Wednesday, 4 September 2013

A Great British Bake Off

Today at work we had our annual bake off. Inspired by this years GBBO the theme was all things British and the quality of entries we got was outstanding. Thanks to our partners even the room was kitted out! 

After a lot of sampling we finally crowned the winner (ey ey see what I did) - this absolutely fabulous 4 layer crown cake:

With a bit of help from Mary Berry I made these sheep muffins.

What you'll need:

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250g soft margarine
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 175g plain chocolate chips
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 250ml milk
  • 250g icing sugar
  • Black writing icing
  • Brown ready roll icing
  • White ready roll icing
  • Marshmallows
(Makes 10)

Preheat the oven to 200c and line your muffin tray with cases. Mix the flour and baking powder and then add 50g margarine and rub into the flour using your fingers. When you're finished it should resemble fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the caster sugar and chocolate chips.

In another bowl mix the eggs, vanilla essence and milk then pour it into the dry mixture and stil quickly. You should have a slightly lumpy runny mixture (don't worry that this is more runny than normal cupcakes). Spoon evenly into the cases and cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack for at least an hour. 

While the muffins are cooling you can start making the toppings. Roll brown icing into ovals and slightly dent the top half in order to create a sort of nose shape. Roll two small brown balls for ears and two white balls for eyes. Use the black writing icing to create pupils and a cocktail stick to make the nostrils. 

When the muffins are completely cool mix the remaining butter with the icing sugar. This is never an exact science, just keep adding icing sugar until it tastes good! Spread the icing over the top of the muffins and then you're ready to assemble your sheep. Press the face onto the side of the muffin and then cover in marshmallows, press them in one by one. 

If you can bear to bite into these cuties they are delicious! x

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow what amazing effort from everyone! That crown cake is definitely a showstopper and your cupcakes are beyond adorable =)

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