Wednesday, 25 April 2012

I scream! U scream! Ice cream!

Yes, that's right, my second post on my blog and it's not even about cupcakes! Shame on me! Lol

So the other day at work our 'caretaker' guy person said he was cleaning out our staff fridge/freezers, so we all cleared out our leftovers and lunches etc. The next day I walk into work and put my lunch in the now sparkling clean fridge only to find this on the top shelf ...

Firstly what is an icecream cake doing in the FRIDGE?! Silly man! Secondly I had completely forgotten about it! I made it for one of my managers a few months ago, (yes thats right I did say a few months ago, it was in the freezer so it was still ok to eat) as it was her bday and I had promised her all summer that I would make her this fab icecream cake that she used to always have as a kid. Anyway she gave me this recipe from I think a Aust Women's Weekly book, honestly I can't really remember I just took it and said 'yeah, yeah, I'll make it for you one day' hahaha

Turns out its actually super easy to make and tastes delicious, perfect on a hot summers day!

All you do is buy a big tub of vanilla icecream, one of those 4L ones then thaw it out a little, just so it's soft, but not completely melted and runny. Then you add anything you want! So I added custard, raspberries (frozen or fresh, either is fine) pistachio nuts (gave it a nice crunch), Turkish delight, preferably the authentic stuff (the ones coated in icing sugar, yum!) but if not the chocolate ones are fine too. Then you just mix it all together then pour it into one of those spring lock cake tins (the ones that are good to use for cheesecakes) then chuck it back in the freezer and freeze overnight and that's it. You can add more stuff on top when u serve it up, just to make it look pretty, but that's it, I did tell u it was super easy right. And this should be the end result ...

So, has anyone else made an icecream cake before? What did u put in ures?

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

So ... where to start!

I have been thinking about doing a blog for all my cupcake baking adventures but have just been lazy and not got around it until the other day when a fellow baker friend that I havent spoken to in awhile encouraged me to get into it (thanks Simone!)

The story so far ...

I have been baking for a year or so now, it just sort of all 'happened' as things do. Much to my mothers disappointment I dont have a natural knack for cooking, despite being a girl, her only daughter and having three brothers who are all able to cook perfectly well! (I would never admit that to them so hopefully they dont read this!) However I always loved to bake muffins when I was younger and I managed to not screw it up. So every now and then I would whip up a batch. A close friend then gave me a Cupcake book (Cupcakes by Susannah Blake) for my 22nd birthday and I guess this was just the beginning of my cupcake baking adventure. From then on I started to bake more often and to try different flavours, styles, icings etc 

 Then for Christmas, my boyfriend at the time gave me an awesome gift! A cupcake baking class with Babycakes This class really opened my eyes up to the world of cupcakes and some of the amazing things you are able to do. 

From then on I started to get some equipment and more creative ingredients to bake with e.g glitter, food colourings etc and since then I havent looked back!