New cupcake flavours

While storms raged outside this long weekend I was baking up a storm indoors. Last week I started experimenting with new cupcake flavours. It has become an addiction now, looking for that ultimate cupcake flavour.

I had an extra day off so tried a few more varieties today. Thanks to the wonderful folk at A Touch of Italy for the samples to experiment with.

Samples of my latest favourites have gone out to a bunch of taste testers, I wonder which will be the most popular, Limoncello, Coffee and walnut or Coffee deluxe.

Leeza’s family cake

My neice Leeza had a birthday recently, but to her dismay her party had to be delayed due to her having the chicken pox. She did not think that was fair. Poor wee thing it’s not fun to have the chicken pox, especially on your birthday.

I’m pleased to report she is well again now and we had a lovely birthday celebration for her in the weekend.  This year she wanted a cake with her family on it, a really lovely idea.

So, you know those ‘My Family’ car stickers, well they were the inspiration for this cake. It started out just black and white, but I just had to add colour! Leeza is the dancing girl in dressed in her favourite colour pink.

Leeza's family
Leeza’s family

Happy Birthday Leeza.

Oh, and for those who like the details, it was a chocolate cake, covered in fondant icing and the family characters were piped on in royal icing.

Periodic Table of Elements Cookies

My baby is away at university, at the other end of the country. I miss him a lot and know he’d be studying hard for end of year exams. So I thought I’d send him some cookies to keep him going and help him with his studies.

Now I’m not a chemistry geek so when I had the idea to bake the period table of elements in cookies, I was not really aware just how many elements there are… 118! That’s a lot of cookies. With so many to bake I had to go with his all time favourite gingerbread cookies, decorated with royal icing.

I patted and rolled and baked the first batch, but on counting them out I was eight short. Oh what to do? Well after some pondering and egging on from friends and colleagues kindly offering to eat any extras, I baked a second batch, and am glad I did.

So here they are….

The period table in cookies
The period table in cookies

Thanks to my good friend (and chemistry teacher) Alex and her daughter Gracie for helping out with icing them all, and taking some of the extras off my hands. I’m sure Alex could have done them all from memory but I did have to use a cheat sheet.

I hope they had fun eating them.

I’m back

Yes, I’m back!  It’s been a crazy year, really busy and then I fell and broke my leg.  That left me out of action for good few months. But I’m recovering well and back to baking again Yay!

More baking posts coming soon.