How many of you have watched Wreck it Ralph. I know, I know, it was released a while go, but it is a cute movie.
Just a heads up there is a spoiler in the rest of this post, so if you don’t want to know anything about the movie I would stop reading now!
When I watched the movie as soon as I saw Vanellope give Ralph the ‘You’re my hero’ cookie medal I knew I had to have a go at making then, although I never really found the time to do it so after over a year since I watched the movie I finally got around to trying to make them:
The biscuit recipe I used was taken from here.
For the royal icing I used Tate and Lyle royal icing sugar, because it I find it easier than trying to make royal icing, you don’t have to worry about raw eggs and I have found it pretty easy to find, I got mine from my local Morrisons.
The hardest part I found was to get the piping right. I have not really had successful writing/piping experience but I thought it wasn’t too bad.
I used a heart cutter for the shape. and once they were cooled piped the royal icing on.
The problem I found was that I let the blue icing set too much before putting on the hundreds and thousands.
And because yay for pictures:
A while ago I brought myself a present in the form of Laduree Sucre: The recipes. I brought it as a fivlous purchase, it was in a box and I had heard that Laduree was one of the famous patieries from France that were known for their macroon as someone that has tried to master the macaron when I saw the book and has a book voucher it was a no brainer.
I used the raspberry macaron for the shells, they are just plain macaron shells and then I used the ganache from the chocolate cake recipe.
What would I say about the recipe? The ganache is amazing, so tasty, I was unsure about adding butter to the chocolate and cream but it does make it tasty, although try not to think how much fat is going into it….
The macarons, I think came out okish? I always seem to get some cracked tops and just general strange shapes, I have no idea how people make perfect ones (unless they discard the ones that aren’t perfect)
The other thing I would say is that make sure you leave the ganache in the fridge for at least an hour like the recipe says, else it will be too runny and just ooze out everywhere (notice the random blobs of ganache in the above photo)
I also used milk chocolate (Milka to be exact for no other reason that it was £1 in Morrions) instead of dark chocolate as sometimes I find that a really dark chocolate makes the ganache too bitter.
For the shells, make sure that you add plenty of colouring, I actually used a red food colouring but it came out really pale pink, I will have to add more next time or look into getting some of the gel colours (I used a Dr Odker food colouring)
And as a sign with any good recipe everyone loved them when I took them to work 🙂
My parents went to visit family friends yesterday, which means that I had the kitchen for the day, so of course I decided to bake.
I made burger cakes, which I have seen around and thought I should have a go at it.
I agree that there are better looking burger cakes around, but I still think that they are pretty cute. And they tasted yummy 🙂
I made fairy cakes and then cut them in half, and put in a small chocolate fork biscuit and a circle of red fondant and green fondant 🙂
Hope you enjoy
My brother turned 21 last week, and so to celebrate I made him a cake. I asked him what he would like and he said the Normandy from Mass Effect (2 if we are going to get technical). So after a good look on google I found out that it was a snazzy looking spaceship, and tried my hardest, and it turned out like….
Ta da, I know it’s not the greatest but it sort of looks like a spaceship-ish, my brother was happy with it though which is the main thing. What do you think??
PS always make sure that you have all you need for what you’re making, a quick trip to the local shop is never very fun.
Over the easter holidays, when I was back at home I had a go at making macaroons, but I didn’t add the granulated sugar at the right time and so i was left with a big sugary mess. I cooked them, while my dad looked at them and wasn’t very amused. I said I would give the cooked fail-macaroons to the chickens, but they went in a tin to my dad’s office and never came back, so they can’t have been that bad 🙂
Anywhos I decided to have another go at making them, and this time they turned out a lot better 😀
Even if I do say so myself I think they look pretty good. I have never been a fan of the piping bag, we just don’t get along, and so I used my trusty tea-spoon to put the mixture onto the baking trays, however this does lead to a large differentials in the size of the macaroons…..
Oh well, they were only going to my dad’s office, and they eat anything. I used a chocolate buttercream to sandwich them together, they need something flavoured otherwise they are a bit flavorless.
The next step to conquer my dad’s dislike for butter cream, which left half of the macaroons un-iced, but that was ok because they are the ugly ones
oh well, macaroons aren’t the easiest, but they are quite fun, and by the way I have been going, hopefully all of the next batch (when I bring myself to make them again) will all look nice :).