Valentines ♡ Cakes

Valentines day is fast approaching so if your still looking for a thoughtful gift for the one you love or yourself, why not give these simple yet satisfying homemade treats a try.

I bought the silicone cake pop mould that features the heart design from the Avon brochure or you might even find the same one a little cheaper on eBay 😘

You can use any cake batter to fill the mould with then put on the lid and let the oven finish the job. Should take 10-15 minutes tops. Once baked leave to cool then gently push them out of the moulds. Get your lollipop sticks included with the mould. Melt your chocolate, candy melts or make your icing , whichever your planning to use to decorate your cake pops with. Top tip: if it’s your first time making them start simple and use icing and sprinkles, then once you get the hang of it as they can be pretty tricky to master, elevate your designs.

You’ll want to dip the lolipop sticks into what you’ve melted then insert them half way up into the cake pop and leave to set for a few hours. I recommend  buying a foam block like they use for flower making so you can stand the cake pops vertical. I also like to put them in the fridge as this helps to speed up the setting process a little.

Here comes the tricky part, when it comes to coating and decorating the cake pops themselves you can dip,spread or coat with a spoon. This requires a bit of practice so it becomes natural to you and for them to look absolutely perfect but in the meantime have fun trying, why not get the kids involved they’ll love having a go & making a mess!

Here are a few I’ve made so far:

I would love to see any of my readers cake pop creations in the comments section below this post 😙

I can’t actually remember where I bought my ♡ shaped cake tin from it was a few years ago now.Maybe Wilkinsons or some other homeware store. If you do decide to get one of your own my suggestion would be to get one with a loose bottom as it can be difficult to remove certain bakes sometimes if the tin hasn’t been greased properly etc.

This latest ♡ cake was a plain vanilla sponge topped with glace icing plus hundreds and thousands. My friend had asked for one in exchange for some beauty treatments, now who am I to say no to a bit of cake making and pampering 🤗 

There are plenty of other Valentines inspired bakes for you to try too. Here’s a few of mine(excuse some of the terrible pictures):

Whatever you choose to bake your loved ones this Valentines day is bound to put a smile on their face and leave them with that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

Ttfn sweety pies

Love the sweet life

Kelly 💝

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Mini Chocolate Eclairs

These cute afternoon tea time treats make the perfect accompaniment to a warm beverage anytime of day. I like mine on a morning, especially with a cup of coffee ☕.

They aren’t the easiest of things to bake but well worth the extra effort and taste much nicer freshly homemade than the shop bought ones!

For this recipe you will need these ingredients:

50g (2 oz) butter or margarine

150ml (1/4 pint ) water

100g (4 oz) Plain Flour

3 medium eggs, lightly beaten

For the filling & topping:

150ml (1/4 pint) whipping or double cream, whipped.

100g-200g melted chocolate of your choice, I used milk chocolate.

Method;

  1.  Preheat oven to 220°c, 200 °c fan,gas mark 7. Grease a couple of baking trays, then run under a cold tap, leaving a film of water on the tray.
  2. Make choux pastry by placing fat in water and melt gently, then bring to the boil . Remove from heat and stir in flour. Return to heat, stir until mix forms a ball in middle of pan. Transfer to a big bowl to cool. Thoroughly beat the eggs into the cooled mixture, a bit at a time with an electric whisk or wooden spoon.
  3. Place choux pastry into a piping bag with 1cm nozzle. Pipe mixture into 6cm lengths and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Straight after baking make a slit down the side of each eclair and leave to cool.
  5. Fill with whipped cream then decorate by dipping or spreading with melted chocolate.

You can freeze the eclairs ahead of time then just refresh in the oven before filling & decorating.

These lovelies can last for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge but I can guarantee they won’t be there that long 😘

Valentines day is not far away so if your looking for some sweet baking inspiration you’ll want to check out my next post later this week.

Until then 

Bake love

Baked Jam Doughnuts

Hello everyone & welcome to my new food blog 🤗. Those of you who followed me over on This Sweet will know I love baking treats for my family & friends and sharing the recipes with you all. Since this blog is no different (yes, only the name has changed) I’ll get on with a fantastic new recipe I came across recently while baking doughnuts for the first time!

Makes 12 (I halved the quantities to make 6)

Ingredients:

200g (8 oz) strong white bread flour

1 heaped tsp Caster sugar

Pinch of salt

25g (1 oz) butter

1 tbsp fast action yeast

1 egg

75ml (5 tbsp) milk 

4 tbsp jam

For the coating:

3 tbsp icing sugar

2 tbsp cold water

85g Caster sugar

Method:

  1. In a bowl stir together the flour, sugar and salt then rub in the butter.
  2. Warm the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave so it is hot to the touch. Add the yeast, beaten egg and warmed milk to the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is soft.
  3. Put dough out onto a floured worktop and knead for 5 minutes, until the dough is more pliable. Place back in bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for an hour.
  4. Knock back the dough then split into a dozen equal sized balls.
  5. Flatten each ball until it resembles a disk about 9cm in diameter. 
    Place 1 tsp of jam in the middle then fold over the edges to seal in the jam. Use a little water to help if necessary. Space them out on a lined baking tray.
  6. Cover and leave to rise more for half an hour.
  7. Bake at 180 °c for 10 minutes until the doughnuts are risen and golden. Allow to cool for the same amount of time while sorting the coating out.
  8. In a dish mix together the icing sugar and water . Dip the doughnuts in this sugary mix first then cover in the Caster sugar. Allow to dry and cool before trying to eat them without salivating or licking your lips 😜.

    Hope all my followers old & new enjoy and try out this new recipe post. Please feel free to share on any social media and come join me on there too just click on the links below.

    Ttfn sweetcakes🤗

    Kelly Harley

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