Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fig & Walnut Crumble

I realise this blog is called The Cake Boutique but I just had to share the excitement of this ridiculously delicious fig and walnut crumble I made.
Figs are in season and they are really good in this part of the world. To be honest, they taste so good I've never had the need to go on and make something out of them. However I had crumble topping in the freezer, figs in the fridge and I was craving something dessert-like and ... well you know what happened next...

Now I'm not going to bother with the exact recipe (Google crumble topping) but I like crumbles with less flour and more oats. So with a little bit of the basic flour, butter and sugar, I added rich muscavado sugar, lots of rolled oats, chopped walnuts and flax seed. It's up to you what you add, plus or minus anything, you can't go wrong really. This crumble topping is good to sit in the freezer for when the craving arises. 
I chopped up the figs, sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on them, topped it with the crumble mixture and drizzled with some melted butter. All of it goes in the oven for 25-30 minutes at a temperature I took no notice of. (Probably 380?). 

Bring a Brit I topped mine with thick custard :-) Mmmm!

Yes, I realise the custard is a bit lumpy - perfect! :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Back Home

I didn't end up making that Korean themed cake after all as the order was cancelled (a blessing !? ).
However, as you can see I did end up making something slightly more elegant - finally getting my fix of royal icing work :-) This is the kind of cake I feel at home with. I can sit for hours piping designs, making sugar flowers and everything just seems to flow. I do like this cake, the piped necklace, the simplicity of colours and of course the beautiful rose. I hope I get more requests like this.....

I have also made a few 'basic cakes' i.e. without the whole icing shebang going on. Below is 10/10 carrot & walnut cake. In fact so many people like this, I'll try and put up the recipe soon.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sweet-Sixteen, Korean style? Help.

I feel like making a really elegant, chic, minimalist wedding cake. Simple yet precise royal icing work, smooth outlines, maybe some detailed floral lace effect. A project that would take at least two days to make. That's what I feel like working on. That's what I want to focus on.

Instead, I get asked to make cake for a sweet-sixteen birthday - with a korean theme! Oh the joy. I'm intrigued by the idea nevertheless, I have no idea where I'm going to start (suggestions are more than welcome). All I know is that the birthday girl likes all things korean, the language, the entertainment, korean movie stars etc... Let's see where this takes me. It needs to be ready for Tuesday, so I will update soon after.

I'll leave with a bright & cheerful photo of one of my latest creations.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Things to do in Amman before you leave...

Make a Hawaiian themed engagement cake! What else?

I had a lot of fun making this cake for a whole host of reasons. Firstly, I haven't drawn anything in ages and this gave me the opportunity to draw Hawaiian hibiscus flowers along with pretty leaves n things. Two, I got to play around with slightly exotic flavours - lemon zest with coconut cream cheese frosting (exotic compared to the basic vanilla and chocolate cakes I make). And thirdly, it was surprisingly straightforward to make, yet seemed to produce quite a stunning result!

Oh and for the record, I said I would blog within two weeks - and I have managed to blog within two days! So all is good...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Oh yes...I have a blog!

I think the last time I blogged was nearly 2 months ago! Not very bloggy am I? Oh well.
I haven't yet turned my house into a bakery (which is probably a blessing), however I have been making cakes here n there. Here is an update:

This I made as a personal cake for someone who had passed some exams. Three layers of chocolate cake, filled with ganache, covered with chocolate fingers and fresh strawberries!

Then there was this funky thing for a colleague who was into hip hop, heading off to India on a new contract and has a rather trendy shoe collection!

And more recently I made a pony themed cake for some children. I googled this idea and although I don't think the ponies are overly pony like - they are still cute!

I leave with a promise to blog within the next 2 weeks - rather than 2 months!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

First Display

I've been working on making four different dummy cakes (which will hopefully end up in a local shop tomorrow!). I figured that I ought to produce a few different styles, appealing to different folk so I went for:

Believe it or not, I've made a hole in the centre and added florists' foam inside the hollowed cake shell! All in an attempt to keep the flowers fresh for as long as possible whilst on display. Who would have thought?

I'm not sure if I'm overly keen on this - but hey it's certainly something different from my usuals.

Serious (Royalty)
If I could only present this to the man himself - King Abdullah :-)


Oh So Pretty!

I'll be eagerly waiting to see what passers by have to say!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Strawberries & Chocolate

Strawberries are in season and my local fruit & veg shop owner claims he has the best in town - and I believe him, they are really good. I bought a punnet or so last night, dipped them in chocolate and used them to dress a chocolate fudge cake I was making for a friend's BBQ.

And what to do with left over frosting? Vanilla cupcakes, swirls of buttercream with chocolate covered strawberries to complement. Mmmm!