Thursday 14 February 2019

Valentine's Special 2019πŸ’•πŸ’—πŸ’˜❤- Red Velvet Choc-cherry Cupcakes

Feliz dia de San Valentin❤❤πŸ’˜πŸ’—πŸ˜˜(I learnt this in Spanish class today)!

To anyone, whether your living your single best life(like moi✌) or in a loving, happy relationship, I hope to give you all a reason to get up from wherever you're sitting and getting actively baking and enhancing your baking potential😊. After all, Valentine's Day is Valentine's without something sweet :)

In order to whip up this unique, tasty form of cupcake, you'll need:

100g of butter, softened

140g of caster sugar

2 large eggs, beaten( I used 3 medium-sized eggs as I had no large eggs to spare)

225g of plain flour(I split this amount with spelt flour to give the cakes a different taste and a healthier alternative)

25g of cocoa powder

½ tsp of bicarbonate of soda

150ml of buttermilk(you can easily find this in any supermarket and it's so affordable- I only paid 50p and I brought mine from Waitrose)

28ml of red food colouring( I don't know roughly how much that is so I added 2-3 tbsp of red food colouring to the mix)

100g of glace cherries, roughly chopped, plus extra for decoration

For the icing on the cake😜:

150ml of double cream

140g of cherry conserve or jam, sieved

100g of dark chocolate, chopped

red icing or edible red glitter for decoration(optional)

How to make lovely cupcakes:

Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 180℃/160℃ fan/ Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases of your preference before beating together the butter and sugar together in a bowl.

 Do this with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Next, add in the eggs a little at a time, until fully incorporated.

Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and pinch of salt. Fold this in with a spatial until there are no remaining lumps in the mix. 

Finally, add in the buttermilk, food colouring and the cherries, stirring briefly to combine. Divide the batter among the cases and bake this for 20 minutes. The cakes are ready when they're well risen and springy to touch.  

Allow the cupcakes to cool slightly, before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

In order to assemble the icing over the top, warm the cream and the cherry conserve in a small pan. Eventually incorporate in the chocolate, before removing from the heat.

Leave the mix for a couple minutes and then stir again until melted and combined. Tip the creamy mixture into a bowl and allow to cool completely. 

In about half an hour, the icing will have set to a spreadable consistency. 

Once cooled and thickened, spread the icing onto the cupcakes(or pipe if you'd like and I'll leave a link to my piping techniques below). Decorate this with a drizzle of red bedeazzle and top with half a glace cherry. And there's your delectable cake, which can be made for anyone and any occasssion but also happens to fall nicely into today's theme, which of course is Valentine's dayπŸ˜….

Depending on when I write up this post, photos will either be uploaded tonight or the end of tomorrow. 

Before you go...

Prepare yourself for more baking as I'll also be uploading a recipe on Saturday as wellπŸ˜…πŸ˜†

Also, here's my link to learning all the tricks when it comes to piping cakesπŸ˜…

Happy Valentine's Day once agaiin! Let me know what you're doing for Valentine's down in the comments below😊

Song of the month: Ariana Grande- Break Up with yo girlfriend, im bored

Check out Uchjn's very pinky and winky Valentine inspired makeup look!πŸ˜πŸ’—

Quote of the month(or more like the dayπŸ˜…)
I just thought this was a mood lolπŸ˜‚

How to make your own LUSH Shower Jellies 

*SPECIAL EDIITON* Woman Crush Everyday(this can be girls that inspire me or whom are beautiful, not that all girls aren't pretty but stillπŸ˜…)

Ok I'm going to cut this post short for now as I'm writing this very lateπŸ˜΄πŸ’€.

Yet again, happy Valentine's and I hope you all have a lovely day/evening(depending on where you are in the worldπŸ˜…).

Ok now I'm rambling


#sweetreats xx

Saturday 9 February 2019

Baking Post N0.4- Plans for 2019 + Photos of Carrot Cake Bread

Bonjour Γ  tous!

First of all, I believe this blog is way overdue a good sit down and chitchat on the current position of BakingBoutique and where I would like to go with this blog this year, alongside upcoming projects, fresh intentions and explanations. So grab yourself a hot drink, curl up with a blanket and keep reading!😊

Currently, BakingBoutique's been both evolving and thriving in many positive ways in terms of progressing with baking technique as well as knowledge. In addition to this, the constantly changing target audience has finally been narrowed down to a good 40 or so more of you which means I can easily tailor my posts around my audience. Despite all the positive aspects of BakingBoutique, there are elements to the expansion and dedication which has been lacking, in comparison to other years on this blog and needs to be thoroughly focused on. 

 I understand the reasons for the need of such elements is due to the "lack of a plan" and organisation of this blog. I believe in terms of passion and determination to post regularly, I have improved drastically and I've become more willing to commit to this blog in order to get the best out of it. After all, the effort you put in, eventually pays off in the end, which is what I'd like to eventually say when I look back on this blog in the posts to come.😊 Although, it's no longer a new year, I've decided to make three new year resolutions which I hope to consistently stick by throughout 2019:

1. Bake at least twice a month and post at least every other week( this means that not every post is necessarily a recipe but just a blog post about baking, or technique or a q&a or award nomination). I know some may be frustrated that I'm cutting down on the amount of time I'm uploading recipe posts with pcitures. Nevertheless, this system of uploading is more catered and realistic to me in particular. Without intentionally trying to sound cocky and egoistic, I've been baking fairly regularly for 3 and more years. With all this experience, I've developed a strong baking technique and practise which means I don't need to bake as regularly and instead can start to share my tips and knowledge with so you too can become a good baker.

2. Participate in more opportunities- for the past three years of blogging, I've been in this community ALONE. No collaborations. No sponsors. No events. No new opportunities. And as much as I've loved my blogging experience before, I want to venture and take new paths, go on different journeys,  and furtherly extend my blogging network and following. This includes collaborating with people, even if it means I have to reach out first and putting BakingBoutique out there more. I'll also go about doing this by creating more socials for this blog such as instagram, twitter and other social media sites. 

3. Undertake things on this blog which satisfies me- this is not me trying to be selfish. But instead, it means that now I have a narrower, and better idea of what my target audience is, I don't have to broaden my content to suit everyone except to suit the people who I WANT it to suit; and that includes me😁

All of these new year resolutions are goals I like to think of as realistic to space of time I have for this blog and the type of audience I present to. 😊 But despite on my goals for this blog, my ideas are not closed-minded, I'm very much open to fresh, good suggestions from all of you so feel free to drop me a line in the comments below on what changes or elements you'd like to see from this blog.😊 But with my year in education becoming increasingly intensive, your suggestions have to be adaptable to my time scheme, so keep that it mind.

Well enough is enough, here I bring you my pictures of my carrot cake bread:



Before you go...

To find out how to make this healthy carrot cake bread, click the link for the recipe→→

Recipe Post 2019 N0.3- Carrot Cake Bread

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!!

Song of the month: Ariana Grande 7 Rings

Let me know in the comments bar below what you would like to see next:

Charity of the month: Oxfam

This charity in particular help to fight global poverty and save the lives of millions of innocent, starved people. 

Ok that's it from me! Hope you enjoyed this little chitchat post and I'll see you soon.😊

#sweetreats xx