Monday, 19 September 2011

Cupcakes, Goals and Bowling

Hi guys, how is everyone?

Been busy over here. Doing the fulltime job with the commute and running the cake business is exhausting but my final day of my day job is 23rd December so I can work for myself fulltime J

Last week me and Phil had a date night bowling! It was 70’s/80’s bowling. It was only £2 a game and was great to get out and spend time together away from the house. I won the 1st game and Phil won the last 2 L but I did win Mario Kart J


I’ve been doing Chalene Johnsons’ 30 Day challenge. I’m loving it. I’m on day 19 at the moment. It’s making me much more organised.

It talks about identifying your priorities and push goal. And building up small tasks to get to your push goal. I’ll share some info with you once I have it all sorted! But it’s free to do so check it out.

At the weekend I had a cake class which went well. Here are some pics.


Phil cooked dinner Saturday night. Vegetable fritters to start and Black bean burgers with butternut squash fries for main. It was so good. The black bean burger recipe was from the Peas and Thank you cookbook. My favourite recipe book at the moment.


I’m looking forward to the weekend already. On Sunday evening me and Phil are off to see Lee Evans live at the NIA! Can’t wait J

I’ll be back with another post!

Jess xx

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Recipe Post- Cake Pops

Cake pops are massive right now and  a lot more portable than a cupcake. This version isn't Vegan because I used candy melts but the cake and buttercream part you can use this Vegan cupcake recipe. So to make it totally vegan just use dairy free chocolate instead of the candy melts. You can use any cake recipe you want at all.

Cake Pops


Materials
Lolly pop sticks
Styrofoam block or florist foam
Variety of sprinkles

Ingredients
1 batch of cupcakes/cake. Any will do. If you have any cake trimmings keep them in the freezer to take out when making cake pops.
1/2 cup butter cream
1 bag of candy melts or 2 blocks of chocolate

Method


1. Place your cake into a large bowl or mixer and crumble into bread/cake crumbs.


2. Add the butter cream and mix until it forms a dough mixture.

3. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet or baking paper. Place into the freezer for 10-15 minutes.


4. Place candy melts/chocolate into a double boiler and gently heat until it has all melted.


5. Dip the lolly pop sticks into the chocolate and push into the balls gently. Place into the fridge for 20 minutes.

6. Carefully dip the cake balls into the melted chocolate and tap very gently to remove excess chocolate. Then place some sprinkles on top. Stick the cake pops into your styrofoam block so they can dry. See example here (I forgot to take a picture!)

7. Once dry you can place them in a jar or jug to display and also wrap in lolly pop wrappers :-)