Just a brief one today, we have been busy getting stuff sorted for the party – I don’t think the queen has this much fuss – I know it’s self inflicted, no sympathy required 😋
Hubby is on garden duty, the gazebo is up, chairs and tables ready to positioned, electric is available for the DJ boyfriend- neighbors have been warned/invited –
thankfully sadly this will all be over by 10pm at the latest 🤣🤣
I have been baking, which is lovely on the hottest day of the years so far 🌋
As I said yesterday I use Nigella’s cupcake recipe, it’s simple and tastes great
for 24 cupcakes I mixed 250g unsalted butter with 250g sugar and a blob of vanilla bean paste, till light and fluffy, add 4 eggs, one at a time to the mix, then add 250g of self raising flour about 1/4 at a time – add a little milk till the mixture is ‘dropping constantly.
Spoon into the cases, don’t overfill them, half to 3/4 full is enough
Into a preheated oven (200) for 15 minutes, then leave to cool.
I made the icing sugar yesterday, the buttercream icing is simple, add 250g unsalted butter to the mixing bowl with a small blob of vanilla bean paste, beat till pale, then carefully add 500g of icing sugar, a bit at a time so it doesn’t look like a snow storm in the kitchen. You can colour this at this point – I am making 2 batches, one natural, one pale pink.
Spoon you icing into a large icing bag, with a star nozzle at the end, in today’s heat I popped this into the fridge for 20 minutes to firm a little.
I start with a blob of icing in the middle of each cake, and with a continuous swirl.
Decorate to suit – these are truly easy to make and look lovely, even if I do say so myself – great fun to make with kids 🤗
The salads are finished off.
The watermelon sliced and plated.
The cakes arranged.
Cocktails are go…
Hubby is Grill King