Wednesday, May 20, 2009

'Ice Cream' cupcakes

My daughter loves to bake cupcakes, and when she was invited to her friend's 21st birthday party recently she had the urge to bake something nice for the girls at the pre-party get-together. She had seen a picture of these 'ice cream' cupcakes and decided to give them a go.

She baked cupcakes in flat based wafer ice cream cups. When they were cool she piped pink tinted buttercream over the tops and added jumbo sprinkles and half a flake so they looked just like ice cream cones! Needless to say...they didn't last very long!

Wafer Ice Cream Cups
Basic cupcake recipe
200g Icing Sugar
100g Butter - room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pink food colouring
Jumbo sprinkles
Chocolate Flakes

Place the ice cream cups into a muffin tin and 3/4 fill each with cake batter. Bake at 140deg for approx 35 mins until risen and firm to touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Cream together the butter and icing sugar in a mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and pink colouring and beat well. Place the buttercream icing into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle and swirl the icing like an ice cream cone to cover the sponge on the top of the ice cream cup. Place jumbo sprinkles into the icing and insert 1/2 a chocolate flake.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Joseph Joseph

We are delighted to have instore (and online) a new range of funky kitchenware from Joseph Joseph. These bright and original kitchen items are designed by twin brothers Anthony and Richard Joseph. The cleverness of their designs may been seen in their easy-store kitchenware and they have very clever fold-flat colanders and graters, and stacking bowls and measuring cup sets.

The Index chopping board set is their best selling item and it is easy to see why. It looks so stylish in a kitchen and yet it is compact and functional. The chop2pot is a design classic and along with the originality of the Smasher and the Twisk, we can see these being very popular with our customers. View our Joseph Joseph range here