It was my turn to bring cakes in for our weekly cake day. Instead of buying of them, I thought I’d use my new Dualit handmixer & take advantage of the opportunity to try out some new recipes.

I had made cupcakes before, but I wanted to practice my icing techniques too. I received a lovely vintage icing kit from my OH’s mum for Christmas so I wanted to see how that worked too. 

Friday Cake Day CupcakeThe result was amazing. Someone even said that they looked professional and asked whether I had bought them from a shop! A lovely compliment. Cupcakes aren’t difficult to make & with a good icing bag or kit, some sprinkles & colourful cases, anyone can make professional looking cakes.

I also tried making a Victoria Sponge for the first time. The first attempt was a disaster, despite following the recipe to the letter. The reason: The oven was WAY too hot. It resulted in a lovely golden outside and a raw inside! Not what I was looking for. So for the second attempt, I used my trusty oven thermometer. The result was perfection. Some nice jam & freshly whipped cream later did in fact result in (Mary Berry’s) Perfect Victoria Sponge.

Definitely a perfect way to end the working week!