Beat butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until combined. Beat one egg at a time until just combined. Don’t be alarmed if the mixture looks curdled. Mix in the passionfruit pulp, lemon juice and zest until combined.
Cook mixture in a medium saucepan on a low heat setting until it has thickened (roughly 15 minutes). The consistency should be thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Test by drawing a line at the back of the spoon with your finger, if the line remains as is, without the curd running off, it is ready to be removed from the stove.
Pour curd into a sterilised glass jar, screw the lid on and invert jars until completely cool before refrigerating.
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I’ve been trying to cut down on junk food so I’ve been trying to look for a cleaner version of a brownie. I have created a brownie that is a chocolate fudge slice/brownie hybrid. It has hints of hazelnut in the base, which makes it so much more delicious, almost like you’re eating a choc and Nutella treat. The recipe I have created was inspired by Luke and Scott’s chocolate slice from their book, Clean Living Cookbook: Delicious Paleo Food to Help You Change Your Life. Recipe can be found below.
1/3 cup Cacao and Hazelnut spread (you can also use any other nut spread e.g. peanut butter or almond)
Place all of the base ingredients into a food processor until everything is well combined. Spoon into a greased and lined 18cm x 18cm brownie tin and pack it down firmly. Stick it into the freezer for 10 minutes.
Place all of the dates and cocoa powder into the food processor until mixture is smooth. It will form a smooth thick clump when ready. Smooth this mixture onto the base evenly.
Mix the cacao powder, maple syrup and coconut oil together. Pour on top of the brownie. Sprinkle the cacaco nibs on top and set in the freezer for 30-60mins before serving. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.
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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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Mix in the icing sugar with the marshmallows, kneed the dough until it is smooth.
Roll the dough into a ball and rub vegetable shorting all over the surface of it. Refrigerate for a minimum of 12 hours.
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.
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?
Such 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 🙂
Yesterday I went out for dinner to celebrate my best friend’s birthday. His favourite type of cake is a blueberry cheesecake. I thought I’d do something a little different by creating a cake with two different layers. I also paired it with a strawberry sauce, which I thought added a nice touch to it. You can find the recipe for it here. I personally prefer a thin biscuit base, so if you prefer a thicker base or prefer the biscuit layer to cover the sides, then add more biscuit crumbs and butter accordingly. No Bake Berry Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce Adapted from Philadelphia and J cupcakesIngredients
1 cup sweet biscuit crumbs
80g butter, melted
500g of cream cheese, softened (at room temperature)
200ml heavy whipping cream
12g gelatine, ¼ cup boiling water
½ cup caster sugar
¼ cup strawberry puree
¼ cup blueberry puree
Blueberries and strawberries, extra, for decorating (optional)
Dried roses (optional)
Mix the butter with the biscuit crumbs and press into the base of your lined and greased 18cm round spring form pan. Refrigerate.
Beat the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form.
In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar with an electric mixer, until smooth.
Fold in the whipping cream into the cream cheese batter.
Separate the mixture into two bowls, evenly. In one of these bowls, mix in the blueberry puree and 6g gelatine, dissolved in 1/4cup of boiling water until well combined.
Pour blueberry cheesecake mix into the springform and spread evenly. Chill the whole pan in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Repeat step 5 with the other half of the cheesecake mixture, but with the strawberry puree. Pour the strawberry cheesecake mixture on top of the blueberry layer, spreading it out evenly on the top. Refrigerate the whole pan overnight to set.
Remove from pan and serve with fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce, which you can follow here.
Enjoy! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I’d also love to hear your thoughts on this recipe. Don’t forget to like and follow if you like recipes if you’d like to see more!
This recipe has been a long time favourite amongst my family. I love baking a batch of these during Christmas and a while back, during my birthday party, I made a large batch and stuck them in a massive cookie jar for everyone to pick at.
2/3 cup chopped dark chocolate (I used 70% chocolate)
2/3 cup chopped shelled pistachios
Cream the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy (3-5minutes).
Mix flour in until just combined. Add chocolate and pistachios and mix everything together.
Wrap the dough completely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30mintes
Preheat oven to 175C (350F) and line cookie trays with baking paper.
Roll out half of the dough (leave the other half in the fridge) onto a floured surface until roughly ¼ inch thick. Cut out the cookies with a cookie cutter of your choice (I used star and heart shaped cutters, 2-3inch). Place cut cookies onto baking tray. Repeat this process with the remaining dough.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on the top. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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My brother bought me a KitchenAid just the other day. He supplies me with the machinery, I bake the food and he eats it. That’s just how we roll. I ain’t complaining because my old stand mixer gave up after serving my mother and I well for the last 10 years. So in celebration of receiving this new machine, I thought it was a great idea to bake a simple cake as a test run. Strawberries are also in season at the moment, so I’m going to utilise them as much as possible in desserts. You can use any other berries, if you’d like. I’m just using what is in season. Any who, the recipe below was adapted from Linda Lomelino’s Summer Cake recipe from her beautiful food blog, Call me cupcake. Her recipes and food photography are on point!
Preheat the oven to 180oC. Line you pie pan 25cm (10 inch) or 23cm(9inch) cake pan with baking paper and grease the sides with butter.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla, and mix until well combined.
Slowly add the sifted dry ingredients into the egg and butter mixture until batter is smooth.
Pour mixture into your cake tin and place your strawberries on top.
Bake for 10mins at 180oC, then reduce the temperature to 150oC and bake for another 30-50 minutes or until the surface of the cake is golden brown and skewer is clean when placed in the centre of cake.
Remove cake from oven and allow it to cool in its tin before turning it out.
Serve when cooled and dust some icing sugar over the top.
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