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Sweet Treat Sunday

Sunday’s for me are usually a great day to bake something quick, easy and fun. I know most people do scones… but they’re best eaten fresh out the oven and not commonly enjoyed throughout the week. So unless I know I’m having company for tea, it’s not often a Scone Sunday at my home.
 
So I decided to make some old fashion butter biscuits and the fun about this recipe is that it’s flop proof and the mixture makes enough to enjoy as a lunch box snack for the week. Cookie cutters are also not just for kids and creatively shaped biscuits make a great gift idea for someone you just feel like surprising. 
 
All you need is a large mixing bowl, measuring scale, rolling-pin, extra flour to dust, a variety of cookie cutters and fun decor of your choice.
 
 
 
Ingredients
1 cup butter
1 cup white castor sugar
1 egg
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons vanilla extract/essence
 
 
Directions
  1.  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and castor sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla. 
  2. Pour the flour into the sugar mixture; then cover dough, and chill for at least one hour. (I usually use this time to clean away the baking utensils)               
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
  4. Press dough out onto cooled, clean flat surface lightly sprinkled with flour               
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly golden at the edges. Remove from baking trays to cool on wire racks
    
 
    Once your cookies have cooled you
         can decorate them… unless you
     want a sugar or a hundreds and
   thousands coating – this you sprinkle
     on just before you pop cookies in
          the oven. The same applies to
                    cherries and nuts. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
You can dip them in chocolate or enjoy them plain. You can even have a theme, say hearts, lips, cupids, words on Valentines day or animal shapes for a kiddies party. The other really great thing about these biscuits, are that they are not sweet at all, unless you fancy them up with a little sugar paste…
 
 
              I would love to hear how much fun you had baking your Butter Cookies…
 
                                                                   Enjoy
                                                                        ♥
                                                           CupCake Couture
 
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Baby Sisters Birthday at the One and Only

Birthdays are so cool when you can celebrate in style… we were lucky to have been invited to a great launch event with our company and it so happened to be on my sister’s birthday. For those who don’t know… we work in the same office so took this as the perfect opportunity to not only spend a great day together but celebrate in style.
               You can read more about Chloe’s Birthday experience on her Blog…               
                      http://bambilegs.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/birthday-bows/
 
The One and Only boasts SA’s finest Chef’s and not only are their meals good-looking but rather tasty as well. 
 
Do yourself a favour and book yourself a table for their Sunday sit down Buffet or just pop in for a treat with friends or a loved one.
 
  
 
 
 
 
    It’s always such a pleasure to eat 
      great art where you can see and
      feel the love and time that went
                 into the making of it.
 
 
 
 
                             Chloe enjoying some of the mouth-watering treats
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                   Desserts were awesome… what do you think of this spread?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In my next post I will share some of the easy ways of preparing your own delights that look and taste as great as the one’s above… but in the comfort of your own home and much to the joy of friends and family
 
                Have a great week-end and enjoy your cooking, baking and dinning out
                                                                         experience!!!!

Where to purchase trendy but tasty Treats in Cape Town

Coffee shops have always been around, often for the more exclusive crowd, but like the trendy cupcake ,they too have revolutionised the bakery. Bakeries now do a deli, bakery, coffee shop trio and make the kind of sweet delights to die for. So I am going to share some of my best… with links you are welcome to brows.

 Many of these links have on-line contacts and followings on twitter and Facebook, providing you with updated information. Charly’s Bakery appears to be the “it” place at the moment and can be viewed on-line at this url http://www.charlysbakery.co.za/.

They have an amazing on-line gallery of cakes that they have done for a number of events and come with raving reviews. I have however not had the pleasure, but plan to pop around before the year is through.

Caremello’s, now only found in Bloem… is a really vibey coffee shop come bakery; as it’s relaxed and very retro – found quite by chance.

They make the most amazing milktarts, so great it will even convert the strongest critique. I know they make to order and do great sweet platters as well. Their url is http://www.caramellos.co.za/.

Another aspect that I like very much is that they share their recipes online, I like this as it gives me a chance to try my hand at something new and often more gourmet – especially now that I can’t just take a quick drive to upper kloof to get my Sunday Fix.

Queen of tarts is also another bakery that comes with glowing reviews, and again I can not say I have personal experience of their sweet offerings. Their url is as follows http://www.queenoftarts.co.za/contact.htm and boasts a stunning photo gallery.

I have been to Limno’s and although their displays and product looks great, I find that they are over priced and a little over bearing with the essence they put in some of their cakes. However do not let me make up your mind. Their url is as follows http://www.limnosbakers.co.za/ and just maybe you try something you can recommend that makes me change my mind.

My all time favourite, although not a coffee shop is Cassis Bakery in Constantia village – other branches do however have coffee shops attached. They come with a very strong French heritage, and make the traditional South African favourites with a French twist, that I love. Their products are well presented and taste’s better than the money you pay for it. Their home page can be found at this url http://www.cassis.co.za/ and again they do not disappoint – a must try is their chocolate tart, amazing macaroons, peach tart… I could go on, but I’ll leave it up to you.
Happy Tasting!!!

A little bit about me…♥

I have always loved the idea of owning my own coffee shop or bakery someday… never realising that I actually had a bit of talent that makes that dream a little more real. No, I don’t own a bakery or a coffee shop (Yet), but I LOVE baking and seeing the joy on peoples faces when they experience what I’ve created. 

With no formal training, just love and a touch of creativity I have made birthday cakes, wedding cakes (including my own) and loving it. The support from family and close friends is more than amazing and as much as I would like to look at this for a potentially long term venture I have no worries doing it for the love until I get there. I am a qualified social worker, working at a very prominent IT company… so nothing is impossible. 

So I am doing this Blog for a number of reasons. 1 to encourage those who think doing something out of the ordinary is odd, to go and just do it. 2. As a tribute to my biggest fan, my husband who needs to listen to the stress, eat the flops and pretend he loves all my crazy creations. 3. For me, in that it gives me the space to share trials and triumphs with you and learn from your responses. I could go on… but I am sure you get the point. 

My first Cupcake Wedding…

The glass stand below, handmade by my super amazing Husband, what an awesome team we are

My second wedding cake, traditional multi-layer

Party Favourites… a cupcake for any occasion

Happy baking you guys and enjoy the fun and laughter it brings… not to mention the yummy smell to the kitchen mmm…♥

CupCakes 216 Years and still going strong….

The ever famous, always popular very funky Cup-cake never loses its flare and just keeps evolving with the times. 216 Years on and it can still brighten the dullest day and put a smile on faces young and old.

The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simms.

Cupcakes are the best when they are homemade with a great deal of love and creative flare… So next time you sink your teeth, or gums (depending on your age) into a homemade cupcake – smile and enjoy the love it’s been created with.

♥Enjoy♥

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