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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Sylvie » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:38 pm

Has anyone ever made macarons or know where I can find an authentic French recipe? I quite fancy making some soon, maybe for Mother's Day. I don't fancy the pistachio ones or ones where the cookie part is just almond flavoured. I do like the more colourful ones, a bit like this:

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And I'm quite excited by these which appear to have a fruity filling as well as ganache:

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by obo-bobolina » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:58 pm

I've never tried making them - but the thought of lavender macarons is making me drool big time. Nom nom nom!
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Sylvie » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:07 pm

I quite fancy making my mum this cake http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recip ... _id=600647.

The only problem is, the buttercream icing ingredients look a little odd to me. I'm not even sure you can buy light corn syrup over here or if I'd want to put that in the icing. I do still want to make an icing that can be flavoured with Chambord though. Does anyone have any opinions on different types of icing, like French, Swiss, Italian? I am eyeing up a French recipe, but all these egg yolks sounds a bit odd, plus I'd have a lot of egg white to throw away as I don't really like merengue.

If anyone can recommend any icing, I'd be grateful! My mum's also not keen on the buttercream that's just butter and sugar, plus anything too creamy might make her sick. Thank god I didn't inherit that from her...

On another topic, I really want to make an opera cake! They look so delicious and quite fiddly, which is the kind of cake I enjoy to make. I've been eyeing up 12 layer cakes too.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by yubo » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:26 pm

I'm so lazy, I've never made my own frosting. Duncan Hines and me are great friends.

Does anyone have an opinion of using almond flour in lieu of regular flour? Or gluten flour?
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:38 pm

i've neverheard ofalmond flour! ALmond milk i've had.. and what's gluten flour? you don;tmean gluten-free glour doyou? I've used many a gf flour..
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by frogblast » Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:06 pm

i made some of those chocolate shredded wheat nest things yesterday. not made them in years. i'm struggling to eat them now though - each mouthful feels like i'm eating 10 mars bars at once
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by yubo » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:30 pm

roundbitsofplastic wrote:i've neverheard ofalmond flour! ALmond milk i've had.. and what's gluten flour? you don;tmean gluten-free glour doyou? I've used many a gf flour..
almond flour! : http://almondflour.homestead.com/
and in there it mentioned gluten flour...

oh, and now I just found this about using flax seed flour instead of other things: http://freshflaxseeds.com/catalog/flaxrecipes.php

I bought some almond flour and flax seed flour the other day because I can't stop making these:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paul ... index.html

and they're making me fat. I'm looking for ways to healthify them. I'm going to try it tonight. or tomorrow. I hope they turn out just as tasty.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by parfait amour » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:22 pm

I may be prompted to do this soon.

http://www.omnomicon.com/rainbowcake

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by obo-bobolina » Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:04 pm

I made orange and honey cake on thursday evening because I was a bit bored and a lot peckish. It turned out brilliantly. My new gluten free baking book is definitely a WIN. Yay. I also made nutty seed loaf yesterday from the same book and that was delicious too. I had a delicious cheese, chutney and watercress sandwich using it. Oh how I've missed sandwiches. Mmmm.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by stolenwine » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:11 am

tips on how to frost a cupcake (without one of those squeezy frosting thingies. are they called piping bags?)

i'm still lost, but maybe this will make sense to people who are a little less...simple:

http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/tips ... ake-079304

edit: actually this video from magnolia is even better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0-a86o5IqU
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by stolenwine » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:52 pm

how CUTE is this ? eeee!

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Post by yubo » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:35 pm

too cute!
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Sylvie » Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:19 pm

I was browsing through my mum's old Cadbury books last night and reminiscing about the birthday cakes she used to make for me and my brother. Then I came across an old photo of me on my 6th birthday, complete with my doll cake!

I came in here to post a picture caterpillar cake I found- it's a bit odd that there's one above! I need an excuse to make this.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by annie » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:16 pm

Sylvie wrote:I need an excuse to make this.
i hope that's not what you're planning to bake this weekend, it's terrifying! does it have cocktail sausages for legs?! (cute picture of you though.)

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by String Bean Jen » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:29 pm

Sylvie wrote:I was browsing through my mum's old Cadbury books last night and reminiscing about the birthday cakes she used to make for me and my brother. Then I came across an old photo of me on my 6th birthday, complete with my doll cake!

I came in here to post a picture caterpillar cake I found- it's a bit odd that there's one above! I need an excuse to make this.
Those are so great! You've reminded me how much I used to love staring at my mom's Betty Crocker cake books. There were such crazy, elaborate cakes in there. Massive dolls with hoop skirts, amusement parks, football pitches, etc. I never actually had such a cake which is fine as I'm not a sweet frosting fan! I was more fascinated by the structure and art of them. And I loved the heavy feel of the books, the old-fashioned font, the vintage pictures.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Sylvie » Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:10 pm

annie wrote:i hope that's not what you're planning to bake this weekend, it's terrifying! does it have cocktail sausages for legs?! (cute picture of you though.)
They're Cadbury's chocolate fingers, I think. I was going to make owl madelaines from the same book, but Andrew told me they were too silly! I think we should have a retro party in Swindon with all these weird cakes and cheese hedgehogs.

Andrew also didn't think that photo looked like me. It's a strange one as I remember that Barbie bike, but I never had much interest in Barbie really. My mum probably told me to put my Cabbage Patch doll down and pose properly.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by stolenwine » Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:17 pm

the barbie cake your mom made is so much nicer than the one in the cookbook! i still haven't baked cupcakes, even though i finally bought a mixer just for that purpose. maybe this weekend...
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by squirrelboutique » Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:07 pm

These were my favorite odd sort of 70s/80s bake sale cupcakes.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Sylvie » Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:13 pm

I've just been on a baking spree as we're having a picnic tomorrow. The Devonshire apple cake is finished and this bread is in the oven as I type. It was a bit messy to roll up, but I'm hoping it looks and tastes nice!
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Woodbine » Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:17 am

I think that Cadbury book must have been standard issue to mums in the eighties.....
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