Reinventing Rocky Road Part 2

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So, I know normal rocky road plus this mint version from last week are pretty delicious, but I think Biscoff rocky road may be the best ever!  It’s extremely dangerous for me to own a jar of biscuit spread, so making this is lethal…. but worth it.  If you love Biscoff, you need to give this a try.

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Why I haven’t blogged in a while

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Oh dear, RebeccaCooksCakes is starting to look a little neglected.  The reason for that is that things have got a little hectic recently, and I’ve not had time to try out new recipes to share.  So I thought I’d do a little round up of what’s been going on.  And I promise I have two delicious rocky road recipes up my sleeve that I will share soon….

So with so little on the blog recently, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d stopped baking!  But I haven’t.  I’ve just been baking for other people.  It’s lovely to create something for someone’s special day, so I thought I’d post some of the fun things I’ve been asked to do.

Unicorn cakes! These are so much fun. The first has a rainbow cake inside with wee unicorn cupcakes to match.  The second was for a baby shower, and my first go at a two tiered cake.  Taking it to the venue in the car was one of the most nerve-wracking moments in my cake life! But it was so much fun to do.

I’ve also been practicing my fondant-work, and made this unicorn cake for a special wee girl’s birthday party.  Confetti cake inside for extra fun sparkle!

Continuing on the fondant theme, I was asked to make a pirate cake for a third birthday. It was great to let my imagination run with this one.  Everything you see here is edible apart from the flag pole – so there’s a chest made out of KitKats, sand made from digestive biscuits, royal icing waves and fondant shark fins.

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Rainbow cakes have been pretty popular too.  They’re quite time-consuming to make but the pay off is definitely worth it, when you cut into that plain cake and see all the bright colours inside.

Disney fever definitely hit in the Spring, so I created a Beauty and the Beast cake for a birthday.  One of the people going to the party was gluten free so I made a mini cake for her, decorated to be part of the theme.

More birthday cakes, this time in bright lemon, and another with a bespoke cat on top to look like the birthday girl’s:

I’ve also done some other cakes for children – both challenging as they were with fondant and in designs I’d never tried before.  The basketball one was all about the decoration, but the number needed some construction!  I ended up baking two separate rectangular cakes and chopped them into shape using a paper template.

Now I’m in the planning stage for 3 wedding cakes, one for a baby shower and a rock music themed birthday cake.

Oh, and then there’s this guy who has taken every other spare minute going….

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Say hello to Wilson!  Maybe I’ll need to look into dog biscuits next….

 

 

How to create a cosmic galaxy cake

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Wow.  When I first created my cosmic galaxy cupcakes I had no idea so many of you would be interested in how to make them too!  It’s been great to see so many of you visiting my site and giving the technique a go, and it’s why I set up this blog in the first place.

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So the past few months, I’ve been thinking about what to make that would appeal to all you galaxy lovers out there.  I really hope this galaxy cake tutorial interests as many of you!  This technique is just as simple as the cupcakes, and just as effective.  Read on for how I did it.

Double Chocolate Wintermint Cake

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For many, desserts full of spice and warmth spell Christmas.  But I think mint choc chip is my favourite wintery flavour.  I’ve already made mint choc chip Christmas tree cupcakes, but this year I fancied a little bit of a change.  This recipe is really simple – perfect for this time of year – but is also really tasty.  A rich double chocolate mint mudcake, topped with smooth, thick, white chocolate and peppermint glaze.  The combination reminds me of an After 8 chocolate.

From Cake To Cocktails – The Food Of NYC

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It’s a bit of a blog with a difference from me this week.  I’m just back from New York where I was lucky enough to spend my birthday, and I thought I would love to share the amazing food I had! From a Mexican feast, to an NY slice, to the most gigantic piece of cheesecake, I’ll tell you all the highlights.  There are just so many places to choose from so if you’re planning a trip, hopefully this will give you a place to start.

Pretty Lemon And Poppy Seed Cake

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – or so the saying goes!  And that’s what happened with this cake.  This was my mum’s birthday cake – her third lemon flavoured cake in as many years.  But it’s one of her favourites so why stray away?  That didn’t mean I couldn’t mix things up a little – this time with added poppy seeds, lemon curd, cream cheese frosting, and some pretty coloured piping on top.  I did a similar icing technique with my Rio inspired tropical cake a couple of months ago, but this time I went with some softer colours, and an ombre effect up the sides of the cake.  Luckily mum liked it – read on if you’d like to give it a try.

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White Chocolate and Amaretto Baked Cheesecake

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I know January is supposed to be the month of health, but cheesecake would be a little bit dull without all the sugar and cream cheese wouldn’t it?!  This creamy baked cheesecake is light, boozy, perfect for a party, and takes very little effort to make.  If you aren’t keen on Amaretto you can substitute another liqueur in its place.  I’ve also included my recipe for a cranberry sauce to go on top, which you could also substitute with a raspberry coulis if you like.  Now, who would dare turn down such an accommodating dessert?!