This is the first of the cost price cakes I’ve made available to friends and acquaintances in the local area. (For more info see the facebook group) Happily (for me anyway) it sold before it was even finished!
I came up with the design primarily as a way to practice my piping and also to try my hand at a slightly more elegant type of cake. I wanted to use a bold colour to contrast the white piped icing and once I settled on orange, I decided on designing a new flavour to match. I hope the cake’s new owners enjoy it, I think it works rather well and only needs a few little tweaks for next time.
Archive for January, 2010
As you may have already noticed, I am quite excited about filled cupcakes at the moment. The idea for this one came about when my fiance ordered a passion-fruit curd pavlova at a restaurant and while I am not the biggest fan of meringues, the passion-fruit curd was tasty enough to start me thinking about making it myself. I guessed that using my trusty lemon curd recipe, substituting 2 passion-fruits for every one lemon and reducing the sugar content a bit would be all it took. Happily I was right and the passion-fruit curd worked first time. Choosing a frosting took a little more thought. After deciding that passion-fruit icing would be a little too much, I looked for something that wouldn’t overpower the relatively subtle flavour of the passion-fruit but that was also able to bring it’s own dimension to the finished cupcake. I liked the idea of using white chocolate frosting for several reasons. Firstly, it has a mild but distinctive flavour. Secondly, it’s creamy/white colour appealed to me as an aesthetic finishing touch to the cupcake, and thirdly, it is a tried and tested recipe so I could be certain of exactly what it would taste like and I imagined the flavours working well together. And they did!
While the cupcake went well with my morning cup of tea, it actually has puddingy qualities that could allow it to work well as an after dinner cupcake. An individual serving alternative to slicing a gateaux.
Meet Fred – he is the prototype and is in fact made from left over sugarpaste rather than marzipan (it was a little dry so the joins are not as smooth as I would like). Fred was the result of idle doodles and a brainwave to turn them into edible decorations. Others soon followed.
Why, you ask, are the penguins looking askance at their surroundings? Because they have just spotted Nigel and his brethren advancing upon them…
…and they look hungry!
When I get some more free time, I am hoping to increase the collection. I have already made some doodles, I just need to translate them into an edible medium.
This was amazing! It tastes exactly like washing down a kit kat with a cup of jasmine tea. I am in awe.