Friday, 28 August 2015

Latest Videos are Up!

Did you know that Cupcakes, Cake & Passion is on Youtube now? There are a few videos up there now. But to check out the latest happenings, subscribe! The latest video is something I don't do very often. In fact, its a practice for future videos as I will be focusing mainly on food stuff. But constructive criticism and positive feedback is appreciated, so let me know in the comments on the blog or on the Youtube comments. 
Happy Baking and Happy Friday!
Bake On! Penny x

Friday, 31 July 2015

Penny Reviews:Victory Tearoom

 "Something big, that I can buy stuff from... but I can't buy it?... and its yellow?" 
That was the riddle that my mum presented to me. In the car, on the way to The House of Chilli at Holliers Farm on the Isle of Wight. It was a surprise trip and it really sparked my interest on what was awaiting us. Apart from chilli.
As we exited the car, it was apparent that there was a huge yellow bus facing us. It took me by surprise but the beautifully decorated outside seating area nextdoor to the bus. The sign read 'Victory Tearoom' on the back of the double decker. Honestly, pictures (and videos) say more than words. The bunting and colourful pinwheels were a delightful addition. 
I'm not easily impressed, but this tearoom was impressive. And the big double decker is just that, a tearoom! The whole theme just screamed vintage. Bunting, decorative tea-cosies, pretty teacups and saucers were adorned all over. Very sweet and very cute. 

After taking in all the scenery, we ordered some light lunch. I got a brie, bacon and cranberry panini, with a fresh salad garnish. It was just as I expected, tasting great and fresh. I didn't fancy a cake at the time, although I wish I did on hindsight!
Marilyn and Shirley, the stunningly vintage dressed women who came up with the concept were happy to pose for a quick photo! The attention to detail in all aspects of the tearoom has been thought off, including staff uniform.  

The Victory Tearoom, is a very unique place to visit. I would highly recommend a visit to this tearoom if you like the vintage look and some beautifully prepared food. Its non fussy menu and great service should leave you feeling that vintage vibe throughout the rest of your visit. 

Check out Victory Tearoom on Tripadvisor and Facebook. Tell them I said hey!
Happy Baking!
(BTW this was not a paid/sponsored post.)

Bake On! Penny x

Saturday, 27 June 2015

News and a New Video!

It's been a long time since I've posted anything on the blog. I've been busy working on something big.... I've started a new business with my friend! Its a cake business that specialises in different pastries and sweets. Its named The Pastry Girls. We're still working the website and the logo but will keep you posted as we go. But for more up to date news on events etc, you can check our facebook, twitter, Youtube or instagram

In other news, I have uploaded a new video to Cupcakes, Cake and Passion Youtube channel. Its video of me building my large sakura tree project I needed to go for college. It took ages to build, but the video is less than 4 minutes long. So give it a watch if you fancy it.

Happy Baking!

Bake On! Penny x

Friday, 22 May 2015

Fat Friday #39 Triple Chocolate Cookies

Its the cookie in its ultimate form! Dark, milk, white and caramel buttons all in one biscuit. These cookies are ideal to take into work at a party for snacks or fuel for revision. (Or do what I did, and horde them away to eat when you need a chocolate fix) 

Recipe: Makes 25 cookies (Recipe adapted from Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift) 
  •      200g unsalted butter, softened
  •      250g golden caster sugar
  •      1 egg
  •      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •      150g dark chocolate
  •      320g plain flour
  •      1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  •      ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  •      150g roughly chopped milk chocolate
  •      50g caramel buttons
  •      50g roughly chopped white chocolate

  •     Baking sheets lined with silicone paper x 3
  •     Saucepan with a little water
  •     Heatproof bowl
  •     Bowl
  •     Sieve
  •     Wooden spoon/handheld whisk
  •     Wirerack

1.Place the dark chocolate in the heatproof bowl and place over the saucepan of warm water. This will melt the chocolate.
2. Meanwhile sieve flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and set aside.
3.Cream the butter and sugar together, in another bowl,until creamy and fluffy.
4.Add the vanilla and egg to the creamed mixture.
5.Pour in the melted chocolate until combined.
6.Lastly, add the dry mixture and fold into combine into a soft dough. Place in the fridge for the dough to firm up for 10 minutes.
7. Preheat the oven to 180c/160f/Gas Mark 4 in the meantime.
8. Portion the dough into 25 small balls and squash until flat and about 1cm thickness. (If you want to be precise, their about 28g per cookie).
9. Place 5 or 6 cookies on a baking sheet, to allow the cookies to spread. Bake for 5 minutes, turn the trays around and bake for a further 4 minutes. The cookies should be firm on the outside but still a little soft in the middle.

10. Leave the cookies on the baking sheets to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Have a great weekend and happy baking! 

Bake On! Penny x

Friday, 8 May 2015

So, I won an award!

Good Morning everyone! I know its not a Fat Friday post again this week but I have some amazing news. 

Firstly, lets get the bad news out of the way. The reason I haven't been posting very much lately, especially on Fat Fridays is that, I've been very very sick lately and haven't had the energy to bake at home. At college I have been working hard on my centrepiece, which is consuming much of my time at college, so baking time is hard to squeeze in. Also, I've been financially struggling, in terms of buying ingredients to use for JUST for Fat Fridays, rather then just baking for a special occasion. 

Moving onto good news, I've finally moved onto moving video. I've started up two Youtube channels, one of which is my personal Youtube channel for this blog and the other is for my cake business called The Pastry Girls. I'll try to upload whenever I can, much like the blog at the moment. I'm still getting used to the video editing software, so the videos aren't the best but I'm working on them to improve my skills. 

Lastly, I'm very happy to announce that myself and one of my business partners were both nominated for student achievement awards for the Institute of Hospitality (Southern Branch). I'm proud to say that I got second place in 'Hospitality services' and Chloe (business partner) won in her category of 'Food service'! (You can check out my award video submission and Chloes submission video

Congrats Chloe, you deserved it and all your hard work was well deserved! It was a great evening (even though I was coughing and sneezing all over the place.)
That's all the news so far and I'll keep you all posted!
Have a great weekend!
Bake On! Penny x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Upcoming Posts

Its just a little post on an announcement on upcoming posts. I will continuing to post Fat Fridays when I can, as making and baking every week is becoming expensive. Don't worry I will post whenever I can and Fat Friday will still be a regular post. I'm also thinking of doing some videos soon. I'm in the process of learning some basic editing software (yeah good luck with that!). Not to worry I won't abandon the blog, just refreshing it! 
Bake On! Penny x

Friday, 17 April 2015

Fat Friday #38 Funfetti Cake

I wasn't really sure what a funfetti cake was, until google helped out. Its a cute confetti style cake, its super colourful and bright and makes an excellent cake. Rob asked me to whip one up for his architect studio for the end of term meeting. My suggestion is to use the large confetti dots as they won't bleed into the cake batter. Decorate with lots more confetti dots for the full rainbow effect.
Cake Ingredients (Recipe adapted from Saved by Cake by Marian Keyes) :
  • 8 eggs
  • 400g sugar
  • 400g unsalted butter
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 600g self raising flour
  • A small amount of jam (we used blackberry jam to cut across the sweetness of the buttercream)
  • 8cm Cake tins x 3
  • Wire rack
  • Bowl
  • Wooden spoon/ Handheld whisk
  • Sieve
  • Turntable
  • Serrated knife
  • Cake board
  • Cranked pallet knife
1.Butter and line three 8cm tins. Pre-heat the oven to 190c/375f/Gas Mark 5.
2.Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one by one, beating between each addition. The mix may curdle a little but add a tablespoon of flour if this happens.
3.Stir in the vanilla extract and sieve in the flour and fold through. Add the confetti and fold again.
4.Divide the mix between the 3 tins and bake for 20 minutes or until golden and well risen.
5. Place the cakes on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tin to cool completely.
6. In theory, you should have some amazing crazy colour bits in your cake!
To assemble:
1. Level all the cakes off with a knife and mentally work out which cake you would like to assemble.
2. Place a little buttercream on a cake board and place the bottom tier of the cake on top of the buttercream to hold in place.
3. Spread a little jam on the top of the bottom tier and follow with the buttercream.
4. Place the next cake layer on top and repeat the last step.
5. Place the last layer on top and make sure its stacked straight.
6. Crumb coat the whole cake with the vanilla buttercream and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
7. Using the turntable, coat the whole cake in a layer of buttercream. Then carefully sprinkle the confetti halfway up the cake or decorate like a crazy rainbow!
Have an excellent weekend!!!


Bake On! Penny x
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