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Royal wedding Battenberg cake

Posted in Baking, Cakes, English food with tags , , , , , , on 01/05/2011 by libbyplummer

Royal wedding battenbergAlong with the Anarchy in the UK cupcakes that I made for my mate’s royal wedding tea party,  I decided to pen a speedy recipe for some regal-themed Battenberg cake. Supposedly, this square-patterned cake was invented in honour of the 1884 marriage of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter to Prince Louis of Battenberg, with the four squares representing the four Battenberg princes.

Battenberg cake

Sporting the patriotic red, white and blue (rather than the cake’s traditional colours of pink and yellow), my attempt tasted surprisingly like the real thing. However, due to a limited amount of time, and a mild hangover, it was a bit of a bodge job (the marzipan was too thick and all of the layers were completely different sizes), so I’ll wait until I’ve made it properly before I post a recipe. Stay tuned.

Royal wedding tea party leftovers

Royal wedding cakes

Anarchy in the UK cupcakes for the royal wedding

Posted in Baking, Cakes, English food, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , on 28/04/2011 by libbyplummer

Royal wedding cupcakesOk, so vanilla cupcakes aren’t going to topple the monarchy or ignite a revolution, but they are inspired by The Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK AND they have a circled A on them. Anything to make my over-enthusiastic purchasing of Union Jack cake cases make me look slightly less like a royalty-loving pillock.

And for the recipe? Read on and get stuck in.

Will and Kate mural

What you’ll need:
110g/4oz self-raising flour (sieved)
110g/4oz caster sugar (sieved)
110g/4oz margerine
1tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
1tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream icing:
225g/8oz icing (confecitoner’s) sugar (sieved)
100g/3.5oz softened unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the royal icing:
1 large egg white
250g/9oz icing (confectioner’s) sugar (sieved)
lemon juice (if needed)

Whatever sprinkles/food colours you desire

Makes 12 cupcakes

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C (fan oven)/325°F/gas mark 3. Line a muffin tin with cupcake cases. Plonk the sifted flour, sugar, margarine and baking powder into a bowl and cream together with a fork. Next add the two eggs, mixing after adding each one, then add the vanilla extract. One it’s all combined, give it a quick go with a whisk to make the mix light and fluffy.

Royal wedding cupcakes

Distribute evenly between the 12 cupcakes cases and bung in the oven for 20 minutes (or until slightly golden brown and firm but springy to touch). After taking out of the oven, let them cool in the baking tray for about five minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Make sure they’re totally cool before you add the icing, or it won’t stick.

Royal wedding cupcakes

For the buttercream icing, sieve the icing sugar into a large bowl and cream in the butter using a fork. Once it’s all combined and smooth, add in any colouring that you require ( I use paste colouring). On these particular cakes, I added a few drops of icing whitener, which pretty much does what it says on the tin. Once it’s ready, either pipe on with an icing bag or use a flat knife to spread onto the cakes.

Royal wedding cupcakes

Obviously you don’t have to pipe circled As onto your cakes (I don’t believe it’s a common move in the world of baking), but if you want to then read on. Whisk the egg white together with the sieved icing sugar until the misture is white and stands in stiff peaks. If it feels too thick to mix (or pipe), then add a couple of drops of lemon juice. Colour with paste colouring, pop into an icing bag and away you go.

Will & Cake royal wedding cake shop

Posted in Baking, Biscuits, Cakes, English food, Gifts, Out and about with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 26/04/2011 by libbyplummer

Mini Royal Wedding cakesIf you want to celebrate the upcoming royal nuptials though the medium of cake then get yourself down to the Will & Cake pop-up shop at Maiden, 188  Shoreditch High Street, London.

William and Cake

The brainchild of Miss Cakehead, the shop will be open for one day only on Thursday 28 April 2011, the day before Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot. You’ll be able to take your pick from a wide range of sugar-coated regal treats including Will and Kate cake pops from Molly Bakes, mini replicas of William’s McVities Chocolate biscuit groom’s cake from Black Cherry Bakery and Mini Wedding Cakes from Leshie Loves Cake.

See Will & Cake for the full menu and to get your orders in.

Via: Maiden
Via: Miss Cakehead

Photos: Nathan Pask