Thursday, April 19, 2012

bake day

We love a good cookie, and Anzac biscuits are one of our all-time faves and super easy. 

For those of you who might not know, during World War I the wives and mums of Aussie and Kiwi soldiers created ANZAC (which stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corp) bikkies from simple, non-perishable ingredients and packaged them in air-tight tins to send to their beloved men off overseas representing our country. We celebrate ANZAC Day on April 25, a day to reflect on those we lost in the war, and around this time you can buy the bikkies from fundraising groups raising money for the veterans - but we love them and make them all year round! They are perfectly crisp around the outside, soft and chewy in the middle and go beautifully with a pot of Australian Afternoon tea (we are loving this blend from Twinings)!

This recipe is tried and tested, from the Australian Womens Weekly

ANZAC biscuits
makes 25 (or about 18 big ones)

125g (4 oz) butter, chopped
2 tablespoons golden syrup or treacle (or we used molasses!)
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda (baking soda)
1 cup (220g) firmly packed light brown sugar (we use slightly less, about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup (40g) dessicated coconut
1 cup (90g) rolled oats
1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour

Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F. Line oven trays with baking paper.
Stir butter, syrup and water in a large saucepan over a low heat until smooth. Remove from heat, and add bicarb soda and stir til frothy. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls, place onto trays about 5cm (2 inches) apart and flatten slightly.
Bake about 20 mins, cool on trays. The biscuits should still feel soft when they're cooked as they firm up as they cool. Store in an airtight container. Watch them disappear!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Madison Magazine blog interview

We were recently interviewed for a piece on how to choose your wedding cake for Madison Magazine's wedding blog! Check out the write-up here... a big thanks to Laura from Weddings of Desire Blog for the interview! :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Recent work, an exciting project + a giveaway!

We hope you all had a lovely Easter - we had fun delivering some wedding cakes across town, worked on some fabulous custom stationery designs and ate way too much chocolate in the process!

This one made its way to the gorgeous Butleigh Wootton house in Kew. The lovely bride was Laura - such a joy to work with! She dropped us this lovely note the day after the wedding:

'Hi Janelle, thank you for the most amazing beautiful wedding cake. We received so many comments about how spectacular it was. You are simply brilliant! Will send you some photos soon. Thank you so much again xo'

Naww... isn't that so sweet! Thanks so much Laura, we hope you had an amazing day.

The gorgeous grand staircase

We're also working on a bit of an exciting (and secret) project at the moment for a very special client... we will share more in the coming months but here's a little instagram sneak peek:

Ohhhh we are seriously OBSESSED with watercolour and hand-lettering at the moment... it's so great to be working on a wedding with such spunk and colour!

We're also approaching 1500(!) fans on Facebook and once we get there, we'll be announcing a giveaway! This one will be about all things cake and we guarantee you won't want to miss this one!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

inspiring food for the long weekend

1. caprese tarts over with Sweet Paul
2. Sweetapolita's triple-lemon blueberry layer cake
3. fruit & nut granola by Melbourne Epicure
4. blueberry cheesecake & compost cookie by momofuku
5. lemon loaf via The Twinery
6. donna hay's ricotta hotcakes with maple butter
7. rhubard & strawberry lemonade by Tartelette

happy easter! xo