Monday, 25 August 2014

a wedding: serena & dave

Check it! A bright and breezy wedding with rich corals, pale green gum and soft peach dahlias. I had the loveliest time meeting up with Serena for her wedding - thanks for letting me be a part of your day!

Images by Apple Tree Road Photography.
Oh, and there's totally a cake after the jump ; )
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whipped dark chocolate ganache

I was baking wedding cakes with my friend Hanna the other day and we were stacking some {secret} caramel mud cakes with layers of white chocolate ganache when we realised the ganache we had made was far too runny to support the weight of the cake. "Oh well, we'll have to make some more", I thought; right as Hanna declared "It's okay, I'll just whip it."So she whipped it... and it was amazing!

Whaaaaaa? I didn't know that was a thing!

Anyway, now I do, and now I want to use it on every cake because it is rich, fluffy and oh so spreadable. I thought I should share it with you, in case any of you lovely people have missed this little phenomenon as well!

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Monday, 5 May 2014

a wedding: xenia & simeon

Sometimes my involvement with a wedding is just being there to do whatever bits a pieces need doing on the day. This was one of those weddings, and it was such a joy to be able to hang out at the brides house on the morning of the wedding, making flower crowns & buttonholes, drawing up a seating chart, eating pastries and being a part of the joyous buzz.

[Hopefully] by now you'll recognise the incredible handiwork of my photographer friend & genius, Linda Truong. She just has this way of capturing tender moments, rich colours and dreamy light.

Oh! And I made a cake and covered it in flowers. The mother of the bride bought all the flowers for this wedding by choosing colours that she thought best encapsulated the personality of her daughter - how sweet is that?!

There are tonne more photos after the jump.
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hazelnut & chocolate pie

Winter is here, y'all! It is my favourite season in Sydney - it is sunny and crisp and I love it. The chilly air will inevitably make you feel like eating pie. So I thought I'd help you out and give you a delicious pie recipe that you should most definitely make for dessert tonight.

When I think of hazelnut & chocolate together I immediately think 'nutella', and while I love nutella, this pie really doesn't taste much like it. Instead it is a fudgey chocolate filling, with chunks of crunchy hazelnuts inside a short hazelnut crust that is flaky and buttery. Sounds great, right? You'll forgive the not-nutellaness of it, I promise.

Click on for the recipe!
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Monday, 14 April 2014

chocolate, marmalade & ginger cake

Feel like something gingery? Something chocolatey? Or maybe some marmalade? I wrote another guest blog over at Life & Co and baked together all these wonderful ingredients - you should pop over there and check out Nia's lovely corner of the internet and bake yourself a cake.

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

a wedding: susie & jonno

A cake and some flowers that I had the pleasure of working on for this lovely couple.

Photos by Rachel Muller (have a look at her page to see some fun photos she takes of confetti!)

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Monday, 31 March 2014

little citrus cakes & browned buttercream

It is no secret that I am obsessed with browned butter. I truly believe it is the best form in which butter can exist. This is one of my all time favourite recipes, I've shared this browned butter pecan pie recipe with you, and I've even written a patronising post on how to brown butter for those who are yet to discover this culinary delight. So simple, so rewarding.

I don't know why the thought hadn't occurred to me - to turn it into icing - but when I stumbled upon it during a casual internet food blog trawl, I discovered that it was an actual thing that people have been doing for years. It is difficult to describe the taste - nutty, caramel-y, a much deeper flavour than your average buttercream. It is very easy to make, and particularly shines when paired with citrus fruits. Try it with some little citrus cakes!

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