How to make a pink iced heart shaped cake!

So last week I went on a baking craze and thought I’d share the recipe of this pink iced heart shaped cake with multi coloured sprinkles as it came out pretty well: IMG_20170730_193820_616 (1)

For the cake, you need:

250g self raising flour

175g butter

120-175g caster sugar depending on your preference (I put around 150g)

3 eggs

A little bit of milk (1-3 tablespoons)

A teaspoon of vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Put the oven to 180 degrees, gas mark 4 and grease your baking tin with butter (you will need a heart shaped one to fit this recipe, but it will work well with any other baking tin)
  2. Using an electric or ordinary hand mixer, mix the sugar and butter together, and then crack the eggs in individually while continuously mixing.
  3. Sift the flour about 50-100g at a time, and mix thoroughly into the mixture each time. Add the vanilla extract, and a few tablespoons of milk if needed to make the mixture fall off a spoon, but make sure it isn’t too runny.
  4. Put the mixture into your baking tin, and bake for 30-45 minutes until the cake looks slightly golden, and a knife can come out clean when inserted.

While you leave the cake to cool on a wiring rack, you can make the light pink icing; you’ll simply need:

100g of butter

200g of icing sugar (I personally prefer to use slightly less)

Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence

One or two drops of red food colouring (the more you use, the stronger the pink will be)

Method: Simply melt the butter and add in all other ingredients, mixing until you form a smooth mixture.

Once the cake is fully cool (allow at least 15 minutes), spread the icing onto the cake, and add on multi coloured sprinkles (you could also use fully chocolate ones, according to your preferences), and voila!

Bushra x

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HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE & EASY VEGETARIAN SAMOSAS

For some reason, I was really craving an Asian’s favourite today – somosas! I love the large vegetarian puffy ones (I know, great somosa terminology) but couldn’t find them anywhere and so here is a very simple recipe (and my firIMG-20151107-WA0019st on this blog) to make your own!

You will need:

For the dough: Water, self raising flour, salt, oil

For the somosa filling:

Potatoes

1 onion

Peas (you can add any other frozen veg if you want)

Optional – sweet chilli sauce for some savoury flavouring, or your favourite herbs/fresh crushed chilli

+ oil to fry them in

Instructions:

Add the salt to the flour, and rub the oil into it. Add water and knead into a stiff dough. Flatten the dough using a rolling pin.

Meanwhile, chop IMG-20151107-WA0012and fry the onion into tiny chunks.

Boil the potatoes and mash them with a potato masher or simply use a spoon, as I did.

Stir the peas into the mash once they have unfrozen as well as the fried onion. At this point, you can choose to add any herbs/spices to spicen the filling up. I simply added some sweet chilli sauce.

Using a somosa cutter, (or if you haven’t got one, then you can use a knife to make diamond cut outs) fill the centre with a spoonful of the mix and seal the edges with a fork. Note: These somosas will look best if you make them larger than typical ones as they will be softer!IMG-20151107-WA0018

Simply let them fry in some oil 🙂

You could even make your own chutney/sauce to compliment the somosas. I simply mixed mint, garlic and chilli sauces, but if you want to go the extra mile you could make a proper chutney with things like fresh chilli, crushed garlic, tomatoes or onions 😀

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Bushra x

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I LOVE BAKING! | Silly Faces Cupcakes!

So yesterday I decided to bake some sweet treats – and baking felt like a rediscovered hobby. It’s a great hobby, though yesterday I didn’t have the whole day to make a cake from scratch, but I did want to make something and so I bought the ‘Jane Asher Choco Bean Funny Faces’ cupcake mix. The end result – delicious! Though the more fun part was creating the icing to add on to the cakes once cooled, as well as using the edible funny faces to put on to create funny face cupcakes! They’re super easy too – you just add the cake mix to some water, and a medium egg! Below are the creations! ❤

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Check out this link for more details, cake mixes from Tesco, and how to make them! – http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=259312159

Bushra xxx

Baking Oreo Cupcakes!


So today I decided to try out Tanya Burr’s recipe on oreo cupcakes, with a secret oreo surprise at the bottom 😉 THE CHOCOLATELY GOODNESS IS UNBELIEVABLE! The cakes turned out great and taste even better ready warm from the oven. However the icing didn’t go exactly as surprise which is why the cupcakes are not pictured with them! (hehe)

Check out Tanya’s amazing recipe here: http://www.tanyaburr.co.uk/?blog=blogs/archive/2014/10/12/oreo.cupcakes.aspx

There is a YouTube version on her channel ‘Tanya Burr’ too!

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