops

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In the mean time, I’ll be sharing how I completed the cake, some tips, general thoughts on the whole process and problems that I had. I found that the most challenging part was actually covering the cake with fondant, especially because it was my first time using it. I made my own marshmallow fondant to cover the whole cake, but all of the other elements were created with Satin Ice fondant, which I picked up from my local Spotlight and cake-decorating store. I personally thought that the marshmallow fondant was a little more difficult to handle, though tasted much better than premade fondant. The marshmallow fondant, although very sweet, it has a nice textural spring to it. The recipe I followed was by My Cupcake Addiction, her youtube video and recipe is here. I have also the written version of it is below. I’m more of a visual learner, so I prefer to actually see the process of how it was made; this is more crucial when you need to actually see whether the consistency of the fondant is right. Essentially, this will vary with your climate and you will need to adjust the water and icing sugar content accordingly. If you’re in a warmer climate like me, you will generally need to add more icing sugar and less water.

When it came to actually covering the cake (I had a 7inch cake), everything was running smoothly until I was trying to keep the edges sharp. I began to see the dreaded elephant skin. I quickly massaged some vegetable shortening (I used Crisco, which I picked up from my local cake decorating store. Copha should do the same job too, but needs to be softened in the microwave).

Disclaimer: This is my first time working with fondant. I am far from a professional. Sorry if this isn’t 100% correct! This is just how I achieved this finish. I would love to hear your feedback and tips! I have plenty room for improvement.

Cake

  • The design of the cake was inspired by Sheila Laura Gallo’s Peppa Pig cake.
  • I just used a basic, dense vanilla cake. Do not use a sponge cake.
  • After the cake had cooled after baking, I trimmed the tops off to ensure that they were level.
  • Once the cakes were levelled, I drizzled some vanilla simple syrup (equal parts water, caster sugar and a dash of vanilla essence until boiled) on each layer, including the very top.
  • I made a dark chocolate ganache. I allowed it to cool at room temperature until it reached a spreadable consistency. I spread some of the ganache onto a cake board that has the exact SAME dimensions as my cake. Place my cake on it and then proceeded to spread in between my layers. Then I stuck it into the fridge for 10 minutes to harden.
  • I removed it from the fridge, trimmed off the edges and continued to cover the cake with the ganache as a crumb coat. Placed the cake back into the fridge for 20 minutes, until cake has set firm. I then continued to cover the cake with ganache again, to fill in any other gaps and start to really even the surface out. It helps to dip your spatula in get some warm water to try to make everything smooth. I placed the whole cake in the fridge to firm up again for another 20 minutes. During this time, I was kneading out my marshmallow fondant that I had taken out from the fridge. This was my workout for the day!
  • After kneading the fondant until pliable and at a workable state, I dusted my surface with corn flour and rolled it my marshmallow fondant out to roughly 4mm thick. I then covered my cake, used 2 fondant smoothers to smooth out the surface. I then trimmed the excess and continued to ensure that the surface was smooth and attempted to remove any trapped air bubbles.
  • I left the cake out at room temperature.
  • The top tier was a dummy cake (entirely made out of foam). I stuck my dummy cake with royal icing onto a cake board that has the same dimensions, then spread some Crisco on the foam and rolled out the same marshmallow fondant to cover it.

Marshmallow Fondant Recipe

Recipe adapted from My Cupcake Addiction and How to Cook That

Ingredients:

  • 450g (16oz) white marshmallows (I used the massive camping marshmallows from Costco)
  • 2-4 tablespoons water
  • 900g sifted icing sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening (e.g. Crisco or melted Colpha)

 Directions:

  1. Heat the marshmallows and water (start with 2tablespoons first) in a heatproof bowl; 30 second bursts in the microwave until marshmallows are completely liquid and melted.
  2. Mix in the icing sugar with the marshmallows, kneed the dough until it is smooth.
  3. Roll the dough into a ball and rub vegetable shorting all over the surface of it. Refrigerate for a minimum of 12 hours.

 Figurines

  • All of the figurines had tylose powder added to it, in order to reduce drying time.
  • All figurines were moulded using Satin Ice, premade fondant. I used the white one and added gel colours (used both Americolor and Wilton gel colours) to achieve the desired colour.
  • To make the eyes of the characters, I used a fine black edible marker
  • I prepared my figurines a week in advance to allow them to dry solid and to give myself ample time to complete the cake.
  • The whole family Peppa pig family had toothpicks inserted in them to attach the head to the body.
  • The bicycle was purely made out of fondant; no wires were used to support it. Again, I used tylose powder to stiffen the fondant. I was extremely fiddly but was easy to assemble when everything was dry.
  • The duck pond was just made out of blue fondant, with some piping jelly on the top to make it look like fluid water. I placed 3 dried fondant ducks on the top.
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Daddy pig and duck pond

Problems:

  • The appearance of elephant skin on my fondant at the top of my cake, meaning that my fondant was dry. Luckily I had the dummy cake to place on top of it. I massaged some Crisco on top to try to revive it but wasn’t a complete fix.
    • Does anyone know how to prevent this?

IMG_6141Such a lengthy post! I hope it was somewhat helpful though. If you have any questions, tips or like to share how you would do things differently, please share them below! I’d also love to hear your own experiences on working with fondant. As always, please like and follow if you enjoy this post! Happy baking everyone 🙂

Bud Vase Flower Arrangements

I’d never thought i’d be one of those people that were really into flowers, but I SO AM! I never really cared for them until I started planning my 21st birthday party. After seeing a bud vase arrangement from LeafTV and flicking through pinterest I had my heart set on doing it. Post-party planning i’m now hooked on peonies, they’re so beautiful.

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The flowers in the late afternoon

I didn’t want it to be look too formal or clean, so I thought that adding some craspedia (aka billy buttons) and baby’s breath, it would make the setting appear more laid back. I especially like how the craspedia is dry, so it adds a rustic feel to it.

How to achieve this look:

  • I gathered about 20 glass bottles/vases (this is vary with the length of your table). I used some glass old vinegar bottles and peeled all of the stickers off by soaking them in warm soapy water, some cheap glass dispenser bottles from IKEA and some old spice bottles. I also bought 3 IKEA bud vases. It’s worth looking at discount/dollar stores as they may have inexpensive, cute glass milk bottles. I like how the bottles vary in shape, size and height, makes the whole arrangement look effortless.
  • 6-7 bunches of flowers (preferably on the day of the event as you want them as fresh as possible). If you’re on a budget, try to buy flowers that are in season. I familiarised myself by doing some research and calling flower suppliers. If you have time, I would also suggest going to a flower market a week before the event to get a feel of what’s available. Before visiting the flower markets, I roughly had a list of what flowers and colours I wanted. I mostly bought flowers that were in season, e.g. Dahlias which were about $4-5 a bunch. However, I also purchased a bunch of peonies that were $25 because they weren’t in season but was already prepared to fork it out for it.
  • Start organising! I tried to make sure that each colour was evenly distributed.
  • Scatter tea lights  (if it’s at night) around the table.

If I had gaps i’d start filling them with baby’s breath.

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The arrangement for the round table
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Leftover baby’s breath, placed on the dessert table

 

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At night with tea lights

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