Sunday, 10 August 2014


I've never really been one for sprinkles in or one cakes.

Its not that they don't look cute, but I just feel like the crunch of the sprinkles ruins the fluffy goodness of the cake. However, I've recently been converted. I found a great recipe for Vanilla Funfetti cupcakes that are as delicious as they are pleasing to the eye.

They are gorgeous.

Sufficed to say, I am now an advocate for sprinkles in cupcakes, and on cupcakes, and just everywhere. They just add a little sum-sum to your creations!

Current musical obsession:

Until next time...

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Beauty Laid Bare

I love icing.

I love the way it dresses the cake, the different colours, and shapes you can create with it, and I really love the way a piping tip can make it look.

However, icing is not good for you and I. Neither is cake, but not in the same way. If I was to explain how many cups of icing sugar were in each kind of cake I have posted on this blog you would probably throw up, and rightly so, but, fear not, for two reasons: one, its okay to indulge in a little bit of icing now and then, and two, there is a way to have your cake and eat it too - but with a little less icing.

I give to you, "Naked Cake".
Or "Rustic Cake"
Or "Naked-Rustic Cake"
Or "Rustic-Naked Cake".
Either way, you get the idea.

They are just as beautiful as fully iced cakes, if not moreso. With this kind of cake, you can get straight to the source of all that fluffy, cakey, goodness without having to swallow the icing followed by a guilty feeling.

This was also the first "naked cake" I had ever made, and the first cake I had decorated with fruit. It was also very tense because this cake wasn't just for fun, or an experiment, it was a request, from a young lady very very dear to me, who had just graduated from University, and was also turning 21.

We had a barbeque for the occassion and I ultimately I was extremely happy with the way the cake turned out. I had a slight nightmare the day before but I'm almost glad I did because it meant that I had to think on my feet, and make do, and not panic (which was a miracle believe me) and just make the best of what I had. Thank God it turned out beautifully, and was gone within minutes. This was just a classic carrot cake recipe with delicious cream cheese frosting in between the layers.

I might even go as far as to say that I'm starting to love my carrot cake even more than I love my signature chocolate cake. Is that wrong?

 photo courtesy of the birthday girl's Uncle

 photo courtesy of the birthday girl's Uncle

The beautiful birthday girl with her cake!

There's just something about the look of this cake, the carefree beauty of the icing spilling out of the layers and the mouthwatering fruit glazed with jam sitting pretty on top. I think I'll be making "naked cakes" more often!

Here's a little something I've been listening to recently, enjoy:

New post coming very very soon, but until next time...