Monday, 21 July 2014

Customised Shell Frames


 A group of friends and I recently went to the beach, we collected lots of very pretty and tiny shells to stick onto photo frames.

We used a mini hot glue gun in order to attach the shells and they all came out very cute!

Thank you for reading! xxx

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Oreo Cupcakes [recipe]

I recently decided to make Oreo cupcakes and they came out pretty well so, I thought I'd share how I did it.

The ingredients I used for the cupcakes are:

  • 175g of Caster sugar
  • 175g of softened unsalted Butter
  • 125g of self-raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 60g of cocoa powder (mix with around 100ml of boiling water)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 4 Oreo cookies (crushed with the stuff taken out)
  • 25g of milk chocolate chips

First, I set the oven to gas mark 6. Then I started by mixing together the cocoa powder and water until I had a thick syrup-paste. Then, in a separate bowel, I creamed together the sugar and butter. I then combined the butter and chocolate mixtures together carefully.

Secondly, I slowly added the egg, adding small amounts of flour at the same time to prevent the mixture from separating. Then I added the remaining flour.

I then folded in the cookies and chocolate chips before adding the mixture to a lined cupcake tin. (I had to use a muffin tray but I was careful how much I put in.) I used an ice cream scoop to distribute the mixture evenly. I then put the cupcakes in the oven for 15 minutes, I originally tried 10 but, it was not long enough.

I made sure they were done by inserting a wooden skewer and making sure it came out clean. You need to make sure they are cool before removing them from the cupcake try and place them on a wire rack for a while before icing them. I made the mistake of removing them from the tray straight away and a few fell apart :(. 

The frosting

The ingredients I used for the Oreo butter cream frosting are:

  • 4 whole crushed Oreo cookies
  • 4 of 'stuff' from the cookies used in the cakes
  • 200g of icing sugar (plus 2 dessert spoons)
  • 100g of butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk
  • Oreo cookies for decoration
I started by creaming the butter, extra 'stuff' and milk together before adding it to the sifted icing sugar. I creamed everything together until it was light a fluffy and then added some vanilla extract. (I like the kind with the seeds in.)

I then added the crushed whole cookies and out it into an icing bag. I realized that the piping tip I used was too small so I cut it out and just used the bag. I put a 'dollop' (very scientific) onto each smoothed it out roughly with a fork and then used a bit of Oreo cookie as decoration. 

Thank you for reading, for once something I baked actually turned out okay!