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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Review - Silverwood Multisize Cake Pan from Lakeland

A couple of months ago I was looking around at cake tins as I needed some  to make Jack's birthday cake. I had in mind that I wanted to make a 2 tier cake, either round or square. I've got a load of cake tins, both round and square but they were either not deep enough, the wrong size or the sides sloped in. 

My Mum gave me a Lakeland catalogue when she came up to visit one weekend and when I was browsing through it I spotted exactly what I wanted - a Silverwood Multisize Pan.

The problem was that it was £25.99 which to a cheap-skate like me seemed rather a lot for a cake pan. I thought about it for a while and then took the plunge and ordered it, along with a few other bits that I 'needed'.

I decided to make an 8" cake for the bottom layer with a 6" cake for the top. The pan comes with 2 panels that can be moved within the frame to make any square or oblong cake from 1" up to 12" (why anyone would want to make a 1" cake is beyond me).

8" cake
I then made two 6" cakes - AT THE SAME good is that! So now this one pan has taken the place of an 8" pan and two 6" pans which makes me feel much better about spending £25.99 as I felt I then had 3 pans. But it didn't stop there..... the other day I had the urge to make a banana bread, or rather the banana's were resembling elongated pieces of coal & were destined for the bin if they didn't get used up. I'd printed out a recipe a few days earlier that I'd seen on Cooking, Cakes & Children and thought I'd give it a go. I've got a small loaf pan but once I'd mixed the batter up it no way looked like it was going to fit in there and Banana Loaf would not be banana loaf if it was in a round tin so I assembled my trusty Multisize pan and positioned the inserts to make a loaf tin. So now it has taken the place of FOUR cake tins. That has got to be well worth £25.99 (my husband will read this post so I'm hoping I've done my best to justify paying almost £26 on a cake pan now - plus a few other bits).

So if you're looking for some cake pans I would really recommend you buy this, you won't regret it. And do you know what the best part about this tin is? It folds FLAT, yep no more cupboards so full of pans that every time you open the door they all slide onto the floor with such a crash that the baby wakes up. Ok so maybe that part isn't true, I still have my cupboard full of pans and I use and need each and every one of them  (that is for the benefit of my husband again).

The only downside that I have found is that some of the cake seeps out of the sides when baking but that may be down to my poor pan lining skills.

My multisize cake pan creation
If you want to buy this pan you can find it on the Lakeland website here, and for a limited time (until 2nd May) they are offering Free Delivery on orders over £20, and if you order over £59.99 they will send you a free Star Swirly Cupcake Stand (worth £10.99).

You can also buy an extra pair of dividers for £8.49 to give you even more options - for example you can bake NINE 4" cakes at one time. Oh and did I mention that the box also includes a recipe for a fruit cake in sizes from 6" up to 12".

This is NOT a sponsored post, I paid all twenty five pounds an ninety nine pence of my hard earned cash to have this pan in my possession.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Royal Wedding Cupcakes

If you didn't know already, the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is taking place on Friday. I'm not a Royalist but I'm happy to celebrate the occasion for the sake of my children, and in this house 'Celebrate' means 'Cake'. So for the sake of my Children I have made some celebratory Royal Wedding cupcakes.

I came across a post for Royal Wedding cupcakes on Made with Pink and they had some cute little flags on their cupcakes. I had seen some like this on Ebay but what I liked about these flags is that I could make them myself, for free. All I needed to do was to print the template out in colour and with a bit of gluing & sticking to a cocktail stick, hey presto I have flags. Ok they may not be great, which probably has something to do with the lack of a Pritt stick in the house and so I had to use some watery glue that made the colours of the flag bleed a bit, but beggars & choosers and all that......

I made up a batch of lemon cupcakes (baked in Union Jack cases purchased from Ebay) and iced them with vanilla buttercream and decorated with some red, white (not that you can see it) and blue edible glitter (also purchased from Ebay) and popped a flag in each.

So what are you waiting for, the Royal Wedding is only hours away so you'd better get baking........for the sake of your kids.

Lemon Cupcakes

110g unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
2 large eggs
150g SR flour
125g plain flour
60ml semi-skimmed milk
juice of 1 medium lemon
1 tbsp Greek Yoghurt

  • Cream the butter & sugar together
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition
  • Combine the two flours in a separate bowl. Combine the milk, lemon juice & yoghurt in another bowl.
  • Add half of the flour to the butter/sugar mixture & beat well. Add half of the milk mixture & beat well.
  • Repeat with the 2nd half of flour and then milk mixture.
  • Fill the cupcake cases approx 1/3 full
  • Bake at 160 degrees for around 20 minutes
  • Cool on a wire rack before decorating

Vanilla Buttercream

110g unsalted butter, at room temperature
60ml semi-skimmed milk, at room temperature
1tsp vanilla extract
500g icing sugar, sifted

  • Beat the butter, milk, vanilla & half the icing sugar together until light & fluffy.
  • Beat in the remainder of the icing sugar.

Thanks to my old friend @shazpaz I have now made some Wills n Kate cake picks to adorn my mini cupcakes

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

5 Minute Easter Chocolate Nests

These chocolate nests are perfect to make with the kids as they are so quick and easy. Older children could even make them themselves, with a bit of assistance melting the chocolate. And they really so only take about 5 minutes.

Now, as soon as I had made them I knew I should've done some weighing & measuring so I could share it with my blog readers, however I didn't....I just threw a few pieces of chocolate in the bowl & once it was melted I mixed just enough cornflakes in for them to be covered, so you just need to add a few at a time to ensure good chocolate coverage (or you could use my tried and tested recipe for a Valentine Chocolate Heart and make into nests instead)

You will need :

Milk Chocolate or Chocolate Flavour Cake Covering - I used Dr Oetker cake covering as it sets really quickly and is ready to eat almost immediately 


Mini Eggs

Small Cake cases (the pastel ones I used were from Asda)

Melt the chocolate in a microwavable bowl in a microwave, on short bursts (60 seconds initially and then around 30 seconds), stirring in between bursts.

Stir the cornflakes in quickly until they are all coated in chocolate.

Spoon into the cake cases and arrange mini eggs on the top, you will need to do this quickly if using the cake covering or they won't stick.



Concentrating Hard

I guess the middle one is for Jack


One left for Mummy!

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