Sunday, 9 April 2017

Apparently the best carrot cake recipe ever....

At this time in the world when all there seems to be is grimness, 2 weeks ago our family / group of friends received some absolutely sensational news......

Kevin and Elea are getting married. Kevin proposed and of course Elea said yes.

Everyone loves a wedding and especially when the bride and groom totally and utterly belong together and just sprout happiness and its just fabulous to have some goodness for all.

Along with all the chaos and mayhem of a wedding, of course the priorty is for the bride and groom to say I do .... however its also a chance for friends and family from all over the globe to come together and just have a bloody good time.

And when Sareybear and the family walk through the gates at Sydney Airport in November its going to be like a scene out of Love Actually .... I can safely say there will not be a dry eye in the terminal.

I digress. For Els and Kevin’s engagement party, they have requested a carrot cake … so a carrot cake it will be …. But one like no other!!!

Hence today, on a beautiful Sydney autumn arvo I have been practicing a carrot cake recipe that I have dug deep to find that has come from someones Uncle Maurice's cousins neighbour who had a grandmother that made this carrot cake for all family occasions.

I have been making carrot cakes for yonks and always try a different recipe …however this one tasks for pineapples ….pineapples????

Pineapple on its own - good.
Ice cream – good.
Pizza – no no.
Hamburgers – absolute no no... you should be banned from eating hamburgers. Totally disrespectful.

Also as I was ticking of the ingredients… there is a glaze to make… Glaze??? On a carrot cake? I have only ever made a lemon cream cheese icing… oh well, lets give it a whirl as I listen to the best of the 90's on one of the foxtel music channels .... great songs!!! Good times. 

First lot of ingredients to be mixed in together.... Notice the whipped up pecans too... not walnuts. Great addition.

All mixed up and ready to go in. 
First up was the muffins... and please take note of the cake tester. When life sometimes gets all a bit overwhelming just be grateful that someone invented something so simple and even had to write what is on it to remind us all.
Next up were the icing ingredients ... I grew the lemon too just quietly. And that gorgeous looking knife??? That belongs in a set of 5 which was a xmas present from David which has changed the way I look at knives forever. I have never owned proper knives before .... they are superb. Sharp and superb. 
Lemon cream cheese frosting all good go to. 
Here is the glaze making its celebrity appearance ... Still wasn't convinced at this stage.
Glaze poured all over the cake and ready to be turned around 3 x times and put back in the oven ... one of my little superstitions... 
Note to self and all. Do not touch the glaze when it comes straight out of the oven. Its really hot.
Let the cake tester do its job.
Here is the carrot cake shared with fabulous dear friends upside down ... sorry I can't work out how to turn it around ... 
Cam's going in ... would love to say that little Sammy and Gus loved the cake, however they were more interested in the chocolate and lollies that I bought over for them ... oh well ... Cam, Jo and Gerbs made up for it. And I wish we had daylight in the background ... behind us is the most spectacular view of Curl Curl. Just bliss. 


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Because its a Monday ... I thought I would try making a pinata cake.....

Its been a while since I have written my blog and I have missed it, but its been busy 12 months, however you need to make time for what you love to do ... so thought as its a Monday and I had some time, I would attempt (attempt should be written in CAPITALS) a piƱata cake ... also known as a smash cake as you literally smash into the chocolate to get to the lollies ...

The pics for this blog literally tells the story ... what the pictures do not show is the moment the balloon which had just been dunked in chocolate - popped. Big time popped ..... and the chocolate you can imagine has gone everywhere .... I even just looked up to the ceiling to take a moment and sure enough there is sprinkle polka dots of chocolate splattered on the roof too .... Whoopsies ...

So here we go ....

In theory, and all the youtube clips I have watched, they said to melt chocolate in a bowl and then dip the balloon in the bowl, let it set, then pop the balloon and whammo ... you are meant to have a chocolate dome ... YEAH BLOODY RIGHT!!!! They neglect mention how many attempts it took them!!! 

Glass bowl ... check. Specialist Helicopter balloon (we have them readily on supply if anyone needs any balloons just quietly) ... check. Big big saucepan check.




Chocolate buttons melting away ...



You never actually get tired of the melted chocolate smell ... or stirring it it around the bowl.



Look out ... here we go ... 1 x balloon going into the chocolate to make my dome .... 



Here is me giving gravity a bit of helping hand .... and stand by for the explosion of chocolate. EVERYWHERE I TELL YOU!!!



Never fear ... I don't give up and love a challenge ... out comes the cake tin.



Ohhh look at me with my ideas ...



Very therapeutic. Straight to the new fridge freezer which is just the highlight of our lives at the moment for David and I. It even crunches ice. 



Makes up for my disaster before .... lovely and smooth.



Time to prep the lollies ....



And this is the end result ... lovely and colourful and how I going to withhold myself by not smashing into it as there are lollies are the dome too .... time will tell.



Sunday, 31 January 2016

Happy Belated Long Weekend

Hello ... this blog is a week late as we have all been a touch busy of late in the land of Television working on the cycling, HOWEVER its never too late to say 'Happy long long weekend'... please note to all everyone who doesn't live in Australia ... but Australia Day fell on a Tuesday this year so of course 99.9% of Aussies took the liberty of taking the Monday off too, hence the use of the double long long ....

Anyway everyone loves a lamington so this is what I have made for this week.... Can't play by the rules though so this one is a combo of reeipes to make my own. There is a special secret ingredient inside too which everyone at work tomorrow will get to try.

Enjoy the pictures and hopefully tummy rumbles.

ps: I should note that this blog should be sponsored by Woolworths ... I seem to spend half my life in there buying fresh ingredients all the time. Either that or I should take out shares in an IGA store. Imagine that, I could go back to my roots as a checkout chick who scanned 14 items a minute. Yes, yes I did. Held the record for a little while too with that speediness.

Here I am trying to squeeze the juice out whilst taking a picture. PLEASE NOTE THAT I GREW THIS LEMON!!! 1 year ago I bought a lemon and lime tree from Bunnings and now I have fruit. Miracle. I put it down to the bees doing their job well.


This punnett of raspberries was only $3.90 ... BARGAIN. Got get some. And while you are there, blueberries were only a touch more (that's a rarity).

Simmering away for 10 mins. My kitchen smelt divine.

Sifting the flour ... not once, not twice but 3 times.


Adding the Dutch cocoa (again sifted 3 x times) ... and if someone can explain the difference to me about why you have to use Dutch cocoa and not any other nation ... that would be super great.


The mixture as you are stirring it ... still amazes me. 



Pour the mixture in the tins, twist them around 3 x times and then place in the oven (that's just one of my quirky things to do). 

 See amazing ... soft mixture goes in and cake comes out.
This was the awesome part ... the raspberry jam I made, cream and melted chocolate!!!
 The spatula gets a good work out today ...
 Prepped for the fridge ...

The therapy part .... pouring the chocolate and coconut over the lamington cakes

All messed up going to the fridge to set....


And we have the Fiona version of tripple choc raspberry lamingtons ... Enjoy.



Sunday, 3 January 2016

New year so a new blog post ...

Hello and welcome back to the 'Every Cake Has A Story' cake blog ... love being back here and am determined to do many more this year .... 

Over the Xmas and New Year time its been all about spending time with family and good friends which is what it should all be about ... and champagne. Don't forget the champagne.

The one thing I do need to mention about Xmas that is brilliant. No matter where you are around the world on Xmas night ... you can always find National Lampoons Xmas Vacation on telly ... AND if you are not too tiddled by the end you sometimes get the European Vacation thrown in too ... 'good chat Rusty ... good chat'. 

I forgot to take a picture of the pavlova I made for Xmas Day at the Richie Stewart family home ... it was a goodie.

Also made some rocky road with secret ingredients and some of Auntie's white christmas (forgot again to take a pic).

Anyway last week we all stayed up at Hannah's family house in Lake Cathie and it was fab. A real family home filled with everything. 

There were many laughs with good friends I haven't seen in way to long. Many memories shared that I with my memory like an elephant didn't remember about. Good work Doddsie!!!  

Elea said she wanted me to show her how to make a cheese cake ... thought why not. Everyone loves a cheese cake. 

And please note, there is a comedian in the UK named Peter Kaye. He is my absolute favourite. Best Lancashire accent and so so so funny. He is comedy gold and does a special mention to cheese cake and Els and I regularly have a giggle at the way he says cheesecake. Go on an google him ... will make you laugh out loud.

Here are the pics of how we made it ... all quite self explanatory. Special thanks to Google as we couldn't work out how to turn the oven on ... who would have thought that by holding down the first 2 buttons for a few seconds and then quickly press the 2nd from the last at the same time would work!!! 

This is called the New Years Cheese Cake ... always and only to be shared with friends and family (only because you'd have a yak if you had the whole cake yourself) ....



Use the biscuits called 'Nice' but pronouced 'niece' ... the crunch up quite nicely





That's Els patting it down to get it nice and exactly even





3 x clumps of philedelphia cream cheese 



So fun mixing it all up





Just like I marvel at the fax machine ... I have a new treat. This microplane does it all ... 




Notice the quality street ... can't have a festive time without them. And I still chuck the menu out so no-one stands there forever trying to choose one. Its a chocolate. Make a decisions. As I said to Cousin Kylie and Dave today ... if you don't like it after you have bitten into it, give the rest to the person next to you. 



My superstitious ways don't change with a new year. Once you have poured the mixture in, tape the tin on the bench 3 times and spin it around 3 times.



And there you have a cheese cake .... good times. xxx

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Bringing back tradition with the wedding fruit cake ....




Hello and welcome back ..... didn't realise its been 7 months since I last updated the cake blog.

Will start with the fruit cake I am trying to get right. I am not a traditionalist in any way (expect for loving the Royal Family), however I do like the fact that the fruit cake is on the come back in relation to wedding cakes.

There are millions of recipes out there there with everyones thoughts and opinions ... so with this one below ... as usual I am using a bit of everyones thoughts and going with my own version ... I still have 4 months to get it perfect.

Have a look the glass bowl of joy that has about half a bottle of brandy in there that made my kitchen smell like a distillery ... this has been soaking for approx 48 hours to try and get the flavour right.




Right the mixture just about to go into the oven ... what the pic doesn't show is the chaos surrounding my kitchen bench which includes bit of almonds flying everywhere which I had to hammer to get in small enough pieces, dropping and smashing 2 x eggs cause a day doesn't go past without me breaking something ... and knocking over the jar of treacle which you can just imagine how nice and sticky that is ... oh well its all fixable.

And the end result ... crossing fingers it tastes OK.




The fruit cake is for a big wedding that the mother of the bride as asked me to make. I did their engagement cake back in February ... the pic is below .... it was the leaning tower of sponge cake ...

Was very worried when I dropped this cake off and set it up... it was so fresh and soft and literally straight out of the oven.... it just didn't want to settle. It did though and came down to the coolness of a marble wall which we leant it up against ... see there's always a solution.


Will try and give you a quick overview now of the world of cakes over the past 7 months in-between the world of Telly being way too chaotic for words right now ...there's been quite few banana cakes, choc hazelnut cakes with caramel sauce, cupcakes for all b'days but we would be here for a while so got a few picked out below ...

Got published in Real Weddings with one of my cakes from last year. Woohoo!!!
Slowing getting there ...



The below wedding cake I made for Georgina and Tom (my cake friend Kirstie did the incredible flowers) ... then a few months later they asked me to make the superman cake ..... which just quietly was made in my new home in MY CAKE STUDIO!!!! Loving it.





                                                   

Did the Sydney Wedding Expo in April. Huge massive effort with help from family and friends. Looked really good and have got some great upcoming weddings too from just being there.

 

That's it for now, however there is a few more cakes coming up on over the next coupla weeks before we head back over to the USA for work ... stand by please callers xxxx