Monthly Archives: May 2012

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White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies

Just a quick post today with some easy peasy white chocolate and cranberry cookies. You can knock them up in less than half an hour – perfect for an instant treat!
Ingredients

125g unsalted butter, softened
100g light brown soft sugar
100g golden caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean extract
1 medium egg
250g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
125g white chocolate chips/callets
125g dried cranberries
Method
  • Preheat the oven to Fan 180°C and line a couple of baking sheets with baking parchment.
  • Sift together the flour and bicarbonate of soda and set aside.
  • In the large bowl of a mixer with the beater attachment, cream together the butter, vanilla and both sugars until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and mix until combined.
  • Fold in the flour mixture until just combined before finally folding through the cranberries and white chocolate.
  • Roll the dough into balls (about the size of a golf ball) and place on the baking trays well spaced apart.
  • Squash each ball slightly with your hand before placing the trays in the oven for approximately 8 minutes until lightly golden.
  • Remove from the oven and leave the cookies to cool for a few minutes on the tray to firm up slightly.
  • Once they have firmed, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and leave them to cool to desired temperature.
Makes 18 cookies
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Izzy and Ishan Wedding Cake

The second cake of the weekend was made for the wedding of the lovely Izzy and Ishan. They opted for gorgeous creams and whites to compliment the rather spectacular venue, The Great Conservatory at Syon House.

The couple chose three different flavours for each tier. The top was a vanilla sponge soaked with vanilla bean syrup and filled with three layers of raspberry conserve and white chocolate ganache. The middle tier was a chocolate orange sponge soaked with orange and Cointreau syrup and filled with three layers of chocolate orange ganache. Finally, the bottom tier was a lemon sponge soaked with lemon syrup and filled with three layers of lemon buttercream and lemon curd.

The brush embroidery design was inspired by the French corded lace on the bride’s dress.

 The impressive Great Conservatory at Syon House.

Congratulations to Izzy and Ishan on their very special day!
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Alex and Agata Wedding Cake

It’s been a busy old week with two wedding cakes to create! This was the first of the bankholiday weekend, which I made for a couple of friends who got married in Ditchling, West Sussex on Saturday.

The wedding was only a small gathering so they opted for a tier of rich fruit cake which the couple intend to keep for the Christening of their first child. The second tier was a vanilla sponge with raspberry preserve and vanilla bean buttercream which the guests enjoyed on the evening.

Many congratulations Alex and Agata and may you enjoy a lifetime of happiness together!

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