Thursday, April 26, 2012

Avengers Cupcakes

Last night Mr S and I went to the see the new Avengers movie. Needless to say it was AMAZING! If you haven't seen any of the previous Marvel movies (Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and Captain America) I found this really great article on Flicks on all the previous movies and characters, it's great just to jog your memory even if you have seen them. Basically, the movie is based on the Marvel comic books, most of the characters have had their own movies but secretly they were all joining together to create one monster of a movie, the Avengers!

Avengers Cupcakes
Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow,
Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye

We booked tickets to the "special screening" at Event Cinemas which was at 6pm. I originally wanted to go to the midnight session but didn't want to be tired for work the next day. Little did I know, it was a public holiday that day (ANZAC day) so it wouldn't have mattered, HOWEVER the special screening turned out to be awesome! For the same price (okay 10 cents difference) we got free popcorn, cool 3D glasses, key rings, buttons and posters then when we were seated we were told there were prizes under seats and it turned out we had a  frizbee too!

Avengers Merchandise
Avengers Merchandise

I had planned on making these cupcakes ever since the idea for Avengers first came out and now was the time! So I made chocolate cupcakes with a caramel centre (yum) and decorated them just for me. Not for any other reason which was qutie nice actually. Don't worry, I didn't eat them all! I took them to work today and everyone gladly gobbled them up (not before taking a million photos!)

All in all I'm VERY happy with how these turned out and tasted too! I will put up a tutorial of how to fill cupcakes with caramel very soon.

Avengers Cupcakes
Marvel, Avenger, Iron Man, Captain America,
Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow


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Captain America Cupcake


Thor Cupcake


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Hawkeye Cupcake


Black Widow Cupcake

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies

This is one recipe you do not want to miss out on, seriously.

Tell your friends, tell your friends friends, heck, tell your frenemies!

Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies

This recipe is guaranteed to knock your socks off!

I first tasted this cookie when I went to a conference a few years back. After one bite of this fantastic cookie I had to ask the chef what the recipe was, she told me it was a Jo Seagar recipe from an old recipe book of hers. I kept that little nugget of information packed away in my memory only to Google it two years later.

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So here it is, I cannot take any credit for the recipe but you can thank me for sharing it with you later!

Oh and...you're welcome (in advance!)

Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies
Recipe from Jo Seagar

Ingredients:
250g Butter (softened)
3 T Sweetened Condensed Milk
3/4 C Sugar
1 1/2 C Flour
11/2 C Rolled Oats
1t Baking Powder
200g Dark Chocolate (roughly chopped, I used Whittakers 50%)
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • Beat butter for about 30 seconds then add the sweetened condensed milk and sugar. 
  • Beat until light and creamy.
  • Sift in the flour and baking powder then throw in the oats and chopped up chocolate.
  • Mix together until nicely combined then roll heaped Tablespoons full of mixture into balls and place on baking trays.
  • Flatten with a fork (I love the look that gives them!) and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Cool cookies on wire racks and then try not to eat them all at once, believe me, you'll want to!

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Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies

I've submitted this recipe in Sweet New Zealand. Check out the lovely Bake Club site for the rest of the entries for this month. Sweet NZ is a great way for Kiwi food bloggers to meet each other and share awesome sweet recipes (my favourite kind!)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pohutukawa Cake

If you are not familiar with the Pohutukawa flower you are probably not from New Zealand. So I'll just quickly explain, it's a very Kiwi tree and you'll see it at beaches and if you're lucky (like me) in your backyard!



My friend's work asked me to make a two tier cake for their new office opening near the airport in Auckland. They were giving each of the staff members a Pohutukawa mug so they asked for a matching cake with a plane flying over top.

I originally wanted to paint the Pohutukawa on the fondant but when it came to it the fondant was dried out and the colouring looked bad when it was painted on so I had to make the flowers out of fondant.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Checkerboard Cake

A long long time ago, about nine years ago I made friends with an amazing German girl called Lisa. Lisa was an exchange student at my high school and got to see what going to school in Upper Hutt was like...which was pretty funny actually. It was a lot of slacking off, personal jokes, talking about Lord of the Rings and acting out scenes from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Eventually Lisa had to go home but we kept in contact (when Facebook came along this made it a lot easier!) So when she contacted me a few months ago to let me know she was coming to NZ for a visit I couldn't have been more excited!

She flew up to Auckland JUST to see me and I took the day off work. After I surprised her with a birthday cake (it was four days after her birthday) we had a massive catch up, went window shopping in Mt Eden then had a good ol' fashioned Kiwi dinner, fish and chips (or fush and chups if you have a Kiwi accent) on the beautiful beach in Mission Bay. It was a lovely day and it's so sad we can't spend more time together but I know we'll see each other again and I'm sure (well, I'm hoping) it won't be another seven years!

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Which leads me to this cake. I really wanted to try out this tin I was given for my birthday last year. You pour in the cake mixes into a cake tin with a ring separator then remove it. Once you bake all three you put them together and they should look like a checkerboard when you cut inside your cake.

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Here are some instructions I found on the net (because I didn't take photos as I went -sorry!) I used two packet mixes and the cake was strawberries and cream flavoured which tasted AMAZING!
The girl on top is (yes you guessed it) Lisa, she is wearing our old school uniform and a sparkly hat like she did in one of our musicals in high school.

Happy Birthday Lisa! Miss you already!

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