Every year I always like to make my work colleagues a special cake or cupcakes for their birthday (or when I fancy baking)! It is normally travel themed due to the area I work in.
This year was no different and I made a super funky coloured birthday cake that had a range of colours inside – blue, pink and cream colour. I then covered the it in the best butter icing I think I’ve ever made with my lovely kitchenaid.
For some reason, I’ve been in a baking mood lately – this has ranged from cupcakes to bread. I think it must be the fact it’s starting to get a bit chilly over here makes you want to eat lots of nice warm things and baking reminds me of home!
Below are some pictures of the things I’ve been baking… I have shared most of what I have been baking with work, although the bagels were too good to share!
All I can say is that my flat has been smelling amazing these last few weeks – the time and effort is totally worth it!
My friend from work was very spoilt for his birthday last month – he got two types of cake!
So, I had a baking day on Easter Monday and made banana bread, coconut cookies, a chocolate tart (all paleo recipes) and mini pizzas! I came across this banana bread recipe, which I think is one of the best unprocessed banana bread recipes I have found so far, as it is very much like ‘processed’ banana bread and is so easy to make!
Mix wet ingredients, add dry and pour in to loaf tin and bake! My oven is a bit temperamental so ended up slightly darker round the edges than expected. But still tasted delicious toasted with some butter!
I found the recipe on My Heart Beets‘ website, which has lots of great unprocessed/paleo recipes – find the banana bread recipe here. I sprinkled some dried dates on top – I wasn’t too sure how the mix would hold up having the dates mixed in, but seeing how this came out, I will certainly be mixing them in next time!
I shared some with the people I work with and they loved it, especially after a weekend of eating lots of chocolate, as it contained nothing processed so was a guilt free treat!
If you want to find out other Paleo blogs, I have started to compile a list of my favourite ones here – please let me know if you have any you recommend.
Me and a friend recently went on an Alice in Wonderland Cupcakes course, where we learnt the skills to decorate cupcakes. This course was hosted by The Wright Partners, out in Neutral Bay and we had a fantastic time! The teacher and the other people taking the course were lovely and learnt some useful tricks along the way. The course runs quite often so check out their site if you are interested.
I have put some of these skills to practice to make some aeroplane toppers which I will be putting up soon! We learnt how to shape the icing in different ways as well as getting to use different stamp cutters and it was great to work with a range of icing colours. Definitely the perfect cupcakes for an afternoon tea. I enjoyed making the bunny the most as it was simple to do but very effective.
I am looking at doing the ruffles course soon so pictures will follow…
Click through some of the cakes I’ve made made in the past – these have been for birthdays, work functions and just because! I have been on a few decorating course over the last couple of years and hope to put these skills to good use! I hope my cake making and decorating skills improve over time.
I like to go on courses to learn different skills like buttercream piping and working with fondant, which can be found in my blog.