Giant floral cupcake decorating tutorial

Here I share tips to create a unique and impressive giant cupcake.

You’ll need a few things to follow this tutorial:

Silicon cupcake baking mould set

Selection of piping tips including size 1, drop flowers, 2D and leaf tip.

Piping bags

Buttercream

Cake batter (sponge cake approx 5 eggs worth)

Cake release spray

Spatula

Method:

Stage 1 make the chocolate case.

You’ll need approx 300g chocolate. I have found dark chocolate is the easiest to work with.

1. Melt the chocolate slowly.

2. Pour into the cupcake case and tilt the case to pour the chocolate on to the sides. Turn the case whilst tilted to cover all of the inside. You might need to gently shake it forward to reach the final areas.

3. Now put the case in the fridge for about 20mins.

4. To remove chocolate case, hold both sides of silicon mould firmly and pull directly down.

Stage 2 Mix the cake batter and bake.

1. Spray silicon tins with cake release.

2. Fill the cases to approx 3/4 with the cake batter. I bake at 140°C fan oven for about 1hr 30m.

3. Allow to cool completely.

Stage 3 cake into case

1. The sides of the cake will need a trim to allow it to fit into the chocolate case. I also cut the base cake into 2 layers and fill.

2. Cover the cake in buttercream.

3. Gently drop the cake into the chocolate case.

Stage 4 buttercream flowers

1. Using a petal tip pipe 4 or 5 petals onto a flower nail. Repeat 5 times and leave to set. Or refridgerate.

2. Fill a piping bag with blue and white buttercream and pipe drop flowers using 2D tip.

3. Use a rose colour buttercream and pipe swirls with 2D tip. Starting on the inside and swirl out. Maybe 3 or 4 of these around the cake.

4. Use smaller drop flowers to create bunches of flowers around the cake. Fill as much as possible.

5. Pipe leaves around the cake and flowers.

6. Add the first piped flowers that are now cool and set. Carefully stick them to the cake with buttercream. Using a 1 tip add stamen to the flowers.

Try different colour combinations to match your theme.

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Cookies with chocolate chunks

These cookies are soft in the middle, just how cookies should be. They are one of my first baking successes and a recipe I have made time and again for the past 5 years.

Perfect if you have little time to prepare, for impromptu get togethers and baking with the kids. Or like I find, an ideal sweet treat when I have no desire to go to the shops!

You will need a bowl, spoon, scales and a tray or two lined with greaseproof paper.

Ingredients:

125g stork or butter

175g caster sugar

50g soft brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

225g self raising flour

60 – 150g dark and white chocolate chunks (amount/type is your choice)

Method:

Set the oven to 180°C (fan)

1. Mix the stork/butter, caster sugar and brown sugar together.

2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix.

3. Add the flour and mix with a spoon until a dough has formed.

4. Stir in the chocolate chunks.

5. Make into 12 equal (ish) sized balls.

6. Cook for about 10mins. You’ll want the cookies to have a bit of a golden colour on the edges but still be soft in the middle. They get firmer as they cool.

Best eaten warm and delicious with ice cream. Will keep for a few days covered up.