10 years old!
10 years old!
I had few packs of American Jell-O pistachio pudding in my cupboard for a while, and I bought them specifically to bake them into cupcakes or some sort of cake. I used one pack now to make a small batch of cupcakes. They didn’t turned out as green as I thought they were, but then I haven’t used any food colour. Anyway, even though they were not so green, but at least they tasted wonderfully, so overall I was happy with the result, and so was my husband, who loved them!
I found recipes on the Internet using pistachio pudding, but they also used boxed cake mixture. I aim to bake every time from scratch, so only use boxed cake when I see one in the store that look appealing and calls my name to try it. So, since I don’t keep any cake box in the house, I made up my own recipe.
Is it chocolate o’clock? Yes, always!
I bought these Belgian chocolates from Belgium when we had a family getaway last Christmas. I made these cupcakes shortly after that, but completely forgot about them, I just found these pictures on my computer.
These were simple vanilla cupcakes with white chocolate and mascarpone cream cheese frosting. Each chocolate on the top was a different kind, and I remember that my favourite was the cherry chocolate, the one with the rose print.
My little baby girl turned 2 years old! So hard to believe…Finally I got a little time to post about her second birthday.
She is all about the little star twinkling in the well known nursery song. My girl doesn’t really talk (well she does, but on a special language that only she can understand and use, and I can confirm that is not Hungarian nor English 🙂 …) yet she started to sing this Twinkle Twinkle song a long time ago. I am certain that she will be a pretty good singer because she seems to get the music tunes very well.
Anyway, I was happy that even though she couldn’t tell me with words what she would like for her birthday, but hearing her sing all day, in the house, sitting in the buggy, or at dinner her favourite song about the little star, this gave me the idea to make her 2nd birthday based on this theme. It was fun and pretty easy. I wanted to keep it simple so I chose the gold -which is sort of given, and pure white. I think that gold and white are a good match, kind of elegant, too.
Cake Pops with gold and glitter
We didn’t have a birthday party for her, but I still wanted to celebrate this special day with style, adding a little sparkle and magic. My daughter loved it, and so the rest of the family.
Orange juice (I removed the original labels after keeping the bottles in warm water for about 2-3 minutes and sticked my own labels)
Ham and cheese mini sandwiches
Chocolate and nuts cupcakes with white chocolate stars (ah, those stars were NOT easy to make… 🙂 )
I made a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star t-shirt for her using a plain white cotton top and a large gold sequin iron on fabric star.
White chocolate cake
…or more like Busy Bees on top of Walnut Whip chocolates from Nestle.
I saw the pack of this chocolate in the store some time ago and I thought it would look great on cupcakes with just a little personal touch from me. Which was that I chopped off the walnut from the top of the chocolate and I placed (with food glue) a tiny bumble bee instead which I made in like 5 minutes from fondant. Aren’t they cute? 🙂
Here is some trivia about this chocolate for you that I found on Google…
“The Walnut Whip really is a long serving confectionery classic – it was launched in 1910 and is Nestle’s oldest brand. Here is some trivia for you; more than a million walnuts are used every week in the production of Walnuts Whips.
Historically there have been variations of flavour, including maple and coffee flavours, but in the modern age the only flavour available is the best – classic vanilla.
Walnut Whips comprise a soft and fluffy walnut centre that is protected by an outer shell of milk chocolate, all topped off with a delicious walnut.”
I didn’t know what name to pick for these cupcakes…they are everything a chocolate lover would wish for. I’m thinking…thinking, but all that comes to my mind is chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, mascarpone cream cheese, whipped cream, milk chocolate…. mix it all up and you get THIS sheer luxury on your plate.
I found these chocolate triangles at the store and bought it right away with the vision of a very chocolaty cupcake in my mind. I also had the Belgian chocolate sauce and the Hazelnut spread from a previous shopping. I baked my favourite vanilla cupcakes (Laura Vitale’s recipe) and started improvising.
I scooped about a teaspoon of cake out from each cupcake and filled the holes with a teaspoon of Hazelnut chocolate spread (I realized later that we didn’t take any pictures of the inside…). Since I had leftover mascarpone in my fridge I whipped that too with the double cream and Belgian chocolate sauce.
I saved some double cream and whipped it naturally without sugar to balance the sweetness of the chocolate cream, although it was not too sweet fortunately.
Hmm… this cake, THIS cake is my top nr.1 of ALL the cakes I have ever had in my life. No kidding here, honestly the Gerbaud (Zserbo) is my all times favourite. I know it from ever, my Mum makes it every year, for every special occasion, and sometime she just makes is because I ask her 🙂 It’s moist, it’s full of flavours, it’s the best! Unfortunately not everybody can make it right, I had tasted here and there the Gerbaud which did not come even close to what I was used to, but it’s not a difficult cake to make. I think the secret to a really good Gerbaud is quality ingredients and generosity. So, if anyone fancy to have a go, please take my advise and don’t try to be cheap on this cake, because you will end up disappointed.
I made these weeks ago in June, when my Mum was visiting us. I couldn’t post it sooner though for several reasons. One is that my laptop broke down, and for the time being we share another computer with the family. Then it’s summer holiday, and we’ve been away for weeks. Also the old oven broke down, we replaced it with a new one, but so far I’m not too happy with it…..