Easter baking…

I love a themed bake, and what better way to celebrate Easter with lots of yummy cake.

My absolute favourite, and a must-bake every year are these Creme Egg Brownies this recipe is perfect every time, and everyone loves them!

Red velvet cake goes down well for any occasion, I find the Hummingbird Bakery recipe the best…

These were made with my Vanilla Cupcake Recipe which is the easiest batter to make, chocolate covered cornflakes, mini eggs and vanilla buttercream. Amber pretty much did all of it, I just helped the icing and decorating with the nests we had made from cornflakes…

Amber’s birthday…

It’s a month since Amber’s birthday and I’d completely forgotten to finish off this blog post!

It had been about 6 months since we moved to live by the seaside and Amber loves to talk to the mermaids in the sea! So I thought what better theme for her birthday than the sea and mermaids…

For her actual birthday I made blue velvet cupcakes, these weren’t as blue as I hoped, more green, so will need more practise but they tasted so good! And I absolutely love the mermaid tails and shells made from candy melts and rose gold edible paint. Some pearls and jelly diamonds finish the cakes off perfectly…

LOL dolls were her favourite presents this year, along with Polly Pockets (some vintage ones I found on ebay) and the numerous bags she was spoilt rotten with…

For the birthday party I made a giant clam shaped cake, this was so much fun and fairly easy to do, using two lots of batter from my fail-safe vanilla cupcakes recipe, painted with edible rose gold paint and pearl powder, filled with buttercream and a fondant ‘pearl’. The pearl covered in the pearl powder, Amber attempted to eat that in one go… and almost managed it, yuck!

We wanted party favours that would be enjoyed rather than tacky plastic junk that would break in 5 minutes and annoy parents! We thought these treasure chests were a great idea to fill with a few chocolate treats, the chests were only £2.50 each on eBay so overall I think these were cheaper than buying party bags and junk to go inside. Amber still plays with hers now and some adults were a little jealous they didn’t get one! If you’re organised enough in advance you can get these for around £1 each directly from China on eBay or Amazon.

I love this picture of Amber with her cake…

And this of Amber with Amira, her big cousin, their birthdays are 2 days apart and my mum’s birthday a few days after them, so it was lovely to get everyone together to celebrate…

Big Mac Inspired Burger…

I was asked for my big Mac inspired recipe and couldn’t find the link I originally used, so thought I’d write my own short blog on it…

I love a McDonald’s, but sometimes a nice homemade version is needed. This sauce is similar and easy to make. You can buy burgers from the supermarket to make it easy on yourself, I just love a chunky burger and they are so easy to make.

For the sauce;

  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Classic yellow mustard
  • Relish
  • Optional – quarter of an onion

For the burger;

  • Beef mince
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Either quarter of an onion or onion powder

To put it together;

  • Bread rolls
  • Lettuce
  • Pickle/gerkins
  • Cheese slices

First off make your burgers (or pop your shop bought ones on to cook)

To make simply squash together the mince, egg, salt, pepper and onion in a bowl until binding together then form burger shapes. I use a burger press for mine, this one is amazing as it makes it easy if you wanted to put fillings inside the meat.

Grill your meat until cooked through, meanwhile prep the sauce…

Finely chop the onion (optional) then mix about a tablespoon of mayonnaise, a tablespoon of ketchup, a tablespoon of relish and half a teaspoon of mustard. Then taste test, I often add a tad more relish or ketchup to mine, but I’m a big pickle fan so love that taste.

Prep the buns, as I said I love a gerkin!

Then enjoy…