Monday, 28 November 2011

A Naughty Little Monster In Japan

Earlier this year, whilst travelling to Paris I discovered a naughty little stow away in my luggage.

A naughty little sprinkle stealing monster had decided he wanted to see Paris and so he climbed in my bag and hid. After my initial surprise at the discovery of the little monster, I was quite glad to have his company and very much enjoyed our little trip together. With him in tow we joyously ate our way across Paris and it was all rather wonderful.

Upon our return I took him back to the bakery to reunite him with all of his naughty little sprinkle stealing family, or as it has now become clear, most of his naughty little sprinkle stealing family. You see, another member of his naughty little clan had already left!

Stealing away into the night in Rebella's handbag, naughty little monster Mochi managed to travel all the way to Japan!

Mochi and Rebella's Adventures in Japan


A Little Monster In A Big City

Little Mochi decided almost immediately that Japan was definitely the place for him.

He very much enjoyed travelling and loved the hustle and bustle of the big city.


After settling in at home and being made to feel most welcome by Rebella's kind family the pair decided to travel from Osaka to Kyoto...


Mochi very much enjoyed the view on the train.


Once they reached Kyoto they visited the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, where little Mochi quickly found some friends.



The temple was beautiful and very grand, Mochi and Rebella had a wonderful day but as we know, naughty little monsters cannot bare to be with out food for long and so it was time to eat.

And boy did Mochi eat!

Feasts, Friends and Fame

Mochi loved rice so much he would dive into the rice bowls devouring every last morsel in rather a hurry, for fear someone else may want some.



Nothing was safe, he simply had to try it all!


 
Sake was the drink of choice and little Mochi apparently climbed into every bamboo tumbler on the table to ensure every last drop had been enjoyed.


Little Mochi had to be careful though, being so small and what with his darting about the table and diving into bowls during dinner, he was very nearly gobbled up himself!




Quite by accident of course.

Mochi's favourite food is of course Green Tea Mochi, he couldn't get enough of the stuff and therefore Rebella and I have decided to name him after his favourite treat. Purely for our own benefit of course, as I'm quite sure he has a name all of his very own.


Rebella had to restrain Mochi on more than one occasion for fear he may drown himself in a bowl of Tofu!


Which of course he loved.


In fact Mochi ate so much at dinner he had to lie down!


Yes Mochi had fallen in love with Japan but it seems Japan had also fallen in love with Mochi!



He caused quite a stir everywhere he went, particularly in restaurants where he always insisted on meeting the chef.


I hear Mochi was such a hit that often Rebella wasn't the only person taking his picture, Mochi it seems is quite the little super star!

The Magical Miniature Kingdom

Mochi had been so well behaved that Rebella decided he deserved a treat...


Rebella took him to miniature land, a world where everything was miniature and perfectly fit for a tiny little monster such as himself.


He couldn't believe his eyes!


He was particularly fond of the little cups of green tea and Rebella kindly let him choose a little present to take home.


Mochi chose a watermelon, which came in a little basket for him to carry.

I have noticed little Mochi seems particularly fond of green foods.


A Journey's End

Mochi had made so many friends...




He wasn't sure he was ready to leave but he couldn't wait to tell his naughty little family back at the bakery, all about his adventures and so Rebella and Mochi came home.


Little Mochi would never forget his time in Japan and Rebella promised to take him back one day but for now he is back at Buttercream Bakery, stealing sprinkles and causing chaos.

Only two of Buttercream Bakery's little monsters have been on holiday thus far and I feel a little bad for the others who have only heard wonderful tales of the great world outside.

I know many of the naughty little monsters are desperate for adventure and friends to discover new places with so if you are going on an exciting journey and think you could cope with a very naughty, highly excitable, incredibly hungry travelling companion please do let me know.

x x x

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Buttercream Bakery Cupcake Catch Up


My blog has been somewhat lacking in cupcakes the last few weeks.  I have of course still been whipping up cupcakes day and night at the bakery, I just haven't had time to post any!

To be honest I have a huge back log of post to get through and since I'm losing track of them all I decided it was best I get my butt into gear and start posting.

There have been also sorts of cupcakes on order in the last couple of weeks, decedent chocolate cupcakes, graduation cupcakes, cocktail cupcakes, voodoo cupcakes and even some Pink Floyd cupcakes!

Cocktail cupcakes are awesome and these Mojito cupcakes are particularly glorious, I do love a Mojito.


Red Velvet Cupcakes with Creamy Vanilla Frosting and Oreos.


I can literally hear these cupcakes screaming 'Eat Me!' through the computer screen.


We love mini cupcakes at Buttercream Bakery and for some reason I find these ones particularly adorable.


Perfectly darling little wedding favours.


I made these Red Velvet Graduation Cupcakes for a gorgeous friend who just graduated with a swanky degree in Fashion Photography no less!



I'm very proud! Her gown was purple so I added purple ribbon to the little scrolls, with cute little gold tassels.

Next up something a little darker, Voodoo cupcakes.

I am ridiculously in love with this little voodoo doll!


I don't think voodoo dolls are supposed to be this cute but I love his little pudgy belly and cute button eye.


The Voodoo batch also included scary voodoo skulls...


...and voodoo spells...


The symbols I have used were taken from a voodoo conjure box.

Next up Pink Floyd Cupcakes!


These are so cool! A selection of Pink Floyd album covers for a serious fan's birthday.  The toppers frustrated me a little at times but I was really happy with them in the end, great theme!

Something simpler but oh so yummy...

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes


and Glorious Chocolate Chocolate Bar Cupcakes with lashings of chocolate drizzle....


Yum!

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Caramel Chocolate Bar Chunk.


More cocktail cupcakes, delicious Margarita cupcake with sugared lime.


Looking at this cupcake makes me thirsty! 

I will leave it there for now, I hope you have all had a brilliant weekend, I have been manically making gingerbread cookie decorations for the amazing Christmas Tea Party at H Bar next Friday afternoon.  I will also be filling the gorgeous venue with an unbelievable array of goodies so get there if you can!

Now I have to sleep, my eyes and fingers hurt like hell! You will understand when you see the gingerbread cookie decorations, they're crazy!

x x x


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Buttercream Bakery Mini Yogi Bear & Boo Boo Cake

Time for another cute mini cake.

 Yogi Bear and Boo Boo this time, snoozing in the afternoon sun, enjoying a delicious picnic.


This lovely little mini cake is delicious Vanilla Sponge iced with gorgeous Vanilla Bean Italian Meringue Buttercream and covered with grass green vanilla sugar paste.  The cake is our usual perfectly individually sized 10cm square. The design is pretty simple, Yogi and Boo Boo take centre stage of course, with yummy sugared doughnuts, strawberries, croissants and a cute layer cake for them to feast on.


I love Yogi Bear's tie, I don't know why but I think it's cute, I also love the little croissants, they are a new addition the the repertoire for me but I can see them popping up again in the near future. 


Rest assured there has still been lots of cupcakes being made at the bakery, I have a bit of a back log of posts so I'll probably save them for a big cupcake catch up at some point. 

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend, I'm making the most of a lazy Sunday afternoon after a manic weekend of baking and will be eating a giant bowl of Rag├╣ with my lovely hubby in front of the T.V.

x x x

Movember Baking - Moustache Chocolate Cookies

I have become slightly obsessed with Movember baking, I loved the mini Movember moustache cupcakes I made at the bakery so much I decided to feature them in an awesome Christmas tea party I'm catering for next month.  I'm rather tempted to include these awesome chocolate moustache cookies too! 


The moustache cookie cutters/stamps are awesome! You can find them here.  They worked beautifully with just a light dusting of cocoa powder on the stamp before pressing it into the cookie.




The set comes with 5 different, rather fetching moustache cutters that also double up as cookie stamps.

This chocolate cookie recipe I have used is perfect for shaped cookies, it holds it's shape beautifully once baked, spreading very little, if at all and the imprint came out really well.  These are relatively plain cookies, one I would generally ice but I added a tsp of caramel popcorn seasoning to spice them up a little and they turned out to be rather tasty and perfect for dunking in a cuppa.


Rolled Chocolate Cookies


Makes:

 around 30 -  2 1/2 inch cookies
around 16 - 3 1/2 inch cookies
around 12 - 4 1/2 inch cookies

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup vanilla sugar or caster sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla paste

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

Using your mixer, cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla paste and mix well.

With the mixer on low, add the flour to the butter mixture gradually, until the two are thoroughly blended.

Turn the dough onto the work surface and divide it into two or three equal portions. 

Working with one portion at a time roll the dough out between two sheets of greaseproof paper dusted lightly with cocoa powder.  Roll the dough to roughly 1/4 thickness before stamping out your cookies and removing the excess dough.

Emboss cookies if necessary, remembering to dust the embosser lightly with cocoa powder before each use.   Repeat the rolling and stamping process until all of your dough is used up.

 Place the unbaked cookies onto greaseproof lined baking sheets and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 170 C.

Bake the cookies in the centre of your oven for 10-16 minutes depending on their size. The cookies should still seam quite soft but the edges will have darkened somewhat.  Remove the cookies from the oven and leave them to cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before removing with a palette knife and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.


I can now highly recommend moustache cookie cutters, they are so fun and although  they are totally novelty I actually think I will use them quite often. 

Also Cookie Craft is still in my opinion the best sugar cookie book on the market and if your interested in making gorgeous iced cookies then this is the book for you. Even if like me your are no cookie master the recipes and tips in this book make any sugar cookies project seem much less daunting, I may even make some iced sugar cookie moustaches next...

 Cookie Craft a great book for the Christmas list and I even think there is a Christmas Cookie version...


x x x