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Sunday 17 May 2009

I've moved To Baking Cakes Galore Blog

Just to remind you I have moved I am now Blogging at Baking Cakes Galore. Call by at my new blog for all new bakes and recipes.

My latest creation today (17th May 09) is Girly Pink Cupcakes – a chocolate sponge filled with marshmallow fluff and piped with pink buttering and girly sprinkles. There will be more creations on the way don’t forget to follow me.

Rosie x

Wednesday 18 February 2009

I’ve Moved To A New Blog!

Dear "friends" yes its official I’ve moved......

I’ve been working on my New Blog for the past couple of days but I have still lots of posts to move over as yet!! I am very sad to have to depart “Rosie Bakes A ‘Peace’ of Cake”, this blog holds very fond memories for me being my first blog and finding my stumbling feet around in the blogosphere!

I must thank you dearly, my ‘dear’ blogging friends and ‘dear’ readers, for supporting and encouraging me with this blog! It is such an honour and pleasure to feel part of this vast family – thank you from my heart. You make my day knowing that out there someone in the world is interested in a little bit of my homemade bakes!

Here is the fanfare piping you into Rosie’s New Blog----->

I can’t wait to *see you* at Baking Cakes Galore

Best wishes Rosie x0x0x

Monday 16 February 2009

Remaining To Experience Technical Problems!

Dear Friends, I still remain to be experiencing technical problems with blogger! I have gone around in circles trying to remedy my blogs problem but to no avail as yet.

Since I opened this blog in July 2007, I have made many new friends throughout the foodie blogosphere and your kind encouragement makes blogging truly a magical experience.

I can’t foresee getting around these technical problems on this blog! However I am working on a brand new blog with a brand new name! I will be posting here my new blog link when all is up and running and I really do hope you will call by and say hello my blogging friends. My loyal readers, I hope you will also remain with me and let's do what we like best - BAKING A 'PEACE' of CAKE :0)

Best wishes Rosie x

Saturday 14 February 2009

Experiencing Technical Problems!

Dear friends, I wanted to update you all that I am experiencing some hit and miss technical problems with blogger! I hope all will be resumed shortly but one never knows?!?! :0(

With best wishes to you all and may you all have a blissful day on this day of amour – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Update Sunday - things still remain the same to day with Blogger hit and miss & still working on the problem! Thanks for your support in this matter :0)

Rosie xoxoxo

Thursday 12 February 2009

Aphrodite’s Love Potion Cupcakes - Ooh La La.....!!

I love you
Ich liebe Dich
Je t'aime
S' ayapo
Ti amo
Te amo

Oh yes L-O-V-E is in the air, it’s Valentine’s Day this Saturday when Cupid that little love rascal, draws his bow, aims and fires his stream of arrows and brings amour to people around the world. On this day hopefully, loved ones will be showered with gifts by their beloved to display their affections be it with, flowers, chocolates, champagne, cards, or romantic meal just for two or even baking something special for them. I find that showing your loved one in your life you’ve baked something unique for them is very personal and romantic. It’s baked with love from your heart and this could be in the form of a heart shaped cake, cupcakes, cookies, just let your imagination take control. But do take a look in my Valentine’s section for further ideas for that special someone in your life this Valentine’s Day.

Aphrodite’s Love Potion Cupcakes - showing all the sprinkles

For Valentine’s Day this year I have started wooing my amour "Mr R" with a batch of my own “Aphrodite’s Love Potion Cupcakes”! I hope you like the name of my cupcakes? I chose Aphrodite because she is the mythological Greek Goddess of love and beauty!

Today I am sharing with you my recipe for these cupcakes, which have a gorgeous vanilla sponge with added chunks of white chocolate suspended through and with a luscious Swiss meringue buttercream frosting. The decorations are personal preference and of course opt for whatever sprinkles etc you wish – just let the love flow and bake from the heart!

Aphrodite’s Love Potion Cupcakes - Ooh La La.....!!

I am speedily posting these cupcakes that I want to share with you today before going out with my daughter this evening. I’m most looking forward to visiting all my ‘dear’ blogging friends tomorrow to view those new creations you been posting ;0)

Aphrodite’s Love Potion Cupcakes

Aphrodite’s Love Potion Cupcakes!

Makes approx 19 cupcakes

225g (8 oz) softened unsalted butter
225g (8 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1½ tsp vanilla extract
Approx 6 tbsp milk – you may need less
225g (8 oz) plain (all purpose) flour
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
100g (4 oz) white chocolate chips
For The Swiss Meringue Frosting
300g (11 oz) softened unsalted butter
75g (3 oz) vegetable shortening – I use Trex
300g (11 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
5 large egg whites
2 tbsp golden syrup or light corn syrup
Pinch of salt
1¼ tsp vanilla extract
Edible pink food colouring paste (optional)
Sprinkles, sugar flowers, sprinkling sugar –or own preference

You will require 2 muffin trays lined with 19 paper-cases, a sugar thermometer for the frosting recipe and a piping bag with a star shaped tip.


Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°f/Gas mark 4. Sift the flour and baking powder together and leave aside for later. Beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy in colour and texture. Add a little of the beaten egg at a time and beat in well with each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract until combined fully into the mixture. Fold through the flour gently with a large spatula or metal spoon until fully incorporated. Add a little of the milk at a time folding through gently until you have a good dropping consistency then lastly fold through the chocolate chips. Spoon the mixture with equal amounts into each muffin case then place into the preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes until nicely golden on top or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave in the trays to cool for 5 minutes before turning out to cool completely.

To make the Swiss Buttercream Frosting: I used a stand mixer for this – cream the butter and vegetable shortening until light and fluffy in colour and texture, but not too soft. Place the mixture into another bowl and leave aside for later. Wash the mixing bowl from the stand mixer ready for later. Place a saucepan with water onto simmer, in a heat proof bowl combine the butter, sugar, golden syrup or light corn syrup, egg whites and pinch of salt into the bowl and place on top of the simmering saucepan. Keep stirring frequently until all the sugar granules have dissolved and the temperature on the sugar thermometer reads 60°C/140°F. Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment whip the egg white mixture in a clean bowl on a medium to medium high setting until the outside of the mixture bowl feels just cool enough to touch. The mixture will look white and fluffy and very thick. Add the butter mixture and vanilla and whisk again on a medium setting until the frosting is smooth, creamy and almost resembles whipped double cream. Dived the mixture equally , if using coloured frosting, into two separate bowls and add a little edible colour paste to one and stir through to make a pink frosting. Place the white icing into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe the tops of half the cupcake batch with the white frosting add sprinkles of choice. Wash and thoroughly dry the piping bag and nozzle and fill with the pink frosting and continue to pipe the tops of the remaining cupcakes and add sprinkles of choice. Enjoy!

Wishing you a very romantic Valentine’s Day on Saturday and may your day be filled with amour too– Rosie x

Wednesday 11 February 2009

Homemade Seville Orange Marmalade!

It has been a few days since my last post and I am glad to say we did manage to get food shopping last Saturday *see previous post*. Oh but besides foodie items I must tell you, a gorgeous stack of three cake tins in various sizes with little cupcake designs on them magically appeared in my trolley, does this ever happen to you when shopping or is it just me?!?! Sunday night was a white wash of snow again and all I have wanted to do in the last few days is snuggle up in a fluffy warm blanket and hibernate and be a couch potato!

Today felt appropriate for making a huge batch of marmalade – now Paddington Bear *a marmalade sandwich-eating bear from darkest Peru* would have been extremely pleased had he come calling at my door after potting-up my golden preserves! Seville oranges are short in season from January to February in the U.K. and such a treasured import from Spain. There are many combinations of different fruits you can use to make marmalade but in my opinion Seville oranges are, “the” royalty of oranges to create the best homemade marmalade! Their sharp juices blend magnificently to the sweetness of the added sugar in marmalade. I also like to stir through a very small quantity of Scotch whisky when the preserve has cooled enough - it isn’t a dominate flavour but enhances the flavour of the marmalade.

Seville Orange Marmalade close-up

Of course this delectable marmalade can be added in cakes, puddings etc but my favourite is spreading thickly onto warm buttered toast, oh such joy - long live homemade marmalade!

The Golden Preserve

Homemade Seville Orange Marmalade

Makes approx 6kg – I used 7 small kilner jars when potting up.


2kg (approx 4 lbs) of Seville oranges
4 lemons
4 litres (approx 8 pints) of water
4kg (approx 8 lbs) granulated sugar or preserving sugar
12tsp Scotch whisky (optional)


Put all the fruit into bowl of warm water and give them a gentle scrub to remove any impurities from the skin. Place the fruit into a large saucepan/ preserving pan with a lid and add the water and a lid and simmer for about 1½ -2 hours until the skins are soft and can be effortlessly pierced with a skewer. Remove the fruit from the water and place into a large dish/plate, to cool. Keep the cooking water – you will need this later on.

Place all the sugar in a large roasting tin and place in a low oven to warm through; this helps the sugar to dissolve quicker.

When the fruit is cool enough to handle cut them in half scoop out the pulp and pips and place with any remaining juice and water from the dish back into cooking water. Cut the orange halves very finely into shreds, *I shred about halve the peel to use – its personnel choice how much*.

Bring the pan up to a boil for 15 minutes. Strain out the pulp, pips and put all the liquid back into the pan. Add the warmed sugar and the shredded peel to the pan then heat the mixture slowly, stirring until it has fully dissolved.

Bring to the boil and continue to boil rapidly without stirring for approx 30 minutes. This should take the marmalade to setting point, *see below for setting point*, if not keep boiling.

Leave the marmalade in the hot pan to cool at little it will show signs of the peel suspended in the mixture. Add the whisky if using and stir though.

Carefully ladle the marmalade into warm sterilised jars, seal the finished jars.

*To sterilise jars* – either by putting through the dish washer or washing the jars and lids and drying thoroughly before placing the jars in a roasting tin in a low oven for at least 30 minutes.

*Testing for setting point* - put a small spoonful of marmalade onto a very cold plate – I like to put two plates in the freezer for this. Allow to cool a little and then push it with your finger. The marmalade will wrinkle up when ready - see my post for Lemon & Lime Marmalade this post has pictures showing setting point.

Saturday 7 February 2009

Dutch Apple Cake

My hubby enjoys nothing more than a hearty pudding in winter when the cold weather extends its grip upon us. It certainly has been dessert time this week with the amount of snow fall we’ve had. I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a while from Rachel Allen’s Bake. It may not be majestic to look at but the taste of vanilla butter sponge and baked apple slices running through is magical, which certainly makes up for its looks.

This is a slightly adapted the recipe I am posting by adding demerara sugar for sprinkling over the top and also using red eating apples. I thought the demerara sugar would give a nice little crunch to the top of the cake and red apples as I had a few that need using. I do like cake recipes that can double up as a cake or dessert; this has the advantage of leftovers, which can be served in a slice with a steaming cup of tea or coffee- perfection in my book!

I am publishing this post today via scheduled posting as hubby and I are aiming to do some food shopping, weather permitting!

Dutch Apple Cake

Slightly adapted from Bake by Rachel Allen 2008

2 eggs
175g (6 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
75g (3 oz) butter
75ml (2½ fl oz) milk
125g (4½ oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2¼ tsp baking powder
2 red eating apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tbsp demerara sugar, for sprinkling
2 red eating apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tbsp demerara sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan oven 180°C/400°F/Gas 6. Line the sides and base of a 20 x 20cm (8 x 8 in) square cake tin with parchment paper. Using an electric whisk, whisk the eggs, caster sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until the mixture is thick and mousse-like and the whisk leaves a figure of eight pattern. Melt the butter in a saucepan with the milk, then pour onto the eggs, whisking all the time. Sift in the flour, cinnamon and baking powder and fold carefully into the batter so that there are no lumps of flour. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface. Arrange the apple slices over the batter. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar and bake in the oven for ten minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/Gas 4 and bake for a further 20–25 minutes or until well risen and golden brown. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool slightly in the tin. Cut into squares and serve warm with lashing of creamy custard.