I know every man and his dog has made Red Velvet cupcakes but I wanted to make them and actually get it right for once, so for a friends birthday I decided to make some….and I actually got them right (horray!)
I usually head straight to my trusty well-known-cupcake-shop’s cookery book to tackle said cupcakes, but they unfortunately never seem to work out well for me so I went to the boss lady; the only and only Nigella Lawson!
I won’t bore you with a step by step so please click here for good old Nigella’s recipe and method
Using such strong food colouring and so much of it almost feels illegal ( trust me, you have to use the super toxic strong stuff) but if you don’t do it they come out a horrible brown colour – and that doesn’t impress anyone.
I made the cream cheese frosting that Nigella suggests; it was great but could have been a little cream-cheesy-er and maybe a little less lemony but still, it was super tatsy. I used a Wilton 2D nozzle to create the flower piping.
Next time I make these I will be sure to add a bit more coca powder – I know Red Velvet isn’t just about the chocolate but man do I love my chocolate and I love the rich-ness that comes through from the chocolate.
Overall these cupcakes were velvety, moist and rich in taste – thanks Nigella you babe! They also pulled away so easily from their cases which is the sign of a good bake – horrah 🙂
Emma was very happy in the end…as was I…as was my office who got the other 15 cupcakes….
Well, Cupcake Course…The “Original Cupcake Course” by The Gourmet Cupcake Company to be precise!
WHEN: Saturday 1st March
WHERE: The Gourmet Cupcake Company, Chelmsford, Essex (The bakery is a handy 5 min walk from the train station/town centre)
WHY: Because I wanted to learn some TOP SECRET industry tips for baking cupcakes & decoration
The day started out with a short intro into what we would be learning…
– How to bake our own 12 perfect cupcakes (6 ‘low’ for fondant and 6 ‘high’ for butter cream icing)
– How to create beautiful florist/flower paste decorations
– How to ice our cupcakes with fondant icing and butter cream icing
We measured out the ingredients in two groups and weighed out the batter into our cases (by this point I had already learnt about 4 things I shamefully didn’t already know) The cupcakes were *carefully* placed into the oven and we then dived into the wonderful world of florist paste.
We created 12 lovely little decorations each. The decorations were not the style I would have personally chosen (I actually hate anything decorative to do with butterflies) but still looked pretty.
After lunch we cracked on with the fondant and butter cream icing. We were offered a large selection of food colouring’s and flavours for our butter cream although I annoyingly ended up with a weird purple/grey colour after panicking
All in all I had a GREAT day and ended up with some bloody lovely cupcakes! We were sent home with recipe cards we had been encouraged to make notes on throughout the day, which was great.
Free tea & coffee was on offer all day and we were treated to an amazing cake pop in the afternoon that was made in house (Free coffee & cake pop = winning!)
If you would like to know any of this top secret information, just drop me a note – I’ll be happy to share : )
Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos throughout the day but the website has lots of photos (and info!) on of the different classes they offer… http://www.gourmetcupcakes.co.uk/courses/the-original-cupcake-course/
Below you can see my achievements – HORRAH!