Saturday, 19 October 2013

Confetti Cupcakes

Sometimes I see things on Pinterest and think what a wonderful, simple idea it is, and wish I'd thought of it. Putting confetti in cupcakes? Genius. 

The trouble is, you just can't get the beautiful bright nonpareils in the UK anymore so last time I was in the US I made sure to pick some up.

confetti rainbow nonpareils cupcakes recipe

I just used a standard cupcake recipe for these (US and UK recipe here), and added the confetti at the last minute. If you over mix with the sprinkles in, you can end up with a brown mess, so I only put them into sections of the batter at a time. Put in quite a lot, if you don't use enough the effect won't be as good.

As much as I love to decorate with big swirls of piped buttercream icing (instructions here) I actually prefer the taste of simple sugar icing (icing sugar + water). So as I was planning to eat these ALL myself, the sugar icing won.

funfetti cupcakes recipe instructions

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Fruit Gums

I got this recipe from ourbestbites - I admit it was a bit intimidating as I haven't made sweets of this kind before. It does take a while, and I can't say the half an hour of constant stirring was exactly the most exciting part of my day, but it was rather therapeutic :) I enjoyed the "chemistry" part, mixing up different colours and flavours (mine are strawberry, cola and plain) and the result is beautiful looking coloured, sweet, chewey gums.

how to make fruit gums, pastilles, sweets recipe

Monday, 7 October 2013

Candy Cake

I've gone all American on the blog today, and made a candy cake. (I mean a sweet cake to us Brits, but it doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it?)

I love this for the novelty factor, but it's also brilliantly practical as you can make it ages before and it was much easier to transport than a real cake. A great one to make with the kids.

cake made from sweets

You will need:
Two or 3 tins
Double sided tape
Assorted sweets and chocolate
Tissue paper to fill in the gaps
A centrepiece for the top

Use two or 3 tins upside-down one on top of each other, taped down with double sided tape. Plan how you will arrange the sweets, then wrap the tins in enough tape to hold the sweets. Stick on the sweets, and fill in the gaps with tissue paper to hide the tins. Tape the centrepiece on top to add height. Eat the leftover sweets!

how to make a candy cake

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