Archives for category: Biscuits

I’ve been dreaming of putting mini party rings on cupcakes for a while now. The time finally came just over a week ago, before I went on holiday, when the weather was just starting to turn. It had been rainy and grey and with the temperature dropping I decided it qualified as biscuit weather. You know what I mean. Obviously not wanting to settle for just a biscuit or a cupcake with tea I combined the two. I made vanilla cupcakes but filled half with raspberry jam topped with sprinkles and a mini party ring. For the other half I went for a jaffa cake cupcake. I love that all these biscuits now come in mini form. For that cupcake I filled the centres with sweet orange jam and topped it with chocolate orange buttercream, chocolate sprinkles and the mini jaffa cakes. 

When I was asked to make some cupcakes for our friend Tom’s birthday, I knew I wanted to incorporate aeroplanes in some way. He is a Cabin Service Director for BA, so I knew that tiny aeroplane biscuits as toppers on cupcakes would be perfect. Not owning the exact tiny cutter wasn’t going to be a problem, as I’ve learnt that you can make a biscuit in any shape and size you want just by making a template and cutting around it yourself. I simply traced and adjusted an image I found online. Obviously this process takes a little longer but it definitely gives you a little more freedom, not that I don’t own and adore many cookie cutters. Using this trusty recipe I made little vanilla biscuits which I outlined and flooded with white royal icing, which then sat on top of vanilla cupcakes filled with raspberry jam. I, of course, tinted the frosting blue so the planes looked a little more in flight. Happy Birthday Tom! x

I’m trying to find all the words to tell you how much I loved Coachella. Those of you that follow my Instagram will have been bombarded with photos (as soon as I found decent WiFi) of gorgeous sunsets, fun parties and THAT wheel. OH that wheel! It’s so hard not to photograph it every few minutes, it seems to look a little different every time you do. We had such a great trip traveling around – from visiting Disney, going to Coachella and hanging out in both San Diego and LA. The festival itself was amazing, well run, clean, no wellies in sight and it made such a difference staying in a hotel instead of a stuffy tent. It was all exactly how I expected it to be and better, all rainbows, great music and far too many crop tops. It was great fun to dance in the dessert with my friends, especially to a great musical line up including Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club and Disclosure. The thing that struck me the most about Coachella was how pretty it was. All the art installations and changing lights had me looking up and around in awe. My favourite things, however, were the palm trees. As soon as it was dark the palms lit up in rainbow colours and changed with the music. It made the whole place look extra magical and I wanted to make a few favours upon my return that would remind me of my stunning weekend at Coachella. I picked up a palm tree cookie cutter while I was out there and used my favourite biscuit recipe to create these. I then used royal icing to decorate them in rainbow colours in neon shades to give them that unmistakable Coachella look. 

This Valentine’s Day I’ve fallen in love with ribbon. Yep ribbon. This cool metallicy grey fuzzy one that I knew would be perfect for tying up treat bags of Valentine biscuits. I always tend to make some sort of biscuit around Valentine’s Day. You can see previous years’ designs here and here. It’s the endless possibilities for decoration, and this year I wanted to go for something a little different. Offering a little more than romance, the love heart peace sign is one of my favourite symbols and the perfect token to give to all my friends and loved ones this Valentine’s Day. I used some vintage cutters that my Granny gave me a while ago that she used to use when baking for my Dad, the smaller heart was the perfect shape for the peace sign logo. For the biscuits I used The Biscuiteers plain biscuit recipe and used royal icing to decorate. Ok, there had to be some pink in there somewhere, it is for Valentine’s after all, but it’s dusky and I love how it goes with the grey and white. I finished them off using dots, sprinkles and sugar flowers. Then packaged them in cellophane bags with my beloved ribbon.

Although January was somewhat miserable weather-wise, for me it was pretty great and full of a combination of my favourite things. I spent it enjoying plenty of warm drinks, afternoons experimenting in the kitchen, serious tv series catch up, watching endless red carpets on E! and cosy chats with friends. My month inspired these cupcakes, a comforting combination to make the winter pass a little faster. Personally I think tea and biscuits make this time of year bearable and thought they would make a cute cupcake. I started by making a tea flavoured cake. For this I used tea granules (I had no idea these existed until I spotted them in the supermarket) and substituted some of the liquid part of the recipe with a strong tea and warm water mix. In an attempt to get the most tea flavour I made a tea syrup by boiling equal parts sugar and water with the tea granules dissolved in it. For the biscuit frosting I used this. I’ve just discovered it and while eating spoonfuls of it from the jar (of course I did this) dries out your moth like an actual biscuit, it is delicious mixed into frosting. I beat it for longer and added more milk than I normally do to make it a little lighter. The tea flavour is pretty subtle and I’d probably make it a bit stronger in the future but the cake is super fluffy and is a great winter afternoon treat.