January 9, 2013

Australia Day Lamingtons

Filed under: Australia Day, Cooking for Kids, General — Kathryn @ 2:09 pm

When I was growing up Possum Magic, by Mem Fox, was one of my all time favorite books that my mother used to read me.  My favorite part was when the possums go on their adventure and eat all the classic Australian foods to try get his visibility back. They started with a Vegemite sandwich than moved on to ANZAC biscuits tried Pavlova in Perth and finishing off with my favorite… the Lamington (which of course got Hush his full visibility back). With Australia Day fast approaching I thought there was no better time to share with you the recipe for the perfect lamingtons! This is, hands down, one of the best and yummiest recipes I have come across for lamingtons and has even been tested on the team at the Pink Frosting Party Shop and now its yours to enjoy!!

Australia Day Lamingtons

INGREDIENTS

Butter cake
¾ cup sugar
1/3 cup water
125g butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs, separated
1½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
Chocolate glace icing
3 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
60ml (1/3 cup) milk, approximately
1 cup coconut, approximately
Mock cream filling
2/3 cup jam
1/3 cup water
½ cup sugar
125g butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla

METHOD

Butter Cake: Combine sugar and water in pan, stir over heat until sugar is dissolved, bring to boil without stirring, remove from heat, cool to room temperature.
Beat butter, vanilla and egg yolks in small bowl with electric mixer until light and creamy, gradually add sugar syrup in a thin stream while mixer is operating. Transfer mixture to a larger basin, stir in flour all at once. Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form, fold lightly into cake mixture in 2 batches. Divide mixture between 2 well greased bar tins, (base measures 7cm x 25cm). Bake at 180°C for 30 minutes; turn onto wire rack to cool. When cold, spread Chocolate Glace Icing over top and sides of cakes; quickly sprinkle coconut over cakes before Icing is set. Cut piece from top of each cake, spread cavity with jam, fill with Mock Cream, replace top which has been cut in half lengthwise. Decorate with strawberries, if desired.
Chocolate Glace Icing: Sift icing sugar and cocoa into heatproof bowl, stir in enough milk to give thick paste. Stir Icing over hot water until spreadable, spread over one cake at a time. Sprinkle with coconut before icing the next cake; this Icing will set quickly.
Mock Cream Filling: Combine sugar and water in pan, stir over heat until sugar is dissolved, bring to boil without stirring, remove from heat, cool to room temperature. Beat butter and vanilla in small bowl with electric mixer until light and creamy, gradually add sugar syrup in a thin stream while mixer is operating; beat until fluffy.

To freeze: Cold uniced cakes can be frozen for up to 2 months. Icing and Cream are not suitable to freeze.

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These make for the perfect dessert for an Australia Day Party!

Happy Baking!

April 9, 2012

Rainbow Layered Biscuits

Filed under: Cooking for Kids — Kathryn @ 9:02 pm

Rainbow cookies

This morning I discovered a gorgeous post by Mensaje en una Galleta showing their rainbow butterfly cookies, which are just divine!  I promised the Pink Frosting crew I would give these a go today and I made them (even hand-cut in a holiday kitchen with no cutters etc) – they look terrific!  Here’s the technique:

Firstly, follow my basic party biscuits recipe:

Ingredients

125g room temperature butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg at room temperature, beaten
2 cups of plain flour
4 tablespoons cornflour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt

Food colouring in the colours of your choice

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until they have creamed (become pale and creamy).
  • Drop in the vanilla and the egg and beat until all mixed together.
  • Stir in the sifted dry ingredients and once the batter has become stiff enough, take out of the bowl and knead together.
  • Now, at this point, divide the mixture into the number of layers of colour you want.  So, if you want red, green, blue and yellow for a rainbow, divide the mix into four equal amounts and place each into different bowls.  Add the food colouring to each part to make the colour of your choice (you might even like to make variations of the same colour using different amounts of colour in each bowl).
  • Mix in the colour using your hands (coverered in gloves of course!), then individually roll out the dough onto a lightly floured board or your kitchen bench to about 3-4mm thick.  Try to get the dough as flat as you can.  Many bakers use the trick of running the dough through a pasta machine to get the even thickness you see in shops.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut your biscuits into the shapes for your cookies and layer the colours on top of one another to create the layered cookies.
  • Place onto a greased baking tray lined with baking paper for about 12 minutes or until golden.  Keep a keen eye on the oven as they are cooking as they easily overcook if left in for a few minutes too long.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once completely cook, you can get to icing.

Here are some gorgeous examples by the experts over at my new blog crush Mensaje en una Galleta:

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layered cookies 3Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

April 7, 2012

Choc Top Ice Cream Cones with Sprinkles

Filed under: Children's Parties, Cooking for Kids, Dinner Parties, Easter, Entertaining — Kathryn @ 10:27 pm

Choc Top Ice Cream Cones-

Out and about today, I suddenly had a hankering for an old fashioned ice cream choc top.  The kids adore sprinkles, so it dawned on me that we could attempt making choc top ice cream cones with sprinkles… well, the results were outstanding!  What a way to start the sugar-rush this Easter!

Makes 6 delicious ice cream cones.

Ingredients

300g good quality white chocolate

1/2 litre of good quality vanilla ice cream

6 flat bottom ice cream cones (unless you have a stand for traditional cones)

113g (4oz) sprinkles in any colour and shape you choose

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate in a metal dish over a pot of boiling water on the stove.  Gently mix until the chocolate has melted and then set aside to cool slightly but not set.
  2. While the chocolate is cooling slightly, place your sprinkles into a shallow bowl ready to coat your ice creams.
  3. Take out the ice cream from the freezer, making sure it is very cold, and scoop into the tops of the ice cream cones.
  4. One by one, coat the ice creams with the slighly cooled chocolate and immediately roll the chocolate in the sprinkles. 
  5. Place cones onto a tray and freeze until you’re ready to serve.
  6. Serve with napkins and plenty of smiles!

I adore this recipe for kids birthday parties, Easter by the pool and even dinner parties.  I’m thinking of trying this recipe with a dark chocolate coating and broken pieces of peanut brittle, which would make a delicious adult dinner party treat with a smooth Baileys.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

July 18, 2011

Pretty Kid Decorated Party Biscuits

I’m in the midst of loading up gorgeous tried and true ideas for kids party food on Pink Frosting’s party planning pages right now, and on the weekend my kids and I had a ball making and decorating party biscuits to make triple-certain that my recipe was fail safe.  Armed with bags of lollies, cachous, yummy sprinkles and lots of creativity, here’s what the kids and I were able to create in just a few hours.  This is so much fun for children’s parties – set out lots of bowls of sprinkles, lollies, icing pens and let the kids create their own decorated cookies.  Delicious and heaps of fun!

Kids Decorated Cookies

Kids Decorated Cookies

Butterfly Kids Decorated Cookie

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Kids Decorated Cookies

Hundreds and Thousands Party Cookie

Kids Decorated Cookies

You can visit my post on Party Biscuits at Pink Frosting’s online party planning website.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

February 8, 2011

Gorgeous New Cake and Cupcake Decorations

When it comes to decorating a beautiful cake, there’s really no other store to visit for inspiration and accessories than www.PinkFrosting.com.au.  Their latest range of cake and cupcake decorations are sure to please every Australian cupcake and cake baker!  Here are just a few of our favourites:

Butterfly Cake Decorations Sets

Beautiful Butterfly Cake Decoration Sets - Bring the captivating flight of the butterfly to life with our stunning assortment of cake ornaments. The carefully selected variations in size and design are ideal to create a delicate fluttering effect.  Choose from four colours – blushing glamour in pink, something blue, garden charm green or natural elegance.  The butterflies are made to look authentic – a designer assortment of complementary colours, designs, and sizes is included in each package.

Bite Me Cupcake Wrappers

Bite Me Cupcake Wrappers - Create the perfect cupcake or tasty afternoon treat with a funny BITE ME cupcake wrapper from Pink Frosting.  Our designer, laser-cut cupcake wrappers are perfect for creating a very special cupcake treat for guests, friends and family at any celebration from weddings to baby showers, and Christmas to Halloween.  

Grand Display for Cupcakes

Grand Display for Cupcakes - Take your cupcake extravaganza to the next level with this cupcake stand. Each tier can be displayed individually or stacked to suit your needs. Depending on how you stack the tiers the cupcake tower will hold 45 to 75 large cupcakes!The creative design is sure to compliment your decor and delight your guests.  In combination with our cupcake baking cups in black and white, as well as our beautiful laser cut cupcake wrappers, you will create a cupcake display to take your guests’ breath away!

Its a Boy Cupcake Wrapper

It’s a Boy and It’s a Girl Cupcake Wrappers – Our It’s a Boy design laser-cut cupcake wrapper easily assembles to slip your favourite cupcake or candy-filled cup into for a marvelous display.  Create a beautiful cupcake tree, set at each place setting as a party favour, the possibilities are endless.

Personalised Cupcake Wrappers at Pink Frosting

Personalised and Custom Coloured Cupcake Wrappers – Now our famous cupcake wrappers come custom coloured and personalised – perfect for your next party!  We adore them for special occasions like Christenings, weddings and anniversaries to make a unique statement about your special event.

Visit the Pink Frosting cake and cupcake decorations shop online for gorgeous products for your next party.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

February 3, 2011

Party Presentation Ideas – Cupcake Wrappers

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If you’re organising a party of any kind, there isn’t a nicer treat for your guests than a beautifully presented cupcake.  Of course, I am a little biased towards these little morsels of great taste and fun (just look at the Pink Frosting logo!), but cupcakes truly are an easy way to create a beautiful cake presentation for your celebration.  In my series of party presentation ideas, I’m going to look at beautiful ways to style up your party without too much investment in time or money – after all, most of our customers at Pink Frosting’s online party shop are busy, busy, busy and want to create a celebration that looks spectacular without spending days tinkering away making crafts.

To present a gorgeous cupcake for your party, first start with a standard cupcake.  This is my basic recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 125g butter, melted, cooled
  • 2 x 59g eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 12 x 1/3-cup capacity muffin pan. Alternatively, line holes with paper cases. Combine flour and caster sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  2. Add milk, butter, eggs and vanilla to flour mixture. Using a large metal spoon, stir gently to combine.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Once your cupcakes are cool, frost them with a swirly buttercream.   Here’s our easy how to create a swirly buttercream top on your cupcakes demonstration.

Now you’re ready to present the cupcakes and make them suit your theme.  No matter what you are celebrating, Pink Frosting’s cupcake decorations shop has a huge range of themed cupcake toppers, decorations, racks and presentation stands, and cupcake wrappers to suit your style. 

Using cupcake wrappers is so simple!  They come flat packed, so take one end of the wrapper with each hand and hug the wrapper around the cupcake until the ends meet.  Then loop the smaller end through the slit (outside to inside so you’re hiding the ends) and you have a beautifully wrapped cupcake!  From there, you can place your cupcakes into a cupcake rack or stand for beautiful presentation instead of a cake, or if you’re using the cupcakes as favours, carefully place the cupcakes into a cupcake box and tie a coordinating ribbon around it’s centre.  Perfection and it only took about an hour from start to finish.

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Here are some gorgeous cupcake wrappers presented perfectly for your inspiration:

Vintage Cupcake Wrappers at www.PinkFrosting.com.au

 Daisies Cupcake Wrapper at www.PinkFrosting.com.auButterflies_CWR_WH_L

 Filigree Wedding Cupcake Wrappers at www.PinkFrosting.com.au

Red Heart Swirls Cupcake Wrappers at www.PinkFrosting.com.au

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

December 22, 2010

How to do Swirly Frosting on a Cupcake

Dianne wrote to me yesterday asking how you get the perfect swirl on top of a cupcake with frosting.  She is making Christmas cupcakes and wanted to get them just right.  I was taught how to decorate cakes, cookies and cupcakes by my great-Aunty Ivy who was a master cake decorator and she was a big Wilton fan – of course, I am now too.  Dianne, here is the easiest way to get the gorgeous perfect swirly frosting top on a cupcake via our great friends at Wilton (with some of my own advice thrown in for good measure):

Start with buttercream icing.  The best recipe is here:  Best Pink Frosting Recipe in the World!  You will also need a 1M open star cake decorating tip which you can buy at Bakery Sugarcraft, as well as disposable cake piping bags which you can purchase at any supermarket.

Step 1: 

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Hold Open Star Decorating Tip 1M approximately 0.5 – 1 cm above cupcake top at a 90° angle to cupcake surface. Pipe a spiral of icing, beginning at the outer edge and working inward.

Step 2:

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Stop pressure; pull tip away.

Step 3:

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Pipe a second spiral, smaller (not as wide) on top. End spiral at centre. Stop pressure; pull tip straight up and away.

 

Voila.  Now you can create some beautiful cupcakes like these amazing creations! 

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I would love to see your swirly cupcake creations!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 28, 2010

Our Favourite Halloween Cupcakes

Filed under: Children's Parties, Cooking for Kids, Cupcakes, Entertaining, General — Kathryn @ 12:40 pm

Halloween gives us really fun theme for decorating cupcakes and making little scary treats for our guests.  We are sent so many glamorous cupcakes to look at for Australia Entertains and the Pink Frosting inspiration galleries, and I wanted to share with you some of my favourite Halloween themed cupcakes to inspire your cupcake decorating for this weekend.

Halloween Animals cupcakes by Cupcakes and Corsets:

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Brains cupcakes (not for the faint hearted, or the vegetarians in the audience!).  Loving the clever use of whipped cream by Cake Eater Bakery:

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Loving the colour and simplicity of these fun Halloween sugar decorations on coloured frosting by Cake by Sugar in London, UK:

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These monster cupcakes by Bakingdom are really easy to make at home and are perfect for a spooky party for young kids as well as Halloween:

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And these sweet pumpkin themed cupcakes by Bella Bella Cupcakes are a gorgeous Autumn cupcake as well as a Halloween cupcake for those who prefer to not be spooky:

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And finally, my you can always find excellent inspiration for your Halloween cupcakes at Wilton’s brilliant website, filled with great ideas and also how-tos for the home cupcake (cake and cookie) baker and decorator.  Here are three of my favourites from this year’s range:

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I hope these gorgeous cupcakes provide some great inspiration for your Halloween celebrations this weekend!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 14, 2010

Pretty Pink Cupcake with a Cherry on Top

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This gorgeous little cupcake by Bettie’s Cakes just looked so much like it was made for Pink Frosting, I just had to share.  I couldn’t eat it – it’s too beautiful!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

June 1, 2010

Take 20% off Wedding Cake Toppers & Party Cake Decorations!

At Australia’s number one online wedding and celebration shop, we’re celebrating our ranking in the top 5 online gift stores in Australia!  What a milestone!  To thank you for your wonderful support, we’re taking 20% off every single cake topper decoration in our online store.  Yep, from our best selling wedding cake figurines and rhinestone cake monogram letters, to party candles and baby cake toppers – take 20% off every cake top decoration at Pink Frosting until Sunday 6th June.  Your code for the discount is just below:

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Enjoy shopping and thank you for your support in helping Pink Frosting become one of Australia’s online success stories and best-loved stores.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

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